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Myrtle Beach Golf Course Reviews:  Heather Glen Is A Quiet Star

July 29, 2014 by Chris King

heather glen remains among the best myrtle beach golf coursesHeather Glen Golf Links resides in Little River, just across Highway 17 from its renowned sister course Glen Dornoch. The North Strand facility is a few short miles north of Tidewater and south of a horde of highly regarded layouts in Brunswick County.

The Grand Strand has opened more than 60 golf courses since the first tee shot was struck at Heather Glen in 1987, and as the number of area courses grew, the media attention paid to Heather Glen slowly waned.

While the limelight may have moved on, smart golfers have not.  

Heather Glen was the apple of the golf world’s eye when it opened, earning “Best New Course in America” honors from Golf Digest, and the layout is better now than it has ever been.

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A 27-hole facility, Heather Glen is one of the most underrated Myrtle Beach golf courses. Designed by Clyde Johnston and Willard Byrd, Heather Glen is a Scottish-inspired design, complete with daunting pot bunkers, rolling fairways, impeccable conditions, and a maturity that can’t be underestimated.

Upon its opening, Heather Glen featured the Red and White nines, which were joined by the Blue nine in 1990. There is no difference in the quality of the three layouts and, as a result, Heather Glen’s strength lies in the consistency of its excellence.

Golfers are happy to play any combination of 18 holes and many tack on an extra nine and play all 27 holes in a single day.

Heather Glen has nice variety on its par 4s with holes as short as 363 yards from the tips and as long 447 yards. Total yardage varies depending on which combination is played, but from the tips expect 6,800 yards and from the white tees somewhere between 6,200 and 6,300 yards.

Small streams or a burn, as Heather Glen likes to call them in a nod to the club’s Scottish inspiration, cross several fairways, but there is ample room off the tee. That being said, the course runs through 400 acres of pine trees, dogwoods and oak trees. Players that stray outside of the rough will likely find themselves in heavy woods.

The biggest challenge at Heather Glen is avoiding the pot bunkers that dot the layout, none more notable than the feared “Devil’s Mistress.” The “Devil’s Mistress” is nearly eight feet deep and it looms in front of the green on the par 3, fourth hole on the white course. A trip to see this Devil will require nearly everyone to chip out sideways and a bogey (at best) awaits.

Generally speaking the greens at Heather Glen are receptive to holding balls on the approach, but shots that hit on the side of the green will likely find sand or a swale, both of which are difficult to escape.  

“The advice we give people: hit one more club (than you think you need), because the ball won’t roll up,” head pro Steve Heher said. “The greens are elevated and soft in front.”

Heather Glen is a second shot course, and a first tier Myrtle Beach golf experience.

The Verdict: It’s hard to imagine a layout that was once named Best New Course in America as underrated, but Heather Glen is. It’s an outstanding layout that will help make your next Myrtle Beach golf trip a memorable one.  

 
 

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Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella Unveils List of Best 19th Holes, Including a Myrtle Beach Favorite

July 28, 2014 by Chris King

Golf Channel's Matt Ginella has traveled the world playing golf and last week he revealed his list of the game's best 19th Holes. One of our favorites made the list! Watch as Matty G talks 19th Holes and golf travel on Morning Drive.

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Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship Accepting Entries Through August 7

July 24, 2014 by Chris King

The Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship is accepting entries through August 7, so you have ample time to join the 3,190 participants who have already registered for the game’s greatest amateur event.

The World Am, which will be played August 25-29, is a 72-hole, net stroke play event that allows golfers of all skill levels to compete on a level playing field, courtesy of the game’s most aggressive handicap monitoring system.

Entry into the event is $575 and includes a gift bag valued at more than $250. Among the items in the gift bag are a logo’d Greg Norman quarter zip pullover, a Greg Norman golf shirt, a club glove towel, a $20 PGA Tour Superstore gift card and more.

Players from 47 states and 27 countries have registered for this year’s tournament and they will be flighted based on age, gender and handicap. More than 60 of the best Myrtle Beach golf courses will be hosting the event, and players will be re-paired for each of the tournament’s final two rounds based on score, just like the PGA Tour does.

After four rounds of golf, all flight winners and ties advance to the World Championship Playoff at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Club, where a champion is crowned. The list of past world champions is a testament to the effectiveness of the event’s handicap monitoring efforts. Handicaps as low as three and high as 34 have won, including four female golfers.

The competitive part of the event is only half the fun. Participants are equally drawn to the World’s Largest 19th Hole, the tournament’s nightly party held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

The 19th Hole utilizes 120,000-square-feet of the convention center and features free food, open bar, live entertainment, a 60+ exhibitor golf expo, demo alley, games and celebrity appearances. Television personality Win McMurry, who has worked for Golf Channel and ESPN, has already committed to appear at the 19th Hole.

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Mystical Golf Offers Package Built Around “World’s Largest Golf Outing”

July 23, 2014 by Chris King

Mystical Golf – owner and operator of celebrated The Witch, Man-O-War and The Wizard courses – has unveiled a three-day, three-round stay-and-play package with tournament entry into the “World’s Largest Golf Outing” held Monday, August 11 to benefit Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).

In addition to Mystical Golf’s Man-O-War course, the simultaneous World’s Largest Golf Outing (WLGO) will be played at more than 120 Billy Casper Golf-managed courses in 28 states. It is open to all golfers regardless of ability and a USGA handicap is not required. Billy Casper Golf (BCG) is the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in the U.S.

Mystical Golf’s WLGO package starts at $249 per player and includes three nights’ accommodations in comfortable, spacious villas; automatic WLGO tournament entry for the four-person scramble format with shared cart; warm-up range balls; pre-tournament coffee and biscuits; lunch; WLGO logoed hat; souvenir golf ball; bag tag; and local prizes and awards ceremony following play.

The offer also includes two additional 18s on Mystical Golf’s acclaimed layouts with cart as well as free daily lunch and two beers or beverages per round.

“We’re honored to be part of this year’s World’s Largest Golf Outing and its noble commitment to benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project,” says Claude Pardue, President and CEO of Mystical Golf.

Part of event proceeds and all donations from non-players benefit WWP, the national organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors – some of whom will be playing in the WLGO. Since its inception four years ago, the World’s Largest Golf Outing has donated more than $1.1 million to WWP, the largest amount ever via a single-day golf event.

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Leopard’s Chase Roars to Forefront of Myrtle Beach Golf Scene

July 22, 2014 by Chris King

Leopard's Chase is one of Myrtle Beach's best coursesUnique names and serious golf. That’s how you can describe the golf courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation in Ocean Isle Beach.

There are four courses that are all nationally recognized and award winning, and one still on the way. A mere 20 minutes from downtown Myrtle Beach lays a golfing oasis fit for weekend getaways, long-distance travellers, or just local golfers looking for a spectacular setting.

With names like Tiger’s Eye, Panther’s Run, Lion’s Paw and Leopard’s Chase, golfers will not be disappointed by the grand promises that the big animal names provide.

The Big Cats, as they’re collectively called, feature challenging holes and beautiful landscapes. Immaculate conditioning are the norm, and each course takes advantage of the rolling Carolinian settings.

I was lucky enough to play Leopard’s Chase, named by Business North Carolina as the fifth-best course in the area. It’s easy to see why.

Although difficult, I found the course to be fair and receptive to all handicap levels in my foursome. The conditionings were perfect. If I were to build a golf course from scratch on the Grand Strand, Leopard’s Chase would certainly be a blueprint for success.

Leopard’s Chase is the newest and “most ferocious” Big Cat at Ocean Ridge, opening in 2007. The following year both GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest named it one of the Top 10 ‘Best New Public Courses in America’.

Rolling through 220 acres of natural coastal terrain, there are no shortage of scenic landscapes, wetlands, native grasses and southern palm trees to keep golfers distracted.

The highlights are in the holes where water plays a key role in both the design and challenge.
For example, the par-3 fourth has an island green, and the par-4 18th is, arguably, one of the best finishing holes I’ve ever played. An elevated green is guarded by an elegant man-made waterfall where 1,600 gallons of water (per minute!) rush down a wall of boulders – the same boulders featured at Tiger’s Eye. A bunker runs up the whole right side of the fairway, and a ‘beach bunker’ is on the left.

Certainly a challenge, but what an experience going hunting for Big Cats! As fine a foursome of courses you’ll find in the Myrtle Beach area.

Adam Stanley

Adam Stanley is a golf writer based out of Canada who's traveled around the world, but loves coming back to Myrtle Beach. His work has appeared in a number of national and regional publications. Follow him on Twitter @adam_stanley.

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Moorland Course at Legends Resort Named Myrtle Beach Golf Course of the Year

July 21, 2014 by Chris King

Moorland is the 2014 Myrtle Beach golf course of the yearOne Myrtle Beach’s most challenging and popular courses has earned one the area’s highest honors.  

The Moorland Course at Legends Resort has been named Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association 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. By virtue of winning the award, Moorland becomes a candidate for state and potentially national honors. A 4.5-star course, according to Golf Digest’s prestigious Best Places to Play Guide, Moorland has long been one of the area’s most popular and challenging designs. Architect P.B. Dye utilized waste bunkers, pot bunkers, water and significant elevation change to create a layout that is both visually stunning and enjoyable to play. Moorland has been ranked among America’s 50 toughest courses by Golf Digest and players have embraced the challenge.

[5 Things You Need to Know About Moorland]

Along with its sister courses at Legends Resort – Heathland and Parkland, Moorland is owned and operated by Arnold Palmer Golf Management and has been instrumental in raising money for local charities. Legends donated hundreds of rounds of golf valued at more than $30,000 that benefitted the likes of the Alzheimer’s Association, Habitat for Humanity and Toys for Tots, among many others.

[Check out the 3 Best Holes at Moorland]

Additionally, Moorland and Legends offers complimentary instructional clinics twice a week, allows kids to play for free, and is the host facility for the First Tee of Myrtle Beach and Golf Academy of America.

Moorland was named one of the “Top 5 New Courses in America” by Golf Digest upon its opening, beginning a stream of honors that still continues. Most recently, Moorland was No. 6 on Golfweek’s list of the “Best Courses You Can Play” in South Carolina, a ranking of the Palmetto state’s premier public courses.

