Locally, statewide or across both Carolinas, Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links has received top honors from publications such as Golf Magazine, Zagat’s and GolfStyles. The nods from writers and visitors somehow seem to sell the course short.
Glen Dornoch has put its environment to use. It cuts through land boasting live oaks and plenty of marsh land, and the crescendoing track leads you to arguably the best last few holes on South Carolina’s Grand Strand while the scenery serves as a healthy reminder of exactly where you are.
“There are very few courses that have the [Intracoastal] Waterway views we have,” head professional Ben Acre said. “Aesthetically, it’s one of the best in the area. The course is in fantastic shape. As far as playability, it’s more of a shot-makers course. It’s not a course you don’t want to use the driver on every hole.”
That’s good, because you’ll want to save your energy there for the finisher. Chasing a fantastic par 3 on No. 17, the split-fairway No. 18 tempts even mid-range hitters to go after the secondary target area closer to the green. Reaching it means navigating past overflow areas tied to - you guessed it - the Intracoastal Waterway.
by Jacob (Gaithersburg, MD) - 11/15/2016
Paying for range balls at a course with $100 greens fees is a little ridiculous.
by Jonathan (High Point, NC) - 10/23/2016
Great course , scenic, just nice.
by Wendy - 10/07/2016
What a view, especially the last two holes and while enjoying a refreshment on the veranda post game. The course was very interesting with beautiful natural areas which made club selection very important. We would have liked to play this course twice as a second round should show improvement.
by Ted - 08/03/2016
Overall course conditions are good. A few spots in some fairways & greens. Lots of great views of the waterway. You need to be on your A game to score here. I would recommend playing.
by Jim (Suwanee, GA) - 04/27/2016
Glen Dornoch is a beautiful course. The finishing holes are some of the prettiest and most challenging in the Myrtle Beach area. The course was in great shape and everyone from the bag drop to the pro shop to the grill was very nice. GREAT course that I have already returned to this year and recommended to others.
by Jimmy (Lexington, NC) - 04/03/2016
Great layout, disappointed in overall condition given the time of year!
by Mark (Park City, UT) - 09/30/2015
Course in great shape despite lots of rain.
Would have liked to know that Yardage Guide was under scorecard! May have hit less club on 16.
by Joseph (Marlton, NJ) - 09/28/2015
I played here years ago still a great venue. Greens need some work not much. Staff very professional.
by Mark (Columbus, OH) - 08/19/2015
Enjoyed several holes along Intracoastal Waterway. Presented good challenge.
by Dave W. - 02/14/2015
Great course - not in great shape.
There are so-called golf meccas in the United States that bill themselves as having a course for everyone. And even though reputations are earned and tastes differ, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that Myrtle Beach has lost more courses in the last 15 years than some of those other areas are still boasting.
What makes a great golf course can be debated, and beauty is, as they say, in the eye of the beholder. Here are five scene stealers that can’t be ignored, even when the scores aren’t shaping up how you hoped.
Any golf course wishing to make a great impression has to put a quality bow on its product. For most, that comes in the form of the 18th hole, a place where the scorecard wraps up, but also where a designer’s work must be on its best display. South Carolina’s Grand Strand does that well, with more than its fair share of great finishers.
For as many courses as the Myrtle Beach area has to offer, there are actually only a select few that can claim direct contact with the Intracoastal Waterway. Some dip and dive around the jutting marshland connected to it. Others used the elevated land next to the Waterway as the perfect setting for a picturesque hole. Either way, these six courses have something special to offer.
No matter how great the first 17 holes of a round might be, the memory of a course is often tied to the finisher. A jaw-dropping No. 18 can put you in an emotional state that leaves you craving more. Up and down South Carolina’s Grand Strand, five of the area’s courses are home to some fantastic finishers.