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 David (Schaumburg, IL) - 03/18/2014
Not as great of shape as the other course we played on our trip. There signature holes were tough as mentioned.
9 by Tommy (Madison, VA) - 03/07/2014
Everything great, time of year was reason for not all 10's
8 by Brian - 02/25/2014
The course is very challenging for the average golfer but fair. Played on a sunny 70 degree day which added to the enjoyment. The views of the intercoastal waterway that were a backdrop for a number of the holes made it even more appealing. Will most certainly play again!
9 by Tim (Chatham, VA) - 01/28/2014
Finally some good weather and the course was in good shape. Again, we were impressed with the free lunch that was provided. A very nice course that was fun to play, that was spoiled by the Pro Shop refusing to issue "rain checks" when two of our group had to leave early to go home. If they stay with a policy like this, we will not be back, even though we thoroughly enjoyed the course.
2 by Kevin (Clayton, NC) - 01/23/2014
This was the worst experience I have ever had golfing. We have been coming to Myrtle Beach for 10 years and I have never been treated so badly and rudely as I was at this course. If I were the owner I would come in and clean house of every person there. There is a systemic problem here and it starts with the manager if everyone who works there exhibits the same attitude. The people were so rude and disrespectful, from the tee off to the club house to the cafeteria. The starter was a bit over aggressive. In addition, there seems to be some confusion regarding the free lunch coupons we were given upon arrival. The man inside the club house who was apparently"in charge" dismissed everything we had to say as this was business as usually. The great thing about Myrtle Beach is there are plenty of courses to go to and this one will never get our money again. As I said we have been doing this trip every tear for 10 years now, it is 8 of us, we spend lots of money, and I can assure you this course will never see us again. In addition I will make sure I tell everyone I know and meet To stay clear of this course.
8 by Derek (Concord, NC) - 01/23/2014
Golf Marshall was not smart! He was telling us to speed up because we were holding everyone up. There was 2 groups behind, the first one was our second group and the next group was a twosome that was invited to play through but said there was no need. Also, he stated that he sent us out right behind another group. First, he was not out there when a young guy loaded our cart and sent us out, next there was no other group anywhere in sight. Then on seventh hole he decided to follow us every move we made. He continued to follow until we got to the clubhouse. Then he ran in to tell the boss. Well, the boss came out and asked if we would start the back nine on hole ##12 and we agreed if he kept that Marshall away from us because he had already irritated us enough that we were off our game. Well, after we started on 12 we were then held up the rest of the round by the slow group in front of us ......To summarize, front nine holes finished in 2 hours and 5 minutes, back nine 2:45 minutes because of the hold up. Plus the course was cart paths only. So if we played the back nine at the same pace, we would have finished in 4 hours and 10 minutes which is pretty good when you gave to walk that much.....needless to say, Glen Dornoch is now off our list. We have been coming to myrtle for 15 years and have never been treated like that before....
8 by Pete (Pasadena, MD) - 01/15/2014
10 by Morales - 12/17/2013
Wonderful course with the most breathtaking views in the area. A beer after the round on the back patio is the best.
8 by James (Decatur, IL) - 11/25/2013
General comment: This course played differently from Heather Glen
in the types of holes played, the views on the water-sided holes,
and while the greens again were not in full 'seasonal' condition,
I enjoyed playing the course. The staff was very accommodating.