Moorland succeeds the Dye Club as the MBAGCOA Course of the Year. The National Golf Course Owners Association implemented the award in 1996 and the MBAGCOA has since nominated courses from the Myrtle Beach area. Past recipients of the award include Dye Club (2013), Dunes Club (2012), Founders Club (2011), Sandpiper Bay (2010) Shaftesbury Glen (2009), Grande Dunes (2008), Wachesaw Plantation East (2007), Burning Ridge (2006), TPC of Myrtle Beach (2005), Indian Wells Golf Club (2004), World Tour Golf Links (2003), Wild Wing Plantation (2002), Blackmoor (2001), Tradition Golf Club (2000), Bay Tree Golf Plantation (1999), Arrowhead Country Club (1998) and Myrtle Beach National’s King’s North (1996). Five of the Myrtle Beach regional winners - Burning Ridge, TPC, Wild Wing, Tradition, Arrowhead and King’s North - also captured the state award. World Tour was named as the national “Golf Course of the Year.”

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VIDEO: Ernie Els Three Putts From Two Feet!

July 17, 2014 by Chris King

This is why you don't you don't slap at the ball with the back of your putter, even when you are a multiple major winner. Ernie Els three-putted from two feet on his first hole at the British Open today. Ugh. Not the Big Easy's most memorable moment on the course!

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The Best Links Style Golf Courses in Myrtle Beach

July 15, 2014 by Chris King

Heathland is one of Myrtle Beach's best links style golf coursesThe 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?

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Video Tip From Dustin Johnson Golf School: The Importance of Posture and Ideal Balance

July 14, 2014 by Chris King

Watch as Allen Terrell, director of coaching at Dustin Johnson Golf School, explains the importance of good posture and shows you how to achieve it.

Myrtle Beach Golf Instruction Zone

 

These Myrtle Beach golf schools can turn your
golf vacation into a game-changer!

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!

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Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship Has Surpassed 3,000-Player Mark

July 11, 2014 by Chris King

The Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship has cracked the 3,000-participant barrier as players from 47 states and 27 countries have already signed up for golf’s largest single-site tournament.

The World Am, which is expected to attract 3,500 golfers to Myrtle Beach to compete in the 72-hole, net stroke play event, will be played August 25-29. The entry deadline for the 31st edition of the tournament is August 7 and the cost, which includes four rounds golf, nightly entry into the World’s Largest 19th Hole and a value-laden gift bag, is $575.

Participants are flighted based on their age, gender and handicap and each of the tournament’s 60+ flights play a different Myrtle Beach golf course each day. Pairings are reset daily based on score, providing players the opportunity to experience the competitive grind PGA Tour pros enjoy on a weekly basis.

After four rounds of play, all flight winners and ties advance to the World Championship Playoff at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Club, where the event’s ultimate champion will be crowned.

More than 60 courses have committed to hosting the event, including some of the best a beach golf vacation has to offer. Among the courses are all four layouts that will be hosting Big Break Myrtle Beach this fall – Pawleys Plantation and the Fazio, Love and Dye Courses at Barefoot - and Caledonia, True Blue and TPC Myrtle Beach, among many others.

Golf is only half the fun of the World Am. The World’s Largest 19th Hole is the tournament’s heartbeat. Held in the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, the 120,000-square-foot 19th Hole is a nightly party that includes free food and drinks, live entertainment, a golf expo and appearances by some of the biggest names in the game.

The 19th Hole is a place where old friendships are renewed and new ones are launched as players enjoy the revelry and watch for their flight scores to scroll across the jumbotron.

Former television personality Win McMurry has already committed to be part of the 19th Hole festivities.

Rich Brennan from Maumee, Ohio is the World Am’s reigning champion.

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VIDEO: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley Announces Myrtle Beach as Host of Big Break

July 11, 2014 by Chris King

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From the Mickelson Files, Again: Phil Hits Outrageous Backwards Flop Shot at Scottish Open

July 10, 2014 by Chris King

The idea of Phil Mickelson hitting a mind-boggling flop shot isn't exactly a new one, but it's impossible not to watch and be amazed by Lefty. Check out this backwards flop shot someone caught on cell phone during a practice round for this week's Scottish Open.

 

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Top 5 Snacks to Keep Golfers Happy and Healthy on the Course

July 09, 2014 by Rick Limpert

That's it bars are Rick Limpert's favoritesThere may be no harder chore on a Myrtle Beach golf trip than maintaining a healthy diet. It's so easy to pull into a convenience store or visit a vending machine to grab a quick snack.

It's one thing to bring Cheerios, or carrot and celery sticks along in baggies, but sometimes you need a little more and a boost of energy to get through the afternoon.
You could take the easy way out and down a Snickers bar, but I'm going to give you some great, healthy suggestions that you can eat before that late-afternoon tee time.

That's It Fruit Bars - Gluten Free
I'm a believer in "That's It." It's my favorite snack and the bars now come in six different flavors. I've interviewed the founder of That's It and he stresses that there is fruit in these bars and that is all (or That's It). They are tasty and filling and good for you.

The fruit is the only ingredient. No preservatives. No sugar. Non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, kosher, and diabetic friendly.
Get them at Whole Foods, specialty stores or here: http://www.thatsitfruit.com/shopbuy-our-products/

Nutrition Information per bar
calories 100
fat 0g
carbs 27g
fiber 3g
protein 1g

Chip’ins by Popcorn Indiana - Gluten Free
Popcorn Indiana has been making tasty treats for years. They are all about snacking in a healthy manner. You wouldn't know these chips are gluten-free from the taste or texture.

They can be found in Walmart or Whole Foods and buy them when you see them on shelves, because they can be hard to find.

If you don't see the Chip'ins, any of Popcorn Indiana's popcorn treats will suffice.

How could any self-respecting golfer pass up on a snack named Chip’ins?!

Nutritional info for 28g, White Cheddar
Calories 130
Fat 4g
Carbs 21g
Fiber 1g
Protein 2g

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Golf Channel Selects Myrtle Beach to Host Big Break; 4 Grand Strand Layouts to Host Show

July 08, 2014 by Chris King

America’s most popular golf show is coming to the game’s most popular destination.

Golf Channel’s Big Break franchise has selected Myrtle Beach to host the 22nd edition of the series, which will begin airing on Tuesday, October 7 at 9 p.m.

Twelve aspiring young professionals – six men, six women – will compete on four Myrtle Beach golf courses in hopes of winning Big Break, and, along with it, an opportunity that could launch them onto the game’s biggest stages.

Four of the best courses in Myrtle Beach and America, for that matter, will host the event. The Dye, Fazio and Love courses at Barefoot Resort and Pawleys Plantation will challenge participants to calm their nerves and deliver quality golf.

“Our goal is to place our competitors in pressure situations while at the same time showcasing an elite golf destination. We accomplished both with Big Break Myrtle Beach and are excited to bring the series to the Grand Strand,” said Jay Kossoff, Golf Channel vice president of original productions and Big Break executive producer.

Big Break and Golf Channel come to Myrtle Beach Fall 2014 for the popular golf challenge reality show

Joining long-time host Tom Abbott as co-host for Big Break Myrtle Beach will be Golf Channel analyst and LPGA Tour professional Paige Mackenzie.  A seven-year veteran of the LPGA Tour who also currently serves as co-host for Morning Drive, Mackenzie will provide analysis from a player’s perspective throughout the series, detailing the pressure the competitors will face with each challenge.

Big Break has produced several players that have gone on to success at the game’s highest levels. Among the show’s alumni are PGA Tour winners Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey and Matt Every, and U.S. Solheim Cup participants Kristy McPherson, Gerina Piller and Ryann O’Toole.

In addition to earning cash, prizes and an exemption into a PGA or LPGA Tour event, the player who emerges from Big Break Myrtle Beach will have earned the right to believe they are capable of following in the footsteps of Gainey, Every, O’Toole and McPherson.

The Dye, Love and Fazio courses have all been ranked among America’s Top 100 public courses, while Pawleys Plantation, a Jack Nicklaus design, is as challenging and scenic as any course along the Grand Strand. Conquer the pressure of Big Break and those four courses and a successful pro career may await.

Golf Channel’s decision to bring Big Break to Myrtle Beach continues what has been a year of great national exposure for the Grand Strand. ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike show broadcast from the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, USA Today readers voted Myrtle Beach the world’s “Best Golf Destination,” and the PGA Professional National Championship, which was televised live on Golf Channel, was played here last month.  

Our hosts for Season 22 are Tom Abbott & Paige Mackenzie

Golf Channel’s Big Break show concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness.  During Big Break Myrtle Beach, the competitors – who will be announced in August – will be subject to skills challenges from tee-to-green, including two of the series’ signature challenges, the popular “Glass Break” and “Flop Wall.”  One contestant will be eliminated each episode during the show’s 12-week run.

The Marina Inn and Resort at Grande Dunes served as the official host resort for the event’s competitor and production crew.

Our hosts for Season 22 are Tom Abbott & Paige Mackenzie.

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PGA PNC Notebook: Dunes Club, Grande Dunes Test America’s Best PGA Pros

June 27, 2014 by Chris King

Grande Dunes starred at the PNCThe 47th annual PGA Professional National Championship was a rousing success by almost any measure. Golf Channel was on hand for live television coverage throughout the event and viewers were treated to a dramatic rally by champion Michael Block.

The biggest stars may have been the two host courses, the Dunes Golf & Beach Club and Grande Dunes Resort. The courses split hosting duties over the first 36 holes and the Dunes Club was home to the final two rounds.

Both layouts tested the 312 club professionals that qualified to come to Myrtle Beach. Only three players broke par, led by Michael Block and Jamie Broce, who were tied at the end of four rounds with a 2-under total of 286. (Full Leaderboard)

Block, from Mission Viejo, Calif., never broke par in three rounds at the Dunes Club, shooting 73-72-72.

“As you can see, 2-under won it,” Block said. “Even par is a great score out here. It’s a heckuva a golf course … It’s a great test of golf. I hope it comes back here.”

Broce, who lost in a two-hole playoff to Block, was no less effusive in his praise.

“It’s fantastic,” Broce said. “I wish they would have it here every year. You have to hit every club in your bag and you have to know what you are doing with the ball.”

