By: Rick Limpert for GolfHoliday.com
If you've procrastinated when it has come to your holiday shopping, sports tech writer and frequent Myrtle Beach visitor, Rick Limpert, has your back.Read More »
By: Rick Limpert for GolfHoliday.com
If you've procrastinated when it has come to your holiday shopping, sports tech writer and frequent Myrtle Beach visitor, Rick Limpert, has your back.Read More »
GolfTown, USA, Golf Capital of the World, America’s Golf Playground. Pick the moniker you like best. The most important thing to know is this: Myrtle Beach is America’s most popular golf destination for good reason. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has grown from a sleepy beach community into a golf Mecca. The area is home to 100+ courses, including 13 that have recently been ranked among America’s Top 100 public courses by either Golf Digest or Golf Magazine, and withRead More »
Everyone’s favorite tournament, The Masters, is upon us. So what better time to take a look at the Myrtle Beach golf courses that were designed by Masters winners? Here is a glance at the men who hold the distinction of winning a green jacket and designing a Grand Strand golf course. Fred Couples - One of the game’s most popular players crafted a beauty at Carolina National. A 27-hole facility, Carolina NationalRead More »
Classic Swing Golf School’s Ted Frick shows you how to master one of the game’s trickiest shots – the short chip - using a simple method and inexpensive training aids.Read More »
The Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship will hold a local qualifier – open to boys and girls that are residents of Horry, Georgetown and Brunswick counties – on January 30, 2016 at Myrtle Beach National’s West Course.Read More »
There may be no better time to tee it up on a Myrtle Beach golf trip than the fall. Mild temperatures, combined with calm breezes and courses offering affordable rates are the perfect for golfers. Plus the courses are in great shape with fairways giving you a little extra roll and greens begging you to make those long puts.Read More »
Elton John has over a thousand pairs, Canadian singer Corey Hart only wears his at night, and you can tell the good guys from the bad guys in The Matrix by the shape of theirs.Read More »
Myrtle Beach held its annual rememberance ceremony at the 9-11 Unity Memorial. The program was highlighted by speeches from a pair of former FDNY members who were working at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001.Read More »
Enjoy a photo tour of Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links, one of six Myrtle Beach area courses that play along the Intracoastal Waterway.Read More »
As the PGA Championship prepares to return to Whistling Straits for the first time since 2010, storylines abound in what has been a good year for professional golf.Read More »
Golf Channel stars Charlier Rymer and Kelly Tilghman were in town this week to play in the Todd Welden Future Generations Invitational in Memory of Carolyn Cudone at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club. Enjoy the two segments they filmed for the network's popular Morning Drive show while they were here,Read More »
The 54-hole Calabash Cup, which attracted players from 16 states to the Myrtle Beach area, began play today. Enjoy a photo gallery from the event's opening round.Read More »
With Jordan Spieth attempting to become the first man since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win the year’s first three majors, Dustin Johnson trying to bounce back from heartbreak, and Tiger Woods trying to recapture the glory days, there are story lines aplenty at St. Andrews.Read More »
Half the fun of the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship is the World’s Largest 19th Hole. Each night the tournament takes over all 120,000-square feet of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, turning the building into a golfer’s playground. Free food and top shelf drinks, celebrity guests, and live entertainment, including a former American Idol winner this year, will provide hours of entertainment for players and guests.Read More »
Just like you make sure your clubs and balls are ready for your upcoming 18 holes, you should also make sure your body is ready for the round, especially with summer temperatures soaring. Hydrating properly to go along with sunscreen and wearing a hat are "musts" as the mercury climbs.Read More »
The British Open (or the Open Championship as our friends on the other side of the pond call it) is upon us. In addition to the joys of watching major championship golf in the morning, the Open sparks a desire in all of us to play the type of seaside links courses that gave birth to the game.
The rolling fairways, pot bunkers, native grasses and unpredictable bounces hold a certain appeal to everyone that loves the game. Replicating the game’s most storied courses is nearly impossible, but if you want a taste links golf, a Myrtle Beach golf trip offers more than a few appealing options.
Without further ado, here are five of the best links style courses a Myrtle Beach golf vacation has to offer.
-- The Heathland Course at Legends Resort was one of the first links style courses built on the Grand Strand. Designed by Tom Doak, Heathland features huge fairways, large undulating greens (a possible 162-foot putt awaits on 17) and ample pot bunkers. The greens are open in the front, allowing for creativity. Combined with the Scottish-inspired clubhouse at Legends, Heathland will take you on a trip to the old country.
-- With mounding, native grasses that grow unchecked, and expansive fairways, the Wizard delivers a taste of Scotland. The fairways are expansive, the smallest green is more than 10,000 square feet, and pot bunkers, including some hidden just off the fairway, dot the course. The first 15 holes at the Wizard are as linksy as any in the area.
-- Thistle was named in tribute to the Thistle Golf Club in Leith, Scotland and it does its namesake design proud. For starters there is an outstanding memorabilia collection from the “original” Thistle that dates back to 1812, and the 27 holes of golf at “our” Thistle are even better. Take the time to play this Tim Cate designed beauty.
-- Heather Glen is another 27-hole Scottish-inspired facility. It features more tree-lined fairways than the other links style courses you can play on a beach golf vacation, but it’s a great test of golf and encourages players to use their imagination, unless you end up in a pot bunker, where prayer might be a more effective option!
-- A P.B. Dye design, Prestwick Country Club is less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean, so wind is a significant factor on a layout that features rolling fairways surrounded by ample mounding and some of the gnarliest bunkers on the beach. Prestwick is one of the most underrated courses in Myrtle Beach and a touch of links golf makes it all the better.
What are your favorite links style courses in Myrtle Beach?
The official start of summer is still weeks away, but family golf in Myrtle Beach is already heating up. Myrtle Beach golf courses have always been aggressive in reaching out to the families that pour into the area for a beach vacation, and 2015 will be no different.Read More »
The 16th annual Veterans Golf Classic teed off on a picturesque day in Myrtle Beach as more than 450 golfers are playing on 12 area golf courses in one of the area's most popular events.Read More »
Part of golf’s appeal is the opportunity to spend uninterrupted time outside, enjoying nature, the course and the company of friends.
But when 4 ½ hours of playing turns into 5, we all tend to get a little impatient, because for the vast majority of us, a faster game equates to a better game.
With that in mind, here are five sometimes unconventional ways to improve pace of play.Read More »
You’ve heard the monikers: Myrtle Beach is the GolfTown, USA, the Golf Capital of the World, or Where America Goes to Play.
Instead of asking you to mindlessly accept all this as fact, we are going to tell you why Myrtle Beach is, without question, America’s premier golf destination. (Aside from pointing out that the area was voted Best Golf Destination in a nationwide survey of USA Today and 10Best readers, of course)Read More »
Just in case you didn't have enough Christmas cheer in your golfing heart, here's Bubba Watson (AKA: Bubba Claus) with a few Holiday wishes for you!
Bart Romano, the head professional at True Blue, was named The Carolinas PGA Section 2014 Merchandiser of the Year in the Resort Course Category.
Caledonia’s head pro, Marc Guertin, was named CPGA Merchandiser of the Year in the Public Course Category as well.
“We are grateful that The Carolinas PGA Section has recognized Bart and Marc as Merchandisers of the Year in their respective categories,” said Bob Seganti, PGA Director of Golf Operations at Caledonia and True Blue. “I know that both men appreciate their vendor relationships, fellow staff members and most importantly the customers who support the brands. To have their efforts recognized by the Carolinas PGA is a nice way to start the Holiday season.”
By virtue of winning the Carolinas Section awards, Romano and Guertin will be nominated for national Merchandiser of the Year honors.
The awards are another in a steady stream for Caledonia and True Blue, both Mike Strantz designs. Golf Magazine ranked Caledonia 27th and True Blue 77th on its prestigious list of the Top 100 You Can Play, a ranking of the nation’s best public courses that was released in September 2014.
Golfweek also ranked Caledonia the 24th best resort course in America in its recently released Ultimate Guide to Golf Course Living and Great Escapes.
Routed along a stunning piece of property, Caledonia is equal parts art and architecture. Strantz carved a masterpiece between soaring live oak trees draped in Spanish moss and alligator-filled, lowcountry water that used to feed a thriving rice plantation.
Everything about True Blue, a 7,126-yard monster, is big, including the fairways, greens and waste bunkers.
Golf Magazine said of True Blue, “Hole to hole, the variety is astounding. The course is mostly open, with beauty and menace mingling with lakes, marshland and plenty of scrub-filled natural sandy areas … Rarely has golf architecture had a shaper as artful as Strantz. The full measure of his formidable skill is on display at True Blue.”
I think it’s safe to say that my 2014 season has come to a close. A tour caddie that is supposed to be retired, I still worked ten tournaments this year. That may be a little more than I planned or wanted to do, but I have to admit, I enjoyed every one of them.
From getting kicked out of The Masters (something I'm actually quite proud of) to being part of winning the silver medal with Matt Fitzpatrick at the US Open to working for my old boss, Johan Edfors, in far flung Azerbaijan, to working this week at the only PGA event in Mexico, all of them have been great. The problem with retiring from 30 plus years of being a tour caddie is all your friends are on tour and you end up never getting to see any of them. These few weeks back out gave me the opportunity to catch up with all my mates.
Wouldn't have missed that for anything.
The week in Mexico was particularly enjoyable for me as I always enjoy doing the unusual events, and I think a PGA Tour event being held in Mexico falls into that category.
It was also quite nice because I was working for a new player for me. In this caddying world, we tend to end up in certain "stables.” Taking me as an example, I've worked for 22 different Swedes in my career. You do a good job on the bag for one of them and the next thing you know you've gone through the whole stable of them.
I've also bagged for quite a few Spaniards, and this week I got an opportunity to work for a big name player, Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (you have to admit, that's a big name!). How I ended up on the bag was sort of interesting as well.
After working for Matt Fitzpatrick at the French Open, Matt's management group decided since I wasn't caddying fulltime anymore they needed to get someone else on that bag, and I went back to looping for Johan Edfors.
A few weeks went by when I got a call from Matt saying he wasn't getting on so well with his new caddie and would I come out and work for him at the Dutch Open. This was great news for me as the Dutch Open is one of my favorite weeks on tour. The tournament was being held at Kennemer Golf Course, which is arguably one of the best courses on continental Europe. It's a Harry Colt designed layout and if you ever get a chance to play it, don't pass it up.
Well, as it turned out Matt and I had the locker right next to Gonzalo. One afternoon I got back to the locker in time to hear Gonzalo's caddie telling him that he really didn't fancy flying all the way from China to Mexico and then flying all the way back to Japan. I gave his caddie a little nudge in the ribs and told him I would be more than happy to do that week for him.
We had a laugh and nothing more was said about it. But three weeks later I got an email from Gonzalo asking me if I was available to bag for him the week of the Mayakoba? Great, I was back in the Spanish stable!
I've actually done this tournament twice before when it was just a Web.com event. As coincidence would have it, I also worked that week for a Spanish player, Alejandro Canizares, who's the son of the legendary Spanish golfer, Jose Canizares. In a lazy sort of way, it is always nice to come...Read More »
They’ve been featured on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank,” but the story of The Caddy Girls began here in Myrtle Beach with an entrepreneurial college student looking to leverage two of the region’s primary strengths: great golf and weather.
Meghan Tarmey was a cheerleader at Coastal Carolina University working two jobs to pay the bills, and she wanted to make her own schedule and be outside.
As a bartender at two local establishments, she was more than familiar with the impact of golf on the local economy. In 2005, Tarmey, bolstered by a combination of ambition and hard work, decided to launch The Caddy Girls, a group of, ahem, attractive young ladies who would provide caddy services to groups coming to Myrtle Beach on a golf trip.
“I didn’t mull over the option of it working or not, I just did it,” Tarmey said. “I flew by the seat of my pants for the first few years, doing everything I could. Once I dropped all the other jobs and focused on my business it really took off.”
A business that started with six caddies now has more than 200, including 80 in Myrtle Beach, on its roster and that number is growing after the Shark Tank appearance, which shined a national spotlight on The Caddy Girls.
To answer the primary question most people have, yes, they understand the game of golf.
“Most of our caddies forecaddie, but carrying bags is something that most of them could do,” Tarmey said. “We have training videos, manuals, written tests and of course take them on a golf course to train. Duties include everything that a traditional male caddy would do.”
They just happen to be easier on the eyes than a traditional caddy. Their primary mission is to make an already enjoyable day on the golf course even better.
With 80 caddies in Myrtle Beach, golf groups have plenty of options and if the initial reaction to the Shark Tank appearance is an indicator, the stable will need to grow.
“Shark Tank was a huge game-changer,” Tarmey said. “They took us seriously, recognized us as a great business, and the exposure of 8 million people seeing us has caused business to explode.”
Within 12 hours of the show airing, there were more than 100 investment offers and countless media opportunities, including an Inside Edition feature.
The Caddy Girls had already expanded outside the Myrtle Beach market, an effort that was accelerated by the show appearance. But just like so many golf groups, Myrtle Beach is the epic center for The Caddy Girls growth and development.
Former PGA Tour Player Hugh Royer III, who is the director of instruction at South Carolina Golf Center, shows you how to hit one of golf’s most valuable and vexing shots – the knockdown into the wind. Royer’s tip – hint setup dictates success – will have you relishing the opportunity to play in the wind.
Lower your handicap, fine-tune your advanced skills, or build a solid foundation for a golf game that will serve you for a lifetime. Wouldn't that just be the perfect Myrtle Beach souvenir? Check it out! And, don't forget, you can get these tips by email too!
Golf is an aspirational game. We all dream of playing the best of the best, and no destination provides more opportunities to make that dream a reality than Myrtle Beach.
Golfweek provided further affirmation of Myrtle Beach’s place atop the golf travel market with its ranking of America’s Top 100 Resort Courses. The list which was unveiled in the magazine’s Ultimate Guide to Golf Course Living and Great Escapes issue, ranked three area courses among the nation’s top 100, led by a pair of top 30 layouts.
A consensus top 100 layout, Caledonia is an unforgettable combination of Mike Strantz’ architectural genius and a stunning piece of lowcountry South Carolina property. Caledonia plays through soaring live oak trees draped in Spanish moss and along the Waccamaw Neck, a body of water that used to be home to a thriving rice plantation.
The 18th hole, which requires a forced carry into a green that rests in the shadow of an antebellum style clubhouse, is universally regarded as among the finest in golf, but it’s only part of what makes Caledonia special.
The Dunes Club, a Robert Trent, Sr., masterpiece that helped put Myrtle Beach on the map, is the area’s most storied layout. The course, which features uncommon elevation change, wide fairways and daunting greens, has hosted the six Senior PGA Tour Championships, the U.S. Women’s Open, and most recently the PGA Professional National Championship.
Waterloo, as the famed 13th hole is known, is the Dunes Club’s signature hole and concludes a memorable three-hole stretch known as Alligator Alley. The 11th hole, which plays along marshy waters from the nearby Atlantic Ocean, is one of the area’s best and most scenic holes.
The Moorland Course at Legends is among the most popular courses in America, in addition to its critical acclaim. The P.B. Dye creation features expansive greens and uses imaginative bunkering to generate visuals. The course, which has been ranked among America’s 50 most difficult layouts, is most known for the par 4 16th hole, otherwise known as Hell’s Half Acre.
The 270-yard hole presents the ultimate risk-reward decision, offering players a shot at eagle or much, much worse for those who find the wrong bunker.
If you don’t believe us, ask the locals who flock to the place.
The menu at Bistro 217 is varied, but at its heart, if you appreciate the virtues of a creative and talented chef, it’s a fine dining experience.
Located just minutes from Caledonia, Pawleys Plantation, Heritage Club, True Blue, and Founders Club, it’s easily accessible for golf groups looking for lunch or post-round dinner, though reservations are recommended.
Here is what you can expect at Bistro 217.
Bistro 217 is tucked away in a strip of shops off Highway 17, but when you enter through the courtyard, it’s immediately charming. Wrought iron tables offer the appeal of outdoor dining – accompanied by a refreshing coastal breeze - with the security of a reinforced canvas cover in the event of rain.
The indoor dining room is moderate in size but more importantly can offer a sense of intimacy. If your group is looking for a more lively setting, the bar is the place to be.
The lunch menu is very good, the Monster Bistro Burger is a must have, but Bistro 217 earned its reputation as Pawleys Island’s best restaurant based on the strength of its dinner offerings.
Chef Adam Kirby has crafted a menu influenced by the Southern cooking he was raised on and the flavors of the Pacific Rim where he spent some time training. The result is entrée offerings that are as creative as they are tasty.
Bistro’s signature appetizer is a fresh locally caught fish, almost always a snapper of some variety, that is scored, fried whole and served with a collection of jellies and sauces. The presentation is great and the taste is even better.
While the fish is the most popular appetizer and it serves multiple people, the quick fried calamari with cherry peppers, a five-pepper jelly, lemon aioli and field greens is a personal favorite.
The daily specials, which always include fresh fish, are a winner. Whether the special features hog fish, halibut or pompano, Kirby and his kitchen staff will deliver an outstanding meal.
Off the menu, the seared George’s Bank scallops over spring pea risotto, lobster-carrot sauce and local baby carrots is arguably the most popular entree. But the difference between the scallops, herb-encrusted grouper and the Eggplant Treasure, a delectable dish filled with local shrimp, scallops and grouper, is largely a matter of taste.
For non-seafood eaters, the filet served with creamed spinach and a gruyere potato cake is a winner. Based on experience, the steak is cooked perfectly and the spinach and potato cake are perfect complements.
The biggest problem at Bistro 217 is leaving room for dessert, which is at least as good as the rest of the menu. Chef Kirby makes fresh ice cream – imagine choosing from flavors like Roasted Banana, Chocolate Cayenne and Pistachio, Salty Caramel, Cinnamon Pecan and Key Lime Pie - every day.
If ice cream doesn’t tickle your taste buds, the warm white chocolate bread pudding certainly will.
Bistro 217 is the best restaurant in Pawleys Island and one of the best along the Grand Strand. If your Myrtle Beach golf group is in search of a great meal, Bistro better be on your short list. It’s not an inexpensive meal, but given the quality, it’s reasonable. The most expensive item on the menu is the filet at $34 and it’s worth every penny.
Play it as it lies!
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Here are a few great pointers from Ted Frick of the Classic Swing Golf School on controlling your distance around the greens!
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One of the premier golf courses in Myrtle Beach has been closed for a few months - it's great to have them back!Read More »
Well another Ryder Cup has come and gone and as the dust settles there’s really only one question that emerges out of it all, Why does Europe keep winning?
With wins in 8 out of the last 10 Ryder Cups European dominance seems to be unassailable. But why is this? Everybody seems to have a theory but as a person who has caddied on the world tours for the last 35 years, more then half of that on the European Tour, I might have a unique insight into this phenomena.
On the surface of things it would be hard to believe that the American team should ever lose this event. Even though both the United States and Western Europe have a similar population base of about 300 million people, everyone knows that there are countless more golf courses in the states and therefore countless more golfers. This fact alone should give them a tremendous advantage.
Yet the European teams seem to buck the trend. Of course, in this equation holds part of the reason why things have gone the way they have. If you want to know a large part of why the team from the other side of the pond has become so competitive it’s because the American side gave them that opportunity.
Prior to 1979 the Ryder Cup was an event played just between America and Great Britain and Ireland but due, to a great extent, to the lopsided population base available to the two combatants the results were a foregone conclusion. To give the Great Britain and Ireland team a life-line, the American team suggested that they could bolster their side with players originating from Continental Europe. Hindsight is 20/20 but this turned out to more then just a life-line. Almost immediately new golf superstars like Ballesteros, Olazábal and Langer where playing along side the likes of Faldo, Lyle and Torrance. The tide had turned.
But for me this doesn’t explain everything. How could a part of the world where golf is nearly unheard of in bits of it keep beating a country where nearly every person has picked up a golf club at some point in their life?
Well I’m going to tell you.Read More »
Myrtle Beach is America’s most popular golf destination, attracting nearly a million players annually, many of them longtime visitors who know their way around town.
But countless new groups make their maiden voyage to the Golf Capital of the World each year, navigating more than 100 course offerings to plan their dream golf vacation.
What makes Myrtle Beach great – the quality and quantity of its offerings – can also make it challenging for newbies. With that in mind, we offer these tips to make planning your first Myrtle Beach golf trip easier than a tap-in:
The area referred to as Myrtle Beach is actually 60 miles of Carolinas coastline that stretches from Georgetown, S.C. on the south, to Brunswick County, N.C to the north. Locals refer to this stretch as "The Grand Strand" and divide it into three regions – the North, South and Central strands. Before you book your trip, get a free Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday trip-planning magazine and familiarize yourself with each of the three regions, it will help you make an informed decision about where to stay and play.
These folks know local golf better than anyone, and they are in business solely to design golf packages and make sure you have a great trip (repeat business is vital to their success).
There are two types of package providers in our organization:
1. Resorts/Accommodations who have an in-house golf director. This is how golf packages got started. The beach hotels began to see more and more golfers come to Myrtle Beach, so they created a golf department right there inside the resort. If you've picked the place where you want to stay, just contact their golf director who will book your room(s) at the resort, and schedule your tee times for the whole trip in one easy transaction.
2. Pure golf package companies who can book any resort/hotel in the area, and book your tee times at any golf course you want.
What's the real difference? It really just depends if you have decided where you want to stay. Some golfers come back to Myrtle Beach and stay at the same property year after year because they know they like it, and don't like the risk of trying someplace new. If you're a first-time visitor, and need expert guidance in choosing the right hotel for your group, they perhaps go with a pure package provider. If, after all that, you still can't decide, then try this list of package providers currently offering a special deal.
The real advantage for a first time visitor is tapping in to their expertise. That's what they're there for!
Here are a few issues package providers can help with:
Seems like a simple plan, but your first trip to Myrtle Beach can be similar to a meal at a Brazilian steakhouse: your first inclination is to say yes to everything! Do your homework and identify a cluster of courses in close proximity that you want to play, it will make your trip much more efficient. You can easily sort our full list of golf courses, but here are a few links to help: Southern golf courses | Central golf courses | Northern golf courses. First time visitors run the risk of spending valuable vacation time stuck in the car driving, when you could be golfing. - don't get caught in this trap!
Myrtle Beach, unquestionably, offers the best value in golf travel. The area is also home to 12 layouts that have been ranked among the top 100 public courses in America and more than 50 4-star courses, according to Golf Digest. Enjoy the opportunity to play some of the best courses in the nation.
There's a lot to do off the course in Myrtle Beach too, so know what your group likes to do.
Die-Hard Golfers - You're all golf, all the time, and it would surprise no one if you're playing 36/day. Consider staying at a multi-course facility, such as Legends Resort. You may be able to play a whole different course at the replay rate, practice facilities are nearby, dining is on-site. Nothing to distract you from the great golf on-site, and close by.
Party Golfers - Sure, you're golfing, but it's mainly a precursor to dinner reservations and nightlife. You're looking for action, and central Myrtle Beach is where you want to be. Bright lights, tons of attractions and nightlife options, and many courses within a 15 minute drive. Don't forget to schedule those tee times for mid-morning or even PM. You'll still be off the course by 5-ish to crank it up again!
Mix of Styles - Some want to party, some want to get to bed at 8. Consider staying on the North or South ends, where the pace is quite a bit slower, but there are still options to get out and have a good time. Arrange bedroom assignments so that people sleeping won't be bothered by the ones getting in late!
If any of this sounds good to you, we're ready to host your group! Thanks for considering Myrtle Beach, and we hope you visit soon!
Self-improvement is something that we all seek, but in reality, it's a neverending quest.
Improving our golf game is much the same. Who doesn't want to hit it farther, straighter and make more putts?
In addition the training aids and the demo clubs, we can also use what is in the palm of our hands - our smartphone and mobile devices for some new age self-improvement. There are hundreds of apps out there that are all about improving our minds and indirectly that could improve our focus and shotmaking on the course.
By the way, September is also "Self-Improvement Month," so let's see if you can benefit from some of these free apps:
Want to start an exercise regimen, but can’t get to a gym? This easy-to-use fitness app takes you through workouts as short as five minutes that can be done anywhere. All you have to do is choose the part of your body you want to work on and the amount of time you have, and the app creates a custom workout using just your bodyweight. Get in shape for 2015 and beyond with Sworkit.
A focus booster, Pomodoro helps you finish all of your tasks. Decide on a task to be done- maybe it's yard work, organizing for tax season or spending time on the practice green at the club. You then, press the “Play” button to start a Pomodoro (recommended to set each Pomodoro to 25 minutes). After the 25 minutes is complete the app tells you to take a short break (3-5 minutes). Every fourth Pomodoro take a longer break (15-30 minutes). If you are ultra-busy, it's worth a try.
Maybe you just have a little trouble sticking to the game plan.
If your greatest challenge with self-improvement is sticking to a plan, the Lift app can help you with that. This simple app tracks how often you complete tasks that you assign yourself and rewards you with virtual check marks for being consistent. Lift gives you steps and milestones to make progress more manageable and provides coaching, progress tracking and optional reminders to help you stay focused and stay on track. Sounds like a great way to stay to track improvement on the course!
Maybe you need to incorporate meditation into your daily life? The Mindfulness Daily app will guide you through effective practices to reduce stress, improve performance and enhance sleep. This could improve your focus and concentration on the golf course. The app can also send you reminders throughout the day to pause for a couple minutes of deep breathing or guided meditation. It's worth a try.
Can looking at art improve your golf game? Some say it can. Art can take your mind off the matters at hand and can reset your brain. The DailyArt app delivers one piece of classic art to you each day to enjoy and appreciate. If you want to dig further, it comes complete with background information on the artist and painting.
Rick Limpert is an Atlanta-based sports, technology, and travel writer. He writes for Yahoo.com, a daily tech piece for Examner.com and has been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Sports Illustrated. You can follow Rick on Twitter at @RickRoswell.
