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Golf Insider’s Five “Hot” Courses for Summer 2015

While summer’s still here, the time is right for more than just hitting the beach!


The Grand Strand golf scene offers plenty of incentive for you and your family to hit the links as well this season, from some of the lowest daily rates of the year to plenty of options that allow kids to play free on a one-to-one basis with a paying adult. Based on the reviews and feedback received at the Myrtle Beach Golf Insider throughout a busy spring season, here are five courses that are riding a “hot” streak – and that are worthy of your consideration for teeing it up this summer!

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club (9.2 overall rating)

Consistency is a virtue, and The Dunes Club has had it in spades for decades. The co-host of the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship hasn’t missed a beat since, and continues to give golfers a direct sense of what has made it special for nearly 70 years now. From reviewer Phil, who played it on June 1, 2015:

“(This is one of the) oldest golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area. This is just a great layout. It reminds me of a plantation type golf course and is a fine layout offering a very different type of golfing experience. I like this golf course a lot and enjoy the diversity of holes and shot making requirements. As I recall it requires 5 left-to-right tee shots and 5 right-to-left tee shots so bring your ‘A’ game. Just a grand old golf course that is fun and interesting to play.”

World Tour Golf Links (8.9 overall rating)

With a collection of holes inspired by famous tracks from across the globe, World Tour gave its spring guests plenty to talk about. “Course was in great shape; staff was great,” said reviewer Doug on May 28, 2015. Reviewer Dan, a 6 handicap from Ferguson, N.C., was impressed by the presentation as well, chiming in on April 20, 2015:

 “This course is amazing. As an experienced golfer this place brought chills as to how much the holes resembled their inspirations. Staff is amazing and helpful and the course is in great shape for (Myrtle Beach having had) a long and wet winter.”

King’s North at Myrtle Beach National (8.9 overall rating)

The crown jewel of Arnold Palmer’s renowned course collection just off Hwy. 501, King’s North offered spring visitors an exceptional experience. Reviewer Nick, a 5 handicap, offered the following from his April 8, 2015 visit:

“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.”

TPC Myrtle Beach (8.5 overall rating)

Host of the 2000 Senior Tour Championship, TPC Myrtle Beach remains the only design in the Grand Strand area to receive a 5-star rating in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.” Recent visitors saw first-hand how this challenging design offers a first-rate experience. Reviewer Edmund from Chesterfield, Mich., had this to say after his May 18, 2015 visit:

“This course is by far better than any of the ‘premium’ courses in Michigan. The entire track was outstanding and the cost to play was a MOST pleasant surprise. Also, it was an honor to meet a fellow vet from ‘The Big Red 1’ as I was making my way inside. Looking forward to returning!”

Crow Creek Golf Club (8.6 overall rating)

Just a stone’s throw across the state line in Calabash, N.C., Crow Creek has been somewhat of a hidden gem in the Grand Strand golf scene. Yet since its February 2000 opening, Crow Creek has seen thousands of return visitors who yearn for an aesthetically pleasing design that offers plenty of challenge from its championship tees. Said reviewer Swee of Singapore on May 10, 2015:

“Very well maintained course all around. What makes it stands out from the rest I played is that the real estate is set back far enough to give the course an openness that is lacking in the others. I rate Crow Creek as the best I played in Myrtle Beach.“

To get the latest buzz on the Myrtle Beach golf scene – or even to offer feedback on your own Grand Strand golf experiences – be sure to visit the  Myrtle Beach Golf Insider today!

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