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Pawleys Island Awards and Accolades

By Marissa Polascak • April 19, 2016

Of course, we think Pawleys Island is awesome, but over the years the area has received many awards and accolades from various publications. Below is a list of some of the accolades that places in the Pawleys Island area have been granted in the past:

Brookgreen Gardens

1931 Brookgreen Garden Drive, Murrells Inlet • 800-849-1931

  • Named one of the Top Ten Public Gardens in America by Coastal Living Magazine in 2011
  • Readers of Southern Living Magazine named Brookgreen Gardens one of the Top Five Favorite Gardens
  • Named “One of the Seven Wonders of the Carolinas” by the Charlotte Observer
  • Rated 5 stars from reviewers on TripAdvisor; also received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • AAA-rated Gem Attraction
  • USA Today named Brookgreen Gardens one of the 10 Best attractions in South Carolina
  • Rated by AOL Travel as “one of the best things to do in Myrtle Beach”
  • Winner of the Following Awards:
    • South Carolina Governor’s Cup Tourism Award
    • South Carolina Non-Profit of the Year (SC Association of Non-Profits)
    • South Carolina Art Commission’s Elizabeth O’Neil Verner Award
    • South Carolina Heritage Tourism Award from the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation
    • Herbert Adams Medal for Outstanding Contribution to American Sculpture from the National Sculpture Society
    • The Coastal Carolina University David Drayton Award for Preserving Gullah Culture
    • Historic Ricefields Association Carolina Gold Award
    • Business Image Award, Excellence in Customer Service Award, Going Green Award from the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Excellence in Customer Service Award, Non-Profit of the Year from Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce

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Bistro 217

10707 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island • (843) 235-8217

Southern Living chose Bistro 217 as a place to get one of the best burgers in the Carolinas. The magazine recommended that readers try the Monster Bistro Burger along with a side dish of Adam’s mild vinegar-style slaw.

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Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club

70 Tanglewood Dr. , Pawleys Island • 800-367-9959

In 2006, Pawleys Plantation was named one of the best meeting facilities in the Southern United States, Caribbean, and Yucatan Peninsula by Meetings South Magazine.

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  • The Founders Club of Pawleys Island was voted as one of the 30 Best Courses You Can Play in South Carolina by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel in 2009. The Founders Club also won the Myrtle Beach Golf Course of the Year award from the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association, and was also voted one of the 30 Best Courses You can Play in South Carolina by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel.
  • Pawleys Plantation, Litchfield Country Club, River Club, and Willbrook Plantation (all Waccamaw Golf Trail member courses) were rated 4 stars or better by Golf Digest in “2010 Places to Play”
  • In 2014, Golf Week selected Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, The Heritage, and True Blue as top-rated golf courses in the state of South Carolina


In 2015, TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals placed Pawleys Island and Surfside Beach on its list of Top 29 Affordable Vacation Destinations that Travelers Need to Visit

National Geographic

  • National Geographic featured Pawleys Island in their selection of places for Best Summer Trips 2012
  • Pawleys Island was visited by National Geographic and recognized for “low-brow Lowcountry cuisine”
  • in 2014, National Geographic named Pawleys Island as one of America’s Best Beach Towns