South Carolina Tops the Charts as the #1 Golf Destination in the U.S.
With its stunning coastal courses and charming southern hospitality, it’s no surprise South Carolina has hit a hole-in-one as the nation’s top golf destination. According to the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO). The Palmetto State ranks among the top 5 golf destinations worldwide.
Leading the charge is Myrtle Beach, the heart of South Carolina’s booming golf tourism industry. With over 80 courses dotted along 60 miles of picturesque shoreline, Myrtle Beach offers an unrivaled combination of quality, variety, and value for golfers. No wonder it’s earned a reputation as the ultimate buddies trip destination.
In 2022 alone, Myrtle Beach hosted over 2.4 million rounds across its popular resort courses. Golfers flock from around the globe to experience layouts like The Dunes Golf & Beach Club (Host of the 2023 Myrtle Beach Classic), Barefoot’s four championship courses, Tidewater Golf Club, and TPC Myrtle Beach. Thanks to affordable stay-and-play packages, anyone can enjoy first-class facilities regardless of budget.
Beyond destination golf, South Carolina also hosts professional events like the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage. For amateurs, Myrtle Beach annually runs 10 recreational tournaments, including the renowned World Amateur Handicap Championship.
With year-round sunshine, southern hospitality, and more courses than you could play in a lifetime, it’s clear why South Carolina hits the top of the leaderboard. Myrtle Beach in particular has secured its spot as one of the “must-play” golfing meccas across the globe.