Myrtle Beach is a top golf destination and with over 80 award-winning courses, white sandy beaches, and a mild year-round climate – it truly is a golfer’s paradise. The courses along the Grand Strand were designed by golf legends including Nicklaus, Palmer and Norman, have hosted many prestigious golf tournaments, and gained yearly recognition by Golf Digest. But for those beginner golfers that can still count how many times they’ve teed up a golf ball, don’t let all the accolades and fame keep you from experiencing why golf is so popular in Myrtle Beach.
While some golf courses are more intricately designed and challenging than others, there is a course for all ages and skill levels along the Grand Strand. Here’s a list of the ‘Top 5 Beginner Golf Courses in Myrtle Beach’ where you should book a tee time if you’re aiming to improve your golf game.
Tupelo Bay Golf Center
The best way to ease into the golf world is by playing a par 3 course. Tupelo Bay is a premier short game facility in Myrtle Beach. It offers an 18-hole course with a variety of distance, sand and water for an added challenge without being too intimidating. You’ll have the opportunity to work on your drive and short game, while using every club in your bag during this brief period of play. You have to start your golf game somewhere, and Tupelo Bay is a great place to start.
Myrtle Beach National
When you’re ready to move from a par 3 to longer distances, head to Myrtle Beach National. They feature three award-winning courses, with the West Course being an ideal course to play for beginners. The West Course has a traditional design and offers wide fairways that are forgiving for those just getting comfortable with their driver. While there are hazards and traps on the course, don’t be daunted by these challenges. The perfect mixture of distance, doglegs, sand traps and water create a very playable course.
Myrtlewood Golf Club
Because of its prime location, Myrtlewood is known as the ‘Heart of Myrtle Beach Golf’ whose rolling greens are set along the Intracoastal Waterway. The golf club is home to two courses for 36 holes of championship golf. Out of the two, Myrtlewood Palmetto golf course is a beginner friendly course. It has a traditional design featuring gentle sloping fairways with little elevation change. The fairways are wide and forgiving and of course – the views of the Intracoastal Waterway make the round quite enjoyable.
Whispering Pines Golf Course
Whispering Pines is one of Myrtle Beach’s hidden gems. Located right by the Myrtle Beach Airport and just 2 minutes from the oceanfront, this course is Myrtle Beach’s very own public course. The course is laid out nicely with very few water hazards, it’s the best first and last golf stop in Myrtle Beach.
Pine Lakes Country Club
Although Pine Lakes isn’t necessarily a beginner’s course, you can’t leave the Grand Strand without playing the first golf course in Myrtle Beach, often referred to as ‘The Granddaddy’ course. Pine Lakes has been around since 1927 and is a treasured favorite in the golfing community. Nestled in the heart of Myrtle Beach, the course has a beautiful layout with greens that tend to be slower, which can be helpful for players new to the game. Overall, a fun challenging course to play after you have a few rounds under your belt.
Whether you’re a novice golfer who’s never held a club or are just beginning to figure out your handicap, Myrtle Beach is a top destination for a beginner golf getaway. Make sure to book your stay with Brittain Resorts, which features a variety of oceanfront resorts that are in close proximity to these award-winning golf courses. Plus you can even practice your short game with a round of miniature golf on top of one of their resorts – Long Bay Resort. Check out our current specials and get ready to tee up and swing away!