The Ryder Cup is only hours away and it seems nobody is giving the U.S. team a chance, but there is plenty of hope. If you need reason to be inspired or want to get more excited about watching this year's event, this Golf Channel feature on our improbable 1999 rally at Brookline, which includes Justin Leonard's return to the course, is a MUST watch!
The cold wind whipping off Lake Erie should be a little easier for Cleveland golfers to endure this winter, because a trip to the world’s best golf destination is about to become a lot more convenient.
Spirit Airlines has announced that it will begin servicing Cleveland Hopkins International Airport next year. Included among the low cost carrier’s new routes will be daily nonstop service to Myrtle Beach beginning on April 16, 2015.
Flight times have yet to be announced.
Ohio generally speaking and Cleveland, in particular, have always been great feeder markets for the Myrtle Beach golf community, and given the ease of a nonstop flight and Spirit’s ultra-low fares, interest should only grow.
April 16 is a Thursday, giving Clevelanders the opportunity to turn an 11-hour drive into a 90-minute flight on one of the most popular golf weekends of the year and throughout the rest of the spring and summer.
As the winter months descend, harsh weather has arrived around much of the country, a development that heightens the anticipation of a Myrtle Beach golf trip. While golfers try to stay warm, dreams of spring in Myrtle Beach offer the promise of better days. With that in mind, we have five tips that will help make planning your next golf trip a little easier. 1. Book Early – Increasingly, people wait for the last minute to book travel figuring a better deal awaits. That’s notRead More »
Golf’s most anticipated biennial event is now just hours away, so what do you need to know about the 2014 Ryder Cup? We have a quick primer.
1. Europe, winner of four of the last five cups and six of eight overall, enters as a heavy favorite. Setting aside recent history, which suggests cup stalwarts like Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia will summon their best play, the Euros enter in better form. Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer have been the two best players in the world this year and will be hard to beat.
2. While Ryder Cup momentum is typically no better than a team’s putting, the American’s don’t enter with much. Jimmy Walker’s three wins seems like a lifetime ago, Bubba Watson has spent more time complaining than playing high quality golf since winning the Masters, and 2014 hasn’t been a year Phil Mickelson will remember fondly. Patrick Reed hasn’t looked like a “top 5 player in the world” since opening his mouth and we haven’t gotten to the captain’s picks.
3. This one was a surprise to me, but this year’s event, which will be played at Gleneagles, is the first Ryder Cup held in Scotland since 1973. During the ensuing 41 years, England has hosted six Ryder Cups, which may help explain the recently failed Scottish push for independence.
4. For those of you hoping for a links-style course, disappointment awaits. Gleneagles is a Jack Nicklaus design that will look more like a typical PGA Tour layout than the classic links courses we associate with Scotland.
5. Despite the lack of form and long odds, the Americans are capable of bring the cup home. This year’s team has young guys who hopefully view the Ryder Cup as an opportunity, not the burden it has sometimes seemed to be for Tiger Woods and Mickelson. Jordan Spieth, Reed, Rickie Fowler and even Keegan Bradley will hopefully bring a passion to the event that changes the dynamics of the U.S. side and by extension the competition.
Distance control when putting is one of the game's most vexing problems. There are few things more frustrating than a 20-foot birdie putt resulting in a tap-in for bogey. Classic Swing Golf School's Ted Frick has the cure for what ails you on the greens - a tip guaranteed to improve your distance control.
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Golf Channel has released its trailer for Big Break Myrtle Beach and it appears sparks will fly on and off the course! Enjoy an advance look at the show, which will debut on October 7 at 9 p.m.
Four Myrtle Beach golf courses have earned a spot on Golf Magazine’s list of the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play,” a biennial ranking of the nation’s best public courses that was unveiled in the September issue of the magazine.
Additionally, the Grand Strand dominated the magazine’s list of the “Best Courses Near You,” a ranking of public courses in each state. “Myrtle Beach has as many great layouts as any destination in America, and Golf Magazine’s Top 100 You Can Play rankings are further affirmation of the quality of golf we offer,” said Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s president. “We were very proud of being voted Best Golf Destination by readers of USA Today, and we are equally happy to receive the critical acclaim of one of the game’s most respected media outlets.”
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, the area’s highest ranked course, was 27th on the “Top 100 You Can Play” list. The Dunes Golf & Beach Club was No. 42, followed by True Blue at No. 77 and the Love Course at Barefoot Resort at No. 85.
Seven of the 10 best public golf courses in the Palmetto State are located in Myrtle Beach and 13 of 20 overall, according to Golf Magazine. In a state renowned for its golf, Myrtle Beach’s dominance is a powerful testament to depth and quality of the area’s offerings.
Caledonia was ranked the third best public course in South Carolina, followed by Dunes Club (No. 4), True Blue (No. 6), Love Course (No. 7), Tidewater (No. 8), Fazio Course at Barefoot (No. 9), TPC Myrtle Beach (No. 10), Dye Course at Barefoot Resort (No. 13), Grande Dunes (No. 15), King’s North at Myrtle Beach National (No. 16), Heritage Club (No. 17), Pawleys Plantation (No. 19), and Heathland at Legends Resort (No. 20).
The Grand Strand was well represented in the North Carolina rankings as well, with four of the Tar Heel state’s top 20 layouts residing in Brunswick County.
On the North Carolina side of the border, Leopard’s Chase at Ocean Ridge Plantation was the ninth ranked course in the state, followed by No. 11 Tiger’s Eye at Ocean Ridge, No. 13 Rivers Edge, and No. 19 Oyster Bay.
From putt to drive, there is no better feeling in golf than hitting the ball directly in the sweet spot of the clubface.
It's quite rewarding as well!
The sweet spot is the area of the club face between the heel and the toe. For most golfers, it is simply the center of the face of the club head (Picture #1).
One of the main reasons this point of contact can be so elusive at times is that, from putt to drive, the orbiting club head, and specifically the sweet spot, must be trained to approach the ball from inside the target line. If the orbiting club head gets outside the target line before impact (Picture #2), nightmares will certainly follow.
The intelligent mind instructs the golfer to swing down the target line at impact in order to hit the ball straight. Unfortunately, the golf club is built on an angle so if you want to find the sweet spot, you must learn to attack the ball from inside the target line.
As Homer Kelley stated in The Golfing Machine, you must feel in to out through impact.
For a visual, reference Picture #3.
The red line is the delivery line guiding the sweet spot and the white line is the target line.
For consistent sweet spot delivery, the golfer must learn to differentiate between the target line and the delivery line.
The delivery line (the red line in the picture) is the answer to sweet spot contact.
As Homer Kelly once said, “divots are not just taken down, but down and out through impact.”
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There is no doubt that your excursion to Myrtle Beach will be filled with golf, more golf and maybe even more golf.
Newsflash! Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is more than just golf- especially in the spring, summer and fall. You have the beach, you have world-class restaurants and you don't want to miss Broadway at the Beach or the Major League Baseball stars of tomorrow at a Pelicans game.
After a productive day at one of the over 100 golf courses on the Grand Strand, why not relax on the beach or maybe on a pool deck listening to your favorite music.
One of the most popular tech gadgets on the market today is a Bluetooth speaker, which can be used on or off the course. This is a speaker that will pair wirelessly with your phone or tablet so you can enjoy a never ending playlist of music.
Depending on your budget, there is a Bluetooth speaker to fit your needs. Here's a few you might want to check out...
Tradition Club is a hidden gem in Pawleys Island, surrounded by some of the area’s most heralded courses. But fun and sun certainly shine on Ron Garl’s only Myrtle Beach golf course and the players who tee it up there.
One of a dozen courses that make up the Grand Strand’s Waccamaw Golf Trail, Tradition Club stands on its own reputation for quality golf. Its star is bright, good enough to earn a prestigious 4 ½-star ranking from Golf Digest and it is a former South Carolina Course of the Year.
In fact, Tradition Club mirrors Pawleys Island’s tranquility. Its green location was developed on a 16th century plantation property. Players are immediately relaxed within the friendly confines of towering pines and live oaks. While the course doesn’t stretch to the 7,000-yard plateau – 6,875 yards from the championship markers – it’s plenty of challenge for any level of golfer.
One of the signature holes at Tradition Club is the intriguing 377-yard (from the men’s tees) par-4 7th. Why is it intriguing? Just ask one of the many players whose lengthy approach shot failed to rest on the peninsula green. This test of nerves and length is similar to many holes at Tradition Club where holes are superbly framed by tall pines.
The second hole gives the seventh a run for its money in the picturesque department. A snake-like bunker and a large water hazard decorate this 165-yard par-3 from tee to green.
Tradition Club puts out the welcome mat for dad, mom and the kids. The entire family benefits in the experience thanks to a ``kids play free’’ deal when accompanied by a paying adult.
Golfers who plan an annual Myrtle Beach golf trip have the luxury of selecting from an eclectic number of courses, but it’s wise for those who choose the South Strand not to overlook The Tradition Club.
We all believe in the sanctity of golf’s rules, but is hitting your playing partner in the head with a 3-wood the best way to settle a dispute?
Two Pennsylvania golfers recently ended up in the hospital after a scrap at Springdale Golf Course in South Union Township.
According to the initial news release, “they became embroiled in a heated debate over the rules of golf, specifically regarding water, on the 5th hole.
“The golfers managed to finish that hole and another before the argument reignited on the 7th hole similarly involving rules, or lack of understanding of said rules.”
Reignited is apparently a diplomatic way of saying Roger Lee Harris, 63, allegedly hit Bryan Bandes, 42, in the head with a 3-wood! The amazing part of the story is that Bandes, who apparently suffered a mild concussion, seemed to have the best of the fight.
According to a report on the CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh, “Harris, who has his club in his hand, gripping it near the head, swung the club, striking (Bandes) in the left forearm and the top of the head,” Mrosko wrote, noting that Bandes was trying to fend off the blow with his arm.
“After that, the trooper wrote, a ‘melee ensued’ with both men trading punches. Harris wound up with a swollen jaw, a fat lip and a scratched eye. Bandes went to Uniontown Hospital where he was treated for a mild concussion and an injury to his forearm.”
Harris was charged with aggravated assault because of the alleged use of the 3-wood while Bandes earned simple assault charge. You have to admire the passion.
The PGA Championship boasts the strongest field in golf with 98 of the top 100 players in the world rankings expected to play and (fearless prediction time) it will be the year’s most exciting major.
The event is returning Valhalla for the first time since Tiger Woods’ dramatic victory in 2000 when he outdueled Bob May for the third of four consecutive major championships he won. While Woods appears unlikely to play due to a balky back, the field will have to contend with Rory McIlroy, who is playing like an in-his-prime Tiger.
The year’s first three major championships have identified the most deserving winner, but all have failed to deliver drama. Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer and McIlroy have won comfortably, but expect this week to be filled with Sunday afternoon tension.
Golf’s next major is The Masters, which is eight long months away, so enjoy the 2014 PGA Championship.
To make sure you don’t miss a minute of the action, here is a broadcast schedule for this year’s event:
August 7: 1-7 p.m., TNT
August 8: 1-7 p.m., TNT
August 9: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., TNT; 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., CBS
August 10: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., TNT; 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., CBS
"The Golf Capital of the World"
"America’s Golf Playground"
Pick the moniker you like best! The most important thing to know is this this:
Myrtle Beach is America’s most popular golf destination for good reason.
Myrtle Beach has grown from a sleepy beach community into a golf Mecca. The area is home to 100+ courses, including 13 that have recently been ranked among America’s Top 100 public courses by either Golf Digest or Golf Magazine, and with those numbers comes the versatility that sets Myrtle Beach apart from competing destinations.
Myrtle Beach has the unique ability to be all things to all people, and that is why nearly a million golfers flock to the area annually.
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Fall is the ideal time for a Myrtle Beach golf vacation. The heat and humidity that define the summer has retreated and evening temperatures routinely dip into the low 60s, paving the way for an idyllic day on the golf course.
Assuming, of course, that 78 degrees and sunny skies qualifies as ideal for your group.
A Myrtle Beach golf vacation in October or November is the perfect way to say goodbye to the season at a time of year when temperatures are beginning to get uncomfortably cool for our friends in the northeast.
What are the advantages of a golf vacation when the leaves are changing?
1. While spring is the busiest season here in Myrtle Beach, it’s hard to beat the aforementioned weather. Given that daylight savings time doesn’t end until November 2 (Ugh. That’s always a bad day), there is ample daylight to get in 36 holes.
2. The value of a Myrtle Beach golf trip is always strong, but it’s at its zenith in the fall. Don’t just take our word for it. Golf Digest recently featured a group of golf packages from other leading destinations. Compare the value in Orlando, Scottsdale, Kohler and others to what you get in Myrtle Beach. It’s not even close. No destination can match Myrtle Beach and that advantage is magnified in the fall.
3. Course conditions are ideal, especially for the area’s remaining layouts that feature bentgrass greens, which thrive in the cooler temperatures. Most area layouts have converted to the newer strands of Bermuda and they are in pristine condition as well. Course conditions will be as good as they are all year.
Myrtle Beach, with its subtropical climate, is fortunate to be a 12-month a year destination, but it’s hard to find a better time to be here than the fall.
Ask 10 people what the best hole at Tidewater Golf Club is and you might get 10 different answers.
There is an argument to be made for holes 3,4, 8, 9, 12,13, 14, 16, 17 and 18, among others.
It’s like someone asking which child you love the most.
There is no right answer.
The official start of summer is still weeks away, but family golf in Myrtle Beach is already heating up. Myrtle Beach golf courses have always been aggressive in reaching out to the families that pour into the area for a beach vacation, and 2013 will be no different.
Forty-seven layouts will allow kids 16-and-under to play for free when accompanied by a paying adult as part of the area’s popular “Kids Play Free” program.
Among the Myrtle Beach golf courses that participate in the program are 28 four-star layouts, according to Golf Digest’s prestigious “Best Places to Play” guide, and five that have been ranked among “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” in recent years.
You've probably heard about the controversy, the hub-bub, and even the spoofs surrounding Paulina Gretzky's Golf Digest photo shoot, but we propose we set that aside, and simply enjoy the work of Golf Digest's talented photographers.
PGA Tour stars Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk, Pro Football legend Marcus Allen and World Golf Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez are among the big names that have committed to play in the 20th annual Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am. (Full List of Celebrity Commitments)
The Monday After the Masters will be played at the Dye Course at Barefoot Resort on April 14.
This will mark the 12th consecutive year the event is played at the Dye Course and festivities will begin with the Celebrity Long Drive contest at 10 a.m. The tournament will tee off at 11 a.m.
Johnson, who hasn’t finished worse than sixth in his last five stroke play events, is one of the hottest players in the world. He has moved up to eighth in the official world golf rankings and will enter The Masters as one of the pre-tournament favorites.
Allen, one of only four players to win both the Heisman Trophy and Super Bowl MVP awards, was one of the greatest running backs in National Football League history.
PGA Tour star and former U.S. Open winner Jim Furyk will be making his fourth consecutive appearance at the event, and LPGA legend Nancy Lopez will be playing for the second year in a row.
Other stars committed to play are ESPN Radio host Mike Golic, Basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry, Golf Channel personality Charlie Rymer, PGA Tour players John Daly and Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, Grammy winning musician Branford Marsalis, and former South Carolina Gamecock stars Marcus Lattimore and Connor Shaw.
While tournament festivities begin with the Celebrity Long Drive contest, the day will start with ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike Show broadcasting live from the first tee at the Dye Course beginning at 6 a.m. It will mark the fourth consecutive year that America’s most popular sports talk show broadcasts from the Monday After the Masters.
All ticket proceeds benefit the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation, which supports the educational needs of children in South Carolina and the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation.
Monday After the Masters has hosted celebrity actors, sports figures, musicians and more. Guests have included PGA Tour stars Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Davis Love III, Tom Watson, John Daly and Arnold Palmer, along with LPGA Tour stars Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Lopez and Kristy McPherson from Conway. Sports and entertainment stars Bill Murray, Samuel L. Jackson, John Elway, Johnny Damon, Dan Marino and Joey Fatone among many others, have also participated in the event.
For more information about the Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, visit HootieGolf.com.
If you’ve taken more than two or three Myrtle Beach golf trips, you’ve probably been to Myrtle Beach National, one of the area’s bedrock facilities.
Home to three Arnold Palmer designs, Myrtle Beach National is one of the most popular beach golf vacation destinations in the country. While King’s North is rightly the most heralded design at MBN, the West Course has long been among the area’s most popular as well.
What make the West Course so appealing? We have the answers and other tidbits you need to know about this gem.
1. People love the West Course because it’s always in good shape, it’s fun design, AND it offers you the chance to score. When the West Course shows up on your Myrtle Beach, South Carolina itinerary, understand one thing: this is your chance to go low.
2. A 4.5-star course, according to Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play guide, the layout is strong throughout. But the back nine, in particular, stands out. The final nine holes play away from the clubhouse and there are no parallel fairways or homes visible. It’s just you and the course. It’s a great close.
3. The fairways on the West Course are open and if you are off the short grass, more often than not, you will have a reasonable shot at hitting the green. But that’s where the course stiffens. The miniverde greens on the West Course have substantial undulation, so the putter is the most important club in your bag.
4. We’ve already told you that scoring well is a distinct possibility, and the course allows you the opportunity to get off to a good start on both sides. The first (453 yards from the white tees) and 10th (465 yards) holes are short par 5s, so use them as a springboard and a good day awaits.
5. In addition to its many other virtues, you can arrive on the first tee at the West Course with the expectation of good pace of play. You should get around in 4 ½ hours or less, so when you have the West Course as a morning tee time, plan on playing 36.
The toughest ticket in Myrtle Beach this spring will be the 20th annual Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am.
Tickets for the 2014 Monday After the Masters, which will be played at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Club on April 14, sold out in one day, tournament organizers announced. Tickets went on sale February 24 and the eighth consecutive sellout ensures another capacity crowd of 6,000+ spectators at one of the signature events on the Myrtle Beach golf calendar.Read More »
For many people, golf is a game passed down through family, a means to bond in good times and bad. One of the game’s great celebrations of its familial roots – the Father-Son Team Classic – is beginning to appear on the horizon.
The 17th annual tournament, which is open to any father-son type relationship, including grandfather-son, stepson-father and son-in-law (uncle)-nephew, will take place in Myrtle Beach July 24-26. Nearly 1,000 golfers will come to the Grand Strand to play one of the game’s most unique tournaments.
At the 54-hole event’s heart is the time fathers and sons spend together. For some, the tournament reinforces already strong bonds, but for others it has helped mend fractured relationships.
“In the tournament’s second year, I was in middle of giving out flight prizes and a guy came up and said, ‘I’ve got to talk to you,’” said Robert Harper, the tournament’s founder. “He said my son and I hadn’t talked for seven years. There was a rift between my wife and his wife. Out of the blue he called me and said, 'Dad let’s play golf.' We sat down and talked about it, came here and met. We each brought our wives and found out it was a misunderstanding.’”
Those moments, while atypical, speak to the tournament’s emotional pull.
“(Players) will tell you, ‘We came in here thinking it was important to win, and we left realizing we won just by spending three days here,” Harper said.
The tournament, which features rounds of better ball, alternate shot, and Captain’s Choice, includes some of Myrtle Beach's best golf courses. Crow Creek, Indian Wells, King's North, Long Bay, the Love Course, Parkland, Rivers Edge and Prestwick are all hosting tournament rounds.
The Father-Son divides players into flights based on their verifiable USGA handicap.
The good times don’t end with each round. There is a cookout and skills contest that includes putting, chipping and a long drive following the opening round, and an awards ceremony and cookout following the final round.
The number and range of father-son combinations participating in the event speak to its popularity. Former athletes and politicians such as Lou Holtz, 1960 World Series MVP Bobby Richardson, and former South Carolina governor Jim Hodges, all of whom were named “Father of the Year,” have played.
July is a month where families crowd into the Myrtle Beach area, filling the beach, and the Father-Son Team Classic blends the concept of a family vacation and golf.
For first time participants, the Father-Son costs $1,200 per team. The cost is $975 for past participants. Registration includes the cost of all three rounds of golf, cart included, a $100 PGA Tour Superstore gift card for each player, a hat, shirt, balls and more. The entry fee also includes dinner at the awards ceremony for each player and a guest.
For more information, go to: www.fathersongolf.com
Tickets for the 20th annual Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament go on sale Monday, February 24 at 10 a.m. at the House of Blues, the Barefoot Resort & Golf pro shops and all Ticketmaster outlets.
Tickets are $20 and children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Monday After the Masters has sold out seven consecutive years, annually attracting a crowd in excess of 6,000 people.
Headlining the list of first-year commitments are former South Carolina Gamecock stars Marcus Lattimore and Connor Shaw and Denny Hamlin, a 23-time NASCAR winner. Grammy Award winning musician Branford Marsalis, Super Bowl champion quarterback Jim McMahon, Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers and two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip are among the big names who have already committed to return to the event.
The Monday After the Masters will be played at the Dye Club at Barefoot Resort on April 14. This will mark the 12th consecutive year the event is played at the Dye Course and festivities will begin with the Celebrity Long Drive contest at 10 a.m. The tournament will tee off at 11 a.m.
While tournament festivities begin with the Celebrity Long Drive contest, the day will start with ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike Show broadcasting live from the first tee at the Dye Course. It will mark the fourth consecutive year that America’s most popular sports talk show broadcasts from the Monday After the Masters.
All ticket proceeds benefit the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation, which supports the educational needs of children in South Carolina and the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation. Monday After the Masters has hosted celebrity actors, sports figures, musicians and more. Guests have included PGA Tour stars Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Davis Love III, Tom Watson, John Daly and Arnold Palmer, along with LPGA Tour stars Annika Sorenstam, Nancy Lopez and Kristy McPherson from Conway. Sports and entertainment stars Bill Murray, Samuel L. Jackson, John Elway, Johnny Damon, Dan Marino, Joey Fatone and Josh Kelley, among many others, have also participated in the event.
For more information about the Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, visit HootieGolf.com
Claude Pardue, owner of the three Mystical Golf courses - Man O’War, The Witch and The Wizard – likes to say all golfers know beauty, and his layouts deliver it in spades, particularly Man O’War.
The Dan Maples design features and abundance of scenery and, not coincidentally, fans. The course, with a 107-acre lake as its centerpiece, is one of the Myrtle Beach area’s most recognizable.
Before you tee it up at Man O’War, here are five things you need to know:
1. H2O is King: All 18 holes feature water, but before you pack a mask and snorkel, understand that it isn’t overly penal. On most holes, the water enhances the ascetics and only collects shots that are significantly offline. The course’s fairways are generous, by any definition, and you shouldn’t lose an inordinate number of balls so enjoy the view.
2. Back-to-Back: Man O’War is the only course in Myrtle Beach and is believed to be the only one in North America with back-to-back island greens. The island green 14th and 15th holes provide take-home memories for everyone that tees it up. Enjoy the challenge and let us know if you hit both greens in regulation.
3. Built For Bent: Man O’War has long had some of the area’s best greens for a simple reason: the course was designed to create an ideal environment for bentgrass. The layout is open, which helps generate maximum air flow, and the subsoil under each green was customized for that particular location on the course, insuring each green has the conditions to thrive, even during the warm summer months.
4. Even The Trees: At Man O’War, trees are sparse and grass grows between them, meaning pine straw is nonexistent. The course is mowed from wall-to-wall, which helps promote pace of play because players shouldn’t have to look hard for their ball. If it’s not in the grass, it’s wet.
5. Green Movement: The greens at Man O’War are among the area’s largest, averaging 10,000-square feet per putting surface. The greens don’t have the severe undulation of some of Maples’ other designs, but instead feature subtle break that is just as challenging. The greens are a great test and a significant part of the course’s charm.
Winter is always a miserable time of year for golfers, and 2014 has brought more frigid woes than normal. With a huge storm having pummeled the South and now doing the same to our Northern neighbors, there would seem to be little to do but dream of your next Myrtle Beach, South Carolina golf vacation.
But that’s not the case.
Bad weather doesn’t mean you should put your dreams of improving in the closet with your clubs. Here are five things you can do to ehance your chances of playing well on your beach golf vacation this spring.
1. Bring those clubs inside and practice while looking into the mirror. Swing in slow motion, monitoring your swing in the mirror and trying to relate what you are feeling with what you see. You’ve got plenty of time with the snow on the ground, so dedicate 5-10 minutes several times a week to swinging in the mirror.
2. Being in good shape helps you play better golf, so when it’s to cold to go outside, lift weights, focusing on your glutes and core. The increased strength will provide greater confidence and allow you to really go after the ball. If lifting weights isn’t your thing, Pilates and/or yoga are no less beneficial as each will greatly improve your flexibility. Setting the remote control down long enough to workout has many benefits.
3. Buy a mat and work on your stroke inside. To really hone your mechanics, practice putting with one hand at your side. The one-armed drill will help you develop a consistency and rhythm that will pay dividends when you are on real grass.
4. Work on improving your mental game. Whether it’s visualizing an efficient pre-shot routine (and I mean very efficient – thinking about a shot to long is rarely of benefit) or controlling your emotions, particularly anger, winter is the time to begin implementing plans. You can practice your pre-shot routine in the living room and begin working on techniques to deal with your emotions.
5. After all the indoor practice, if you have a nice golf store in the area (and the roads are clear), head to the simulator to begin grooving your swing with the benefit of state-of-the-art technology as an aid.
What do you do to work on your game during the winter months?Read More »
A Myrtle Beach golf vacation is the game’s most popular buddies trip, attracting hundreds of thousands of players annually to the South Carolina coast.
But what makes the area the best choice for your golf group this year?
1. No destination in the world can match Myrtle Beach’s volume of great golf courses.
Thirteen layouts have been ranked among the nation’s top 100 public courses in recent years. The Dunes Club, Caledonia, Tidewater, the four courses at Barefoot, and Grande Dunes, among many others, can take their place along the best any travel destination has to offer.
