One of three premier layouts at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club, King’s North is an Arnold Palmer-designed gem offering several of the Grand Strand’s most memorable holes.
Redesigned by “The King” in 1996, King's North made its way onto Golf Digest's prestigious list of "America's 100 Greatest Public Courses - 2004" and Golf Digest's "Places to Play" has awarded it 4.5 STARS ever since. Plus, from 2000-2004 Golf for Women ranked it their "Top 100 Courses in America.”
King’s North features 18 of the most dramatic and picturesque holes you’ll ever encounter. The par-5 6th hole (nicknamed “The Gambler”) features an island fairway that offers a “risk-reward” shortcut to the green. If the island fairway is chosen it could leave a good chance at going for this green in two, thus the “Gamble.” However, a safe layup to the right and a short approach over water will always keep you guessing. The par-3, island green 12th hole creates a challenge of its own. A miss to the right and you could find the water, miss left and you could find the distinctive “SC” bunkers that would leave a delicate bunker shot. And don’t forget the par-4 finishing hole at 18, featuring an array of 40 bunkers escorting you to an exciting finish of an exhilarating round.
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.
8 by Rodney (Kingsford, MI) - 12/15/2014
We did not like the painted greens.
8 by Jerry (Rochester, NY) - 12/11/2014
We had 3 groups, Play was slow, then at the turn 2 groups were put in the middle of our group, we waited at least 25 minutes at the turn to play. The starter said we must have fallen behind which was odd since we were waiting on every shot on the front. Not an enjoyable round. This is the 4th time we've played there and we like the course but if that happens again we will never come back. FYI - my group has been coming to Myrtle Beach for 16 consecutive years.
10 by Greg (Muskego, WI) - 12/07/2014
10 by Tom (Granby, CT) - 12/05/2014
Enjoy the layout and challenge of the course. The location is convenient when staying at the beach.
7 by Bob (Myrtle Beach, SC) - 12/03/2014
Living in Myrtle Beach, I have played King's North several times this year. As always, the course is well manicured, although the greens were not as fast as expected...not that they were slow by any means. However, surprisingly, the cover of winter rye grass is not as good as would be expected at a premium course. A word of caution from a single digit handicapper....you will find more than a few forced carries over water, which can wear you out with the significant fairway irrigation required to keep winter rye grass healthy. So, give the tees you select to play from due consideration.
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.
It took a few moments after a recent round at Myrtle Beach National’s King’s North course to realize my favorite club in the bag had been reduced to a place holder. That Callaway five wood, a present I consider the nicest piece of golf hardware I own, sat idle for nearly all of 18 holes. That’s when my playing partner pointed out that every other club got its chance to shine.
The moveable feast that is Myrtle Beach golf appeals to all sorts of players for all sorts of reasons throughout the calendar year. Some like it hot, some like it upscale, some seek out less expensive months, some like it for at least 36 holes a day, some prefer to set aside ample pool and beach time.
Often looked upon as the little brother course to National’s King’s North and even its West Course, SouthCreek at Myrtle Beach National has developed a following of its own. The Arnold Palmer design has a clean look surpassed only by a playability created by pristine surfaces. Trouble spots in the turf are non-existent, leaving players the ability to concentrate on something else.