1 . Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort

Pawleys Island, South Carolina

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Some of Myrtle Beach’s finest golf lies on the Waccamaw Golf Trail on the southern end of Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand. And Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort is right in the midst of it - which isn’t to say you don’t get that coveted feeling of seclusion and peace while you’re here.

Part of that is because the resort rests on Pawleys Island - you’re separated from the mainland by the Midway and Pawleys Inlets, yet you’re still just moments from all of the excitement and family fun in Myrtle Beach. Another part is the Pool & Play Plaza, with a lazy river, water deck island and two hot tubs, plus the Litchfield Racquet Club - the area’s largest tennis facility - and accommodations ranging from suites to villas to private homes. And about the golf: Several of "America's 100 Greatest Public Courses", six 4.5-Star courses and Pine Lakes - one of only three 5-Star courses in the entire Southeast - are right at your doorstep. And Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort employs golf reservation experts for courses, planning and preferred tee times. Hit the links!

Related Onsite Offerings

Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort provides a full-size theater, several multi-purpose and board rooms plus the Litchfield Country Club and Tara Ballroom for Myrtle Beach meetings, events, weddings and banquets.

Highlights

The Litchfield Racquet Club features 17 clay Har-Tru tennis courts, plus a staff of USPTA/USPTR certified tennis professionals and the nationally-acclaimed Litchfield Tennis School.

Fun facts

Some of the 200 or so residents on Pawleys Island might tell you about the Gray Man of Pawleys Island, an apparition - well, okay, a ghost - that appears to warn them about the approach of a major storm. No word yet on whether this is true.

2 . Brunswick Plantation Golf Resort

Calabash, North Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 920 - 1260

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Never mind that Brunswick Plantation is actually in Calabash, North Carolina - it’s minutes from the famous Grand Strand, and as close to fabulous Myrtle Beach golf courses as any resort in the area. The best part is that it’s not just a Myrtle Beach golf resort - it’s a Myrtle Beach golf community.

Actually, being this discrete distance from all the excitement has its advantages. Namely, exclusivity: the coastal lifestyle comes through very clearly here, blending the sun and fun of Myrtle Beach with a casual, elegant resort atmosphere. That means indoor/outdoor pools, tennis courts, a private sauna and plenty of fitness-related facilities and activities, all meant to be enjoyed at your pace. And, of course, there’s golf. The Magnolia, Azalea and Dogwood courses at Brunswick form a 27-hole playground for golfers, including the exquisite challenge of Scottish links, the beauty of Carolina woodlands and open freedom among water and hardwood trees. There’s a practice putting green here, too, along with a chipping green and a driving range. This is the best of Myrtle Beach golf - before you even reach Myrtle Beach!

Highlights

The island green signature hole on the Azalea course is surrounded by oyster shells - beautiful and dangerous at the same time!

Related Onsite Offerings

If you’d like to stay for more than a while (who wouldn’t?), Brunswick Plantation also offers homes and condominiums for sale across its 1,750 beautiful acres.

Extra Stops

Calabash is known as the “Seafood Capital of the World.” It’s grown from a fishing village into a small town of about 1,400, but there are more than 30 restaurants here serving world-class fresh-caught fare.

3 . Caravelle Resort

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 507 - 9145

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You come here for Myrtle Beach golf - but who says you can’t golf and be central to Myrtle Beach attractions and family fun? Certainly not the Caravelle Resort, which features a kid’s program, spa services and a North Ocean Boulevard location that highlights the celebrated Myrtle Beach energy.

And golf. The Caravelle offers an astounding array of golf packages that combine accommodations, meals, arrival gifts and golf rounds at more than 30 world-class courses. These courses include the Blackmoor, Grand Dunes, Pine Lakes Country Club and many more. Plus - just for staying at Caravelle Resort - you get exclusive privileges to the private Dunes Golf and Beach Club and its spectacular Robert Trent Jones 18-hole course. It doesn’t hurt that the Caravelle keeps the new Awaken Your Senses studio on hand for when you’re getting back from the course. And when you’re not golfing, there’s also a newly-renovated pool deck with two lazy rivers, a block-long outdoor poolscape, a fitness room and a game room. It’s a complete golf experience at a complete Myrtle Beach family resort!

