Five Great Places to Play Golf Close to Long Bay Resort

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Myrtle Beach is famous for its golf. With nearly 100 courses located within a one-hour drive of the Grand Strand, a golfer could play one hole a day for almost five years and still not hit them all.

Of course, some of the top layouts are spread out along the 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline known as the Grand Strand. From the ocean courses in Sunset Beach, NC, down to the Lowcountry layouts of Pawleys Island, SC, the average golfer can pile up some mileage trying to hit them all. But fortunately for guests at Long Bay Resort, you happen to be staying in the middle of a hot bed for great Myrtle Beach golf courses.

There are five courses close to Long Bay that require a very short drive, or in one case, a very short walk. The golf experts at Long Bay can help you book a tee time at any of these locales, and golf packages are available to save you money on both golf and accommodations. Here are five convenient places to play close to the resort:

Cane Patch Par-3: No, this isn't close to being one of the best courses in Myrtle Beach, but it is the closest golf facility to Long Bay Resort. Located just two blocks away across Kings Highway, you can carry your clubs to this nine-hole facility. Cane Patch also has a driving range and practice green, the perfect place to work on your swing before you step onto the big links. Lighting allows for night practice before or after dinner at one of the surrounding restaurants.

Dunes Golf & Beach Club: Located only 1 mile north of the resort on Ocean Boulevard, this semi-private club is the crown jewel of the Myrtle Beach golf scene. Opened in 1949, the Robert Trent Jones design helped establish Myrtle Beach as a major player in the golf market. Built on the oceanfront and surrounded by maritime forest and wetlands, the Dunes is one of the most coveted tee times on the Grand Strand. Ask the Long Bay golf staff for help getting on this course for a memorable experience.

Grande Dunes Golf Resort: This new, state-of-the-art facility features two golf courses along the Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach. Located only a couple of miles inland, the Grande Dunes has earned numerous national awards for its facilities both on and off the course. The Grande Dunes also boasts one of the top golf schools on the Strand where you can get top-notch instruction and a computer breakdown of your swing flaws on the simulator. The upscale clubhouse is a great place to finish your round with a cold drink.

Myrtlewood Golf Club: This 36-hole facility is one of the most popular among local golfer for its affordability and playability. Considered one of the best value courses on the Strand, Myrtlewood offers the Palmetto and PineHills layouts that meander through the woods along the Intracoastal Waterway. Located about 3 miles away from Long Bay at the corner of 48th Avenue North and Highway 17 Bypass, Myrtlewood provides a scenic setting and a nice challenge for golfers of all skill levels.

Pine Lakes International Country Club: Better known as “The Granddaddy,” this historic course was the first course in Myrtle Beach. Opened in 1927 as part of the old Ocean Forest Hotel, Pine Lakes is famous for its Southern hospitality and antebellum clubhouse. Enjoy a hot cup of seafood chowder and a mimosa during your round, and learn a bit about local golf history by touring the stately clubhouse. The course is a good one too, undergoing major upgrades over the past decade.


(Posted: 7/20/15)