See You on Saturday?: The top 20 finishers at the PNC earned their way into the PGA Championship in August at Valhalla. Making the cut will be a tall order for all of the club professionals, but Block will arrive in Valhalla full of confidence and with major championship experience.

He qualified for the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont where he missed the cut, but his two-day total (156) was better than that of Adam Scott and Colin Montgomerie. He was also an alternate for the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional.

Block hasn’t been a stranger to the PGA Tour this year. He has played in two events, making the cut at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera and the Farmer’s Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. He struggled in the third round of both events and failed to make the Saturday cut, but he knows he can play with the best players in the world.

Don’t be shocked if your 2014 PGA PNC champion finds himself playing on the weekend at the year’s final major.

Torrid Tentis: The best stretch of golf played at the PNC was authored by Minnesota’s David Tentis, who birded four consecutive holes during the final round at the Dunes Club, beginning at the par 4 seventh.

Tentis had just 11 putts through 10 holes on Wednesday and got within shouting distance of the lead before he cooled off on the back nine, finishing his round with a 1-under par 71.

The final round surge pushed Tentis from tied for 18th place and on the bubble to qualify for the PGA Championship to an eighth place finish. He finished the event at 2-over par.

Defending champion Rod Perry never seriously contended but he acquitted himself very well, finishing tied for fifth and earning a return to the PGA Championship. Perry played the final two rounds in 1-under par, steadily working his way up the leaderboard. He finished the event at 1-over.

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Challenge, Creativity Attract Players to Prestwick Country Club

June 26, 2014 by Chris King

Prestwick Country Club golf course of Myrtle Beach is a player favoritePrestwick Country Club golf course head pro Jay Smith doesn’t delude players that flock to the course Pete and P.B. Dye collaborated to design.

The challenge is substantial.

With its rolling fairways, pot bunkers and undulating greens, Prestwick tests every part of a player’s game. No two holes are the same and every club in the bag will come into play at some point.

Knee-knocking approaches, treacherous putts and delicate chip shots come with the scorecard at Prestwick.

In short, it’s the type of layout golfers love to play.
 

The beauty of Prestwick lies in the fairness of challenge. During a round players face difficult holes, but the Dye brothers offer plenty of opportunities to score on a course sculpted to include the types of stunning visuals their name allows golfers to conjure up.

An approximately 18-acre lake separates the 9th and 18th holes, and the dirt removed to create the lake was put to good use. A berm was constructed around the course, providing the layout with privacy and framing many of its holes.

The rolling fairways, mounds and swales alongside the greens encourage creativity. There isn’t a right way to play Prestwick. Players looking at the same shot may see completely different ways to get the ball to the green, a hallmark of good design work.

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Nothing Stands in His Way: Block Rallies to Win PGA Professional National Championship

June 25, 2014 by Chris King

Michael Block wont the PGA PNCThere was a time when Michael Block was his own worst enemy on the golf course. Unable to properly channel a fiery personality, one bad shot often led to another, ending his dreams of winning many a tournament.

What prompted Block to change his attitude?

The birth of his children and a cold dose of reality as it related to his on-course accomplishments for starters.

“I knew how good I was, and I hadn’t won anything,” Block said.

That changed for good Wednesday at the Dunes Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C..

The head pro at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, Calif., overcame a three-stroke deficit on the back nine and won the 47th annual PGA Professional National Championship with a birdie on the second playoff hole, edging Jamie Broce.

Block, who earned $75,000 for the victory, and Broce finished 72 holes of play with a 2-under par score of 286.

The victory was a testament to Block’s mental strength as much as his considerable skill.

Block applied pressure to Brose, Toledo University’s head men’s golf coach, throughout the back nine, but he missed a three-footer for par on the 15th hole, leaving him two down with the three to go. He never wavered.

On the 539-yard, par 5 16th, Block blasted out of a greenside bunker to five feet and made a nervy downhill birdie putt to pull within a stroke of Broce, who missed a similar length birdie attempt.

Block made a testy four-footer for par on 17, and went to the demanding 18th hole needing to pick up a stroke.

Both players put their drive in the fairway on the 448-yard hole, but Block, who shot an even par 72 on the round, left his approach shot in the left front greenside bunker.
 

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Broce Holds 54-Hole Lead at PGA Professional National Championship

June 25, 2014 by Chris King

Karen Paolozzi made the 54-hole cut at the PNCJamie Broce thought his chances of playing in the 47th PGA Professional National Championship were over last summer. He lost a five-hole playoff in the Northern Ohio PGA Championship to Karen Paolozzi, who became the third woman to advance to the National Championship.
 
But, instead of watching the action back home, Broce now finds himself in the spotlight in the showcase event for PGA Professionals. The University of Toledo men’s golf coach shot 1-under-par 71 in the third round to take a three-stroke lead into Wednesday’s final round.
 
Broce (“Brose”) collected three birdies to offset two bogeys for a 54-hole total of 5-under-par 211. Broce, 37, holds the lead over Michael Block of Aliso Viejo, California, who had a 72 in the third round. (Full Leaderboard)

Final Round coverage will air live on Golf Channel from 2-5 p.m.
 
Paolozzi also is among the 77 players surviving the 54-hole cut, thus making her the second woman professional to play in the Championship’s final round.
 
Broce was the first alternate from the Northern Ohio PGA Section and gained his berth prior to the Championship. In two rounds on The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, he’s found the formula to success by playing the par-5s in 4-under par.
 
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Jamie Broce Takes 36-Hole Lead at 47th PGA Professional National Championship

June 24, 2014 by Chris King

Jamie Broce makes his living coaching younger men to handle pressure situations on the golf course. The University of Toledo coach practiced Monday what he’s been preaching the past two seasons to his Rockets, rallying for an even-par 72 to grab a one-stroke lead midway through the 47th PGA Professional National Championship. (Complete Leaderboard)
 
Broce (“Brose”) overcame a double bogey on the third hole at Grande Dunes Resort Club when he struck a stray tee on his backswing and hooked his drive, leaving him with an unplayable lie. He bounced back with five birdies, including one at No. 16 and a three-footer at No. 18 that gave him a 36-hole total of 4-under-par 140.
 
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McNabb, Kok Share First Round Lead at PGA PNC

June 23, 2014 by Chris King

Grande Dunes is hosting the first two rounds of the PNCJohan Kok picked the right site to celebrate his debut in the PGA Professional National Championship. The 2003 University of South Carolina alumnus posted a near-flawless, 5-under-par 67 to match The Dunes Golf & Beach Club competitive record and share the first-round lead in the 47th edition of the showcase event for PGA Professionals. (Full Leaderboard)
 
Kok, PGA general manager at Temple Hills Country Club in Brentwood, Tennessee, had 11 one-putts on The Dunes’ slick Bermuda greens as the Championship made its second visit to the Palmetto State. A few miles away at Grande Dunes Resort Club, Dave McNabb of Newark, Delaware, registered his own 67 that included hitting 17 greens, and making six birdies to offset a single bogey.
 
The National Championship, featuring a $550,000 purse, is presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA. The 312-player field represents 45 states.
 
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Photo Gallery: Day 1 at the PGA Professional National Championship

June 22, 2014 by Chris King

The PGA Professional National Championship teed off this morning at the Dunes Club and Grande Dunes here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The nation's best golf destination is proud to be hosting the best PGA Pros in the nation. Enjoy a quick snapshot of the action from ealry this afternoon at Grande Dunes.

 

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Grande Dunes is one of two host courses

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News & Notes: Marquee Pairings, Major Players at PGA Professional National Championship

June 21, 2014 by Chris King

Senior PGA Player of the Year Sonny Skinner will be participating in the PGA PNC in Myrtle Beach

The 2014 PGA Professional National Championship will be played here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Grande Dunes Resort Course and Dunes Golf and Beach Club will be the host courses as 312 PGA professionals compete for a $550,000 purse and one of 20 spots available in the PGA Championship later this summer. If you can't attend the event, don't forget to watch Golf Channel's coverage! Thanks to our friends from the PGA for the following notebook items.

Premier Groupings and Starting Times for First Two Rounds of Play
 
Click Here for the groupings and starting times for the first two rounds (Sunday, June 22 and Monday, June 23) of the 47th PGA Professional National Championship.

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VIDEO: Police Chase Winds Up on North Dakota Golf Course

June 19, 2014 by Chris King

Three police cars, a helicopter and a high speed chase through a golf course? It might sound like a poor attempt at comedy but it happened at a North Dakota golf course! Check this out.

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PGA Professional National Championship Poised to Tee Off in Myrtle Beach

June 17, 2014 by Chris King

PGA Professionals National Championship of 2014 final round will be held at The Dunes Golf and Beach ClubAfter back-to-back U.S. Opens conclude this week, the golf world’s attention will turn to Myrtle Beach as the PGA Players National Championship comes to town.

America’s best PGA professionals will descend on Myrtle Beach with dreams of earning one of the 20 spots up for grabs in this year’s PGA Championship in August.

There will be 312 competitors from 41 sections competing in the 72-hole event, which will be played June 22-25 and televised on the Golf Channel. The Golf Channel will broadcast 10.5 hours of coverage. See TV Coverage schedule

Competitors will play the Grande Dunes Resort Course and the Dunes Golf & Beach Club on the opening two days. After the field is cut, the final two rounds will be played at the Dunes Club, where a champion will be crowned.

Headlining the field is defending champion Rod Perry, the reigning two-time PGA Professional Player of the Year. Also sure to draw interest will be the play of Karen Paolozzi, who became just the third woman ever to qualify for the event. 

The tournament has a purse of $550,00 with winner collecting $75,000. The victor will also earn exemptions into five PGA Tour events. Perry played in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Puerto Rico Open, Valspar Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational and Wells Fargo Championship this year, though he failed to make the cut in any of them.

The PGA PNC is another in a long list of prestigious events the Dunes Club has hosted, joining the U.S. Women’s Open, the Senior Tour Championship and the finals of the PGA Tour’s Q-School.

SiriusXM Radio’s Maginess on Tap show will be broadcasting live from Myrtle Beach from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday as well.

