So you’re in Myrtle Beach and you want to play golf, but you want a course that meets your specific requirements and time constraints. You’re about to get some help.
Maybe you don’t play that much at home, and you just want to spend the day relaxing on the course, hitting a few shots and knocking down a few libations. You’re looking for low-key, low degree of difficulty and low price.
Or perhaps you don’t want to lock yourself into a tee time. You want to see what the weather’s like before you plunk down your cash. You want a place where you can go at the spur of the moment and play – when you want to play.
Or maybe you need to play fast. You’ve got four hours in the morning before taking the kids to the beach or catching a flight. You need a convenient location and a fast pace of play. Or maybe you don’t want to drive at all. You want a good course, good food and good accommodations – all in one site.
Here are five user-friendly courses for the above situations:
- Beachwood Golf Club: Located less than a sand wedge off U.S. 17 in the heart of North Myrtle Beach, this old favorite is perfect for relaxation. The layout is nice, but not intimidating. You have a good chance to shoot a good score. There’s water, but it rarely must be carried in the air. So you won’t lose all your golf balls on the first three holes. A popular site for captain’s choice benefits and other outings, the course is well conditioned. The tees, fairways, bunkers and greens are always in good condition. There’s beer in the clubhouse, the staff is friendly, the atmosphere is light, and the greens fees are among the lowest in the area. Just give it your best shots and enjoy a day of fun.
- Myrtlewood Golf Club: You want to play quick, this 36-hole complex located off U.S. 17 Bypass only a few minutes from most Myrtle Beach hotels and Broadway at the Beach, is a great place to do it. Turn off the Bypass between 38th and 48th North onto the entrance road and soon you’re on the tee. There are two solid courses, giving you a choice. Both courses can be played quickly. Course conditions are good. The greens aren’t tricky – they are good, but don’t require 3 minutes to lineup a 3-foot putt to avoid a 3-putt bogey. Each course has hazards, but not a lot of long grass or thick woods leading to a lengthy search. The Palmetto Course finishes in the shadows of the clubhouse along the Intracoastal Waterway. You can walk it – many of the nation’s top juniors did just that for years in an AJGA event. The Pine Hills Golf Course – also walked by AJGA competitors – finishes only a Hail Mary pass away. Parking spaces are just steps from the clubhouse door.
- Sea Trail Golf Links: With 54 holes about 15 minutes above the state line, Sea Trail is a good place to try for a last-minute tee time. Two of the courses, the Jones, designed by world-renowned Rees Jones, and the Byrd, designed by prolific Carolinas architect Willard Byrd, share one spacious clubhouse. The Maples Course has a separate location with its own clubhouse. The combination of three courses and the location away from the Grand Strand’s concentration of big hotels, gives you a good chance to find an open tee time. Also accessible from U.S. 17 with an easy 5-minute drive, Sea Trail has three good courses. Traditionally, the Jones Course is the most popular, but Maples and Byrd have their supporters, too. Don’t worry about finding the courses in the development – excellent signage will get you there without help from a GPS.
The Legends Golf Club: Nowhere else can you get three great golf courses, a generous selection of top-line equipment, breakfast, lunch and a modern condo without a car. Let’s begin with the golf. Heathland, Moorlands and Parkland offer first-class, but distinctive experiences. Heathland is Scotland in South Carolina complete with pot bunkers, burns, open spaces and heather. Moorlands is golf on steroids with vast, roller-coaster greens, water, waste areas and trouble everywhere. Parkland is an excellent course, English-style with a variety of hazards. The vast, castle-like clubhouse that serves all three layouts includes a terrific pub serving hot buffet breakfast, great sandwiches (breakfast, lunch and two beers are included in the price of each round) and a variety of beverages. Keep your clubs at the clubhouse and walk a few paces to your on-site condo. Everything you want or need is right there.
- Whispering Pines: The only municipal course on the Grand Strand has undergone a major facelift in recent months, making it a viable alternative for a last-minute tee time. Located just a long par-5 from the airport, the course, driving range and practice facilities are perfect for getting in some practice time, or for sneaking in a quick round before your plane takes off. This isn’t the place where four guys pull up in a minivan and act like they’re playing their own U.S. Open. The pace of play and light traffic make for a carefree round of golf.