Best golf courses in South Carolina

From the mountains to the beaches, South Carolina offers a little bit of everything. And the golf courses are no exception. In fact, the Palmetto State is home to more than 350 completely unique golf courses. Continue reading to learn more about some of the best ones.

Best Golf Courses in South Carolina

1. The Ocean Course

Kiawah Island, South Carolina

There are several reasons the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is one of the best golf courses in South Carolina. A round at the Ocean Course begins with a scenic drive through towering oak trees and along beautiful marshland with glimpses of the multi-million dollar mansions that dot the island. And the golf course itself is equally as impressive.

The Ocean Course boasts the most seaside holes in the Northern Hemisphere with ten holes right along the Atlantic Ocean. The result is beautiful views along with firm playing conditions and challenging ocean winds. 

2. Yeamans Hall Club

Charleston, South Carolina

Designed in 1925 by Seth Raynor, Yeamans Hall is a relatively untouched gem. It’s ultra-private and has been praised for its commitment to its original design. Over its nearly century-long lifetime, the only significant change to the course came in the late 90s when Tom Doak was contracted to reconstruct the greens. The course itself is just a short drive from downtown Charleston, but its secluded setting feels a world away from everything.

3. Congaree Golf Club

Ridgeland, South Carolina

Congaree Golf Club is relatively new to the Lowcountry golf scene having opened just five years ago. Like Yeamans Hall, it’s a seriously exclusive club only open for a handful of months throughout the year for those invited to the club to play. 

The course was designed by Tom Fazio on the site of a former rice plantation and many consider it to be one of his greatest designs. It’s noted for its Melbourne-style bunkering and pristine conditions. 

4. Harbour Town Golf Links

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Harbour Town is one of three golf courses at Sea Pines Resort and it truly takes “resort golf” to the next level. It’s also home to the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage, the state’s only TOUR event, held annually every April. The course is distinguished by its towering oaks and pines, beautiful coastal marshes, and stunning waterfront fairways. But, it’s the 18th Hole, with the onlooking Harbour Town Lighthouse, that golfers find most memorable. 

5. Country Club of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

The Country Club of Charleston is not only of the best golf courses in South Carolina, but it’s one of the oldest, too. It occupies 900 acres of the McLeod Plantation on the banks of the Ashley River which affords panoramic views of the Lowcountry and surrounding marshland. It was designed by Seth Raynor in the early 1920s and has undergone a handful of restorations throughout the past 30 years. 

The Club is also no stranger to professional play having hosted the annual Azalea Invitational, the Beth Daniel Junior Invitational, several state championships, and the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open.

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Megan Williams

Meet Megan Williams, a wordsmith with a passion for golf, travel, and the epic combination of the two! Originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Golf Capital of the World, Megan has played golf since she was a child, eventually playing competitively in college. She's since swapped her golf clubs for the keyboard and skillfully translates her on-course experiences into captivating narratives and insightful stories. When she's not crafting engaging content, you can catch her enjoying the company of her energetic golden retriever or trying new culinary delights around Tampa, Florida - her current stomping grounds. Join Megan on her literary journey as she explores golf courses and resorts worldwide, shares travel knowledge and shipping tips, covers industry news, and more - all exclusively on the Ship Sticks blog.