You don’t have to be a world traveler to enjoy an international golf experience. In fact, guests at the Compass Cove Resort in downtown Myrtle Beach can do so within a short drive of the property at the world-renowned International Club’s franchise course in nearby Murrells Inlet.
Championship courses like Prestwick Country Club, Myrtlewood Golf Club and World Tour are excellent choices that are nearby. For an even closer and more affordable alternative, Whispering Pines Golf Club is Myrtle Beach's only municipal course and is the nearest 18-hole layout, and the Midway Par-3 is only walking distance away and also hosts a driving range and practice putting green where you can work on your game only blocks away from the Compass Cove property.
But for a world-class golf experience at one of the Grand Strand’s most popular courses, the International Club of Myrtle Beach is only about a 15-minute drive away in Murrells Inlet that seems like a world away from the bright lights and big city of Myrtle Beach. The natural beauty and scenic charm of the South Carolina Lowcountry combined with the well designed and immaculately maintained 18-hole layout make the International Club one of the most coveted tee times among all Grand Strand golf courses.
Located within a gated community amid acres of dense woodlands and pristine wetlands, the International Club offers golfers a challenging test of golf in a lush landscape. Famed architect Willard Byrd finished creating this masterpiece in 2000, carving holes out of the forest and around the many fingerlakes that mark the property. The secret of this somewhat hidden gem got out quickly, as the International Club has been awarded for its course maintenance, overall playability and customer-friendly experience.
For starters, the International Club features five sets of tees to provide a level playing field for all skills levels to enjoy the course. The championship tees play 6,790 yards compared to 4,848 yards from the forward tees. Regardless of the distance, the International Club presents challenges that requires precision shot-making over pure power and provides some excellent risk/reward opportunities.
Surrounded by towering pines and hardwoods, the well-manicured fairways can be tight and tricky, with sand bunkers and fingerlakes serving as potential hazards. The course offers GPS technology for golfers to get accurate distance readings, and the layout is known for having some of the best-kept greens on the Grand Strand. Finish your day by relaxing in the 6,400-square foot clubhouse with all the amenities, including the 19th hole. Both locals and visitors have found it hard to go to another course after sampling the International Club experience.
Best of all, the International Club is also one of the more affordable high-end courses on the Strand. It ranks in the middle of the pack among the many links on the Strand but delivers a great bang for your buck.
Let the Compass Cove Resort’s expert staff arrange your tee time at the International Club or at any of the 100 Myrtle Beach area golf courses on the Grand Strand. Golf packages are available for extra savings on accommodations and greens fees.
(Photo courtesy: International Club)