In addition to the tournament, the PGA will be hosting several golf-related events throughout the weekend, beginning with a kids clinic at Arcadian Shores from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m on Thursday. Arcadian Shores is also hosting an armed forces clinic from 2-5 p.m., highlighted by trick shot artist Dennis Walters.

There will be three PGA Family Fun Zones as well.

They will be held from 3-10 p.m. Friday at Celebrity Circle at Broadway at the Beach, Saturday from 4-8 p.m. at TicketReturn.com Field, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Grand Park at The Market Common.

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Golf Channel’s PGA Professional National Championship Broadcast Schedule

June 17, 2014 by Chris King

David Marr will be in Myrtle Beach for the PGA PNCThe Golf Channel will broadcast more than 10.5 hours of next week’s PGA Players National Championship, which will be played at the Dunes Golf & Beach Club and the Grande Dunes Resort Course in Myrtle Beach.

The broadcast schedule is as follows:

Sunday, June 22, 5-7 pm ET
Monday, June 23, 3:30-6 pm ET
Tuesday, June 24, 3:30-6:30 pm ET
Wednesday, June 25, 2-5 pm ET
 
David Marr III will be handling play-by-play duties for Golf Channel and Michael Breed will be the analyst. Phil Blackmar will be working the tower while Steve Burkowski serves as the on-course reporter.

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Tale of the Tape: Myrtle Beach vs. Las Vegas, Phoenix, Pinehurst and San Diego

June 16, 2014 by Chris King

The August issue of Golf Digest, in a segment titled The Grid, outlined five buddy trip destinations that offer golfers multiple options. The destinations evaluated – Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Pinehurst and San Diego – are among the nation’s best. While the Golf Digest article drew no conclusions, merely reciting facts about each area proved to be a powerful reinforcement of Myrtle Beach’s status as the nation’s most popular golf

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Caddie Chronicles: From Myrtle Beach, UK, Africa and Spain to Contention at the U.S. Open

June 12, 2014 by Lorne Duncan

Our man Duncan has travelled the world before landing at the US OpenIn this life as a caddie you never can tell where you’re going to end up next. One minute you’re working a tournament on the coast of South Carolina and the next you’re on a small island off the west coast of Africa.

After a very successful week at the Heritage, where my 19-year-old boss, Matt Fitzpatrick, the current US Amateur champ finished top 25, I found myself with time on my hands. In my state of semi-retirement from caddying I suddenly realized my services would not be needed for the six weeks prior to the US Open.

Plenty of time to get back to my adopted home of the United Kingdom and spend a few lazy weeks at Pete Cowen’s golf academy. Pete Cowen is probably the most renowned golf coach in the world and his academy is where I hang my hat during my weeks off. I was planning on at least four weeks of some relaxing time, hitting balls and sitting in on Pete Cowen’s lessons, or so I thought.

I flew to London and had a visit with another friend from my full-time tour days. I had a great couple of days before hopping on the bus and making my way up to Sheffield where the academy is. I had just walked through the door and said hello to Pete Cowen when my phone rang.

It was my old boss Johan Edfors. He had heard I was back in Europe and wanted to know if I wanted to caddie for him in the Madeira Island open. Why not? Five minutes later I had a flight booked to Madeira out of Manchester and I was walking out the door on my way to the train station.

So much for my lazy time at the academy.

Well, as they say, “that’s life on tour.”

At 6 a.m. the next morning I was flying to a beautiful Portuguese island situated off the coast of Morocco. Madeira is a magnificent verdant mountain protruding out of the Atlantic Ocean and the golf course is right at the top of it.

This was to prove disastrous in more ways then one. The golf course is built on a near impossible piece of land as there isn’t a flat spot on the entire island, but the world famous Robert Trent Jones designed as good a track as one could hope for. But there was nothing Robert could do about the weather because come Sunday morning the tournament had only managed to get one round completed. Clouds were clinging unrelentingly to the top of the mountain and you couldn’t see as far as you could throw a golf ball, let alone drive one.

This situation wasn't exactly breaking the hearts of the caddie fraternity as the Sierra Du Santo Golf Club is one of the hardest courses in the whole world to walk. Definitely not caddie friendly. The ninth hole is universally referred to as cardiac hill by any of the loopers who have had the misfortune of having their boss choose to compete in this event. Little did we know that by days end it was going to more then just a saying.

Johan and I and our 3 ball were on the fifteenth green when the siren sounded signifying a stoppage in play. A couple minutes later a tour official arrived saying that one of the caddies had gone down on ninth hole and play was suspended until they could sort things out.

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Best Dual Sport Athletes Ever to Play in Golf and Tennis U.S. Opens

June 11, 2014 by Chris King

Mardy Fisb was a top 10 tennis player in the world and now he hopes to make it on TourWith the Men's and Women's U.S. Open Golf Championships going back-to-back at Pinehurst this month, I thought it might be fun to look back at some of the best athletes that have played in our country's annual golf championship. Golfers these days are physical specimens. Both the men and the women spend just as much time in the fitness trailer as they do on the putting greens and driving ranges.

Athletes having success in amateur and professional golf is nothing new. Let's glance back and take a look at four athletes that not only played in the U.S. Open Golf Championship, but also at some stage of their athletic career also played in the U.S. Open Tennis Championship. We will also take a sneak peek at one current athlete who has played in a U.S. Open qualifier and hopes to join this exclusive list in the very near future.

Frank Conner
Texan Frank Conner competed in the U.S. Open in tennis in 1965, 1966, and 1967. The All-American college tennis player realized he had more a future in the sport of golf, so he turned professional in 1971.

He was right.

Even though he failed to advance out of PGA Tour Qualifying School four times, he didn't give up, and he earned his PGA Tour card in 1975. He played on the Tour from 1975 to 1989 and again in 1992. Conner joined the Champion's Tour in 1996 and played until 2002.

His best finish in a major championship was a T-6 at the 1981 U.S. Open.

Ellsworth Vines
American Ellsworth Vines was one of the top-ranked tennis players during the 1930s. Not only did he win two U.S. Open tennis titles in the early 1930s, he finished four different years ranked No. 1 in the world of tennis.

It seemed strange to some, but in the late 1930s, Vines moved away from tennis and focused on golf. By 1940, Vines realized he was a decent golfer and decided to pursue a career as professional golfer.

He did well.

Vines played in The Masters three times, the U.S. Open four times and the PGA Championship seven times, once reaching the semifinals, when it was a match play event.

Vines played on the PGA Tour from the early 1940s into the late 1950s, so his legacy in both tennis and golf will never be forgotten.

Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson recorded a number of "firsts" in her life. That included becoming the first person of color to win a Grand Slam tennis title with her win at the French Open. She also went on to win two Wimbledons and two U.S. Open titles.

After her tennis career, Gibson took up golf and joined the professional golf ranks. In 1956, she became the first African-American woman to play in an LPGA event. Gibson faced racial discrimination in golf circles; many times she was not allowed to enter the clubhouse and had to use a car to change her clothes.

That being said, Gibson ranked as one of the LPGA's top money winners for five consecutive years. She played in all of the big LPGA events including the U.S. Open.

"Althea might have been a real player of consequence had she started when she was young," said former player and current golf broadcaster, Judy Rankin. "She came along during a difficult time in golf, gained the support of a lot of people, and quietly made a difference."

Gibson was a not only a world class athlete, but also a world class person and female athletes of today should know the legacy of Althea Gibson.

Caryn Wilson
Do you know the name Caryn Wilson?

You should.

A three-time All-American at Stanford, Caryn Copeland took up golf as a way to do something different than tennis.

She played tennis professionally for almost six years and reached a world ranking of No. 124. She also played in the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in New York.

Following her tennis playing and coaching career, she resumed playing golf and was pretty good. She won local and sectional tournaments before turning professional and playing on the LPGA Tour.

She qualified for and played in the 1999 U.S. Women's Open.

Tennis and golf always were two different entities for Wilson, but she appreciated playing the two sports at the highest level.

“U.S. Open in tennis, the atmosphere is very different,” Wilson said. “New York crowds and New York events are very different than other tennis events much less golf. Even though people cheer in golf, it’s still a little more sedate.”

Mardy Fish
Modern day tennis fans will know the name Mardy Fish and remember just a few years ago, he was the No. 1 ranked American tennis player and reached the top-ten in the world.

Fish played a few events on the ATP World Tour in 2013, but due to medical and physical setbacks, he left the sport of tennis in his rearview mirror.

Even while playing tennis, Fish was an avid and a good golfer. Although he played tennis righthanded, he plays golf lefty.

In 2014, he played in a local qualifier for the U.S. Golf Championships and finished as an alternate to advance to the next stage.

Some say, Fish could be the next Ellsworth Vines. That remains to be seen as Fish looks to become the next person to have played in both the U.S. Open Golf and Tennis Championships.

* You may not be on your way to playing in either U.S. Open, but Myrtle Beach offers golf experiences that make you feel like you are playing in the U.S. Open.  That would include the 2014 Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship being held this August. Many Myrtle Beach resorts also offer tennis facilities.

 

Rick Limpert also writes for YahooRick 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. 

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Myrtle Beach is Home to a Pair of America’s Top 100 Clubfitters

June 10, 2014 by Chris King

PGA Tour Superstore is one of America's best clubfittersFrom space age technology to adjustable drivers, it has never been easier to get a set of clubs fitted to your swing.

Despite the convenience and relatively modest price, fewer than 30 percent of players go through a custom club fitting.

"The thought among average golfers is, I really don't need to do that," Mark Timms, founder of Cool Clubs, one of America's 100 Best Clubfitters told Golf Digest. "But the reality is, the benefit for high-handicappers is more than for scratch players.

“I can probably drop a 20-handicapper five shots through a proper fitting.”

If you are among the 70 percent of people who don’t have custom fit clubs, you might want to set aside a little time on your next Myrtle Beach golf trip to get your sticks fine tuned. Golf Digest recently ranked America’s 100 Best Clubfitters and Myrtle Beach is home to pair of them.

Leading the way are Martin’s PGA Tour Superstores. The Superstores – one located in Myrtle, the other in North Myrtle – use state of the art technology and an expertly trained staff to make sure your clubs are tailored to perform based on your swing.

