Title: The Dunes Golf & Beach Club: A Taste of Scotland in Myrtle Beach
Rich with history, tradition, and elegance, The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, nestled in the heart of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, extends a unique blend of Southern hospitality and Scottish style golfing that truly sets it apart. Known for its legendary design by the renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones, The Dunes Club offers the quintessential golfing experience, reminiscent of the Scottish greens, right here in the sunny South Carolina.
Established in 1948, The Dunes Club embraces the contours of ocean-front sand dunes and maritime forests while its immaculate greens mimic the undulating landscapes of Scotland. It spans over 7500 yards from the Championship tees and features a layout that challenges seasoned golfers while still being entirely enjoyable for casual players. It has become a testament to the timeless brilliance of Robert Trent Jones, who once referred to it as ‘one of his finest golf creations’.
Not just the design, the Club is also popular because of its legendary hole – the Waterloo – that starts and ends near Singleton Lake. This 590-yards, Par-5 13th hole has captivated the imaginations of golfers for decades. Jones cleverly utilized the natural lake to shape an extraordinary dogleg right, presenting a unique challenge that rewards risk-taking players. It is said that this hole pays homage to the ancient St. Andrews, a Scottish heritage, thus further enhancing its quirky appeal.
But the allure of the club is not limited to golfers alone. It also welcomes beach-goers and tourists with its beautiful private beach access, making it a destination for people of all age groups and interests. Guests can stroll along the pristine sands, relax under rented cabanas, and soak up the picturesque scenery that the Atlantic Ocean has to offer. It’s a perfect way to unwind after a hearty round of golf.
As you step into the clubhouse, a charming colonial architecture greets you, reflecting nostalgia for days of yore. The Club underwent a major renovation in 2013 revitalizing its old charm while introducing improved amenities. The wood-paneled, warm interiors and the panoramic view of the golf course from the verandas are inviting, exuding Southern hospitality at its finest.
Members can enjoy a range of gastronomic delights at the Club’s dining facilities. From quick bites at the golfer’s grill to delicate dining at the Oceanview Room, there is something for everyone’s palate. They also offer private dining and ballrooms, making it an ideal location for banquets and weddings.
For those seeking beyond golf and leisure, the club also hosts numerous tournaments. Its storied history boasts of hosting significant golf events like the U.S. Women’s Open and the Senior PGA Tour Championship. Consequently, walking its fairways often feels like a journey through golf history itself.
The Dunes Golf & Beach Club has persistently demonstrated commitment towards environmental excellence through its active participation in local and international green initiatives – establishing it as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. A designation shared by less than 5% courses in the U.S., recognizing the efforts and commitment made in managing the property with environmentally sustainable practices.
Over the years, The Dunes Golf & Beach Club has become synonymous with excellence, both in the golfing circle and in hospitality. Its Scottish-inspired course, Southern charm, diverse amenities, and commitment to the environment have contributed to its continued distinction as ‘The Granddaddy’ of Myrtle Beach.
Providing a taste of Scotland, albeit with southern charm, and a dash of Hollywood fame (featured in films such as “Shag” and “Chances Are”), The Dunes Golf & Beach Club is a world within itself. Its rich 70-years-long history and allure have been maintained impeccably, ensuring it remains an incredible blend of golf, beach, and dining experience. This is not just golf, but a tradition, a lifestyle – a slice of Scotland in Myrtle Beach.