Famous Golf Courses in South Carolina

South Carolina is home to more than 450 golf courses, including some of the most famous in the world. With courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Davis Love III, the Palmetto State hosts many prestigious tournaments, although most of the best courses are also open to the public.

Caledonia Golf and Fish Club

Caledonia was designed by Mike Strantz and has been recognized for its design and beauty, from the century-old live oaks that line the entrance to the antebellum-styled clubhouse. When it opened in 1995, Caledonia was ranked 5th Best New Public Course in America by “Golf Digest.” It’s a par-70 course, with a slope of 132, yardage of 6,526 and a USGA Course Rating of 70.9. Features include champion Bermuda grass, water hazards, a chipping area, driving range, practice bunker, putting green and pull carts. The clubhouse has a restaurant, snack shop and showers.

Caledonia Golf and Fish Club

369 Caledonia Drive

Pawleys Island, SC 29585



Dunes Golf and Beach Club

The Dunes Golf and Beach Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones and built in 1948. Consistently named as one of the Top 100 Classic Courses by “Golf Week,” it’s hosted many national events. Each hole has its own descriptive name, with hole 13, “Waterloo,” the recipient of many accolades and awards as one of the greatest golf holes in the world. The A-1 bentgrass course is a par 72, with 7,195 yards, a slope rating of 144 and USGA Course Rating of 75.7. The Dunes has a complete practice complement, oceanfront dining and full guest locker facilities.

Dunes Golf and Beach Club

9000 North Ocean Blvd.

Myrtle Beach, SC 29572



Harbour Town Golf Course

The Harbour Town course on Hilton Head Island was designed by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus and opened in 1969. It’s been home to the annual Verizon Heritage tournament since its opening, with the winner’s tartan jacket a nod to the course’s Scottish theme. Placing a premium on finesse, imagination and shot-making rather than strength, Harbour Town is repeatedly selected by the PGA Tour professionals as one of their favorites. Its Bermuda grass fairways and Tifeagle greens create a par 71, with a total yardage of 6,973 yards from the Heritage tees, a slope of 146 and USGA rating of 74.0.

Harbour Town Golf Course

Sea Pines Resort

32 Greenwood Drive

Hilton Head Island, SC 29928



Kiawah Island Resort–Ocean Course

The Ocean Course earned overnight fame when it hosted the now-notorious “War by the Shore” Ryder Cup Matches in 1991. The course also made its big screen debut in November 2000 in the movie “The Legend of Bagger Vance.” The Ocean Course was named No. 4 Public Golf Course in the United States and America’s Toughest Resort Course by “Golf Digest.” It’s said of the Pete Dye-designed oceanfront layout that probably no other golf course in the world outside of the United Kingdom is affected as much by the wind, where players can find an 8-club difference on holes from one round to the next. The Bermuda-grass course offers 7,937 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72, with a course rating of 79.6 and a slope rating of 155.

Kiawah Island, Ocean Course

One Sanctuary Beach Drive

Kiawah Island, SC 29455



TPC Myrtle Beach

The TPC course in Myrtle Beach has the distinction of being the only South Carolina course recipient of a five-star rating from “Golf Digest,” which also named it one of America’s Top 10 New Upscale Public Courses when it opened in 1999. Designed by Tom Fazio, it features groomed fairways and greens, towering pines and expansive wetlands and has hosted the Senior Tour Championship. The par 72 is spread out over 6,950 yards, has a course slope of 145 and a USGA rating of 74.0.

TPC Myrtle Beach

1199 TPC Blvd.

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576




  • Harbour Town Golf Course
  • Kiawah Island, Ocean Course
  • TPC Myrtle Beach


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