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Tom Landers
By Tom Landers
Published on 12/7/2016

A  ward-winning golf,affordable accommodations overlooking the fairways and beaches, great restaurants, served up with a heaping dose of Southern hospitality.  These are the ingredients for a memorable golf getaway, and you’ll find them all along South Carolina’s historic Hammock Coast.

For over two centuries, vacationers have been traveling to the southern shores of the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand to bask in the warm sun and cool ocean breezes. Today, South Carolina’s historic Hammock Coast has evolved into a year-round vacation destination, with beautiful beaches, exceptional restaurants, and some of the top-ranked golf courses in America, collectively known as the Waccamaw Golf Trail.

The Waccamaw Golf Trail takes its name from the picturesque Waccamaw River, and features eleven highly acclaimed golf courses that are conveniently located within a 10-mile radius. Included among them are some of the very best designs of Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Dan Maples and the late, great Mike Strantz. Most have been built upon and named for 18th and 19th century rice and indigo plantations. They include Caledonia, Heritage Club, Willbrook Plantation, Tradition, Founders Club, True Blue, Blackmoor and Pawleys Plantation. Plantation-style clubhouses along with giant, moss-draped oaks, azaleas, camellias and magnolias hug the fairways and greens, creating some of the most scenic courses you’ll ever experience.

All eleven courses have earned 4 or more Stars in Golf Digest’s “Guide To The Best Places To Play in America” which signifies “a must play”. GOLF Magazine’s recently released list of the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play in America” includes two Waccamaw Trail courses, and five Trail courses are on their list of “Top 20 Courses in South Carolina”. Several have also been included among Golf for Women’s list of “Top 50 in America”.

    The combination of outstanding courses, restaurants and accommodations available along the Waccamaw Trail have more and more golfers opting for stay-and-play packages, with Lodging options ranging from fairway villas of Pawleys Plantation and True Blue Plantation, to the deluxe hotel suites and condominiums at Litchfield Resort and Inlet Sports Lodge, to spacious beach houses and quaint bed-n-breakfast inns.

Included among the region’s most popular dining establishments are Frank’s and Frank’s Outback, Quigley’s Pint and Plate, Bistro 217, Rustic Table, Pawleys Island Tavern (PIT), and dozens of locally-owned seafood restaurants located along Murrells Inlet’s scenic Marshwalk. Favorites include Drunken Jack’s, Hot Fish Club, Captain Dave’s, and Wicked Tuna. The area also offers a trove of unique shops and natural attractions, including Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach State Park.

Getting here is an easy drive, or affordable flight into Myrtle Beach or Charleston, so it’s no surprise that golfers travel from all across the globe to sample the hospitality and charm of South Carolina’s historic Hammock Coast. Start planning your visit, soon.

Request a free online Quick Quote to get the best package deals, and we’ll include a COMPLIMENTARY ROUND of golf for your visit. Preferred tee times and packages on the Waccamaw Golf Trail courses are available online at or call 800-661-2928.