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With enough options to fill an entire calendar with golf days, it’s no surprise that The Palmetto State is a prime golf destination. However, playing a new golf course every single day for an entire year doesn’t sound doable, so how do you choose which resort to visit and which course to play next? Have a look at our list of the top golf resorts in South Carolina for some recommendations. 

ResortLodgingGreen FeeBook
Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach$135.50ContactBook
Legends Golf & Resort, Myrtle BeachcallcallBook
Legends Golf & Resort, Myrtle Beachquote$129 (with stay)Book
The Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island$286$160Book
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head Island$621$150Book
Sands Ocean Club Resort, Myrtle Beach$93.45Free for guestsBook
Barefoot Resort & Golf, Myrtle Beachquote$88Book
Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island$330$195Book
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head Island$264$131Book

1. Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach

Lodging rate from: $135.50
Green fees from: Request a quote online
Book your stay: marinainnatgrandedunes.com

This South Carolina resort is home to the Grande Dunes Resort Course, a Roger Rulewich designed par 72 course that plays along the Intracoastal Waterway. Furthermore, the resort also offers the critically acclaimed Phil Ritson-Mel Sole Golf School, where you can spend some time enhancing your existing skills and learning new ones, all while on vacation at a luxurious establishment in paradise. 

For your relaxation needs, the resort offers various fantastic amenities, including access to a private beach and various water sport amenities, like pontoon boat rentals and thrilling jet skis. They also offer biking and hiking trails in nature, a sparkling and vibrant outdoor pool, a relaxing indoor pool, luxurious pampering and spa services, a fitness center, and great tennis facilities.  

2. Legends Golf & Resort, Myrtle Beach

Lodging rate from: Call for reservation
Green fees from: Call for reservation
Book your stay: legendsgolf.com

Legends Golf & Resort is home to not one, not two, but five world-class golf courses. This includes the Heathland course, a par-71 Tom Doak design, the newer Parkland course, and the insanely challenging Moorland course, which is a P. B. Dye design that opened for play in 1990. Furthermore, the resort is also home to The Heritage Club, which is ranked among the “50 Best Public Courses in America” by Golf Digest, and the legendary Oyster Bay Golf Links. 

If you find yourself at Legends Golf & Resort and you feel that your skills need some enhancing, you can pay a visit to The Classic Swing Golf School, acclaimed by GOLF Magazine’s as one of the Top 25 Golf Schools in America. Or, you could make new friends and talk about your best holes over an ice cold beer at The Ailsa Pub. 

3. Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort, St Helena Island

Lodging rate from: Request a quote online
Green fees from: $129 (includes stay)
Book your stay: frippislandresort.com

According to their website, “Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort is one of the best South Carolina beach resorts, offering a wide selection of Fripp Island resort rentals, two top-ranked golf courses, and one of the most picturesque beaches you’ll find anywhere”. If that doesn’t convince you to make the trip to this resort, you should know that the two ‘top-ranked’ golf courses include Ocean Point and Ocean Creek, two of the most scenic courses in South Carolina. 

However, that’s not all that this resort has to offer, with fantastic amenities like several sparkling sun-soaked pools, a Racquet Club that boasts 8 tennis courts and 6 pickleball courts, and various fine- and casual dining options. Furthermore, they offer multiple shopping facilities, a vibrant activity center, bike and boat rentals, horseback riding excursions, and a full-service marina. 

4. The Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island

Lodging rate from: $286
Green fees from: $160
Book your stay: seapines.com

The Sea Pines Resort prides itself as being “Hilton Head Island’s Premier Resort”. To back this statement, they boast a total of 3 different championship golf courses, designed by the true masters of their trade, like Pete Dye. You can look forward to playing the scenic Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III, the modern Heron Point by Pete Dye, or one of the PGA Tour’s most celebrated courses, known as Harbour Town Golf Links. 

Sea Pines’ world-class amenities include a full-service marina for your yachting needs, a beach club with oceanfront dining and a well-stocked surf shop, and a whopping 20 tennis and pickleball courts to keep your blood pumping. They also offer many pro shops, boat rentals, fishing charters, thrilling watersports, and various exceptional dining facilities. 

5. Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head Island

Lodging rate from: $621 (min 3 nights)
Green fees from: $150
Book your stay: palmettodunes.com

The beautiful Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is home to 3 world-class championship golf courses. The Robert Trent Jones course incorporates a lagoon at most of its holes, the Arthur Hills course has seen many beginners like Tiger Woods become pros, and the George Fazio course is the only par 70 course that you’ll find on Hilton Head Island. 

