Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

Famed architect Mike Strantz’s first solo design is equal parts art and architecture. The combination of the area’s stunning lowcountry beauty and the brilliance of Strantz has made Caledonia a bucket list course for players from across the nation.

The course is set amidst centuries-old live oak trees, taking full advantage of nature’s abundant gifts. Caledonia is immaculately maintained and the antebellum-style clubhouse, along with the crab soup served at the turn, contribute to its considerable charm.

The highlight of the day is the unforgettable, par 4 18th hole, a dogleg right that requires golfers to carry water on the approach. The multi-tiered green resides in the shadow of the clubhouse, where players often assemble after their round to watch fellow golfers play one of the game’s best finishing holes.

Address: 369 Caledonia Drive, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Phone: 1-800-483-6800


DeBordieu Golf Club

Outside play is only available through one of the club’s members, but golfers fortunate enough to secure at tee time at DeBordieu will have the opportunity to challenge one of America’s toughest layouts. A links course, Pete Dye once said DeBordieu has more in common with a Scottish layout than the typical American course.

The layout is just a mile from the Atlantic Ocean and features the dunes and hills golfers associate with true links courses. While DeBordieu features generous fairways, the wind off the ocean and ample water challenge players on every shot.

P.B. Dye oversaw a 2014 renovation project that included the installation of MiniVerde Bermudagrass greens, and the course continues to showcase some of the state’s fastest and smoothest putting surfaces.

DeBordieu is the most elusive tee time along the Hammock Coast, adding to its allure.

Address: 908 Bonnyneck Drive, Georgetown, SC 29440

Phone: 1-800-753-5597


Founders Club

The elevated fairways drain beautifully and the result is a layout where carts are always riding in the fairway. More importantly, Thomas Walker’s design work creates striking visuals, helping Founders Club stand out in a competitive market.

With five sets of tees that range in length from 4,805 to 7,007 yards, Founders Club is able to deliver a challenging, yet imminently fair, round of golf to players of all skill levels. A day at Founders Club is highlighted by the finishing hole, a short par 4 (No. 18 plays just 373 yards from the tips) that requires a nervy approach over water.

Address: 7829 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Phone: 1-877-283-2122


Heritage Club

It takes more than a beautiful piece of property to create a memorable golf course and Heritage Club delivers on the design side as well. There is ample room off the tee, but the greens at Heritage are among the area’s largest and most undulating.

The par 3 13th hole, which plays a meaty 175 yards, requires a carry over water to a green with tremendous undulation. Golfers putting from the wrong spot might consider themselves lucky to three putt.

An unforgettable round concludes on the par 5 18th hole, home to a peninsula green that demands a pulse-quickening approach.

Address: 478 Heritage Drive, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Phone: 1-800-299-6187


Litchfield Country Club

The course features eight significant doglegs and tree-lined fairways, so accuracy off the tee is at a premium, but the layout doesn’t overwhelm players with length, playing just 6,700 yards from the tips. Success at Litchfield often means exchanging distance for accuracy and enjoying the creativity the layout allows players to exercise.

Litchfield features small greens, by contemporary standards, but forgiving approach zones allow players the opportunity to run balls up to the putting surface as well. The one hole everyone remembers is the par 5, 13th, which showcases a lake running up the left side.

Litchfield embodies the best of classic golf course architecture, which helps explain its continuing popularity more than 50 years after its 1966 opening.

Address: 619 Country Club Drive, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Phone: 1-877-283-2122


Pawleys Plantation

The most memorable hole at Pawleys Plantation is the devilish, par 3 13th, which plays less than 100 yards from the white tees to a peninsula green that is exposed to the marsh and the winds off the nearby Atlantic Ocean. The tee shot induces sweaty palms in the best of players and everyone relishes the challenge.

While the closing stretch, understandably attracts all the attention, the front nine at Pawleys Plantation is equally strong, helping create a layout that is universally ranked among the Palmetto State’s best public courses.

Address: 70 Tanglewood Drive, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Phone: 1-877-283-2122


River Club

River Club features water on 15 of 18 holes (none of it coming from a river, in case you were wondering), creating memorable visuals without overwhelming players. With five sets of tees ranging in length from 4,146 to 6,677 yards, River Club offers an enjoyable test for players of all skill levels.

