Myrtle Beach's Grand Strand runs along the South Carolina coast from Georgetown to the North Carolina state line and offers great golf all along that stretch. Variety, too - there's a distinct flavor to courses in the south end, north end and central portion, as well as courses near the beach and more inland.
How to choose? Easy - don't. For this four-day golf outing, play one course in each of the geographic areas, plus a "wild card," and use the US 17 Bypass and feeder highways to experience the entire lineup. Stay in a hotel near the middle of town. It's that easy. Here's an outline for a great weekend. Call it your own Myrtle Beach package.
The address says it all. Pine Lakes is Myrtle Beach's first golf course, built in 1927 by famed architect Robert White, the first president of the PGA of America, and renovated several times since. Situated in the heart of Myrtle Beach, the course was built on dunes less than a half-mile from the ocean, and it incorporates several freshwater lakes as well as rolling fairways. The latest renovations recreated the essence of White's original design, with the back nine in particular reflecting his philosophy. This is a must-play on anyone's Myrtle Beach agenda.
Welcome to the south end of the Grand Strand, where Heritage Club offers a trip back in time. Built on the grounds of two historic rice plantations, this 600-acre site by architect Dan Maples features magnolia trees, freshwater lakes and marshes, creating a Lowcountry golf experience. Gently rolling fairways are dotted by strategic bunkering, and a number of holes play over and around the water. A Southern plantation-style clubhouse adds to what Golf Digest ranks as one of the nation's 50 Best Public Courses in America.
Home to what have been called the three toughest finishing holes on the Grand Strand, this Gene Hamm championship layout starts with an easy, virtually straight-away par five, followed by 14 holes through a classic South Carolina landscape with gently rolling hills, towering pines and natural lakes. And then comes Hamm's big finale. Following its construction in 1971, two new sets of tees were added, making it the longest golf course in South Carolina at 8,000 yards and one of the shortest at 3,800.
If this is your last day in Myrtle Beach, do it in style with 27 holes to choose from. This course - near Myrtle Beach International for those flying out afterward - was designed by PGA Tour legend and Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd, who teamed with SC architect Tom Jackson to build a challenging layout along the Intracoastal Waterway. The three nines (Waterway, Cypress and Lakes) each offer a unique experience, with plenty of sand, mounding and water. Arrowhead was voted Best of the Grand Strand in 2012.