South Carolina Golf Courses: Best Public Golf Courses 2016

South Carolina Golf Courses: Best Public Golf Courses 2016

2. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort, Kiawah Island, SC; 843-768-6000, This 10,000-acre coastal resort serves up ten miles of private beach, 30 miles of marsh-lined, forested paths and access to nearby Charleston, but unquestionably, golf is the top draw, notably the Pete Dye-designed Ocean Course, which plays host to the PGA Championship this summer. It’s not quite the beast that terrorized “War by the Shore” Ryder Cup players in 1991, but it’s still a beautiful brute. Accommodations take several forms, but don’t miss the Sanctuary hotel. Its twin, curving staircases off the lobby ooze “Gone With the Wind” noblesse, but the marble flooring and huge picture windows that offer Atlantic vistas are pure modern beauties.
Courtesy of Kiawah Island

Every two years, GOLF puts together the best of the best when it comes to golf courses you can play. Sure, you can’t get on to Augusta National or Pine Valley, but you still have access to some of the best courses in the world like Pebble Beach, Bandon Dunes, Harbour Town, Erin Hills and more. Some of these gems are closer to you than you think, too, and we made it easy for you by breaking it down state by state. If you want the complete rankings of the Top 100 Courses You Can Play, click here.


1. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort, Kiawah Island

2. Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island

3. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Pawleys Island

4. Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Myrtle Beach

5. May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton

6. True Blue, Pawleys Island

7. Barefoot Resort (Love), North Myrtle Beach

8. Tidewater, North Myrtle Beach

9. Wild Dunes (Links), Isle of Palms

10. TPC Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet

11. Heron Point by Pete Dye, Hilton Head Island

12. Barefoot Resort (Fazio), North Myrtle Beach

13. Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach

14. Barefoot Resort (Dye), North Myrtle Beach

15. Myrtle Beach National (King’s North), Myrtle Beach

16. Kiawah Island (Osprey Point), Kiawah Island

17. Legends (Heritage Club), Pawleys Island

18. Pawleys Plantation, Pawleys Island

19. Palmetto Dunes (Arthur Hills), Hilton Head Island

20. Legends (Heathland), Myrtle Beach