2. The only thing that equals the quality of a Myrtle Beach golf trip is the value it delivers.
A beach golf vacation returns bang for your buck whether you are playing the area’s best or need a value-based trip so all your friends can go. Therein lies the heart of the Grand Strand’s popularity -- our ability to accommodate any type of vacation. Myrtle Beach always delivers value for your golf dollar.
3. If you want a stuffy trip that requires you to stay on-site to play particular courses and forces you to wear a sports coat to dinner, then more power to you.
But Myrtle Beach is all about a good time, and we deliver. With more than 1,800 restaurants, sports bars and dance clubs, our off-course menu is even more diverse than our golf offerings. If you can’t have a good time here, you aren’t trying very hard.
4. Myrtle Beach, among America’s leading golf destinations, is among the most accessible.
We enjoy nonstop flight service from Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Detroit, among many other locales, and we are a reasonable drive for those living along the always-bustling Interstate 95 corridor. It has never been easier to get to Myrtle Beach,
5. Myrtle Beach’s golf vacation companies are the game’s best, making the booking process, dare we say it, easy.
The golf package was invented and perfected here so all you have to do is get your guys onboard and we will make Myrtle Beach, in addition to being your best trip option, is the most efficient.
Heather Glen Golf Links is one of the quiet stars of the Myrtle Beach golf scene.
More than 60 courses have opened since Heather Glen debuted in 1987, but the Scottish-inspired facility has remained a favorite. We recently paid a visit to the Little River layout and long-time head pro Steve Heher provided an inside look at the best hole on each of Heather Glen’s three nine-hole layouts.
1. The par 4, ninth hole on the red nine earned its nickname, “The Long Hole.” Playing 447 yards from the tips (and a stout 403 from the white tees), the dogleg left is the hardest on the Red nine.
The hole often plays even longer because players are hitting into a hill off the tee. If you don’t have enough muscle to crest the hill, a blind shot of 200+ yards awaits.
“It’s a very difficult par 4,” Heher said. “Try to stay as far left as you can (hugging the dogleg) because the further you go right, the longer you are making the hole play.”
2. “The Home Hole” as it’s called on the White nine is a three-shot par 5 for all but the longest of hitters. The ninth hole is dogleg right with water running up the right side, and it plays 587 yards from the tips and an equally imposing 558 from the white tees.
Players that opt to go for the green in two must clear water and a bunker in the front of the green. It’s an imposing shot from 130 yards; from 200+ only low single digit handicaps are likely to have any success. It’s the type of shot that makes a Myrtle Beach golf vacation great.
3. Heher favors the 525-yard eighth hole as the best on the Blue nine. Players are forced to carry a creek off the tee and on their second shot, but neither of those shots qualify as this par 5s most daunting.
The green is protected by water on two sides and a cluster of bunkers on the left, so your approach will be a knee-knocker. The green can be reached in two – the hole is 490 from the white tees – but the precision is required.
“With a good tee shot to the left side, players can hit a wood into the green,” Heher said. “But you have to hit [outstanding] shots. Most people will make it a three-shot hole.”
The popular ESPN Radio show “Mike & Mike,” featuring hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, will broadcast from the 20th annual Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Club on April 14. The four-hour radio show will also be simulcast live on ESPN2 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
This will mark the fourth consecutive year that America's most popular sports talk radio show has broadcast live from the Monday After the Masters. The duo will setup on the Dye Club's first tee.
The live Mike & Mike broadcast will be the culmination of a first quarter promotion that will feature Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday on ESPN Radio and ESPNRadio.com. Mike & Mike is one of the most popular sports talk shows in the nation with more than 11 million weekly listeners on ESPN Radio and viewers on ESPN2.
A national contest promotion began in early January and will award one winner and the guest of their choice a Mike & Mike prize package that includes a trip to Myrtle Beach, two Sunday practice rounds at The Dye Club, two player spots in the Monday After The Masters golf tournament, VIP tickets to the “Hootie & Friends” concert at the House of Blues, and other prizes.
“What better way to spread the word about a Myrtle Beach golf vacation than the nation’s most popular sports talk radio show,” Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday president Bill Golden said. “Greeny and Golic have a huge national following and to have them talking about coming to Myrtle Beach for three months leading up to the Masters, when golf is at its zenith, will be great for the destination.”
Mike & Mike is a national radio program focused on the world of sports. It is produced by ESPN Radio and is syndicated by ABC Radio Networks on over 130 stations nationwide. In January 2006, it began simulcasting on ESPN2. The show features sports news, analysis and interviews. Guests include big-name athletes, coaches and commentators. Last year, the popular duo published a book entitled, “Mike & Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life” which debuted at No. 3 on the New York Times Best Seller List.
The Monday After the Masters is one of the largest celebrity pro-am golf tournaments in the country and benefits the educational needs of children in South Carolina and the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation.
For more information about the 20th Annual Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After The Masters Pro-Am Golf Tournament, visit HootieGolf.com.
Rare is the day when it’s to cold to play golf in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, but winter storm “Leon” (is it really necessary to name winter storms?) has brought us one of those dreadful occurrences.
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a good time to be had. So what is a man (or woman) to do when weather prevents you from playing on a beach golf vacation? We have plenty of ideas.
1. Visit one of our FIVE mega Myrtle Beach golf stores. We are home to two PGA Tour Superstores, two Golf Dimensions and a Golfsmith. These massive stores are a golfer’s dream, featuring state-of-the-art simulators, larges practice putting greens, and multiple hitting cages. You could spend all day in these stores without getting bored. Did we mention they offer as good a value as you will find on golf equipment?
2. If you are forced to skip a day of golf, the weather will almost surely improve the following day and you will want to make up for that lost 18. So treat yourself to a massage (Cinzia Spa at North Beach Plantation comes highly recommended), and make sure you are primed for 36 holes the following day.
3. If you can’t settle your bets on a Myrtle Beach golf course, go bowling. There are eight bowling alleys along the Grand Strand, so the lanes are never far away. It’s a good place to enjoy a few pitchers, talk a little trash and exchange a little money.
4. No matter the weather, Broadway Louie’s is a good time. Located in Broadway at the Beach, it’s as much an entertainment center as sports bar. Broadway Louie’s has karaoke (a great way to make someone pay a non-monetary bet), a 25-foot jumbotron and a million-dollar arcade, among other amenities.
5. Instead of playing a Ryder Cup-type event on the course, keep your teams together and take them Surf's Up Laser Tag, where up to 40 people can play at one time. It’s a different type of activity, but a blast to play.
The value of a Myrtle Beach golf trip is the best around, but with the economy sputtering, everyone is looking to save. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to cut costs without sacrificing the quality of a trip. After consultation with some of Myrtle Beach’s premier travel authorities, below are eight tips that could help produce savings on your next Grand Strand golf trip. 1. Be Flexible With Travel Dates – If you are willing to take a midweek trip, thereRead More »
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The one who most loudly objects to someone using a rangefinder on the course is most likely to ask to use it.
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Home course, probably don't neeed one, but on a MB golf trip, playing unfamiliar courses, it is very helpful. Of course, there are the purists that will say "that's part of golf," but I say make roomf for more gadgets!
Every four years the USGA and R&A republish the Rules of Golf with amendments, and the latest updates have changes that could impact your next Myrtle Beach golf trip. Following what the game’s two governing bodies called an “an exhaustive, four-year review of golf’s 34 playing rules,” nine rules were amended. Below are the changes most likely to impact a Myrtle Beach golf vacation (or your Saturday foursome) if your group adheres strictly to the rules. Ball MovingRead More »
America’s hottest golfer is coming to the Golf Capital of the World. After a nation-wide search, professional golfer and model Blair O’Neal has been selected to host the Myrtle Beach Golf Buzz, an online program that will showcase the virtues of a Myrtle Beach golf trip. O’Neal, who appeared in a full-page Cobra Puma ad in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, will begin filming the webisodes next week, and the shows will start broadcasting on www.GolfHoliday.com inRead More »
World Tour is a recreation of some of golf’s greatest holes, allowing players to test their game on the challenges offered at courses like Augusta National, but which holes constitute the best of the best at World Tour?
We consulted with general manager Tom Plankers and he shared his favorite hole on each of World Tour’s three nine-hole layouts.
- The third hole on the Open 9 replicates one of the game’s most recognizable par 3s, the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. This 132-yard beauty presents one of golf’s most daunting tee shots as there is no bail out room.
“It’s exactly what you see on TV,” Plankers said. “You have to hit the green. Whatever club you are comfortable with, take it and knock in on the green.
- On the Championship 9, Plankers couldn’t pick a single hole, choosing instead the most popular series of holes at World Tour – Amen Corner. Holes four through six on the Championship 9 replicate 11-12-13 at Augusta National and people love it. The sixth hole duplicates the par 5 12th hole at Augusta, including “Rae’s Creek” cutting in front of the green.
Playing holes that simulate the most famed stretch in golf is a highlight for everyone that plays World Tour on a Myrtle Beach golf trip.
- On the International 9, Plankers favors one of the most popular holes in Europe, the par 5, fourth hole at Valderrama Golf Club. The second hole on the International 9 duplicates the Valderrama classic and even includes the waterfall surrounding the green.
With ample length (520 yards) and a narrow, tiered green, it’s best to approach this beauty with caution.
“The smart money is to layup and hit a wedge shot in,” Plankers said. “If you can hit it that far you have a chance (to reach the green in two), but you have to hit a perfect shot.”
What is your favorite hole at World Tour?
King’s North at Myrtle Beach National is one of the Grand Strand’s iconic layouts. It has a high profile home, a famed architect, and it’s one of the area’s most sought after tee times. So what do you need to know before teeing it up at this Myrtle Beach golf favorite? We have answers. 1. It wasn’t always the King: The layout opened in 1973, but it was initially known as the North Course. Arnold Palmer, who consulted on the original design, overhauled the layout inRead More »
If you only want the best on your Myrtle Beach golf trip, we have several Central Strand recommendations. From steakhouses to lighted driving ranges, here are five things that will help make your trip even more memorable. 1. Go to New York Prime - If money isn’t an issue and your Myrtle Beach golf group wants great steak, the original New York Prime is the place to go. There are New York Prime restaurants in Atlanta and Boca Raton, but the chain started here, and it only takes oneRead More »
The Norman Course at Barefoot Resort features four holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway and the design prowess of Greg Norman. It’s a highly regarded layout, a fixture on many South Carolina beach golf vacation itineraries, but what are the best of the best at the Norman Course?
We consulted with Barefoot head pro Mike Ross, who shared his list of the layout’s three best holes.
-- One of the toughest holes on course is also one of Ross’ favorites. The sixth is a bear from the back (448 yards) and platinum tees (431 yards). It’s a much more manageable 339 yards from the whites (a message to Norman from all of us high handicappers: Thank You!), but it requires an accurate drive into one of the course’s tighter fairways. A large green awaits, but if you are playing from one of the two back sets of tees, a long approach will be required.
“It’s one of those holes if you play it well and hit two good shots and come away with birdie or par, it’s as satisfying as it gets,” Ross said.
-- The 568-yard, par 5 ninth hole was a no-brainer. From the tee it plays to a slightly elevated fairway and finishes downhill into a green protected in the front by a hazard and framed by bunkers.
This is typically a three-shot hole, unless your name is DJ, Tiger or Bubba, but for the brave souls who go for it in two, the hazard requires you to carry the ball to the green. It’s best to play it smart, leaving a wedge into a green that tilts from back to front.
“I just love the hole,” Ross said. “It’s very pretty and it has a lot of character.”
-- The 203-yard 10th hole is one of the best and most scenic par 3s in Myrtle Beach. It plays from an elevated tee box and requires a dramatic shot down to a large green that saddles up to the Intracoastal Waterway.
The 10th plays just 135 yards from the white tees, but wind is a significant factor in how the hole plays.
“You probably hit, depending on weather conditions, anything from a 5 iron to a wedge,” Ross said. “Weather conditions are paramount and they change almost every time you play the hole … It’s the one hole most people remember. It’s a beautiful tee shot.”
What are your favorite holes on the Norman Course?
The holidays are upon us, which means we all get to make a wish list. So what sort of golf related gifts should you ask the Fat Man to leave under your tree? We have a couple recommendations. 1. The best gift any of us could receive is the assurance of a Myrtle Beach golf trip in 2014. A little time with buddies, great golf and the beach is a hard combination to beat. So go ahead and clear the trip with the family, and start planning your next South Carolina golf vacation. Wrap yourselfRead More »
The peak Myrtle Beach golf seasons are spring and fall. The reasons are obvious, great weather and prime course conditions attract golfers like moths to a flame, but the Grand Strand is a year-round destination. With a little good fortune, a beach golf vacation in the winter can be a winner. South Carolina enjoys a temperate climate. January, when the average daytime high is 56, is our coldest month in Myrtle Beach, which is plenty warm for our friends from the North. If you need aRead More »
A Myrtle Beach golf tradition is set to resume. More than 200 golfers are poised to compete 45th annual George Holliday Memorial Junior Golf Tournament at Myrtle Beach National beginning on Thanksgiving Day. The 54-hole event, which attracts junior golfers from across the nation to South Carolina, will be played on King’s North, West and Southcreek courses at MBN. Boys and girls ages 10 through 18 are eligible to compete in an event whose past competitors include U.S. OpenRead More »
Let’s get this out of the way early: by the standards of any decent golfer I’m horrible. A fragile psyche and a swing only Charles Barkley could love have conspired to keep my handicap on the wrong side of 20.Read More »
Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines a little over a week ago, reportedly killing at least 4,000 people, including eight family members of one of golf’s most talented young players. Rising Australian star Jason Day lost a grandmother, an uncle and six cousins in a storm that packed winds that approached 200 mph. "I am deeply saddened to confirm that multiple members of my family lost their lives as the victims of Typhoon Haiyan," Day said in a statement released byRead More »
Some of the nation’s best young golfers will be competing for a national championship in Myrtle Beach this weekend. The National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA) will be hosting its national championship at Barefoot Resort on November 16-17. The two-day, stroke play event will feature the 24 best non-varsity teams in the nation. Barefoot is home to four award-winning layouts and the highly acclaimed Love and Dye Courses, both of which have been ranked among America’sRead More »
Sure, golf is an international game but the PR stunt pulled in Turkey may take the cake. Tiger Woods is in town for the Turkish Airlines Open, thanks in no small part to a hefty appearance fee, and his benefactors have taken fall advantage of his presence. Part of Woods’ work with sponsors included driving a golf ball across the six-lane Bosphorus Bridge that spans the continental divide between Europe and Asia. So Woods became the first man to drive a golf ball from Europe toRead More »
Jack Nicklaus made his mark on the Myrtle Beach golf scene in 1989, opening a pair of courses that remain among the area’s most popular and significant tests of golf. Pawleys Plantation and Long Bay, both Golden Bear designs, are celebrating their silver anniversary in 2013. Both courses are as good as they have ever been, and golfers have recognized the quality of each layout from the beginning. Pawleys Planation has enjoyed a slightly higher profile, due primarily to a backRead More »
Halloween is one of our favorite times of year. Who doesn’t love a little leftover candy and the coming holiday season? It’s time to look into our Myrtle Beach golf bag and determine the tricks and treats as we head toward the end of 2013. TREAT: The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Myrtle Beach’s most revered course, installed new Champion Bermuda grass greens over the summer, and the transition was seamless. The Champion Bermuda is better equipped to handle theRead More »
Titleist is among the most storied brands in golf, and the majority of elite players have played its clubs at some point. As a matter of fact, Rory McIlroy likely wishes he was still swinging Titleist sticks. Golf and business being what they are, Titleist’s dominance has waned as TaylorMade has staked its claim to being the king of clubs. But Titleist continues to produce clubs that are as good as any, including the 913D3 driver, which was a gold medal winner in GolfRead More »
The Myrtle Beach golf community has lost one of its best. Todd Welden, the only head pro Caledonia Golf & Fish Club has ever known, died of cancer Monday at the age of 50. Welden was diagnosed with Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer in late summer and the disease spread to other parts of his body. Welden, who continued to work in recent weeks, was an institution at Caledonia, one of the area’s crown jewels. He shepherded the facility through its opening and helped make itRead More »
Callaway has returned an old name to the new product market, resurrecting the Apex line in its newest set of irons. Callaway sold the Hogan brand in 2012, but not before hanging on to some technologies and the venerable Apex name. The result is its resurrection with the Callaway Apex irons, which blur the line between distance and forged irons. The new irons feature a forged carbon steel body with a Carpenter 455 steel face. If Carpenter 455 sounds familiar to fans ofRead More »
River Hills, a Tom Jackson design, is a prime example of why Myrtle Beach is the game’s most popular destination. Beyond a good layout, superior conditions and great customer service, what can you expect at River Hills? We take a look at five things you need to know about this quiet star. 1. There are no parallel holes at River Hills, so you feel like yours is the only group on the course. 2. A Myrtle Beach golf trip typically means flat coastal terrain, but the property atRead More »
River Hills Golf Club is tucked away off Highway 17, an outstanding course located on of the area’s primary arteries that manages to keep a low profile.
Located in Little River, River Hills opened in 1988 and offers a tremendous combination of quality and value. We asked Harris D’Antignac, the course’s long-time head pro and a Myrtle Beach golf veteran, to provide us tips on how to play the three best holes at River Hills.
The amiable D’Antignac was happy to oblige.
-- The fifth hole, the course’s longest par 4 at 448 yards, is a dogleg left with plenty of teeth. Put your drive in the middle of the fairway to setup a demanding approach to a small green flanked by grass bunkers.
“Hitting the green is the hardest thing,” D’Antignac said. “After you hit the green, two-putting shouldn’t be a problem.”
-- The 180-yard par 3 sixth hole is almost all carry with water running from tee to green up the left side. There is some room on the right to bailout but a bunker means that strategy isn’t without peril. â€¨
“It might leave you a long putt, but you don’t have a penalty shot involved,” D’Antignac said of a decision to play your tee shot to the right.
-- The signature hole at River Hills is the par 5 17th. a 526-yard, double dogleg. Golfers are required to carry water twice, once off the tee and again on their second shot.
The length of the carry on the second shot depends on how aggressive you are off the tee. Players that want to challenge the water and cut the dogleg left off the tee can potentially reach the green in two, but the risks are self-explanatory. Playing to the right side of the fairway is the safe shot, but it then becomes a true three-shot hole.
There is nothing complicated about the 17th, but water has a way of messing with the mind, which helps make it the prettiest and hardest hole on the course.
“It’s pretty straight forward,” D’Antignac said. “Play it like it’s laid out. I think where people get in trouble is they try bite off to much on the hole.”
If you’ve played River Hills, what are you favorite holes on the course?
The wildest shot of the President’s Cup didn’t result in a dramatic birdie or swing the momentum in a pivotal match, but it came, fittingly, from Phil Mickelson. In an event whose opening day star was Sammy the Squirrel, perhaps it’s only appropriate that Mickelson’s second shot on the par 4, 14th hole, following a wild drive (you expected anything different from Lefty?!), will likely be the event’s viral video star. Mickelson, the author of as manyRead More »
Advocates of the President’s Cup always point out that it’s more fun than the Ryder Cup, particularly for the players. After the opening round of this year’s event, it’s hard to argue otherwise Who would’ve imagined the Sammy the squirrel would’ve been the opening day star, hitching a ride with assistant captain Davis Love III and sitting on Tiger Woods’ shoulder (video below)? We haven’t even mentioned Matt Kuchar and Woods recreating aRead More »
There is a golf shoe revolution afoot. The best golf shoes are now fashion accessories, comfort and style matter. Companies are designing footwear with walking in mind. The spikeless shoe is rising in popularity, enjoying a 136 percent increase in sales in 2012, according to Golf Datatech, and that trend will continue. That doesn’t mean the rigid shoe that looks like dress wear is dead, but it does mean that its days of market dominance are over. Here is a quick look at someRead More »
Myrtle Beach is golf’s most popular destination. Practically everyone who plays golf has visited the area or certainly knows someone who has. But if not, here are the top 10 reasons Myrtle Beach should be the preferred destination for your next golf trip:
It’s a golf trip we are talking about and no destination can match the number and quality of courses offered along the Grand Strand. More than 50 area layouts have earned a 4-star designation from Golf Digest and 12 have been ranked among America’s Top 100 public courses in recent years. Myrtle Beach is America’s most popular golf trip and yours can start on one of these 80 area golf courses.
Everyone wants to maximize value, particularly in difficult economic times, and no one does it better than Myrtle Beach. The area has the ability to accommodate just about any golf trip budget. The chance to get away, play golf and blow off a little steam can be therapeutic, and Myrtle Beach makes it possible for everyone.
Unlike some other destinations that roll up the sidewalks at sun down, Myrtle Beach is almost as much fun off the course as it is on. Whether it’s shopping, dining or a night out with the boys, it’s hard not to have fun in Myrtle Beach.
The Grand Strand is home to four of the game’s best retail stores. PGA Tour Superstore and Golf Dimensions each have two area locations and have nearly every golf related item imaginable. It’s like putting a kid in a candy store. We also welcomed our very first Golfsmith in 2013 located near the Coastal Grande Mall!
Face it: rightly or wrongly, golf is perceived as an elitist sport. In Myrtle Beach, nothing could be further from the truth. From blue collar to white collar, men and women, young and old, Myrtle Beach, more so than anywhere else, welcomes everyone with open arms.
Myrtle Beach golf packager providers are intimately familiar with the market. They live and play golf along the Grand Strand, and are in constant contact with area courses. As a result, they will tailor a trip to meet the unique needs of your group. Their expertise will help make your trip better. Free, custom golf quotes are available on this site with Quick Quotes. A package provider will review what you're looking for and send a quote with no obligation.
People tend to think they need a large group to take a buddy trip. That’s not true. Whether it’s just you and a friend or a group of 60, Myrtle Beach willingly accommodates golf trips of all sizes.
Are you new to the game or struggling rediscover your swing? There is no better place for golf instruction than Myrtle Beach. Classic Swing Golf School, led by owner and director of instruction Ted Frick, is ranked among America’s Top 25 Golf Schools by Golf Magazine. Top 100 Teacher Brad Redding and Mel Sole are also among the leading instructors along the Grand Strand.
In addition to the obvious golf-related benefits of a trip to Myrtle Beach, there is also an intangible factor that shouldn’t be overlooked – the Atlantic Ocean. The sound of the crashing waves, the lowcountry coastal setting, and the laid back environment of The South combine to make the perfect backdrop for a buddy’s trip.
Myrtle Beach is within a day’s drive of every major metro area on the Eastern seaboard, and the area enjoys non-stop flight service from New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Toronto, Fort Lauderdale, Washington, D.C., Atlantic City and Pittsburgh, among others. Getting here has never been easier.
Golfers love Myrtle Beach for many different reasons, so tell us what you're favorite thing about Myrtle Beach is in the comments below! Reminder, you can use the sharing buttons below to email this to your golf group leader and tell your group you're ready for a trip!
You could go to a different restaurant at Broadway at the Beach every night for three weeks before you had to eat at the same place twice.
That's the best thing about taking your foursome to the popular entertainment, shopping and dining complex on a Myrtle Beach golf trip; when some want surf and others want turf, you can find something to satisfy everyone.
But if it's quality, not quantity, you're ultimately looking for, and Broadway has plenty of that to go around. Here are five Broadway hot spots you don't want to miss:
* Capriz Italian Feast: This new restaurant is more like going to visit an Italian family for dinner. It's all you can eat and you will not go home hungry.
Serving all the Italian favorites plus some signature items from Brazilian sister-restaurant Rioz, the staff delivers pasta and meat dishes to your table.
Capriz also has an Italian buffet table featuring more than 20 items in addition to the rotating specials that include skewers of garlic sirloin, parmesean pork.
* Key West Grill: A little slice of America's southernmost city sits just steps away from Celebrity Square.
Key West Grill incorporates all the tastes of the Caribbean, with Cuban, Mexican and Jamaican influences as well as the Florida Keys, into an extensive menu that can make everyone happy.
Of course, seafood reigns at Key West Grill, with fresh-catch specials on a nightly basis and excellent shrimp, crab and scallop dishes.
* Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery: This restaurant/brew pub has been packing them in since Broadway opened in 1995, and for good reason.
The menu is extensive and consistently good, from burgers and cheese fries all the way up to surf and turf. The house specials, like meats marinated in their own home brews, are the best bets in the house.
Liberty is best known for its happy hour specials, featuring $2 drafts from their outstanding selection of in-house beers and ales, and a discounted appetizer menu that is as filling as a meal.
* Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery: Many believe that "Tilted Kilt" is Scottish for "Hooters," and they're not far from wrong.
In addition to featuring scantily clad waitresses serving cold beer and hot wings to mostly male patrons, the atmosphere is festive and sports-oriented, perfect for Myrtle Beach golf groups.
It's hard to find a seat in the house that isn't within view of five large screen TVs, each tuned to a different sports event. Of course, the big game isn't the only scenery worth checking out at the Tilted Kilt.
* Yamato Steak House: When half your dining party says "Tom-A-to" and other half "Tom-ah-to," throw them a curve ball and take them to Yamato.
They don't have to like Japanese food to have a good time and great meal at this hibachi-style restaurant. Your chef comes to your table and slices and dices up a tasty mix of meats, vegetables and rice.
Do you have a favorite restuarant at Broadway at the Beach? Please post it in the comments below!
