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South Carolina, the Palmetto State, is set in the Deep South and was first settled by the English and named Carolina (“Land of Charles” in Latin) after King Charles I gave eight loyal supporters the royal charter to settle here in the 17th century. The museums of the state capital, Columbia, are where South Carolina’s historical past can be researched, but Palmetto’s golf beginnings may be attributed to a group of Scottish merchants who founded the South Carolina Golf Club at Charleston in 1786.

Charleston is where you’ll find the best of South Carolina’s Golden Age golf course designs, headlined by Seth Rayor’s Yeamans Hall which Tom Doak restored in the late 1990s. But the Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken can reasonably claim to have the USA’s second oldest golf course. However, the vast majority of South Carolina’s most famous golf courses are thoroughly modern affairs, headlined by the 1991 Ryder Cup course, Kiawah Island (Ocean) and Long Cove and Harbour Town at Hilton Head.

Each year millions head to the golfing playground of Myrtle Beach where there are more than 120 courses to choose from. It is therefore no surprise that the state tourist board flaunts South Carolina as the No.1 golfing state in America.

Our South Carolina Best In State Rankings were last updated in November 2020. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - South Carolina

Kiawah Island Resort (Ocean)

1st South Carolina - Best in Area

According to Pete Dye, "There’s no other golf course in the Northern Hemisphere that has as many seaside holes" as the Ocean course at Kiawah Island.

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Yeamans Hall

2nd South Carolina - Best in Area

Seth Raynor designed Yeamans Hall in South Carolina in 1925. It has been called "a time capsule in Charleston" in appreciation of it embodying all that is good in traditional golf course design...

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Congaree

3rd South Carolina - Best in Area

Developed by two men who already own high-end private golf clubs, the philanthropic golf facility at Congaree Golf Club is probably unlike any you’ve come across before.

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Harbour Town

4th South Carolina - Best in Area

Harbour Town Golf Links is the best of the three courses at the Sea Pines Resort and it was created by Pete and Alice Dye and Jack Nicklaus.

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Palmetto

5th South Carolina - Best in Area

The Palmetto Golf Club is a monument from the dawn of US golf and the club can reasonably claim to have the country’s second oldest golf course.

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Long Cove

6th South Carolina - Best in Area

Designed by Pete and Alice Dye, the Long Cove Club opened in 1981 with rolling, tree lined fairways, challenging greens and water featuring prominently in the golf course design.

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Dunes Golf & Beach Club

7th South Carolina - Best in Area

Although located barely more than a block from the beach and with most holes subject to strong ocean breezes, the style of the Dunes is not seaside or links...

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Sage Valley

8th South Carolina - Best in Area

Opened in 2001 and designed by Tom Fazio, Sage Valley Golf Club is extra special and it’s set to become a Top 100 high flyer.

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Caledonia

9th South Carolina - Best in Area

Remnants of the past are dotted around Caledonia Golf & Fish Club – an old fish shed here, foundations and chimneys of old houses there...

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Secession

10th South Carolina - Best in Area

Situated on Gibbes Island in the heart of the South Carolina Low Country, Secession Golf Club sits in perfect isolation among the tidal inlets with no housing on or around the property...

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South Carolina Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 James VanArsdall Courses Played 78
2 Jon Gillman Courses Played 56
3 Keith Burdette Courses Played 51
4 Brian Finn Courses Played 45
5 Chris Poore Courses Played 42
6 Will Gwaltney Courses Played 40
7 David Harak Courses Played 39
8 Bill Vostniak Courses Played 38
= Mark Pangel Courses Played 38
10 Joe Fellini Courses Played 36