When golf enthusiasts think of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, they often conjure images of endless fairways rolling toward the expansive Southern Atlantic horizon. While the area indeed boasts more than 100 golf courses to cater to every skill level, a unique and somewhat overlooked feature of the Myrtle Beach golf scene is the handful of courses that lie along the picturesque Intracoastal Waterway. Intertwining meticulously designed courses with natural beauty, these waterway golf courses offer more than just a round of golf, but a one-of-a-kind experience.
The Grand Dunes Golf Club
What better place to start our exploration than with Grande Dunes Golf Club? This par-72 course runs parallel to the Waterway, blending seamlessly into the coastal landscape. Designed by the renowned Roger Rulewich, it has been hailed as one of the “Top 100 You Can Play” by Golf Magazine. With seven holes directly along the water, Grande Dunes Golf Club provides many opportunities to soak in the views while you navigate the wide, sloping fairways.
Arrowhead Country Club
Next on our list is the Arrowhead Country Club, a Raymond Floyd-designed 27-hole course known for its spectacular setting. With three 9-hole courses aptly named Waterway, Cypress, and Lakes, golfers are challenged by strategic water hazards and meticulously placed bunkers. The Waterway nine offers sweeping views of the Intracoastal Waterway, bringing an undeniably coastal charm to your round.
Myrtlewood Golf Club
Not far from Arrowhead Country Club, we find the Myrtlewood Golf Club with two layouts: the PineHills and Palmetto courses. While both courses promise excellent golfing experiences, it’s the Palmetto course that makes our list for its impressive views of the Waterway. Revamped by Arthur Hills in 1993, this course offers risk-reward decisions, accuracy-demanding shots, and greens well-guarded by bunkers.
The Dunes Golf and Beach Club
A Myrtle Beach article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the prestigious Dunes Golf and Beach Club. This Robert Trent Jones Sr. design is recognized as one of his finest creations. While it does not meander directly along the Waterway, the 13th hole, aptly known as “Waterloo,” bends around Lake Singleton and provides stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway. The challenging tee shot and strategic layout make it one of the most memorable holes in Myrtle Beach.
Tidewater Golf Club
Further north, in North Myrtle Beach, sits the Tidewater Golf Club. Known as the “Pebble Beach of the East,” Tidewater is the first course ever named “Best New Course” by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine in the same year. The layout envelops the naturally dramatic coastal landscape with several holes offering magnificent views of the Waterway as well as Marsh and Cherry Grove Inlets.
Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links
Finally, we reach Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links in Little River. This challenging, yet intensely scenic course, winds along the Waterway, demanding precision and strategy on every hole. The final three holes are said to be some of the toughest in Myrtle Beach, but the breathtaking views of the Intracoastal Waterway help to soften any golfing blows.
Golfing in Myrtle Beach is more than just a game; it’s three to four hours spent in some of the most stunning coastal landscapes in the United States. So next time you’re planning a golf trip, remember the gem that is the Intracoastal Waterway collection of golf courses. These courses offer an unrivaled connection with nature merged seamlessly with a world-class golfing experience. The fairways may be challenging, but the views are sure to be rewarding.