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We have been going to Hilton Head in early October for the past several years, but this year we are going to North Myrtle Beach the first week of October.

I have played many of the top courses on the South end: Caledonia, True Blue, Heritage, TPC and several others. Looking for a few good courses on the North side.

The group will be myself 18 handicap, my son a 12, and my wife a 25. Looking for fun, scenic, and playable for golfers of our abilities.

We are thinking of playing World Tour for the experience realizing we might throw up some big numbers. I have played a couple of replica courses in Dallas-Tour 18 and The Tribute and they were a fun experience. Outside of that, we are pretty flexible.

Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks for your time

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I'm probably there at least once a year and typically stay in the North Myrtle Beach area. Actually will be there in July to play some golf. A few of the places I would consider are the following:

Pine Lakes (AKA the Grand Daddy), Thistle, Long Bay, Sandpiper Bay, World Tour (expect a high score there, all famous holes) and Shaftsbury Glen has a Bethpage design feel to it. If you are looking for something that might be on the easier side Myrtlewood has two courses. I plan on playing one of the Myrtlewood courses in July for my warm up course.

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World Tour is a must just for the experience, your score will suffer but it’s the experience of playing the famous holes that count. Pine Lakes is great, Myrtlewood is a more player friendly course and recently went through a renovation, I like the Palmetto course better than the Pine Hills course there.

 

 

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I enjoyed playing Thistle very much.  Grand dunes is a pretty course, lots of nice views.    I hope to be playing a couple of barefoot courses later this month.  I will let you know.  Have a great time. 

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All those suggested are good courses. Two more worth playing ... Long Bay (a Nicklaus Signature Course) and Glen Dornoch. 

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I am surprised no one has mentioned the cats (Tigers Eye, Panther Run) or Tidewater.  I usually play one of these and Rivers Edge and Crow Creek every time I go.  I'll throw in Meadowlands and Caper Fear (closer to Wilmington).

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Thistle is a MUST. Highly recommend it. Any of the Cat Courses are pretty nice as well. Seem to always be in good shape.

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It's been many years since I was there, but the cat courses are nice.  I'll also mention Oyster Bay... bring several balls!!

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I have played most of the courses in North Myrtle Beach.  Tidewater, Grande Dunes, Tigers Eye, and World Tour would be my picks.

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We have a place at Barefoot Resort in NMB. We belong to the Dye course but also play the Norman, Love and Fazio courses with our friends. You can’t go wrong with most of the courses in the area from NMB to Merrill’s Inlet and some of the courses in North Carolina. If you love golf, the greater Myrtle Beach area is the best. 

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I've been going to Myrtle Beach in October for about 5 years.( except 2020). The Barefoot resort has 5 great courses and there are nice condo to stay in as well . I also really like Myrtle Beach National Kings north course.

 I've played the south end courses you mentioned and love them all.

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We go for the Family Golf Week tournament every year and vacationed there quite a bit when I was younger. We typically stay at my dad's condo right across from Barefoot Landing, but tend to play all over the place. A few courses I'd highlight on the northern end: 

River's Edge: it's a hike to the north, but an old favorite Arnie Design. It's mostly playable for that crew, but a few holes could eat you up (like the par 5 9th - not a tough tee shot but both the layup and approach are brutal). 

Thistle: I don't remember difficulty here (didn't think it was too bad), but I played it for the first time two years ago and was very impressed. They have 27 there, so there are a few ways to split it up. 

Barefoot: Been a few years since we played any of them, but you'd probably enjoy any of them. 

Long Bay: Been a while, but I remember enjoying this one. 

Ocean Ridge (The Big Cats): I remember liking Tiger's Eye the best, but I think I'm biased because that was the hot new course back when I was in high school. Played Leopard's Chase most recently, which was also very nice. 

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I've been playing in the Myrtle Beach World Am every August since 2012

Here are some suggestions...

