Farmstead and Meadowlands Golf Course Video Review

This week we are featuring a tag team of sister golf courses.  Meadlowlands and Farmstead Golf Club are two unique courses on the north end of Myrtle Beach and worthy of consideration for your next trip to the Myrtle Beach Area. Each course is considerably different despite being neighbors to one another.

Farmstead Golf Course

  • Only Par 6 hole in the area.  767 Par 6 18th hole
  • Play from North Carolina into South Carolina
  • Natural rolling hills and contours
  • Countless views of native marsh grasses and land
  • Huge Georgian Brick clubhouse and great 19th hole
  • 5 sets of tees
  • 3 par 3 holes on the back side

Meadlowlands Golf Course

  • spacious gently sloping fairways
  • above average elevation changes for a beach course
  • large manicured greens that were recently replaces
  • Rated Top Woman Friendly course in the area
  • Bordered by serene meadows, hardwoods and vast marsh areas
  • Fantastic Southern Hospitality

International Golf Club of Myrtle Beach Course Review

Our featured golf course of the week is one of our long time favorites in the International Club of Myrtle Beach.

The international club is one of our favorite Myrtle Beach Golf courses for a variety of reasons:

  • Most always have the best rolling greens on the beach
  • Friendly lay out to higher handicappers, while providing a good challenge for the more skilled players
  • Center Beach location, makes for an easy trip to the course
  • Range Balls included as a part of the package
  • Expansive clubhouse, perfect for the after round drink and food

For a limited time only, we are running a Spring Special for the golf course.  20% off for all spring bookings… enables you to play the golf course for $59 all spring! 

Check out our latest Myrtle Beach Golf Course Review of the International Club of Myrtle Beach, by click this link.

For more details on the golf course, you can check it out on our website by clicking here:  International Club Golf Course of Myrtle Beach

Black Bear Golf Club Review

Black Bear Golf Course Myrtle Beach South Carolina.

This week’s installment of our Myrtle Beach Golf Course Review is Black Bear Golf Club. Black Bear appeals to a wide range of golfers for a variety of reasons. You may have played it a long time ago…under another name. It was originally called the Gauntlet with a logo of a red rose and and an iron fist. Then it became Myrtle West, and they had a white covered bridge as you entered the golf course. The name was changed to avoid confusion with other area golf courses. It’s gotten over it’s identity crisis and has been known as Black Bear Golf Club for the past 15 years.

Black Bear is an easy drive out of North Myrtle Beach and also a great choice for those driving into town from the North. Right on Hwy 9, it’s very easy to find and enjoy.

Highlights of Black Bear Golf Club:

  • Friendly layout and friendly people
  • Very little trees
  • Wide Fairways
  • Excellent Restaurant
  • Nearly PERFECT Greens
  • No houses
  • Challenging Finishing Holes
  • Some Rolling Hills
  • Not a ton of sand traps

Golf Special for Black Bear Golf club: 36 holes including cart for $59 per person ALL Spring. Or if you want to play it in the afternoon $45 per person.

Check out the video review with Local Golf Pro Meredith Kirk.  Enjoy!

Thistle Golf Club Review

Check out one of our latest golf course reviews of Thistle Golf Club.  This is a top 5 facility in all of Myrtle Beach, and must be given some serious consideration for your next Myrtle Beach Golf Vacation.  Thistle easily has the best 19th hole as their clubhouse rivals some of the best private clubs in the country.  They even imported their bar from Ireland as the course is a tribute to the home of links golf.

Fortunately, the golf course is what keeps people coming back.  With 27 holes to play, it will keep you busy all day.  The conditioning is one of the most attractive parts of the course.  You can see from the video of what a high quality product Thistle has to offer.

One of the most refreshing characteristics of the golf course is the pace of play.  In this day and age, it seems so many courses are packing as many groups as possible on the course, but the Thistle delivers a speedy pace of play.  We played it recently and despite a sold out golf course, we never waited on a shot.  That makes your round of golf a whole lot more enjoyable.