Extra Stops

The Caravelle resort concierge can arrange a full Myrtle Beach vacation, including tickets and directions to the most current and popular Myrtle Beach shows and attractions.

Related Onsite Offerings

Dining options onsite include the Santa Maria restaurant for buffet breakfasts, the Marco Polo oceanfront pool bar and Pirate’s Cove Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop.

Highlights

If the pool deck isn’t enough, the Caravelle also features a seventh-floor sundeck - ideal for that combination of relaxation and Myrtle Beach sunshine.

4 . Barefoot Resort and Golf

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (888) 556 - 4972

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Here’s a Myrtle Beach golf resort that’s all about golf. Of course, that means more than just hitting the ball into the hole. It also includes spectacular scenery and world-class course design that makes full use of the natural Myrtle Beach area landscapes.

There are four spectacular 18-hole golf courses here: the Fazio Course, the Norman Course, the Love Course and the Dye Course. Golf aficionados - well, casual observers, too - will note the similarities between the course names and some of golf’s greatest personalities. Which, of course, is no accident: each course is named for its actual designer. That would be Tom Fazio, Greg Norman, Davis Love III, and Pete Dye. The result is heaven for anyone who’s ever picked up a club. Speaking of clubs, there’s also the Dye Clubhouse on site with a fitness center, elegant lodging and fine dining. The Range at Barefoot is 30 acres of illuminated space for practice or just to wind down. The Range features its own sports bar and a state-of-the-art golf shop.

Related Onsite Offerings

Family condominiums, vacation rentals and suites, a spa and a modern freshwater marina are available at Premiere Resorts at Barefoot Resort.

Highlights

The Golf Academy at Barefoot Resort maintains an expert staff to instruct and encourage you on every aspect of your game.

Getting there

From Myrtle Beach, take Highway 17 North past Barefoot Landing, and just past Alligator Adventure. Turn left onto Barefoot Resort Bridge Road. For the Dye Course, take a right at Club Course Drive. For Love, Norman & Fazio courses, take the next right for the Resort Clubhouse.

5 . Ocean Creek Resort

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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This Myrtle Beach resort is just across from the renowned Barefoot Landing. But the resemblance to other Myrtle Beach resorts stops there. Did someone say golf? It’s never far from your mind at Ocean Creek Resort, a gated enclave amid surroundings that bring an old-style grand plantation to mind.

This is a completely different feel from the beachfront towers you might picture when you think of a Myrtle Beach vacation - instead, Ocean Creek Resort is spread over 57 acres of moss-draped oaks and creekside condominiums. That might tell you something about the passion for golf here: the many Ocean Creek packages have names like Extreme and Triple Play, and they all feature the area’s top courses: Arrowhead, Barefoot, Aberdeen, Wildwood Avocet and many more. And despite the extensive indoor and outdoor pools, huge oceanfront playground and volleyball courts, lodge villas, tennis villas, garden homes and a complete tennis center at Ocean Creek Resort, you never get the feeling that you’ve left the course… in this relaxed and secluded environment, it’s always golf time.

Related Onsite Offerings

Lest we forget, Ocean Creek is a Myrtle Beach resort through and through; so a huge oceanfront pool is accompanied by a Beach Club with a pool bar and grill.

Highlights

Ask about Ocean Creek’s Custom Package - where you can play any of the 100-plus Myrtle Beach golf courses with daily green fee, accommodations, Southern-style buffet breakfast and a welcome gift included.

Extra Stops

Directly across from Ocean Creek Resort, Barefoot Landing features a boardwalk, dock and 27-acre lake along with shopping, dining and entertainment in the carefully recreated ambiance of an old fishing village.

