Promoting excellence in South Carolina golf course design and operations
through competitive rankings, education and public advocacy.
"25 Best Courses You Can Play” Announced for 2007
Greenville, SC – November 1, 2007 – The Midlands, Upstate and Hilton Head areas each have newcomers on the latest list of premier public access facilities announced by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel. The “25 Best Courses You Can Play,” the panel’s second such release for the pay-and-play golfer, still remains dominated by the Grand Strand and Charleston markets as it was in 2005. Those two major tourism regions account for a combined 18 of the top 25.
trio of fresh faces in the line-up includes May River Club in Bluffton,
The Walker Course at
“The list we have released is one that any state in the nation would be proud to offer,” golf panel, executive director, Michael Whitaker, said. “To be truthful, it is a list that the vast majority of states would die to have.”
can hardly be accused of parochialism. No fewer than 10 of the top
25 courses you can play in the
apparent anomaly could be explained by the fact that
Walker Course at
think we are spoiled in
The 25 Best You Can Play
Listed alphabetically within region
Walker Course at
Dunes Resort - Links Course
Dunes Resort -
Pines Resort -
Resort – Love Course
Resort – Dye Course
Resort – Fazio Course
Dunes - Resort Course
Resort - Heathland Course
North at Myrtle Beach National
Plantation Golf and Country Club
Dunes Golf and Beach Club
Golf Club and
Background On SC Golf Course Ratings Panel
Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel is composed of golf enthusiasts
representing a diverse range of occupations, handicaps and backgrounds.
These individuals have been charged with the task of identifying
the best that
Objective and Purpose
objective of the South Carolina
Golf Course Ratings Panel is to promote excellence in SC golf
course design and operations through competitive rankings, education
and public advocacy. The Panel serves as an ambassador for golf
1) New Course Of The Year - As new courses open during the year Panelists are asked to evaluate and "rate" them. The results of these ratings are used to recognize courses for outstanding achievement in course design. These awards are presented annually.
3) The Best Courses You Can Play – Bi-annually (in odd-numbered years) the Panel releases a listing of the best non-private courses in the state. Every resort, public access, and daily-fee course is eligible for this elite listing.
How We Rate Them
determining their ratings panelists consider the following criteria:
Panel consists of up to 125 members, 8 of which serve as Regional
Directors. Twenty-five percent of the panel represents each of the
following geographical regions:
The Upstate, The Midlands, The Lowcountry, and The Grand
Strand. Twenty percent of the panel are women. The governing body
of the Panel is its Board of Directors, consisting of the eight
Regional Directors plus two at-large members.
Categories of Membership