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A true golfing paradise awaits in South Carolina, thanks to exceptional venues such as the Ryder Cup hosting Kiawah Island, PGA Tour venue Harbour Town and the amazing Myrtle Beach region. Our “Quick 9” hand-picked best golf courses in South Carolina, recommended by Golfbreaks.com, will give you an insight into where you will have an unforgettable time both on and off the course. Not to mention the abundance of luxurious 5-star hotels and self-catering apartments close to the nightlife.
Inspired by Scottish golf, the Legends Golf Resort in Myrtle Beach offers golfers the choice of three outstanding on-site golf courses and a further two off-site, as well as a range of stylish two and three-bed villas. The Heathland, Parkland, and Moorland courses are reminiscent of courses in the UK, whereas the Heritage Club and Oyster Bay offer typical American golf features. A golf holiday here will make you realize why Myrtle Beach has become one of the premier destinations for golfers.
With five golf courses to choose from at Kiawah Island, this resort really is a golfer’s heaven. The Ocean Course here is regarded as the 4 best public golf course in the US and hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 2012 USPGA Championship, but that is not to say that Turtle Point, Osprey Point, Oak Point and Cougar Point aren’t worth your time. On top of numerous golf courses, there are also three types of accommodation to choose from in The Sanctuary Hotel, The Resort Villas, and Private Homes, all of which offer premier comfort and luxury.
Hilton Head is a fantastic place to base your golf vacation. It is well known that Harbour Town Links is one of the best golf courses in America, and is the host venue of the RBC Heritage tournament on the PGA Tour, but you will also find two further amazing courses in Heron Point and Atlantic Dunes. The latter was the first course to be opened on the island and Heron Point was recently re-designed and re-constructed by legendary golf course architect Pete Dye.
In the heart of Hilton Head Island, you will find Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and its three fantastic golf courses. To add to the Robert Trent Jones Course, the George Fazio Course and the Arthur Hills Course, there is also a tennis center and an 11-mile lagoon, perfect for kayaking or canoeing. You should also head down to Shelter Cove Marina where you can try out several water sports such as deep sea fishing, sport crabbing, sailing and power boating.
Since opening, this incredible Arnold Palmer design has won numerous accolades such as “South Carolina Golf Course of the Year,” it is no wonder this course is a former LPGA Tour venue. The course, despite being relatively flat and in open marshland terrain, has been sculpted into an absorbing and very natural golf course. Views of the Horlbeck Creek are in abundance here, but don’t let that distract you from trying to avoid the several deep bunkers, small lakes, and wetland areas.
The Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach is another where you can find several on-site golf courses in abundance in the Dye Course, Fazio Course, Norman Course and Love Course. In fact, the Love and Fazio courses are regarded as two of the toughest on the East Coast. Aside from Myrtle Beach’s “fantastic four,” you will find comfortable accommodation in the Golf Villas and Yacht Club Villas. Understandably, the Golf Villas are perfect for those on a golf vacation and offer views of the courses, as well as a neighborhood pool.
Just one mile from the bridges to Hilton Head Island, you will find the outstanding Hilton Head National. Thanks to a combination of distinct design philosophies from Gary Player and Bobby Weed, the course offers a unique 18 holes of golf in Hilton Head that makes you use every single club in the bag. Local residents consider this course the best of the best, so if you’re on vacation in the Hilton Head area and want to play golf, you should definitely consider this beauty.
Annually ranked inside America’s “100 Greatest Public Courses,” Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is a must-play for those on vacation in South Carolina, especially the Myrtle Beach area. From the moment you make your way up the entrance lined with centuries-old oaks, to holing your last putt on the 18th green, you will just be in awe of the place. However, the antebellum-style clubhouse is the perfect place to relax and take in what you have just experienced after your round.
South Carolina Lowcountry breezes from the Intercoastal Waterway, combined with ancient oak trees, are what sets apart The Links at Stono Ferry from other courses in Charleston. Just 30-minutes from downtown Charleston, this course is a refuge from society’s hustle and bustle. For those who enjoy their history, how would you like to say you’ve played golf on the site of a historic Revolutionary War battle? Well, on The Links at Stono Ferry you can do exactly that.
Republished with permission from Golfbreaks.com