When Grande Dunes Golf Club opened it was arguably the most ambitious project in Myrtle Beach history, and the development needed a golf course to match the grandeur of its master plan.
Architect Roger Rulewich more than met the challenge, designing a layout that has been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest.
What makes Grande Dunes Golf Club so special are the seven holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway, making it one of just six Myrtle Beach golf courses to do so, and there is a strong argument that it makes the most memorable use of the prized real estate.
The 14th, a stunning downhill par 3 that plays to green resting along the Intracoastal, doubles as one of Myrtle Beach’s most photographed holes. The only problem with No. 14 is it’s easy to allow your mind to stray from the task at hand when watching boats sail by.
Playing 7,618 yards from the tips, Grande Dunes is the longest Myrtle Beach golf course (for the record, if your name isn’t Dustin Johnson, don’t even bother looking for those tees!). But more importantly for “normal” golfers, the course has seven total sets of tees, including three between 5,900 and 6,700 yards.
Pick the right set of tees for your game and enjoy a course that will allow you the chance to score. Grande Dunes has runway-wide fairways, providing plenty of margin for error on the tee. This is big-time course so it’s not easy, but it is incredibly fair, which is all you can ask.
You probably expect to me to tell you how good the golf course is, but don’t just take my word for it. Consider: Golf Magazine ranked Grande Dunes among America’s top 10 new courses upon its opening in 2001, Golfweek ranks it the 11th best public course in golf-rich South Carolina, and we’ve already mentioned Golf Digest ranking the layout among the nation’s top 100 public courses. Not to be forgotten, the PGA of America selected Grande Dunes to co-host last year’s PGA Professional National Championship, an event that was televised by Golf Channel.
If you are looking for a course worthy of building a trip around, Grande Dunes Golf Club should be on your short list.