6 . Marina Inn at Grande Dunes

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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We wouldn’t know, but we hear that golf is a game best played following a good night’s sleep between 300-thread-count imported cotton sheets and European duvets. If you’re curious, you can find out for yourself at the luxurious Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.

This luxury Myrtle Beach resort takes you outside of Myrtle Beach - outside of the U.S., really - with its Mediterranean and European styles. And that’s before you leave your room or suite. This is all in the context of a master-planned residential resort featuring a 130-slip marina on the Intracoastal Waterway, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center and the exquisite Grande Dunes Tennis Club. It’s fitting that championship golf would be part of the layout at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. The 7,600-yard Resort Club at Grande Dunes features seven holes along the Intracoastal Waterway, Bermuda fairways, bent grass greens, and more than 34 acres of freshwater lakes. And the Members Club at Grande Dunes features natural pine preserves and an elegant 27,000-square-foot Italian-designed clubhouse.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes offers four dining establishments including the elegant Waterways, the waterfront Reflections and Anchor Café, plus the secluded Beach Cabana. In-room dining is available as well.

Highlights

The Ocean Club at Grande Dunes will take your breath away with its Tuscan-style architecture and oceanfront ambiance - it’s one of the most luxurious venues on the Eastern seaboard.

Getting there

From Myrtle Beach International Airport, turn left onto Jetport Road. Turn right onto Harrelson Blvd. Turn right onto Route 17 Bypass North. Turn left at the Dixie Stampede sign onto Grande Dunes Blvd., then turn left just before the guardhouse. Follow signs to take you to the Marina Inn.

7 . Legends Golf Resorts

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 299 - 6187

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It’s safe to say that everything about Legends Golf Resorts focuses on golf. The six (!) courses here span landscapes from Myrtle Beach to Scotland, and a great many philosophies of course design. All told, it’s one of the finest Myrtle Beach golf resorts - for that matter, any golf resort anywhere.

The prevailing theme tips toward Scotland, or at least that of a small Scottish village - a distinct style that permeates the elegant golf villas and the central Ailsa Pub (named for a Scottish golf landmark, of course). Naturally some of the courses follow suit, namely the par 71 Heathland course and the wildly rising, Pete Dye-designed par 72 Moorland course. Yet it’s probably no coincidence that the golf villas are surrounded by the Parklands course, which celebrates the natural terrain of South Carolina. Of course, we’d be remiss if we did not mention the TPC course - all five stars of it, the home of the PGA Tour's TPC of Myrtle Beach and former site of the SENIOR TOUR Championship. For a resort where golf is the beginning, middle and end of your Myrtle Beach vacation - sa Bhriathrachan Bheag to Legends.

Highlights

Besides the Myrtle Beach TPC course, Heathland, Moorland and Parkland, you’ll find plenty of premiere Myrtle Beach golf at the par 70 Oyster Bay.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Legends clubhouse offers space for up to 200 guests, perfect for banquets, ceremonies and receptions, plus meeting space for smaller groups at Ailsa Pub.

Fun facts

The Heritage Plantation course pays homage to the centuries-old rice culture of Myrtle Beach, featuring more than 600 acres of giant magnolias, 300-year-old oaks, freshwater lakes and marshes.

8 . Kingston Plantation

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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For a plantation, this place sure has a lot of stuff. Well, actually it’s not a plantation. But with 145 acres, a hotel, a condominium resort and most importantly a Rees Jones-designed championship Myrtle Beach golf course, it definitely brings to mind the grandeur of the South.

We’ve really just scratched the surface here. We haven’t mentioned the 50,000-square-foot Splash! oceanfront waterpark, the Sport and Health Club with spa and massage services or the clay and hard surface tennis courts. There are also several restaurants, lounges, drive-through establishments and more for onsite dining. But let’s get to the really good stuff. Arcadian Shores is the onsite par 72 championship Myrtle Beach golf course, featuring five tee locations and a maximum distance of 6,857 yards. This traditional course features just about every natural wonder - and hazard - that’s common to Myrtle Beach, including freshwater lakes, Tifton Bermuda greens, fairways lined with live oaks and, of course, plenty of sand. It’s part of one of the largest Myrtle Beach resort complexes - pretty far from an actual plantation, but with every bit of charm and regality.

