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.
8 by Mark (Columbus, OH) - 08/19/2015
Enjoyed several holes along Intracoastal Waterway. Presented good challenge.
8 by Dave W. - 02/14/2015
Great course - not in great shape.
7 by Eric (Durham, NC) - 02/08/2015
Holes 16-18 were very picturesque along the marsh/Intracoastal Waterway. For the time of year, the price was high for less than optimal customer service.
7 by Paul (Frederick, MD) - 02/03/2015
7 by Rob (Hampton, ON) - 11/17/2014
10 by Ray (Porth, UK) - 11/07/2014
Joint favourite among our group (along with Oyster Bay).
2 by Robert - 10/22/2014
I have been going to Myrtle for over 20 years and have played Dornoch every year since it opened in 1998. Used to love the place but because of my experience this past week I will never go back. Greens were absolutely the worst greens I have ever played. They had been over seeded and verti cut which all courses have to do. Unfortunately we were never told and paid full price. When we complained the manger said we were the only ones who had and refused to even apologize. it was amazing he said that because when in the Pro Shop we saw three other groups complaining. Dornoch does not care or respect their customers so they will never get another dime from me. I suggest everyone stay away and send them a clear message.
2 by Larry - 10/21/2014
Played there on 10/17/2014 & the greens were completely unplayable. The management said we were the only complainers. We saw other groups complaining as well. We are taking it off our list for next year....too bad the layout is good,
10 by Bob (West Wareham, MA) - 10/18/2014
Rain after 5 holes.
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.