Would you trust John Daly, coming off elbow surgery and wearing flip flops, to hit a ball that was teed up in your mouth while laying in the middle of a Nashville parking lot after dark? One guy allowed it and he lived to tell story (see video below). Given that the parking lot is full of cars, who knows if the two-time major champion’s shot did any damage upon landing, but this tee shot been the equivalent of an online ace. Based on Twitter posts Daly has made, it appears theRead More »
The crisp morning air of autumn has started to descend, meaning it’s time to reshuffle the golf wardrobe. Depending on where you live, mindlessly putting on a golf shirt could lead to a chilly morning, prior to the sun’s full arrival. The cure for a cool morning? Oxford Golf's new Quarter Zip Pullover. Introduced in spring 2013, the Coachford Pullover is crafted with stretch performance enhancing Super Dry® fabric. In basic tones and a bright blue, the pulloverRead More »
GOLF PACKAGE - [golf, gawlf; Brit. also gof] + [pak-ij] Fore (yes, I meant that) more than 50 years, the ultimate Myrtle Beach golf trip has been achieved by using a local solution, born in Myrtle Beach: The Golf Package.
Local hotels are staffed with "Golf Directors," along with businesses called "Package Providers," whose sole purpose is to help golfers organize and create a group's trip to Myrtle Beach. The advantages are many. For starters, your golf tee...Read More »
The ceremonial first pitch of a baseball game is typically of little interest to most fans … unless, of course, Holly Sonders is involved. The, ahem, shapely Golf Channel star “threw” out the first pitch at a Tampa Bay Rays game earlier this week, and it was, as you might imagine, worth watching! Sonders, who memorably posed for the cover of Golf Digest , brought a little attention to the game she loves and also hit a couple balls in the outfield with RaysRead More »
Carolina Shores is the first golf course players see when entering Brunswick County on route 179 from Myrtle Beach. Nestled amidst the quiet charm of Calabash, Carolina Shores paved the way for Brunswick County’s emergence as a golf hotspot. What do you need to know before teeing it up at the Tom Jackson design? Plenty. Here are five things to consider before playing Carolina Shores. 1. When the course’s original owners commissioned Jackson to design the layout, theyRead More »
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The top golf courses in Pawleys Island are as good as any in America.
Tucked away on the South Strand, golf courses in Pawleys Island offer a respite from the hustle of Myrtle Beach. Rollicking nights give way to casual charm and one of the nation’s highest concentrations of elite layouts.
Three golf courses in Pawleys Island have earned a spot on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses and all 10 are 4-star courses.
Without further ado, here is a look at golf courses in Pawleys Island:
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club – Mike Strantz’s first solo design is a classic. Caledonia is, arguably, Myrtle Beach’s most popular course, and it’s certainly among the most scenic. Caledonia is ranked among America’s Top 100 by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Golfweek.
Founders Club – Myrtle Beach’s newest course, Founders Club is defined by waste bunkers that run alongside side practically every fairway. The bunkers also double as cart paths, meaning the only pavement on the course is around the greens and tee boxes.
Heritage Club – The 33rd ranked public course in America, Heritage Club is a perfect combination of natural beauty and great golf course architecture. Hundreds of soaring oak trees create visual appeal, and the layout has some of the area’s largest and most undulating greens.
Litchfield Country Club – One of the area’s original courses, Litchfield provides a country club experience. The layout, which received 4.5 stars from Golf Digest, is a traditional design that rewards precision and creativity.
Pawleys Plantation – A Jack Nicklaus design, Pawleys Plantation offers one of the area’s most memorable rounds. Several holes on the back nine play along the marsh and it’s a spectacular setting.
River Club – Yet another 4.5-star Golf Digest course, River Club is true to its name, featuring water on 15 of 18 holes and over 100 bunkers.
Tradition Club - Set amidst property that was home to a plantation centuries ago, Tradition Club lets players test their power off the tee. Combined with exceptional beauty, it's a course that is as enjoyable to play as it is challenging.
True Blue – The Mike Strantz design has been ranked among America’s Top 100 and it’s one of the area’s most visually dramatic layouts. The rolling terrain and native vegetation of the once thriving indigo and rice plantation makes for a spectacular round of golf.
Willbrook Plantation – One of Myrtle Beach’s most underrated layouts, Willbrook is among the top golf courses in Pawleys Island and the entire Grand Strand. Carved from the site of two Carolina plantations, Willbrook offers a tranquil blend of golf and wildlife.
Lion’s Paw was the first Big Cat to prowl at Ocean Ridge Plantation, and it remains one of the most challenging Myrtle Beach golf courses, providing a good, straight-forward challenge.
Even on a course whose hallmark is consistency, certain holes standout and Bill Long, Ocean Ridge’s director of marketing, has identified the layout’s three best holes.
1. The 204-yard, third hole is the signature challenge at Lion’s Paw. The tee shot is all carry across a pond lined with oyster shells. Bunkers line the back and right sides of the hole, and they aren’t the worst place to land.
“You don’t want to come up short,” Long said. “Hit a little more club than you think you need. It’s not a birdie hole, but it’s beautiful to play and you can make a good, solid par.”
The green, with three bunkers dotting the right side, looks like, you guessed it, a Lion’s Paw.
2. The dogleg right, 520-yard eighth hole offers the possibility of birdie but it’s not without challenge. Three bunkers guard the right side of the fairway and a pond lurks on the left, daring most mid-handicappers to stray from the fairway. Really long hitters bring a larger bunker on the left into play.
“If you hit a nice left to right tee shot, you can get home in two with a 3-wood or 5-wood,” Long said. “The green is one of the larger ones so you can roll it up there and end with an eagle putt or chip. As far as par 5s go, that is about as accessible as it gets.”
3. The par 3s at Lion’s Paw present a daunting challenge and the 185-yard 17th hole is no different. The smallish green is surrounded on three sides by water so late-round nerves can be an issue. The visual challenge provided by the water is offset by the relative lack of distance. The hole plays 185 from the tips and 154 yards from the white tees.
If you’ve ever played Lion’s Paw on a Myrtle Beach golf trip, let us know what your favorite hole is at the Willard Byrd/Tim Cate design.
The live scoring functionality offered by Golf Genius is now for much more than your next Myrtle Beach golf trip. Golf Genius Software has released a new set of features to GolfLeagueGenius.com that will enhance live scoring, leaderboards, and other key functionality. With this release, golfers and online spectators have the ability to view live scoring for all formats played within a single event (e.g., a tournament that incorporates individual stroke play, skins, and a net better ballRead More »
The Palmetto Course at Myrtlewood Golf Club has long been a Myrtle Beach golf favorite. Good conditions, good value and a good layout have made the course a regular on many Myrtle Beach golf trip itineraries.
When you tee it up on the Edmund Alt design, what can you expect to find? We ask head pro Rick Schultz to tell us the course’s three best holes and he obliged.
Here are Palmetto’s best in the eyes of the man who knows the course better than anyone:
No. 16, 422-yard, par 4: A dogleg right, No. 16 offers substantial rewards for golfers willing to take a risk. A well-placed 225 yards drive will carry the large sand trap the sits in the elbow of the dogleg, leaving a short iron into the green.
Cutting the dogleg doesn’t come without risks. Players that don’t clear the bunker will have a tough time getting on in regulation, and out-of-bounds borders both sides of the fairway. The alternative is to play it safe down the middle.
At 225 yards, clearing the bunker won’t require a hero shot for most, so line it up and take a rip (but make sure you miss left!).
No. 17, 179-yard, par 3: The 17th has three teeing areas, all at different elevations. The tee shot can range anywhere from 125 to 179 yards and the combination of elevation and wind can significantly impact club selection.
Throw in a pond, two bunkers in the front, and the Intracoastal Waterway to the left of the green, and the 17th is one of Palmetto’s prettiest holes. It’s not exceedingly difficult, but there is trouble to be found. Take your time and trust your club selection.
No. 18, 468-yard, par 4: Palmetto is one of just seven Myrtle Beach golf courses that can lay claim to playing along the Intracoastal. The waterway runs the length of the 18th hole, enhancing the beauty of the layout’s longest par 4.
Despite the presence of the Intracoastal on the left, the 18th fairway is extremely wide. The ideal play is the right-center of the fairway, setting up a short to mid-iron into a well protected green.
It’s an outstanding finishing hole.
What is your favorite hole on the Palmetto Course?
Golf Channel stars Brandel Chamblee and Charlie Rymer will be there. So will more than 50 exhibitors and some of the area’s best restaurants. The only question remaining is how many players will converge on Myrtle Beach later this month to compete in the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship. More than 3,200 players from 25 countries have already registered for the 30th annual event, and the entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. on August 8. The participant count is trending to be atRead More »
The year’s final major, the PGA Championship, is upon us. For all but the most diehard fans, the golf-watching season ends when the Wanamaker Trophy is hoisted and football rules the airwaves. The PGA Championship, which never forgets to remind us that it has the strongest field in golf, returns to Oak Hill with story lines aplenty. Here are five fearless predictions for the last major championship until the 2014 Masters. 1. Phil Mickelson will not win his second major of theRead More »
A couple familiar faces and golf’s biggest media outlet will be in Myrtle Beach to call attention to one of the game’s greatest initiatives. Myrtle Beach native Kelly Tilghman and former Myrtle Beach golf spokesman Charlie Rymer will be making live appearances on Golf Channel’s popular Morning Drive show from Caledonia Golf & Fish Club on Wednesday, July 31. The show airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and will be rebroadcast twice immediately following the liveRead More »
Phil Mickelson wasn’t the only golfer to enjoy a round for the ages over the weekend. Kentucky resident Jesse Massie shot a staggering 16-under-par 56 Friday at Glenmary Country Club in Louisville. Making the feat even more incredible is the fact Massie incurred a penalty stroke on the par-4 fifth hole for hitting his ball into a tree. The Louisville Courier Journal has the all the details:â€¨â€¨ Jack Ridge has heard his share of tall tales as the golf pro at GlenmaryRead More »
ESPN The Magazine’s body issue is its most popular and it’s rare that a golfer generates significant buzz for annual feature. Then again, it’s rare that a 77-year-old legend poses nude.
Gary Player, a 9-time major champion and one golf’s first devotees to fitness, bared nearly all for the ESPN photo shoot, becoming the oldest person to grace the pages of the magazine in his birthday suit.
For a man of any age, Player is in outstanding physical condition. In the two pictures that have been released, Player is holding his follow-through in one shot and hoisting a dimpled medicine ball in the other.
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The Black Knight, who started working with weights when his brother gave him a set prior to dispatching for World War II, continues to workout daily, doing 1,200 crunches. But he said was initially hesitant to participate in the nude photo shoot.
“It didn’t sound right to me. You think of these way out magazines and I thought no, no, no, no,” the 77-year-old golf legend told For The Win via phone from his ranch in South Africa. “But then my son explained to me that ESPN do this very discreetly. I thought about it. Obviously I’m not an Olympic athlete in comparison but what I have done is I’ve exercised profusely for 63 years now.”
The results of Player’s exercise are obvious.
The South African wasn’t the only golfer to appear in this year’s magazine.
Scottish beauty Carly Booth also appears in the buff. The 21-year-old is a two-time winner on the Ladies European Tour and a rising star. The previously unknown Booth will certainly see her Q-Score rise here in the United States and more than a few people will be rooting for her to make the Solheim Cup team.
After winning twice in 2012, she has started slowly this year, missing the cut in six of her eight tournaments, and is currently 18th in the Solheim Cup standings.
Golfers aren’t new to the pages of the Body Issue. LPGA Tour players Suzann Pettersen, Belen Mozo, Sandra Gal, Christina Kim and Anna Grezebien were featured in previous issues. Camilo Villegas was the first male golfer to appear nude in the body issue.
Golf is mostly a game of twosomes and foursomes, of friends getting together for a good time. But it doesn’t exclude single players, and that’s particularly the case in Myrtle Beach.
One of golf’s virtues is the common ground it creates amongst otherwise strangers, allowing a single to find an enjoyable group to play with. Whether someone is on a summer beach vacation and wants to sneak away for a couple rounds or his or her regular golf group has broken up, a single playing golf in Myrtle Beach is always welcome.
Many assume that a solo golf trip isn’t practical, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Singles have easy access to golf packages and the value remains appealing.
“There are always a lot of accommodations options that setup for singles,” said Myrtle Beach Golf Director’s Carson Courage, who specializes in booking individual golfers. “From hotel rooms to one bedroom condos, I book it the same way I would a larger group. They get multi-round discounts and confirmed tee times.”
While accommodations for a single are typically a little more expensive, the savings created by multi-round discounts often offsets the additional costs.
A common mistake of solo golfers is thinking they have to wait until 48 hours out to book a tee time. That maybe the case in other places, but a solo Myrtle Beach golf package can be booked at anytime.
“Even for the spring and fall seasons, we can pair you up when we book it,” Courage said.
For players traveling with a non-playing spouse, options are aplenty. Places like Market Common offer new accommodations and ample shopping and dining options for your significant other while you take to the course.
The moral of the story is the idea of playing as a single golfer shouldn’t be a detriment to anyone taking a golf trip. Myrtle Beach is a golfer-friendly destination, whether you are traveling with a large group or no one.
The Grand Strand has more than 1,000 restaurants and there is no shortage of options for people in search of pasta, steak and seafood. What’s not always easy to find is an establishment that excels with all three culinary favorites, but one of the Myrtle Beach area’s newest restaurants does just that. Castano’s Italian Steakhouse at Barefoot Landing has quickly earned critical and popular acclaim. Since opening its doors in November 2012, Castano’s has enjoyedRead More »
John Daly stood on the ninth tee at Wicked Stick and pointed to the green, like Babe Ruth calling his shot. Long John, playing barefooted, then unsheathed his driver and lashed a shot that ended up 12 feet from the hole.
On a spring afternoon in Myrtle Beach, Daly was doing what so many people do at Wicked Stick, enjoying a relaxing round of golf. Wicked Stick is the nation’s only Daly signature course, and when he checks in on the layout a full parking lot typically tells the story.
Built with Daly’s grip it and rip it ethos in mind, Wicked Stick is a player-friendly layout from the parking lot to the 19th hole. The atmosphere is relaxed and the course is inviting. The facility opened just after Daly’s 1995 British Open victory at St. Andrew’s, bringing much attention to the layout.
Much like Daly himself, Wicked Stick has assumed the role of the everyman’s course, appealing to people with its unique challenges and the opportunity to score. The layout wasn’t designed to crush the spirit of golfers, quite the opposite in fact.
Once you get beyond the 7,000-yard Daly tees, the blue (6,507 yards) and white (6,080 yards) tees are ideal in length (don’t believe me, just check the USGA’s new play it forward campaign!) for the average golfer.Read More »
Golf Channel designated June as Pace of Play Month, and our old friend Charlie Rymer worked with Matt Ginella to put together a series videos designed to help speed things up on the course. Improving pace of play isn't as difficult as it might seem. Little things can knock 15-20 minutes off a round and Charlie and Ginella have provided some entertaining examples. In keeping with the idea that speed benefits everyone, the videos are all less than a minute, and each demonstrates aRead More »
The putter is the most frequently used club in the game, accounting for roughly 40 percent of strokes taken in every round. Yet the putter is the most disposable club in the bag for most players. Golfers make sure that $400 drivers and a new set of irons fit their swing, but will pull a putter off the rack if it “feels good” and they make a couple putts on a practice green. One growing company believes the putter deserves a little more attention. Piretti Fine Putters wasRead More »
It’s easy to tell someone what to do, but we are going the opposite direction. Based on years of experience, we have a list of five golf trip don’ts that, if avoided, will improve your golf travel experience. If you fly, don’t take your clubs on the plane. Everyone has heard a golf clubs-on-an-airplane horror story. A golf-specific shipping company, such as Ship Sticks, will pick your clubs up and bring them to your destination for as little as $39 each way. If thatRead More »
In addition to playing golf in Myrtle Beach this summer, those with an appreciation for art and the game’s rich history will want to checkout the Fore! Images of Golf in Art exhibit at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. Fore! Images of Golf in Art was organized with the assistance of Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples, FL, the United States Golf Association, private collectors and regional museums. The exhibition features more than 40 works of art celebrating theRead More »
The U.S. Open, while entertaining, provided another brutally tough test. It’s the one event of the year where the most memorable shots often leave pros looking like a 20 handicapper as opposed to being covered in glory after a seemingly impossible display of skill. PGA Tour rookie Shawn Stefani, who finished 20-over par, enjoyed a memorable exception at Merion. The Texan aced the par 3 17th hole after one of the greatest bounces you will see. A great shot and aRead More »
The occasional dispute over scoring can certainly arise on the golf course, but most of us recount the strokes and come to some sort of semi-peaceful resolution. That wasn’t the case during a recent round just outside Detroit. According to a story in the New York Daily News, a former Drake University football player turned his five iron into a potentially lethal weapon: “Glenn Lott, 59, allegedly snapped his 5-iron by smashing it on a 65-year-old man's back, beforeRead More »
The 30th annual Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship is still more than two months away, but 2,600 players have already committed to play in the 72-hole, net stroke play event. The world’s largest single-site golf tournament, the World Am will be played August 26-30 on 63 of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses. Players from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries will compete for the right to be crowned world champion. The early entry price of $500, a savings of $50,Read More »
The General James Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina underwent more change in 2011 than any other Myrtle Beach golf course, and players are the unquestioned beneficiary. It was time for the 43-year-old layout, which officially changes its name from Quail Creek on November 11, to get a makeover and the changes were more than cosmetic. If you haven’t been to the course since it’s October 1 reopening , be prepared for a new experience. With that in mind, here are five thingsRead More »
The U.S. Open is golf’s most grueling test, challenging players physically and mentally. Only the strong survive and Myrtle Beach is fortunate to have had five U.S. Open winners, including the game’s greatest champion, Jack Nicklaus, design a total nine area layouts. As you are getting ready for the U.S. Open, enjoy a look at the Myrtle Beach golf courses designed by the tournament’s past champions. -- Jack Nicklaus designed two Myrtle Beach golf courses that provide aRead More »
The mercury is beginning to rise, schools are getting ready to let out, and for the 26th consecutive year, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is ready to launch its popular Summer Family Golf Tournaments series. The Summer Family Golf Tournaments allow all junior golfers, 16 years-of-age and younger, to play for free with a paying adult. Participation in a tournament costs between $40-$60 for adults with the fee including a cart and the chance to win one of many contests. As usual, some of theRead More »
The fate of the Jersey shore in the wake of Superstorm Sandy has receded from the top of newscasts and the front page of newspapers, but the rebuilding job is far from complete. While media attention has faded, Myrtle Beach hasn’t forgotten its friends in the Northeast. On Friday, June 7, the Marina Inn-Grande Dunes will host the Myrtle Beach Wine & Food Gala to raise money for the Friends of Restore the Shore Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping families,Read More »
A familiar face will be returning to the 30th annual Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship. Golf Channel star Charlie Rymer will be appearing for two nights at the World’s Largest 19th Hole. Rymer is the second Golf Channel personality to commit to the event, joining Brandel Chamblee. A former host of the Big Break and Road Trip: Myrtle Beach, Rymer is one of Golf Channel’s most prominent personalities, serving as a co-host of the network’s popular Morning DriveRead More »
Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship participants will test their games on the best golf courses Myrtle Beach has to offer. Sixty-three Grand Strand layouts will be hosting the World Am, including 12 that have been ranked among the nation’s top 100 public courses by either Golf Magazine or Golf Digest. The 30th annual tournament will be played August 26-30, 2013. Among the high profile courses hosting this year are Caledonia, Grande Dunes Resort Course, Heritage Club,Read More »
Golf’s two best players – Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy – have paid Nike’s VR_S Covert 5-wood the highest compliment. Woods and McIlroy play the standard version of the club as opposed to the Tour model, believing it produces more spin and greater trajectory. If the version of VR_S Covert 5-wood ($199) that is available in your local golf shop is good enough for Woods and McIlroy, it’s good enough for the rest of us, right? Nike touts the use of high-speedRead More »
As the home of 27 holes – on the Stewart, Cameron and MacKay nines – Thistle Golf Club offers an embarrassment of riches. The Tim Cate design is good from start to finish, regardless of which combination of nines you are playing.
Identifying the best of the best at the North Strand facility isn’t easy, but after some gnashing of teeth, head pro Gene Weldon was able to name his three favorites. Without further ado, here are Thistle’s three best holes from the perspective of its longtime head pro:
- The par 5 fourth hole on the Stewart 9 is an outstanding risk-reward challenge. The hole plays a meaty 543 yards from the tips and 515 yards from the white tees, but the opportunity for birdie or better awaits the bold. Players willing to take an aggressive line over the water that runs up the right side can turn the hole into a long par 4. But you better drive the ball 250 yards to clear the water that fills the elbow of the dogleg right.
“You can put double bogey in play pretty quickly playing that line, but if you get away with it, you have 170 yards to the green and have 2 putts for birdie,” Weldon said. “I always consider it a birdie hole if I hit a good tee shot; every once in awhile I eagle it.”
- The par 3 sixth hole on the MacKay nine is a gem. Playing 184 yards from the tips (144 from the whites), it isn’t overly long but the hole is anything but short on challenge. A large, deep bunker flanks an L-shaped green and an unseen challenge often lurks.
“It’s one of the few holes out here with a lot of trees and if you don’t pay attention, you will miss what the wind is doing,” Weldon says. “You better look up (at the tree tops) and you better pay attention. It’s a real thinking man’s hole.”
- Weldon’s favorite hole on the Cameron nine is the first golfers see when they pull onto the property at Thistle, the par 4 seventh hole. The 380-yard two-shotter is one of the course’s sternest tests. Long hitters will want to layup off the tee because anything that goes longer than 240 yards runs the risk of finding water.
“You don’t have to hit driver but you do have to hit it straight,” according to Weldon. “That’s one hole where water comes into play and then you have a two-tiered green.”
Make sure you check yardages to the pin and know which tier of the green you want to find, otherwise a very difficult putt could await.
What’s your favorite hole at the Thistle?
The annual celebrity charity golf event hosted by Hootie & the Blowfish got underway this morning, and here's an inside look at just a few of the celebrities, golfers and musicians that come together each year for a great cause! Can you name these celebrities in the comments? (refresh the page if the photo tour is slow toRead More »
On a list of the Myrtle Beach golf scene’s under-the-radar gems, Thistle Golf Club has to rank near the top. Home to 27 holes, all designed by Tim Cate, Thistle earned 4.5 stars in Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play guide and is one of the area’s best and most well maintained facilities. So what do you need to know before teeing it up on this North Strand beauty? - Thistle is the Grand Strand’s standard-bearer in encouraging a healthy pace of play. The club hasRead More »
Whether you are sweating through the dog days of summer or struggling to stay warm during a winter that won’t end, the clothing you wear can impact your enjoyment and performance on the golf course. Buoyed by 60 years in the apparel business, Oxford Golf is quickly emerging as the clothing of choice for informed consumers. Oxford offers a full clothing line, specializing in performance apparel that provides on-course comfort regardless of the conditions. “I played in 30Read More »
The mercurial Sergio Garcia has authored many memorable moments in his career, but we’ve never seen anything like the one-handed shot he hit out of a tree at the Arnold Palmer Invitational before play was suspended on Sunday. You heard that right. He hit a ball from out of a tree. Even better yet, he successfully executed it and got back into the fairway. Alas, it didn’t help much as Garcia double bogeyed the hole any way and withdrew two holesRead More »
Man O’War Golf Club is built around a 107-acre lake, has consecutive island greens, and a stretch locals refer to as Amen Corner. Identifying the three best holes at the Dan Maples layout is a matter of taste as opposed to consensus.
With that in mind, course owner Claude Pardue shared his three favorites, and they are, not surprisingly, long on water and challenges.
No. 9, 433-yard, par 4 - In the middle of a three-hole stretch Man O’War refers to as its Amen Corner, the ninth is as unique as it is challenging.
It’s an island hole, meaning it’s completely surrounded by water. The fairway is 100 yards wide, though it doesn’t appear that way from the tee which can make for a daunting tee shot.
The ninth plays into the prevailing wind and often plays like a par 5.
“It’s a beautiful hole, but in my opinion it’s the toughest hole on the course,” Pardue said.
No. 12, 423-yard, par 4 - Another substantial par 4, water runs up the right side of the 12th hole and surrounds three sides of the green. A large, fairway bunker provides a buffer between the fairway and water on the right and the distance from the regular (395 yards) and senior (367 yards) tees mitigates some of the length.
A straight tee shot is critical because the fairway narrows in the optimum landing spot 130 yards from a large green.
No. 16, 367-yard, par 4 - A shortish par 4, Man O’War presents risk-reward opportunities on the 16th. The conservative play is to take a 3-wood (or whatever you hit 220-235 yards) off the tee and find the wider part of the fairway.
It’s more challenging to make birdie from that spot, but the risk of a big number is reduced. Players with a little gambler in them can pound the ball off the tee to get closer to the green, but water on the right side becomes a factor the further your drive travels.
“You can layup, but there are huge rewards the closer you get to the green,” Pardue said. “Those are the type of holes I love.”
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Teams from 10 states are slated to compete in the 16th annual Palmetto High School Golf Championship March 28-30. A staple on the Myrtle Beach golf calendar, the Palmetto is America’s largest high school golf tournament. “The Palmetto annually attracts some of golf’s best young talent and teams,” Jeff Monday, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s tournament director, said. “The event is always an enjoyable one and it allows us introduce the next generation ofRead More »
One of the great events on the sporting calendar – the NCAA Tournament – is upon us and it happens to coincide with the busiest part of the Myrtle Beach golf season. So if you are in town, where are the best places to watch the Big Dance and monitor your progress in the office pool? The Grand Strand is home to a lot of outstanding sports bars, including Buffalo Wild Wings in Carolina Forest and Wild Wing Café at Barefoot Landing, but here are five local establishmentsRead More »
The 30th annual Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship will begin accepting entries on April 3, and tournament organizers are doing everything possible to make sure participants bring their ‘A’ game to Myrtle Beach this August. When players register for the World Am, which will be played August 26-30, they will receive a free golf lesson compliments of My Pro To Go, an instruction app created by GolfTEC—the world leader in golf improvement—and SportsRead More »
Mark Mihal found the bottom of a hole he never wants to see again, especially on a golf course. Standing in the middle of the 14th fairway at Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo, Ill., an 18-foot sinkhole gave way beneath Mihal’s feet, leaving him with a dislocated shoulder and the possibility the hole would collapse on him. “A companion called the course’s pro shop, where general manager Russ Nobbe gathered some rope and a ladder and rushed to the rescue. Mihal hadRead More »
South Carolina is one of America’s most golf rich states, and much of its bounty can be found in the Myrtle Beach area.
