Welcome to the Grande Dunes Resort Golf Course in Myrtle Beach, SC nestled in a landscape of tall pines, old oaks and rolling hills. PGA Magazine has described this golfer’s paradise as “one of the great golf clubs in the world.” The National Golf Course Owners Association bestowed it as their 2009 National Golf Course of the Year. Grande Dunes was also honored by Golf Magazine in their “Top 10 You Can Play.” Upon its opening in 2001, it was voted as Best New Golf Course on the South Carolina Gulf Coast. This highly acclaimed course is set as the focal point for the upscale, luxury residential Grande Dunes community. Golfers are welcomed by the warm pastel hues of the exquisite Mediterranean style clubhouse that offers indoor and outdoor dining after a world-class round of golf.
Grande Dunes hosts two separate golf courses in Myrtle Beach; one that is part of a private club and the other is for the resort club. Since this article is essentially for visitors to Myrtle Beach, it will refer to the Resort Club course.
The Resort Course of Grand Dunes looks over Marina Village, a secluded waterfront marina community with festive boutique shops and restaurants. The course provides wide fairways covered in Bermuda grass with numerous elevation changes and over 30 acres of freshwater lakes. The beautiful natural scenery provides a wooded landscape that meanders along the Intracoastal Waterway. Seven holes located on this waterway often receive additional challenges from the unexpected wind shifts blowing off the water. The views are breathtaking along this 7600 yard course from tip to tip, making it the longest course in all of Myrtle Beach and one of the longest courses on the entire East Coast. The high bluffs offer gorgeous panoramic views of the waters and forest.
This 18-hole course was designed by the notable Roger Rulewich Group that is led by the former lead architect for the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Golf Course Company. This par-72 course has a slope of 142 and a course rating of 77.3. Grand Dunes is an extremely friendly and playable course that offers challenges for all golfers with the complex positioning of bunkers that only add to the excitement and challenge. They offer six sets of tees to accommodate their golfers of varied skill levels. The undulating Bermuda grass fairways lead to contoured L-93 Bentgrass greens.
One of the favorite and most impressive holes is the14th. With par-3 and 244 yards, the tee box is elevated above the waterway level. Beginning with a large bunker and accompanied by an inclined ravine, the hole takes some skillful contemplation before attempting the shot. It’s tremendous beauty brings on a tantalizing challenge with a variety of angles, spectacular elevation changes and unique situations.
The Golf Academy at Grand Dunes offers top-notch golf instruction. Brad Redding and his staff provide excellent PGA Master Professional instruction that has won them the honor of being among Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers for eight consecutive years. In 2008, they received the Carolina PGA Teacher of the Year award. Their V12 Digital Coaching System and indoor weather protected teaching environment also help to make the Academy one of the best. They are extremely capable of providing effective instruction for beginners and pros alike. Choose from the terrific half-day course or stretch yourself with the more extensive 2 or 3-day schools. You’ll love the individual attention of having the 3:1 student to teacher ratio.
Guests seem to really appreciate the personalized club fitting available onsite and the unlimited range balls for only $10 per day. The lighted driving range also adds to the benefits to this course that provides great facilities and service. The grooming is impeccably and the course is fair but challenging. Juniors are able to play for free when they join an adult at this superb course that reeks with luxury.
Grande Dunes Resort Course
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Reviewed January 11, 2010 / Stars
“Grande Dunes Resort Course in Myrtle Beach, SC offers a world-class golf course on a luxury resort that is among the best golf courses in the world and easily one of the best places to play golf in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.”
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