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Dunes Golf and Beach Club (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)

Dunes Golf and Beach Club logo Golf Course Review by: Bill Satterfield

The Takeaway:  The Dunes Golf and Beach Club makes a strong argument as the best course in Myrtle Beach. The conditioning is excellent and the parkland setting just feels different than many of the upper end courses in the area. While it would have been nice to have more ocean views from the course, the 19th hole provides a front row seat to the Atlantic. The course design is varied and there is little to not like about Dunes.  Grade B+

Quick Facts

Designer:  Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1948, with remodels in 1978 and 1993

Cost:  Private

Phone Number:  (843) 449-5914

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Dunes Golf and Beach Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 9000 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, South Carolina  29572

Photos:  See additional photos of Dunes Golf and Beach Club

Accolades:  Ranked 6th in South Carolina on Golf Course Gurus' Best in State list.

What to Expect:  The Dunes Golf and Beach Club is often referenced as the finest course in Myrtle Beach which is an impressive designation considering the 100+ courses to contend with. The clubhouse boasts a seaside location with impressive views of the ocean waves crashing into the shore. The conditions are quite plush and the course has more of a parkland feel than the dunes/links feel that I was expecting. There are gentle contours found throughout the course and several water hazards. In fact, as we approached the signature hole, I was a bit taken back by the “Beware of Alligators” sign that prominently sits next to the tee box; something you would never see back home in Idaho! Overall, the course was a pure joy to play with solid golf holes from start to finish and one of the best locations to enjoy the 19th hole.

By the Numbers

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 72 7195 75.1 145
Blue 72 6565 72.3 139
White 72 6175 70.4 134
Green 72 5790 68.1 129
Red (Women) 72 5345 71.4 131

Individual Hole Analysis

Signature Hole:  13th Hole – 590 Yard Par 5 – Not only the signature hole of the course, but perhaps the signature hole of Myrtle Beach, this famous par five is as difficult as it is memorable. This dogleg right bends around Singleton Lake with the water jetting out and tightening the fairway at various places, none tighter than where the hole takes its sharpest turn right. The approach shot plays uphill to a well bunkered green which makes reaching the green in two an unlikely proposition. With alligators looming in the lake as a reminder of all of the trouble on this hole, the 13th is perhaps the finest three-shorter in South Carolina.

13th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (590 Yard Par 5)
13th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (590 Yard Par 5)

13th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (590 Yard Par 5)
13th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (590 Yard Par 5)

Best Par 3:  9th Hole – 200 Yards – This postcard par three boasts palm trees sprinkled across the landscape and waves from the Atlantic Ocean rolling into the beach in the background. The elevated green combined with the prevailing wind in your face make hitting this green in regulation no easy task. Factor in some white sand bunkers and this hole is as much beauty as it is beast.

9th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (200 Yard Par 3)
9th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (200 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  11th Hole – 430 Yards – The 11th hole plays along the marsh known as Singleton Swash and should have golfers thinking about hitting it anywhere except right. Trees provide a buffer between the fairway and the marsh prior to the fairway turning 90 degrees to the right and the green being fronted by water. The hole is long enough and the approach shot demanding enough that it is tough to justify playing too safely off the tee, but this hole certainly rewards accuracy more than length.

11th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (430 Yard Par 4)
11th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (430 Yard Par 4)

11th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (430 Yard Par 4)
11th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (430 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  13th Hole – 590 Yards – Already featured as the signature hole, this larger than life par five is well known up and down the Grand Strand. With a "Beware of Alligators" sign causing players to be nervous in the first place, the hole doesn't hold back as this lengthy three-shotter banks right around Singleton Lake and uphill to an undulated green protected by bunkers and sitting in an amphitheater of trees. This green sits at the northeast corner of the property with attractive views across the lake and of the coastal buildings. The wind also tends to be stronger moving across the lake which can affect approach shots here.

13th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (590 Yard Par 5)
13th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (590 Yard Par 5)

13th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (590 Yard Par 5)
13th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (590 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  4th Hole – 505 Yard Par 5 – A very reachable par five greets you at the 4th hole which is a dogleg left protected on the corner by a pair of bunkers. The green is fronted by a thin creek which acts as the main defense to this vulnerable hole. If you can reach the green in two with an iron in your hand then take a rip and two putt your way to glory. If you need to lay up, you still have a great chance to convert a birdie since there is plenty of room to hit to your favorite yardage. The 4th is a great chance to get under par early in the round.

4th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (505 Yard Par 5)
4th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (505 Yard Par 5)

4th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (505 Yard Par 5)
4th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (505 Yard Par 5)

Bogey Beware:  12th Hole – 245 Yard Par 3 – Playing along Singleton Swash, this lengthy par three is intimidating to attack. If the wind is coming off the ocean and across the lake then players may have to consider starting their ball over the hazard in hopes that it blows back to the green. It may not be sexy, but you may want to implore Billy Casper's 1959 U.S. Open strategy where he laid up on the lengthy 3rd everyday and took par all four rounds.

12th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (245 Yard Par 3)
12th Hole at Dunes Golf and Beach Club (245 Yard Par 3)

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