Myrtle Beach National Golf Club - King's North Course

4.3529000000 4.4 stars from 5 (34)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7017 yards
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 74.2
  • Layout

  • 4900 National Dr, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29579, Horry County
  • (877) 283-2122
  • (843) 449-2081
  • myrtlebeachnational.com
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Year built: 1973
Architect(s): Arnold Palmer (1996), Ed Seay
Type: Resort
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bermuda
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: Yes
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7017 yards 74.2 137
Gold 72 6431 yards 71.1 131
Green (W) 72 6195 yards 76.4 148
White 72 6024 yards 69.3 125
Blue 72 5662 yards 67.5 118
Blue (W) 72 5662 yards 72.0 127
Red (W) 72 4816 yards 67.4 113

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 2.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 34 Reviews
5 stars:
19
4 stars:
11
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

30 out of 34 reviews


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"One of The Kings gems"


Isaaccoates97's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

This is one of the best designs in the area, it's definitely a tough course with lots of water and you have to think your way around the course. I'm not always a big fan of Palmers designs but this is definitely a better one. This is one of the best courses in the area with superb conditioning and a great and fun layout. It is definitely overlooked, but the flaws aren't with the course itself, but the business. First off there are 3 courses out of this clubhouse, 2 of which are very mediocre by the way. They don't space out tee times far enough, this course is flooded with golfers everywhere. It's like a factory, that makes me hesitant to play here, although the layout may be worth it. Play this course first then get to the south end to relax and enjoy the laid back atmosphere of Pawleys. I will only drive up to play this course once every trip. Give it a run though.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Bush league!"


u000004032617's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

The course itself was fine IMO nothing special the Gambler hole is kind of neat, but not really too tough to hit the "island fairway". Conditions were good I can't really add much that hasn't already been said about the layout.

Huge Pet Peeve that they charge for range balls! Really? This is supposed to be a higher end course and they have the nerve to charge. It's not the money, it's the principal. Pace of play was very slow, we were a twosome who ended up playing behind the twosome we were supposed to have been paired with as they had tee'd off early and they had zero interest in pairing up with us..Just ignorant IMO and the marshall should have made us pair up..but anyway there is no way it should take over 5 hours to play even if it was CPO (I honestly can't remember.

This one is off the replay list we will go back to Tidewater and TPC...


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Fantastic course in every way."


MillerOutdoors's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
New Hampshire Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

What a great course. So much water and sand, and so many forced carries. ln fantastic shape. Best so far. Greens were running FAST and very large. Subtle breaks that become serious with that kind of speed. You really have to commit to somewhat aggressive putts to make the 4 to 8 footers, but if it doesn't drop be prepared for difficult putt coming back. I'm not sure if they were an 11 on stimp, but they were at least a foot faster than TPC Myrtle Beach was, and TPC greens were pretty darn quick.

Pick a set of tees shorter than you normally would. This is a very difficult course with lots of forced carries, so if you normally play the back tees move up. If you normally play the senior tees, play the ladies tees and you'll have a better chance of handling this monster. :)


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Kings North is a real challenge"


drlgolf's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

First time I've played this course and it ate my lunch. Since I can't hit the ball very far off the tee, I wound up going for bogie on most holes. Not successfully I might add. No fault of the course, more the fault of the tournament committee that set up the course. The layout is very challenging. For example, one par 5 has an island FAIRWAY of all things. If you're really accurate and long off the tee, it's possible to be going for eagle from the island. Very clever hole. There are also two other 18's at Myrtle Beach National that are worth playing. Overall, great facility.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"The King Doesn't Put His Name to Mediocrity"


JackStraw6's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The course started out like any other course in the area but after that it was a gem as far as layout and challenge.Very pleasing to the eye with water coming in to play on most of the holes some requiring carry to the greens..Overall condition was good as far as fairways and greens. Some courses in the area are beat up but Arnie would never let that happen here.The signature hole is a par 5 called "The Gambler" You can either try to hit your driver onto an island leaving yourself a mid-iron to a green protected by water in front, or you can take the safe and longer way. i played in the afternoon and there was nobody here(too hot I guess) There are three courses at this complex with this one the most expensive. The others,the West and the South aren't to shabby either. If your looking to splurge a little, it's definitely worth it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Favorite Course I've ever played so far"


ToxicTank's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

There is tons of great info you can research and read about this course's history and layout. I will keep it simple and say the upkeep was phenomenal compared to what I am used to in West Virginia. I would say this course is immaculate under most comparisons. The staff was very nice and helpful with the exception of the Pro-shop where I checked in. The man behind the counter barely took the time to acknowledge my existence as he was in conversations with another man who was also behind the counter (not a customer). I had already paid online so I was basically checking in to see where to get started. After he spoke to me he basically said there was no tee time crunch for the afternoon and to tee off at my leisure. He immediately began right back into conversation with what might have been a co-worker or friend. I wasn't finished asking for information before he had already turned is back on me in mid conversation. I had to force him yet again after being patient near the desk to acknowledge me. I did not know where to start or even that the course had a starter. Courses in my home area do not typically have starters. At this point I just wanted a score card and a pencil. Once I had inconvenienced him for the info I needed I was on my way to an amazing course. The bag drop employees and the starter were very friendly. There was wildlife on the course every where. I found myself stopping for a moment to take in the scenery and to appreciate all the hard work on the grounds. This is a must course if you're in the area. Can not wait to go back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Thoroughly enjoyed this course"


Steve3709753's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Philly Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This was the second course I played during my first trip to Myrtle Beach. The course was in excellent shape, and was as nice as you'd expect it to be. I played a Barefoot Resort course the day prior. This one was better staffed, better organized, and all the staff including the teenagers went out of their way to help and be friendly. Absolutely loved the course.

