Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links
Experience a traditional Scottish links layout in the South Carolina Lowcountry at Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links, one of the most challenging and scenic golf courses on the Grand Strand.
Standing as a living monument to Scotland native Donald Ross, the godfather of golf design in the Carolinas, this Clyde Johnston design incorporates the rolling terrain of a links course carved out of the coastal wetlands of Little River, SC, a small fishing village where the Intracoastal Waterway flows into the Atlantic Ocean.
Located just north of North Myrtle Beach and just south of the Carolina border, Glen Dornoch presents golfers with a true test of links golf in a beautiful setting. With maritime forests and towering live oaks framing the fairways and natural water hazards and pot bunkers serving as the obstacles, Glen Dornoch looks like a postcard and plays like a chess match.
This 6,890-yard par 72 is meant to be mastered by the thinking golfer, rewarding good shot-making skills over distance. Grip it and rip it at your own peril; the potential for wind and water make playing it safe the smart move. But there are plenty of opportunities to drop strokes for the patient who can keep it in the fairways.
Featuring a course rating of 73.2 and a slope rating of 145, Glen Dornoch also features elevation changes that are uncommon in low-lying areas along the coastline. Mounded berms and an elevation variation of 35 feet gives golfers a small taste of the Highlands in the heart of the Lowcountry, and they keep coming back for more.
Earning a 4.5-star rating on Golf Digest's prestigious "Places to Play" list in 2001, Glen Dornoch has plenty of accolades to back it up - the 1997 Links Magazine Feature Challenge Hole, the 1997 Golf Digest's "Myrtle Beach's Top 10", the 1998 Golf Digest's "South Carolina's Top 25" - and it's also a popular choice among women.
Featuring new TifDwarf Bermuda greens and wide, well-maintained fairways, golfers have a fair chance at making or breaking par on this layout. But you can also make or break your round with three of the toughest finishing holes on the Strand. The signature hole, a 212-yard par 3 that is surrounded by wetlands on three sides and guarded by bunkers on the right, while the bookends offer little margin for error.
The spectacular 18th hole ends at the lovely clubhouse modeled after a Scottish castle, and the 19th hole offers an even better view and a cold brew for guests who relax on the patio overlooking the Waterway after their rounds. A fully stocked pro shop and grill are on site, as are a driving range and practice green.