In our humble opinion, golf in South Carolina and on the East Coast is some of the best in the country. Courses on our side of the United States are often subject to challenging ocean winds in a way that those on the Pacific side are not, since we have fewer bluffs and more courses in the direct path of the sea breeze. With that said, we would like to take a moment to recognize a few golf courses on the East Coast worth a round or two if you get the opportunity to play.
Bethpage State Park Golf Course, New York
Listed in Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, Bethpage State Park Golf Course is one of the most renowned public parks in the country. With more than 100 years of experience, Bethpage has a rich history that includes hosting the U.S. Open not once, but twice, on its Black Course, and hosting PGA Tour events several times. If you plan to play a round at Bethpage Black, it’s best to get in line early for a tee time.
Merion Golf Club, Pennsylvania
The Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania is a private club that has hosted the U.S. Open five times. It has two courses, which were both designed by the golf course architect and member, Hugh Wilson. With its twisting fairways and numerous bunkers, the East course, in particular, has become a favorite among golfers that love a challenge.
Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia
We couldn’t leave the Augusta National Golf Club off of the list. Site of the annual Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most exclusive in the world and membership is by invitation only. Holes in the Amen Corner on the back nine have been the downfall and salvation of many a pro golfer.
Palm Beach Par 3 Course, Florida
Florida’s Palm Beach Par 3 Course has a good mixture of oceanside holes and those that are slightly inland and protected from the winds. Their club offers hour-long clinics for golfers of all levels, plus private lessons with one of their five professionals on staff.
Seabrook Island Golf Club, South Carolina
Last but not least, we have our very own private golf courses on Seabrook Island. We have two 18-hole courses, Ocean Winds and Crooked Oaks, both of which are surrounded by the natural beauty of the Lowcountry. While Crooked Oaks takes you through oak trees and marsh, Ocean Winds brings you right to the edge of the Atlantic Coast. Our Ocean Winds course is currently undergoing some renovations, but it should be back in commission soon.
Because our courses are private, you’ll be able to experience uncrowded playing conditions and have the undivided attention of our PGA professionals. Give the Golf Pro Shop a call today to learn more about golf on Seabrook Island.