Golf Trek has a spectacular rate for Thistle, when combined in our golf packages.  Depending on the time of year, you can play Thistle for as cheap as $74 per person inclusive of cart.  The rate in the peak season isn’t all that crazy either.  Thistle, previously, was a semi private course, but under new ownership it’s flourishing.  They have opened up the tee sheets and want to get everyone to come out and play.  We certainly think the rate is attractive enough to appeal to a wide audience and should be considered for your next Myrtle Beach Golf Vacation.

Check out the below video review of the golf course.

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?#@*&%! – where are my clubs?

You checked your clubs with your airline and you arrived safely.  You are ready for your Myrtle Beach golf getaway.   You are the last one standing, looking at the baggage carousel go around and around.  But your clubs never appeared.  Your heart sinks, this is your annual Myrtle Beach golf trip.  Your buddies even hassle you.  It happens.  Ask Roy McIlroy.  He had this misfortune when he arrive in Dublin, Ireland for a tournament.  It turned out happily for him after some angst.  Golf Trek has an answer for you.

But what about your clubs?

Think you would get all the attention that Rory got?  Actually the answer is yes, but you have to plan for that.  Here’s how.  There are better solutions than forking over your dollars and clubs to your airline.  Better yet, your clubs can get right to your final destination and return without you even having to fuss with them.  The Beach Concierge Group in Myrtle Beach provide a host of services that take the hassle out of your Myrtle Beach golf getaway.  One is taking care of your golf clubs from your home to your destination and return home, saving you the hassle and it is cheaper than your airlines charge.  Ship them before you leave and you know they are there before you board your plane.  How’s that?  Listen up Roy.  And cheaper too?  You may not be on the way to a tournament, but we bet you want your clubs to arrive as much as Roy does.  Don’t miss a tee-time waiting at the airport for those clubs.  Your nerves need to be steady when you take that first swing.

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Pawleys Plantation: Marshside Jewel of the South Strand

The Grand Strand is home to over 90 golf courses.  Not all are luminaries in the golf world, but a very high number of them can be considered “must-see” and those high-mark courses are scattered throughout the region, from Pawleys Island in the south up to Calabash, North Carolina.  In the former area sits Pawleys Plantation, one of two Jack Nicklaus Signature courses on the Grand Strand.  Since it opened in 1988, Pawleys Plantation has entranced golfers with the beautiful natural setting it enjoys and confounds others with the challenge it poses.

As its rating and slope figures suggest, Pawleys Plantation is one of the most difficult courses on the Grand Strand.  But instead of beating hapless players over the head constantly, it gives the golfer, regardless of handicap, opportunities for glory while punishing carelessness and poor execution sternly.  It is this judiciousness that earns it an especially lofty reputation among the many high-level amateurs and mini-tour pros who spend time in the Myrtle Beach area.  There are some holes where it is necessary to hit quality shots, of course, but there are a number of other holes where prudence is rewarded.

The par 5 fourth hole is a perfect example of the latter dynamic.  Playing 543 yards from the back “Golden Bear” tees and a more sporting 468 yards from the middle “White Egret” tees, it features a string of three fairway bunkers that sit in the middle of the fairway, forcing an interesting decision off the tee.  Hit for the narrower, lower left-hand fairway and the chance to reach the green in two shots increases.  Hit for the safer right side and play the hole as a standard three-shotter.  Many golfers get wide eyes off the tee and try to take the short route by slinging a drive right-to-left, only to end up in the deep fairway bunkers with little hope of making birdie.

Any discussion of Pawleys Plantation would be incomplete without due mention of perhaps the single most iconic hole on the Grand Strand, the 145-yard 13th.  The putting surface, part of a double green with the 16th, juts out into the expansive marsh that separates the mainland from Pawleys Island proper.  That green is effectively an island–miss it and you will likely be heading for the drop area.  Hit it and you will have a good chance to make birdie.  It is one of the few holes the author has seen that would yield more double bogeys than bogeys in a major amateur or professional tournament.  This factor causes it to be a somewhat polarizing hole, but if you play the proper set of tees, it can be safely navigated more often than seems likely.

Until the last 18 months, Pawleys Plantation operated as an independent, semi-private facility.  As such, a limited maintenance budget saw some areas of the course fail to reach peak potential of upkeep.  But since National Golf Management purchased the course, proper attention has been paid to all aspects of the golf experience, including a recent project that renovated the entire practice area, from enlarging the putting green to rebuilding the short game area to expanding the grass teeing area for the driving range.

