Golf Digest Ranks Top 30 Courses in SC

By:Bob Gillespie


Kiawah Island Resort in South Carolina
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort.

Among Golf Digest’s numerous biennial listings of America’s best golf courses is the magazine’s ranking of each state’s top layouts. Two of the top three in South Carolina are not only regulars in the rankings but also courses open to the public: The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort (No. 1, as usual) and Hilton Head’s Harbour Town Golf Links.

Not surprising given the state’s reputation as a golf destination for visitors, nine of the state’s 30 listed courses are also public. Tops among the others is No. 9 May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, considered one of Jack Nicklaus’ finest recent works.

The Ocean Course and Harbour Town maintain their status, in part, because of their international reputations having hosted top professional events (and both being designed by famed architect Pete Dye doesn’t hurt, either). The Ocean Course, created to host the 1991 Ryder Cup Matches, most recently was the site of the 2012 PGA Championship. Harbour Town, of course, is home to SC’s lone annual PGA Tour tournament, the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.

The other six public-access courses according to Golf Digest are Myrtle Beach’s The Dunes Golf & Beach Club (No. 16); Pawleys Island’s Caledonia Golf & Fish Club (No. 21); Myrtle Beach’s Grande Dunes Resort (No. 27); Murrells Inlet’s TPC Myrtle Beach (No. 28); Caledonia’s “sister course,” True Blue (No. 29); and Charleston’s Wild Dunes Links Course (No. 30), a new addition this time.

For a complete listing of South Carolina’s 30 top courses by Golf Digest, visit​es/south_carolina.

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