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While the temperate coastal climate makes golfing a year-round pastime in the Myrtle Beach area, many locals will point to the spring as the best time to get into the swing — because that’s when the area’s 100-plus courses are at their most beautiful and in full bloom, the temperatures are at their most comfortable, and the heavy summer crowds have yet to flock to the Grand Strand.
And at Ocean Reef Resort, located right on the Atlantic oceanfront on the northern end of Myrtle Beach, we’ve got a range of comfortable accommodations and amazing amenities to keep you and your golfing buddies happy. We’ve even got friendly and knowledgeable staff members who are specially trained to help you plan the perfect Grand Strand golf getaway.
So, the next time you’re looking for a vacation destination where you and your party can hit the links (and relax) in style, consider Ocean Reef Resort and these nearby layouts:
Pine Lakes Country Club — Known as “The Granddaddy,” this 18-hole, par-70 course located just 2 miles south of Ocean Reef Resort was established in 1927 as Myrtle Beach’s first layout. Celebrated golf course architect Robert White, the PGA’s first president, designed the course, which features rolling fairways, freshwater lakes, and an elegant clubhouse whose Southern architecture conveys the hospitality and history associated with golf on the Grand Strand. A complete renovation in the late 2000s took the course from its original 27 holes to its current 18, with the back nine maintaining much of the original design and the front nine seeing a heavier redesign. The course is also home to the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame, which celebrates the men and women credited with turning Myrtle Beach into the Golf Capital of the World.
Grande Dunes Resort Club — Located less than 3 miles inland from Ocean Reef Resort, Grande Dunes is a Robert Rulewich Group-designed layout that is known for its spectacular high-bluff views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the challenges it offers golfers of all experience levels. The 18-hole, par-72 course, named National Golf Course of the Year in 2009 by the National Golf Course Owners Association of America, features a links-style design with expansive, subtly undulated Bermuda grass fairways and modestly contoured greens. After their rounds, golfers can head to the Mediterranean-style clubhouse for 19th-hole festivities on a veranda overlooking the 18th green.
The Dunes Golf & Beach Club — Just a 5-minute drive north of Ocean Reef Resort, the course at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club was designed by legendary course architect Robert Trent Jones and is the only golf course in Myrtle Beach that can boast on-course ocean views. Named a “Top 100 Course” nationally by a number of major golf publications, the course has played host to numerous PGA events, including the 47th Annual PGA Professional National Championship in 2014. The course’s Lowcountry layout spans a variety of terrains, including the oceanfront, tidal creeks, salt marshes and maritime forest. Its famed 13th hole known as “Waterloo,” widely regarded as one of the top par-5s in the nation, offers an especially memorable challenge with its inverted dogleg around Lake Singleton.
These are just a few of the outstanding and award-winning golf layouts found along the Grand Strand and in the Golf Capital of the World. So book your getaway at Ocean Reef Resort today, pack your golf bag, and head for Myrtle Beach — there’s no better place to swing into spring!