At the far end of that range sits the facility for the Phil Ritson-Mel Sole Golf School, which has been operation since 1991 and boasts locations in Atlanta, Greenville, S.C., Ellicottville, N.Y. and Mexico in addition to its post at Pawleys Plantation.  Add to this a stately clubhouse with a full-service pro shop, the Palmetto Pub and a gracious and professional staff and it is easy to understand the respect Pawleys Plantation receives from locals and visitors alike.

Golfweek Ranks Eight Myrtle Beach Golf Courses Among Top 15 in South Carolina

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.

Myrtle Beach to Host 2014 PGA Professional National Championship

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club of Myrtle Beach, S.C., the historic jewel among the famed 60-mile “Grand Strand” in the Palmetto State, will be joined by the popular Grande Dunes Resort Club as co-hosts of the 47th PGA Professional National Championship presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA, June 22-25, 2014. It marks the second visit to South Carolina by The PGA of America’s showcase event for PGA Professionals.

The Championship will bring a field of 312 to Myrtle Beach, acclaimed as “the Golf Capital of the World” for its roster of 120 golf courses. The PGA Professional National Championship was last conducted in South Carolina in 2005 at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island.

“The PGA of America is very proud to be taking our National Championship in 2014 to Myrtle Beach, a resort destination that has embraced the game of golf unlike few other sites in the world,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “The Dunes Golf & Beach Club and Grande Dunes are outstanding venues to test our best-playing PGA Professionals. When you think about the history of golf in Myrtle Beach and how many members of our Association made an impact upon that region, you could not ask for a better setting for this Championship.”

Designed in 1948 by legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr., the Dunes Golf & Beach Club will serve as the primary host course in the National Championship, including the final 36 holes. All contestants will compete the first two rounds on The Dunes and Grande Dunes Resort Club.

The site of the Senior Tour Championship from 1994-1999, The Dunes also has hosted the final stage of the 1973 PGA Tour Qualifying School that yielded such golfers as Ben Crenshaw, Gary McCord and Gil Morgan.

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club is ranked among “America’s Greatest 100 Public Courses” by Golf Digest and Golfweek, and Golf Digest’s “Best in State.” It is listed by GOLF Magazine among “The Best You Can Play” 100 courses in the U.S. The par-72 Dunes Golf & Beach Club extends to 7,195 yards and the only layout in Myrtle Beach with ocean views. Prior to the 2014 National Championship, Rees Jones, son of the late Robert Trent Jones Sr., will lead renovations that include converting green surfaces from bentgrass to Champion Bermudagrass, and modifying tees and bunkers.

“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.”

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club was host of the former Senior Tour Championship from 1994-1999, and was home to the Golf Writers Association of America National Championship from 1954-2005.

The Robert Trent Jones course has been named one of the nation’s “Top 100 Courses” by Golf Magazine, Golf Digest and Golfweek, and the famed 13th hole, known as “Waterloo,” has been selected by Golf Digest as one of the “Best 18 Holes in America.” The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, the premier golf course in Myrtle Beach is the only one with Ocean views.

Grande Dunes Resort Club, designed by the Robert Rulewich Group and opened in 2001, lies in the heart of Myrtle Beach. It was recognized as the National Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association in 2009, and rests among Golf Digest’s “Best in State” roster for 2013-14.

The winner of The Sun News “Best of the Beach” from 2001-07, Grande Dunes has hosted two John Deere World Championships and two Carolinas PGA South Carolina Opens among many other regional and Section events. PGA Magazine calls Grande Dunes, “one of the great golf clubs of the world.”

“There have been many great venues in this country to host the PGA Professional National Championship. We believe that The Dunes – one of the greatest Robert Trent Jones Sr. of all-time – and Grande Dunes Resort each provide the same championship challenges for this great field of PGA Professionals,” said PGA Professional Bob Mauragas, president of National Golf Management, which oversees Grande Dunes Resort Club among 22 facilities within the Myrtle Beach area. “Grande Dunes could be extended to 7,600 yards, and its mixture of par-3s and par-5s have the ability to offer all sorts of challenges. The views along the U.S. Intracoastal Waterway add to a great golf experience.”

