The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, one of the best-regarded golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area and the greater southeastern United States, carries a Golf Insider rating of 8.8. The categories in which the course distinguishes itself in particular include conditioning and the quality of the staff.
Opened in 1948 and designed by legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., The Dunes Golf and Beach Club is a classic golf course located in the heart of Myrtle Beach. With a proud membership and a storied history of hosting professional golf at the top levels, The Dunes commands respect from all who play it. Both GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest have placed it among their respective “Top 100 Golf Courses in America” lists, with such events as the Senior Tour Championship, the U.S. Women’s Open and PGA Tour Qualifying School finals as but a few of the tournaments contested over its 18 holes. In 2014, The Dunes will host the PGA Professional National Championship, from which the top 20 finishers will earn a spot in the 2014 PGA Championship.
At just under 7,200 yards from the back tees and smallish, push-up greens guarded by fearsome bunkers, The Dunes is one of the most challenging courses on the Grand Strand. and with one of the area’s iconic holes, it is one of the most recognizable. The 13th, a nearly 600-yard par five called “Waterloo” swings hard to the right around Lake Singleton, forcing players who want a chance at birdie to execute three consecutive high-quality shots, one of them a lengthy carry over a corner of the lake.
As a club with a significant membership, The Dunes Golf and Beach Club boasts understandably exquisite facilities. The grass driving range and practice putting and chipping/pitching greens—with a practice bunker as well—are excellent and the clubhouse, with dining areas that offer commanding views of the Atlantic Ocean and some of the best food on the Grand Strand, is a fantastic place to spend time unwinding before or after one’s appointed rounds.