Golfweek magazine just released its 2013 ranking of the Best Courses: State by State, and Myrtle Beach golf courses claimed eight of the top 15 spots in the Palmetto State.
Golfweek ranked Caledonia as the third best course in the state, followed by the Dunes Club (No. 5), True Blue (No. 6), Tidewater (No. 7), TPC Myrtle Beach (No. 9), Love Course at Barefoot (No. 12), Fazio Course at Barefoot (No 14), and Grande Dunes Resort Course (No. 15).
Each of the eight courses have been ranked among America’s Top 100 public courses by either Golf Digest or Golf Magazine in recent years.
Caledonia and True Blue are sister courses, both designed by the late, great Mike Strantz. The South Strand layouts, located less than a mile apart, offer two distinct experiences. Caledonia weaves through the grounds of an old rice plantation, taking advantage of the Lowcountry’s abundant beauty, while True Blue is a modern design, featuring wide fairways, large greens and Strantz’s trademark visuals.
Dunes Club, the primary host of the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship, is the area’s most decorated course. The Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design is a consensus top 100 layout and has hosted PGA, Senior PGA and LPGA Tour events.
Tidewater is arguably the Grand Strand’s most scenic layout. With holes that play along Cherry Grove Inlet and the Intracoastal Waterway, in addition to offering views of the Atlantic Ocean, Tidewater is a stunning design.
The Love and Fazio courses anchor Barefoot Resort, one of golf’s premier four-course resorts. Davis Love III crafted his first high profile design at Barefoot and the results were spectacular, particularly the fourth through sixth holes which play around the faux ruins of an old plantation home.
The Fazio Course, as visually pleasing at it is challenging, is one of two Myrtle Beach layouts designed by Tom Fazio on the Golfweek list, joining TPC Myrtle Beach. TPC, which was recently ranked as one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest, has hosted the Senior Tour Championship as well.
Grande Dunes’ Resort Course, also a host of the PGA National Championship in 2014, has been one of the area’s most popular courses since its 2001 opening. With seven holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway, it’s an unforgettable layout.
Leopard’s Chase at Ocean Ridge Plantation was ranked the fifth best course in North Carolina. The Tim Cate design is the fourth and most popular Big Cat at Ocean Ridge Plantation.
There is no more confounding golfer in the world than Phil Mickelson. He is brilliant when he is on top of his game, but often finds himself in tricky spots. It’s one reason galleries love him. During the first round of the WGC Cadillac Championship, the Full Phil was on display on the 419-yard, 17th hole. He hit a 450-yard drive, with the aid of the cart path where his ball came to a stop. The ball stops on the cart path, you take aRead More »
The Dunes Club and Grande Dunes Resort Club will host the 47th Annual PGA Professional National Championship, June 22-25, 2014. ¨
The tournament will bring a field of 312 PGA club professionals from across the country to compete over four rounds for the Walter Hagen Cup. The top 20 finishers will receive an invitation to compete in the 96th PGA Championship in August 2014, at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.â€¨ â€¨
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome the country’s most skilled club professionals for their most prestigious annual event,” said Dunes Club PGA head professional Dennis Nicholl. “We have been fortunate to host a number of high-level professional and amateur golf tournaments in the past and are excited to serve The PGA of America.”â€¨ â€¨
The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, a 1948 masterpiece by Robert Trent Jones Sr. will be the primary host course for the event. It is has been rated among the best courses in America for decades. The Dunes Club has also hosted six Senior PGA Tour Championships, the U.S. Women’s Open, and the finals of the PGA Tour’s Q-School.
In order to prepare for the tournament in 2014, the Dunes Club will be undergoing renovations this coming summer headed up by noted architect Rees Jones, a son of Robert Trent Jones Sr.â€¨ â€¨
“Rees and his team spent two days at the club with our Greens Committee and superintendent, discussing the proposed renovations in his master plan for the course,” said Jack Bonner, president of the members of the Dunes Golf & Beach Club. â€¨ â€¨
In order to accommodate the large field for the PGA Club Professional National Championship, a second course is always used for the first two days of play. When the Championship comes to Myrtle Beach, the Grande Dunes Resort Club, which has been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest, will receive that honor. â€¨ â€¨
Instrumental to the process of securing the 2014 PGA Club Professional National Championship was National Golf Management president and PGA Professional Bob Mauragas, who was director of golf at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga. when the six-course resort and community hosted the 2008 National Championship. â€¨ â€¨
“The Myrtle Beach golf industry is one great big family and we know how to lean on each other for the good of that family,” said Mauragas. “National Golf Management is honored to participate in this great event along with The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, which will prove a terrific main host course. We are excited to have the opportunity to show off Grande Dunes Resort Club that week as well.”â€¨ â€¨
About The PGA of Americaâ€¨
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.
The 2013 Veterans Golf Classic, one of the highlights of the Myrtle Beach golf calendar, is now accepting entries.â€¨â€¨ The 14th annual event will be played May 19-22 on 12 Myrtle Beach golf courses. A two-man team event, the Veterans Golf Classic is a 54-hole, handicap tournament that is open to all current or former members of the United States Military and their friends.â€¨â€¨ The event features a different format of play each day – better ball, scramble and combined net teamRead More »
A trip to one of the best Myrtle Beach golf stores is akin to a child waking up on Christmas morning in search of Santa’s bounty. There are seemingly endless rows of golf clubs, balls, hats and apparel at discounted prices.
A survey of the merchandise doesn’t even take into account the hitting cages, simulators and lessons offered at some of the best Myrtle Beach golf stores.
With that in mind, here is a look at the best area golf retail stores:
Martin’s PGA Tour Superstore – Martin’s has two prime locations – just off 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach and another in the heart of North Myrtle Beach – and is the area’s most popular spot. The product is endless and the value is excellent.
With interactive areas for putting, chipping and swing analysis and an extensive product selection, there's nothing you can’t find at Martin’s, including a state-of-the-art simulator. Even if you have no plans to buy anything, it’s an enjoyable trip.
Golf Dimensions – The original mega Myrtle Beach golf store, Golf Dimensions has two locations – one on 501 and the other directly across from Martin’s in North Myrtle Beach – and more than 100,000 square feet of retail space.
The club selection and value is as good as any in the area, and it’s comparable to PGA Tour Superstore across the board.
Golfsmith - Golfsmith sprung from humble beginnings in 1967 when Carl Paul and his wife Barbara saw an opportunity to connect custom club-makers with the public. They are devoted not only to an impressive selection of all types of golf gear and brands, but helping golfers become better through providing instruction and access to the right information. Their location established in 2013 is near Costco and the Coastal Grande Mall.
Pawleys Island Golf – If you are staying and playing on the South Strand, Pawleys Island Golf is your shop of choice. The showroom features hitting nets, a practice putting green and a broad selection of apparel. Whether you are renting, selling or buying, Pawleys Island Golf is worth a visit.
Myrtle Beach Golf Shop – Located in what is now the Myrtle Beach mall, just north of Restaurant Row, the Myrtle Beach golf shop offers a convenient location and tremendous specials. It’s not as big the other stores on the list, but some of the deals they’ve run in the past, particularly on golf shoes, are difficult to beat.
What is your favorite Myrtle Beach golf store?
The PGA Tour has announced its opposition to the USGA and R&A’s ban on anchored putting strokes, a position that has outraged some of the game’s traditionalists. Make no mistake, the Tour, along with the PGA of America and the National Golf Course Owners Association, made the right decision in their opposition to the ban. Forms of anchoring have been around for decades and no great harm has come to the game. Nor will it going forward. If the USGA and R&ARead More »
The beauty of Myrtle Beach lies in the diversity of its offerings, but it’s helpful to have someone make a couple of recommendations if you are unfamiliar with the area. Places likes Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, and Market Common deservedly attract a lot of attention, but there are less heralded venues that also offer a great time. Here are five under-the-radar places and activities one local would recommend you visiting on your next Myrtle Beach golfRead More »
Cobra Golf is betting on bold, partnering with, among others, two of the game’s rising stars, Rickie Fowler and Lexi Thompson, and bringing more than a little color to golf bags. Cobra’s newest offering, the AMP Cell Driver, is designed to aid mid to high handicappers (there is a pro model as well), and it offers an adjustable head that comes in four, ahem, vibrant colors – orange, blue, red and white. The AMP Cell Driver features the company’s MyFlyRead More »
The Pearl recently installed new A1/A4 bentgrass greens on its highly regarded West Course, keeping the game’s premier putting surface on the 4.5-star layout.
With the new greens receiving rave reviews, we revisited the course and asked new general manager Bryan Thomas for the layout’s three best holes. As will become apparent, Thomas, ever the gambler, loves the par 5s on the West Course.
- On a layout renowned for its long par 5s, the 556-yard third hole is one of Thomas’ favorites. Playing 536 yards from the white tees, No. 3 doesn’t lack for length but long hitters can cut the corner on the dogleg right and go for the green in two.
With fairway and greenside bunkers, the hole isn’t without peril, but for Thomas this is the par 5 most likely to surrender a birdie.
“It’s one of the par 5s you can reach in two, if you play to the right side of the hole and carry the bunkers,” he said.
- The fourth longest hole on the Myrtle Beach golf scene, the par 5 16th hole isn’t reachable in two under any circumstances. At 614 yards, most players are doing well to get on in three, but length isn’t what makes No. 16 memorable.
The Calabash River runs along the right side of the hole, making it one of the most scenic holes along the North Strand. Seagulls, alligators and various other wildlife are regularly visible, and the Calabash River is as beautiful as it is daunting.
Players can only enjoy the scenery for so long before tackling the toughest hole on the back nine.
“It’s a tricky shot off the tee box because the marshland juts out a little bit from the right side, so favor the left side on your tee shot,” Thomas said. “Try to get inside the 150 marker (on your second shot), which sits up on a little bit of a hill, and you can hit down to the green that’s not very wide but it’s very long.”
- Thomas favorite hole is the par 5, 534-yard 18th, which offers the ultimate risk-reward choice. The green is reachable in two for players that draw their tee shot, leaving 200-220 yards to a green that is fronted by water.
There is little room for error.
“If you can get something up high and carry that water, you can have a pretty good attempt at eagle or a tap in birdie,” said Thomas. “It’s a risk-reward type hole, and I like to risk it a lot.”
Are you going to gamble on No. 18?
The Pearl, home to a pair of courses, has been a gem on the Myrtle Beach golf scene for 25 years, showcasing memorable views of the Calabash River and two enjoyable layouts. But every stone needs the occasional polish, and the Grand Strand’s favorite Pearl is in the midst of having its luster restored. Here are five things you need to know about the revitalization of the 36-hole facility. - If you haven’t been, the Pearl, home to the East and West courses, enjoys anRead More »
Ever been on the back nine on a hot day wondering when the cart girl was going to arrive with refreshments? If one new product has its way, golfers will no longer be at the mercy of the cart girl to quench their thirst. â€¨â€¨ Scan4beer, a smart phone app, will allow golfers to access a portable menu via a QR Code attached to a golf cart. Players can access and order any product on the menu and the cart girl can deliver the order on the course. â€¨â€¨ To make it happen, scan4beerRead More »
The 2013 PGA Merchandise Show is in the books and it was, again, an orgy of all things golf. More than 1,000 exhibitors showcased every golf product imaginable (and some that aren’t) to more than 40,000 attendees. What stood out stood out from pack? Here are five products that caught our eye for different reasons. OptiShot Simulators ($399-$4,000) – The words quality, affordable and golf simulator don’t often appear in the same sentence, but OptiShot delivers on allRead More »
The Love Course at Barefoot Resort has been among the most popular layouts on the Myrtle Beach golf scene since its opening in 2000. A creative design and superior conditions have kept players flocking to a course that has consistently been ranked among the nation’s top 100 public layouts. Before you tee it up on Davis Love’s most highly regarded course, here are five things you need to know: 1. Bring your driver and be prepared to wallop it. The fairways on the Love CourseRead More »
Davis Love III burst onto the golf course architecture scene with his design at Barefoot Resort & Golf, crafting a layout that has been ranked among the nation’s top 100 public courses by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest.
The Love Course has been hailed for its strength throughout, but certain holes stand above, creating the type of memories and challenges that make a course great. We consulted Barefoot’s head pro, Mike Ross, for his thoughts on the Love Course’s three best holes and he gladly provided us a list of the best of the best.
- The 294-yard fourth hole is the shortest par 4 on the Myrtle Beach golf scene. It’s also one of its most fun to play. With the faux ruins of an old plantation home backstopping the green, the visuals are as dramatic as a player’s choices off the tee.
The green, which is only 265 yards from the white tees, is reachable for a significant number of players. But the collection areas and bunkers will punish errant drives.
“If you are comfortable with the driver, I see nothing wrong with challenging the green,” Ross said. “It’s obviously a risk-reward hole, but I always think of it as a birdie hole.”
- The 484-yard 13th hole is an outstanding par 5. The hole is framed beautifully with water on the right and a sandy waste area meandering up the left side. The 13th has a split fairway and drives to the narrower right side offer a better shot into the green, but greater risk off the tee.
“It’s reachable but you have a big bunker on the right side guarding the green and an undulating green,” Ross says. “Two real solid golf shots will give you a chance at birdie or even eagle, but you don’t want to go wayward on either of the first two because you could make a bigger number … Your options are varied but you have to execute.”
- The fourth and 13th holes reward creativity and execution, but another Ross favorite, the 15th, favors muscle. The 228-yard par 3 plays to an elevated green and presents one of the course’s most challenging tee shots. With a waste area on the right and sand on the left, margin for error is limited.
“The only bailout room is short,” Ross said. “You have to be accurate because there is little leeway. I enjoy the challenge. The most satisfying shots are the ones you can pull off.”
Mid to high handicappers can rest a little easier because the white tees play from a less demanding 154 yards.
With Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson having already recorded dominant wins and Rory McIlroy just weeks away from making his 2013 PGA Tour debut, one of the most anticipated golf seasons in recent memory has began in earnest. Making predictions is a fool’s errand, but since when has that stopped us? Without further ado, here are five fearless forecasts for the upcoming season: 1. Rory McIlroy won’t win a major. This has the potential to be the mostRead More »
With Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson having already recorded dominant wins and Rory McIlroy just weeks away from making his 2013 PGA Tour debut, one of the most anticipated golf seasons in recent memory has began in earnest. Making predictions is a fool’s errand, but since when has that stopped us? Without further ado, here are five fearless forecasts for the upcoming season: 1. Rory McIlroy won’t win a major. This has the potential to be the mostRead More »
Annika Sorenstam won 72 LPGA events and 10 major championships due in part to her ability to avoid the slice. But Sorenstam, regarded by many as the greatest women’s golfer of all-time, was unable to avoid the painful slice of a knife in a kitchen accident earlier this year. While preparing dinner for her husband and two kids, Sorenstam took a gruesome chunk out of her finger (see below for a graphic picture that Sorenstam tweeted after she received stitches), necessitating a tripRead More »
Life is about to get a little easier for golfers in Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Spirit Airlines announced that it will be offering seasonal, non-stop service to Myrtle Beach from Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport.
The daily flights from both destinations will begin on April 25 and conclude on November 6, offering golfers in two of the game’s strongest markets an easy flight to Myrtle Beach for parts of the spring and fall golf seasons.
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The Philadelphia to Myrtle Beach flight will depart each morning at 7:25 a.m. and arrive at 9 a.m., providing time to get in 18+ holes on arrival day. The return flight will depart at 9:50 a.m. and touch down in the City of Brotherly Love at 11:25 a.m.
The BWI to Myrtle Beach flight leaves at 10:45 a.m. and arrives at 12:10 p.m., allowing time for an afternoon round as there are numerous courses within a 10-minute drive of the airport. The return flight departs at 5:20 p.m. and arrives back in the Charm City at 6:40 p.m., creating the opportunity to play 18 holes or more on getaway day.
Easy access isn’t all that Spirit is offering. In 2012, the average one-way fare from Baltimore to Myrtle Beach was $195. The average one-way ticket from Philadelphia was $155.
With Spirit offering fares to each destination for as little as $39 each way, golfers, in addition to gaining time, can also save a significant amount of money.
Spirit currently offers year-round daily nonstop service to Myrtle Beach from Atlantic City, Boston, Fort Lauderdale and New York LaGuardia, and also recently announced it has moved up the start dates for its 2013 seasonal service to/from Myrtle Beach – and just in time for the Valentine’s and President’s Day Weekend – including:
· Daily nonstop service between Myrtle Beach and Chicago O’Hare starting February 14, 2013.
· Daily nonstop service between Myrtle Beach and Detroit starting February 14, 2013.
· Three weekly nonstop flights between Myrtle Beach and the Latrobe/Pittsburgh area starting February 14, 2013, with service increasing to daily on April 25, 2013.
· Two weekly nonstop flights between Myrtle Beach and the Niagara Falls, New York/Toronto area starting February 15, 2013, with service increasing to four weekly flights on April 25, 2013.
· Two weekly nonstop flights between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, West Virginia starting March 2, 2013.
In addition, effective April 25, 2013, Spirit resumes seasonal service to/from Myrtle Beach and the Plattsburgh, New York/Montreal Area and Dallas/Fort Worth, both with three flights per week.
For our friends in cold weather locales, golf clubs have been replaced by an ice scraper in the trunk of the car and sunny skies and great golf seem to be on the wrong side of the horizon. But help is on the way. â€¨â€¨Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday begins its annual tour of the golf show circuit with a trip to the inaugural Baltimore Golf Show this weekend. The show will be held January 11-13 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md. â€¨â€¨The title sponsor of the show, MBGHRead More »
Myrtle Beach golf spokesman Dustin Johnson is expecting big things in 2013, and one tournament into the season, there is every reason to believe he is going to deliver. Johnson powered his way to a 4-shot victory at the PGA Tour’s season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, finishing the 54-hole event at 16-under par. The Plantation Course at Kapalua sets up perfectly for Johnson, allowing one of the longest hitters in the world to bomb his driver. Save for aRead More »
The days are short, the weather is nasty, and the closest you get to the course is the Golf Channel. For many golfers, the dog days come during the winter months. But all hope is not lost. Spring in Myrtle Beach is nearly upon us – with a forecast in the 70s for this weekend, it may have already arrived! - so now is the time to begin planning your trip to the Golf Capital of the World. Here are five things you have to look forward to on your spring Myrtle Beach golf trip. 1. NoRead More »
Let’s get this out of the way early: if budget is a concern, Ping’s newest set of irons aren’t for you. If performance drives your golf purchase decisions, the Anser Forged irons warrant a long look. The Anser Forged irons, which feature a Progressive Set Design, are as good as any set of forged irons on the market. The progressive design enhances club performance, allowing players to generate more loft on long irons, and less loft and more spin on shortRead More »
Ever wonder what it would be like to play a round of golf with America’s Hottest Golfer? Two lucky guys found out, winning a round with Myrtle Beach Golf Buzz host Blair O’Neal. Come along as a couple of Duluth, Minnesota residents knock it around withRead More »
The holiday season is upon us, and who doesn’t want the big guy to leave a few golf gifts under the tree? As you make final preparations for Christmas, we have five golf-related gift items that we humbly recommend for inclusion on your wish list (or that you buy for a friend). 1. With the winter months confining most golfers indoors, checkout Butch Harmon’s About Golf DVD set ($79.99). The two DVD-set includes more than four hours of content withRead More »
There are countless golf groups that make the trek to Myrtle Beach. They come in various shapes and sizes and from all walks of life. But very few of these groups turn an annual vacation into a fundraising opportunity. The members of the New Jersey Firemen’s Mutual Benevolent Association (NJFMBA) and their counterparts with the New Jersey Police Benevolent Association (PBA) aren’t normal golf groups. Firefighters always speak of the brotherhood that bonds them, regardlessRead More »
Did anyone catch the Nedbank Challenge on Golf Channel last weekend? The 16-man invitational, won by Martin Kaymer, was held at Gary Player Country Club in South Africa, a facility that sits in the shadows of the Pilanesberg Mountains. One uninvited guest helped himself to lunch just off the 13th green!! Between the brazen baboon and the announcer's accents, this isRead More »
The Spring of 2013 will bring an exciting, new event to the Myrtle Beach golf market. The inaugural Myrtle Beach Pro-Am Classic, a 4-man, team event, will be played March 3-6 on three of the Grand Strand’s best courses. Teams will consist of a professional – a member of the PGA of America, Canadian or European professionals – and three amateurs. The 54-hole tournament will feature a different format each day and teams will be flighted based on the team’s handicapRead More »
poll by twiigs.com To no one’s surprise, the USGA and R&A, golf’s two governing bodies, announced a proposed ban of anchored strokes, a decision that takes dead aim at the increasingly popular, and in some quarters controversial, act of anchoring a putter to one’s belly, chest or chin. The ban, which won’t take effect until Jan. 1, 2016, when the next edition of the Rules of Golf are published, doesn’t prohibit use of long or bellyRead More »
As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s an ideal time to reflect on the many things we have to be grateful for. Living in Myrtle Beach, we have been afforded many blessings, and here are five that top the list. 1. We are most appreciative of the 1 million golfers that annually flock to the area. Golfers have made the Grand Strand the game’s most popular destination and for that, we are remain thankful. 2. In counting your blessings, it’s best not to take things that have longRead More »
The PineHills Course was the first of Myrtlewood’s two layouts to open in 1966 and it has long been among the area’s most requested tee times. Its sister layout, the Palmetto Course, one of seven Myrtle Beach golf courses to play along the Intracoastal Waterway, opened in 1973 and together they made Myrtlewood a pioneering multi-course property. What else do you need to know before teeing it up on the PineHills Course? We have five tips will assist you on the firstRead More »
Leopard’s Chase Golf Club was the fourth Big Cat to join the pride at Ocean Ridge Plantation, but it’s first in the hearts and minds of many Myrtle Beach golfers. The layout has been regarded among the area’s best since its 2007 opening, and the course’s popularity continues to rise. Before you challenge Ocean Ridge’s most fearsome cat, here are five things you need to know. If You Like The First 3 …: Tim Cate co-designed Lion’s Paw, and he wasRead More »
Golfers are always aware of coming into contact with nature. Snakes, deer, wild turkey (not the kind that comes in a bottle) and even the occasional bear sighting are expected, but a live shark on dry land? Never heard of or dreamt it. But it happened at San Juan Hills Golf Club in California. A two-foot shark was found thrashing around on the 12th tee box (just to reemphasize, it was alive!), according the Capistrano Dispatch: The shark was discovered around 4 p.m. by anRead More »
It was only a matter of time until the Gangnam Style craze hit the golf world, and thanks to Jesper Parnevik, our wait is over. The Swede made a Gangnam Style video, supposedly as a birthday gift to a friend, and it will take its place alongside the Golf Boys in golf video infamy! Joining Parnevik in the video is Myrtle Beach golf spokesman Dustin Johnson and Frederick Jacobson. Gangnam Style may not be your favorite, but it’s great to see a different side of their personalities. WhatRead More »
Farmstead Golf Links isn’t the most high profile Myrtle Beach golf course, but it is representative of what makes the area the game’s most popular destination. A nice course, good conditions and value mean a good day for golfers and Farmstead delivers on all accounts. Before you tee it up on the Willard Byrd design, here are five things you want to know. 1. Yes, Farmstead is home to one of America’s only par 6s, the 767-yard 18th hole. Ranked among America’s 18Read More »
Farmstead Golf Links has quietly established itself as one of the most popular courses on the North end of the Myrtle Beach golf scene. The links style layout has built its reputation on the strength of smooth, fast greens and a welcoming atmosphere.
We recently asked Farmstead’s general manager and director of golf Ricky Lyons to identify the three best holes on the Willard Byrd design, and he happily obliged.
-Farmstead’s opening hole, a 420-yard par 4, offers an outstanding start. A fountain in the pond on the right side helps provide the ascetics but the fairway is very generous. Despite the length from the tips, No. 1 is very manageable from the blue (387 yards) and white tees (367 yards).
Avoid the fairway bunker and a solid start is attainable.
“It’s the second best hole on the course,” Lyons said. “It’s a beautiful hole, and it has a nice, big driving area to get you off to a good start.”
-The 547-yard, par 5 ninth is a three-shot hole. The landing area off the tee is ample but a large oak tree in the middle of the fairway forces golfers to make a decision on which way they want to go. A nice drive and second shot (typically with a long iron or fairway wood) are essential to setup a short wedge shot and give you a chance at par or better.
The ninth green is Farmstead’s smallest and it falls off on the left side, so getting it close requires a precise approach.
“It’s challenging,” Lyons said of the hole. “The third shot is intimidating because players are playing uphill to a little green.”
-Everyone’s favorite hole is the mammoth 767-yard, par 6 18th hole. One of the six longest holes in America, No. 18 tees off in South Carolina and concludes in the Tar Heel state. It is, without question, the hole people leave Farmstead talking about.
There is plenty of real estate to land the ball so players shouldn’t find much trouble off the tee. There is water that runs up the left side the last two-hundred yards, but the challenge at 18 is as much mental as physical.
“Don’t get intimidated when you get out there,” Lyons said of his favorite hole. “It’s just like a par 5, just one more shot.”
Lyons is correct but at 712 yards from the blue tees and a still meaty 679 from the whites, it’s a very long shot, certainly the longest you will face on a Myrtle Beach golf trip!
