South Carolina’s Grand Strand, including sunny Myrtle Beach, remains one of the world’s finest golf meccas, featuring the likes of Caledonia Golf Club, King’s North, and TPC Myrtle Beach. Jaw-dropping course designs from Arnold Palmer, Tom Fazio, Mike Strantz, and Robert Trent Jones line the Strand, much to the delight of visiting golfers from across the country. The most popular Myrtle Beach golf courses, as you might expect, see ample foot traffic during peak seasons. Thus, it’s common for groups to look elsewhere for a more desirable pace of play at a local hidden gem.
3 Vastly Underrated Myrtle Beach Golf Courses
Luckily for prospective guests, Sands Resorts’ four oceanfront properties offer deep discounts at some of the best golf courses in Myrtle Beach. Each stay-and-play package is priced to sell. We have working relationships with several dozen Myrtle Beach golf courses, as well as gems in nearby Calabash, Little River, Longs, Pawleys Island, and everywhere in between. To ensure that your next golf getaway is nothing short of spectacular, we’ve compiled three vastly underrated options in the region. Thankfully, the Myrtle Beach golf trail stretches far and wide, so there are countless options available, regardless of the season.
Arcadian Shores typically arises in conversations about the prettiest North Myrtle Beach golf courses, mainly because of its sublime blend of tall pines, small azure lakes, curious wildlife (including goofy alligators), and approachable greens. The Rees Jones design flawlessly utilizes 6,800 yards of Bermuda grass between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway near the bustling Tanger Outlets. Repeat visitors revere Arcadian Shores for its pristine bunkers, lush greens, challenging tee shots, and swift pace of play.
2020 ushered in a new era for Azalea Sands as they welcomed new ownership, as well as upgrades to the pro shop, restaurant, lounge, and bar. There are also ongoing renovations to several areas on the course. At the end of the day, Azalea Sands is one of the purest experiences in town, and you cannot beat those rates! Azalea Sands is often referred to as a “classic” Myrtle Beach golf course because no homes lie on its border. You’ll also enjoy the warm Southern hospitality from each employee (including the Elliott family) and, of course, those wide, wind-swept fairways.
Architect Gene Hamm’s legacy is imprinted all along the Grand Strand, including Beachwood and the aforementioned Azalea Sands. Hamm’s design is a local favorite as it’s frequently dubbed the “most player-friendly golf course in Myrtle Beach.” A pleasing pace of play, combined with the tall trees, soft greens, and lush landscaping, is as enticing as its ever been. All three of these underrated Myrtle Beach golf courses know how to entice out-of-towners: affordability. And Beachwood is as affordable as any other.
Finding the Perfect Ocean Resort in Myrtle Beach
The closest hotel to all three of these North Myrtle Beach public golf courses is Sands Ocean Club, home to the wildly popular Ocean Annie’s Beach Bar. Sands Ocean Club is the perfect place to relax after 18 or 36 holes of championship golf. Float down the lazy river, sip on a cocktail at Ocean Annie’s, sunbathe near the Atlantic, and sway to beachy music with your toes in the sand. Please remember to browse through our various money-saving Myrtle Beach golf packages, all of which include multiple rounds, discounted shuttle services, daily breakfast, and an ocean-view suite. Packages typically range from $270 to $430 per person.