The Grande Dunes Resort Club’s links-style design is situated on a bluff along the Intracoastal Waterway featuring seven holes with dramatic views of the waterway. Complementing the outstanding course is a world-class practice facility.

In 2014, the low 20 scorers in the PGA Professional National Championship will advance to the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.

About The PGA Professional National Championship
Begun in 1968, The PGA Professional National Championship provides additional playing opportunities for PGA Professionals. In over four decades, it has become the showcase event for PGA Professionals, featuring some of the finest players in the Association. The Championship features a 312-player field representing 41 PGA Sections competing at the peak of their games, and with its 20 top finishers earning a berth in the PGA Championship.

The National Championship was first televised live by Golf Channel in 1997 to viewers across the U.S., Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Malaysia, the Middle East, Scandinavia, and Singapore. This year’s PGA Professional National Championship has a potential audience of 110 million.

This summer’s 46th National Championship will be contested June 23-26, at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort. The PGA Professional National Championship has been conducted in 15 states: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

About The PGA of America 
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.

Interesting Myrtle Beach Golf Course Facts

All courses in Myrtle Beach have some unbelievable stories to tell. But, this is a little bit of “Did you know?” Several courses in Myrtle Beach have very interesting facts that you probably are not aware of. Get this…

Did you know?      If you hit a ball into someone’s back yard at Wicked Stick, the clubhouse will give you a ball for every ball you lost. They also have free coffee and tees all the time.

Did you know?      The only out of bounds on Oyster Bay is the road on #18. On #17 (an island green), the oyster shells surrounding the green are considered part of the water hazard.

Did you know?      Thistle is the only course in Myrtle Beach that has twelve minute tee times. Most courses are seven, eight or nine minutes. They will also be opening one of the biggest and most technologically sound clubhouses in the area in the next weeks. Also, they average the largest greens at about 7,300 square feet each.

Did you know?      World Tour has the largest green in Myrtle Beach. It is #9 on the Open nine and is a little over 18,000 square feet. This is the hole that resembles #18 at St. Andrews.

Did you know?      Grande Dunes is the longest course in Myrtle Beach. From the tips, it reaches seven thousand, six hundred and eighteen yards. That’s longer than the U.S. Open!!! I think Tiger still would have won…

Did you know?      Blackmoor has a graveyard on #13. It dates back to 1839 and it rests a plantation family and their slaves.

Did you know?      Farmstead is right on the North Carolina / South Carolina border. 22% of the course is in SC and the other 78% is in NC. On #10 you tee off from NC to SC. If only you could hit it to Georgia…

Did you know?      Heritage has two graveyards. One is on #8 and rests slaves and off the tee of #4 are the settlers that owned the land.

Did you know?      Bald Head Island has no OB. There are no cars allowed on the island; only golf carts are allowed. There are alligators and deer on the island, but how did they get there? Well, during low tide, the deer and alligators can move easily from island to island and eventually end up on Bald Head. And this might be the best we’ve heard… Bald Head Island got its name from the days of Blackbeard. That’s right, the pirate. You see, when low tide would come around, ships would consistently run aground, Blackbeard knew this happened all too often and the ships were there for the taking. Word spread to beware of the “bald head”. Blackbeard’s men would scalp stranded sailors when they raided the grounded ship. Hence, it is named Bald Head Island.

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Famous Courses & Designers: Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach is a huge melting pot of numerous world class golf courses. With Myrtle Beach being the biggest golf destination in the world, it has attracted many of the most prolific, world renowned and most sought after course designers on Earth. Many of these designers have either designed or redesigned some of the most famous courses in the world.

Who can forget what happened at Torrey Pines not too long ago? One of Tiger’s most memorable performances took place as the world watched and felt his pain and then his joy. Rees Jones was probably pretty happy with what took place as he redesigned the course and worked with the USGA in preparing the course to accommodate a U.S. Open. The 2008 Open will go down in history as one of the best ever. This wasn’t Rees’ first major championship rodeo. He has had a hand in several others at courses like Baltusrol, Congressional (remember Ernie?), Eastlake, Medinah, Pinehurst #2 (Payne in ’99), Oakland Hills and next year’s U.S. Open on the Black Course at Bethpage. You can be able to see what he is thinking when you come to Myrtle Beach as he has designed the Rees Jones course at Sea Trail. It’s pretty fitting to have his name on a course.

