About as decorated as any course on the north end of South Carolina’s Grand Strand, Tidewater Golf Club continues to clean up in awards year after year. It was named one of America’s top 100 Great Public Courses by Golf Digest multiple times in the last decade and is frequently named among the top 10 courses in South Carolina by various ratings panels.
Keeping up with all those honors, though, pales in comparison to the beauty Tidewater’s visitors see each time out. It leaves even the club’s staff wondering which hole here is its best.
“That’s one of the greatest things about Tidewater. There isn’t one signature hole,” head professional Archie Lemon said. “It has drawn some chatter.”
Narrowing it down to three is a little more feasible. No. 4 has been named the best par 4 locally by The Myrtle Beach Sun News, a tribute to a picturesque streak of waste bunker down the left side and sand traps measuring six deep protecting the green.
The par three at No. 12 requires a shot over the marshland associated with the Cherry Grove Inlet, while the longest hole of the round follows on No. 13 with that body of water again affecting shot selection.
The 1990s were a time of economic prosperity, and that didn’t just mean in places like Silicon Valley. . From 1990-1999, a total of 19 new courses opened in the Myrtle Beach area, not including several more just across the border in North Carolina.
Arguably the most fine-tuned project in Myrtle Beach golf history has led us to something special. The Perfect Round. The South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel and Myrtle Beach Golf Trips teamed up to find the best 18 holes out of the 1700 or so South Carolina’s Grand Strand has to offer. Ninety four of the panel’s 125 members participated, leaving little doubt in terms of sample size or credibility.
The slightly more selective of the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel’s two bi-annual rankings is loaded with Grand Strand options. In total, 13 of the 31 Best You Can Play Public Access Courses in the state fall inside the Myrtle Beach area, and they are a regular who’s who of the regularly awarded tracks.
Have you ever wondered what taking the 18 best of those holes and combining them to create one championship golf course would be like? The South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel and Myrtle Beach Golf Trips recently teamed up to find out.
Let’s assume that time, travel or greens fees are no concern. Be it a well-conceived trip to South Carolina’s Grand Strand or a mental trek to fantasy land, this is how I would lay out seven days’ worth of my favorite layouts. These are the best of the best.
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