Nonstop flight service to Myrtle Beach has greatly expanded over the last decade, leaving many golfers with one question: what course should I play immediately upon arrival?
Myrtle Beach International Airport enjoys a central location and access to a multitude of nearby golf courses. The first layout players notice is Whispering Pines, the city owned muni that is right across the street from the airport.
In addition to Whispering Pines, there are nine other courses located within 10 miles of the airport, according to Google Maps. If you are flying into or out of the area, here is a list of Myrtle Beach golf courses you will want to consider playing, in order of proximity:
Arrowhead Country Club (5.1 miles): This Raymond Floyd design has 27 holes, including several that play along the Intracoastal Waterway. The visuals are great, conditions are superb, and the ride is beyond easy as you never have to get on Highway 17 or 501.
River Oaks Golf Plantation (5.2 miles): The reigning Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association Golf Course of the Year also offers 27 holes. River Oaks is long on value and is an ideal way to begin or end a golf trip.
Prestwick Country Club (5.6 miles): This P.B. Dye design is one of the area’s most underrated tracks and, particularly if your group is staying along the South Strand, an ideal layout for arrival or departure day golf.
World Tour Golf Links (6.2 miles): If you want to begin or end a Myrtle Beach golf trip with a taste of some of the game’s most prominent layouts, World Tour is the place to go. The layout was inspired by golf’s iconic courses, including Augusta National and St. Andrews.
Pine Lakes Country Club (7.6 miles): Myrtle Beach’s first golf course enjoys one of the area’s most convenient locations. What better place to begin a trip than at the layouts that launched America’s most popular golf destination?
Myrtlewood Palmetto Course and PineHills Courses (7.9 miles): This iconic duo are two of the Grand Strand’s most popular layouts. The Palmetto Course is highlighted by the 18th hole, which plays along the Intracoastal, and PineHills is a player-friendly design that will give everyone in your group a chance to score.
Wizard Golf (10.0 miles): The Scottish inspired design is exactly 10 miles from the airport and more than worth the short commute. Generous fairways and some of the area’s best bentgrass greens are a powerful lure for golfers.
Man O’War Golf Club (10.0 miles): The entire course is built around a 100+ acre lake and it’s believed to be the only layout in the world with back-to-back island greens. The fairways are enormous and there is no rough as the layout is completely manicured. What’s not to like about Man O’War?
Honorable mention: Heathland, Moorland and Parkland courses at Legends Resort (10.6 miles), Grande Dunes (11.2 miles), Dunes Golf & Beach Club (11.9 miles), Wild Wing Avocet (12.1 miles), King’s North, SouthCreek, West Course at Myrtle Beach National (11.6 miles), Burning Ridge Golf Club (11.5 miles), Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina (12.3 miles).