A round at River Club concludes with par 5 18th hole, a risk-reward challenge that has been ranked among the Grand Strand area’s top 100 holes. Brave golfers can challenge the lake that front’s the course’s final green in hopes of securing an eagle putt, but errant shots find a watery grave.

It’s the type of decision golfers love to make.

Address: 170 Beaumont Drive, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Phone: 1-877-283-2122


Tradition Club

Golfers find instead an always well maintained layout with generous fairways and well protected greens. A 2018 renovation project that included the installation of new Sunday Bermudagrass greens has provided Tradition with some of the smoothest putting surfaces on the South Carolina coast.

A former South Carolina Golf Course of the Year, the layout’s most memorable hole is the par 3 15th, which features an island green. Playing 157 yards from the white tees, No. 15 requires a knee-knocking tee shot that golfers love to relive after the round.

Tradition Club is one of the Hammock Coast’s hidden gems.

Address: 1027 Willbrook Boulevard, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Phone: 1-877-283-2122


True Blue

True Blue is ranked among America’s top 100 public courses by Golf Magazine and Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella and it doesn’t take players long to discover why the layout has earned such acclaim.

With five par 5s and five par 3s, True Blue bucks convention from the first tee shot to the final putt, and players have embraced a premium layout located on the grounds of a former indigo plantation.

Home to some of the area’s widest fairways, True Blue is playable for everyone. True Blue is a bucket-list course.

Address: 900 Blue Stem Drive, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Phone: 1-888-483-6800


Wachesaw Plantation

The par 72 layout is always immaculately maintained, challenging players with tree-lined fairways and Fazio’s judicious use of bunkers to create stunning visuals. Wachesaw Plantation is a full-service club, catering to golfers from the bag drop through the 19th hole.

Wachesaw has seven sets of seven tees, including four between 6,069 and 6,833 yards, highlighting the club’s commitment to playability.

A round at Wachesaw reaches a crescendo on the par 5 18th hole, where golfers putt out on a green that abuts the Waccamaw River. It’s the most scenic finish along the Hammock Coast.

While Wachesaw is a private club, guests who stay at the Wachesaw Cottages have access to one of the area’s best layouts.

Address: 1930 Governors Landing, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Phone: 1-843-357-1263


Wachesaw Plantation East

World Golf Hall of Famer Karrie Webb was a two-time champion on the Clyde Johnston design, but traveling golfers have been the biggest winners. Wachesaw Plantation East is narrow, requiring players to be accurate off the tee, but it’s fun to play.

The challenges vary throughout the round, rewarding golfers who approach the layout from a strategic perspective. The course was carved from land that was once home to a thriving rice plantation, providing a glance at Georgetown County’s natural, Lowcountry beauty.

A round at Wachesaw is highlighted by a memorable finishing kick, culminating with the 430-yard 18th hole. The course’s closing hole doglegs to the left, bringing water to the green’s edge and making the final approach the day’s most dramatic.

Address: 911 Riverwood Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Phone: 1-888-922-0027


Willbrook Plantation Golf Club

It’s a picturesque layout with shot values to match. The sixth hole, an island green par 3, and No. 15, a par five that plays along wetlands, water and the properties majestic oaks trees, are two of Willbrook’s most recognizable challenges.

The Dan Maples design’s natural beauty has arguably made it the Hammock Coast’s most value-laden course. Willbrook is also one of the area’s most welcoming venues. In addition to being a 4.5-star course, according to Golf Digest, Willbrook was a perennial member on Golf Digest’s list of America’s “Top 50 Courses for Women,” ranking as high as No. 25.

All golfers can arrive at Willbrook confident in the knowledge that a memorable round awaits.

Address: 426 Willbrook Drive, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Phone: 1-877-283-2122


Pawleys Island offers some of the finest and most challenging golf courses in the state, with several courses being recognized by leading publications like Golf Magazine and Golf Digest. Each course boasts unique features that make it stand out from the rest. For instance, Pawleys Plantation is known for its signature holes located on the marsh, while True Blue has undulating terrain and complex greens. Meanwhile, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club boasts centuries-old oak trees and meandering streams, and Heritage Club is renowned for its lush foliage. Playing golf on these courses is not only a refreshing break from work but also an opportunity to experience the intersection of the gentleman’s game and the magnificent Lowcountry landscape.