Pace of play was good all day, but got slow as the round came to a close. I was about the 6th group off for the day. When I was done I could see a lot of backup on the tee boxes which I only experience for 2 holes. Had I been one of those folks I expect my opinion would change as waiting a lot interrupts the flow of the game and I dislike it greatly.

I think one thing I enjoyed about my round was it was a pretty good mix of challenges and hole designs. I am from Pennsylvania so my swing wasn't ready for the challenge and it spanked me pretty good, but I still enjoyed it. Doglegs, island greens or nearly island, although most par 3's were your standard length and got a bit repetitive. some holes had minimal sand, others were framed by them. The waste bunkers got me multiple times. That was a new experience for me. I stunk at them as well.

Lots of tee box choices and in good shape overall. A fair amount of trees and they kept the branches picked up.

The greens ran pretty true, but for some reason I had problems getting in a groove on them. not sure that was them or me, more likely me.

I saw what I think were the local white haired crowd spending more time fetching other peoples balls out of the water than playing, which is a bit irritating when they slowed down play, but what can you do?

No complaints about the course conditions or the challenge. You hit a good shot you can score. If you don't you may or may not recover.

I recommend it, but maybe avoid the most popular times to avoid waiting around. I came from the north so I thought the 'cold' morning start times were just fine.

Nope, I didn't see Arnie but I did see his bronze statue at the front.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun risk reward course"


u000007953872's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This course was an absolute blast to play. Many of the par 5s were reachable in 2 but had greens guarded by sand or water making it all about risk reward. carts had new gps in them and the staff was extremely friendly, a great course to play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent layout. Even with carts on the course, there's a lot of walking for seniors."


gboeger's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/4/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was very nice. My group arrived about 5 minutes before our tee time ( bad online directions) and the staff was rushing us quite a bit.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"great challenge!"


dalmation's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Ontario Advisor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a very challenging course!! super challenging for women. Most often most of the danger is taken out of the course when you play from the front tees or up one set of tees.
course in good shape...greens were a little hard but still playable once you knew how they were going to be.
I would recommend a must play when visiting Myrtle Beach!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful well maintained golf course"


JAMES2337's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/19/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What a great golf course. Greens are FAST and a ton of target golf shots to play. Play the blue tees if you are a 15 or less. Whites were too short on the par 3's especially.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome course but drenched"


jordankerr11's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/21/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is just an awesome golf course. I've played a lot of courses in the Myrtle Beach area and I think King's North and South Creek might be my two favorites. That being said, the course is drenched. There was standing water on a lot of fairways and don't expect much roll on your drives. There were some people ahead of us who packed it back in and the course was mostly empty. There has been A TON of rain this summer in Myrtle, not much the course can do about that.

I would love to play here again when Mother Nature takes it easy on the place.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Had fun but with the weather here this year I would say this place needs help."


ejbigg's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/20/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had fun but with the weather here this year I would say this place needs help.
Pro shop area under construction, this is not noted on the website.
Greens could use some help Alot of sand on them.
Fairways were being mowed while we were playing, there was a lot of grass clumps everywhere.

Over all it was just fair, but a day of golf is always a good day, in my book.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Challenging but enjotable course. Did not feel tired after the round."


rahart0201's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2013
First time playing

Reviewed on

The staff was helpful and friendly from the moment I pulled up at the bag drop. We were the first group out and never saw the group behind us. Some fairways were damp in spots but the course was in great shape and the greens rolled true. I would recommend the course and look forward to playing it again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Always one of my favorite MB courses to play! I try to play everytime I visit MB."


BryanBaquer's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/4/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The new greens are in great shape. Fairways were immaculate and understandably a little wet, but you can't blame mother nature on the course conditions. Great layout! Challenging shots that offer rewards and risks!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great layout."


u000007689604's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/3/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The good:
I loved the layout of this course! There were a lot of risk/reward opportunities off the tee boxes where you could cut the distance off of doglegs. It was pristine even in the first weekend of August. The tee times were spaced out by 30 minutes so the pace of play was unbelievable for a Myrtle Beach course where I am used to waiting on every tee box. Plenty of opportunity to get a cold drink or snack from cart girls.

The bad: not sure if it was drainage issues with the course or if Myrtle Beach has just been swamped this year with rain, but we had to play cart path only in 90 degree heat with high humidity. The wet fairways made for some tricky iron shots where you had to be careful not to make a 18 inch divot! It was exhausting playing cart path only in such heat.

Overall: I thought the layout of this course was definitely worth the $75 green fees.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"Great course. Great Value."


u000001944900's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/3/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course. Pace of play was terrible, but enjoyed the round.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Very nice course"


u000007638133's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/31/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The fairways were in great shape great views greens were fast but a little rough overal good course to play


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"A great course in its day."


CarolinaCavalier's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/4/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens were top dressed earlier in the week and there was not a marshall anywhere in sight to keep the pace of play moving.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"beautiful course with many challenging holes but fun to play as well"


sotonye67's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2013
First time playing

Reviewed on

I played this course Sunday morning between thunderstorms. was able to finish in less than 3hrs since I played by myself and the rainy weather meant fewer players.
I was surprised that you had to pay almost a 10% tax.with the quoted golf now rate.
The greens were just punched and did not get any rate reduction for that., not cool.
I'm glad I played it once now,but do not think it merits the high price for repeat play at same rate.
The 6th hole gambler was as advertised,challenging. I took a mulligan but got on edge of green in two..

Overall not as challenging as I thought, any one with a handicap under 22 can play well here.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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