There are many golf courses to choose from in the Myrtle Beach area and not too many will be much longer than the Resort course at Grande Dunes. Roger Rulewich worked around the property’s residential areas in the creation of this 7,500-plus yard course for resort guests and the general public.
The course features water hazards on nearly every hole, but surely the most eye-catching will be the Intracoastal Waterway, which runs parallel to four holes along the Resort routing. Players will first encounter the waterway at Nos. 9 and 10, back-to-back par fours.
The water should not create a challenge unless you’re still going way left from the tee, but players may be surprised in the roll of the fairway during these holes; although some may scoff at the “Dunes” title, Rulewich moved enough earth to provide uncomfortable lies in a region where land tends to lie flat.
No. 14 will be the only place where the waterway will provide a true risk, as players will be asked to take a high fade (across another, separate pond) to a green that’s angled right toward the Intracoastal.
Grande Dunes is a challenging layout that will make you hit every club in the bag at some point. It has some dramatically beautiful holes, particularly 9, 10, 14 & 15 which run along the cliffs of the intracoastal waterway. 14, a long par 3 over a pond with a well protected green, is the prettiest golf hole on the grand strand in my opinion. It can be an AB solute beast from the back tees at 7500+ yards, but still requires a variety of shots from more forward tees. Always in great shape, it's easily among top tracts in Myrtle Beach. They are putting in new greens currently so time will tell on that front.
Played the course on a trip to the golfing mecca of Myrtle Beach a couple of years ago. The course commands a higher than average green fee for the area, however it was well worth it. Stunning views and holes that run adjacent to waterways were the constant water skiers are a source of amusement when playing.
As with most courses state side you can play it 1500 yards longer if you want.