Inspired by the game’s greatest courses, World Tour offers an experience that differentiates it from the rest of the Myrtle Beach golf scene, allowing players to imagine themselves in the shoes of the game’s greatest golfers. Here are five things you need to know before teeing it up at World Tour Golf Links: 1. The 27-hole facility allows you and your group to dream. Each hole derived its inspiration from one of the game’s great layouts. From Amen Corner and RoyalRead More »
Twenty years ago, Kish Gohil would drop his son off at school and hustle to the office to meet the growing demands of his fledgling golf package company. When things got crazy, Gohil enlisted the help of family and his golf-playing neighbors, utilizing their expertise to give golfers exactly what the wanted. Whether it was Kish, his brother A.J. Gohil or a friend, the mission was the same – put together a package that maximized quality and value. That commitment, along with tirelessRead More »
Oyster Bay is an anchor layout on the North Strand of the Myrtle Beach golf scene. The Dan Maples design is one of the area’s most requested tee times, combining stunning views with outstanding architecture to lure golfers.Read More »
Oyster Bay has been a Myrtle Beach golf favorite since its 1983 opening. The Dan Maples layout is a classic that has withstood the onslaught of modern technology to test golfers while offering memorable views of the Calabash River.
We recently visited Oyster Bay and asked head pro Tim Jackson to provide us his list of the venerable course’s three best holes.
- Oyster Bay’s par 5 ninth hole is a classic three-shotter, one of the best on the Myrtle Beach golf scene. Playing 560 yards from the tips with the marshy waters of the Calabash River running from tee to green on the left and out of bounds on the right, it presents a daunting challenge.
Did we mention the green is only 29 yards deep and 25 yards wide? The ninth hole is scenic, but the risk of posting a big number is very real.
“Play it pretty cautious,” Jackson says. “It’s an (outstanding) par 5.”
- The 15th hole is the first of two island greens par 3s at Oyster Bay. Playing 210 yards from the tips, the wind is a significant factor in how the hole plays. The prevailing wind typically comes off the nearby Atlantic Ocean and can make hitting the green significantly more difficult.
Jackson’s tip: Favor the left side of the green where there is some bailout room.
- The short, island green 17th hole is Oyster Bay’s signature hole. Lined by the course’s trademark oyster shells, the tiny green is only 165 yards from the back tees. The hole is enclosed by trees so it’s not as vulnerable to the coastal winds as No. 15, but that hardly softens the challenge. Make a club selection, trust your swing, and hit it close.
What is your favorite hole at Oyster Bay, a Myrtle Beach golf classic?
The 2012 Ryder Cup is expected to be a genial affair, relatively speaking, with much of the simmering animosity that helped grow public interest in the matches having subsided. Admit it, come Ryder Cup week a little personal animus goes a long ways! With that in mind, we look back at five of the most contentious rivalries and pressurized moments in recent Cup history. 1. Seve Ballesteros vs. Paul Azinger: The late, great Spaniard and Zinger waged a battle that was as personal asRead More »
Heathland has been a Myrtle Beach golf favorite since its 1990 opening, wowing players with its playability and beauty. Before you tee it up on one of the only true links style courses in the area, here are five things you need to know. 1. Tom Doak has grown into one the game’s preeminent architects and he launched his career with the design of Heathland. The course was Doak’s introduction to the golf world and it was a spectacular one. 2. Heathland isn’t a true,Read More »
Heathland at Legends Resort is one of the only links style courses on the Myrtle Beach golf scene. The sprawling fairways and expansive greens associated with links golf have helped make it one of the area’s most popular layouts.
We asked Legends head pro, Matt Biddington, to identify the Heathland’s three best holes, and after much deliberation – he really struggled with leaving No. 18 out – he delivered a list that’s hard to argue with.
- If there is a surprise inclusion on Biddington’s list, it’s the 359-yard fourth hole. The short par 4 is a dogleg left, opening up the possibility that long hitters can drive the green with a tailwind, but it’s a risk-reward choice. Tall heather grass lines the right side of the fairway, and a green that slopes from left to right and front to back raise the stakes.
Avoid the greenside bunkers on the left at all costs.
“Even if you put a drive out there that is 60 yards out, it’s not an easy 60 yards,” Biddington said. “It’s just an interesting hole.”
- The par 5 13th hole is dozy. A creek runs up the right side before intersecting the fairway 180 to 200 yards from the hole. The green isn’t reachable in two, so golfers have to make a crucial decision on their second.
“Do you want to layup on the left side of the fairway or do you want to try and get over the creek on the right side,” said Biddington. “It’s my absolute favorite (hole).”
The angle coming in is better from the right and it offers a chance to get closer to the green, but your risk of drowning a ball is much greater.
On your next Myrtle Beach golf trip, you can make the decision
- The longest par 4 on the course, No. 16 has a split fairway that is divided by a creek. The right fairway is the preferred route as the hole plays straight. A massive fairway bunker that is walled by 10-15 foot long railroad ties sits in the middle of the fairway 40 yards short of the green.
The bunker creates the illusion of being green-side, adding to the challenge of the hole.
“It’s one of the holes you can’t just hit it anywhere (off the tee),” according to Biddington. “I think it’s more aesthetically pleasing than (visually) daunting.”
Regardless of how it looks, it’s the hardest hole on the back nine.
What is your favorite hole at Heathland, a Myrtle Beach golf favorite?
The Myrtle Beach 9-11 Unity Memorial, featuring a piece of ribbon beam from the fallen North Tower of the World Trade Center, was unveiled during a moving ceremony Tuesday evening at Broadway at the Beach. The ceremony, which was part of the annual friends of the Unity Memorial and the Chicora District of the Pee Dee Area Council, BSA event, included Kevin O’Brien, a retired FDNY firefighter who was at Ground Zero on 9-11, and Theresa Regan, whose husband, a firefighter, died tryingRead More »
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer are partnering to raise money to cover the cost of the Myrtle Beach 9-11 Unity Memorial, a shrine that will feature a piece of steel ribbon beam from the North Tower of the fallen World Trade Center. The Memorial, which will be located on the 29th Avenue side of Broadway at the Beach, will be unveiled during a public ceremony on September 11, 2012. To make a tax deductible donation, please go toRead More »
The Connors brothers – Chuck, George and Dave – were dispersed across the globe and took up golf at different points in their lives. By the mid-1990s each had been bitten by the golf bug and was playing on a regular basis, but they had never taken a trip together. The World Am changed that. Chuck Connors was working for a government contractor in Wiesbaden, Germany when George, who had been playing in the World Am since 1989, made what proved to be a life alteringRead More »
Kevin Jones’ World Am experience didn’t start with a recommendation from a friend, an email or a magazine advertisement. The Stafford, Va., resident earned free entry into the 2010 tournament through his local amateur tour and has been hooked ever since. “I came here and saw this is probably the most fun I’ve had playing golf my entire life, and I had to come back,” Jones said Saturday morning at registration. “There are 3,000 golfers and everybody hereRead More »
Market Common has grown into one of the area’s most popular destinations for Myrtle Beach golfers, its combination of outstanding dining and nightlife proving a powerful lure. One of the town center-like development’s anchor establishments is Tommy Bahama, a company more immediately recognizable for the quality of its clothing. But the accompanying restaurant at Market Common is one of the area’s best. In this installment of the Myrtle Beach Golf Buzz, host BlairRead More »
Rees Jones has worked on courses that have hosted multiple U.S. Opens, Ryder Cups and PGA Championships, so he has crafted many quality layouts, including his work on the Jones Course at Sea Trail Plantation.
We assigned Sea Trail’s head pro, Eddie Pratt, the difficult task of identifying Jones’ best work at Sea Trail, and Pratt, after much thought, provided us the three best holes on the Jones Course, one of two Myrtle Beach golf courses he has designed.
1. Jones wasted little time in providing the type of straight-forward challenge that defines the course. The 445-yard first hole is a meaty test. A long drive is crucial to setup an approach into a green that is flanked by a pair of bunkers and isn’t exceptionally large.
“You have plenty of room, so take the driver out and hit it,” Pratt said.
2. The signature hole on the Jones Course, No. 5 is a 178-yard par 3 that is all carry over water. The hole isn’t that difficult from the white tees – 155 yards – but it can be daunting.
“You see so much more of the water because you are looking down the hill,” Pratt said. “It’s not difficult but it is intimidating. Just make sure you have enough club.”
3. A dogleg right, No. 8 is a great risk-reward par 5, the type of hole that could decide a match on your next Myrtle Beach golf trip. It’s not a long hole – 500 yards from the tips – but a lake cuts in front of the green, so anyone attempting to go for the green in two will have to carry the ball the entire way.
If you play the hole conventionally and avoid the fairway bunkers off the tee, a relatively short approach over the water and a possible par should await.
The Jones Course, a Myrtle Beach golf favorite since opening in 1989, is one of three courses at Sea Trail.
The #1 reason people come to play golf Myrtle Beach is because a friend told them to go. Why? With over 100 courses along "The Grand Strand," you can create any kind of golf vacation you want. Low handicappers can hone their skills on some of the nation's Top 100 Golf Courses You Can Play, casual golfers can enjoy championship golf courses that are playable, but stress-free, and it's all tied together with beautiful beaches, restaurants and nightlife. The Myrtle BeachRead More »
Basketball legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving, baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan and former football star Ed “Too Tall” Jones are among the athletes and entertainers enjoying the Myrtle Beach golf experience as part of this weekend’s Know Your Score: Fight Prostate Cancer Celebrity Golf Tournament. The fourth annual event will be played Saturday, August 18 at Pawleys Plantation, a Jack Nicklaus design that is among the area’s most scenic layouts. AllRead More »
The competition at the World Amateur Handicap Championship has always set the event apart, but it’s not just 72 holes of net, stroke play that makes the tournament unique. The World Am, like golf at the highest of professional levels, is truly an international event. More than 3,000 people from all 50 American states will be joined by players from 25 foreign countries this year, including, for the first time, participants from China. The opportunity for players to test their gamesRead More »
Rory McIlroy routing the field at the PGA Championship wasn't the only lopsided fight of the weekend. A CBS camera caught a clash between an alligator and a fairly large snake on the Ocean Course. Things didn't end well for what appears to be a water moccasin. What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen on a golfRead More »
Cell phones are omnipresent for most of us. They provide access to email, the internet and apps that do everything from providing directions to recipes. In recent years, golf GPS apps have risen to prominence, replacing the need for a laser range finder for many players. With an abundance of options on the market, which GPS app is best for your next Myrtle Beach golf trip? GolfLogix ($19.99 annual fee) and GolfShot ($29.99 one-time fee) are the most popular on the market, but a relativeRead More »
Market Common is a trendy urban shopping district, and it tastes like one too. Featuring some of the Grand Strand's best dining, Market Common is a great place to go for a night out on your next Myrtle Beach golf trip. Here are five restaurants in Market Common where you can't go wrong: * Divine Prime is Market Common’s answer to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and New York Prime, featuring an extensive selection of Grade A Prime cuts of meat and fresh seafood. If youRead More »
Dan Maples has publicly declared Willbrook Plantation one of his finest works, and a round at the South Strand gem will leave little doubt as to why. Willbrook challenges golfers with a strong design and charms them with an unforgettable lowcountry setting.
Identifying the cream of the crop at the 4.5-star course, a long-time favorite of Myrtle Beach golf insiders, isn’t easy, but we ask head pro Kevin McGuire to provide a look at the layout’s three best holes and he obliged.
• Lee Trevino, who once played Willbrook, called the 428-yard first hole one of the toughest opening holes he’s ever played. A dogleg right, players need to stay to the left-center of the fairway but that brings water into play.
The hole plays longer than it appears, which contributes to the challenge. A 230-yard drive from the white tees will leave a 170-yard approach, so make sure you are ready to stripe the ball from the outset.
• The par 4, fifth hole is one of the course’s prettiest and it’s surrounded by water. Players have to carry water off the green and on the approach, though neither carry is taxing from a distance standpoint. With remnants of an old plantation home on the left and an abundance of alligators typically in the water or around the green, this 383-yard hole is one you won’t forget.
• Willbrook’s home hole is a Myrtle Beach golf beauty. The 535-yard, par 5 18th hole is a dogleg right that offers a substantial risk-reward challenge. Players can try and cut the dogleg in hopes of getting home in two, but doing so means flirting with out of bounds on the right.
Played conservatively, assuming a good tee shot, par is very attainable, but if you get greedy, trouble awaits.
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Set amidst sprawling oak trees draped in Spanish moss and abundant wildlife, Willbrook Plantation provides a quality round of golf with the ambiance to match.Read More »
Golfer on golfer violence has reared its ugly head in California, and slow play is again at the heart of the problem. The alleged perpetrator of the latest, alleged on-course assault is, of all things, an educator! According to a story in the Sacramento (Ca.) Bee, Robert E. Rappleye Jr., 61, an assistant principal at Galt High School, was arrested and charged with suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. “On July 13, Rappleye, an Elk Grove resident, and others went golfing atRead More »
Ernie Els’ win at the British Open (and Adam Scott’s near miss) has again focused attention on an issue bubbling just beneath the surface for golf’s ruling bodies – the use and anchoring of long putters. Three of the last four major winners – Els, Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson – have used belly putters and there has been much debate about whether they should be legal. Els himself has said using a belly putter is tantamount to cheating, Tiger WoodsRead More »
The on-stage entertainment for the 29th annual Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship is beginning to take shape, and a pair of personalities with national profiles will be among this year’s guests. Golf Channel analyst Charlie Rymer is returning to the World’s Largest 19th Hole, and he will be joined by Blair O’Neal, a Cobra-Puma staff player who has been called America’s hottest golfer. O’Neal, who plays on the Symetra Tour, is also the host of theRead More »
Myrtle Beach’s most revered golf course has received one of the area’s most prestigious honors. The Dunes Golf & Beach Club has been named the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association’s 2012 Course of the Year. The MBAGCOA evaluates Golf Course of the Year nominees on four criteria: exceptional quality of the golf course, exceptional quality of the ownership and management, outstanding contribution to the community, and significant contribution to the game.Read More »
Barefoot Landing has long been known as one of the prime entertainment centers on the Myrtle Beach golf scene, but the restaurant lineup is also drawing crowds these days. Several new eateries have opened at Barefoot in recent years. Here are five that won't let you down: * Fire Island Grille: Experience a taste of the islands on your next Myrtle Beach golf trip at this tiki-hut structure that serves unique dishes in a tropical setting. The atmosphere is casual, with flame-litRead More »
ESPN The Magazine’s always anticipated Body Issue is getting ready to hit newsstands and the world of golf is, again, well represented. Swedish star Suzann Pettersen appears nude in the 2012 edition of the Body Issue and she doesn’t disappoint.
Pettersen, the sixth ranked player in the world, is one the LPGA Tour’s fittest players, working out two hours a day, six days a week, and her 5-foot-9, 150-pound frame is a testament to her work.
So was Pettersen, who is used to performing in front of large galleries, apprehensive about photographed for the world to see?
"A lot of the best athletes in the world have done it, and I thought it was great to be asked. I thought about it, being naked and all, but I never really considered not doing it," Pettersen told USA Today. "I just had to make sure that I was comfortable in doing it. It's as natural as it gets. It's health at its peak.”
Golfers aren’t new to the pages of the Body Issue. LPGA Tour players Belen Mozo, Sandra Gal, Christina Kim and Anna Grezebien have also been featured in the buff. Camilo Villegas is the only male golfer to grace the magazine in his birthday suit.
Pettersen, a 14-time winner worldwide, won the 2007 McDonald’s LPGA Championship for her only professional major to date. She has two top 10 finishes in majors this year, including a seventh place effort at last week’s U.S. Women’s Open.
There is always gnashing of teeth about women posing for these types of photos, but Pettersen is one of 27 athletes, male and female, that appear in the magazine. The pictures are tastefully done and will raise Pettersen’s Q-Rating and the LPGA’s, making it a win-win situation for everyone.
Once golfers visit Myrtle Beach, they tend to come back. In fact, if you ask someone how they ended up choosing Myrtle Beach for their golf vacation, the #1 answer is "A friend recommended it." That speaks to the variety of experiences available here, and the value you get for every dollar spent on your golf trip. We received this actual golfer testimonial the other day, and it seems to illustrate this point, albeit in a brutally honest way! Anyway, we found it soRead More »
The putter is the most oft-used club in the bag. It’s also the most discarded. Players don’t typically blame their driver for problems on the tee but will rid themselves of a putter like yesterday’s newspaper. Yes! Golf began giving its putters female names years ago, and one of its newest offerings, the “Callie,” has been hailed by the experts, earning a Gold Medal from Golf Digest’s 2012 Hot List panel. Formerly a stand-alone putter company, Yes!Read More »
Beach chairs and sunscreen take center stage in Myrtle Beach during the summer months, but don’t make the mistake of leaving your clubs at home if you are taking a family trip to Grand Strand. The summer season is an ideal time to play golf in Myrtle Beach. Courses are in great shape and premium tee times are available, so here are five things you need to know about teeing it up along the Grand Strand during the summer months. 1. Great golf at a great price has always been at theRead More »
A Myrtle Beach golf institution is poised to begin its 25th season. The ever popular Summer Family Golf Tournaments will resume Tuesday, July 3 at Heather Glen Golf Links. The Summer Family Tournaments are open anyone, with an emphasis on attracting families that flock to the area for a summer beach vacation to the golf course. Kids play free at the events and the captain’s choice format is perfect for introducing newcomers to the game. Each Summer Family event includes threeRead More »
Father’s Day is in the rearview mirror, but the ultimate father-son event is on the Myrtle Beach golf community’s immediate horizon. The 15th annual Father-Son Team Classic, open to any father-son type relationships, including grandfather-son, stepson-father and son-in-law or (uncle)-nephew, will take place in Myrtle Beach July 19-21. At the heart of the 54-hole event is the time fathers and sons spend together. For some, the tournament reinforces already strong bonds, butRead More »
The secret to the popularity of SouthCreek at Myrtle Beach National is its playability. Golfers like to be challenged but with the assurance that success is attainable if they play well and SouthCreek delivers on that account.
Whether you are a scratch golfer or a 25-handicap making your first Myrtle Beach golf trip, SouthCreek challenges players while still offering the chance to score.
We asked the Michael Burnside, the boss man at Myrtle Beach National, to identify SouthCreek’s three best holes, and he obliged with the expected mixture of challenge and playability.
1. Fun is the name of the game at 475-yard, par 5 6th hole. The hole is straight and a good tee shot will position you for a possible eagle putt.
“No matter if you are a blue tee player, a white tee player or gold or red, it’s nice to have the opportunity to go for the green in two,” Burnside said.
Players that avoid the bunker and mounding on the right side of the fairway will have a realistic shot at birdie.
2. The hardest hole on the course is the 532-yard 10th hole, and it’s a par 5 that isn’t reachable in two. A nearly 90-degree, dogleg right, a huge lake runs along the right side from tee to green (reminiscent of the famed 13th hole at the Dunes Club) and dares players to flirt with the water and waste bunker that lurk.
Players should be content to place their second shot 125 to 150 yards from the green, setting up the opportunity for a green in regulation and a possible par. Getting greedy isn’t a smart play.
“It’s a true three-shot hole, unless you are a bomber and you want to cut it off around the water,” Burnside said. “There aren’t many (capable of that).”
3. SouthCreek’s closing hole offers a completely different challenge. At 380 yards from the tips, the 18th hole isn't long but it’s a dogleg left with mounding in the fairway and the clubhouse frames the hole, adding to its visual appeal.
“A little draw (on the drive) would be good,” Burnside said. “You can have anywhere from a sand wedge to a 7 or 8 iron in. The green is protected in front by a bulkhead bunker that is fairly deep. It’s a good finishing hole.”
King’s North, which has been ranked among the 100 Greatest Public Courses in America, is the standard-bearer at Myrtle Beach National, a three-course facility that is one of the Grand Strand’s flagship properties. But SouthCreek and the West Course are 4-star layouts in their own right. Before you next tee it up at Myrtle Beach National (MBN), here are five reasons you don’t want to overlook the player-friendly SouthCreek Course. 1. King’s North grabs theRead More »
The first half of the year has produced numerous memorable finishes on the PGA Tour and storylines are aplenty entering this week’s U.S. Open. Will Jason Dufner continue his hot play? Is Tiger Woods back? Will Luke Donald or Lee Westwood win their first major? The list goes on. As you prepare to watch the Open, which will finish in prime time (woo-hoo!), here are five things to keep in mind: 1. If you like watching the best players in the world get their comeuppance,Read More »
Father’s Day and golf are synonymous (or at least they should be). What better place to spend time with Dad than on the course and who among us doesn’t want to introduce our children to the game? With that in mind, we offer up five Father’s Day golf gift ideas (not inlcuding the ultimate prize – a Myrtle Beach golf trip for you and Pops!): 1. If your Dad has embraced technology get him a GPS app that runs through his smart phone. The GolfShot: Golf GPS is $29.99Read More »
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday has entered into a marketing partnership with Oxford Golf bringing one of the game’s leading apparel companies to the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach, Aug. 27 – 31. As part of the partnership, every participant of the 29th annual event will receive a tournament-logoed Oxford Golf shirt. Oxford Golf will have the opportunity to sell merchandise on-site in the vendor pavilion, and provide promotional items to participants andRead More »
There are magic numbers in sports, milestones that represent accomplishments that seem almost unattainable. Wilt Chamberlin scored 100 points in a basketball game, Pete Rose had 4,256 hits, and Joe DiMaggio had a 56-game hitting streak. For golf that number has long been 59. Several players have reached it in recent years, including a 58 in a Japan Golf Tour event, but it has remained the game’s holy grail of scoring. The idea of going much lower, unless of course you have the giftsRead More »
Looking for something with a little kick after chasing the little white ball around on your next Myrtle Beach golf trip? Whether you want to spice it up for lunch and dinner or chill out with frozen margaritas, Myrtle Beach has your taste buds covered if its Mexican fare you crave. The typical momasita-and-pop shops can be found up and down the Strand, but a handful of cantina stand out above the crowd for featuring creative dishes and an extra slice of nightlife. Here's our topRead More »
Myrtle Beach city and tourism officials broke ground on the construction of the Myrtle Beach 9-11 Memorial Monday evening at Broadway at the Beach. The centerpiece of the exhibit will be a ribbon beam from the fallen North Tower of the World Trade Center that FDNY firefighters gave to Myrtle Beach tourism officials. The Myrtle Beach 9-11 Memorial will display the ribbon beam and a 9-11 timeline in a circular shrine flanked by three American flags. Construction of the memorial will beRead More »
One of the most popular events on the Myrtle Beach golf calendar is upon us. The 13th annual Veterans Golf Classic will be played May 21-23 and golfers from 33 states will descend on the Grand Strand to participate in a tournament that honors men and women who have sacrificed so much for their country. A two-man team event, the Veterans Golf Classic is a 54-hole, handicap event that is open to all current or former members of the United States Military and their friends. “TheRead More »
Myrtle Beach Golf Buzz host Blair O’Neal took her first trip to the Dunes Club, the Grand Strand’s most revered course. O’Neal sat down with Dunes Club head pro Dennis Nicholl to get an inside look at a layout that is ranked among America’s top 100 public courses by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. From the famed 13th hole to the Dunes Club’s rich history – the course has hosted the U.S. Women’s Open, six Senior PGA Tour Championships, and theRead More »
The second annual Fallen Angels Charity Golf Tournament will be played May 24-25 on the Fazio and Love courses at Barefoot Resort & Golf. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Air Medical Memorial, a 501 © (3) non-profit that honors heroes who have lost their lives or were injured in air medical transport accidents. The Air Medical Memorial assists accident survivors in rebuilding their lives, promotes air medical transport safety, and is building the Air Medical MemorialRead More »
The Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship is the most unique and popular participatory event of its kind. Golfers from across the globe annually make the trek to Myrtle Beach for the opportunity to compete under PGA Tour-like conditions, and 2012 will be no different. The 29th edition of the World Am will be played August 27-31 and more than 2,300 golfers from 48 states and 20 foreign countries have already signed up for the tournament. Twice as big as any other event of itsRead More »
Nearly everyone associated with the game of golf will acknowledge the need to confront slow play, but Jacksonville, Fl., resident James Alonzo Hines (allegedly) took things a little too far. Hines became enraged at what he perceived to be slow play by a group that was enjoying a bachelor party and things got ugly. After informing the slow-playing offenders that he was a regular at the course and, ahem, encouraging them to “respect their elders,” Hines tookRead More »
The introduction of Titleist’s Pro V1 and other similar balls more than a decade ago changed the game at the professional level. Driving distance skyrocketed, rendering many classic golf courses helpless in the wake of the super-charged balls. Talking heads continue to fret about the impact of distance on the game. Meanwhile, most of us couldn’t hit a 300-yard drive with the benefit of the roll an airport runway provides. So what’s the average mid to highRead More »
The Members Club at Grande Dunes has been one of the most sought after Myrtle Beach golf tee times since the course opened in 2005. For much of its young life, the Members Club was exclusively private but it’s now open to some public play for visitors on a golf package. As a result, the seven-year-old layout is brand new to the vast majority of Myrtle Beach golfers. With that in mind, we present five things you need to know about the Nick Price design. 1. The course was designedRead More »
Dave Genevro, General Manager of Barefoot Resort talks about the layout, and how it stacks up against other courses. "The course is a Pete Dye design. Known, of the four courses on site, probably as one of the toughest courses," says Genevro. It's definitely a course that you have to play more than once to appreciate. A lot of people who play it for the first time, they think it's too difficult. But it just comes out to finding out a lot of times where you don't wantRead More »
Matthew Killen, a senior golfer at Newberry (S.C.) College, has always dreamed of playing his favorite sport professionally. The native of England got a small taste of life as pro in the Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am in North Myrtle Beach. As the winner of a nationwide contest to play in the 18th annual tournament with Myrtle Beach golf buzz host Blair O'Neal, Killen found himself front and center among some of the biggest names in the star-studded event. "IRead More »
The Heathland Course at Legends Resort is smack in the middle of Myrtle Beach, but it’s easy to see why visitors have visions of the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Heathland, a Myrtle Beach golf favorite, is one of three very different courses at Legends Resort off Highway 501. The course opened in 1991 with a links feel, including miles of panoramic views, taxing winds, pot bunkers and tall, wiry heather grass interspersed throughout this 6,800-yard layout. The ``oldRead More »
The Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am brings more than a raucous tournament to the Myrtle Beach golf scene. There are a host of auxiliary events that also offer a good time and benefit a great cause. One of the best is the 4th annual Javier and Friends Dinner & Concert. Anchored by Javier Colon, winner of the popular NBC reality show “The Voice,” the concert allows friends and fans an up-close look at one of the music industry’s mostRead More »
Ocean Ridge Plantation, one of the premier multicourse facilities on the Myrtle Beach golf scene, is famously home to the Big Cats – Lion’s Paw, Panther’s Run, Tiger’s Eye and Leopard’s Chase. The first kitty in the litter was Lion’s Paw, and we have five things you need to know before teeing it up on North Strand favorite.Read More »
Nestled amongst abundant Live Oak Trees, Wedgefield Plantation has served golfers since its 1972 opening. The layout hasn’t received the attention of many of its fellow Myrtle Beach golf courses, but it’s rich with history and value. If you’ve never played Wedgefield, we have five things you need to know before teeing it up on the Porter Gibson/Bob Toski design: 1. Wedgefield plays to the natural contours of the land and, as a result, the front and back nines offerRead More »
The spring golf season is upon us, and the market is flooded with new equipment to accompany you on your next Myrtle Beach golf trip. TaylorMade continues to be the hottest brand in the driver business, led by the release of its RocketBallz (RBZ) driver. Like the original R11 and the upgraded R11S, the RocketBallz driver has a white crown and has attracted a surplus of attention. The RBZ line includes a Tour model, something that benefits everyone because the needs of a 2-handicap and aRead More »
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday runs the 3,000+ person Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship, so we have experienced the joys of enforcing a rigorous handicap system. We’ve been threatened with litigation on numerous occasions, but no one has ever taken it as far as Irishman Thomas Talbot, who is suing Hermitage Golf Club for 10 million pounds for lowering his handicap 7.7 strokes between 1999 and 2004. The lawsuit, filed against the Dublin based club in 2006, is coming to aRead More »
Wedgefield Plantation is a classically designed course on the southern edge of the Myrtle Beach golf scene. The Porter Gibson/Bob Toski layout showcases hundreds of Live Oak Trees and backs up to the Black River, providing Lowcountry scenery traveling golfers appreciate.
