Golf in the State of South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, with its many courses on the Grand Strand and Hilton Head Island, further down the coast, help to make South Carolina a golfer's dream. Bordered to the north by North Carolina, to the southeast by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the southwest by Georgia, the state sits squarely in the warm southeastern region of the country, famous for year-round play. The capital of Columbia and the state's largest city Charleston, along with Greenville and Anderson, are home to numerous great courses, ensuring metropolitan residents are well-served.
Kiawah Island boasts five outstanding resort courses including Jack Nicklaus-designed Turtle Point Golf Course and The Ocean Course by Pete Dye. Sea Pines Resort's Harbour Town Golf Links has been host of the annual PGA RBC Heritage event since 1969. Other top-rated courses of note are Wild Dunes Links Course (in Isle of Palms), Mount Vintage Plantation (in North Augusta), Prestwick Country Club, and Pine Lakes Golf Course, both of Myrtle Beach.
Many pro golfers are either from South Carolina or have now chosen to live in the state, including Jay Haas and Bill Haas, raised in Greer. Bill hosts the Bill Haas Charity Classic annually in Greenville. All-American Kyle Thompson, raised in Easley, is winner of many pro events including the 2007 Oregon Classic. Fred Wadsworth was raised in Columbia and LPGA Hall of Famer Beth Daniel, winner of 33 tour events, grew up in Charleston.