Golf 2010

Robert Gilbert



Ranking the Best of the Best of South Carolina

Posted 4/10/2010 6:45:00 PM

Golf season is about to kick into high gear, and for those you making your “Course Wish List,” you’ll definitely want to check out the latest South Carolinagolf courserankings just released by the S.C. Golf Course Ratings Panel. Of special note, each of the 125 panelists were required to play each course before voting. So, unlike a lot of rankings, these are actually based on first-hand experience.

The top 50 features 15 public courses (meaning anyone can play), including 3 of the top 5. If you know golf in South Carolina, the two top rated courses will come as no surprise— Harbour Town Golf Links, host of the PGA’s Verizon Heritage, and The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort, host of the 2012 PGA Championship.

Also making it into the top 5 is the relatively new (opened in 2004), Nicklaus-designed May River Golf Club in Bluffton, a course set amid the 300 year-old live oaks on the banks of the namesake May River.

The Robert Trent Jones gem, Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, finished eighth in the balloting. Their signature hole 13, appropriately named “Waterloo,” has been rated consistently as one of the best par 5’s in the country.

Other public courses making the Top 50 are: Caledonia Golf and Fish Club (#12), Kiawah Island Club River Course (#15), Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation (#26), Wild Dunes Resort - Links Course (#32), Wachesaw Plantation (#33), Barefoot Resort, Dye Course (#38), True Blue Plantation (#39), Grande Dunes Resort Course (#41), Heron Point by Pete Dye (#43), Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club (#49), Mount Vintage Plantation & Golf Club (#50).