South Carolina named among top 5 golf destinations in the world

The International Association of Golf Tour Operators have chosen five different golf destinations – Cyprus, Dubai, Los Cabos, South Carolina and Thailand – as 2023 Golf Destination of the Year at the 22nd annual IAGTO Awards.

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina – The International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) named South Carolina one of the world’s top 5 golf destinations, and at the heart of the Palmetto State’s broad-based appeal is Myrtle Beach, the game’s most popular destination.

The Palmetto State is home to 350 courses and the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage, but Myrtle Beach is the destination that’s attracting the most golfers from across the globe.

There were more than 2.4 million rounds played on Golf Tourism Solutions’ 65 courses alone in 2022, as Myrtle Beach remains the driving force behind the $3.3 billion annual economic impact golf delivers in South Carolina. To further highlight golf’s impact and its importance to the state, the game was responsible in 2021 for $370 million in federal, state and local taxes and generated 44 percent of South Carolina’s total admissions tax collections.

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Myrtle Beach’s second oldest club built in 1947 by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Sr, is one of 90 courses on South Carolina’s Grand Strand making it the Golfing Capital of America.

South Carolina was the only American destination on a list that also included Cypress, Dubai, Los Cabos and Thailand.

A 12-month destination, Myrtle Beach is the game’s premier buddies trip, delivering an unmatched combination of quality and value. Golfers in search of the nation’s best courses have the luxury of choosing among layouts such The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Barefoot Resort’s four courses, Tidewater, TPC Myrtle Beach, Caledonia and so many more.

At the heart of Myrtle Beach’s appeal is the value it delivers, allowing golfers on any budget to enjoy a trip that delivers good times on and off course.

Grande Dunes Golf Resort in Myrtle Beach has been a favorite stay-and-play destination for golfers visiting Myrtle Beach.

While South Carolina’s PGA TOUR events understandably attract a lot of attention, Myrtle Beach is a Mecca for competitive recreational players, annually hosting 10 events that attract golfers from all walks of life to compete. The most prominent of the area’s amateur events is the World Amateur Handicap Championship, a 72-hole net stroke play event again expected to attract 3,200 players from all 50 states and 20 countries in 2023.

In 2022, Myrtle Beach was voted America’s favorite golf destination in a 2022 National Golf Foundation study of more than 2,200 traveling golfers from around the country.

Dave is a longtime golf writer, who was the managing editor at a regional monthly golf magazine for 11 years before becoming editor and feature writer at eSouthernGOLF six years ago. He also contributes stories to Golf Coast Magazine, GolfTrips, GoGolfandTravel, Traveling Golfer Canada, Ohio Golf Journal and the IAGTO. Additionally, he’s a staff writer for Georgia Golf Trail. Dave’s insight and unique perspective allows him to create interesting articles. He can be reached at

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