When you take in the relaxed pace of life at The Strand, you might be thinking to supplement your Myrtle Beach vacation with a relaxing round on the golf course. Thankfully, when vacationers are looking for the perfect balance of luxury and affordability only found at The Strand, they can also find themselves at a resort that is so close to some of the most peaceful and affordable golf courses on the Grand Strand.
Beyond the friendly staff accommodating all of your needs at the resort, The Strand also provides golf directors ready and waiting to help you plan your ultimate Myrtle Beach golf adventure. So if you need a break from the beach and want to head out for some Lowcountry golf, take a look at these three courses to start:
- The Dunes Golf & Beach Club
The Dunes Golf and Beach Club is one of the great places to play golf on all of the Grand Strand, located nearly in the middle of the 60-plus mile expanse of bright beaches and world-class golf. The second-oldest course in the area, The Dunes, which opened in 1948, was designed by famed architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Jones also designed such famous courses as Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta and Tanglewood Park in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and helped refine Augusta National Golf Club, site of The Masters, as well. The course’s signature stretch of holes is the 11th through 13th, culminating with the famous “Waterloo” hole, a mammoth par five that hugs Lake Singleton in the shape of a giant “C.” Players electing to drive close to the water’s edge will have an easier time carrying a corner of the lake in order to set up a short, uphill approach to the tiered, well-protected green. As with many holes at The Dunes, the fairway is narrow, placing a premium on accuracy off the tee.
- River Oaks Golf Plantation
There’s nothing like finding an underrated golf course amidst a group of more loudly heralded courses. Even better than discovering an unexpectedly memorable 18 holes is discovering an unexpectedly memorable 27 holes, and that’s what River Oaks offers. Its Fox, Otter and Bear nines each combine challenge and playability with value, making the facility one worthy of spending the time to play ‘em all. Recent years have brought extensive renovations to the entire course, earning River Oaks the designation of “2015 Myrtle Beach Golf Course Of The Year,” as determined by the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association.
- World Tour Golf Links
How would you like to experience the tremendous, expansive fairways of the first hole at the Old Course at St. Andrews without traveling all the way to Scotland? How would you like to take on Sawgrass’ famed island green without paying more than $400 for the privilege? World Tour Golf Links has the solution. Its 18 holes – spread over the Open 9 and the Championship 9 – are all inspired by the most famous holes across the world. In addition to St. Andrews and TPC Sawgrass, courses such as Augusta National, 2016 Open Championship host Royal Troon, Oakmont, Bay Hill and the Olympic Club serve as the templates for World Tour. And in order to provide as close an experience as possible to the “real thing,” World Tour is one of the most immaculately maintained courses in the Myrtle Beach area.
With a clientele composed of visitors with discerning tastes and an emphasis on privacy, The Strand’s staff is among the most expertly trained and helpful in Myrtle Beach. That extends to its golf directors, whose expertise on the area’s main mode of recreation is unparalleled.