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.
10 by Ray (Porth, UK) - 11/07/2014
Joint favourite among our group (along with Oyster Bay).
9 by Thomas (Middleport, OH) - 10/30/2014
The last three holes are h--l!! The layout is great with so many different holes. The course is scenic in every direction, but it is a bear to play. Great golf course!!
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.
10 by Barry (Salisbury, MD) - 10/15/2014
Very hard course for the average golfer to score well. Would not choose this course again.
9 by Greg (Brunswick, GA) - 10/06/2014
7 by Mike (Broomfield, CO) - 10/03/2014
A good course layout and well worth the play. The fairways and greens were in good shape and the course played fine despite all the rain that had been in the area over the previous days. The only real blemish was the starter being very rude to some of our guys. He wouldn't allow some of our group to go over to #10 (where we started) so they could watch our guys tee off. He said doing that "slowed down play", which is absurd. His entire attitude in general was that of someone trying to dictate rather than be helpful and he should probably find a different role where his bad attitude doesn't affect people that are just trying to have fun on their vacations.
10 by Dave (Vernon Rockville, CT) - 09/30/2014
Loved that one the best!!