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Waccamaw Trail Lands Five Courses On SC'S Top 30 You Can Play

By Brian Weis

The 2017 list of the "Top 30 Courses You Can Play In South Carolina" was released this week by the South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel. The panel consists of 128 members from across the state who are avid golfers with a high familiarity with the SC's 350-plus courses. Narrowing it down to the top 30 is no easy task, but the results are in. The Myrtle Beach Region placed 13 courses in the top 25, more than any other region, and five (5) of those are on the Waccamaw Golf Trail. They include Caledonia (3), True Blue (7), TPC Myrtle Beach (11), Pawleys Plantation (14) and Heritage Club (23).

Caledonia and True Blue are both designs of the late Mike Strantz. Both courses have previously earned national recognition from GOLF Magazine, Golf Digest, Golfweek and Golf World. TPC Myrtle Beach is a Fazio-Wadkins design that hosted to SENIOR TOUR Championship in 2000 and is home to the Dustin Johnson Golf Academy. Pawleys Plantation is a challenging Jack Nicklaus signature design. Heritage Club is a Dan Maples built upon a former rice plantation that abuts ancient rice fields and the scenic Waccamaw River.

1. The Ocean Course (Kiawah)
2. Harbour Town Golf LInks (Hilton Head Island)
3. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club (Pawleys Island)
4. Tidewater Golf Club (North Myrtle Beach)
5. The Dunes Golf & Beach Club (Myrtle Beach)
6. Orangeburg Country Club (Orangeburg)
7. True Blue Golf Club (Pawleys Island)
8. Wild Dunes Links Course (Isle of Palms)
9. May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff (Bluffton)
10. Turtle Point (Kiawah)
11. Tournament Players Club Myrtle Beach (Murrells Inlet)
12. Grande Dunes Resort Club (Myrtle Beach)
13. Barefoot Golf Resort - Dye Club (North Myrtle Beach)
14. Pawleys Plantation (Pawleys Island)
15. The Walker Course (Clemson)
16. Osprey Point (Kiawah)
17. Furman University Golf Course (Greenville)
18. Heron Point (Kiawah)
19. Barefoot Golf Resort - Fazio Course (North Myrtle Beach)
20. Barefoot Golf Resort - Love Course (North Myrtle Beach)
21. Country Club of South Carolina (Florence)
22. Mount Vintage Plantation (North Augusta)
23. Heritage Club (Pawleys Island)
24. Seabrook Island - Ocean Winds Course (Seabrook Island)
25. Prestwick Country Club (Myrtle Beach)
26. Pametto Dunes - Jones Course (Hilton Head Island)
27. Pine Lakes Golf Club (Myrtle Beach)
28. Palmetto Dunes - Hills Course (Hilton Head Island)
29. Palmetto Dunes - Fazio Course (Hilton Head Island)
30 (tie) Cougar Point (Kiawah) and Seabrook Island Club - Crooked Oaks Course

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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