On the southeastern coast of the United States, South Carolina’s 368 golf courses are where memories are made. Our famous links span from mountaintops to the edge of the sea, offering stunning views of mountain vistas, cascading waterfalls, picturesque sand dunes and everything in between.
From the world-famous Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach to luxurious Hilton Head Island to the Blue Ridge Mountain courses of the Upcountry, find out why the Palmetto State’s championship golf courses attract players from around the globe.
Coastal Courses You Simply Can’t Miss
With more than 100 courses along the northern coast on South Carolina’s Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach is a golfer’s paradise. Plus, with such a wide variety of restaurants, world-class beaches, family-friendly attractions and year-round entertainment, Myrtle Beach is the perfect destination for the whole family all year long.
Nearby, on Pawleys Island is Caledonia Fish and Golf Club, which has gained notoriety among the golf community over the years for its incredible beauty. This scenic course welcomes players with a live oak-lined entrance and antebellum-style clubhouse unlike any other. Not to mention the course was named by Golf Digest as one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, as well as being named by Golfweek as America’s 100 Best Modern Courses—among many other accolades.
Just outside of Charleston, Kiawah Island Golf Resort boasts The Ocean Course, host of the 2012 PGA Championship and named by Golf Digest as “America’s Toughest Course” and the fourth best overall public course in the USA. This premier destination is one of South Carolina’s most famous and most challenging golf courses.
Farther south, Hilton Head Island was named 7th on Links Magazine’s list of the top ten golf islands in the world, famously serving as host to the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links—one of Pete Dye’s finest and most celebrated designs, and host of the RBC Heritage Tournament each year.
Must-See Courses of the Midlands
Tee off in the Midlands to find pieces of South Carolina’s storied past along the cart paths, at golfing destinations like the Patriot course on Lake Greenwood. Designed by Davis Love III, this course displays South Carolina’s rich history with built-in replicas of Revolutionary War-era fortifications—so as you make your way around 18 holes of challenging play, you’ll feel the presence of American history that surrounds these picture-perfect grounds.
Near the capital city of Columbia in Blythewood, South Carolina, The Golf Club of South Carolina at Crickentree is a public course that is nestled amongst lush pine forests and is noted for being one of the Midlands’ most difficult public courses—demanding accuracy, length and finesse in every shot.
The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Aiken, South Carolina, was designed by Arthur Hills and features 7,206 yards of play in one of the Midlands’ most exciting small-town hidden gems. This wooded course takes advantage of the region’s rolling sand hills and has been named one of Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play.
Hidden Gems of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Many of South Carolina’s most challenging and picturesque courses can be found scattered throughout the Upcountry. Try getting off the beaten path to uncover the many hidden gem courses that are set amidst mountain backdrops and the rolling foothills of the Upstate region.
For a golf experience in South Carolina’s breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, Cherokee Valley in Travelers Rest is a must-play course. Designed by renowned golf architect P.B. Dye, this course features a gorgeous waterfall on its signature 14th hole and vivid mountain backdrops year round.
Just a short ride from Table Rock State Park, Bear Valley Golf Club in Pickens, South Carolina, is a one-of-a-kind course that sits on a resort community marked by streams, creeks and cascading waterfalls. Once the site of a Cherokee Indian village, Bear Valley is one of many historical courses scattered across the Upstate.
With so many unique championship golf courses to choose from, there’s a new South Carolina course to play every day of the year. Plus, the Palmetto State’s mild climate and 10 warm-weather months each year mean it’s always the perfect time for a golf holiday. From the mountains to the sea, there’s always something new to discover in sunny South Carolina.