Wedgefield flies under the radar for many Myrtle Beach golfers, but we consulted with director of golf operations Wade Marlowe to help familiarize players with the Georgetown layout. Here is a look at the course’s three best holes and how you can conquer each:
1. The 416-yard 9th hole is a dogleg left that provides players a chance to close the opening nine in style. The hole plays slightly down hill off the tee and players that hug the left side will shorten what can be a meaty approach. The key to success is simple:
“It’s imperative that you get the tee ball in the fairway,” Marlowe says.
With an approach that forces a carry over a pond, playing from the short grass makes the hole significantly easier.
2. The 418-yard 14th is Wedgefield’s signature hole. This testy two-shotter requires players to carry a lake off the tee and on an approach to a green flanked by bunkers.
“It’s important to put the tee ball in the right place and even still you have a long iron left to the green,” Marlowe said. “It’s a challenge.”
A well-placed 200-yard drive is ideal, but a ball that is hooked will flirt with the water while a slice makes an already substantial approach even more challenging.
3. The par 5 17th hole isn’t overly long – 482 yards from the tips – and gives players a real shot at birdie, but with the Black River as a backdrop, trouble lurks. The green is reachable in two, but the fairway bottlenecks, surrounded by marshland, so players that miss off the tee will be forced to layup in tight space.
The play on 17 is to get the ball in the fairway off the tee and swing away, allowing you to fly the bottlenecked portion of the fairway in search of the green.
It's the type of hole that settles bets on a Myrtle Beach golf trip.
Taking a Myrtle Beach golf trip involves making the most of your time, and that includes the occasional late night meal. Whether your flight arrives or departs at odd hours or you are an early bird or night owl on the prowl for food, there are plenty of places where you can chow down at all hours of the night. Here are my top 5: 5. The Huddle House in North Myrtle Beach’s motto says it all: Any Meal, Any Time. The place is best known for its breakfast, but serves three squares allRead More »
Shaftesbury Glen opened its generous fairways nearly 11 years ago. The course quickly became a Myrtle Beach golf favorite, earning course of the year honors; while Golf World readers voted the facility one of America’s Top 50 Golf Resorts. While Shaftesbury Glen has compiled an impressive resume, we have five insights – beyond the quality of the course – that will help you prior to striking your first tee shot at Shaftesbury. 1. The inspiration for ShaftesburyRead More »
Did you know Myrtle Beach features two courses designed by Jack Nicklaus? We're lucky enough to have The Long Bay Club on the North side, and Pawleys Plantation Golf Club on the south. If you're interested in playing them, either contact them directly, or ask your golf director to include them in your Myrtle Beach golf package. Have you played either of these Jack Nicklaus designs? Please share your experience with other Mytrtle Beach golfers in the commentsRead More »
The soothing tranquility and serene nature that run through Meadowlands Golf Club emulate the lifestyle associated with its Calabash, N.C., home. Meadowlands Golf Club is home to a 7,054-yard course – from the challenging Raven tees – built by architect Willard Byrd in 1997. High-handicappers need not worry as the course, much like its staff, is friendly to all guests. Meadowlands’ design integrates five different teeing areas for all skill levels, as well as large greensRead More »
Set in the quiet Ocean Forest residential neighborhood, Island Vista is truly like staying on an island, because of the absence of oceanfront development in either direction. Guests feel like they have the beach to themselves on a Myrtle Beach golf trip. After undergoing recent renovations that upgraded the hotel to luxury resort status, Island Vista offers excellent accommodations for parties of any size. Large indoor/outdoor pools, hot tubs, a lazy river and an exercise room give guestsRead More »
When it comes time to tee it up with your buddies on a Myrtle Beach golf trip, everyone is looking for an advantage. Sometimes an edge comes in the form of a space age driver or the confidence derived from a new putter.An advantage can also be gained from something as simple as the type of tee one plays; at least that’s what the folks at Tornado Tee say. The Tornado Tee is an adjustable height product that provides maximum energy transfer from the club head to the golf ball, which in turnRead More »
Long Bay Resort offers luxurious oceanfront accommodations in Myrtle Beach proper, providing a nice combination of relaxation and activity within close proximity.With its own restaurants and other amenities on-site, including a large indoor/outdoor pool deck that's open year-round, it's possible to have a great time without ever leaving the resort. But with so much occurring only a few blocks away, you will want to explore the area on your Myrtle Beach golf trip.Here's a list of fun things toRead More »
The Winds Resort offers an escape to paradise in scenic Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., which is a short drive from Myrtle Beach.With accommodations ranging from hotel-style suites to 4- to 6-bedroom houses, The Winds Resort is a perfect home for a Myrtle Beach golf trip. The property also offers amenities such as full dining facilities and a tiki bar by a large pool deck.While there is much to do off the course, there's plenty of external activity surrounding this North Strand enclave. Here's a lookRead More »
The game’s leading manufacturers and 42,000 golf pros from across the globe gathered for the 59th annual PGA Merchandise Show last week. Jack, The Shark, Annika and Trevino were among the luminaries that prowled 10 miles of aisles at the Orange County Convention Center (there were more than 1,000 businesses at the event). Nearly every significant name in the game was as at the show, previewing equipment and apparel they would like you take on your next Myrtle Beach golf trip. WeRead More »
There’s a new “must do” on your Myrtle Beach golf trip – the Market Common complex on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.Once a vacant reminder of the Air Force’s half-century presence on the Grand Strand, the old base has been transformed into a city landscape filled with shopping, dining and entertainment.Whether your Myrtle Beach golf group is looking for a night of fine dining or a place that is as famous as its drinks as its food, Market Common has youRead More »
True Southern charm and hospitality await if your next Myrtle Beach golf trip takes you to Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort in Pawleys Island, which is just a short drive but a world away from the bright lights of Myrtle Beach. Located in a lovely lowcountry setting, Litchfield Beach features first-class accommodations that can fit any sized party's needs, offering suites, villas, condos and even houses. Enjoy all the creature comforts of home, along with special amenities youRead More »
Ocean Creek Resort in North Myrtle Beach is a 57-acre paradise for individuals looking to get away from it all; but, it's also located in the heart of one of the Grand Strand's most active scenes for those who want to explore. Featuring fine accommodations that range from hotel-style suites to villas and beach homes and offering such amenities as a large pool deck, game room, tennis and other activities, it’s a perfect base for a Myrtle Beach golf trip. While Ocean CreekRead More »
This is the time of year when cabin fever begins to set in for many of our friends in cold weather locales. Golf clubs have been replaced by an ice scraper in the trunk of the car and sunny skies, fast greens and great golf seem to be on the wrong side of the horizon.If you live in the northern New Jersey/New York City metro area, help is on the way. Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday begins its annual tour of the golf show circuit with a trip to the New Jersey Golf Show this weekend. The show will beRead More »
Accommodations on a Myrtle Beach golf getaway don’t get much better than a stay at Kingston Plantation, which is an island to itself amid a sea of some of the Grand Strand's best layouts. With a wide range of accommodations to suit your needs and top-notch amenities that include its own water park and other recreational facilities, as well as four on-site restaurants and grills and three bars, one could spend a week at Kingston Plantation without leaving. But with some of theRead More »
A Myrtle Beach golf trip is all about fun, on and off the course, and several establishments around town cater to a group’s desire for games on and off the course. If the competition on your next Myrtle Beach golf trip extends beyond the course, here are the five best places to settle a score. 5. Ron Jon’s Beer and Burgers in Myrtle Beach offers excellent food and fun. Featuring multiple pool tables and other classic bar games, Ron Jon’s keeps the good times rolling.Read More »
If you are in town for a Myrtle Beach golf trip, classic rock, a man named Happy and a parade of magicians top the list of off-course activities this weekend.With another mild week ahead, playing 36 holes on your favorite Myrtle Beach golf course(s) should be followed by live entertainment. Here is a look at your abbreviated options: REO Speedwagon at House of Blues, Friday, January 13 at 8:30 p.m.: One of America’s most successful rock acts (40 million albums sold!) of the 1970s and 80sRead More »
Sports Illustrated returned to its roots when it became the title sponsor of the World Amateur Handicap Championship, and golf’s largest media company will be staying home for two more years. Sports Illustrated Golf Group has reached an agreement with Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday to continue on as the title sponsor of the World Am. The two-year deal runs through the 2013 event and the tournament name will remain the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship. America’s premierRead More »
There is much to look forward to in 2012, but the golf world opens the New Year mourning the passing of Jim Huber, an award-winning sportscaster, author and golf lover. Huber died of acute leukemia on January 2.Huber worked at CNN for 16 before moving to Turner Sports, where he was a regular on the network’s British Open coverage and a popular contributor to PGA.com.A four-time Emmy award winner, Huber’s accomplishments were exceeded only by his popularity. He will be rememberedRead More »
Even annual visitors on a Myrtle Beach golf package noticed some changes to the city's skyline and social scene in 2011.The relatively new Myrtle Beach Boardwalk that spans more than a mile in the downtown district continued to grow by leaps and bounds, and last summer it did so vertically.The new oceanfront SkyWheel opened in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach - the largest of its kind that gives passengers a bird's-eye view of the Grand Strand.The SkyWheel isn't hard to find. At 196 feetRead More »
After a couple slow weeks, the off-course entertainment that helps make a Myrtle Beach golf trip the nation’s best returns in the final days of 2011. New Year’s Eve is always the biggest party day of the year and that’s reflected in this week’s recommendations. Given that temperatures will be in the low to mid-60s, we want you to feel good when playing your favorite Myrtle Beach golf course, so there are a couple hangover proof options as well. Beach Ball ClassicRead More »
A Myrtle Beach golf vacation isn’t complete until attempting to tame Farmstead Golf Links’ monster home hole: a 767-yard par-6. Not a misprint. Literally there is not another hole in the area like Farmstead’s signature offering.Easily the l-o-n-g-e-s-t challenge on the Grand Strand, the 18th at Farmstead begins in South Carolina and ends in North Carolina. Booming drives can rest near a yardage marker that reads 525 yards to the middle of the TifEagle Bermuda green.From theRead More »
Rory McIlrory emerged as a star; Tiger Woods displayed glimpses of his previous form; and Charl Schwartzel, a little-known South African, birdied the last four holes to win a magical Masters. There were story lines aplenty in the world of competitive golf, and things were no less exciting along the Myrtle Beach golf scene. From national media attention to capital improvements on some of the most popular Myrtle Beach golf courses, the Grand Strand was full action in 2011. With theRead More »
Located in Sunset Beach, N.C., just over the Carolina border from North Myrtle Beach, Oyster Bay offers one of Myrtle Beach golf’s most relaxing settings, but players need to be prepared for strong test of golf.Read More »
There are only three weeks remaining in the calendar year and two of them are anchored by holidays – Christmas, followed by New Year’s Eve – meaning this is December’s forgotten week. For those in town on a Myrtle Beach golf trip (with temperatures forecast to approach 70 this weekend, your timing is good), we haven’t forgotten about your entertainment needs. If a pre-Christmas golf vacation brought you to town, here four recommended off-course activities you mayRead More »
A golf vacation to Myrtle Beach presents unique experiences not found at other destinations. One of the qualities a trip to Myrtle Beach offers is a who’s who list of PGA Tour players who have left their signature on the Grand Strand. Arrive in Myrtle Beach and you can challenge a course designed or co-designed by major championship winners like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ray Floyd, Greg Norman and Davis Love III. There is even a major titleholder, who along withRead More »
Santa Claus is done for the 2011 Christmas season, but if you didn't get the golf gifts you were hoping for, it’s not too late to just do it yourself. There are a surplus of golf related gifts available and we’ve culled through the offerings to bring you five items we hope you found under your tree (to accompany you on a Myrtle Beach golf trip, of course).
Even better yet, these gifts – for the most part - don’t break the bank.
Adidas Adicross Street Golf Shoes ($90) – Speaking of relics, the multi-colored golf shoe maybe going the way of the dinosaur as well. The Adicross Street Golf Shoe offers comfort and a casual look without sacrificing the grip you expect from a golf shoe.
Players Towel ($24.95): You’ve used the free golf towel long enough – it’s time to invest in the Player’s Towel. According to the maker of the towel, it can hold 300 times its weight in water, a fact that enhances its ability to absorb moisture and indirectly improve your play in less than ideal conditions. It comes in three primary colors and nine trim colors.
Epoch - Evolve Golf Tees ($3.99 for 50): While most were content with the standard wood tee, Evolve developed Epoch, a performance product that creates the lowest “coefficient of friction of any tee,” increasing ball speed and, by extension, distance. The Epoch tee has been used to win 46 PGA Tour events, 33 LPGA event, 26 Nationwide and 18 Champions Tour events. It’s inexpensive and could improve your play, a winning combination.
Golden Tee Golf Game ($27.98) – As winter descends, bring your game indoors with everyone’s favorite old school golf game, Golden Tee. You can plug it directly into any television, so Golden Tee can accompany you on your next Myrtle Beach golf vacation as well. The video game will have to do until the weather allows your normal Saturday foursome to resume play!
Visitors spending Christmas Day in Myrtle Beach will discover the PineHills Course at Myrtlewood Golf Club offers a distinctive present under its giant trees: Free golf. It’s a Grand Strand tradition that players are allowed to walk at no charge at either PineHills or Myrtlewood’s Palmetto Course on Christmas Day. On December 25th, PineHills is the more appealing of the two because golfers making the turn are closer to the clubhouse parking lot. Keep your fingers crossed for aRead More »
The good times of a Myrtle Beach golf trip are practically endless. With more than 1,000 restaurants and nearly as many shopping complexes, bars and nightclubs, there is always something to do. Typically in this space, we call attention to events that visitors from outside the area might be unaware off. With Christmas less than three weeks away, unique events that appeal to folks on a golf vacation have slowed, so we offer an abbreviated list while reminding you the area is always home to aRead More »
The good times of a Myrtle Beach golf trip are practically endless. With more than 1,000 restaurants and nearly as many shopping complexes, bars and nightclubs, there is always something to do. Typically in this space, we call attention to events that visitors from outside the area might be unaware off. With Christmas less than three weeks away, unique events that appeal to folks on a golf vacation have slowed, so we offer an abbreviated list while reminding you the area is always home to aRead More »
King’s North is home to some of the most photographed and popular holes on the Myrtle Beach golf scene – No. 6, the Gambler, No. 12, the island green par 3, and No. 18, which has 40 bunkers flanking the left side of the fairway come immediately to mind.
But when we went to long-time head pro Michael Burnside for an insider’s look at the layout’s best, he placed a premium on holes that allow players to make risk-reward decisions. Here are the three best holes at King’s North from Burnside’s perspective:
No. 3, 365-yard, par 4: Long hitters can cut the corner and attempt to drive the green on this dogleg left, depending on the wind. There is a forced carry off the tee, but the trees and sand on the left are the concern for players dreaming of an eagle putt.
“If you are feeling frisky, you can try and drive the green, but there are trees there you have to clear,” Burnside said. “You can’t get there in two (if you get caught up in the trees).”
The recommended option is to play it straight and have a relatively short approach.
No. 5, 330-yard, par 4: Another short par 4 that doglegs to the left and forces players to make a decision. An iron or hybrid off the tee leaves a manageable approach, but if you are confident you can smoke a driver approximately 230 yards, you can fly the bunker on the left and setup a short approach.
“You better bang your drive, and you don’t want to go left, but you could have 50-75 yards left,” Burnside said. “You have to carry a huge bunker in front of the green (on the approach as well), so if you are short, you are in trouble. It’s a fun hole to play.”
No. 6, 568-yard, par 5: The Gambler. It’s one of the most popular holes along the Grand Strand and America, for that matter. Players have the option of hitting to an island fairway and are then faced with the shot of the day: going for the green in two (it’s all carry over water).
“The tip is to go as far to the (edge) of the island as you can,” Burnside said. “A lot of people get to the island and still have 230 yards left, and that doesn’t do you any good.”
Players who take the conventional route face a tricky drive and eventually an approach from a downhill lie. You don’t take a Myrtle Beach golf trip to layup all the time, so rip your drive and take the chance that gave the hole its nickname. You will have a story to tell either way.
Are you surprised that No. 12 and No. 18 didn’t make the cut?!
