Whether you’ve been playing golf for decades or are completely new to the game, Myrtle Beach has a course that’s perfect for you. With over 100 championship golf courses, engineered by the most respected names in the sport and tailored towards every playing level, Myrtle Beach is a haven for professional golfers and beginners alike. If you are new to the game of golf and are interested in playing an easy round during your next Grand Strand getaway, check out these five incredible courses for beginners.
Built as part of the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort in 1974, Arcadian Shores has been a mainstay of the Myrtle Beach golf community for decades. With a rating of 73.2 and a slope of 137, Arcadian Shores offers a thrilling challenge to both low handicappers and beginners alike. With beautiful landscapes and a convenient central location, Arcadian Shores is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. For players looking to get in a little practice before playing a round, the Arcadian Shores Golf Academy offers individual and group lessons, led by PGA Professional, Mike Lutsky.
Located on Highway 17 just half a mile from the beach, Azalea Sands lies at the heart of North Myrtle Beach. For nearly 40 years, Azalea Sands has offered countless generations of golfers an incredible experience at a reasonable price. The 6,902-yard course features long narrow fairways among towering pine trees. With a course rating of 72.5 and a slope of 123, Azalea Sands is the perfectly balances challenge and enjoyability.
Nestled in the waterfront fishing village of Little River, just a short drive from North Myrtle Beach, this beautiful 250-acre course is equal parts wildlife preserve and golf course. Dense maritime forest frame placid lakes and ponds sprinkled around the course. A virtual bird aviary blankets the skies and treetops with natural beauty and vibrant color. Despite having some of the toughest finishing holes on the Grand Strand, Eagle Nest lends itself to all skill levels by featuring wide-open fairways and forgiving greens.
Situated peacefully between Cherry Grove and the Intracoastal Waterway, Tidewater Golf Club features the perfect combination of challenging the play and natural beauty. With a course rating of 74.8 and a slope rating of 144, this par 72 sleeping giant is guaranteed to challenge any golfer and deliver an incredible day hitting the links. If you’re new to the game or are just interested in honing your skills, check out Tidewater’s illustrious Golf Academy. Led by Tidewater’s legendary Director of Instruction, Hugh Royer III, the academy offers private instruction as well as a special ‘playing lesson’ where you’ll learn about club selection, course management, and shot selection as you play the course.
The most striking feature about this gorgeous, 6771-yard behemoth is its tranquility. Despite its proximity to the Myrtle Beach Airport and the Downtown Promenade, Whispering Pines maintains a serene, parkland atmosphere that to its 200 acres of towering pines and mature hardwoods. Tree-lined fairways, carefully placed lakes, and undulating greens add to the course’s overall beauty and difficulty. With a course rating of 70.9 and a 126 slope, Whispering Pines is guaranteed to offer an incredibly satisfying round to golfers of all ages and handicaps at a reasonable rate. The course welcomes golfers of all skill levels and offers video analysis, senior clinics, youth instruction and private lessons to beginners looking to grow as golfers.
Interested in playing a round at any of these incredible Grand Strand courses? Book your tee time today when you create your own Myrtle Beach golf package with the Myrtle Beach Golf Authority.
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