Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is one of the premier golf destinations in all of North America. In addition to including dozens of courses up and down the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach itself features nearly three dozen courses within city limits. The good news for visiting golfers is that most of these are public courses.
Wicked Stick Golf Links
Wicked Stick Golf Links is an 18-hole, 7,000-yard, par-72 course that is distinguished in the area thanks to the fact it is golf pro John Daly's first signature course in the Myrtle Beach area.
It is obvious that Daly used his "Grip it and rip it" mentality when designing this course. The course features four sets of tees: forward, back, championship and Daly. The Daly tees are sometimes as far as nearly 50 yards farther from the hole than the championship tees.
Wicked Stick Golf Links 1051 Coventry Road Myrtle Beach, SC 29575 800-797-8425 wickedstick.com
Prestwick County Club
The Prestwick Country Club features an 18-hole, 7,058-yard, par-72 course heralded as one of the best courses–public or private–in Myrtle Beach. Golf Digest gave the course a rating of four-a-half-stars out of a possible five.
Club selection is very important on this course. This becomes evident on the first hole, a par-4, 383-yard hole that is more difficult than it looks. Golfers who aim their tee shot to the right of the fairway set themselves up for a better angle on their second shot, which is the approach shot onto a narrow green.
Prestwick County Club 1001 Links Road Myrtle Beach, SC 29575 888-250-1767 prestwickcountryclub.com
Island Green Golf Club
The Island Green Golf Club features an 18-hole, par-72, 6,200-yard course that provides enough challenges throughout to make up for its lack of distance. Perhaps this is most evident on the 18th hole, which is Island Green's namesake. This par-3 requires an excellently placed shot thanks to the water that surrounds it on all sides. Those who hope to eek the ball past the water should think twice, as the green is protected by two front-side bunkers. The course includes well-maintained greens and Bermuda grass fairways throughout.
Island Green Golf Club 600 Sunnehanna Drive Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 800-833-6337 mbgolf.com
Heron Point Golf Club
The Heron Point Golf Club is home to the 18-hole, 6,500-yard, par-72 Heron Course. The course includes Bermuda greens and fairways.
Golfers hoping for a solid round can give themselves an advantage by starting off with a birdie or par on the first hole, a par-4, 333-yard hole. Although the hole is a straight shot, beware a bunker on the right and left of the fairway as well as the front and back of the green. Keeping your shots straight is more important than distance on this hole, so you may want to put away the driver.
Heron Point Golf Club 6980 Blue Heron Blvd. Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 800-786-1671 heronpointgolfclub.com