Looking for sunlight in an otherwise bleak winter (especially if you live in the Northeast)? Mark your calendar for March 24 because that’s when we will begin accepting entries into the 32nd annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship.
Players have 10,000 reasons to register early for this year’s event, which will be played August 31-September 4 on more than 65 of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses.
Golf is a masochist’s dream. The challenge and subsequent struggles are part of the fun; they are what sustain the game over a lifetime for many of us.
Let’s be clear: if you aren’t playing well there is NO such thing as an easy golf course. But the challenge is unquestionably greater in some places than others. With that in mind, here are Myrtle Beach’s toughest golf courses and the list concludes with a question we need your help in answering.
4 Rounds of Golf
Where You Play:
Golfers can choose from 19 courses, but this specific package includes Farmstead Golf Links. Golfers playing Farmstead can take a shot at one of the nation’s few par 6s: the 767-yard 18th hole that plays across the North Carolina/South Carolina state line, and you can too! (More)
3 Rounds + 1 Free, 3 Nights of Accomodations
Where You Play:
Starting at $237 per person this Spring
Where You Stay:
Sea Trail Villa - based on quad occupancy
Your lodging will consist of a deluxe 2-bedroom golf villa at the Resort at Sea Trail, located in Sunset Beach, NC. At Sea Trail Resort, you'll play courses designed by Rees Jones, Willard Byrd, andDan Maples. All courses offer scenic views of the Calabash River, which winds its way through the resort, and all feature ancient oak trees dripping with Spanish moss.
Complimentary use of Resort Amenity Center is included in the golf package. The Resort Amenity Center features and indoor/outdoor pool, jacuzzi, and exercise room.
Where Can I Book? Seaside Golf Vacations is a large independent golf and lodging discount wholesaler. That means they can offer you a huge selection of lodging and golf courses up and down the Grand Strand. It also means that they will give you unbiased advice about Myrtle Beach area golf courses and lodging.
Allegiant has announced new, nonstop jet service from five cities to Myrtle Beach. A total of 13 cities in the Allegiant network will now have access to the Grand Strand region as a seasonal vacation destination. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will celebrate the new services with up to $500 off* vacation packages and one-way fares to Myrtle Beach as low as $29**.
Entries are being accepted for the 12th annual Junior Golf Shootout, which will be held April 3-4 on the Arnold Palmer-designed SouthCreek and West courses at Myrtle Beach National. The 36-hole, stroke play tournament, contested on the Friday and Saturday of Easter weekend, is open to boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 18. The $135 entry fee includes two rounds of golf, lunch both days and a welcome gift. Entry deadline is noon EST on March 29th. Practice rounds are available March 29th-April 2, 2015 - cost is $30 per round, and may be booked 48 hours in advance.
3 Rounds, 3 Nights of Accomodations
Where You Play:
Starting at $325 per person this Spring
Where You Stay:
3 Nights Accomodations
3 Rounds at Championship Designed Layouts including Arrowhead Golf Course: Includes 3 perfectly groomed nine-hole layouts. The Cypress, Lakes and Waterway nines all are equally challenge and great care has been taken to make sure each is in top notch condition. All 27 holes have received new MiniVerde greens in recent years, guaranteeing an outstanding putting surface throughout the year. Arrowhead is one of just seven Myrtle Beach courses that runs along the Intracoastal Waterway.
3 Deluxe Breakfast
Oceana Golf Souvenir.
Where Can I Book?: You have access to this package with many Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday members but we found this package at: Best Western Plus Carolinian Oceanfront Inn and Suites
4 Rounds, 3 Nights of Accomodations
Where You Play:
Starting at $441 per person this Spring
Where You Stay:
Stay at a 4 Diamond rated property and enjoy 4 rounds on Championship Designed Courses at Barefoot Resort. Barefoots Dye Club is home of the Hootie and the Blowfish Monday after the Masters Celebrity Pro-AM Tournament! And better yet, your 4th round is FREE!
Where Can I Book?: We found this package at: North Beach Plantation
Tickets for the 21st annual Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament go on sale Monday, February 23 at 10 a.m. at the House of Blues, the Barefoot Resort & Golf pro shops and all Ticketmaster outlets.
The Monday After the Masters will be played at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Club on April 13.
This will mark the 13th 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.
Tickets are $20 and children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Monday After the Masters has sold out eight consecutive years, annually attracting a crowd in excess of 6,000 people.
