Myrtle Beach is home to more than 1,600 golf holes that play along rivers, marshes and tidal inlets, in addition to the challenges that play through maritime forests and sprawling live oak trees.
A Myrtle Beach golf trip offers a little bit of everything, but if you are like most golfers, holes with stunning scenery occupy a special place in your heart. If you want to play the Grand Strand’s most stunning challenges, here are the area’s five prettiest holes:
The green on the par 3 17th at Glen Dornoch backs up to the Intracoastal, providing an unencumbered view of the waterway. On a nice day, boats regularly sail by, adding to the charm of this unforgettable challenge. Throw in the railroad ties that flank a bunker on the right and No. 17 at Glen Dornoch has earned a spot on this list.
There are five holes that play along Intracoastal Waterway at Grande Dunes Resort Club and the par 3 14th is the most dramatic. The hole plays from an elevated tee box overlooking the Intracoastal to a large multi-tiered green. The view is beautiful and the tee shot is anxiety-inducing, making it one of Myrtle Beach’s most unforgettable holes
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The ninth hole at Rivers Edge is among the area’s most controversial and beautiful holes. There is no housing and the fairway is interrupted by the marshy waters of the Shallotte River, adding to the considerable scenery. You can argue about how fair you think the reed-thin green is, but there is no debating the hole’s beauty.
Nine holes at Tidewater play along either the Intracoastal Waterway or Cherry Grove Inlet and none are more scenic than the par 4 fourth. A dogleg left that hugs Cherry Grove, No. 4 demands an approach, often played from a downhill lie, to a green fronted by three large bunkers. There isn’t a prettier two-shotter along the Grand Strand.
The par 3, 13th at Pawleys Plantation is one of the area’s iconic challenges. Typically playing less than 100 yards from the white tees to a peninsula green surrounded by tidal waters, No. 13 at Pawleys is as stunning as the tee shot is daunting. The view is expansive. When the tide is out, the golf balls that dot the pluff mud in front of the bulkhead only add to the intimidation. Unofficially, this is the most photographed hole along the Myrtle Beach golf scene.
There were plenty of other candidates – No. 12 at the Dunes Club, No. 18 at Caledonia, and the Pearl’s holes along the Calabash River come immediately to mind, but these are the five prettiest holes along the Myrtle Beach golf scene.