The History of Golf in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach has long been known as a top destination for golfers, with more than 80 courses to choose from. But how did this beautiful coastal area become such a mecca for golf enthusiasts? Here’s a look at the history of golf in Myrtle Beach:

The first golf course in Myrtle Beach was built in the 1920s, on a site that is now the Pine Lakes Country Club. The course was designed by Robert White, the first president of the PGA of America, and was an instant success. The course quickly became a favorite of local residents and visitors alike, and helped to establish Myrtle Beach as a top golf destination.

In the following decades, more courses were built in the area, including the Dunes Golf and Beach Club, which was founded in 1947. This course, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., helped to cement Myrtle Beach’s reputation as a premier golf destination.

Throughout the 1950s and 60s, more and more golf courses were built in the area, with architects such as Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus adding their own designs to the mix. By the 1970s, Myrtle Beach had become one of the top golf destinations in the country, with courses designed by some of the most famous architects in the world.

In the years since, Myrtle Beach has continued to grow and evolve as a golf destination, with new courses being built and existing courses being renovated and updated. Today, the area boasts more than 80 golf courses, each with its own unique features and challenges.

In addition to its many courses, Myrtle Beach is also home to a number of golf tournaments and events, including the World Amateur Handicap Championship, which attracts thousands of golfers from around the world each year.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, Myrtle Beach is a golf destination like no other, with a rich history and a bright future in the world of golf.

13 thoughts on “The History of Golf in Myrtle Beach”

  1. I’ve been visiting Myrtle Beach for golf vacations for years, and there’s a reason it’s my go-to spot. The number of quality courses is unreal and the history is just icing on the cake. I played Pine Lakes last year, and the condition of the course was top-notch. And to think it was the first one built there, simply incredible!

  2. Nice piece! Being a regular Myrtle Beach golfer, I agree that every course here has its own unique features and challenges. It’s why I keep coming back, never a dull round!

  3. I always thought of Myrtle Beach as just another beach holiday destination. Never realized it had such a rich golfing history. Is there a golf museum around there to visit?

    1. Yes indeed! For history buffs like you, there’s the South Carolina Hall of Fame located within the Myrtle Beach National. It’s filled with historical mementos and gives an enriching insight into the game’s legacy.

  4. First time I played at Myrtle Beach, I felt the history in every swing. Each course brings something unique. The Pine Lakes course made me feel part of that 1920s charm and pomp!

    1. Absolutely the charm is incomparable! Not to mention the misty mornings on the Pine Lakes, it’s like stepping into a vintage postcard.

  5. Samantha_GolfsAlot

    Tried Dunes Golf last fall and absolutely loved it! It’s interesting to learn about how much golf history there is in Myrtle Beach. Does anyone know if Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed any other courses in the area?

  6. I’ve had the privilege of teeing off on several of these courses, and I can confirm that Myrtle Beach is every bit the golf paradise this article makes it out to be. The variety in course design is truly remarkable.

  7. As an amateur golfer, I’ve never played in a tournament before, but the World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach might just be the motivation I need. Anyone participated before and can share some experiences?

  8. Fairway_Fiona_83

    I’ve been trying to convince my husband to take a golf vacation to Myrtle Beach for ages. After reading this, I think I’m one step closer to victory. He’s a big fan of both Dye and Nicklaus, can’t resist this charm! ?

  9. Is there a course in Myrtle Beach that you would say is a must-play for any golfer? I’m planning a trip and would love some recommendations.

    1. From personal experience, the Dunes Golf and Beach Club is a must-play. Its panoramic views intertwining the beach and golf greens is something unique to Myrtle beach and absolutely memorable!

  10. Great piece on the history of golf at Myrtle Beach, it’s always been on my bucket list to play a few rounds there. It’s amazing to see how it evolved into such a golf paradise.

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