By Scott Kauffman
They call Myrtle Beach the “Grand Strand.” With 100-plus quality courses to play, including seven of Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” and more than 50 four-star layouts, there is arguably no more “Grand” location for a golf getaway.
However, with so many compelling courses, some might see Myrtle Beach as “Grand Confusion” - what with its plethora of premium golf destinations.
So, if you find yourself wondering where you should stay and play for your next trip to Myrtle Beach, the best place might be Myrtlewood Golf Club and Myrtlewood Villas. Not only does Myrtlewood feature scenic championship-caliber golf along the Intracoastal Waterway, this 36-hole property is located smack dab in the heart of Myrtle Beach – minutes from the highly popular Broadway at the Beach and other dining, entertainment and retail attractions.
If Myrtle Beach is the Grand Strand, Myrtlewood offers the “Grand Location.”
“I believe Myrtlewood has the best location on the Beach,” says Myrtlewood head golf professional Ryan Ruddy. “We’re just minutes from Myrtle Beach’s key attractions and dining establishments, whether it’s Broadway at the Beach, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Myrtle Waves Water Park, or Family Kingdom Amusement Park.
“The Myrtlewood location also gives guests lots of other great options from fine dining at New York Prime, nightlife at Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach, or a minor-league baseball game. If shopping is more your speed, Myrtlewood is also minutes from the Coastal Grand Mall, two Tanger Outlets and Market Commons.”
Perhaps the best location to unwind after an action-packed day of golf and Myrtle Beach nightlife is one of the many spacious and comfortable condominiums situated throughout the Myrtlewood landscape. Featuring full kitchens, generous living areas, departure housekeeping service, outdoor pools with patio grills and easy access to the beach, the condos are literally minutes from a foursome of unforgettable golf.
Of course, that golf trip must start with Myrtlewood’s PineHills and Palmetto layouts. Originally known as the Pines, PineHills was recently redesigned by acclaimed architect Arthur Hills along the same routing as its predecessor. Featuring strategically placed water hazards and artful mounding, the new-look PineHills is one of Myrtle Beach’s modern masterpieces.
Meanwhile, the Palmetto course is a traditional design that offers gentle sloping fairways with a variety of hazards, bunkers and large, subtle undulating greens. The Palmetto is consistently ranked as one of the top repeat-play courses along the Grand Strand and makes for a great daily double of Myrtlewood activity.
After Myrtlewood, two of the most popular courses to play are historic Pine Lakes Country Club and Grande Dunes Resort Course. Pine Lakes was Myrtle Beach’s first course, designed by legendary architect Robert White who went on to become the first president of the PGA of America. Grande Dunes Resort Course is one of the Grand Strand’s newer, more upscale courses and offers a delightful contrast to Pine Lakes’ history.
At Myrtlewood, one of the more memorable aspects of the Palmetto course is hitting off the elevated tee box on the 18th hole and powering a drive down a fairway that runs along the scenic Intracoastal Waterway as boats lazily cruise by on your left. On the opposite side of the fairway, a string of elevated condos are set back high enough to give golfers a “stadium-like” atmosphere as if you were walking down the final hole of a PGA Tour event, coming into the clubhouse.
“It’s a great finishing hole,” Ruddy says. “It reminds me of playing Turtle Point on Kiawah, where you have the spectacular ocean views on your left and this rim of housing on the right. There’s nothing like it here. Then, you can go play Pine Lakes, which is right across the street, and Grande Dunes is within a few minutes. What else can you ask for?”
To be sure, you certainly can’t ask for a more “Grand” Myrtle Beach golf location.
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