The Dunes Golf & Beach Club

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club – Played 2014

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #52, Golf Magazine Public #47
  • Location: 9000 N. Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Year: 1948
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Gold: 7,370 yards, Par 72, 76.1 Rating/148 Slope
  • Blue: 6,615 yards, Par 72, 72.5 Rating/140 Slope
  • White: 6,168 yards, Par 72, 70.6 Rating/135 Slope
  • Green: 5,790 yards, Par 72, 68.3 Rating/130 Slope
  • Red: 5,310 yards, Par 72, 71.6 Rating/132 Slope

In keeping with my tradition to work in some golf on any trip, I planned to play The Dunes Golf and Beach Club while in Myrtle Beach for a wedding.  It is technically listed on the public rankings, but it is not a call up and get a tee time course.  There are a few ways to play it including with a member, through reciprocal play, or through certain hotels/golf package providers.

Let’s get a little history on the club.  The first nine holes were opened in October 1949 and is the current back nine.  The final nine holes were opened in December 1950.  Prior to this, in 1948, Jimmy D’Angelo (Gentleman Jimmy) was installed as the first head professional.  According to the course website, his passing in 2000 was mourned throughout the local golf community.

In 1992, Robert Trent Jones undertook a renovation of the golf course.  They replaced the grass on all the greens.  They also modified contours on six holes to make them more player friendly.  In 2000, another renovation was started to address the clubhouse, driving range, and golf course because of the growing membership.  One cool addition was the new par three alternate hole between 13 and 14, that will serve as an extra hole should any of the other holes be closed for maintenance.

The clubhouse was very elegant and comfortable.  I didn’t get to spend as much time in it as I would have liked, but I really liked the vibe.  I did get to take some pictures while I walked around.  The course hosted the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship that was won with a score of -2 by Michael Block.

DGB - PGAIt also hosted the Senior Tour Championship from 1994-1999 that was won by the likes of Raymond Floyd, Jim Colbert, Jay Sigel, Gil Morgan, Hale Irwin, and Gary McCord.  That is quite a cast of characters.  I love seeing McCord’s name on that list.

DGB - STCHere is some of the other memorabilia.

DGB - REESI played the back nine first, but I will keep the pictures in the normal order to avoid confusion.  I played the white tees on a cold, windy day where the ball was not flying very far.  The course played plenty long.

Hole 1 – 385 yards – Par 4

This is not the longest hole, but the course starts you out with a wide fairway.

DGB 1-1The second shot plays to a large green guarded by bunkers front and left.

DGB 1-2The green, seen below, is relatively flat.

DGB 1-3Hole 2 – 365 yards – Par 4

This hole doglegs to the left.  The best play is a draw off the bunker.  This is another wide fairway.

DGB 2-1The green has some mild undulation and is a bit domed around the edges.

DGB 2-2Hole 3 – 390 yards – Par 4

Remember I said that I started on the back nine.  By this point I had been behind the same group for about six holes as a single.  I would later find out they were a large group, but I was pretty frustrated at the time.  That explains the photo below which features my good friend Jack Daniels.

DGB 3-1The tee shot plays uphill here lengthening the hole.  On this day it was also playing into the wind.

DGB 3-2The green is raised slightly and as will become familiar, guarded by bunkers.  Flags on the left of this green are not to be trifled with.

DGB 3-3The green is fair here, with a bit of a ridge that can be seen on the right side of the photo below.

DGB 3-4Hole 4 – 430 yards – Par 5

This is a really short par five.  In fact, I hit it through the fairway by a lot.  I should’ve gotten the yardage book.  From this tee you can attempt to carry the bunkers, but there is rough beyond them.

DGB 4-1The approach plays over a hazard and must be accounted for if going for the green in two.  More classic bunkering surrounds this green.

DGB 4-2Hole 5 – 165 yards – Par 3

This hole just looks old-school, golden age architecture to me, minus the cart path of course.  The bunkers around this smallish green are very deep.

DGB 5-1Hole 6 – 370 yards – Par 4

This medium length hole can be played with multiple shot shapes.  The bunkers on the left are definitely in play.

DGB 6-1The second shot plays to an elevated green flanked by a deep green-side bunker.

DGB 6-2The green has break on the back portion (nearer portion here) with a good bit around the present pin position.

DGB 6-3Hole 7 – 375 yards – Par 4

This hole favors a fade off the tee.  The teeing area points you towards the left side of the fairway making alignment key.

