2016 Most Wanted Golf Course – South Carolina

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Where the Northeast Hides from Winter

South Carolina ranks just outside the Top 10 in total number of golf courses, but when you consider that the state is, in terms of land mass, only the 40th largest (or 11th smallest - not counting DC), it's hard not to be impressed by the course density.

As golfers would likely expect, a healthy number of those courses, including several from our Top 10, are jammed into the Myrtle Beach area. We must also point out that many of the state's premier golf destinations are found farther to the south. Kiawah Island and Harbour Town (you may have seen them on TV) should not be overlooked by anyone looking to escape a brutal winter, or simply enjoy a world class round of golf.

With so many courses in such a small area, how do you know which South Carolina golf courses are worth your time? To find out, we turned to TheGrint and to real golfers just like you.


About Our Rankings

To generate our rankings, we used data from TheGrint, a golf handicap and stat tracking service that also allows golfers to rate the courses they play. Here are the pertinent details:

  • Ranking derived from over 200,000 golf course reviews
  • Only reviews from the last 365 days are considered
  • A course must have a minimum of 30 reviews is required in order to qualify for ranking

Nearly every aspect of a golf course review is subjective and there's always going to be a difference of opinion, so healthy (and hopefully polite) debate is to be expected.

Top 10 Golf Courses in South Carolina

South Carolina's 10 Most Wanted

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rob mullen August 17, 2016 at 3:31 pm

Glen Dornach, top 10 in SC, that’s delusional in my opinion.
I live in Surfside Beach, quite near these “Top Ten” courses.
While I have a personal bias towards Caledonia, they deserve to be #1public.

The TPC/Myrtle Beach deserves the #10 spot.
I’ve played both G/D and TPC a # of times…

Tomorrow playing Kings North.
Blackmoor was mentioned – wearing their hat as I type.
Nice course.
One more that should have been considered, The River Club in Pawleys Island.
Both the R/C & the TPC groom to a PGA level.



Jim Romano August 15, 2016 at 10:18 am

Palmetto Golf Club is easily in the top ten. Personally, I think it might be in the top 3.


Greg Marcus August 15, 2016 at 11:24 am

Great track, I have played all 5 of these courses and the Kiawah courses don’t disappoint.


martyn August 15, 2016 at 12:48 am

have visited from uk past 2 years an am returning in september the Caledonia is the best course we have played pleasing on the eye and a good test of golf


Zack August 14, 2016 at 3:03 pm

I’ve played 9 of the 10 and am a local in the Myrtle area. Ask any local the best golf course in Myrtle and it is either Dunes or Caledonia. How is Dunes Club not on the list??? TPC is also in the conversation at the top shocked it was left off.


Chadwick August 15, 2016 at 11:29 pm

Dunes is a Private course and when it is open there’s no where to leave a review.. This list is compiled of 30 reviews.. Since the Dunes has no reviews it’s not on the list.. I’m a local also and you’re 100% correct it is right there with Caldonia if not ahead.. I’m playing the Dunes mid Sept for a Corporate Tourney and I’m already losing sleep thinking about it, love that course!!


Richard August 13, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Played 1,3,6,7,8,10. Can’t argue with the choices. We are fortunate to have so many great courses in the Carolinas. Moorland and the Witch are worth a try.


Guy Owen August 13, 2016 at 1:59 pm

I’ve played most all of them. It’s a good list. Blackmoor is another one I’ve really enjoyed. Caledonia has always been a favorite.


Josh Rifkin August 13, 2016 at 4:15 pm

Insanely overrated. Employees have worst attitude in Myrtle.


Matt Heister August 13, 2016 at 8:15 pm

Employees yes. Golf
Course, not overrated in the least


Dave Gaukin August 13, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Caledonia and True Blue, of course..TPC Myrtle Beach and Heritage Club need to be experienced as well


Patrick Kanipe August 13, 2016 at 4:04 pm

Sage Valley… #1, easily. good luck getting a tee time. you can play if you participate in their Dollars for Scholars event. I think it’s around $400 for 18.



David Holliday August 13, 2016 at 12:04 pm

I have played them all, and the Dunes was left out??? How about Barefoot Landing’s Dye course!!!


Ed Hiney August 13, 2016 at 12:10 pm

5 of the top ten


BIG STU August 13, 2016 at 6:20 am

Man I am lucky and have played every one of those courses. I live here and live about 8 to 10 miles from Caledonia and True Blue. Ever one of those courses are great courses


James Wallace August 13, 2016 at 2:34 am



Lee Herman August 13, 2016 at 12:14 am

Had a chance to play Caledonia a few years ago after winning a drawing at PGA Superstore in Naples, FL…Amazing course…Had an Augusta feel to it…Glad I was able to share the day with my Dad.


Jimmy McCants August 12, 2016 at 10:36 pm

Glen Dornach should be top 5


James Grant Dow August 12, 2016 at 4:49 pm

Played there a few years ago, it’s Awesome. If you go make sure to play True Blue as well.


David W August 11, 2016 at 4:08 pm

One that is missing is the Dunes Club (Sister club to Grande Dunes Resort and Grand Dunes Members clubs). I would have it near the top and both it and the Members Club I would rank ahead of Grande Dunes.


David W August 11, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Oh yeah, and I have played all of them except for Hilton Head and Wild Dunes.


Kenny B August 11, 2016 at 10:50 am

I’ve played #1, #3, and #8. The order for these three is correct, and for once I agree on your #1 selection. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is one of my all-time favs… anywhere.


Chad August 11, 2016 at 10:37 am

I live in South Carolina and have played number 4, 8, and 9 and they are all great courses. Good list. I live 15 minutes from the Wild Dunes courses and love them both.


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