A Quick Nine: South Carolina's best golf courses

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The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island will play host to the 2012 PGA Championship.
T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer

Series: A Quick Nine

Published: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | 8:29 a.m.

OK, we might be a week late with this one, but after watching all the beautiful shots on television from last week's Heritage at Harbor Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C., it got us thinking: What's the best course to play in South Carolina?

And, folks, that's where you come into the picture. This week, we asked our loyal PGA.com Facebook fans that very question. There are few places in the world with more quality courses to choose from than the Palmetto State.

Without further adieu, here are the top 9 courses you teed up for us:

1. Harbour Town Golf Links. Talk about a no-brainer, eh? It's one of the most scenic places we see on the PGA Tour.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Has to be Harbour Town, I mean look at the layout of that course. The design is out of this world. If you are a little off with your accuracy you're toast. Bunkers and water challenging at nearly every hole. How can you beat that experience? Someone who is not a pro tell me you could break par there... NO WAY JOSE." -- Chris Ford

"Hard to beat Harbor Town. That course has stood the test of time." -- Tim Zimmerman

2. Kiawah Island's Ocean Course. Another gem. I actually had a chance to play there on an impossibly perfect late spring morning without a breath of wind. It didn't help my score much, but the Ocean Course is just breathtaking.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Kiawah's Ocean Course. Has been home to the Ryder Cup and Senior PGA Championship. Tough course with an incredible view!" -- Leigh Huneycutt Zupan

"The Ocean Course on Kiawah. There is a reason it is hosting the PGA in 2012!" -- Bradford Eric Arthur

"Ocean Course at Kiawah. Can't wait or next year's PGA Championship." -- Eric Quinn

3. Palmetto Golf Club. Founded in 1892 and just a short drive from Augusta National, Palmetto was designed by the legendary Alister MacKenzie.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Palmetto Golf Club. Short, never lost in time and remnants of Alister Mackenzie and Augusta National flow throughout the course." -- Cameron Simmons

"From what I have played personally Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken. A buddy of mine happens to hold the course record 59 during competition." -- Michael Till

"Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, a rare gem." -- Allison Jones Brown

4. Yeamans Hall Club. Designed by Seth Raynor (sorry to correct Brooke below), Yeamans Hall has drawn comparisons to the immaculate Pine Valley. With that, you know it's got to be a good one.

Facebook fan quote:

"Yeaman's Hall in Charleston is a great Donald Ross course with a very prestigious feel." -- Brooke Baker

5. TPC Myrtle Beach. From its website description: "The TPC Myrtle Beach, designed by Tom Fazio, presents to golfers the opportunity to see, play and feel what it is like to be inside the ropes of a tour caliber course. The TPC Myrtle Beach has been awarded 5 stars by Golf Digest. It is the only course on the Grand Strand to receive such an honor."

Facebook fan quotes:

"TPC Myrtle Beach. Hands down. (It was unanimous among the best golfer's when I last lived in N.C., it's all anyone would talk about!)" -- Lenie Ford

"TPC Myrtle Beach, I was there last summer." -- Roger Maandal

6. Secession Golf Club. Talk about the cream of the crop. Secession is a true throwback and arguably one of the most beautiful pieces of land in South Carolina.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Secession Golf Club! Hard to get on but one of the best I have played. Walking only with beautiful views!" -- Sean P Hargraves

"Used to Caddie at Secession - Great Course! Second Favorite - Old Town. Dreamed of playing Harbour Town last night - but until I can hit a 9 iron from 183.. I'll keep dreaming!" -- Alan Kielan

7. Crescent Pointe Golf Club. It's Arnold Palmer's only course in the Hilton Head area.

Facebook fan quote:

"Crescent Pointe Golf Club in Bluffton, SC. It is an Arnold Palmer Signature Course and a shot maker's paradise. It has amazing views and is truly a hidden gem in the low country." -- Stephen Neville

8. Sage Valley Golf Club. This Tom Fazio design is a very exclusive club just outside of Augusta, Ga.

Facebook fan quote:

"I read all the comments and not one person mentioned Sage Valley in Graniteville, S.C. Probably the closest thing to the Augusta National. Walking the Masters and playing Sage Valley I see zero difference between the two." -- Ricky Sullivan

9. The Cliffs at Glassy. Imagine this: The Cliffs at Glassy offer dazzling mountain views from 15 of its 18 holes and 75-mile views from every direction. Does that sound nice, or what?

Facebook fan quote:

"The Cliffs at Glassy... Golf Digest ranks the course "4th Most Beautiful in the Nation," behind Augusta National, Pebble Beach, and Cypress Point!" -- Sam Fuller  



Musgrove Mill is pretty special


I am absolutely shocked that Winthrop University's beautiful course was not mentioned in this list. SHOCKED I TELL YOU!


It is actually called The Old Tabby Links.


There IS another Arnold Palmer course in the Lowcountry. The Club at Spring Island, which is SO exclusive and SO beautiful ! Hidden on a 3,600 acre island behind Callawassie Island, it has a dedicated 1,300 acre Nature Preserve. There are less than 300 homes now on Spring Island. Ernie Ransome, the President of Pine Valley, asked AP to design the golf course, and rumor has it that the land was SO BEAUTIFUL that The King was fearful he wouldn't do it justice. He had to be coerced repeatedly, and finally agreed to the project. It is BREATHTAKING, but SO EXCLUSIVE, that many days there are less than 20 rounds played there.