Golf Trek FAQ
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about arranging a golf trip to Myrtle Beach. We hope you find this informative. You can always reach us at 800-394-3764 if you have more specific questions.
Weekend Tee Times (Thursday-Sunday) are very tight in the Spring and Fall. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you PRE-BOOK GUARANTEED AFTERNOON REPLAYS. Saturday Afternoon (Friday Night Partying) and Sunday morning (everybody leaves for home in the afternoon) are the toughest tee times to obtain.
Friday and Saturday night is the best night to party as most clubs stay open till 4 am.
FLY IN…1st day of play…most airlines arrive before 11 AM. It will normally take 30 to 45 minutes to get your luggage, golf clubs and arrange for your rental car. You are now ready to proceed to get lunch, warm up and start your round. There are 20 courses within 15 minutes of our centrally located airport. Play a course near the Myrtle Beach airport, then later check in at your lodging property after finishing your round.
If you fly into Charleston we’ll get you on Rivertowne, Arnold Palmer’s 4.5 star gem, enroute to Myrtle Beach. If you fly into Wilmington or Raleigh we’ll book your group on an excellent course enroute. DRIVE IN…1st day of play or last day driving home. Play a course enroute. This plan saves precious sun time and local traffic congestion during peak playing time. Golf Trek will email your tee time vouchers, maps and directions to you so you’ll be able to go directly to your course.
The Key in playing 2 rounds on the same day is IF you have time to actually PLAY 2 courses, eat lunch and travel between the courses. You’ve got to start early in the morning. DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME STARTS the 1st Sunday in April and ENDS the LAST Sunday in October. DAYLIGHT in FEBRUARY, MARCH and NOVEMBER is RESTRICTED. If you plan on a 4 1/2 hour round in the AM and a 5 hour round in the PM…then you’ve got time in between for lunch and travel. Most courses open at 7:30 AM in February and March. PLAN WISELY.
CONFLICTING GOLF COURSE REVIEWS – on different Internet websites. What should I believe? The Internet has some good and some bogus information. Many chat room postings are negative…that’s normal as many people vent their frustrations. Some organizations give skewed personal recommendations based on financial considerations. Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” and your GolfMasters lay it on the line…the good, the bad and the ugly. Want the real scoop…good or *!* bad. Ask your GolfMaster.
WEATHER REFUNDS – Beware of any competitor’s legal language that reads… “NO REFUNDS FOR ANY UNUSED portion of package!” 90% of our competitors keep ALL of your monies regardless of the weather conditions. We don’t believe it’s fair… do you? The Golden Rule applies for us. If GOLF TREK isn’t charged by the course… then you get a REFUND!
Are subject to availability on the day you play. To increase your chance of replay, play early, 1st out is 1st back in and has 1st chance of replay…. Choose courses that have multiple courses or sister courses nearby. Play courses where local members don’t take the majority of the afternoon times… or get a guaranteed replay with a Golf Trek Guaranteed afternoon Tee Time. Give your GolfMaster a call to explore your possibilities.
MYRTLE BEACH INFO – Average Temperature Highs (In degrees Fahrenheit, based on 30 years of data).
Annual Averages: Sunny days 215.
GUARANTEED TEE TIMES – are opened to booking ONE YEAR IN ADVANCE. The earlier you call, the better the chance to get your preferred tee time as the better courses get booked early. With only 30 morning tee times, you can see how difficult it is to arrange a tee time at a top 10 course.
CART FEES? Are expensive at the beach. No way to sugar coat this item. 95% of the courses require carts all of the time. The cart fee ranges from $22 to $25 per person per round. Fortunately, Golf Trek INCLUDES cart fees with all rounds, so there are never any hidden costs.
TEE TIME SCHEDULING? Tee times are normally scheduled 8 minutes apart. This equates to 7 tee times per hour or 17 tee times during the morning from 7:00 am to 9:20 am. 17 tee times off hole #1 and 17 tee times off hole #10 are double teed. Depending upon daylight, tee times are then rescheduled in the afternoon. Shorter daylight means less tee times in the afternoon in November, December, January and February. Tee times will run from noon until 1:00-1:30 pm. As daylight lengthens, tee times will be scheduled from noon to 2:30 pm. Tee Times are opened to booking one year in advance. PLANNING as far in advance will help you secure your preferred course(s).
