Golf in Pawleys Island

Pawleys Island is the yin to Myrtle Beach’s yang.

Myrtle Beach offers a more raucous scene and easy access to everything the area has to offer. In contrast, Pawleys Island is a much more understated experience, relying on casual charm and the virtues of a quiet evening.

Willbrook is an outstanding golf course in Pawleys IslandThe appeal of Pawleys Island’s laid back vibe is enhanced significantly by several of America’s best golf courses being located within a Dustin Johnson drive of one another.

Pawleys was ranked one of America’s best golf islands, and the area’s on-course offerings are anchored by Caledonia and True Blue, both ranked among Golf Magazine’s Top 100 You Can Play, Heritage Club and Pawleys Plantation. Pawleys is home to some of the best Myrtle Beach golf courses.

Both Mike Strantz designs, True Blue and Caledonia offer completely different yet equally compelling designs. Caledonia, No. 24 among the Top 100 You Can Play, is a masterful design that is impeccably maintained – think of playing golf in a botanical garden. The soaring live oak trees draped in Spanish moss provided an ideal canvas for Strantz to carve his masterpiece.

True Blue is a modern design with expansive fairways framed by waste bunkers and mammoth greens. It’s a terrific course that is certainly worthy of being ranked the 77th best public course in America.

Many golfers will argue that Heritage is the area’s best course – it has been ranked as high as No. 33 on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses – and it’s a position that is easy to defend. Playing on property that oozes lowcountry South Carolina charm, Heritage is a beautiful design.

Pawleys Plantation is a Jack Nicklaus design that is as beautiful as it is challenging. Four of the final nine holes play along a saltwater marsh that separates Pawleys Island from the mainland. The 13th hole, a devilishly short par 3, is one of area’s most recognizable one-shotters

While those four courses attract the majority of the national attention, they are hardly alone in their quality. Founders Club, with waste bunkers framing every fairway, is one of the area’s most creative designs. The course quietly but comfortably took its place among some of the nation’s best courses upon its 2008 opening.

Willbrook, Litchfield Country Club, River Club and Tradition Club, located in the Litchfield Beach section of Pawleys Island, are big part of what makes the area so special. The quartet flies under the proverbial radar but provide an outstanding golf experience.

Litchfield is an old-school design, featuring tree-lined fairways, an abundance of doglegs, and, by modern standards, smallish greens. If you value classic golf course architecture, it’s a must-play.

Ironically, River Club doesn’t play along a river, but there is ample water on this beauty. The 14th, an island green par 3, and 18th, a great risk-reward par 5, have been ranked among Myrtle Beach’s top 100 holes and form the backbone of an outstanding track.

Tradition Club, as the name suggests, is a tip of the cap to the game’s classic parkland designs. But don’t in anyway confuse tradition with boring or ordinary. Architect Ron Garl crafted a course that pays homage to the game’s roots while also including a little excitement, primarily in the form of a pair of island greens, the par 4 seventh and par 3 15th.

Willbrook is one of the area’s most underrated courses. The live oak trees and lowcountry property combined with the work of Dan Maples make Willbrook an outstanding round of golf. If you have the opportunity to play it, do so and thank me later.

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About Litchfield Beach & Pawleys Island

Litchfield by the Sea in South Carolina is located about 15 minutes south from downtown Myrtle Beach.  Myrtle Beach pulls tons of guests a year who arrive for the resorts, surfing, shopping and many from the other local activeness. Litchfield by the Sea Pawleys Island, SC. Pawleys Island real estate is beautiful, with city improvement; the friendly atmosphere has been kept.

Pawleys Island has a few wonderful first class golf life. Several of the golf courses were built on old plantations and you may also see remains of a few of the elderly rice plantations.

Unlike Myrtle Beach, there are few hotels in the area.  Rather, there is the Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort and other vacation rentals.   Litchfield by the Sea has excellent amenities including golf, tennis, an on-site cafe, Starbucks and spa  to name a few. This is probably the best option for those wanting a vacation.  Litchfield by the Sea also offers private beach access.

Pawleys Island has a low density policy on building.  So the zoning, high rise condos and other development is kept in check.  The result is a beautiful area that is not as touristy as Myrtle Beach.   While there are several locations you should visit around Myrtle Beach section, Litchfield by the Sea is perfect if you enjoy a high quality calm visit away from all of high congestion places but near enough to bask unending choices of fun.

Pawleys Island beach happens to be so isolated ocean turtles have chosen the white exciting beaches to put their eggs. Several of the area folk have been truly protecting over these types of sites where ocean turtle nests have been typically found.

Pawleys Island also has legendary eateries.  The area is popular for shrimping boats that might dock in Murrells Inlet as well as Georgetown.  Murrells Inlet is established just miles from Pawleys Island and it has been named the Seafood Capital of the planet. The town has a variety of seafood cafes that provide great balcony room dinning and  live bands.

