The Grand Strand is known for its miles of breathtaking beach, fantastic local seafood and most importantly, amazing golf courses. Within the North Myrtle Beach section of the Grand Strand, a few golf courses have separated themselves from the pack. Four of the six courses are actually all grouped together within the Barefoot Landing community. The other two are separate.
Tidewater Golf Course
Located behind Cherry Grove and between the Intracoastal Waterway lies Tidewater Golf Club. One of the most breathtakingly beautiful courses around, this challenging course offers mesmerizing views and some difficult holes. Inspired by venues such as Pine Valley and Merion, Tidewater sits atop a peninsula overlooking the Atlantic Ocean while the saltwater marsh encompasses and meanders throughout the community. A contemporary design, Tidewater uses the correct course management tools to preserve this wonderful layout. Elevation changes, plenty of water and unique views not found anywhere else, Tidewater has elevated golf here along the Grand Strand.
The Surf Golf and Beach Club
A North Myrtle Beach staple, the Surf Golf and Beach Club has offered members and guests the best golf experience for the past 50 years. Demanding hole locations on a fantastic 200 acres of gently contoured, varied terrain separates this course from all others. Since its latest renovation, the Surf Club has widely been the most popular and highest rates course along the Grand Strand and continues to make strides in always improving playing conditions, and visual elements.
The Barefoot Courses; Fazio, Love, Dye and Norman are four of the best golf courses you will find while vacationing in the area. Located behind the famed Barefoot Landing shopping center, each course offers unique backdrops, terrain and challenges. One of the biggest accolades is that each course was designed by some of the most famous golf architects of all time: Tom Fazio, Davis Love III, Pete Dye, and Greg Norman.
The Fazio Course At Barefoot
If you’re looking for a challenge similar to a European course, the Fazio Course is the one to play. Staying true to the European style, the Fazio course does not have you return to the clubhouse after nine holes. While not a true links course, this classic Lowcountry course is lined with live oaks, native grasses, pines and natural sand. This Par 71, 6,834 yard course features handcrafted bunkers and many lakes to be aware of.
The Love Course At Barefoot
Designed by a Carolina native himself, the Love Course captures the essence of the Lowcountry lifestyle. With the addition of recreated ruins from an old plantation home, golfers truly get the feel of what is was like back in the day. The Love Course is roughly a 7,000 yard Par 72 course that features generous landing areas and challenging greens. Suitable for the average player and a good challenge for the more experienced golfer.
The Dye Course At Barefoot
Named 2013’s “Golf Course of the Year” the Dye Course is the only semi-private facility in the Barefoot Resort marked by a private gate for community residents and golfers. Extraordinary homes line the Intracoastal Waterway as you meander through the often treacherous 7,343 yard Par 72 course. Pete Dye truly made this one of his signature courses filled with pitfalls for stray shots mixed with gorgeous natural white sands from the Carolina Bays. The fairways are GN-1 Bermuda while the greens are newly acquired Champion UltraDarf creating a picturesque effect.
The Norman Course At Barefoot
Using the natural vegetation of South Carolina, Greg Norman set out to instill the natural beauty of the area as inspiration for this beautiful 7,200 yard Par 72 course. Set to resemble a southwest desert- without the desert, the Norman course combines open green complexes and fairways with angular lines in the shape of the course. Bunkers have MacKenzie style sloping white faces with those tricky sod walls sporadically yet strategically placed. Seven holes are set along the Intracoastal Waterway providing scenic backdrops for this “bump and run” styled course. Greg Norman wanted to make this course to give players a variety of options to play around the greens and succeeded with his variety of approach areas all using Tifdwarf grass. GN-1 is used on the tees and fairways while greens use Champion UltraDwarf Grass.
So the next time your are in and around the Myrtle Beach area, take a look at these six courses first. For a premier golfing experience that offers challenges and mesmerizing scenery, you can’t go wrong with any of these courses.