DGB 7-1The approach is seen below.

DGB 7-2There is quite a bit of undulation in this green as you can see.  It’s also not very deep.

DGB 7-3Hole 8 – 470 yards – Par 5

Another short par five, but the fairway is a little narrower than some of the others we have seen.  A fade plays well here.

DGB 8-1Similar to the last hole, this putting surface has a good bit of break.  It funnels towards the current flag.

DGB 8-2Hole 9 – 140 yards – Par 3

This tee shot is a great vista.  You can see the ocean behind and to the right.  The clubhouse is the short white building just below the trees.  There are bunkers everywhere and the green is raised.

DGB 9-1The green is pretty flat and medium sized.  I was lucky enough to hit one stiff here after a rough ball striking day.

DGB 9-2Hole 10 – 325 yards – Par 4

The hazard here is not in play.  You can hit driver or just pop something out in the fairway 200 yards.  There is a hazard past the tree line on the right that could catch a wayward drive.

DGB 10-1The green plays about ten yards uphill.  Notice the deep bunkers in the front of the green.

DGB 10-2There is a false front on the green that can be seen on the left side of the photo below.  The middle of the green is flat.

DGB 10-3Hole 11 – 370 yards – Par 4

This is probably my favorite hole on the course.  The tee shot calls for a fade off the bunker in the distance.  The water on the right is not really in play.

DGB 11-1This is the shot that I really like.  It plays over the hazard with great bunkering around the green.  This is a longer than normal shot due to a poor drive, but this is just a great use of the topography.

DGB 11-2This photo from the left side of the green shows humps in the front and back of the green.  When planning the approach shot you must keep these in mind.

DGB 11-3Hole 12 – 150 yards – Par 3

This hole plays over the water the whole way unless you bail out way left.  It played longer than the yardage for me.  Anything short risks coming back into the water.

DGB 12-1The photo is a little washed out from the sun, but there is mild slope on this green.  Hitting the green is the hardest part of this hole.

DGB 12-2Hole 13 – 520 yards – Par 5

The starter told me to watch for alligators on this hole, but I was fortunate to avoid any.  This is an interesting hole.  The water is in play if you push your tee shot a little.  The hole basically goes around the hazard to get to the green.

DGB 13-1This is what I mean by going around the hazard.  The second shot requires some thought from this distance.  The layup must be on a precise line with the right distance to carry the hazard.

DGB 13-2The approach shot plays to a green surrounded by more classic bunkers.  It’s a great looking shot.

DGB 13-3There is more glare on this photo, but the front of the green (on the right) has a bowl that sits about three feet below the rest of the putting surface.  Any shots just past front flags should funnel close to the hole.

DGB 13-4Hole 14 – 388 yards – Par 4

This hole is fairly open to any shot shape.  Just bust one out there as far as possible.

DGB 14-1The approach shot is a little more difficult.  The line and distance must be correct to avoid the bunkers.

DGB 14-2This photo is from the back right of the green.

DGB 14-3Hole 15 – 475 yards – Par 5

Sorry about the sun again!  This tee shot is pretty tight and looks even tighter than it actually is.

DGB 15-1The approach shot plays to a raised green fronted by a huge bunker with runoffs on the left and back.

DGB 15-2Hole 16 – 330 yards – Par 4

This is a short hole that really calls for a draw.

DGB 16-1The approach plays to a green with sand traps all over the place.  Any miss of the green will most likely result in an upcoming bunker shot.

DGB 16-2The green is not very large.  The slope goes toward the front of the green (the right here) pretty severely.

DGB 16-3Hole 17 – 155 yards – Par 3

This is not on overly long shot, but the ever present bunkers make it a difficult one.

DGB 17-1The green is seen below.

DGB 17-2Hole 18 – 365 yards – Par 4

The finishing hole is a medium length par four.  The draw plays best on this one.

DGB 18-1The approach plays over a water hazard to a green with, you guessed it, bunkers all around.

DGB 18-2This photo is from the right side of the green.  The green cants from back to front.  Any shots past this flag will probably come back to the pin if not hit too far.

DGB 18-3I had a great time other than the large group in front of me.  The course had a great clubhouse and ambiance.  The course is a classic, old-school gem.  The bunkering was phenomenal and reminded me somewhat of Pasatiempo.  The greens were running really smoothly and the rest of the course could not have been in better shape.  If you find yourself in Myrtle Beach I would definitely seek out a way to play this beautiful course.

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