Bob Gillespie



Grande Dunes Resort: Golf Insider’s new ratings system has new No. 1

Posted 2/13/2013 4:51:00 PM

For years, golfers planning their winter/spring escapes to the Myrtle Beach area have known about the Myrtle Beach Golf Insider, which has produced monthly top-25 rankings of area courses. For 2013, though, Golf Insider – which uses thousands of ratings and reviews from Grand Strand visitors to compile those rankings of 76 courses – has rolled out its first “Hot List” of courses.

The inaugural winner: Grande Dunes Resort Club, which tops the new 25 best courses listing. The rest of the Best Five are, in order, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club; the Love Course at Barefoot Resort; True Blue Plantation; and King’s North at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club.

Courses on the Hot List are evaluated based on the most recent 30 reviews of each course, done on a 1-10 scale with 10 being the highest score, rather than on reviews dating back further. The idea, Golf Insider editor Jim Maggio said, is to “reflect a factor that is especially important to today’s traveling golfer: (a) course’s current trend.”

Grande Dunes Resort earned a 9.2 rating, edging Caledonia (9.1), Barefoot/Love (9.0), True Blue (8.9) and King’s North (8.8). Five other courses – Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club, Heather Glen Golf Links, Barefoot Resort’s Fazio course, Litchfield’s River Club and Arrowhead Golf Club – also earned 8.8 ratings; total historic review ratings were used to break ties, Maggio said.

Other courses rated at 8.0 or above include Man O’ War, TPC Myrtle Beach and Wilbrook Plantation (all 8.6); Pine Lakes (8.5); The Witch, Myrtlewood Palmetto, Wild Wing/Avocet, Tradition Club and Waterway Hills (all 8.4); Myrtle Beach National South Creek, Myrtle Beach National West and Blackmoor (all 8.3); and Litchfield Country Club and Long Bay Club (both 8.2).

To view the complete top 25 and other Golf Insider rankings, as well as to find links to individual courses, click here.