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.
9 by Kathy (Indio, CA) - 10/13/2015
We really enjoyed the course. Nice layout and the starter got us out a little early so we were ahead of several foursomes. Once we played through the foursome ahead of us, we had clear sailing and made it around in about 3-1/2 hours. Tees and greens were terrific. Greens are fast but run true. Lots of grounds crew out rolling the greens and maintaining the course after the recent rainstorms. Fairways were still carts on path and there was standing water in some areas; however, the course is quite playable. We'd definitely play again and would like to play it under drier conditions. One of the nicest rounds we played in Myrtle Beach. Restaurant overlooking the ocean had great lunch choices as well. The tuna melt was delicious.
7 by Richard (Travelers Rest, SC) - 09/25/2015
Need GPS on carts.
10 by Doug (Bel Air, MD) - 08/16/2015
First time I got to play, Dunes. BEST COURSE EVER. Everyone was outstanding. Loved the dogleg par 5.
10 by Bill - 08/07/2015
I hadn't played the Dunes Club in a number of years. I won't wait that long again. This is a classic golf course with great shot values but it was the greens that made it a great experience. They were in perfect shape; very fast and smooth. It took us a couple of holes to adjust but they were great to putt on.
The staff was great and our foursome finished in 3:40! A definite must play!
8 by Keir (Rittman, OH) - 07/12/2015
Greens roll great and and have softened after the reseeding. Fairways were unusually thin with some areas sparse of turf. Always an enjoyable classic layout.
9 by Tom (Long Beach, CA) - 07/03/2015
Great service as always. Greens recently punched.
10 by Carl (Birmingham, AL) - 06/25/2015
Great layout, great service, always the best.
10 by Dave (Louisville, KY) - 06/19/2015
Give yardages from tee boxes to trouble.
9 by Norman (North Myrtle Beach, SC) - 06/17/2015
Excellent condition with fast greens.
7 by Markus - 06/11/2015
Yes, this is a nice course. But based on all the reviews i would have expected something special. The course is well maintained, lush and great fairways, greens were in quite good shape with some minor and small spots (a little slow) and bunkers were mostly ok.
It's a 1980's layout which you will feel being on the course. It's a fair course with some holes along water and one along marshland. However, i would have expected much nicer views since it's called the Dunes. Just one hole, which is number 9 offers a view of the ocean but in some distance.
Compared to other courses in the area it's definitely overpriced and there's way nicer layouts. The friendliness of staff was ok, food as well but with limited choices. The view from the clubhouse is nice, it faces the ocean.
I wouldn't play it again, at least not for that price we paid.
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Hitting sand wedge from 120 yards out on the 10th hole at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Michael Block knocked his approach within 4 feet of the pin – setting up the winning birdie putt on the second playoff hole, and making Block only the ninth player ever to win the PNC in his first attempt.
Admission and parking are free for the 47th PGA Professional National Championship, being held June 22-25, 2014 at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club and Grande Dunes Resort Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C. To get yourself prepared for this prestigious golf event, here are excerpts from the recent press conference.
Spectators are invited to attend the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship (PNC), to be held June 22-25, 2014 at Grande Dunes Resort Club and The Dunes Golf & Beach Club. Admission to each day’s competition is free at each course, with free parking and complimentary shuttle service at Grande Dunes Resort Club to and from each venue. The low 20 scorers in this event will advance to the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.