Pete Dye. That’s all you have to say. He has three courses under his belt here in Myrtle Beach, including Prestwick, the Moorland course at Legends and the Dye Club at Barefoot Resort. (He got his name on a course here, too). Pete has made his magic known at some majors also. Remember when John Daly won his PGA Championship at Crooked Stick? Pete. Remember Whistling Straits? Pete did that too. Oh, and then there’s a course called TPC at Sawgrass with some of the most famous holes in golf. He also designed PGA West and Harbourtown. If you play Prestwick, Moorland or The Dye Club, bring your A game and some extra pellets because we all know what happens when the pros get to #17 at Sawgrass.

Now we come to Robert Trent Jones, Sr. If you want an old style, traditional layout, he’s your guy. He Jones, Sr. has two courses with his name attached in Myrtle Beach; Waterway Hill and the Dunes Club. The Dunes Club is the oldest course in Myrtle Beach and has played host to the Senior Tour Championship in years past, and for good reason. Robert Trent Jones has had a hand in designing or redesigning Firestone, Spyglass Hills and last but not least, Augusta National. Two of those are in the top ten in the nation and the Dunes Club ranked #28.

Tom Fazio has made his mark here in Myrtle Beach as well, with the Tom Fazio course at Barefoot Resort and the TPC of Myrtle Beach. The TPC course has hosted the Senior Tour Championship like the Dunes Club, so that’s saying something. Tom has a few courses that you might have heard of, including Trump National and the Ocean Course at Kiowah Island. He was also hired by PING to design Karsten Creek in Stillwater, OK, which is where one of the best golf traditions in college calls home; Oklahoma State.

Now to some players that have gotten into the design business. We’ll start with Arnold Palmer. Arnie has four TPC courses around the nation along with PGA National, and a redesign of Oakmont. There are four courses in Myrtle Beach where you can see what Arnie likes to do with courses. There are three courses at Myrtle Beach National which are all by Arnold Palmer; The West Course, SouthCreek and King’s North. As you drive up to the clubhouse when you play these, make note of the statue of Arnold in front. The other course with a piece Arnold’s mind is River’s Edge. This, along with King’s North are both in the top 100 in the nation.

Along with his eighteen major championships, Jack Nicklaus has a slew of designs around the world. Two of them are in Myrtle Beach. Most of you know that he has made Muirfield his own and at the two courses here, you get a taste of Muirfield. Long Bay and Pawley’s Plantation both have hill lined fairways, elevated greens, depressed greens and some deep bunkers. Sounds like Muirfield…

All of these designers will go down as legends. It’s like their minds never stop playing golf. The next time you are looking at Myrtle Beach Golf Packages, try to get on some of the nearby courses that really, truly are cousins to some of the most famous courses ever.

Five Things You Need to Know About the Love Course at Barefoot Resort

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 Course are ample and, a long hitter himself, DLIII provides every opportunity to hit your favorite 450cc club!

2. After making your golf ball scream for mercy off the tee, don’t get greedy on the approach. Play for the middle of the greens. The penalty for missing is often a trip to a collection area or a bunker, leaving a difficult up and down. Be aggressive off the tee and smart on the approach.

3. Love is a native of Charlotte, N.C., and his Carolina roots are incorporated into his design at Barefoot. The course’s defining characteristics are its crowned greens, reminiscent of Donald Ross’ work in Pinehurst. Those greens are another reason to heed the advice in point No. 2.

4. The Love Course is as fair a test of golf as you will encounter. Nothing is hidden and the layout is ideal mixture of fun and challenge. If you play well, you will be rewarded. It’s tough to ask for much more.

5. The faux ruins an old plantation home are one of the Love Course’s visual calling cards and blend naturally into the landscape on holes four, five and six. That stretch is arguably the course’s most memorable, but before you start asking about the history of the old plantation home, remember they are faux ruins! It’s a credit to Love that they appear to be authentic.

