Local golfers have nearby access to several of the top public-play golf courses in the state, according to a new list released by the S.C. Golf Course Ratings Panel.

Three courses close to the Midlands — Aiken Golf Club, the Country Club of South Carolina in Florence and Orangeburg Country Club — are ranked among the state’s best 30 courses available for public play by the Ratings Panel. Those clubs are also joined by Mount Vintage Golf Club and The River Golf Club in North Augusta on the list of the top five public courses in the Midlands region. (Orangeburg, a private club, is included in the list because it allows outside play through hotel and vacation packages.)

The Ratings Panel includes up to 128 players and coaches, golf industry representatives, news media members and business people with significant knowledge of South Carolina courses and an appreciation of course design. Members consider the routing, variety, strategy, equity, memorability, aesthetics and overall golf experience at each course, according to executive director Mike Whittaker.

Local golfers wanting to test their skill farther afield have plenty of highly ranked options across the state. Other regional lists include, in alphabetical order:

Top 20 in the Grand Strand

Barefoot Resort – Dye Course

Barefoot Resort – Fazio Course

Barefoot Resort – Love Course

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club (Pawleys Island)

Dunes Golf & Beach Club

Founders Club at Pawleys Island

Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links (Little River)

Grande Dunes Resort Club

Heritage Club (Pawleys Island)

Myrtle Beach National – Kings North

Pawleys Plantation (Pawleys Island)

Pine Lakes Country Club (Myrtle Beach)

Prestwick Country Club (Myrtle Beach)

The Legends – Heathland Course (Myrtle Beach)

The Legends – Moorland Course (Myrtle Beach)

Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation (Little River)

TPC of Myrtle Beach (Murrells Inlet)

Tradition Club (Litchfield Beach)

True Blue Plantation (Pawleys Island)

Wachesaw East Golf Club (Murrells Inlet)

Top 10 in Greater Charleston

Kiawah Island Resort – Cougar Point Course

Kiawah Island Resort – Ocean Course

Kiawah Island Resort – Osprey Point Course

Kiawah Island Resort – Turtle Point Course

Links at Stono Ferry (Hollywood)

RiverTowne Country Club (Mt. Pleasant)

Seabrook Island Club – Crooked Oaks Course

Seabrook Island Club – Ocean Winds Course

Wild Dunes Resort – Harbor Course

Wild Dunes Resort – Links Course

Top 10 in the Lowcountry

Fripp Island Resort – Ocean Creek

Fripp Island Resort – Ocean Point

May River Golf Club (Palmetto Bluff)

Sea Pines – Atlantic Dunes

Sea Pines – Harbour Town Golf Links

Sea Pines – Heron Point

Palmetto Dunes Resort – Arthur Hills Course

Palmetto Dunes Resort – George Fazio Course

Palmetto Dunes Resort – Robert Trent Jones Course

Palmetto Hall Plantation – Arthur Hills Course

Top 6 in the Upstate

Furman Golf Club

Greenwood Country Club

Links at Stoney Point Golf Club (Greenwood)

Savannah Lakes – Monticello Course

The Preserve at Verdae (Greenville)

Walker Course at Clemson University

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Great list of the best public golf in SC, but check out Best Public Golf Courses for a more expansive list: https://www.bestpublicgolfcourses.com/browse/cities/SC

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