Headlining the early commitments for this year’s event are 20-time PGA Tour winner Davis Love III, who is expected to be named Ryder Cup captain for a second time, PGA Tour pro and Golf Channel analyst Charlie Rymer, Super Bowl champion quarterback Jim McMahon, all-pro wide receiver Sterling Sharp and Cleveland Browns QB 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. It will mark the fifth 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 through a fully funded endowment.
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.
Be honest: you take a little more pride than you should in bombing the ball off the tee and outdriving your playing partners. We all do. For that reason alone, the driver is the club you are most sensitive about. Golfers change putters as often as they do underwear and conversely, they will play with a set of irons for years. But the driver is different.
Classic Swing Golf School’s Ted Frick shows you how to hit the ball off pine straw, one of golf’s most challenging shots.
Classic Swing Golf School, one of America’s top 25 schools for quality and value, will dramatically improve your game. Classic Swing’s 3-day golf schools, which feature 12 hours of instruction, a 3:1 student to teacher ratio, full swing video analysis and on-course instruction, start at just $369 per golfer.
After the amazing rounds 4 Rounds of Golf and Free 4th Night of Accomodations, the REWARDS begin! You'll get free breakfast daily, Free dinner to Carrabba's Italian Grill, and a $100 Gift Card to be used at the courses for food/beverages/apperal/and merchandise.
Watch as former PGA Tour pro Hugh Royer III demonstrates a tip that will absolutely improve your mid-iron game. The tip from Royer, the director of instruction at SC Golf Center, is simple yet vital to success.
On a list of Myrtle Beach’s most underrated layouts, Thistle Golf Club has to rank somewhere near the top. Sure the 27-hole Tim Cate facility deservedly earned 4.5 stars from Golf Digest, but as a semi-private club, it didn’t receive the play or attention it merited.
That all changed – with a lot of other things - when Jack Davis, who also owns International Club, purchased the club in the fall of 2013.
Here is a look at everything you need to know about the Scottish inspired layout as we head into the spring of 2015:
Enjoy a look at Thistle Golf Club, one of the Myrtle Beach area's most underrated layouts. This Tim Cate beauty is a must-play for discerning Grand Strand golfers. This is why!
Spring is on the immediate horizon here in Myrtle Beach, meaning golf courses will be full and one of the one of the game’s bugaboos – pace of play – will move to the forefront for to many players.
Even the PGA Tour is undertaking a year-long study of the issue, which plagues the world’s best golfers at least as much as it does amateurs.
The tips below aren’t designed to rush players but instead to help them be ready to play. With that in mind, here are eight tips for improving pace of play.
Cleveland is in the throes of another long winter, but sunnier days are on the horizon for golfers in Northeast Ohio. Spirit Airlines, which offers ultra low cost fares, will begin nonstop flight service from Cleveland to Myrtle Beach.
Play Caledonia and True Blue Golf Clubs any way you like. Ex: 4 rounds at Caledonia or 4 at True Blue, 3 at Caledonia and 1 at True Blue or any combination you and your golf group choose to play. $499 per person* $599 per person**
Includes range balls
No matter the type of purchase, everyone wants to receive good value, and few golf packages deliver more of it than Legends Resorts’ 5 Fore 4 special.
Featuring five of Myrtle Beach’s best and most popular courses, the Legends deal has been the most popular golf package in America in recent years.
You don’t have to be Phil Mickelson to figure out why.
The Preseason Classic was played on six of the Myrtle Beach area’s best and most popular courses. True Blue, Glen Dornoch, The Witch, Wild Wing Avocet, Tradition Club and Panther’s Run all hosted the event.
The tournament kicked off with a Sunday welcome party, complete with complementary food and drinks, and also included a Wednesday awards luncheon.
The event featured a different format of play each day, beginning with best ball in the opening round, followed by combined net team score and a Texas scramble.
Glen Dornoch is one of the most challenging and scenic courses on the Myrtle Beach golf market, wowing players with views of the Intracoastal Waterway while forcing them to think their way around the course.
It’s the type of layout where a little local knowledge is beneficial, and we are here to help. Here are five things that will help you enjoy your experience at Glen Dornoch.
Glen Dornoch has provided some of Myrtle Beach golf’s best visuals since it opened in 1996. Five holes play along the Intracoastal Waterway and designer Clyde Johnston maximized the available land, creating a layout that is near the top of many play lists.
We consulted with Glen Dornoch’s marketing director, Jason Himmelsbach, who has played the course hundreds of times, for one man’s opinion on the course’s three best holes. Himmelsbach happily obliged.