There are only six Myrtle Beach golf courses that play along the Intracoastal Waterway, and you can experience four of them as part of the Myrtle Beach’s Best golf package.
So, what would your trip look like if you told our resident golf package expert, Brian Noblin, you wanted a 4-round golf vacation that only included courses that play along the picturesque waterway?
Day 1 – Arrowhead Country Club
Located in Myrtle Beach, the ideal way to start your Intracoastal waterway tour is by playing the Cypress and Waterway nines at Arrowhead Country Club. The course’s signature hole is the par 4 fifth on the Waterway nine, which plays along the water from tee to green. The green on the fourth hole of the Cypress nine brings the Intracoastal into full view, providing a beautiful backdrop for the short par 4.
The Raymond Floyd design is home to 27 holes and is one of the area’s best-conditioned layouts, making it a great place to start your trip.
Day 2 – Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links
It’s time to head to Glen Dornoch, long one of the area’s most popular layouts. The Intracoastal waterway factors significantly into both sides of the course. On the front, the eighth green backs up to the waterway, and it looms all the way up the right side of the par 4 ninth hole. If you slice the ball (or even push it slightly), expect your Titleist to be swimming.
Glen Dornoch’s final three holes are the most memorable stretch along the Waterway in Myrtle Beach. The 16th green, which requires a daunting approach, is surrounded by the marshy waters of the Intracoastal, setting the stage for the par 3 17th.
Playing over that same marsh, the left side of the 17th green borders the water and sailboats often provide the backdrop for the course’s most picturesque hole. The waterway runs along the left side of the 18th hole, which shares a double green with the ninth, bringing both sides to a close along the Army Corps of Engineers work.
Day 3 – The Norman Course at Barefoot Resort
You are off to one of the area’s most underrated layouts – the Norman Course at Barefoot Resort.
The Intracoastal is the defining feature of the back nine with the waterway coming into play on four holes. The 10th, a downhill par 3, is one of the most dramatic one-shotters on the beach. The par 4 17th gives players a final glimpse of the Intracoastal and helps bring a memorable day to a close.
Day 4 – Tidewater Golf Club
Tidewater is the perfect way to complete the quartet of Waterway courses. One of Myrtle Beach’s most scenic layouts, Tidewater has five holes that play along the Intracoastal waterway.
Picking a favorite is matter of taste, but the vote here is for the dogleg left finishing hole, one of Myrtle Beach’s most challenging par 4s. Tidewater’s 18th rewards length and accuracy, and the marshy waters from Intracoastal come into play on both shots.
Those Intracoastal views don’t include the four holes that play along Cherry Grove.
An Intracoastal Waterway golf trip like this is sure to provide your group with an unforgettable itinerary.
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