More than 50 pros participated in survey

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Jan. 22. 2020) — What is the best course in Myrtle Beach? It’s a question everyone asks, and wanted to answer.

The area’s leading package provider,, conducted an anonymous survey of Myrtle Beach area PGA professionals, asking them to rank the Grand Strand’s top 20 courses. More than 50 professionals participated in the poll, and the results often tracked with popular opinion but there were certainly surprises.

The famed Dunes Golf & Beach Club, a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design that has hosted USGA, PGA and LPGA events, was the clear No. 1, garnering nearly half of the first place votes. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, a consensus top 100 layout, was second, followed by Tidewater Golf Club, the area’s most scenic course.

Grande Dunes, which features five holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway, was fourth, and Prestwick, the biggest top 10 surprise, was No. 5. A Pete and P.B. Dye design, Prestwick has always been a favorite of locals who appreciate the challenge and quality of the architecture.

TPC Myrtle Beach, True Blue, the Fazio Course at Barefoot, the Dye Course at Barefoot, and King’s North at Myrtle Beach National rounded out the top 10.

“Traveling golfers ask us all the time what the best courses in the area are, and we wanted to be able to answer the question with more than personal opinion,” said Justin Binke, director of sales and marketing for “What group is better qualified to rank Myrtle Beach’s premier courses than PGA professionals? We are excited to unveil the results of the survey, and we certainly hope golfers enjoy the rankings as much as we did compiling them.”

Participating PGA pros ranked courses from 1 to 20 with the top-ranked course earning 20 points and each subsequent spot receiving one fewer point. The course with the most points sat atop the rankings.

Here are Myrtle Beach’s top 20 courses, according to PGA professionals:

1.    Dunes Golf & Beach Club
2.    Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
3.    Tidewater Golf Club
4.    Grande Dunes Resort Club
5.    Prestwick Country Club
6.    TPC Myrtle Beach
7.    True Blue Golf Club
8.    Fazio Course at Barefoot Resort
9.    Dye Course at Barefoot Resort
10.   King’s North at Myrtle Beach National
11.   Pawleys Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club
12.   Arrowhead Country Club
13.   Love Course at Barefoot Resort
14.   Heritage Club
15.   Thistle Golf Club
16.   Pine Lakes Country Club
17.   Rivers Edge Golf Club
18.   Arcadian Shores Golf Club
19.   Willbrook Plantation
20.   Long Bay Club

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