Indian Wells Golf Club

  • 100 Woodlake Drive Garden City, SC 29576
  • 1-800-882-3420
  • Designer: Gene Hamm
  • Rating: 72.6
  • Slope: 136
  • Yardage: 6624

Located in Garden City Beach, South Carolina, Indian Wells is one of the longtime favorite courses along the Grand Strand. Originally opened in 1985 and named the “South Carolina Golf Course of the Year” in 2004, Indian Wells was designed by Gene Hamm. With well-maintained TifEagle Bermuda putting surfaces, often flanked by bunkers but often left with open fronts, the course is classic in nature—tree-lined, not overly long and enjoyable to play. Water comes into play on 16 of Indian Wells’ 18 holes, but it is often to the side of play, meaning large forced carries are minimized.

The thoughtful design of the course is such that it is also known as one of the most women-friendly courses in the area, adding to its popularity, especially among nearby residents. One of its hallmarks is a group of par fives that features a couple eminently reachable-in-two three-shotters. The best of these is the clever 13th, which plays to 465 or 445 yards from the middle two sets of tees, is a genuine birdie opportunity as long as players can negotiate the hole’s double-dogleg nature—first to the right, then left. The 18th hole, a 410-yard par four, has been included on “Myrtle Beach Dream 18” lists, which highlight the best singular golf holes in the area.

Indian Wells hosts rounds for the World Amateur Handicap Championship as well as the National Father & Son Championship each summer. It features a full-service grille and scenic back deck where players can enjoy a drink or lunch in the sunshine. The practice facility includes a grass-tee driving range and putting green for pre-round warmups or a leisurely practice session.

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