Highlights

Privately-owned one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom condominiums occupy the Brighton, North Hampton, South Hampton, and the luxurious new Margate Toweres overlooking the beaches of Kingston Plantation.

Related Onsite Offerings

Both the Embassy Suites Hotel and the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort offer extensive facilities for conferences and events. Services include full catering, A/V and group incentives.

Getting there

From Myrtle Beach Airport, turn right at first light onto Robert M. Grissom Parkway. Continue approximately seven miles and merge onto Hwy 31 North. Follow Hwy 31 North for approximately five miles to Hwy 22 East. From Hwy 22 take the Kings Road Exit, turning right at bottom of ramp. Follow Kings Road for 1.2 miles and the Kingston Plantation entrance is on the left.

9 . Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club

Pawleys Island, South Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 367 - 9959

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It turns out that fall lines are good - very good for golf. That’s a large part of the beauty of Pawleys Plantation, which exemplifies the South Carolina Lowcountry. We’re talking 200-year old moss-draped oaks, serene ocean inlets, fresh and salt water all around. This is Myrtle Beach golf!

The course happens to be designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus. Well, it doesn’t just happen to be: this locale has a way of attracting legends of golf. In this case, that means plenty of fairway, greens that blend with the surroundings and the completely natural, beautiful hazard of the Pawleys Island salt marsh. None of this comes without a great helping of Lowcountry hospitality. Your accommodations are spacious, one- to four-bedroom Myrtle Beach golf villas, and the perks include privileges at the nearby fitness center. Topping it off is the clubhouse, complete with a swimming pool, pro shop, two restaurants and the Palmetto Pub. You might be on the low side of the fall line, but it’s certainly worth the drop.

Related Onsite Offerings

Meeting facilities at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club include a 6,500-sq.-ft. conference center, a Grand Foyer and a Veranda.

Getting there

From Myrtle Beach, take the Bypass 17 South to Pawleys Island. The entrance to Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club is 2.3 miles south of the Hammock Shops on the left.

Extra Stops

Visit Georgetown, South Carolina’s second-oldest seaport, just eight miles to the south and sample authentic Southern antiquing, shopping and harborwalk restaurant dining.

10 . Dunes Village Resort

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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We’ve heard the buzz about the new Oceanfront Dunes Village Resort: along with a 20,000-sq.-ft. pool deck and a full range of accommodations, it’s also the home of Myrtle Beach’s only indoor waterpark. You could almost forget that it’s a terrific place for a Myrtle Beach golf vacation. Well, almost.

Actually, the experience Dunes Village Resort has planning golf vacations far pre-dates the waterpark. The resort has employed a Golf Department for 30 years, and today they facilitate more than 400,000 rounds of golf per year among dozens of the finest Myrtle Beach golf courses including Whispering Pines, Farmstead Golf Links and many more. Of course, it’s hard not to mention the combined indoor and outdoor waterparks here, which add up to 30,000 square feet and include a 250-foot river ride and Myrtle Beach's first adult-sized indoor waterslides. We mention this because we know you’ve always got golf on your mind, especially in Myrtle Beach. But it’s always good to come up with something new to do during the rare times you’re not on the course.

Highlights

The Oceanfront Deluxe four-bedroom condominiums at Dunes Village Resort feature four baths including two with Jacuzzi tubs, five TVs, full kitchen and complete living and dining areas. Oceanfront studios, suites and one- to three-bedroom condos are also available.

Related Onsite Offerings

Six onsite tiki bars, lounges and restaurants include full oceanfront breakfasts at Admiral’s Room Restaurant.

Related activities

Guests of Dunes Village Resort enjoy access to the world-class Spa at North Beach Plantation, featuring treatments inspired by Myrtle Oil. Both resorts are part of Myrtle Beach Hotels.

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