Dock &  Golf

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has top courses near the marinas.

Play Like the Pros Myrtle Beach is home to a PGA Tour Superstore, where everyday golfers have access to the same technology they see the pros using out on the course. Free clinics are offered on some Saturdays.Courtesy Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
Off-Season Sun Cruising to Myrtle Beach during the off-season in May or November is ideal for bright days on the boat and the golf course too. Those months are the driest in terms of rainfall.Courtesy Arrowhead
16.1 Million That’s how many tourists visit the Myrtle Beach area each year, up from 14.6 million in 2006, according to the Chamber of Commerce.Courtesy Grand Dunes
101 The number of golf courses you can play in the Myrtle Beach area. Golfers hit the links to play more than 3 million rounds every year here, peaking during spring and autumn.Courtesy Tidewater
Cover Your Bum In Myrtle Beach, it is illegal to wear thong bathing suits — and police have arrested several sunbathers over the years to make sure the law is taken seriously. “Display of certain body parts” is also a no-no under the law.Wachesaw Plantation
Leather Head Cover This hand-woven Iliac Gold design ($927 per set) breaks in like a baseball glove over time.Courtesy Iliac Golf
Great Golf Shoes ... The Golf Tour Hybrid Wingtip ($200) from Ecco has 800 traction angles on its outsole.Courtesy Ecco
... And a Bag for Them The Dominion Golf Shoe Bag ($150) from Park Accessories has pockets for gloves and tees.Courtesy Park Accessories

Once I was lucky enough to find myself on a waterfront golf course, eyeing the distance to the pin and seeing, in the background, my ride swinging gently at anchor. It was in Nova Scotia, and the breathtaking moment made me wonder, Where else would this even be possible?

The answer, in many ways, is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Nestled between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, the city is a golfing mecca. More than 100 courses await, and a few are within easy distance, or even sight, of the marinas.

“The ninth hole at Grande Dunes, if you’re on that hole, you’re overlooking the marina and you could see your boat,” says Chris King of [Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday][].

The Marina at Grande Dunes has 126 slips and takes transients up to 150 feet. “We had a 115-footer here just a couple of weeks ago,” a marina staffer says. “We’d like to see bigger.”

Water views are part of the natural beauty at the Scottish links-style Glen Dornoch course.Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday

Another good option for boaters with an itch to play a round is Barefoot Landing. The Barefoot Marina has 1,000 feet of face dock for transients with draft up to 6 feet and recently welcomed a 106-foot motoryacht.

"Barefoot has a shopping, dining and entertainment complex on one side of the Intracoastal, and Barefoot Resort is on the other side," King says. "It has courses by Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Davis Love and Greg Norman."
Boaters who take impressive PGA ties less seriously than spectacular waterfront views may instead want to call for a slip at one of the three marinas on Little River and book a tee time at the Tidewater Golf Club.

“That’s arguably the prettiest golf course down here,” King says. “It’s got holes along the ICW and holes along the waterway called Cherry Grove, which is a tidal marsh. On the 13th green out there, you can see the open ocean, the crashing waves of the Atlantic meeting the marshes of Cherry Grove.”

Close enough to perfect for a boater like me.