As usual, South Carolina’s perennially top-ranked duo – Kiawah Island Resort’s Ocean Course and Hilton Head’s Harbour Town Golf Links – lead the Palmetto Five. The Ocean Course, built by famed architect Pete Dye and host of the 1991 Ryder Cup and last summer’s PGA Championship, is No. 8, beating out the PGA Tour’s home course, TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium course).
Harbour Town, another Dye design and home since 1969 of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, ranks a shade behind at No. 13 – positioned between two of the nation’s most highly regarded new designs, Florida’s Streamsong (Red) at 12 and Streamsong (Blue) at 14.
At No. 25 is Myrtle Beach’s top-rated Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, designed by the late Mike Strantz, a Mount Pleasant before his death. The Jack Nicklaus-designed May River Course at Palmetto Bluff, near Hilton Head, is ranked 30th, and Myrtle Beach’s classic Dunes Golf & Beach Club, built in 1949 by the late Robert Trent Jones Sr., rounds out the state’s best at No. 33.
Besides the Top 100, Golfweek also selected its “Next 100” resort courses, listing them alphabetically, with four more South Carolina layouts making the list. Those are North Myrtle Beach’s Barefoot Landing (Tom) Fazio and (Davis) Love courses, both built in 2000; Myrtle Beach’s Grande Dunes Golf Club, designed by Roger Rulewich; and Heron Point by Pete Dye, part of Hilton Head’s Sea Pines Resort.
For golfers looking for something more permanent than a resort stay, Golfweek also rates its “100 Best Residential Golf Courses” – and South Carolina ranks even higher, with eight courses earning spots: No. 15 Long Cove Club (Pete Dye, Hilton Head); No. 24 Kiawah Island Club’s Cassique (Tom Watson); No. 43 Spring Island’s Old Tabby Links (Arnold Palmer, Okatie); No. 51 The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards (Tom Fazio, Sunset); No. 70 Briar’s Creek (Rees Jones, John’s Island); No. 84 Colleton River (Nicklaus, Bluffton); No. 89 Daniel Island Ralston Creek (Rees Jones, Charleston); and No. 92 Kiawah Island Club’s River Course (Fazio).
Nine other S.C. courses made Golfweek’s “Second 100 Residential” list: Belfair Golf Club’s East and West courses (both Fazio, Bluffton); Berkeley Hall’s South Course (Fazio, Bluffton); Colleton River’s Dye course (Bluffton); Country Club of South Carolina (Ellis Maples, Florence); Haig Point (Rees Jones, Daufuskie Island); Oldfield (Greg Norman, Okatie); The Reserve at Lake Keowee (Nicklaus, Sunset); and Tidewater Plantation (Ken Tomlinson, Myrtle Beach).
To see both complete lists, see Golfweek’s resort courses ranking here. The residential rankings can be seen here.