Pawleys Island Perfect Vacation Destination

Looking for a beautiful beach community on the east coast of the USA as your next holiday destination? The Pawleys Island may be the place you are looking for. Located about 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach on the South Carolina coastline, Pawleys Island is a small, historic town, which became a prime vacation spot as early as the 18th century. Pawleys Island is a perfect destination for all types of people looking to relax, unwind, rest and get away from everyday life.

Pawleys Island offers an array of small to large vacation rentals. There are small one-bed roomed houses to large ocean-front houses that can house up to 20 people. You may be looking for a romantic long weekend away or a week on the beach with your kids, or even a fishing trip with a group of friends.  Not to mention golf.  The area boasts some of the best golf courses in the United States.  Pawleys Island caters to all of these, and more.  A vacation on Pawleys Island is very affordable and enjoyable, and perfectly relaxing for all ages. How about a nice two bedroom condo in the community of Litchfield by the Sea?

Once you have got your Pawleys Island beach rental sorted out you can go and enjoy the attractions that surround you.  Maybe you want to head up the coast to Myrtle Beach for a day to enjoy the bustle and the fun of the boardwalk; and then spend the rest of your vacation sunbathing on the beach, fishing in the creeks, kayaking with the family, and eating some Palmetto cheese as this is where it comes from! Don’t forget to check out the local fish and seafood restaurants too.  And maybe, late in the evening, a local will tell you all about the Pawleys Island ghost stories around a beach campfire! No historic town is complete without its ghost stories!

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Mega Golf Management Merger

The two largest golf course ownership and management companies on the Grand Strand are merging, creating one of the 15 largest course management companies in the nation and a juggernaut in the area golf market.

Burroughs & Chapin Golf Management and Myrtle Beach National Company have signed a letter of intent to combine their golf assets and become equal partners in a new company that has yet to be named.

Myrtle Beach National currently owns 10 of the 14 courses it manages, while B&C Golf Management, a subsidiary of Burroughs & Chapin Company Inc., owns five of the 10 courses it manages.

  • Myrtlewood PineHills

    Myrtlewood Palmetto

    Pine Lakes Country Club

    Grande Dunes Resort Course

    Members Club at Grande Dunes (private)


    Tidewater Plantation & Golf

    River Hills Golf & Country Club

    Arcadian Shores Golf Club

    Farmstead Golf Links

    Meadowlands Golf Club


    Owned and managed

    MBN King’s North

    MBN Southcreek

    MBN West

    Aberdeen Country Club

    Long Bay Club

    Waterway Hills Golf Club

    River Club

    Litchfield Country Club

    Willbrook Plantation

    Pawleys Plantation


    Blackmoor Golf Club

    Wild Wing Plantation

    Tradition Club

    Wachesaw Plantation East

“We believe with the strength of this new venture that represents the best of both companies, it will give us some growth opportunities and give us a greater opportunity to get the message out about the golf offerings Myrtle Beach has,” said Jim Apple, B&C president and chief executive officer.

MBN Chief Executive Officer Matthew Brittain said due diligence still has to be done and the merger may not be consummated for “a couple months.”

Though both companies own other entities in the golf industry, including hotels and golf package companies, the merger only involves courses.



Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk Golf Tournament

Grab your putter and head to the picturesque Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk on Saturday April 9, for the Murrells Inlet 2020 2nd Annual Marsh Walk Masters Putt Putt Golf Tournament.

From 4-8 p.m., players can putt their way through nine minature golf holes hosted by Marsh Walk area restaurants. Bovine’s, Wahoo’s, Drunken Jacks, Dave’s Dockside, Creek Ratz, Dead Dog Saloon, Spud’s Waterfront Dining, K-Rae’s Beach House and Uncle Tito’s will all participate in this fun filled evening of golf.

Along with a golf hole, each restaurant will also feature drink and appetizer specials for golfers and attendees. Sip on a drink or munch on yummy favorites while crawling between golf holes.

Participants will compete for the best score accumulated from the nine minature golf holes. Golfers can bring their own putter, however one will be available at each hole as well. Through a variety of obstacles, the restaurant’s creative golf holes will put seasoned and amatuer golfer’s skills to the test.

The first place winner will take home a $500 cash prize, with additional prizes available for second and third place.

However, you don’t have to putt under par to take an award home. Dress in your best and zaniest golf gear for a chance to win the Best Dressed prize.

Afterwards, gather with friends and family at Dead Dog Saloon for an after party at 9 p.m. and enjoy live music by the Necessary Band.

Golfers must be 21 years old to compete and registration costs $20. This includes a player t-shirt.

To register, or for more information, call 357-2007, or visit


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