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Myrtle Beach’s Best-Value Golf Courses

While the likes of the Barefoot Resort courses, Grande Dunes, TPC of Myrtle Beach and the Dunes Golf and Beach Club are excellent, they are not the be-all, end-all of Grand Strand golf. The following three courses could be considered Myrtle Beach’s “hidden gems”—courses well worth the time to seek out and even more worth their modest green fee.

Heathland Course at Legends Resort

Tom Doak, whose Renaissance Golf Design firm is one of the most well-known in the world at the moment, left his traditional and uncompromising signature on the Heathland Course at Legends Resort. It stands in great contrast to many of Myrtle Beach’s golf courses, which sometimes feature enormous and artificial-looking shaping. Heathland is not pancake-flat by any means, but it reflects Doak’s more minimalistic design philosophy that permits of some wild features, but all of them are in play and fun to engage with over the course of a round. Heathland’s standout holes include the par five 7th hole, an homage to the Road Hole at St. Andrews and the brawny par four 16th, featuring a double fairway split by a narrow but imposing stream. The best part: you can play the Heathland course for less than $50 throughout most of the year.

Avocet Course at Wild Wing Plantation

Whereas Doak’s effort at Legends is more minimalistic, the Avocet Course, designed by three-time major champion Larry Nelson and former American Society of Golf Course Architects president Jeff Brauer is quite the opposite. But the extent of the inventive shaping and mounding at Avocet sets it apart from others, bringing some of its holes to an artistic level. The best of these is the par four 14th hole, one of Myrtle Beach’s true drivable two-shotters. The country between tee and green is dotted with mounds and pot bunkers such that there are half a dozen different ways to play the hole. And as relatively inexpensive as Avocet is to play, there’s opportunity to play it a few times and get the hang of it.

The Witch Golf Links

Dan Maples designed a number of courses up and down the Myrtle Beach area, but his best is The Witch, located a bit off the beaten path but well worth the trip to play. Its tee markers are culled from the surrounding inland wetlands: painted cypress “knees” that stick up out of the swamp water that surrounds much of the front nine. That first half of the course lends a sense of splendid isolation, with two long, fun par fives carved out of dense forest. The back nine is more intimate and closer together while nonetheless maintaining the adventuresome overall vibe of the golf course. To add to The Witch’s appeal, greens fees tend to hover in the $40-60 range for much of the shoulder and off-seasons.

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2013 Direct Flights to Myrtle Beach with Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines is a prime provider of direct flights to Myrtle Beach.

So much in fact the economically feasible airline recently announced two new, non-stop flights from the Myrtle Beach International Airport.

Starting April 25, Spirit Airlines will offer non-stop flights to both Baltimore and Philadelphia.

From April 25 to November 5, flights will leave Baltimore at 10:45 a.m. daily and arrive in Myrtle Beach at 12:10 p.m. They’ll leave Myrtle Beach at 5:20 p.m. and arrive at 6:40 p.m.

Daily fights from Philadelphia will leave at 7:20 a.m. and arrive in Myrtle Beach at 9 a.m.
They’ll leave Myrtle Beach at 9:50 a.m. and arrive in Philadelphia at 11:25 a.m.

The further expansion of the airline’s network of destinations is a win-win for both Myrtle Beach locals and current and prospective visitors.

The addition of non-stop air service to both the Philadelphia and Baltimore-Washington areas while significantly increasing seat capacity to its existing markets should be well received by the traveling public,” said Michael La Pier, Horry County Director of Airports.

“We’re excited to even further expand our network of destinations to and from Myrtle Beach. Spirit carries more visitors to Myrtle Beach than any other airline, operating exclusively with large Airbus A319 and A320 jets with 145 – 178 seats each,” said Mark Kopczak, Spirit’s Senior Director of Network Planning. “We’re looking forward to giving even more customers the opportunity to save money on travel. Our ultra low fares and optional add-ons provide customers a total price that’s tough to beat.”

“We are delighted with Spirit Airlines’ business decision to broaden its route network at Myrtle Beach International Airport. The addition of non-stop air service to both the Philadelphia and Baltimore-Washington areas while significantly increasing seat capacity to its existing markets should be well received by the traveling public,” said Michael La Pier, Director of Airports, Myrtle Beach International Airport.

