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The Best Golf Courses in South Carolina

South Carolina is home to over 350 golf courses, including many impressive public courses as well as resorts and private courses. The state is a favorite location for vacations planned around the game for the exceptional quality of the courses and the convenience of playing multiple courses located in the same area.

myrtle beach claims the title of “Golf Capital of the World” with more than 80 courses just a few kilometers away. Hilton Head IslandThe more than 23 championship courses include seaside layouts as well as park-style and links courses. Charleston and Bluffton are also home to a number of popular courses created by top golf course architects drawn to South Carolina’s climate, natural beauty and stunning beaches.

In addition to golf, visitors enjoy southern hospitality, great food, and spectacular scenery and wildlife. These are some of the best golf courses in South Carolina.

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Harbor Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island

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Located at Sea Pines Resort, Harbor Town Golf Links hosts the annual RBC Heritage PGA TOUR event. Renowned golf course designer Pete Dye, along with Jack Nicklaus, created a beautiful course with small sloping greens, water hazards, challenging par threes and a widely recognizable 18th hole known for its view of the lighthouse. Pete Dye’s Heron Point and Davis Love III’s Atlantic Dunes are also at the Sea Pines Resort.

May River Golf Club, Palmetto Bluff

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Designed by Jack Nicklaus, May River Golf Club is located at Montage Palmetto Bluff. The challenging course runs along the banks of the river among old live oaks and beautiful Lowcountry scenery with wide, sloping fairways, white sand bunkers and water hazards. The course has earned Audubon Certified Cooperative Sanctuary status for its wildlife and habitat management.

Point Haig, Daufuskie Island

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This Course designed by Rees Jones offers 29 holes, including the nine-hole Osprey course and the 20-hole Signature course with course options for experienced and recreational golfers. Ocean views, tree lined fairways and abundant wildlife make the courses memorable. The private course, accessible only by boat, offers tee times for a limited number of daily guests.

The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island

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This Pete Dye design – created with input from his wife, Alice – features ten beachfront holes along the Atlantic Ocean at the most easterly end of the island. The elevation of the course, as suggested by Alice Dye, provides views of the Kiawah coastline from every hole while placing the course amidst ocean breezes, adding challenge and stunning scenery. Four other courses at Kiawah Island include Osprey Point by Tom Fazio, Oak Point by Clyde Johnston, Turtle Point by Jack Nicklaus and Cougar Point by Gary Player.

PTC Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet

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This public course designed by Tom Fazio features an abundance of live oak, pine, wetlands and scenic landscaping. Narrow fairways and sloping greens challenge golfers, and its signature par-five 18th hole offers stunning views with a water hazard surrounding the green.

True Blue Golf Club, Pawleys Island

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That Mike Strantz signature golf course has expansive tree lined fairways, elevation changes, large bunker areas and water hazards. Its Lowcountry site includes wetlands, forests and salt marshes. Located at the True Blue Golf Resort, the course features an 18-acre driving range. Nearby Caledonia Golf & Fish Club has another popular design by Mike Strantz.

Search Wild Dunes Resort

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Of them world class golf course, both designed by Tom Fazio, are offered at Wild Dunes. The Links courses features narrow, palm-lined fairways and a memorable finishing hole that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The Port Routeknown for its challenging design and views of the Intracoastal Waterway and salt marshes, tests golfers with plenty of water hazards.

Barefoot Resort & Golf, North Myrtle Beach

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Four different coursesall designed by leading professionals, are offered at the resort. The Norman Route by Greg Norman features seven holes along the Intracoastal Waterway, rolling greens and natural desert-style vegetation. Other courses include the love lessons (designed by Davis Love III), the Fazio course (by Tom Fazio), and semi-private dyeing class (by Pete Dye).

Tidewater Golf Club, North Myrtle Beach

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Located between the Intracoastal Waterway and Cherry Grove Inlet, the lesson offers magnificent landscapes with its challenges. Nine holes play along the water, and the saltwater marsh and dense trees challenge players, as do elevation changes and ocean breezes.

Daniel Island Club, Charleston

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This residential and private club development includes two of South Carolina’s residences the most beautiful routes: Beresford Creek by Tom Fazio and Ralston Creek by Rees Jones. The Fazio-designed course is set amongst waterways, marshes, creeks and massive trees, offering stunning views. Ralston Creek’s fairway and green bunkers, along with the contoured greens and water features, present beautiful views as well as multiple challenges.

Furman Golf Club, Greenville

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One of the best college golf courses in the country, this public course is located on the campus of Furman University. Nearby, the highly rated Walking course at Clemson University is located on the shores of Lake Hartwell near the center of campus.