A routine “Best You Can Play On the Grand Strand” honoree by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel and one of Golfweek’s 2015 “Best 100 Resort Courses,” the Barefoot Resort and Golf Love Course has continued to deck out its mantle year after year.
But it’s not the awards or the trophies that set this 2000 design apart. Instead, it’s the level-headed approach it was designed with - not to mention a piece of fictional lore early in the round.
“There are no weak sisters on that golf course,” said Director of Golf Mike Ross before pointing out his course’s biggest conversation starter. “And then the ruins. They’re really unique. We’ll have people who play out here twice in 15 years, but they always mention that part of the course.”
Starting behind the green on on the short par 4 at No. 4, the dilapidated walls visual for four holes lend themselves to plenty of questions about their age. From far away or up close, the brick could pass for the remnants of a centuries-old structure, something many believe to be true. Even though the walls were built for the course’s opening, the visual element is a worthy cause for stories and photos.
7 by Timothy - 01/05/2017
A beautiful course and a good test of golf. The greens have suffered from all the storms but are still okay. I wish they had rolled the greens after spiking the greens, but with the small spikes it was okay, just a bit let down from previous years.
My only complaint was the fact that the clubhouse added a 4th player to our threesome and told me "We're booked up solid today". It was not the truth because nobody was behind us for at least 45 minutes. He was just helping someone get out but I saw twosomes playing. If he was truthful, I would not have complained but it was obviously not the truth.
8 by Marshall (St. Louis, MO) - 12/21/2016
10 by Rod - 09/23/2016
Contrary to many of the reviews regarding the Barefoot Courses they were all in magnificent shape. The Love was the 2nd best kept of the three resort courses just behind Fazio. Bunkers had sharp edges and were a perfect consistency, fairways were like carpet and the greens were smooth and fast. They had just top-dressed a few days before but the sand had settled so that you could barely see it. If anything the fine layer of sand made the greens roll a little faster. Lots of memorable holes. Definitely check craigslist/Ebay for a "Unaccompanied Member/Guest Pass". You can play for 1/3 the retail price.
9 by Bryan - 09/22/2016
I've played here (and at all of the other Barefoot courses) almost every year over the last 8 years or so...and generally it's amazing. Fantastic course design and layout. Always in great shape...tee boxes, fairways and greens are immaculate. Even the breakfast is awesome, whether it's the buffet or you just eat at the bar or take it with you on the course...so good.
My one and only complaint is that they overbook - on Wednesdays in particular because of the reduced greens fees. It was so overbooked, in fact, that the cart staff and starter insisted on pairing our threesome with a single - on one of our carts!! I'm sorry, but I've been playing golf in Myrtle Beach and everywhere else in this country for 35 years and that's just totally unacceptable. I've played hundreds of rounds and this is only the third time that's happened. Either get more carts or stop booking so many people on your course that you have to resort to this absurdity!! A truly less than pleasant aspect to an otherwise fantastic round.
Yes, it's a great course - the front 9 is especially fun to play, but be warned -- if you come here on a Wednesday as anything other than a foursome, be prepared to get stuck playing with someone else.
9 by Mike - 08/13/2016
Normally in great shape. Not now the greens are struggling. They had just sanded the greens heavily. Hopefully in a few weeks better. Left after 9 holes
9 by Mike - 08/12/2016
Greens were in terrible shape. Sand was put down the morning we played. Left after 9 holes.
8 by Maryann (Candiac, QC) - 07/11/2016
9 by David - 06/27/2016
Great layout. Condition good as always. Great value of you play on a Wednesday. Worth a visit.
8 by Paul - 06/24/2016
I have played this course many times and it is usually in very good to excellent condition. That was not the case for the round today. Not all but a lot of the greens are in poor condition. Very disappointing since the greens were replaced a few years back and they were always very nice since the Champion Bermuda was put in. From what I saw today they have some serious green issues for a higher end priced golf course in NMB. I can't recommend the course.
10 by James - 12/18/2015
Wonderful shape and design. The striping of the rye grass was beautiful and golf course condition as close to perfect as one could expect in December. My favorite design of the 4 Barefoot courses.
While those across the United States recognize the focal point of the Grand Strand, it is important for golfers looking for the full experience to search out the areas immediately north, south and west of the primary city limits. We begin our multi-part series with four reasons to point the compass up from Myrtle Beach proper.
By Wednesday morning, scores of visiting golfers were strolling the grounds at Grande Dunes Resort Club just as they would on your typical, ideal day for a round of fall golf on the Grand Strand. With temperatures in the low 70s paired with brilliant, clear-blue skies and a light breeze, this course – along with the vast majority of golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area – was back to business as usual.
Despite being up for elimination for the sixth time overall, Jimmy Brandt elected to face off against Charlie Harrison in the Elimination Challenge. Entering Tuesday’s episode with Super Immunity still in his bag, Harrison ultimately rolled the dice, putting the money back and keeping himself in the mix.
Two former LSU Tigers - Tessa Teachman and Katy Harris - squared off in this week's elimination challenge that would bring the women's count in this competition down to two. Who would prevail? Ian Guerin has the answer.