The Steve Dresser Golf Academy also earned a spot on the coveted list. Based at True Blue, the Dresser Academy takes players outside and has a certified technician perform an evaluation. Using launch monitors, loft and lie machines, and lie boards, in addition to other cutting edge equipment, Dresser is able to expertly fit players.

A custom club fitting might pay for itself if it helps you clean your buddies out on your next beach golf vacation!

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Top 5 Father’s Day Golf Gifts

June 09, 2014 by Chris King

Skycaddie GPS watch is an ideal father's day giftU.S. Open week is a special one. Not only is our national championship played but it coincides with Father’s Day, a date on the calendar that solidifies the bond between golf and many families.

Whether your family has played for generations or is new to the game, nothing says, “I love you, Dad” like a golf related gift. With that in mind, here are our top 5 Father’s Day golf gifts, many of which can be used on a Myrtle Beach golf trip.  

  1. Club Fitting. With age come changes in the golf swing. A loss of swing speed will impact performance, so even if Dad isn’t necessarily in the market for a new set of sticks, get him a club fitting. A properly fitted set of clubs can immediately improve his game. People spend countless hours and money in pursuit of a better game and to often they neglect their clubs. Go to your local PGA Tour Superstore or Golfsmith and make sure your Dad doesn’t make that mistake.
  2. A laser range finder will provide an exact distance, but we recommend GPS range finder watches as they are much quicker to use (all you have to do is glance at it) and easier on the wallet. You can get Dad a SkyCaddie GPS watch starting at $139.99, and he will certainly enjoy the convenience it provides.
  3. The ultimate gift is entry into Father & Son Team Classic here in Myrtle Beach. The 54-hole event, which attracts more than 1,000 players, is a celebration of the bond between golf and family, and it’s played on some of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses. It’s a great event and there is no better gift than that of time.
  4. Power! Our most unconventional recommendation is the Mophie powerstation reserve micro battery backup. While some still believe a cell phone on the golf course is blasphemous, we aren’t among them. Whether you are using your phone as a GPS, for stat tracking or you need to have it in case of emergency, it is often indispensible. The battery backup guarantees you will never be without power, and the accompanying peace of mind is worth the $39.99.
  5. Golf Balls! When all else fails, the one thing your golf-playing father will always need are golf balls. Instead of suggesting a dozen Pro V1, lets us humbly recommend the most underrated, value ball on the market – the Top Flite Gamer, a gold medalist on the Golf Digest Hot List. At $20 per dozen, they are less than half the price of Pro V1s and probably better suited for the old man’s swing speed.

What did we miss? Add your own suggestions in the comments below!

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Phil Mickelson Adds Another Ridiculous Shot to His Highlight Reel

June 06, 2014 by Chris King

There are few golfers in the history of the game that have been as entertaining as Phil Mickelson. Whether he is winning three Masters titles, squandering a U.S. Open, or making a decision that leaves Johnny Miller scratching his head, Lefty is always fun to watch. As if you needed more evidence, check out this incredible flop shot during the first round fof the FedEx St. Jude. Classic Phil!

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Caddy Chronicles: The Nomadic Life of Looper Includes a Pair Myrtle Beach Gems Before Duty Calls

June 05, 2014 by Lorne Duncan

Our man Duncan will caddy in the US OpenIt took 35 years of caddying on tour to learn what was really important was being able to get from one tournament to the next. Sometimes I felt that carrying the bag, doing the yardages, pulling a good club, keeping the player dry in the rain, and enduring the wrath of some insatiable golf pro was the easy part.

Just getting to the next tournament was what we really seemed to get paid for. After finishing a tournament there was always a mad rush to the airport to get to the next event or back home. But now that I'm caddying for Matt Fitzpatrick, the current US amateur champion, my schedule is slightly less frantic.

After a very successful week at the Sea Pines Heritage Classic, where Matt, at 19 years of age, not only made the cut comfortably but had two bogey free rounds on the weekend on his way to a top 25 finish, I found myself in the most unusual situation of having time to burn.

Matt took the bag off me after signing his card and I did something I had only done a handful of times in all my years of caddying and that was to go back to my hotel for a Sunday evening. I took a very leisurely stroll up the street to a local sports bar and actually watched the highlights of the golf on TV. I know this might be hard to believe, but more times then I care to admit, whoever I was working for and myself would be running off the 18th green, jumping straight into the back of a taxi to make the mad dash to the airport without knowing who had won the tournament. Sad but true, but that's life on tour.

I had a nice sleep-in on Monday morning, hopped in my beat up old Cadillac and with the world as my oyster, headed back to Myrtle Beach. All those beautiful courses in such close proximity, at the perfect time of year, were to much to resist.

I booked into a motel a block off the beach and made a beeline to the range. I hit a bucket of balls and then spent the rest of the afternoon on the chipping green. What defines me as a true golf nut is the amount of time I can spend on a chipping green. For me, this is hours and hours of pure enjoyment.

The only remarkable thing about it is that I never seem to get much better. And even more remarkably, this never seems to put me off. Well, I guess that's all part of the madness of this game we call golf.

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13 Things Sure to Happen When You “Go For It” Instead of Laying Up In Golf

June 04, 2014 by Gordon McCawley

240 yards over water...would you go for it?

As golfers, we've all faced this situation before: Par 5, second shot, 240 yards to a green protected by water. Do you make the "smart" choice and lay up? Or are you going to try to be the Hero and go for it? You didn't come all this way to lay up, did you?  (Click here to GO FOR IT!)

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Tidewater to Install New MiniVerde Greens

June 03, 2014 by Chris King

Tidewater is one of the best Myrtle Beach golf coursesTidewater Golf Club is going to spend the summer working to ensure that the quality of its greens will be the equal of the stunning views the course offers of Cherry Grove, the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

One of Myrtle Beach’s most decorated courses, Tidewater will close on June 9 for the installation of new MiniVerde bermuda grass greens, a move that will have the course in pristine condition as it prepares to celebrate its 25th birthday next year.

The course will reopen on September 25 in time for the peak fall golf season.

Tidewater, which has been ranked among the nation’s top 100 public courses by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, is going to completely restore its greens. The current greens will be removed along with four inches of organic buildup.

Prior to planting the MiniVerde, all greens complexes will be restored to their to the original size and contours in addition to receiving a new 4-inch greens mix to optimize growth.

Three to four rings of sod on the collars of the greens will be removed to restore surface drainage, and the collars will be re-graded and have new sod installed.

The installation of new greens comes on the heels of cart path and tee renovations, and the extensive removal of trees that obscured parts of the course from needed sunlight.

Tidewater was the first layout ever named best new course in America by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, and it raised the profile of the Myrtle Beach golf community upon its 1990 opening.

Nine of the course’s 18 holes play along either Cherry Grove or the Intracoastal Waterway. Tidewater’s most famed hole is the par 5 13th, which offers a view of the inlet and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.

The thirteenth is hardly the only memorable challenge at Tidewater. The fourth hole, a par 4 that plays along Cherry Grove, is arguably the most dramatic par 4 along the Myrtle Beach golf scene.

MiniVerde is among the most advanced and popular of the new ultra-dwarf Bermuda grasses. MiniVerde duplicates the best properties of bentgrass, providing a smooth fast roll with limited grain, while thriving during South Carolina’s warm summers.

Tidewater will join East Lake Golf Club, home of the PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta, and TPC Sawgrass and TPC Myrtle Beach among the most renowned layouts to install MiniVerde.

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Charles Barkley’s Golf Swing: The Train Wreck You Can’t Turn Away From!

May 30, 2014 by Chris King

With the NBA playoffs in their penultimate round, it's as good a time to enjoy a look at one of golf's most tortured swings - the one belonging to basketball legend Charles Barkley! It's hard to not to have some sympathy for him, but it's even harder not to laugh.

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Kids Play Free on Nearly 50 Myrtle Beach Area Golf Courses

May 29, 2014 by Chris King

Kids 16 and under play for free in Myrtle BeachDon’t forget to pack golf clubs along with sunscreen and a surfboard as your family prepares for a summer vacation to Myrtle Beach. As much as we all love the beach, everyone needs the occasional respite from the sand and surf, and taking your kids to the golf course is the perfect outlet.

During the summer months, the destination USA Today readers endorsed as the best in golf transitions into the game’s ultimate family playground.

Myrtle Beach is home to golf’s greatest grow the game initiative, allowing junior golfers (kids 16 and under) to play for free when accompanied by a paying adult on nearly 50 area courses.

Some of the best courses in Myrtle Beach, and all of America for that matter, participate in the program, including Glen Dornoch, Grande Dunes, King’s North, Rivers Edge and Tidewater.

When most golfers think of Myrtle Beach they think of buddies trips and great golf packages, but the area is committed to the long term growth of the game. There is no better place to enjoy a little quality family time than the golf course.

Here are the courses participating in the Kids Play Free Program:

To get your Kid on the links in Myrtle Beach for free, just call any of our Stay & Play Golf Experts directly, or click below to visit any of the participating golf courses!
 
Aberdeen Glen Dornoch Meadowlands Rivers Edge
Arrowhead Grande Dunes Myrtlewood Palmetto Rivers Oaks
Barefoot Resort - Dye (pm) Heather Glen Myrtlewood - PineHills Sandpiper Bay
Barefoot Resort - Fazio (pm) Indian Wells Panther’s Run Shaftesbury Glen
Barefoot Resort - Love (pm) Indigo Creek Pawleys Plantation Tidewater
Barefoot Resort - Norman (pm) International Club Pearl East and West Tiger’s Eye
Beachwood (pm) King’s North Pine Lakes Tradition
Blackmoor Leopard’s Chase Possum Trot (pm) Wachesaw East
Black Bear Lion’s Paw Prestwick (pm) Waterway Hills
Burning Ridge Litchfield Hackler Course Wicked Stick
Crown Park Long Bay River Club Wild Wing
Farmstead MBN – Southcreek River Hills Willbrook
Founder's Club MBN – West    

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Five Must-Have Apps for a Myrtle Beach Golf Trip

May 28, 2014 by Rick Limpert

Myrtle Beach golf app is a must-have for your next tripRight along with our keys, wallet, and American Express Card, our smartphone is another object that we can't live without. When our mobile device is not at our side, we almost feel naked. So, it only makes sense to make the best possible use of this powerful computer that fits in our pocket.