Like a couple of people mentioned, Myrtlewood is a good place to start...Unless something has changed drastically in the past year, stay away from the Big Cats...they were having severe financial problems and last year players were losing balls in the fairways and chipping on the greens to get the ball to the hole...

some other courses to consider for your handicaps: Crow Creek, Farmstead, River Hills

some nicer courses: Kings North, Long Bay, Grande Dunes, Glen Dornoch

other courses I like but are off US 501 (main drag going into Myrtle, pretty heavy traffic) Wild Wing, The Wizard, The Witch

some other easier North Myrtle courses but not as nice: Beechwood, Possum Trot, Eagles Nest

plenty of choices, wide variety, have fun   

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I should also say if you don't mind driving just a tad, the Legends courses and TPC Myrtle Beach are worth the effort and they won't eat your lunch too bad if you play from the more forward tees...there are some forced carries though but the courses are fun to play..

the drive isn't too bad since they have mostly finished a better by-pass system from north to south

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It's seems the courses I played years ago are still favorites. Tidewater, Glen Dornoch, Aberdeen, Thistle, Pearl (East Course), Carolina National and Arrowhead are some of my favorites. Have a great time.

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3 hours ago, Scotty113 said:

Unless something has changed drastically in the past year, stay away from the Big Cats...they were having severe financial problems and last year players were losing balls in the fairways and chipping on the greens to get the ball to the hole...

That's too bad - my dad told me something about damage to the homes in that area recently (tornado?), but I didn't realize it had that big of an impact on the golf courses. Hopefully they find a way to get them back in shape. 

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Just back from North Myrtle Beach.  Day one played Barefoot Fazio.  Just wasn't impressed, each hole looked like the last.  I wasn't playing well, so that may factor into it, but the only hole i can remember was the 18th.  Day two played Barefoot Dye and loved the course.   Dye is set apart from the other 3 barefoot courses and there are many wonderful holes.  I loved a par 3 on the front with water along the right,,,,,,even though i rinsed 2......hey it was windy.   great hole.  By the way I played at 2 both days, and the courses were empty.  At Dye I played as a single  so  played  my driver from the black tees and three wood from the white tees.   Day 3 i played Arrowhead which is near the airport and has 3 nines.  The Myrtle Pros rated this course pretty high and i agree.   I like target golf as opposed to grip it and rip it and Arrowhead was all about target, working your way around lakes and bunkers.  The bunkers were in great shape sand nice and fluffy, better than the barefoot courses.  I made 2 sandies. 

by the way for meals, I highly recommend the Parsonage and Villa Tuscana both right on Route 17.

 

 

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Going this October, playing Thistle, River's Edge, Tidewater and Crow Creek. Pretty dern good lineup and I have played them all before, but never so late in the season.

As of last year, stay away from the Big Cat's, they were having management problems, had one grounds crew for all the courses and they were just terrible. Hope they improve the conditions, they used to be a must play.

 

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On 5/17/2021 at 9:00 PM, Iowa Hacker said:

We have been going to Hilton Head in early October for the past several years, but this year we are going to North Myrtle Beach the first week of October.

I have played many of the top courses on the South end: Caledonia, True Blue, Heritage, TPC and several others. Looking for a few good courses on the North side.

The group will be myself 18 handicap, my son a 12, and my wife a 25. Looking for fun, scenic, and playable for golfers of our abilities.

We are thinking of playing World Tour for the experience realizing we might throw up some big numbers. I have played a couple of replica courses in Dallas-Tour 18 and The Tribute and they were a fun experience. Outside of that, we are pretty flexible.

Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks for your time

I was just in North Myrtle, in April. Rivers Edge is very picturesque, its not terribly long, and you can play up makes it much more manageable depending on skill.  Of the others listed I have played Crow Creek, Farmstead, and Meadowlands are pretty open and what I would call player friendly. The only caution I would give you is to not play River Hills, there is water in play on 13 or 14 holes.

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