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North Myrtle Beach Golf Courses

Which area of Myrtle Beach has the most courses? There are over 35 North Myrtle Beach golf courses.

Which region is home to most 4 star layouts? The North Strand with 24.

Which region has the most courses that have earned top 100 rankings? The North Strand with six (the Dye, Fazio, and Love Courses at Barefoot Resort, River's Edge, Tidewater, and Tiger's Eye.

The northern end of Myrtle Beach's Grand Strand occasionally gets overlooked by the national media, but you shouldn't make the same mistake. The area, which runs from North Myrtle Beach through Shallotte, NC, combines the best elements of Myrtle Beach and the South Strand.

Off the course, North Myrtle Beach, home of restaurant row, provides the vibrancy many want in a trip. Abundant nightlife and high-end restaurants, like Thoroughbreds and Cagney's, help give the area character.

Just across the line in Brunswick County, NC, the pace of life slows considerably. The excitement of North Myrtle Beach is replaced by two lane roads, and great golf. The epicenter of the Grand Strand golf boom was on the north end. Thirty years ago, golf was almost non-existent in sleepy Brunswick County and there were a limited number of in North Myrtle Beach tee times.

Named Best New Resort Course in the country in 1983, Oyster Bay opened the floodgates and a torrent of acclaimed layouts followed. The country roads that dissect Brunswick County now lead to golf gold with courses like Tiger's Eye, Leopard's Chase, Crow Creek, Sandpiper Bay and the layouts at Sea Trail. A drive on Route 179 is practically a self-guided tour of 4 star golf courses.

Brunswick County has also made its own unique contribution to national cuisine - Calabash style seafood. First perfected in the 1930s along the banks of the Calabash River, locals have turned fried seafood into a delicacy that visitors owe it to themselves to try.

Across the border in South Carolina, the North Myrtle Beach and Little River areas are no less appealing. The four Barefoot courses, Tidewater, Waterway Hills, Glen Dornoch, and Heather Glen are a sampling of the layouts that offer excellent golf and stunning views.

Off the course, Barefoot Landing provides an anchor entertainment complex and some of the area's best food. Greg Norman's Australian Grille, which specializes in steak, and Umberto's an Italian eatery, are two of the area's finest restaurants, but they are hardly alone. Establishments like Martini's or Parson's Table provide an abundance of fine dining options. For golfers looking for local flavor, the Little River Marina is home to Crab Catcher's. The locally owned restaurant is located on the Intracoastal Waterway and prepares fresh caught shrimp and fish.

Like the rest of the area, the North Strand has benefitted from the construction of new roads, most recently an exit off Route 31 that empties on to Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. The new exit is a guaranteed time saver.

If you want easy access to great golf, abundant nightlife, and the option of a relaxed atmosphere, a trip to Myrtle Beach's North Strand should be under strong consideration.


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