The great thing is that Spirit exclusively flies with large Airbus A319 and A320 jets with 145 – 178 seats each for Myrtle Beach flights.

Spirit already offers year-round daily non-stop 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, including:

o Daily non-stop service between Myrtle Beach and Chicago O’Hare starting February 14, 2013.
o Daily non-stop service between Myrtle Beach and Detroit starting February 14, 2013.
o Three weekly non-stop flights between Myrtle Beach and the Latrobe/Pittsburgh area starting February 14, 2013, with service increasing to daily on April 25, 2013.
o Two weekly non-stop 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.
o Two weekly non-stop 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.

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The Most Scenic Golf Courses in Myrtle Beach

From tidal marshes to the Intracoastal Waterway to the sites of Antebellum plantations, golf on the Grand Strand is a feast for the eyes as well as the body. These four courses exemplify that statement.

Pawleys Plantation
The southernmost of these courses, Pawleys Plantation spends its first 11-plus holes well inland before the player bursts out onto the salt marshes separating Pawleys Island proper from the Waccamaw Neck, which makes up most of the southern Grand Strand. From the 12th green through the 18th, players must play solid golf in order to keep their shots dry. The par threes on the inward half—the short 13th and the longer 17th—demand heroic carries over march to shallow putting surfaces. You may be the only player in your foursome to hit the green on either one of these holes. If so, don’t let them forget it!

Tidewater Plantation
Tidewater is, in many respects, Pawley Plantation’s cousin to the north. Situated near the North Carolina-South Carolina border near the world-famous seafood-producing village of Little River, Tidewater has nine holes that feature marsh views—some toward the mainland and others with long views of Cherry Grove Beach and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. There is good reason why some visitors and writers liken Tidewater to a seaside course on the West Coast: Pebble Beach.

Grande Dunes Resort Club
Not all of the Grand Strand’s most scenic courses are hard by the ocean and its nearby tidal marshes. In the case of this Roger Rulewich gem, the Intracoastal Waterway is the source of awe-inspiring scenery. In the summer, it is not uncommon to have an audience on certain tee and approach shots of boaters traversing the Waterway. The par three 14th hole, with its putting surface perched precariously over the water. If you miss to the right, you may hear a catcall or two from the Waterway. No pressure.

Caledonia Golf and Fish Club
To play Caledonia Golf and Fish Club down in Pawleys Island is to feel as though you’ve been invited to a private Antebellum estate—say, Tara from Gone With The Wind. It begins with the entrance road, lined with decades-old, Spanish moss-draped live oaks and the meticulously pruned hedge spelling out “CALEDONIA” by the first tee. From there, the player is sent on a journey through flowers, gorgeous shrubbery and still more live oaks. The 18 holes themselves, to boot, are among the best on the entire Grand Strand In springtime, it is the sweetest-smelling golf course you are likely to play. Small wonder why Caledonia is a mainstay on numerous “Top 100” golf course lists.

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Free Golf for Kids in Myrtle Beach!

free golf for kids in myrtle beach, scWith summer starting in a few weeks, and the warm weather already here, you can expect to find great golf deals for your kids in Myrtle Beach.  Many of the Myrtle Beach golf courses provide free golf or deep discounts for those who are 16 and under.

This year, you can expect 48 different courses to allow kids who are 16 and under to play for free when they are accompanied by a paying adult!  This is a part of the Myrtle Beach golf community’s  “Kids Play Free” program, and it is a great opportunity for family’s planning a golf vacation to Myrtle Beach in the summer of 2012.

Some of the area’s best golf courses are taking part in the program and allowing kids to play for free. In fact, 28 of the courses are considered 4 start layouts by the Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” guide.  Also, five of the area courses have been prestigiously recognized in “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.”  Here are just a few of the great courses where your kids can play for free over the summer:

  • King’s North at Myrtle Beach National
  • Grande Dunes
  • Rivers Edge
  • Tidewater
  • Tiger’s Eye

If you are considering a golf vacation to Myrtle Beach with your family, you should definitely take advantage of the “Kids Play Free” program.  It is one of the best opportunities for you to enjoy golf in Myrtle Beach with your kids at a great discount. You get an incredible value, and it’s a great opportunity to create lasting memories with your kids.