best golf courses in South Carolina
Palmetto Bluff offers one of the best golf courses in South Carolina. Credit: Palmetto Bluff

Places like Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island in South Carolina are practically sizzling when it comes to golfing hotspots around the country. However, finding the best golf courses in the state can be quite a challenge, as there are so many to choose from. Don’t let that stop you from heading to South Carolina for golf because we already made a list of the best courses.

1. May River Golf Club

May River Golf Club
Credit: Palmetto Bluff

Access: Private/resort
Site: palmettobluff.com
Green fee: $320
Stay-and-play package: May River Golf Club does not offer packages but stays can be booked separately at Montage Palmetto Bluff. 

The May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff is a Jack Nicklaus design that spans over 7,171 yards of natural beauty. The legend himself had the following to say about his masterpiece after it opened in 2005, “The May River Golf Course is a thinking man’s golf course where proper thinking, coupled with the proper shot execution, will be rewarded.” 

The course, which is shadowed by the most gorgeous ancient oak trees, is fit for players of every skill level. The fairways are made of Paspalum turf, which is eco-friendly, and the bunker sand is from Ohio. There is a flowing river right next to the course, so you can expect water at several holes. 

2. True Blue Golf Club

True Blue Golf Club
Credit: True Blue Golf Club

Access: Public
Site: truebluegolf.com
Green fee: $59-$99
Stay-and-play package: Caledonia Golf Vacations offers various packages in partnership with True Blue Golf Club and local establishments. 

Mike Strantz, Golf World’s Architect of the Year 1998, is the skilled hand behind this par 72 course that opened back in 1998. The course has acquired plenty of accolades since its opening, like an annual mention in both Golfweek and Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Lists. Taking into account that the course has 6 sets of tee boxes, it stretches over 7,126 yards. 

The layout is both fun and dramatic and you’ll immediately notice that the elevation changes are prominent and the fairways vast. The course is laid out over rolling hills and the native vegetation simply adds to the popularity of this design. 

3. Tidewater Golf Club

Tidewater Golf Club
Credit: Tidewater Golf Club

Access: Public
Site: tidewatergolf.com
Green fee: $86-$119
Stay-and-play package: There are stay-and-play packages available at the Tidewater Golf Club. 

The Tidewater Golf Club is a Ken Tomlinson design between the Cherry Grove Inlet and Intracoastal Waterway. The designer was sure to incorporate the natural water features that the area had to offer and a total of nine holes play right along the water. The remaining nine holes feature glorious views of the saltwater marshes and the Intracoastal Waterway. 

The Carolina Pines surrounding the course provide just enough shade for a relaxing day out. The course is suited for players of all skill levels but be warned, the panoramic views may be somewhat distracting. The terrain is thoroughly maintained, which is evident in the pristine condition of the greens and fairways. 

4. Harbour Town Golf Links

Harbour Town Golf Links
Credit: Seapines resort

Access: Public
Site: seapines.com
Green fee: $195-$370
Stay-and-play package: There are various stay-and-play golf packages that can be booked at The SeaPines Resort.

Harbour Town Golf Links, the Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus design is a premium golf course that features on the PGA TOUR. Stretching over 7,099 yards with a 75.6 rating, the course can be considered the pride and joy of Hilton Head Island and the SeaPines Resort. Since the course opened in 1969, it has hosted the RBC Heritage, which is a popular golf tournament that attracts more than 100,000 spectators annually. 

When playing the course, imagination will take you much further than strength and long carries. The sloping greens are hugged by layers of Tif-Eagle grass and are relatively small compared to others. The most famous (or infamous) hole is the 18th, which requires a 458-yard carry toward the lighthouse. There is a breeze that comes from the Calibogue sound, and you should know that it certainly influences your shot. 

5. Osprey Point Golf Course

Osprey Point Golf Course
Credit: Kiawah Resort

Access: Private/resort
Site: kiawahresort.com
Green fee: $165-$262
Stay-and-play package: The Kiawah Island Golf Resort has packages that include golf on the Osprey Point Golf Course. 

At Kiawah Island Golf Resort, you’ll find this Tom Fazio-designed championship-level course. When it opened, the course was very exclusive and only open to members but it has evolved into a golf resort and you can now play the course while staying at the resort. Osprey Point has gained a lot of popularity from its elegant clubhouse and impeccable course conditions. 

The course has a unique design that is considered challenging and playable at the same time. With four par-3s, four par-5s, and ten par-4s, you’ll be able to decide for yourself whether it is challenging or very playable. 

6. TPC Myrtle Beach

TPC Myrtle Beach
Credit: TPC Myrtle Beach

Access: Public
Site: tpcmyrtlebeach.com
Green fee: $51-$94
Stay-and-play package: There are no stay-and-play golf packages available at TPC Myrtle Beach. 

