There’s plenty of excitement with any vacation to Myrtle Beach, and at Long Bay Resort, that holds true with the gorgeous beachfront views and never-ending amenities. But a great addition to any Myrtle Beach vacation should include a round at any of the area’s award-winning golf courses.
With over 100 golf courses situated along 60 miles of the Grand Strand, the golf staff at Long Bay is available to help plan a golf getaway during your stay in Myrtle Beach. While there are so many courses to choose from, some of the favorites at Long Bay are:
- Possum Trot Golf Club
A member of the prestigious Glens Group of golf courses, Possum Trot is one of the oldest golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area, debuting all the way back in 1968. But don’t mistake age for a sign of mediocrity – in a Golf Digest article in 2005, Possum Trot was named the “Most Underrated Golf Course in Myrtle Beach.” Its age means that Possum Trot is that rare Myrtle Beach golf course that is completely devoid of housing, therefore giving visitors and locals a “pure golf” experience. Another part of Possum Trot’s charm: all 18 holes have names, culminating with “Oh No,” a 535-yard par five where players who find the pond flanking the green will be likely to be uttering its name over and over.
- Arcadian Shores Golf Club
In an area with nearly 100 golf courses built over most of the last century, it is reasonable to expect some of Myrtle Beach’s layouts to represent milestones for their designers. Such is the case with Arcadian Shores. Opened in 1974, it is the first solo design for one of America’s most celebrated golf course architects: Rees Jones. Jones’ talent for creating solid, strategic golf was evident all those years ago, as Arcadian Shores endures as one of the Myrtle Beach area’s best tests of ball-striking, with narrow fairways and small, undulating greens. The par-3 second hole is all carry over water, and is one of Myrtle Beach’s most-photographed holes.
- River Hills Country Club
River Hills Country Club is located in the heart of Little River, one of the most vibrant areas of the northern Grand Strand. The course, which opened in 1988 and was originally designed by Tom Jackson, is particularly popular among local players and vacationing golfers alike. One of the best-value layouts in the area, its 18 holes weaves in and out of oak and pine and around ponds and bunkers. The course features more elevation change—up to 40 feet at a time—than most other Myrtle Beach area golf courses. With large, amoeba-shaped greens, putting can be as much as a challenge as ball-striking, given that its 18 holes weave through forest and around ponds, with water coming into play on 13 of them. The most notable hole is the 17th: a 526-yard par five. It is a double-dogleg three-shotter—first left, then right—with two carries over water required for success. Players must also avoid three bunkers by the green in order to have a chance at birdie. Otherwise, bogey or worse is likely.
Long Bay Resort is home to some of the best accommodations and resort amenities. Not to be outdone, its staff – including a team of golf directors – are fully committed to making sure you get the most out of your Myrtle Beach golf trip.