With nearly 100 courses within a 60-mile radius of the Grand Strand, there are far more than 16 layouts you can enjoy year-round. But some courses just seem to spring to life in the springtime, so here's our Sweet 16 to put on your wish list:
Barefoot Golf Resort: OK, so this golf megaplex is actually home to four courses – the Dye, Fazio, Love and Norman layouts – but any one of these award-winning layouts are charming and challenging places to play in the spring time.
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club: Built on a former rice and indigo plantation, this award-winning layout is located on one of the most scenic pieces of Lowcountry property that is blooming with azaleas and bustling with wildlife in the spring.
Crow Creek Golf Club: Hidden amid farmlands just north of the Carolina state line, this beautiful location surrounds the Caw-Caw River and features natural water hazards that are both scenic and challenging. A waterfall and old hunting cabin add to the rural backdrop.
Dunes Golf and Beach Club: This historic layout is great to play any time of year, but the oceanfront landscape makes it even more special in the spring. Wildflowers bloom and alligators come out to get some sun on the banks of Lake Singleton, making the No. 13 signature hole Waterloo even more intimidating.
Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links: This traditional Scottish Highlands-style links layout blends with the scenic South Carolina Lowcountry terrain and the Intracoastal Waterway to create one of the most unique and scenic courses on the Grand Strand.
Heather Glen Golf Links: This sister course to Glen Dornoch features 27 distinctive holes with their own unique character. But the beautiful landscape and scenic terrain make it well worth the drive to the North Strand to play them both.
International Club: Located in the Lowcountry of Murrells Inlet, the International Club features Finger Lakes fed by underground springs that create beautiful scenery and stiff challenges for golfers trying to stay dry amid the natural water hazards.
Man O' War: Located in the Carolina Forest section of Myrtle Beach, Man O' War sits on a former wildlife preserve and remains home to a wide selection of woodlands, wetlands and wildlife. The course is tough but the scenery sensational.
Myrtle Beach National South Creek: This Arnold Palmer signature design sits alongside two Myrtle Beach National sister layouts, but South Creek may be the most challenging and fun to play. South Creek is known for its beauty and playability.
Oyster Bay Golf Links: Located in scenic Sunset Beach, NC, about 30 miles north of Myrtle Beach, Oyster Bay is well worth the trip to play amid the maritime forest and pristine wetlands of the Atlantic Coast in the spring.
Parkland Course at the Legends Resort: Built alongside the older Heathland and Moorland sister courses, the Parkland Course stands out in both its beauty and playability. Modeled after golf shrines like Augusta National and Riviera, Parkland is regarded as one of the best and most scenic courses in Myrtle Beach.
Pine Lakes International Country Club: Experience true Southern charm and golf history at Pine Lakes, aka “The Granddaddy,” the first golf course on the Grand Strand. Despite major renovations, Pine Lakes maintains its 1927 flavor.
River Club: Located in Pawleys Island as part of the Waccamaw Golf Trail, this plantation-style layout features pristine wetlands, dense forests and more than 100 sand traps and bunkers, not to mention the great views of the water.
Surf Golf & Beach Club: Located in North Myrtle Beach, this old standard is still a favorite among local and visiting golfers alike. The parklands-style course is located just two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and winds through such scenic terrains as hardwood forests, natural lakes and a cypress swamp.
Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation: Fittingly nicknamed the “Pebble Beach of the East Coast,” Tidewater sits atop river bluffs overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway in the Cherry Grove section of North Myrtle Beach. The lovely, relaxed setting makes it one of the most popular places to play on the Grand Strand.
True Blue Golf Plantation: Built on a former rice and indigo plantation in Pawleys Island, True Blue utilizes the lovely Lowcountry landscape to create a true masterpiece. No matter how good or bad your round, the walk alone is worth every dime.