King’s North at Myrtle Beach National is one of the area’s most decorated courses, having earned Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” 4.5 Star honors each year for more than a decade after forcing it’s way into the publication’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” list in 2004.
It’s an upward trend that started in 1996 upon Arnold Palmer’s touch-up and the subsequent two decades of top-end golf.
“It’s a great design,” first assistant professional Brian Lewis said. “It’s got Arnold’s personal touch on it. He came out and did the re-design itself. … It’s a special course. it’s got a beautiful design.”
The course’s signature holes could also be considered one of the Grand Strand’s signature holes. The par-5, No. 6 - affectionately known as “The Gambler” - includes an island fairway to the left of the safer stretch. Players who can reach the back half of that island then have a manageable second shot onto the green. Make both, and you’re putting for eagle.
Those who don’t get that first shot far enough and still press the issue, or those who miss the island altogether, come to understand why Kenny Rogers lent the title of one of his most famous songs to this hole.
9 by Gary - 11/23/2015
Course was challenging, the Gambler hole was memorable to play. Would play again. Course was crowded on every hole. Tee times could have been spaced farther apart for more steady playing. Waited at every tee and every fairway shot.
7 by Tom G - 11/18/2015
Course was well maintained and cart path only because of the recent rain and watering from growing season.
We may need to schedule in different time frame because of the age groups. Too much to walk for the older folks. :-)
Loved the course but couldn't justify cost with so many courses here and needing to walk.
10 by Bill - 09/26/2015
Great course!! Greens but true and each hole has it's own quality. Staff was outstanding and starter was very helpful with instructions. 18th hole is a beast.
9 by Sean (Centreville, VA) - 07/17/2015
It was great experience.
10 by Jim G. - 07/13/2015
Enjoyed the course very much. I have been coming to Myrtle Beach for over 30 years, and the greens at King's North today were the best I have ever seen in Myrtle Beach. The starter was extremely friendly. Started at 7:45 and finished in less than 4 hours. Carts were allowed on fairways. Bunkers were in excellent condition. In summary, I thoroughly enjoyed the course.
8 by Jase - 05/18/2015
The course would have been a highlight of our 2 week trip but unfortunately we played it just after Tropical Storm Ana had passed by and the course was sodden, almost unplayable. Greens were in great shape and layout was great. As with all grills we encountered it was lacking somewhat but that seems to be a theme in MB. Florida courses certainly look after their patrons better.
7 by Phil - 05/09/2015
For 3 course facility called MB National, I expect adequate bathrooms and a much better grill and pro shop.
10 by Nick - 05/04/2015
Great experience from parking the car to pulling out of the driveway. Staff was excellent, well organized and friendly. Huge clubhouse with plenty of merchandise. Course was fantastic...greens perfect, many memorable holes, i.e. "The Gambler", island green. Top notch will be back for years to come.
10 by Frank - 04/20/2015
Great layout. Easily the best at Myrtle Beach National. Challenging, but fair. Good greens and some fun holes. Unfortunately, played in on & off rain. Pro shop well stocked with great merchandise & we used our Prime Times package voucher on various apparel & equipment. Staff during load-up and starting very organized and efficient. Class operation. Arnie would be proud!
9 by Brian (Danville, WV) - 12/15/2014
Really enjoyed would definitely play again.
Writer Tom Ferraro offers his insights on what makes the Grand Strand a buddy trip destination that far exceeded his initial expectations. He also has three tips on how you can make your next buddy trip your best ever.
Based on the reviews and feedback received at the Myrtle Beach Golf Insider throughout a busy spring season, here are five courses that are riding a “hot” streak – and that are worthy of your consideration for teeing it up this summer!
We’ve all had those days where the par 5s just seem longer. Maybe it’s the heat, a bit too much fun the night before or you’re just not feeling it. A few of the longer holes on the Grand Strand may leave you feeling that way regardless of your mental or physical state. We call them “The Monsters.”
Since 1996, eight Myrtle Beach-area golf courses have been honored by the South Carolina Golf Course Owners Association (SCGCOA) as its Golf Course of the Year – while two courses have ascended to elite status as the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) Golf Course of the Year.
King’s North at Myrtle Beach National, Grande Dunes Resort Club and Pine Lakes Country Club have forced their way among some of the big boys of golf with strong conditions, stellar reputations for growth and a bit of attitude.
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