There’s something that makes TPC Myrtle Beach stand out above the rest of South Carolina’s courses. It could be the fact that it hosted the Senior PGA TOUR Championship that Tom Watson won. Perhaps it is because it’s the only course in the Grand Strand area that has ever been awarded 5 stars by Golf Digest Magazine. 

Whatever it is, you should know that legends like Gary Player, Lanny Wadkins, and Lee Trevino have all walked these fairways. The 18-hole, par 72 course features complex shots and a gorgeous layout, which the pros turn to when they need extra practice during off-seasons. 

Aside from TPC, Myrtle Beach is home to a bunch of interesting courses. Check out our recommendation here: Best Golf Courses in Myrtle Beach.

7. The Love Course at Barefoot Resort

The Love Course at Barefoot Resort
Credit: Barefoot Resort

Access: Private/resort
Site: barefootgolf.com
Green fee: $85-$128
Stay-and-play package: There are various stay-and-play golf packages available at Barefoot Resort & Golf. 

Barefoot Resort’s Love Course is located on a piece of land that used to have a plantation home, which you’ll see when you play holes 3 to 7. The designer, Davis Love III, incorporated the Lowcountry character by creating wide fairways and considerable landing areas. The par 72 course spans over more than 7,000 yards and it is considered playable for players of every skill level. 

Each area of the course is brushed by a different type of grass. The tees and fairways are made of Greg Norman Turf’s hybrid turf known as GN-1. The approach areas are made of Tif-sport Bermuda grass and the rough areas were created with 419 Bermuda grass. The greens are lush and bright, made by using Champion UltraDwarf. 

8. Oyster Reef Golf Club

Oyster Reef Golf Club
Credit: Hilton Head Golf

Access: Semi-private
Site: hiltonheadgolf.net
Green fee: $105-$180
Stay-and-play package: There are stay and play golf packages available that can be booked through the Heritage Golf Collection on Hilton Head Island.

The Heritage Golf Collection on Hilton Head Island has a total of 117 holes of championship golf. Oyster Reef, which takes up 18 of these holes, is one of the prestigious clubs that you’ll find here.

The course, designed by Rees Jones, opened back in 1982 and it has been acquiring accolades ever since. It is laid out on 190 acres of low country terrain and surrounded by vegetation, island views, and scenic lagoons. 

Measuring from the championship tees, the course spans over 7,018 yards. Locals describe the course as challenging yet fair, even to the most inexperienced players. One of the island’s most popular holes is at Oyster Reef and it features an unmatched Port Royal Sound backdrop. 

9. Dunes Golf and Beach Club

Dunes Golf and Beach Club
Credit: Dunes Golf and Beach Club

Access: Private
Site: thedunesclub.com
Green fee: $150-$200
Stay-and-play package: The Dunes Golf and Beach Club does not offer any stay-and-play golf packages. 

The Dunes Golf and Beach Club is one of Robert Trent Jones’ first works, which he designed in 1948. It is considered Myrtle Beach’s premier country club and the oceanfront property’s scenery is indescribable. The course’s accolades include mentions by all major golf media outlets and it has hosted the PGA Senior Tour and USGA Women’s Open in the past. 

The course has a rating of 76.1 and the slope rating is 148, while the course spans over 7,450 yards. The club is semi-private and it currently has more than 800 loyal members. To play the course, you need to be with a member or become a member yourself. Another option, if you’re a member of another non-local, PGA recognized private club, is to have your Head Golf Professional schedule a reciprocal round on your behalf.

FAQ 

Can I book a stay-and-play golf package in South Carolina?

The truth is that you can book a stay-and-play golf package in any state, as long as they have golf courses and resorts. So yes, you can most definitely book one of these packages in South Carolina.

Needless to say, nobody wants to sit around and look through hundreds of websites to find the best packages around. So, to make things slightly easier for you, we made this list of the best stay-and-play golf packages in South Carolina, where we have done the research and comparison for you. 

How can I protect my golf clubs during my travels to South Carolina?

Golf clubs are a golfer’s most prized possession, even if they are still starting out (because let’s be honest – they are rather costly). So, the second thing on your list, right after finding a course to play, is probably finding a way to protect your clubs.

As it turns out, the absolute best way to protect your expensive clubs is by purchasing a good quality golf travel bag. Have a look at our list of the 12 best golf travel bags on the market because your investment in expensive clubs should be taken care of. 

What are the South Carolina golf cart driving laws? 

The laws around driving golf carts in South Carolina are rather strict. They state that golf carts may only be operated during daylight hours, by a driver older than 16 with a valid driver’s license. In addition to that, you are also prohibited from driving under the influence of alcohol or driving with an open container. 

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