King’s North at Myrtle Beach National is one of the Grand Strand’s iconic layouts. It has a high profile home, a famed architect, and it’s one of the area’s most sought after tee times. So what do you need to know before teeing it up at this Myrtle Beach golf favorite? We have answers. 1. It wasn’t always the King: The layout opened in 1973, but it was initially known as the North Course. Arnold Palmer, who consulted on the original design, overhauled theRead More »
Hard rock, a little culture, and college football and basketball top our list of recommendations if you are in town for a golf trip this week, but as always, the options on a Myrtle Beach golf vacation are endless.Bush at House of Blues, Friday, December 2 at 8:30 p.m. – One of the most popular rock bands of the 1990s, Bush got back together in 2010 and is touring in support of their newest album, The Sea of Memories. With songs like “Glycerine” and “Machinehead”Read More »
What's better than playing 18 holes at a Myrtle Beach golf course? Playing 27. With 100+ courses on the Grand Strand, only a handful are 27-hole facilities that offer players their choice of combinations to play without having to drive anywhere but the fairways and the cart paths. Eight Myrtle Beach layouts boast three nines - Aberdeen Country Club, Arrowhead, Heather Glen, River Oaks Golf Plantation, Sandpiper Bay, Thistle Golf Club, World Tour and Wild Wing Plantation. AberdeenRead More »
It’s family week on the Myrtle Beach golf scene. The always popular boys trip is at low tide on Thanksgiving weekend, but a ton of families swarm the beach for the holidays and shopping, turning it into a mini golf trip for fathers and sons. When you aren’t on the course, here are five things you might want to do:Surfside Beach Turkey Trot at Surfside Pier, Thursday, November 24, 8:30 a.m.: We always encourage people to hit the golf course, but if you want to feel better aboutRead More »
The official title says it’s the International Club of Myrtle Beach, but it's technically located in Murrells Inlet, an historic fishing village just 20 miles south of the Sun Fun City. But International Club seems like a world away from the bright lights and big city. The natural beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry combined with the spotlessly maintained links makes it a favorite tee time among Myrtle Beach golf courses. Tucked away amid acres of woodlands and wetlands,Read More »
Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and players that take their Myrtle Beach golf trip around the holiday are in luck. This weekend is full activities that will enhance a golf vacation.If you are looking for last minute entertainment, here are five things to checkout: Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge at Broadway at the Beach: Firefighters from seven countries compete in a variety of events that simulate challenges they face on a daily basis. You will gain a new appreciation forRead More »
Golfers travel from all over the world to tee it up in Myrtle Beach. Many choose to go the extra mile by playing and staying at a North Strand golf resort. Extending from just north of the Myrtle Beach city limits to beyond the North Carolina border, the North Strand offers all the great accommodations and amenities of the Sun Fun City in a more laid-back setting. The North Strand is also home to some of the top courses and resorts in the Southeast. If you're looking for a quietRead More »
Mark Chapman, a 21-year Air Force veteran, played 11 rounds of golf in honor of Veteran’s Day in the Golf Capital of the World. Chapman completed all 11 rounds in a time of 10 hours, 19 minutes and eight seconds. Chapman played at Waterway Hills Golf Club, a Myrtle Beach golf vacation favorite. Proceeds from the event benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and Salute Military Golf Association. “What an amazing day; 198 holes in less than 11 hours, I’m exhausted, yetRead More »
With Thanksgiving approaching (and the loss of an hour of daylight), the Myrtle Beach golf scene is beginning to slow but there is still much to do. Here are four off-course activities on the weekend docket that could enhance your golf vacation: Los Lonely Boys at House of Blues, Friday, November 11, 9 p.m.: The three Garza brothers play a brand of music they call Texican, and have enjoyed great success. The group’s debut single “Heaven,” reached the top ofRead More »
Many players take a Myrtle Beach golf vacation to escape the hustle and bustle of home. Others escape the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach at a South Strand golf resort. Stretching from Surfside Beach to Georgetown, the South Strand has all the great accommodations of Myrtle Beach in a more laid-back environment. Whether you're looking for an oceanfront hotel or a country club-style resort, the South Strand has it all in a serene, South Carolina Lowcountry setting. In additionRead More »
The challenge of playing 11 rounds of golf in less than 11 hours is a daunting one, but with the benefit of perspective, Mark Chapman isn’t concerned. A 21-year veteran of the Air Force, Chapman, who completed a practice round in just over 43 minutes on Monday, is going to play 11 rounds of golf on Veterans Day (11-11-11) to help raise money for the Salute Military Golf Association and the Wounded Warriors Project. “I have friends that are still over in Afghanistan, that areRead More »
With the fall weather providing pleasant temperatures, a Myrtle Beach golf trip remains chocked full of off course options. If you are in town on a Myrtle Beach golf vacation, here is our recommendation of five things to do this weekend: First Saturday Festival at Second Avenue Pier, November 5, Noon: The recently renovated 2nd Avenue Pier is one of the area’s best spots to enjoy dinner and/or a drink. On Saturday oysters, local shrimp, shrimp gumbo, live music and $1.50 drafts addRead More »
With more than 100 golf courses and millions of rounds played annually, the idea of a Myrtle Beach golf marathon isn’t an unusual one. But on Veterans Day – November 11 – Mark Chapman is going to embark on a day of golf gluttony never before seen in Myrtle Beach with a pair of worthy causes as the beneficiaries. A 21-year Air Force veteran, Chapman is going to attempt to play 11 rounds of golf on 11/11/11 to raise money to benefit Salute Military Golf Association and theRead More »
Man cannot live on golf alone, although it would be fun to try. The same is true of a Myrtle Beach golf vacation package, where the off-the-course features can make all the difference in your golf getaway to the Grand Strand.Myrtle Beach golf package providers all have one thing in common - great deals on golf on excellent courses. The differences are in the details.For starters, accommodations can be the key to a making a great golf vacation.Package providers offer an array of accommodations,Read More »
There are a countless reasons to take a Myrtle Beach golf vacation, but here are the top five. Whichever reason brings you to the beach, be sure to enjoy them all: 5) Attractions: From the new 190-foot tall SkyWheel and the surrounding Boardwalk along the downtown oceanfront to the entertainment complexes like Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing, there's plenty to keep golfers going long after the 18th hole. 4) Bars: There are plenty of 19th holes around the GrandRead More »
Every four years the USGA and R&A republish the Rules of Golf with amendments, and the latest updates have changes that could impact your next Myrtle Beach golf trip. Following what the game’s two governing bodies called an “an exhaustive, four-year review of golf’s 34 playing rules,” nine rules were amended. Below are the changes most likely to impact a Myrtle Beach golf vacation (or your Saturday foursome) if your group adheres strictly to the rules. Ball MovingRead More »
Beware of the Bear along the Myrtle Beach golf scene’s North Strand: the Long Bay Club. Open for business in 1988, Long Bay Club is a distinctive, albeit totally diverse style course designed by golf’s all-time major champion Jack Nicklaus, one of two Myrtle Beach golf courses to his credit. Nicklaus’ signature of favoring left-to-right shot making isn’t the focal part of this design. Instead, the Golden Bear and his design team force golfers to hurdle greensideRead More »
The two most popular reasons to visit the Myrtle Beach area are the beach and golf - not necessarily in that order. It would be a shame not to enjoy them both.That's not an issue for people whose package includes staying at Myrtle Beach vacation resorts, where you can get the best a Myrtle Beach golf vacation has to offer.Even if you plan to spend most of your time on the links and out on the town, staying oceanfront lets you sneak in some much-needed beach time around your tee times.WhetherRead More »
Part of what makes a Myrtle Beach golf trip the game’s best are the abundance of off the course activities, and that’s certainly the case on Halloween weekend. Enjoy our weekly recommendation of five events your group may want to partake in. Halloween Party at Broadway at the Beach, October 31 – If you are in town and enjoy a good party, you owe it to yourself to go to Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach. The annual Halloween party is the best around the costumes areRead More »
The name Indian Wells has a coast-to-coast connection with golfers. Many are familiar with the Indian Wells located in California: the resort hotel founded by legendary entertainers Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in the ‘50s whose course eventually became the annual host for the PGA Tour’s Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. But the Myrtle Beach golf scene has its own Indian Wells: the one designed by architect Gene Hamm in 1984, renovated by Hamm in 2002 and two years later namedRead More »
When we’ve ranked restaurants in the past (everything from seafood and steak to chicken wings and oysters), we’ve tried to stay with locally owned establishments. But a lot of people find comfort in chain restaurants where the food is a known quantity. With that in mind, we offer you a look at the area's five best restaurants that have familiar names and, in most cases, multiple locations for your convenience on a Myrtle Beach golf trip. 1. Ruth’s Chris - ItRead More »
Imagine addressing the ball, and taking one last look up at your shot, and seeing information overlayed in "heads up display" style to help you with your shot. Could it be true? According to a recent article, augmented reality contact lenses are on the horizon, and could be displaying all kinds of information we need automatically. A little scary, huh? But it could be more like "spooky." "Scary" is when you feel threatened by a technology, and "spooky" isRead More »
The good times of a Myrtle Beach golf trip continue long after the final putt drops and that’s particularly true in October. The idyllic fall weather brings an assortment of entertainment possibilities and we are here to help you sort through the choices. Here are five recommended events unique to this weekend:1. Myrtle Beach Wine Festival at Market Common, October 22, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. - You can’t have beer and wings after every round, and the Wine Festival is a refreshing change ofRead More »
With almost 100 Myrtle Beach golf courses to choose from, all the big-name designers have built links on the Grand Strand. Names like Nicklaus, Fazio, Dye and Palmer, just to name a few, have all left their marks on the Myrtle Beach golf scene. But perhaps none left their fingerprints along the Grand Strand more than Tom Jackson, who has had a hand in designing six courses on the Grand Strand. One doesn't have to look hard to find Jackson's handiwork, a craft he honed whileRead More »
In the nearly 40 years since it opened, Myrtlewood’s Palmetto Course has pleased countless players and will continue to do so in the future.Read More »
Taking a Myrtle Beach golf trip this fall doesn’t mean you have to be away from your favorite team. Myrtle Beach is filled with sports bars that carry the NFL Sunday Ticket and cater to fans from other cities who brought their football allegiances with them. If you are taking a Myrtle Beach golf trip and are a fan of the Steelers, Giants, Redskins, Browns or Eagles, here are places you can go to find friendly faces this fall. * Pittsburgh Steelers: Fans from the Steel City are all overRead More »
Tiger Woods has won 14 majors and 71 times on the PGA Tour, lifting golf’s profile and fattening a lot of bank accounts along the way. At his peak, Woods dominated the game with a combination of incredible shot-making and fierce determination that left spectators howling and his peers in awe. But his prime is becoming an increasingly distant memory. The fallout from the revelation of his extra-marital affairs, injuries, and the process of retooling his game have conspired toRead More »
While sitting in a tavern in Myrtle Beach, a traveling golfer grabbed his shiny smartphone, and said "Do you know that I have every distance to every hole for every Myrtle Beach golf course in here?" Well, being a technophile myself, I spoke to him for probably a few too many beers about what kind of technology was out there to help golfers. Our first thought was that hey, golfers are old. They're not going to be toting around iPads and laptops on their golf vacations! But whatRead More »
The Golf 9/12 project is as ambitious as it is noble, and numerous high-powered names have lined up to help make the initiative a success.The goal of Golf 9/12 is to use golf as a catalyst to help recapture the unity most felt the day after the 9/11 terror attacks. The event will take place on, you guessed it, Monday, September 12 and it will feature a “live” tournament with players from across the United States participating. Players can enter the event by making a $12 charitableRead More »
Claude Pardue, owner of the three Mystical Golf courses - Man O’War, The Witch and The Wizard – likes to say all golfers know beauty, and his layouts deliver it in spades, particularly Man O’War. The Dan Maples design features and abundance of scenery and, not coincidentally, fans. The course, with a 107-acre lake as its centerpiece, is one of the Myrtle Beach area’s most recognizable. Before you tee it up at Man O’War, here are five things you need to know:1. H2ORead More »
The World Championship Playoff at the 2011 Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship is underway. A field that started with 3,000 golfers has been narrowed to 80 as players compete for the right to be crowned world champion. Grow The Game (GTG) Golf, a smart phone application and event management system that enables live scoring in a variety of formats, is providing live championship round scoring. GTG’s live scoring can be accessed via a web-connected computer and through aRead More »
They’ve called themselves the Myrtle Misfits, the Duffers and names that aren’t fit to print on a family website. Nothing has stuck. The only tag that has stuck to Victor Ferreira, Greg Davis, Dennis Navin and their group is a much more meaningful one: friends. Following a round in the 1991 Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship, the trio met at the hotel pool where they were staying and became friends faster than Michael Phelps swims an Olympic race. They come from differentRead More »
As Hurricane Irene menaced the East Coast last week, all anyone associated with the tournament could do was guess where the storm was going and hope for the best - with one exception. The Golf.com World Am attracts players from all walks of life and professions and among the long-time participants is Chris Hattings, a meteorologist who works for the National Weather Service. While the rest of us were left with blind hope, Hattings was able to make informed estimates of the storm’sRead More »
A host of Hall of Famers and all-stars from the NFL, NBA and MLB are descending on Myrtle Beach this weekend with the goal of making sure you Know Your Score. One of Myrtle Beach’s premier celebrity events, the Know Your Score: Fight Prostate Cancer Celebrity Golf Tournament will be held Saturday morning, August 27 at Pawleys Plantation. All proceeds from the Know Your Score® Golf Tournament and Gala go directly to the fight against prostate cancer by funding health screenings,Read More »
Legends Resort is one Myrtle Beach’s most prominent multi-course facilities. With its memorable, Scottish themed clubhouse and three highly regarded courses, the opening of Legends was a seminal one for the Myrtle Beach area. Heathland and Parkland were the first two layouts to open in 1990, followed by Parkland in 1992. The popularity of all three layouts has proven durable, due in part to the different experience that each offers.Read More »
Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger, two of golf’s most popular and accomplished writers, will be holding a book signing at the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship. Shipnuck and Bamberger will be signing “The Swinger,” a novel they co-authored about a golf star that loses his way, on Tuesday, August 31. “The Swinger” chronicles the rise and fall and rise again of the world’s greatest golfer, a multi-racial icon whose spectacular career isRead More »
Myrtle Beach is at the heart of the Grand Strand’s entertainment scene. From "March Madness" in the spring, to football in the fall, here are the top five seeds (the best places to watch a game) in Central Strand Region. See the top 5 sports bars on the South and North ends too!)1. Broadway Louie’s - Located at Broadway at the Beach, the epicenter of Myrtle Beach nightlife, Broadway Louie’s is home to a 27-foot projection screen, the area’s largest. ThatRead More »
Sports bars on the South Strand are plentiful - and though the choices offered are good, but they don’t receive quite the acclaim as they do in Myrtle Beach. The South Strand is known for its casual pace and upscale golf and dining options, but there are still a host of establishments that offer an inviting atmosphere to watch a game. Here are the top 5 Sports Bars on the South end to watch a game. (Check out the top 5 sports bars list for the Central Myrtle Beach, and the North EndRead More »
The North Strand has grown into a golf and entertainment powerhouse in recent years, earning its spot as a good time destination. If you're looking to settle in and catch a game at a good sports bar, here's where to start: (see the list for Central Myrtle Beach and the South End too) 1. Overtime Sports Café – The area’s best sports bar is also the best place to watch the tournament. The North Myrtle Beach establishment has 150 televisions, including a 12-foot video wall, andRead More »
The PGA Championship is underway so what better time to take a look at the strong connections between the game’s final major and the Myrtle Beach golf scene? Seven players who have hoisted the Wannamaker Trophy have designed Myrtle Beach golf courses, including some of the area’s best. Here is a look at the work past PGA champions have done along the Grand Strand. John Daly – Much like Long John himself, Wicked Stick encourages a grip it and rip it brand of golf. TheRead More »
It’s August, the mercury in the thermometer is reaching a boil and it’s … time to start thinking about fall golf? That’s right. The fall golf season is just weeks away and we have five tips to maximize the value and good times of your next trip to Myrtle Beach. As you are talking to golf directors and emailing buddies, here are five things to keep in mind:1. Plan Ahead: With temperatures soaring across the nation, it’s hard to imagine cool weather, but in eightRead More »
True Blue Golf Plantation features everything one would expect from a Mike Strantz golf course: wide fairways, sprawling bunkers, a touch of visual deception, and the land is a canvas for Strantz’s work, which is, as always, a blend of art and architecture.
At True Blue, depending on the perspective of the player, there are 18 potential signature holes. It’s one of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses, and we asked Bob Seganti, True Blue’s director of golf, to name the best of the best at the South Strand facility.
After careful deliberation, Seganti delivered True Blue Golf Course's three best holes:
No. 3, 190-yard, par 3: An island green, No. 3 is one of the course’s most challenging and ascetically pleasing holes. The green is nearly twice as long as it is wide and it runs away from the tee box, though a beach bunker frames much of its backside.
Players need to hit a high, soft shot and make sure they’ve made the proper club selection. It’s the one hole on the course where the shot is all carry, so make a good, confident swing.
No. 15, 602-yard par 5 – This is a monster golf hole, regardless of the tee you play from. The 15th even plays 577 yards from the white tees so reaching in two is a non-starter for almost anyone who doesn’t play the game for a living.
The hole is relatively straight with a waste bunker running the entire left side, but the green is an atypical Strantz design. The vast majority of the greens at True Blue golf course are large with ample undulation, but No. 15 more closely resembles a Donald Ross complex with a turtle back design.
“It’s difficult to hit shots close to the pin,” Seganti said. “Distance control is absolutely crucial. It’s a dynamite hole and the one most people are proud to make birdie or par on.”
No. 18, 437-yard, par 4 – With water on the left and the clubhouse serving as a backdrop, this is one of the Grand Strand’s best finishing holes. The fairway is like a runway – nearly 80 yards wide – but players are hesitant to challenge the water.
But Strantz built a big mound on the right to discourage players from completely bailing out off the tee.
“If you don’t want to risk playing to the center or the left, where there is plenty of room, you could have a partially obstructed view of the green,” Seganti said.
A large green that runs from right to left, towards the water, awaits. It’s a great end to a memorable round.
What is your favorite hole at True Blue?
Myrtle Beach golf has a long rich tournament history, particularly the area’s most prominent event, the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship. In August of 1984, 684 golfers participated in a novel. Myrtle Beach golf tournament – an event that flighted players based on age, gender and handicap with the goal of allowing amateurs to experience a tournament that was akin to a PGA Tour event. The event was chaotic in its first year and post-golf food andRead More »
Litchfield Country Club is a testament to the virtues of good, traditional golf course architecture. An ideal blend of doglegs – left and right – have helped conspire to create a layout that doesn’t rely on length as its sole means of defense. Litchfield Country Club rewards creativity, and it gives players a chance to score. Before teeing it up on one of the area’s friendliest courses, here are five things you need to know. More Ways To Get Home: Unlike coursesRead More »
Wicked Stick Golf Links opened to great fanfare in 1995 just months after John Daly, who helped design the course, won the British Open. With a two-time major champion’s name on the sign, Wicked Stick enjoyed immediate attention.
Sixteen years later, Daly’s name and an enjoyable round of golf continue to attract people to Wick Stick, one of the area’s most player friendly layouts. Before teeing it up at Wicked Stick, here are five things you need to know.
Grip It and Rip It: As one would expect from a course with the free swinging Daly’s name on it, Wicked Stick offers plenty of opportunity to pound the ball, including two of the longest holes along the Grand Strand. The 611-yard, par 5 11th hole is Myrtle Beach’s fifth longest and according to legend, Daly can get home in two. Even more daunting is the 7th hole, a 265-yard par 3. Players need to grip it and rip it on those two holes.
He Did More Than Lend His Name: Daly was actively involved in Wicked Stick’s design, visiting the course several times throughout its development. When the seventh hole was still in its formative stages – only a dirt bowl that would be the home of the green was complete – Daly pulled a mat out of a truck and walloped a ball with his three iron that ended up in middle of the green site. Daly declared that spot the home of the seventh tee. It was 265 yards from the green, making it the Grand Strand’s longest par 3. No word on whether anyone has replicated that shot since.
Teeing It Up: We’ve made much of the length of the seventh and 11th holes, but that distance is from the Daly tees, where few people play. On balance the length of the course is very manageable. As a matter of fact, the blue tees at 6,507 yards and the white tees at 6,080 yards are perfectly placed. If you are skilled enough, good luck from the Daly tees at 7,001 yards.
Was That Who I Thought It Was?: Don’t be surprised if you see Daly at Wicked Stick, particularly if you are in town around the annual Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am. Daly stops by and occasionally plays the course when he is in town for the event.
Location, Location, Location: Wicked Stick is located right off Highway 17 Bypass, meaning it’s just minutes from the airport, and players drive by it going north and south. It is one of the Grand Strand’s most accessible courses.
Wicked Stick Golf Links, the only John Daly signature Myrtle Beach golf course, was designed with the idea of letting traveling golfers enjoy the grip it and rip it game that Long John helped popularize. The fairways are generous and bombing the driver is encouraged, but the layout offers a diverse and enjoyable round.
We asked head pro John Thomas to share the course’s three best holes. He obliged.
No. 7, 265-yard, par 3: Myrtle Beach’s longest par 3, No. 7 is an absolute monster from the Daly tees. It’s long but manageable from the blue (205 yards) and white tees (188 yards). There is a pond on the right and a green with a surplus of undulation.
“Par is a good score,” Thomas said. “There is a pretty deep pot bunker on the front right, a shallow bunker on the back left and you play into an egg shaped green with a big elephant buried in the middle of it.”
No. 9, 403-yard, par 4 – Wicked Stick’s ninth, one of the course’s more scenic holes, demands a quality approach. Water fronts the green so there is no coming up short, and the challenge is substantial.
“There is water to the left and mounds (off the tee), but it’s really wide open,” Thomas said. “You don’t have to hit a driver. Whatever you can get to 150 yards, that’s what you want to hit off the tee. You have to hit the green (on the approach).”
No. 18, 528-yard, par 5 – A risk-reward golf hole, there are several different ways to play No. 18. It’s a dogleg left that offers players the chance to go for the green in two, but it’s a risky gambit. Most players that dream of an eagle, attempt to pound the drive to the corner of the fairway and hit a long iron into what amounts to an island green.
Playing 485 yards from the white tees, even mid to high handicappers can be tempted after a long drive, but most play it safe.
“Most people play it down the right side about 260 out then layup,” Thomas said
Sounds like a smart way to finish a good round.
The Myrtle Beach golf scene is home to 100 courses, including some the nation’s best, the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship, and the Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am. Another high profile attraction is poised to join the Myrtle Beach golf lineup. Golf Dimensions has announced the opening of a Callaway Performance Center (CPC) at Barefoot Resort & Golf in July. The new Callaway Performance Center, just the 16th of its kind in the nation,Read More »
Myrtle Beach golf tournaments aid a variety of great events, and an NBA veteran is returning to lend his name to a personal cause. On Saturday, June 25, Myrtle Beach National (MBN) will host the 3rd annual Chris Wilcox Charity Golf Outing. The shotgun, scramble tournament will begin at 1:00 p.m. on MBN’s West Course. The charity event is an effort to raise money for the Lupus Foundation of America, a debilitating disease that hampers and attacks the immune system. Wilcox is a Whiteville,Read More »
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Earning a college golf scholarship is a dream for countless kids across the nation, and Myrtle Beach is partnering with one of the nation’s fast growing events to make the process a little easier. Myrtle Beach will be hosting one of the College Golf Combines – open to boys and girls - July 5-7 at Legends Resort. The combines bring aspiring collegiate golfers and coaches together for three days, giving players a chance to test their mettle and showcase their skills whileRead More »
Golfers have until Friday, June 3 to receive and early entry discount when registering for the 2011 GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship. The 28th annual World Am will be held August 29 through September 2 with more than 3,000 golfers from 50 states and 20 countries expected to converge on 60 Myrtle Beach area courses for the week. Registration for the 72-hole tournament is $550, but can be obtained for $500 for new players and $450 for past participants before June 3. Entry into theRead More »
Sandpiper Bay Golf Club and two-time U.S. Open Champion Curtis Strange are doing their part to grow the game of golf.Strange, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, will be hosting a pair of free clinics at Sandpiper Bay, the reigning Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owner’s Association Course of the Year, on Saturday, May 21. A junior clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, and Strange will talk to participants about the sport and provide swing tips to help them build their game. TheRead More »
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One of Myrtle Beach’s seven top 100 golf courses is going to play host to seven Hall of Famers and several other sports and entertainment celebrities. Former NBA champion and all-star Gus Williams, a long-time Grand Strand golfer, will be hosting the first annual Myrtle Beach Celebrity Golf Classic June 10-11 at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Club. The event will benefit the American Cancer Society, a charity that hits close to home for Williams, whose sister died of the disease at theRead More »
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A Myrtle Beach golf trip is going to get a little easier for residents of Hagerstown, Md., and Lakeland, Fla. Direct Air, the community air service with corporate headquarters located in Myrtle Beach, S.C. announced today it will begin providing non-stop jet service between Myrtle Beach and Hagerstown, Maryland; and Lakeland, Florida, beginning June 23rd, 2011.Both markets are considered by Direct Air as being underserved. Hagerstown will appreciate the fast, convenient 90 minute flightRead More »
Playing through property that used to be home to a thriving rice plantation, River Club is the quintessential South Strand golf course. The layout is superb, conditions are pristine, and the facility oozes charm.Read More »
On the second day of the Can-Am Junior Team Matches, the American team earned 157 ½ of 288 possible points to defeat the Canadian squad 233 ½ to 198 ½ to earn the 2011 title of Can Am Champions.Sunday’s format featured singles match play with the South Carolina junior golfers facing off against junior golfers from the Canadian Province of Ontario. Eighteen points were available per match – one per each hole. In the event of a tie, each team getsRead More »
Myrtle Beach golf tournaments are plentiful and can add to the fun of a trip or serve as a great introduction to the Grand Strand. Highlighted by the Golf .com World Am there is a Myrtle Beach golf tournament that caters to every type of player. From the Palmetto High School Golf Championships, which counts PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler among its past champions, to the FDNY 911 Memorial Outing, Myrtle Beach caters to both serious competitors and players looking for competition without an edge.Read More »
Arrowhead Country Club, home of three nine-hole layouts, is the type of facility that makes Myrtle Beach golf’s greatest destination. The 4.5-star course offers a central location, great value and a memorable round. With that in mind, here are five things you will want to know before teeing it up at Arrowhead Country Club. 1. Conditions are outstanding: Having 27 holes allows Arrowhead to make sure golfers experience the course in prime condition. Take aerification for example.Read More »
Arrowhead Country Club is home to 27 holes, several of them playing along the Intracoastal Waterway, and it’s Myrtle Beach’s only Raymond Floyd design. The facility, which prides itself on providing outstanding conditions and value, is memorable from an aesthetic and architectural standpoint.
We asked long-time head pro Eddie Dennis to name the best hole on each of Arrowhead’s three nine-hole courses – Cypress, Lakes and Waterway – and he was happy to comply. Here is the best Arrowhead Country Club has to offer:
No. 4, Cypress Course, 355-yard, par 4 – Equal parts beauty and challenge, the fourth hole requires players to cross a lake off the tee and on their approach. Despite the presence of the water, it’s not an overly difficult hole.
A 3-wood off the tee will suffice and there is plenty of room on the left side of the fairway, often leaving only a wedge to the green. With the Intracoastal serving as a backdrop, it’s a memorable hole.
No. 3, Lakes Course, 556-yard, par 5 – Arrowhead’s second longest hole, a tee shot up the left side is the recommended play because players that catch the bunkers on the right will have trouble getting on in regulation. Of course the lake on the left makes going that way dicey.
“If you hit your tee ball (extremely) well you can make your decision about going for it or laying up to the right,” Dennis said. “Either way, it’s an excellent birdie opportunity, but there is a lake that runs in front of the green so there is the possibility you could end up with a seven just as easily as you could a four.”
No. 4, Waterway Course, 520-yard, par 5 – Long hitters can reach the green in two on one of the few holes that doesn’t have water, but it’s not without danger. A waste bunker runs from tee-to-green along the left side and anyone that finds it almost surely sacrifices their dreams of birdie.
The drive plays into an elevated fairway and the Intracoastal provides a scenic backdrop for the green.
“I think that it’s probably one of the prettier settings on the course,” Dennis said.
The green is guarded by a bunker in the front and one on the right, so loose shot coming in can be costly.
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Surf Club golf course is one of Myrtle Beach’s most revered courses, particularly by those who know the area golf scene well. Built in 1959, Surf Club grew into a private club but has opened up a limited number of tee times for Myrtle Beach public play in 2011. Given that the course hasn’t been available for public play in recent years, Surf Club is an unknown quantity to many Myrtle Beach golfers, but there is much to like. Here are five things you need to know about SurfRead More »
The Surf Club, which seems to get better with age, recently opened a limited number of tee times for public play, delighting Myrtle Beach golfers who relish an outstanding, traditional design.
If your next golf trip takes you to the classic North Myrtle Beach track, here are three holes, according to head pro Bill Campbell, that you will remember.
No. 3, 185-yard, par 3: Surf Club’s most demanding par 3 is an architectural gem, challenging high and low handicappers alike. Water comes into play on the right side and a pair of traps on each side of the green can make for demanding pin positions, but the front of the green is open, allowing players to run the ball up.
That being said, the third hole, with its deep green, rewards high-quality shots.
“(The third hole) is an opportunity, I don’t care what level you play to,” Campbell said. “It’s more advantageous for someone that can hit a high iron shot and stop the ball.”
No. 10, 564-yard, par 5: The 10th hole is a dogleg left that brings water into play on the first two shots for the average player, but it’s a challenge everyone remembers. A lake runs along the left side of the fairway before dissecting it approximately 275 yards from the tips.
The 10th is much easier for low handicappers, who typically have the length and confidence to cutoff the dogleg and fly the lake off the tee, setting up a possible eagle.
Regardless of your skill level, No. 10 is generally regarded as one of the best holes in Myrtle Beach
No. 18, 206-yard, par 3: Surf Club closes with a memorable par 3, which is a bit unusual for a course of its stature, but in no way is it anti-climatic. The course’s longest par 3, No. 18 typically plays into the wind coming from the Atlantic Ocean just two blocks away, and there is a formidable lake that must be carried.
Once players reach the multi-tiered green, which is in the shadow of a stately clubhouse, the fun is just beginning.
“You think getting over the lake is the issue and you get to the green and find out it was the issue all along,” Campbell said.
The 18th hole doesn’t allow players to relent in the closing moments of a round and it sends players home with a vivid memory.
What are your favorite holes at the Surf Club?
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We tell you about all things Myrtle Beach golf, but now we want to hear your story. Tell us why Myrtle Beach is your golf destination of choice. On the golf course, off the course and everything in between – we want to hear it. Anyone that submits a story will be entered into a random drawing for a new Adams Golf bag! Tell us your favorite golf courses, funniest stories and unforgettable memories. Tell us how long you’ve been coming to Myrtle Beach, how many travel in your group andRead More »
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The Dunes Golf & Beach Club is one of the oldest and most storied Myrtle Beach golf courses. There is much to know about the Robert Trent Jones design, but here are five facts you may have been unaware of:
1. The most important Event You’ve Never Heard Of - Sure hosting the U.S. Women’s Open, the finals of the PGA Tour’s Q-School and the Senior Tour Championship were significant moments for the Dunes Club and Myrtle Beach, but arguably the most important event the course hosted is one most people have never heard of. From 1954 to 2005, the Dunes Club hosted the final round of the Golf Writers Association of America tournament. Always held the weekend before the Masters, the event attracted the nation’s best and most influential golf writers, who then spread the gospel of Myrtle Beach golf on the pages of their magazines and newspapers. The GWAA event is often credited with helping grow Myrtle Beach’s reputation as a golf destination.
2. Waterloo – The 13th hole is Myrtle Beach’s most famous. Known as Waterloo, the 590-yard, par 5 plays alongside Lake Singleton and has been ranked as one of America’s best 18 holes by Sports Illustrated. There is a plaque on the tee box memorializing the 27 (no, that’s not a typo) a player made on the hole in the aforementioned GWAA event. Making the number even more stunning, the guy never lost a ball.
3. You Don’t Like the Dunes Club More Than …- No one has enjoyed more high level success at the Dunes Club than Gary McCord. Now known more for his work at CBS Sports, McCord earned his PGA Tour card at the Dunes Club in 1973 and won the Senior Tour Championship in 1999. The Dunes Club provided a pair of nice bookends to his career.
4. The Dunes Club Was Founded Where? – The second oldest Myrtle Beach golf course, the Dunes Club was founded in a meeting at Chapin Cabin, an old fishing hut located just yards from the nearby Atlantic. Chapin Cabin was located on what is now the 11th tee.
5. Design Counts – The Dunes Club is an old-school design with its rolling fairways, large greens complexes, and the premium it places on shot-making. While the course has ample length, distance isn’t the key to success. Hitting the ball to the right spot in the fairway can generate extra roll and a preferred angle into the green. The course opened in 1949 and the still plays as Jones intended, a testament to the quality of his work.
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