Myrtle Beach Earns USA Today’s Reader’s Choice for Golfing Destination

Fazio Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf

Fazio Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf

The people have spoken and Myrtle Beach is USA Today’s readers’ top choice for golf destinations! Now that you know where to take your game on your next trip with Global Discovery Vacations, how will you choose where to play?

With so many golf courses in the country’s favorite golf spot, you’ll find plenty of high quality options for beginners, experts, traditionalists and nature lovers. Here’s just a short list of Myrtle Beach’s many renowned golf courses:

Best Beginner Course
Myrtle Beach National’s West Course
This Arnold Palmer-designed course is just about as traditional as it gets. With wide fairways and MiniVerde greens installed, it’s a rather forgiving terrain. Bring the family so everyone can enjoy.

Best Expert Course
Indigo Creek Golf Club
Have fun staving off the winding streams and the oak trees that line the narrow fairways. The surrounding water and natural landscapes are wonderful to look at, but they are bogeys waiting to happen.

Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club

Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club

Best Scenery
Pawley’s Plantation Golf Club
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, you’ll play a few holes on the back nine along the treacherous marshland between Pawleys Island and the Atlantic Ocean. Ancient oak trees create a rustic surrounding, fitting for an experience of this caliber. It’s not the easiest course by any means, but the setting will keep you coming back.

Dunes Golf & Beach Club

Dunes Golf & Beach Club

Best Hazard
Dunes Golf & Beach Club
In a 1965 issue of Sports Illustrated, Dan Jenkins combed through 18 of the best individual holes in America and the best 13 hole belonged to the Dunes. He begins the passage with two truths among golfers who play this course: “…often enough he will eventually 1) lose every ball he owns and 2) perish by alligator bite.”

Try navigating holes 11 through 13, which are dubbed “Alligator Alley.” The treacherous design helped make this course a timeless national golf landmark.

Love Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf

Love Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf

Most Golfer-Friendly
Barefoot Resort and Golf
Take your pick from this foursome of courses developed by the great golf minds of Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Davis Love and Greg Norman. These men loved a challenge but still wanted to have fun. Add in the beautiful Myrtle Beach setting, and you have some of the best golf courses in the country.

Whenever you’re looking for a dream golf destination, look no further than Myrtle Beach. Even with dozens of courses in the area with different characteristics, you can’t go wrong with any of them.

Also voted as the top summer destination in 2014 by Trip Advisor, make Myrtle Beach your next vacation with Global Discovery Vacations!

Have you played any of the courses in Myrtle Beach? Let us know your favorites in the comments below!

Photo credit: Visit Myrtle Beach.

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.