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 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.
6 by Bill (Pittsburgh, PA) - 11/21/2013
Greens were in extremely poor condition and very inconsistant, greens fees much more than course was worth on this day!!!!
9 by Jeff (Hagerstown, MD) - 11/19/2013
9 by Stephen (Lewes, DE) - 11/12/2013
A very difficult course, but manageable if you hit a decent ball. Probably the most beautiful course I've ever played. Holes 16, 17 were three of the most challenging courses I've ever played. I wish someone had better explained the layout of ##18, so I could have tried to cut across the dogleg. The greens were exceedingly fast, probably too much so. The attendants and starters were top-notch. I will definitely want to try this course again.
8 by Peter (Parkville, MD) - 11/05/2013
Too many forced carries for me; especially don't like more than one per hole.
8 by Ray (Campbell Hall, NY) - 11/05/2013
7 by Bob (Delmont, PA) - 10/22/2013
9 by Ron (Shamong, NJ) - 10/22/2013
GREENS WERE SLOW ESPECIALLY AFTER PLAYING FAST GREENS FOR 4 DAYS
9 by Ralph (Browns Summit, NC) - 09/30/2013