Guests at Ocean Reef Resort are staying in one of the best golf neighborhoods on the Grand Strand. The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Pine Lakes International Country Club, and the Grande Dunes are just short drives away, as is the Cane Patch Par-3, with a driving range and putting greens to work on your game.
But if you want to play a round of golf all over the world without leaving the Grand Strand, check out the World Tour Golf Links in Myrtle Beach. Featuring exact replicas of famous holes from the greatest golf courses around the globe, World Tour gives golfers the one-of-a-kind experience of playing the same holes as their heroes. Walk in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus around Amen Corner at Augusta National, and pump your fist like Tiger Woods after sinking a putt at Cypress Point, and stand on the stone bridge at St. Andrew's where Arnold Palmer waved goodbye to the golf world.
Reliving those experiences would cost millions of dollars and require thousands of miles of travel in the real world, assuming you could get a tee time to these golf meccas. In fact, 16 of the World Tour's holes are replicas of clubs so exclusive that the average golfer wouldn't be able to play a round at any price. But golfers can do the next best thing by playing a round at World Tour.
Situated along the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway, this 27-hole layout offers golfers well-manicured fairways and greens and challenging water hazards and bunkers. Recent renovations have made the course more playable than ever so high and low handicappers alike can experience the thrill of the World Tour's unique design and enjoy a memorable round that will last a lifetime.
It's like playing a round of golf and getting a history lesson all in one as each hole magically transports players to a special place in golf lore. World Tour is much more than just a hodgepodge collection of famous holes. Divided into three nine-hole layouts – the Open, Championship and International courses – World Tour has the feel of a classic championship layout. Players can choose any two of the three layouts for an 18-hole round, or make a full day of it and play all three.
World Tour's gently rolling terrain includes manmade elevation changes to transform this Lowcountry layout into replicas of famed holes. The undulating greens were recently transformed from Bentgrass to Miniverde Bermuda grass to put a premium on putting. Regardless of skill level, World Tour allows Average Joes to play like pros for a one-of-a-kind golf experience you will tell your friends and family members about for years to come.
Located less than 10 minutes away from Ocean Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach, World Tour Golf can accommodate small parties and large groups alike. The World Tour clubhouse also features a golf shop and a 19th hole at the Players Grille, where golfers can unwind after their rounds and replay the historic course over and over in their minds.
Guests at the Ocean Reef can book their tee times at World Tour or any of the Grand Strand’s other golf courses, and special packages are available that can save you money on room rates and well as greens fees. Be sure to bring a camera so you can get some great shots of you and your group replicating golf history.
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