Just as you would pack your clubs, golf shirts, and sun block for your Myrtle Beach golf vacation, you should also load up your smartphone with a variety of apps that might actually come in handy on the Grand Strand.

Here are my picks:

The Dunes App 
Available for both iOS and Android devices, The Dunes app gives you a tour of one of the best courses in Myrtle Beach and so much more.
The Dunes Golf & Beach Club was formed in 1947 by Myrtle Beach area businessmen. Designed by famed architect Robert Trent Jones, The Dunes is thought to be his finest work, incorporating many of his favorite design features into one course.

The Dunes app allows you to book tee times, includes a GPS yardage guide, and includes a course scorecard. If you are going to play The Dunes, why not have the official app downloaded and ready to go on your smartphone?

Myrtle Beach Golf App (New)
This cool app was recently launched by the Glens Group, a group of four courses owned and operated by the Himmelsbach family. There is both an iOS and Android Myrtle Beach Golf app and it's very user friendly.

App categories include: Golf; Dining and Entertainment; Deals; City Life; News and Magazine; and Real Estate. Book your tee times, locate hotel rooms on the coast, and make your dinner reservations.

Carolina National Golf App

An iOS or Android app for a great course that is just outside of Myrtle Beach.
Here is what the app offers:
-  Keep Score
- GPS
- Hole Descriptions & Playing Tips
- Live Tournaments & Leaderboards
- Book Tee Times
- Course Tour
- Food & Beverage Menu
- Facebook Sharing

USGA Rules of Golf App
A round of golf is a lot more fun when you know the rules of golf. The USGA Rules of Golf app is available for any mobile device, including your iPad. The app will list every rule of golf and give you options when you need a ruling. It's easy to use as a reference guide. This app will come in handy if you need a rules clarification.

Headspace Stress Reliever Mobile App
I know Myrtle Beach is about as stress-free as it gets. With the beach, golf, restaurants, and perfect coastal weather, there is little to be stressed about. Maybe your chopped your way around the course today and you feel a little stress.

Headspace lets you practice a little meditation while on the road and get your mind, body, and soul in order for another 18 tomorrow. Guided meditations and more with the Headspace app.

Don't forget to load these apps before your next Myrtle Beach "Golf Holiday."

"Appy Travels" to you and your group.

Rick Limpert also writes for YahooRick 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. 

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Top 5 Reasons to Begin Planning Your Fall Golf Trip Now!

May 27, 2014 by Chris King

The time to begin planning your fall golf trip to Myrtle Beach is now.

I know what you are thinking: why should I start preparing for a fall beach golf vacation when summer is still weeks away?

Hang with me, because the reasons are abundant.

For starters, the fall golf season, which begins in late September (we don’t care what the calendar says, once the kids are back in school and the football starts, so does fall!), is closer than you think.

Heather Glen is a great place to play on your fall Myrtle Beach golf trip

Without further ado, here is why you need to begin planning now:

  1. A golf package makes booking and planning much easier. A Myrtle Beach golf package includes golf, lodging and MAXIMUM value. That’s a winning triumvirate and the earlier you book, the better chance you have of securing premium tee times on your favorite courses
  2. Why the rush you ask? Because the fall season is busy and premium tee times on your favorites courses may fill up quicker than you think on those idyllic fall weekends in South Carolina.
  3. A well-organized trip is often a better one, and organization takes time. Whether you are trying to fill out any remaining spots on your trip, determine a budget that works for everyone, or figure out the format of play, the earlier you start the better.
  4. The leading cause of death for many golf trips is conflict with dates. It’s hard for a group of 8, 12 or even more people to find a week when they can all agree to do something. Whether it’s work, kids, or life getting in the way, the potential conflicts are many. The earlier you get something on the calendar, the easier it is to plan around.
  5. Last but certainly not least, you need to book your fall golf package now because it gives you something to look forward to. For many players, a fall trip is a way of saying goodbye to the game for the year, and there is no better place to bid adieu than Myrtle Beach, the Golf Capital of the World!

What are you waiting for? You want to be playing golf this fall and we want you to play here. Start planning now and we will see you in a few short months!

TIP: If you're just in the planning stages, and wondering how to get started on a Myrtle Beach golf trip, get a free, no-obligation estimate on a trip with Quick Quotes. You can share it with your buddies, and (quite literally) get the ball rolling! 

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VIDEO: Glow in the Dark Trick Shots Are Unbelievable!

May 23, 2014 by Chris King

Given that I struggle to hit a ball off a tee in the middle of the day, these trick shots by the Bryan Bros are mind-boggling!

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Sunshine, Smiles Highlight 15th Annual Veterans Golf Classic

May 23, 2014 by Chris King

The Veterans Golf Classic enjoyed a banner 2014The 15th annual Veterans Golf Classic enjoyed stunning weather and offered a good time for more than 425 veterans from 36 states.

Hosted by 12 Myrtle Beach golf courses, two-man teams competed in one of four flights based on handicap in the 54-hole event. But for many players, a pair of different team competitions highlighted the event.

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion competed for the Carolina Cup, and the VFW prevailed for the sixth consecutive year. In the Branch Challenge, which pits the five service branches against one another, Air Force won for the second consecutive year.

Florida residents James Collins and Alfred Aflleje combined to win the Franks Flight, while New Jersey natives Les Wlodarczyk and Bruce Martin captured the Nimitz Flight. John Tibbens and William Haas, both from Connecticut, won the MacArthur Flight and Myrtle Beach’s Ronald Lee and Herb Smaltz from Villages, Fla., captured top honors in the Eisenhower Flight.

The Veterans Golf Classic is a 54-hole event that featured a different format each day – better ball, combined net team scores and a scramble. Players were placed into one of four flights – Eisenhower, MacArthur, Nimitz and Franks – based on their handicap.
In addition to playing outstanding Myrtle Beach golf courses, participants also enjoyed an afternoon happy hour after the first two rounds and a Wednesday night banquet that is the highlight of the event. The banquet, as always, included a presenting of the colors, an awards ceremony, and a three-course meal.

The host courses were: Burning Ridge, Farmstead, Founders Club, Hackler Course, Man O'War, Panther's Run, River Hills, River Oaks, Sandpiper Bay, Shaftesbury Glen, Wicked Stick and Wachesaw Plantation East.

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Golf’s Most Famous Feet Take Caddy From Augusta National to Myrtle Beach!

May 21, 2014 by Lorne Duncan

Lorne Duncan has caddied all over the world and finally made it to Myrtle BeachI’m the guy with the famous feet. After 35 years of caddying on all the world tours and some of it for some of the best players in the game, you’d think I’d be known for something other than that.

Well, that’s how it goes sometimes.

My name is Duncan and at this moment in time I’m caddying for Matt Fitzpatrick, the current United States Amateur Champion. How I got that bag is a story in itself but it goes without saying that it’s a bit unusual for a pro caddie to be working for an amateur.  The reason I’m working is because I’m actually retired.

Well, I’m trying to retire. I’m just not doing a very good job of it. As much as I enjoyed my time on tour, all those years of traveling were beginning to be more than I could or wanted too handle. It was bad enough when I was working the PGA Tour, heading from tournament to tournament, motel to motel across the States, but when I returned to the European Tour that movement became global. It wasn’t at all uncommon to receive a call from your boss on Monday morning asking if you had an up to date visa for China followed by a hurried trip to Heathrow Airport. The end of 2012 saw me going from Scotland to Portugal to Perth Australian to a week in Borneo to Singapore to Hong Kong. Enough was enough. The 2012 Hong Kong Open was my last official tournament as a full time tour caddie. Or so I thought.

A couple weeks before the 2013 Phoenix Open, my old boss, Jesper Parnivik, called me up and asked if I was available to do the week. My brother and I have a condo in Phoenix, so it was a perfect week to say yes and I really enjoyed it. The problem with quitting caddying is that all your friends are out on tour. As a caddie, you spend so much time on tour that it becomes a little world of it’s own. When I finished I really didn’t really miss the job, but I did miss the people. It was so nice to catch up with everyone that week.

After the Phoenix Open I headed back to the UK. After all my years on the European Tour I had got to know famous golf instructor Pete Cowen quite well. During my last few years over there, I had begun to spend all of my off weeks up at his golf academy in Sheffield. This was a great opportunity. (Continue)

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Photo Gallery: Veterans Golf Classic, Day 1

May 19, 2014 by Chris King

The 15th annual Veterans Golf Classic teed off today in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. More than 425 veterans are playing 12 of the area's finest courses during the 54-hole event.

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15th Annual Veterans Golf Classic Poised to Tee Off

May 16, 2014 by Chris King

Veterans Golf Classic is ready to startMore than 425 American heroes are teeing-off in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The 15th annual Veterans Golf Classic features veterans from every American conflict since World War II competing on 12 outstanding Myrtle Beach golf courses.

Players from 35 states have registered for the two-man team event, which is open to all current or former members of the United States Military and their friends.

The 54-hole tournament features a different format of play each day – better ball, scramble and combined net team score. Players are placed into one of four flights – Eisenhower, MacArthur, Nimitz and Franks – based on their handicap. The host courses are: Burning Ridge, Farmstead, Founders Club, Hackler Course, Man O'War, Panther's Run, River Hills, River Oaks, Sandpiper Bay, Shaftesbury Glen, Wicked Stick and Wachesaw Plantation East.

Off the course, players will enjoy a Sunday welcome reception and a Wednesday night awards banquet, in addition to receiving a Veterans Golf Classic hat and shirt and an assortment of goodies in a tournament gift bag. The Wednesday banquet is one of the event’s highlights. The colors of each service branch – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard are presented – and the atmosphere is the perfect blend of festive and respectful.

The competition extends beyond the standard two-man team event. The Branch Challenge pits the five branches of the U.S. Military against each other. Participants are entered into the contest, and at the end of the tournament, the branch with the lowest score is crowned champion.

The Carolina Cup, which matches members of the VFW against the American Legion, is another popular tournament within the tournament. VFW won for the 10th time in 11 years in 2014.

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Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella Ranks Caledonia Among Nation’s Top 20 Public Courses

May 15, 2014 by Chris King

Caledonia is one of the nation's best public courses, according to Matt GinellaGolf Channel travel guru Matt Ginella has unveiled his ranking of America’s top 20 public courses, and No. 14 on his list is No. 1 in our hearts here in Myrtle Beach.

