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Best Golf Courses in South Carolina

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South Carolina is home to a beautiful stretch of coastline on which some of the world’s best golf courses lie. At the forefront of all of these are arguably Kiawah Island and Hilton Head, both of which are home to an array of championship golf courses and between them have hosted their fair share of professional tournaments. Golfers also have the option of heading to Myrtle Beach which is renowned for having one of the most densely packed selections of golf courses anywhere in America.

With something for everyone in South Carolina, golfers and family alike are able to have the trip of a lifetime. From relaxing on the incredible beaches, dining at some truly amazing restaurants or playing a round on one of the many championship golf courses do not miss out on the trip of a lifetime.

Ocean Course at Kiawah Island

Having been catapulted onto the golfing scene following the 1991 Ryder Cup dubbed the ‘War on the Shore’, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island has gone onto host all four of the PGA of America’s major tournaments and is widely regarded as one of the most celebrated courses in America. The stunning ocean views that golfers are treated to throughout their round are the perfect accompaniment to the incredible Pete Dye designed golf course which is setup in a way that will test every facet of even the best golfer’s game. The wipsy rough gives the course the feel of some of the great UK links courses but with a twist. Any golfing fanatic will have this course on their bucket list and with Your Golf Travel ticking it off has never been easier.

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Location: Kiawah Island, Charleston
Length: 7,356 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Pete Dye
Established: 1991

Palmetto Dunes, Fazio Course

George Fazio’s creation at Palmetto Dunes is firmly ranked inside the world’s top 100 golf courses. Featuring large expanses of sand and fairways that line vast water hazards, the course is by no means a walk in the park and is arguably the most demanding test of golf on Hilton Head. Best known for its long par 4s with some stretching well over 450 yards, players can not always play safe off the tee if you hope to score well round this course. However, despite its tricky nature the course is a must play for any golfer heading to Hilton Head as its stunning layout is unlike any other you will experience.

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Quick facts about Palmetto Dunes, Fazio Course

Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Length: 6,837 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: George Fazio
Established: 1974

Tidewater Golf Club

Regarded by many as the best course in South Carolina, Tidewater is not a place to miss on your golf trip across the pond. Since opening in 1990, the course has gone from strength to strength and is constantly in immaculate condition with its perfectly manicured fairways and pristine greens. With expanses of water and vast bunkers, the course is designed to punish any errant shot but the reason it has risen to the top of the ranks in mainly due to its ability to test the games best players whilst still remaining a manageable challenge for the more average golfer. For any golfer in the area Tidewater is a must play.

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Quick facts about Tidewater Golf Club

Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Length: 7,078 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Ken Tomlinson
Established: 1990

Myrtle Beach National, Kings North

In 1996, Arnold Palmer headed up the extensive redesign of King’s North Golf Course and has created a true modern day beauty. Planting nearly 7,000 Azaleas and 600 hardwood trees, that have now fully matured, the course is a truly magical place to play golf. In true Arnie fashion, each hole is unique which creates an amazing golfing experience for everyone which culminates at the last. The 18th hole is lined with no less than 40 bunkers and is a spectacular sight from the tee.

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Quick facts about Myrtle Beach National, Kings North

Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Length: 7,017 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Arnold Palmer
Established: 1996

Barefoot, Love Course

Barefoot Golf Resort is one of the finest golfing complexes in the world boasting courses designed by 4 of the biggest names in the game. Arguably the pinnacle of the resort is 7,000 yard Davis Love III layout which is renowned for being a fair challenge to all who take it on. Love, who is known for being a fan of US Open courses has put some of these much loved features into his course at Barefoot. The thick rough and severe runoffs from the greens mean that any errant shot gets punished but for those who are striking the ball well and keeping it in play will be rewarded round here.

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Quick facts about Barefoot, Love Course

Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Length: 7,047 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Davis Love III
Established: 2000

Harbour Town Links

Gary Player Country Club is one of the country’s most recognisable golf courses having hosted the Nedbank Million Dollar Challenge since 1981. The course can be stretched to a mammoth 7,700 yards and is set in the foreground of the magnificent Pilansberg Mountains. Featuring vast expanses of water and the occasional exoctic animal, a round at Gary Player Country Club, Sun City is one that will long in the memory of every golfer.

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Quick facts about Harbour Town Links

Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Length: 7,101 yards
Par: 71
Designed by: Pete Dye & Jack Nicklaus
Established: 1969

True Blue Plantation

Formerly a rice plantation, architect Mark Stranz has managed to transform this relatively benign plot of land into one of the world’s leading golf courses. The course features vast fairways which allow players to do what we all love and open up the shoulders from the tees. The design of the course is very unique as it combines a rugged links feel with pristine fairways and towering pines creating an amazing setting to play golf in. Those looking to play one the best courses Myrtle Beach has to offer then be sure to head to True Blue Plantation.

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Quick facts about True Blue Plantation

Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Length: 7,126 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Mark Stranz
Established: 1999

Legends Resort, Heathland Course

The Heathland course at Legends Golf Resort is designed by Tom Doak whose love of links golf has shone through. With echoes of the St Andrews and Lahinch, golf in Myrtle Beach doesn’t come much better than this. The course is by no means the modern day monster that we become accustomed to measuring in at 6,800 yards but instead the coastal breeze that blows across the course and strategically placed bunkers means that clever stroke play is imperative in order to avoid trouble.

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Quick facts about Legends Resort, Heathland Course

Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Length: 6,785 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Tom Doak
Established: 1990

Caledonia Golf Club

Reminiscent of the True Blue Plantation, Caledonia Golf Club & Fish Club was also designed by Mike Stranz who once again has created a glorious championship golf course. Stranz has blended the stunning natural landscape with masterful golf course design - the product of which has been recognised in the ‘Top 100 Course You Can Play’ worldwide. The course is a favourite amongst visitors to South Carolina as its immaculate condition and impeccable service on and off the course make it a fantastic all round golfing experience.

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Quick facts about Caledonia Golf Club

Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Length: 6,526 yards
Par: 70
Designed by: Mike Stranz
Established: 1994

The Heritage Club

Situated on the banks of the Waccama River lies the beautiful Heritage Golf Club which winds its way through the stunning clusters of 300 year old oak trees. The course can be stretched out to 7,128 yards and its par 71 layout means power and precision are both required in order to navigate a round at the Heritage Club. For those looking to play a fantastic golf course in a truly remarkable setting then the Heritage Club is a must play for you.

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Quick facts about The Heritage Club

Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Length: 7,128 yards
Par: 71
Designed by: Dan Maples
Established: 1986