Top 5 “Must Play in May” Myrtle Beach Golf Courses

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Myrtle Beach Golf Trips Offers A Wide Range Of Options Suited For Novice To Seasoned Golfer

Whether your golf game has had a strong showing this season or not, Myrtle Beach Golf Trips has a range of courses suited for the occasional golfer to the daily golfer.

Many tourists are lured to the coastal Carolina area during May for events like the World Famous Blue Crab Festival and Mayfest on Main, but don’t forget to make time for the links.

The following is a list of the five golf courses that every golfer, novice or advanced, should put on their “must play” list during a visit to the Myrtle Beach area this May.

1. Pine Lakes Country Club, Myrtle Beach — It’s hard to find any list of the best golf courses in Myrtle Beach without finding Pine Lakes near the top of it. Traditionally known as the birthplace of Sports Illustrated, as in the creators finalized plans for the magazine on this course, it was originally built on natural dunes and designed by the first president of the Professional Golfers’ Association, Robert White. Known as the first golf course in Myrtle Beach, the front nine was renovated to enhance the elegance of the course, while the back nine reflects White’s original design. Why not start your serious golf play where it all began in Myrtle Beach?

2. TPC Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet — Once host to the Senior PGA Tour Championship, this gem is a course to explore in the fresh spring air. TPC is untouchable, in that it remains the only Myrtle Beach golf course in the Grand Strand area ever to be awarded 5 stars by Golf Digest magazine. Use one of their golf boards to stroll the course, which will play host to the 2019 NCAA Division I men’s golf regional. After enjoying the links, no need to scurry around for a place to eat. Stop by their grille and enjoy an amazing view of the 18th green, or have a brew at the Champion’s Pub. TPC is also home to the Dustin Johnson Golf School, which makes it a notable stop on your May vacation.

3. River Club, Pawleys Island — For those who truly love the outdoors, this is the course for you. Beautiful ponds and streams line this gorgeous Tom Jackson Signature Course. What better time of year is there to take in its natural and man-made beauty than in May? But don’t get too mesmerized by its beauty – for as tranquil as the course can be, the ponds and streams will make many golfers re-think their club selection time and again to successfully get through 14 of the 18 holes. The par-72, 6,700-yard track gets even more challenging as the total number of sand traps are in the triple digits. When it comes to River Club, let the love of nature draw you in and the love of the game keep you attentive.

4. Willbrook Plantation Golf, Pawleys Island — Known as South Carolina’s most popular course for women, this Dan Maples design is ideal for players of all skill levels. The course, which is home to 200-year-old, moss-draped live oaks, received a ranking of 4.5 out of 5 stars in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” issue. Willbrook’s natural grasses, Lowcountry marshes and wetlands wind through a pair of plantations and often draw the attention of wildlife to the course. But don’t let the pairing of this historically beautiful course with its natural habitat distract you or your fellow golfer from the challenging, yet manageable, game Willbrook’s fairway provides.

5. River Hills Golf Club, Little River — If playing a coastal course with its unique signature rolling hills sounds like a great way to enjoy the beautiful May weather near Myrtle Beach, then River Hills is the place to play. Known for its great value, River Hills’ Southern charm, excellent course conditions, and friendly customer service make it a must play golf course. Tom Jackson designed the visually intimidating course, but many who play it regularly know that holes No. 14 and No. 17 are the two that give golfers the most challenges. Even Jackson describes the course he created as “modern in concept, yet traditional in nature . . . a pleasing blend of old and new design ideas unlike any other course at the beach.” River Hills is yet another outdoorsman’s dream course with an amazing wildlife ecosystem and a wide array of birds and wildlife.

So whether you’re at the beach to enjoy a festival or a getaway before the bustling summer, be sure to squeeze in time to hit one of these amazing golf courses.

About Founders Group International

Founders Group International (FGI) is the foremost golf course owner-operator company in the Southeastern United States. Formed in 2014 through various purchases and the 2015 acquisition of National Golf Management, FGI owns and operates 22 golf courses (423 holes) in and around Myrtle Beach, S.C., America's seaside golf capital.

Those courses include Pine Lakes Country Club, the “granddaddy” of Myrtle Beach area courses; TPC Myrtle Beach, host site of the 2019 NCAA Division I men's golf regional and Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship; and Grande Dunes Resort Club, home of
the Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center.

FGI administers, a leader in online tee time bookings, as well as package outlet Myrtle Beach Golf Trips. With the help of Golf Insider’s 100 percent player-generated course ranking system, thousands of golfers plan and assemble their ideal golf itineraries through FGI’s assets, including “top-100 caliber” courses Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club, and more than 80 other Myrtle Beach area courses.

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