Ginella, who has traveled the world playing the game, rated Caledonia Golf & Fish Club the 14th best public course in America.

He said of the Pawleys Island gem:

“The highest ranked course on The Grand Strand looks like it has been there forever. Mike Strantz was an architect, but after playing Caledonia, you'd call him an artist. The approach to the 18th green—which is over water—gives the assembled gallery on the back deck plenty of entertainment. It will give you plenty of anxiety.”

The recognition by Ginella is another in a long list of honors for Caledonia, which is ranked among the nation’s top 100 public courses by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as well.

Carved into less than 100 acres of stunning lowcountry land, Caledonia has been among the area’s best courses since its opening in 1994. Equal parts art and architecture, Strantz designed a course players long to play again and again.

From the drive to the clubhouse along a road lined with a half-mile of stunning live oak trees to the 18th green, Caledonia is a Myrtle Beach golf bucket-list experience.

How captivating is Caledonia? One group said their annual trip to the coursesaid "this is like Christmas.”

With alligators sunning themselves throughout the perfectly manicured property, its easy to get caught up looking around, but some of the most dramatic shots a Myrtle Beach golf vacation offers quickly bring you back to the task at hand.

The back nine, in particular, features several stunning holes. The par 3 11th, with a creek that snakes from the front of the tee box to the green, the 16th, with a long carry over water, and the aforementioned 18th, top my list of the course’s best holes. But that’s a very subjective list.

Courses like Caledonia were a driving factor in USA Today readers endorsing Myrtle Beach as the world’s “Best Golf Destination.”

Ginella ranked Pebble Beach No. 1 and rounded out the top five with Pacific Dunes, Pinehurst No. 2, the Black at Bethpage and Pasatiempo in Santa Cruz, Ca.

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World Am Early Entry Deadline Expires on May 15, Register Now

May 12, 2014 by Chris King

Sign up now to maximize the value of the World Am!The 31st annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship is beginning to appear on the horizon, and the time to maximize the value of the game’s greatest amateur event is at hand.

More than 2,250 people from 27 countries and 47 states have already registered for the 72-hole stroke play event. The World Am, which flights players based on age, gender and handicap, will be played on 60 of the best Myrtle Beach golf courses August 25-29.

[REGISTER FOR 2014 WORLD AM]

The special early entry price of $475 expires at the end of the day on May 15.

Players are placed in tightly grouped flights based on their handicap and after 72 holes of net stroke play competition, all flight winners and ties advance to the World Championship Playoff on Friday, August 29. The World Championship Playoff is an 18-hole shootout that determines who earns the title of World Champion. In year’s past golfers with handicaps as low as three and as high as 34 have won the event.

The World Am allows regular players – guys like you and me – the opportunity to compete on a level playing field. The event is a magnet for golfers, regardless of skill level, that enjoy the rush of competition, and the opportunity to test themselves against their peers from around the globe.

But the fun doesn’t end at the golf course.

Each night the Myrtle Beach Convention Center doubles as the World’s Largest 19th Hole. Players enjoy free food and open bar, live entertainment, a 60-booth golf expo, demo alley, and a variety of games.

Throw in a gift bag that includes a Greg Norman ¾-zip pullover and golf shirt, a $20 gift card, and much more and the value of the World Am experience is magnified.

So sign up now and enjoy the fun of the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship.

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Three Pots, a Skillet, a Solo Cup and the Greatest Indoor Golf Trick Shot Ever!

May 09, 2014 by Chris King

Incredible indoor trick shot by Vine poster P.J. Carmichael.

 

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Top 5 Mother’s Day Golf Gifts

May 08, 2014 by Chris King

Buy mom a parent of Loudmouth Golf Bottoms for Mother's DayGolf can be just as much about Mom as it is Dad, so with Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, what can you get the woman that loves the game as much as you do?

Here are five great Mother’s Day gift ideas, whether they are for the woman who brought you into the world or the one who helps raise your children.

1. Our first recommendation is probably better suited to the mother of your children than the woman who raised you, but we are going bold. Loudmouth Golf has partnered with Sanrio to produce a line of Hello Kitty golf bottoms. The skorts, mini-shorts and pants come in four patterns, and Mom will be easy to spot in any of them! Price Range: $90-$110

2. If you want to improve her game while providing a little flair, checkout at the Cobra Bio Cell driver. This adjustable driver comes in three colors – pink, blue and purple – and Cobra, with Lexi Thompson as the female face of the company, has aggressively courted moms. Price: $299

3. A more conservative and utilitarian clothing option is the GolfHer jacket. This turquoise zip-up is made with a dry wicking fabric and SPF 35 protection. It’s as nice on the course as off. You won’t go wrong here. Price: $65.

4. Nearly everyone uses a glove and G/Fore’s offerings are among the most stylish. The gloves are worn on every major golf tour, and with 25 different colors to choose from, there is at least one that will make her smile. Price: $35.

5. Nothing would make Mom happier than a Myrtle Beach golf trip! Whether you send her on a girls outing or you take a couples golf trip, a beach golf vacation is the way to go. Value: Priceless.

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Myrtle Beach Canadian Classic to Debut This Fall

May 06, 2014 by Chris King

Myrtle Beach Canadian Classic will be played this fallAs the weather cools down this fall, Canadian golfers will have more reason than ever to turn their attention to America’s best golf destination.

The first Myrtle Beach Canadian Classic, a two-person team event, will be played November 17-20.  The tournament entry fee is $375 per person and will include four rounds of golf, three nights of free food and drinks, and a gift bag.

There must be at least one Canadian on each team, but entry is otherwise open to everyone.

Golfers will be flighted based on their USGA handicap and the 72-hole event will use a different format each day. The tournament formats, in order, will be best ball, Texas scramble, combined net team score and a scramble.

The all-star course lineup features some of the best Myrtle Beach golf courses, including the Fazio and Norman courses at Barefoot, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Grande Dunes Resort Course, King’s NorthPrestwick, TPC Myrtle Beach and True Blue.

Six of the eight layouts have been ranked among America’s top 100 public courses and no matter a player’s rotation, four rounds of great golf are guaranteed.

The fun won’t end at the course. During registration on Sunday, November 16, players will be treated to hors d'oeuvres and open bar. Following play on Tuesday, tournament participants will enjoy complementary appetizers and beer at a local sports bar while watching NHL action.

There will also be a plated dinner and open bar at the awards dinner on the final night at Crown Reef Resort. (READ MORE)

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PGA Tour Caddy Takes a Tumble, Bends Putter

May 02, 2014 by Chris King

From the things you don't see everyday file: PGA Tour player Chesson Hadley's caddie, Josh Svendsen, fell yesterday at Quail Hollow and bent Hadley's putter during the tumble! The newly altered club worked well enough for Hadley's to birdie. Fortunately, Svendsen and the rest of Hadley's clubs were okay.

H/T Golf Digest's Alex Myers

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Myrtle Beach Voted Best Golf Destination by USA Today Readers, 10Best.com

May 02, 2014 by Chris King

Myrtle Beach
is the People's Champ.

Myrtle Beach dominated the Myrtle Beach has been voted Best Golf Destination in the 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest sponsored by USA TODAY. The award winner was decided by a four-week, online vote by 10Best and USA Today readers.

The Grand Strand bested 19 other nominees to claim a title it has held unofficially for years. Myrtle Beach easily outdistanced Kiawah, Sea Island, Pinehurst and Naples among the top five finishers.

“Golf’s most important ratings panel is comprised of the people who spend their hard-earned money to take a golf trip, which is why this honor is so meaningful to us as a destination,” said Bill Golden, president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday“As home to more than 50 4-star courses and 13 layouts that have been ranked among America’s top 100 public courses, Myrtle Beach has always strived to provide golf’s best and most inclusive experience, and the 10Best vote was affirmation of those efforts.”

Myrtle Beach is golf's most popular destinationWith more than 102 golf courses and nonstop air service from more than 25 cities, Myrtle Beach is golf’s most accessible and inviting destination. Due to the diversity of its offerings, the Grand Strand can accommodate any type of golf trip, which lies at the heart of the destination’s enduring popularity.

In 2013, the National Golf Foundation surveyed core golfers and found that Myrtle Beach was by far the game’s most popular destination in America and Canada.

Myrtle Beach golf will be promoted on USA TODAY in the print version and on usatoday.com's travel homefront the same day.

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Myrtle Beach Golf Trip Report: “That is Like Christmas”

May 01, 2014 by Chris King

Spring is the most popular time of year to take a Myrtle Beach golf trip, but it’s not for everyone. The Swafford Golf Tour has made their annual sojourn to Myrtle Beach for 26 consecutive years in February, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Group leader Dan Swafford, who organizes the 70+ man trip, took a few minutes to discuss why a winter, beach golf vacation works for his crew.

Swafford’s 2014 trip lasted 10 days, included more than 200 holes, and more fun than he wanted to recount on the record!

His group annually includes players from 14 states and all of them, with the exception of the Texans, suffer through a lack of golf during the long winter months, which accounts for the timing of the trip.

“[Most of ] us are from the northern states and it breaks our winter up,” Swafford, who lives in Ohio, said. “It’s so economical and the golf courses we get to play are outstanding. We don’t play that kind of stuff around here and for the cost you get, you can’t beat it anywhere around the country. I’ve been on other trips and nothing beats Myrtle Beach.”

For the Swafford Golf Tour, nothing beats their annual Thursday round at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, a layout they’ve played every year since it opened in 1994. Over the years, they’ve gotten to know the course’s staff and owners and they have a Thursday night fish fry and hog roast at one of America’s 100 best public courses.

That is like Christmas,” Swafford said of the Caledonia cookout. “We look forward to that day more than almost any other out of the year. It’s a special day for us. They treat us like family, and they are our family.”

The fun certainly didn’t stop at Caledonia. The rest of the itinerary included, but was not limited to, golf at Carolina National, Diamondback, Heather Glen, the Love Course at Barefoot, True Blue, Pawleys Plantation, Willbrook and Heritage.

