Tidewater burst onto the national golf travel scene as the first layout to win Best New Course honors from both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, and it remains one of the nation’s premier courses.
Tidewater is, arguably, the most scenic layout on the East Coast, playing along the Intracoastal Waterway and Cherry Grove Inlet, in addition to offering a distant view of the Atlantic Ocean.
The layout has an embarrassment of riches. The par 3 third and 12th holes, which play along Cherry Grove Inlet, are devilish little holes that offer majestic views and require a delicate a touch.
The fourth hole, a dogleg left that follows the natural contours of Cherry Grove is one of the best par 4s in the area, and the par 5 13th hole might be the best of all. There are few views that equal looking out into the Atlantic from the 13th green.
Nine of Tidewater’s 18 holes play along the Inlet or Intracoastal.
Tidewater didn’t earn Top 100 public courses honors from Golf Digest and Golf Magazine based strictly on views. The inland holes are outstanding as well, especially the 354-yard 15th hole, which is a great par 4.
When everything is taken into account, Tidewater is one of the best public courses in America, providing the type of round that players will carry with them long after they’ve left Myrtle Beach.