Best of 2016: Top 25 golf courses in South Carolina

South Carolina golf is known equally for value and also bucket-list resort courses. Myrtle Beach has been a value haven for decades, while further inland, even better bargains can be found on lesser-trafficked layouts. Meanwhile, Hilton Head Island and Kiawah Island boast marvelous lowcountry and coastal layouts.

So the Top 25 courses in South Carolina, compiled using your ratings and reviews in 2016, features a mix of both great bargains at courses beloved by locals that you may have never heard of, as well as the bucket list stuff played by golfers from around the world.

To compile our state Top 25s, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). A review is weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score. Don't see your favorite South Carolina golf course? You can make your voice heard by writing a review here.

Top courses by subcategory in South Carolina in 2016

Course layout: Harbour Town Golf Links
Course conditions: Harbour Town Golf Links
Value: Edgewater Golf Club
Off-course amenities: Harbour Town Golf Links
Pace of play: Harbour Town Golf Links
Staff friendliness: Edgewater Golf Club

Top 25 courses in South Carolina in 2016

25. Old South Golf Links


24. Oconee Country Club


23. Lancaster Golf Club


22. Oak Hills Golf Club


21. Pinecrest Golf Course


20. True Blue Golf Plantation

Pawleys Island

19. Pine Ridge Country Club


18. The Walker Golf Course At Clemson University


17. Golden Hills Golf & Country Club


16. The Legends At Parris Island

Parris Island

15. Santee National Golf Course


14. Hilton Head National Golf Club


13. Timberlake Country Club


12. Links at Stoney Point Golf Club


11. Village Greens Country Club


10. Cobblestone Park Golf Club


9. Wyboo Golf Club


8. Links at Wild Dunes Golf Links

Isle of Palms

7. The River Golf Club

North Augusta

6. Heron Point Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head Island

5. The Traces Golf Club


4. Cheraw State Park Golf Course


3. Kiawah Island Resort Ocean Course

Kiawah Island

2. Edgewater Golf Club


1. Harbour Town Golf Links

Hilton Head Island

Feb 07, 2017

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Chris 's avatar
Chris wrote at 2018-01-05 14:27:44+00:00:

Two courses from Lancaster and none from Charleston? No Dunes Club? No Caledonia? No Long Cove?

I am going to politely disagree with your entire list.

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ctwheels wrote at 2017-10-24 11:21:23+00:00:

Not sure who is rating these courses, I love Edgewater but it is not the 2nd best in the state and Cheraw State Park and Lancaster should not even be on the list. Full Stop!!Coblestone at #10 is a joke by far the best of the best. Top 3 - #1 for cost, condition, layout. Where is Caladonia, TPC Myrtle Beach, Grand Dunes, Carolina Lakes, Springfield - so many better course than on this list??? 

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cmurf19 wrote at 2017-02-18 20:11:17+00:00:

If you don't have Caladonia, you don't know how to rate courses!

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