You can also have some fun at the Toptracer Range at the Robert Trent Jones course or sign up for private lessons at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. Or, opt for other forms of relaxation and excitement away from the golf course by making use of the resort’s great facilities and amenities. You can choose between bike rentals or thrilling watersports, find yourself on the tennis or pickleball courts, or explore nature with a relaxing boat tour or kayaking excursion. 

6. Sands Ocean Club Resort, Myrtle Beach

Lodging rate from: $93.45
Green fees from: Free for resort guests
Book your stay: oceananniesresorts.com

You can choose between two fantastic Ocean Annie’s resorts in South Carolina, but we picked the Sands Ocean Club Resort as our favorite of the two. What makes this resort extra special is that all resort guests get to play golf at the Diamondback golf course for free. That’s right, a stay at this resort features free golf at one of South Carolina’s best championship courses. 

Apart from the great golf and some exceptional dining establishments, the resort is also home to the Atlantis North Spa. Furthermore, they offer admission to the Myrtle Waves Water Park, various oceanfront outdoor pools and relaxing lazy rivers, a sparkling indoor pool, spa facilities, and a vibrant summer children’s activity program. 

7. Barefoot Resort & Golf, Myrtle Beach

Lodging rate from: Request a quote online
Green fees from: $88
Book your stay: barefootgolf.com

You’ll find this golf resort in two of our other lists of recommendations. Barefoot Resort & Golf features in our list of the best golf courses in South Carolina, and the resort also offers one of the best stay and play golf packages in South Carolina. The reason is simple; this resort is not only home to many world-class facilities and amenities, but you’ll also find four of the state’s best courses right here, in one location. 

You get to choose between the par 72 Greg Norman-designed Norman Course, the par 71 Tom Fazio-designed Fazio Course, the par 72 Davis Love III-designed Love Course, and the par 72 Pete Dye-designed Dye Course for a great deal of golf during your trip. Or, you could spend your time exploring the rest of the resort and the surrounding area. 

8. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island

Lodging rate from: $330
Green fees from: $195
Book your stay: kiawahresort.com

Kiawah Island Golf Resort is another one of those resorts in paradise that features all of the golf that you could stomach during a single trip. What’s more, every single one of these world-class South Carolina can boast the fact that they were designed by the world’s best. There’s The Ocean Course by Pete Dye, Osprey Point Golf Course by Tom Fazio, Oak Point Golf Course by Clyde Johnston, Turtle Point Golf Course by Jack Nicklaus, and Cougar Point Golf Course by Gary Player. 

When you’re not teeing off on one of these gems, you can spend time enjoying other sports on one of the tennis or pickleball courts or enhance your golf skills at The Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center. Or, you could rent a bicycle to explore the area before you settle down to get pampered in the luxurious spa. 

9. Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head Island

Lodging rate from: $264
Green fees from: $131
Book your stay: omnihotels.com

By now, you’ve probably noticed that very few of the golf resorts in South Carolina don’t have multiple golf courses. Some resorts, like this one, include courses that are located nearby. During your stay at Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, you’ll get to play the 3 championship courses at Palmetto Dunes. This includes The Robert Trent Jones course, the Arthur Hills course, and the George Fazio course. 

Another thing that most resorts in this state have in common is the list of world-class facilities that they have to offer. This resort is home to an indulgent spa and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Plus, they have an entire pool complex, which features a sparkling adult pool, two crystal-clear family pools and a safe kids’ splash pad. You could also choose to unwind in one of the relaxing beachside hot tubs. 

FAQ

What is the golf season in South Carolina?

South Carolina is one of those great states that has a year-round golf season. That’s right, you can play golf at any time during the year, as golf is always in season. However, you may find that the courses are much busier from February to May. 

What is the best time of year to golf in South Carolina?

Since golf is always in season in South Carolina, the best time of year to golf depends on your preferences. If you prefer to play during the cheapest times, your luck should be in from September to November. If you prefer to choose a time of the year with little rainfall and fair temperatures (average highs of 75-77 degrees), then you should opt for the months between April and October. 

Can anyone go to Kiawah Island?

Unfortunately, the general public can’t walk onto Kiawah Island at any time. It’s a private gated community that’s only accessible to property owners, rental agencies, and resort guests. The only public spot on the island is Beachwalker County Park, where you can visit the beach. 

Is Myrtle Beach known for golfing?

Myrtle Beach is without a doubt one of the best golfing destinations in the world. As a matter of fact, it’s known as the Golf Capital of the World, with more than 90 golf courses to choose from.

How many golf courses are there in South Carolina?

South Carolina is home to a total of 372 golf courses. This includes 252 public courses, 100 private courses, and 20 municipal courses. More than 90 of these courses are located in Myrtle Beach. 

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