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Ken Tomlinson

Golf course architect who knows both golf and golfers

Ken Tomlinson - Myrtle Beach Golf Architect

Ken Tomlinson knows golf design because as a South Carolina native, he has grown up around it, knowing intimately the impact that golf has on areas like Myrtle Beach.


As the designer of one of the best golf courses in not only Myrtle Beach, but the entire country, he has gained a reputation as a golf architect who knows golf and knows golfers. That knowledge is translated into his commitment to creating a golf course that incorporates challenge, beauty and fun.


Tidewater Golf Course is considered to be a masterpiece of golf. Built in 1990, it was ranked as the best new public golf course in America by Golf Digest. Since its creation, this golf course has consistently maintained a top ranking in North Myrtle Beach thanks to its reflection in the classic design of the early golf courses of the 20th century, that had a harmony with the natural landscape, making it a part of it, not separate from it.


The course features stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as saltwater marshes along the golf course that are a beauty to see, but a hazard to shoot into. With Bengrass greens, it is often said that Tidewater is as pure as the ocean breezes that slowly make their way over the course during the day. So good is this masterpiece of golf architecture that Golf Magazine has ranked Tidewater as one of the top golf courses in the country every year since its construction. It was recently ranked as the 39th ranked golf course in Golf Magazine's Top 100 You Can Play listing.


Few golf courses can achieve the legendary status as this one has. A true masterpiece of golf, it is so good that no visit to Myrtle Beach would be complete without at least taking in this golf course once. Ken Tomlinson may not be well-known beyond golf, but with courses like Tidewater, it is no surprise why he is well respected by his peers. When you create masterpieces like Tidewater, it is hard not to take notice of the talent behind the course. Ask us about adding Tidewater to one of our Myrtle Beach golf packages.

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