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.
10 by Jong - 06/16/2016
Love playing this course. Was a little disappointed with the greens. Several thin areas and a little bumpy. Usually the greens are in very good shape, but not on the day we played. Staff was very helpful. Really like the layout of the course. Will continue to play the course in the future. Just hope that greens will be in a little better shape.
9 by W S - 06/07/2016
Was a wet day but what a great day at MBN Kings North. I'm a little partial having my 1st hole in one on #12. Best part was having my friend Paul witness the shot :) will return.
10 by Paul Steers - 03/19/2016
Continues to be a favorite,staff was outstanding and course in great shape. Will continue to be a must play.
10 by Greg - 03/07/2016
As always an excellent course. Conditions were nice will play again next year
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.
Only an ace can top the single-hole joy of pulling off an eagle. Do it on a par 5, and all of a sudden you’re happy enough to bypass protocol and buy the next round in the clubhouse anyway. Executing three consecutive great shots isn’t easy. But after hundreds of rounds along South Carolina’s Grand Strand, we’ve pinpointed some of our favorite opportunities for shaving two strokes off and finding a type of bliss that will put an exclamation point on a trip to any of these courses.
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