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Myrtle Beach Dominates Golf Magazine’s 2016 List of South Carolina’s Best Public Courses

August 22, 2016 by Chris King

If being voted America's best golf destination by readers of USA Today and Golf.com wasn’t enough to convince you of the virtues of a Myrtle Beach golf vacation, Golf Magazine has provided plenty of corroborating evidence.

Heritage Club is one of the best public courses in South CarolinaGolf Magazine has released its biennial list of “The Best Courses Near You,” a ranking of the best public courses in each state, and Myrtle Beach dominated in golf-rich South Carolina.

Six of the 10 best public golf courses in the Palmetto State are located in Myrtle Beach and 13 of 20 overall, according to Golf Magazine. In a state renowned for great golf, Myrtle Beach’s dominance is a powerful testament to the depth and quality of the area’s offerings.

Caledonia led the Myrtle Beach area contingent, ranking third on the list, followed No. 4 Dunes Club, No. 6 True Blue, No. 7 Love Course at Barefoot, No. 8 Tidewater, No. 10 TPC Myrtle Beach, No. 12 Fazio Course at Barefoot, No. 13 Grande Dunes, No. 14 Dye Course at Barefoot Resort, No. 15 King’s North at Myrtle Beach National, No. 17 Heritage Club, No. 18 Pawleys Plantation, No. 20 Heathland at Legends Resort.

The Grand Strand was represented on the North Carolina side of the border as well. Tiger’s Eye at Ocean Ridge was the 12th ranked course in the Tar Heel state. 

Speaking to the diversity and quality of Myrtle Beach’s architectural offerings, layouts designed by Jack Nicklaus (Pawleys Plantation), Robert Trent Jones Sr. (Dunes Club), Davis Love (Love Course), Tom Fazio (TPC, Fazio Course), Pete Dye (Dye Course), Arnold Palmer (King’s North, Rivers Edge), Mike Strantz (True Blue, Caledonia), and Dan Maples (Heritage, Oyster Bay) earned their place among the best courses in Carolinas.

The “Best Courses Near You” list was released in conjunction with Golf Magazine’s unveiling of the “Top 100 You Can Play,” a ranking of America’s best public courses. Myrtle Beach figured prominently on that list as well with four courses earning a spot in the top 100, including two in the top 40.

Caledonia was ranked the 29th best public courses in America, followed by Dunes Club (No. 39), True Blue (No. 77) and Love Course at Barefoot (No. 85).

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