ZealousGolfer.com Travel: Grande Dunes Golf Resort, SC

When one thinks of golf trips in the United States, Myrtle Beach in South Carolina automatically comes to mind. Certainly with good reason! Myrtle Beach has been known as a golf Mecca for years by boasting more than 120 golf courses, numerous bars and restaurants, and an ideal climate.

Of course, there is definitely stiff competition in Myrtle Beach for golfers given the number of choices that players have. Nevertheless, despite being a fairly recent creation, the Grande Dunes resort has skyrocketed to the upper
echelon of courses in that area.

What makes the Grande Dunes unique in a sea of great golf options? The most prominent feature of the Grande Dunes is water. For one, nearly every hole on the course requires golfers to avoid a water hazard. On another level, the water of the Grande Dunes is significant as players have ample opportunity to check out many beautiful vistas due to the coastal waterway lining the course.

As noted, the Grande Dunes is filled with obstacles - many in the form of water hazards. It also includes many greenside bunkers, which will make players fight for greens-in-regulation. If you are a player who likes to be challenged, the Grande Dunes may be your best course option in the Myrtle Beach area.

Though better players will find the course difficult, the Grande Dunes captures the essence of a great golf resort: provide a course that is fun for everyone. With this objective in mind, there are six different tees that players can choose from, and these range from over 5,300 yards to over 7,600 yards.

The Grande Dunes is a personal favorite not just because it is long and tough, but because it forces golfers to adopt a strategy on every hole. Many courses may lose this element as they fall victim to the "bomb-and-gouge" sensation and respond by simply making each hole a little longer. On the contrary, the Grande Dunes was masterfully designed to force every player, regardless of skill, to make decisions with each shot. Even with the water hazards, sand traps, and length, a smart player who is on his or her game will be able to post a great score. It will just require a little thought.


Gold :: 7,618
Black :: 7,195
Blue :: 6,737
White :: 6,272
Silver :: 5,900
Red :: 5,353

If you are in the mood to tune up your game while on your trip, the Grande Dunes also owns a golf academy on-site. They offer a wide variety of packages, so you will almost certainly find what you are looking for if you are interested in golf instruction on the trip.

The contemporary golf clubhouse provides a well-stocked pro shop, but you can also find great dining while overlooking several of Grande Dunes' holes.

To stay on site, you will want to book a room at the gorgeous Marina Inn. The hotel has a fantastic pool, a spa, and even rental watersport equipment.

As noted, I believe that a trip to the Grande Dunes is a spectacular way to enjoy your golf vacation to what may be called the golf capital of the U.S. The resort's course will provide a challenge to any golfer while still allowing your group to have a great time.

For more information, check out the Grande Dunes website.

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