Opened in 1996 and designed by Clyde Johnston, Glen Dornoch brings some of the aesthetics of the links courses of Great Britain and Ireland—features like pot bunkers, undulating greens and a windy site—to the Myrtle Beach golf scene. Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” list gives it four out of five stars and many locals and vacation visitors alike love the place.
The golf course measures just under 6,900 yards from the championship tees and carries one of the highest slope ratings—145—of any golf course in the Myrtle Beach area. as such, it is an ideal course for players who love a challenge to tee it up. The Intracoastal Waterway comes into play on five holes and other water hazards come into play on six more. Keeping one’s golf ball dry is only half the battle, though, as a number of pot bunkers guard the large, undulating TifEagle Bermuda putting surfaces.
The signature hole at Glen Dornoch is the finisher, a long par four that plays 455 yards from the tips, with the Intracoastal Waterway running up the left side of the hole. Players can either aim their tee shots well to the right and leave a long iron or fairway wood approach or take a daring and more direct line to the green that may leave a short iron or wedge second shot. Taking on the more aggressive option is perilous, though, as the landing area is not terribly wide. The green on the 18th is part of a double-green with the equally stunning par four 9th, guarded by half a dozen of Glen Dornoch’s trademark pot bunkers.
Off the golf course, Glen Dornoch is a gem with well-appointed facilities. The stately clubhouse overlooks the Waterway, affording golfers and other visitors from the community the opportunity to have a drink or a bite to eat with a view. The practice facilities are wonderful as well, with a spacious grass-tee driving range and a practice putting and chipping green close to the first tee.
6 by Richard (Cranberry Township, PA) - 07/29/2014
Disappointing that yardage distances are not on most of the sprinkler heads, etc. That should be an easy fix and speaks to course maintenance.
10 by Mike (Charlotte, NC) - 07/24/2014
I loved the layout of this course holes 8,9,16,17&18 are very nice holes. 16,17 & 18 are a really good set of finishing holes probably the best on the grand strand. the fairways were in great shape greens were 8 days after being aerated and in pretty good shape considering that. the course is a shot makers course.
10 by Tass (Billerica, MA) - 06/06/2014
Really enjoy playing here. the views are tremendous and the course and staff are first rate
9 by John (Seaford, NY) - 06/06/2014
9 by Richard (Seneca, SC) - 06/05/2014
9 by Lee (Brunswick, GA) - 06/03/2014
I don't think the group leader having to sign accepting responsibility for any damage to any golf cart in his group is very good for business, especially when the golf course accepts no responsibility for any damage or injury to golfers on the same sheet of paper. Will not play again.
9 by Pat (Chicago, IL) - 06/02/2014
Tough course! A bit pricey at $170, but you pay for the views. A GPS system would make this course more playable for an average golfer. Staff was great and pace of play was quick... especially for a Saturday. I think I'd enjoy the course more knowing the layout of some of the holes. Enjoy the scenery!
9 by Ken (Penhook, VA) - 06/02/2014
A must play for anyone that enjoys a real challenge and a beautiful course. People at the course were great. Really a challenge.
9 by Herb (Baltimore, MD) - 06/02/2014
9 by Rick (Pulaski, NY) - 06/02/2014
The greens were smooth yet slower than one might imagine by the look of them which cost a point or two. Great layout and a high recommendation for me to others. Loved the last 3 finishing holes. Really makes you consider your shots. It was a treat to meet Mike Siani from the Raiders. He was excellent and a wealth of information.