If you owned a golf course would you only open 1/2 of your course? If a course (probably like your home course) books STRAIGHT THRU tee times with everyone teeing off on hole #1 that means the back nine holes will be closed for the first 2 1/2 hours in the morning.
By double teeing off #1 and #10 simultaneously, a course doubles its early morning tee times and gains an additional 17 tee times or 68 golfers each morning ($3,000 – $7,000). Both mornings and afternoons are double teed at the majority of courses. There are a select few that can not double tee, because the 9th hole does not come back to the clubhouse. Give us a call and we can give you all the details of which courses are set up this way.
Check out this article for more details of how the double tee is set up. click here
Spouses will not be charged for any golf if they don’t play; therefore, we will gladly arrange a price for any non-golfer based on lodging only, as long as there are some golfers in the group. Non-golfers will be charged a cart fee at the course if they ride along at the golf course.
A surcharge is an additional fee you pay over and above the base cost of golf when you choose to play premium courses. Surcharges reflect a higher cost of green fees than what is included in the base price non surcharge courses. Some surcharge courses are worth paying the extra surcharge fee, SOME ARE DEFINITELY …NOT! Want to save money and PLAY the very best courses… ASK YOUR GOLFMASTER. Rest assured that when you book with Golf Trek all surcharges are included. We never have ANY hidden fees.
Myrtle Beach Travel Related Questions
$4 per person per round for Inclement weather insurance. All playing members of the group must opt for this coverage for all rounds of golf. Must be purchased prior to final payment of your golf package in order for coverage to be valid. Once the group has opted for coverage, it is non-cancellable.
In order to qualify for a refund the course has to be deemed CLOSED and not accepting ANY play for the date you are scheduled to play. The decision to close the golf course is very infrequent and completely up to the golf course. Golf Trek has no control over the golf course’s decision. The golf course is not party to the insurance being offered. Often times it may be raining, but the golf course is still open for play. In this scenario the golf course, at it’s option, typically issues rain checks. This occurs when it’s raining, but the course is still in a condition where it’s playable. If the course is not closed, but is issuing rain checks a refund for the inclement weather insurance does not apply.
In order to receive the refund due to golf course closure, we will need the voucher signed by a representative of the golf course and mailed back to Golf Trek such that we can verify and process the refund. No exceptions.
There are several new flights that fly directly into Myrtle Beach to announce for the upcoming winter and spring golf season.
Your GolfMasters at Golf Trek receive many questions about flights to Myrtle Beach so we thought we’d give you a heads up on the current list of airlines servicing Myrtle Beach and what direct flights exist. We don’t book airline travel but we are very familiar with what is going on. Service is our priority.
The airport code for Myrtle Beach is MYR. Here are the airlines that service MYR and what direct flights exist. The related airport code follows the city name in ( ). Please keep in mind that some of the direct flights don’t fly everyday and some are on seasonal schedule basis. It is best to check with the airlines as schedules do change. This could impact your travel and golf in the Myrtle Beach area.
