144 HOLES OF GREAT GOLF
When visiting Myrtle Beach on your next golf vacation you surely want to check out some of the outstanding golf on Old Georgetown Road. It is located just over the border past Calabash, N.C. There is hardly anywhere in the world that offers so much great golf within such close proximity.
The first course that you will encounter traveling north is the Pearl Golf Links, followed by The Thistle, Sea Trail Plantation, and Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club.
Known as “the Gem of the Carolinas”, the Pearl is noted for its fast rolling greens and finely manicured fairways. The Dan Maples designed course wanders through the forest and the coastal marshlands along the Calabash River and features two 18-hole courses. The Pearl East is a traditional parkland layout that has Mini-Verdi greens, while the Pearl West is a links style track with Bentgrass greens and a dramatic finish along the bluffs overlooking the Calabash River. The 36-hole layout is enhanced with an array of gardens and water features that add difficulty and splendor to each hole.
The Thistle Golf Club is a 27-hole Tim Cate design. The course and the beautiful clubhouse were inspired by an ancient Scottish golf society called The Thistle Golf Club. During the 1700 and 1800’s The Links of Leith in Edinburgh, Scotland; considered the birthplace of golf, were shared by many clubs, one of which was The Thistle Golf Club. The Thistle Golf Club on Old Georgetown Road features three nines, Cameron, Mackay and Stewart. They have expansive vistas with wide fairways and generous green complexes. The openness provides ample room off the tee and invites the prevailing ocean breeze. The stacked sod bunkers and surrounding vegetation create strong resemblances to the great links courses of Scotland.
Sea Trail Golf Resort features three outstanding 18 hole golf courses, two beautiful clubhouses and a convention center.
The Willard Byrd course is noted for its beauty and playability. It has large Champion Bermuda greens, pristine lakes and well-placed bunkers. Golf Digest gave the Byrd Course a four star rating.
The Rees Jones Courses features magnificent undulating Bentgrass greens. The wide winding fairways are bordered by old oak and pine trees which add to the distinctive layout. Rees Jones has renovated four US Open courses. In 2005 the Rees Jones course was rated as “The Best Resort Course” by Golf Week Magazine.
The Dan Maples course is a traditional Southern course that plays along the Calabash River. The course has renovated greens, and the fairways are framed by magnificent live oaks and large pine trees. It is a very scenic course that offers a challenge for golfers of all levels. N.C. Magazine rates the Dan Maple course in the “Top 5” of the coastal region as “Best Conditioned Course.”
All 3 of the Sea Trail courses were voted the “Best of Brunswick County Golf Courses 2014.”
Sandpiper Bay has been a favorite for locals and tourists alike for many years. It features 27- holes of very playable golf with its wide fairways, gentle doglegs and elevated tees and greens. The three nines are Sand, Piper and Bay and they all have tee placements for the average golfer but the championship tees can challenge even the lowest handicappers. The beautiful mini-verde greens and Bermuda fairways are always in pristine condition. It is a great course design that offers exceptional customer service which accounts for its being named the 2010 Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course of the Year.
The Old Georgetown Road golf experience is one that you will always remember and Myrtle Beach Golf Authority would love to help design a special package for you that can include some or all of these great courses.