True to its name, Farmstead Golf Links gives players the feeling of playing golf “down on the farm,” as the course occupies property that used to be farmland for a prominent local family, the McLambs. In 2001, the golf course, designed by Willard Byrd and Dave Johnson, emerged from the landscape and has been a delight to its loyal local players and thousands of annual visitors ever since. With sprawling fairways, well-placed bunkers and undulating greens, the course has an open feel, with wind affecting play most every day.
Nestled in the heart of Little River, South Carolina, Eagle Nest Golf Club is one of the most conveniently located courses along the northern end of the Grand Strand. Designed by Gene Hamm, the course opened in 1971, making it one of the longest-tenured courses in the area, having been enjoyed by countless thousands of locals and visiting golfers alike in parts of five decades.
Ranked among the “Top 100 Courses in America”, the famed Dunes Golf & Beach Golf is a classic Robert Trent Jones seaside design built in the mid-1940s. Many of the holes on the front nine are bordered by mature oaks and pines. Much of the back nine plays along the tidal marshes and Singleton Lake. Gently rolling hills with Robert Trent Jones’ signature elevated greens complexes and deep bunkers make this a great test of golf, thus a popular venue for major golf events.
Crown Park features five sets of tees, with the back Blue set maxing out at a very modest 6,477 yards, par 72. The rest of the tee sets are relatively manageable as well, right down to the Green tees, which play 4,473 yards and are perfect for higher handicap female players and junior golfers just taking up the game.
Crow Creek Golf Club is located in Calabash, North Carolina, just a couple miles over the state border. One of the noted courses of the northern Grand Strand, it is convenient to central Myrtle Beach as well. Designed by Rick Robbins and opened in 2000, it is a modern course built with classical sensibilities.
Opened in 1994, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club was Mike Strantz’s first solo course design. In nearly 20 years, it has been one of the absolute favorite golf courses on the Grand Strand and consistently ranks as one of the top public-accessible courses in the South by every major golf publication.
Burning Ridge Golf Club is located in the center of the Grand Strand, just off highway 501 between Myrtle Beach and the town of Conway, convenient to most oceanfront resorts. Designed by Gene Hamm, the golf course opened in 1980 and has been a favorite of residents and visitors alike ever since. It boasts rolling terrain and well-maintained TifEagle Bermuda putting surfaces.
Open since 1990, Blackmoor Golf Club is one of the Grand Strand’s most beloved modern layouts. It is the work of legendary golfer and golf course architect Gary Player—his only design effort in the Myrtle Beach area. Blackmoor’s location in scenic Murrells Inlet places it among the prestigious courses of the area’s Waccamaw Golf Trail.
Situated alongside the Fazio, Love and Dye courses at Barefoot, the Norman Course offers the award-winning resort’s most stunning visuals and, arguably, its most player-friendly course. With five sets of tees that range from 4,953 to 7,035 yards, Norman crafted a layout for any level of golfer.
More than a decade after Barefoot became the first, and still only, American facility to open four courses simultaneously, the Love Course is the property’s most popular layout. It has been a fixture on Golf Magazine’s list of “The Top 100 You Can Play,” a ranking of public courses and was the host site of Golf Channel’s hit reality TV show; ‘BIG BREAK’ Myrtle Beach. Even more importantly, is the place the Love Course holds in the hearts of golfers.