CONTINENTAL: 800-525-0280 www.continental.com
Direct from Newark NJ (ewr)
DELTA/ASA/COMAIR 800-221-1212 www.delta.com
Direct from Cincinnati OH (cvg) www.comair.com
Direct from Atlanta GA (atl)
Direct from Boston MA (bos) – cancelled 12-07
Direct from New York NY (lga) – cancelled 12-07
MYRTLE BEACH DIRECT AIR: 877-432-3432 http://www.myrtlebeachdirectair.com
Direct from Newark NJ (ewr)
Direct from Niagra Falls NY (buf)
Direct from Pittsburgh PA (pit)
Direct from Tampa/St. Pete FL (tpa)
Direct from Gulfport/Biloxi MS (gpt)
Direct from Columbus OH (cmh)
Direct from Plattsburgh NY (plb)
NORTHWEST: 800-225-2525 www.nwa.com
Direct from Detroit MI (dtw)
SOUTHERN SKYWAYS: 877-235-9768 www.southernskyways.com
mostly seasonal flights
Direct from Charleston WV (crw)
Direct from Bridgeport WV (ckb)
Direct from Tri Cities TN (tri) – cancelled 03/08
Direct from Rockford IL (rfd)
Direct from Akron/Canton OH (cak)
Direct from Dayton OH (day)
Direct from Wilkes Barre/Scranton (avp)
SPIRIT AIR: 800-772-7117 www.spiritair.com
Direct from Boston MA (bos)
Direct from Ft. Lauderdale FL (fll)
Direct from New York NY (lga)
Direct from Atlantic City NJ (acy)
Direct from Detroit MI (dtw)
UNITED AIRLINES: 800-864-8331 www.united.com
Direct from Charlotte NC (clt)
Direct from Washington DC (iad)
Direct from Chicago IL (ord)
US AIRWAYS: 800-428-4322 www.usairways.com
Direct from Charlotte, NC (clt)
Direct from Philadelphia, PA (phl)
Direct from Washington, DC (dca)
Direct from New York NY (lga)
You can also check into the airfares to and from other airports that are within reasonable drive times of Myrtle Beach. These airports, their respective miles to central Myrtle Beach and the airlines that service them are:
Charleston, SC (chs), 103 miles
Airtran , American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, United, US Airways
Florence, SC (flo), 67 miles
Delta, US Airways
Columbia, SC (cae), 158 miles
American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, United, US Airways
Fayetteville, NC (fay), 130 miles
Delta, US Airways
Wilmington, NC (ilm), 82 miles
Delta, US Airways
Raleigh/Durham, NC (rdu), 210 miles
South West Air, American, Continental, Delta, Express Jet, Jet Blue, Midwest, Northwest, United, US Airways, Air Canada
If your travels take you through an airport other than Myrtle Beach International, we can assist you with both golf and lodging to make your drive times even shorter in many instances. For example, if you come through Charleston’s airport, we have lodging and golf courses both in the Charleston area and the southern part of the Myrtle Beach golf area. On the other hand, if you use either the Raleigh or Wilmington airport, we have lodging and courses you can consider on the northern end of the Myrtle Beach area (just below the city of Wilmington).
Talk with your GolfMaster about your travel arrangements and appropriate golf and lodging. There are many alternatives regarding lodging and golf to consider. We will do our best to help you have a wonderful and enjoyable golf experience in the Myrtle Beach area.
Play well and often !!!!
Driving time from Charlotte and Raleigh NC is approximately 3 hours to Myrtle Beach. Driving time from Richmond, Virginia to Myrtle Beach is approximately 4 1/2 hours. Washington, DC to Myrtle Beach is approximately 6 1/2 hours. If you are coming from Atlanta, Georgia, your looking at about 6 hours. From Jacksonville, Florida, it is about 5 1/2 hours. Of course, it all depends on who is driving and how close to the speed limits you stay.
We’ve learned to do what we do best and that involves arranging the lodging and golf for our golfers. Your best bet if you know you want to fly into the Carolinas is to look at the various Internet travel sites, such as Orbitz.com, Expedia.com, Travelocity.com or call the airlines directly to get a plane ticket. We advise that you get the air schedule straightened out first prior to making the golf arrangements. When looking at airports, besides Myrtle Beach, you can also consider flying into Charleston, SC (1 1/2 hours south), Wilmington, NC (1 1/2 hours north, or even Florence, SC (1 1/4 hours west). We can arrange to have you play a round at a course not far from the airports on your way into the Myrtle Beach area. The same holds true for your flight back home.
Without a doubt, a rental car is a great idea. There just aren’t a whole lot of taxis in the Myrtle Beach area and mass transportation is virtually non-existent. Golf Trek recommends that you check out the national car rental website, as internet specials normally offer the very best deal. All types of vehicles are available. Just keep in mind that “vans” are at a premium in the Spring.
Reservation Related Questions
Nearly all the time you will save money by going through Golf Trek. Along with that, you let us do all the work that it requires to put together a golf package, saving you time and work in the process. Remember that we do this every day and there’s a reason the majority of our customers become repeat customers. We provide a service, to you, the golfer.
We are able to stay on top of golf course conditions such that if a problem arose, we can notify you and give you the option to switch courses. We realize golf is 1st and foremost and want to ensure you are playing courses in tip top conditions. The same applies with the lodging. We are looking out for your best interests.
PACKAGE DEALS THAT SEEM TO BE TO GOOD TO BE TRUE – NORMALLY ARE! You can lower the golf package rate by either playing dog tracks or laying with the cockroaches at the 40% of the lodging properties that are substandard. Maybe you’ll get both. A lethal 1…2 punch. Buyer Beware! Golf Trek does neither…we recommend quality accommodations and well maintained courses. By testing the product constantly we discover from time to time glitches in maintenance at good courses. When we get back to the office, we’ll be on the phone to you, letting you know what we found, and what course replacement that will best fit your game.
Looking for that special gift for the golfer in your life? What could be better than a trip to Myrtle Beach to play golf?
Golf Trek has gift certificates available, and they can easily be purchased on our website. After purchase you will receive an official certificate in the name of the golfer. All they have to do is give us a call and we’ll handle the rest. Click here to purchase a gift certificate.
Certificates are available in denominations of $25.
Most Golfers book their package well in advance. We ask that each golfer pay a deposit of $100 per person at the time of booking. Each person can pay individually on our website, or the group leader can pay the deposit on behalf of the group.
To allow for enough time to get the final package information to you, we required the balance at least 30 days prior to your arrival date. You may pay by check, money order, certified check, Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express. On a booking with an arrival date of less than 30 days, the deposit and balance will have to be paid at the time of the booking.
If you wish to send a check, please send it to the following address:
1121 Park West Blvd
Suite B, #132
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
Clearly mark the golf package # and the group leader on the memo section of the check. This will ensure we properly associate your payment with the right package.
MYRTLE BEACH GOLFTREK TERMS OF PAYMENT
After you have selected your preferred trip preferences as to course and / or accommodation selection, we will confirm all your courses in the requested time and order. In most cases we are able to get the requested lodging, tee time, day and course you prefer. If there is a conflict, then we will communicate with the group leader as to alternatives.
In rare circumstances, we may have to substitute lodging, golf course, time or day. After confirmation of your itinerary, your payment will be processed and a confirmation will be emailed to you. Once your package is paid in full, you will receive an email containing your final confirmation package. The final confirmation will be a package of 10-15 pages including driving directions, check in instructions, golf tee times, golf course vouchers, directions to the golf courses, maps of the area and other relevant information.
CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS
– A written notice of cancellation must be received to process any refund. We would like to work with you to minimize any cancellation fee, so give us as much time as possible.
– Cancellation 31+ days prior to arrival: will be charged a $35.00 per person cancellation fee less any prepaid or non-refundable fees Incurred by Golf Trek. OR a full **credit to be used on a future package.
– Cancellation 30-14+ days prior to arrival: will be charged a $100.00 per person fee, OR a full credit to be used on a future package less any prepaid or non-refundable fees incurred by Golf Trek.
– Cancellation 13-7 days prior to arrival: a credit will be issued to be used on a future package. The amount of this credit will be subject to change fees and any prepaid or non- refundable fees incurred by Golf Trek. This will be taken on a case-by-case basis but no refunds can be issued inside 13 days.
– Cancellation 6 days prior to arrival: no refund or credit will be made available.
BREAKFAST? Is the cheapest meal at the beach at over 500 breakfast/pancake houses. Menus start at $1.99 for a full breakfast and $3.99 for an all-you-can-eat breakfast. Many hotels force you to pay and eat breakfast in their restaurant. What if you don’t like the food? Too Bad! It’s simpler for you to pick your own restaurant and the food you’ll enjoy at the price you want to pay.