While the winter of 2014 was unusually cold, even here in South Carolina, the Swafford Tour, which was in town from February 14-23, enjoyed outstanding weather. The only hiccup for Swafford was a cancelled flight in Dayton that caused him to rent a car and drive down.

“The weather we had this year was unbelievable,” Swafford said. “It was between 55 and 70 (degrees) every day. I played in shorts six of the 10 days.”

By now the post-trip surveys are in and, not surprisingly, the Caledonia experience carried the day, in another memorable year.

An annual golf trip that began with three guys driving through the night and taking the gondola across the Intracoastal Waterway to play Waterway Hills in 1989 for the first round, is already looking forward to another year.

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West Course at Myrtle Beach National Delivers Good Times, Chance for Good Score

April 29, 2014 by Chris King

West Course at Myrtle Beach National is a players favorite

A golf trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina always offers a challenge. It’s part of the reason we love the game, but the chance to score is equally appealing, and that’s why the West Course at Myrtle Beach National is among the area’s most popular layouts.

Generous fairways, limited trouble, and outstanding conditions are a magnet for golfers, and the West Course has an abundance of all three traits.

“The course is very open and even if you hit an errant shot, it allows you enough room to play to the hole,” said Rick Shultz, the director of golf at MBN, one of the most popular multi-course facilities on the beach. “If you have an enjoyable round, it stands out and you want to return.”

An Arnold Palmer layout, the West Course, as you’ve likely surmised, was designed with you, the player, in mind. Each side begins with a par 5 that screams – “A good start awaits!”

The first hole plays 501 yards from the tips, but an even more manageable 453 yards from the white tees and 439 yards from the gold tees. (For some perspective, the white - 6,114 yards - and gold – 5,690 yards - are by far the most popular starting points. Few people venture back more than 6,800 yards to the tips).

The first and 10th are straightaway holes that provide plenty of margin for error. The biggest challenge on both holes, and throughout the course, is on the greens. The miniverde Bermuda grass putting surfaces are now three years old and they’ve grown-in perfectly.

Combine a fast, pure roll on undulating greens and the need to putt well is paramount. What makes the West Course greens fun is the fairness of the challenge. They are quick and offer ample movement, but they aren’t contrived.

Good putts are rewarded with a just result.

“I love the course,” said Strasburg, Va., native Brian Whetzel, who shot a 78, his best score ever, on the West Course. “It’s a blast to play. We played it on the final day of our trip, and I went home with a little extra money in my pocket!”

While Whetzel’s group, which has been coming to the Grand Strand for 15 years, often plays the West Course on its final day, many opt to make it the first course of their trip.

Don’t mistake the chance to score for being a pushover. The West Course doesn’t give away par. (Read more for the Final Verdict!)

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Veteran MLB, NFL Players Announce Celebrity Golf Tournament in Myrtle Beach

April 25, 2014 by Chris King

Andre Davis and Reggie Sanders are launching a celebrity golf tournament in Myrtle BeachSeventeen-year Major League Baseball star Reggie Sanders and Andre Brown, who played in the NFL for nine years and still owns two league records, are launching a new celebrity golf tournament in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The 2 Live Beyond Celebrity Golf Tournament will be held June 13-14 at the Grande Dunes Resort Course to benefit local, national and international charitable organizations.

The captain’s choice event will tee-off at 10 a.m. on June 14 and more than 20 former MLB and NFL players will anchor teams. The Resort Course, which has been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest, will provide a picturesque setting with six holes playing along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Reggie Sanders and André Davis will be joined by 22 former MLB and NFL athletes. Among the other star participating in the event are Bobby Bonilla, Jose Cruz Jr., Kenny Lofton, Steve Finley, Ken Griffey Sr., Matt Turk, David Patten, Olindo Mare and Don Davis. “This event is born out of a deep-seated desire my dear friend André and I share to live beyond ourselves and our personal accomplishments on the playing field to help others dream beyond their circumstances,” Reggie explains. “The 2 Live Beyond Celebrity Golf Tournament provides us and like-minded professional athletes the opportunity to come together, establish and nurture relationships while raising money to help others less fortunate in this community, throughout the country and abroad,” Sanders says.

A pairings party, silent and live auction followed by a concert at the House of Blues by Texas-based Christian band Shane & Shane will kick-off the event for participating athletes and golfers. Golfers interested in participating can view the roster of MLB and NFL athletes as well as register to play at www.2LiveBeyond.com. Read more...

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Forsyth Country Day Defends Title at Palmetto HS Golf Championship

April 19, 2014 by Chris King

Forsyth Country Day School Defended its Palmetto HS Golf Championship CrownForsyth Country Day School shot a 301 on the Willard Byrd Course at Sea Trail Golf Plantation to overcome a four-shot deficit and win the 17th annual Palmetto High School Golf Championship. The Furies finished with a team total of 604 to edge Charlotte Christian by two strokes. (Final Championship Flight Standings)

First round leader Edison High School finished third with a 615.

Ben Schlottman followed his tournament record 65, which broke PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler's previous mark of 66, on Friday with a 73 to earn medalist honors with a two-day total of 138, six strokes better than second place finisher David Kocher of Charlotte Christian. 

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Edison Leads After Opening Round of Palmetto, Schlottman Breaks Fowler’s Tourney Record

April 18, 2014 by Chris King

The leaderboard at the top of the Palmetto is tightEdison High School shot a team score of 298 at Lion’s Paw Golf Course to take a five-shot lead in the Championship Flight after the first round of the Palmetto High School Golf Championship.

Forsyth Country Day School’s Ben Schlottman fired a tournament record 65, and FCDS and Charlotte Christian are tied for second place. Schlottman's score was one better than PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler's 66, the previous record. (Championship Flight team standings)

West Florence shot a team total of 325 at Panther’s Run to lead the first flight. (First Flight team standings)

The Palmetto is a 54-hole, college-style event that allows high school teams to test themselves against opponents from across the nation. Teams opened play with a qualifying round on the Lion’s Paw or Panther’s Run course at Ocean Ridge Plantation on Thursday.

Teams were then flighted, according to score, for the final 36 holes of competition. The first round was played on the Panther’s Run and Lion’s Paw courses. The championship round will be played on the Willard Byrd and Rees Jones courses at Sea Trail Plantation.

Defending champion Forsyth Country Day, led by Auburn signee Ben Schlottman, is back to defend its title.

Current PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler, the 2006 champion, and Harris English are among the Palmetto’s most distinguished alums.

Teams from South Carolina, California, Nevada, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Texas will be competing in the Palmetto this year.

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VIDEO: European Tour Golfer Attacked By Angry Swarm of Hornets, Stung 20 Times

April 18, 2014 by Chris King

Good Friday got off to a less than stellar start for Spanish golfer Pablo Larrazabal, who was attacked and stung more than 20 times hornets during the second round of the Malaysian Open. Larrazabal recovered to birdie the hole he was attacked on and shot a 68. Checkout video from the incident.

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Charlotte Christian Fires Low Score During Qualifying Round at Palmetto HS Golf Championship

April 17, 2014 by Chris King

the qualifying round of the palmetto is in the booksCharlotte Christian shot a 6-over par 294 on the Panther’s Run course at Ocean Ridge Plantation, the low score of the qualifying round at the 17th annual Palmetto High School Golf Championship.

(Complete team and individual results for the qualifying round)

Led by David Kocher’s 1-under par 71, Charlotte Christian was five strokes better than Christ School (Arden, NC) in the qualifying round and 10 shots better than Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) and defending champion Forsyth Country Day (Lewisville, NC). All three teams will be playing in the championship flight and a 36-hole shootout over the next two days will determine the event champion.

North Myrtle Beach, led by Vijay Mishra’s 72, shot a 307 and tied for seventh, an effort that landed them in the championship flight.

The Palmetto is a 54-hole, college-style event that allows high school teams to test themselves against opponents from across the nation.

Teams opened play with a qualifying round on the Lion’s Paw or Panther’s Run course at Ocean Ridge Plantation on Thursday. Teams are flighted, according to score, for the final 36 holes of competition. The first round will be played on the Panther’s Run and Lion’s Paw courses. The championship round will be played on the Willard Byrd and Rees Jones courses at Sea Trail Plantation.

Defending champion Forsyth Country Day, led by Auburn signee Ben Schlottman, is back to defend its title.

Current PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler, the 2006 champion, and Harris English are among the Palmetto’s most distinguished alums.

Teams from South Carolina, California, Nevada, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Texas will be competing in the Palmetto this year.

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Team Led by Jim Furyk and Mark Bryan Wins 20th Annual Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After the Masters

April 17, 2014 by Chris King

The team led PGA Tour star Jim Furyk and Hootie & the Blowfish guitarist Mark Bryan won the 20th annual Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am title with an 18-under par score of 54 at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Course Monday.

For the ninth consecutive year a sellout out crowd of 6,000+ fans packed the Dye Course to watch their favorite athletes, musicians and celebrities compete in the 20th anniversary of the Monday After the Masters.

Headlining the star-laden tournament were PGA TOUR stars Dustin Johnson and Furyk; LPGA legend Nancy Lopez; Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson, and football hall of famers Richard Dent, Eric Dickerson Marcus Allen and Bruce Smith. Among the professional golfers who joined Johnson, Furyk and Lopez were Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, Charlie Rymer, Billy Horschel and Boo Weekley. Representing the music world were legendary saxophonist Branford Marsalis, country sensation Steve Azar, R&B singer Javier Colon; singer-songwriter Edwin McCain; Andrew Copeland of Sister Hazel and Dan Tyminski of Union Station.

The day began with ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike Show broadcasting live from the Dye Course’s first tee. It was the fourth consecutive year America’s most popular sports talk show originated from the event. LISTEN: Mike & Mike talk to Hootie & the Blowfish about the tournament

Proceeds from the tournament, which has raised nearly $5 million for charity, go to the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation, which supports the educational needs of children in South Carolina and the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation.

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17th Annual Palmetto High School Golf Championship Ready to Tee-Off

April 16, 2014 by Chris King

Thirty-nine teams from seven states and Canada are poised to begin play in the 17th annual Palmetto High School Golf Championship.

The 54-hole, college style event begins on Thursday with a qualifying round on the Lion’s Paw and Panther’s Run courses at Ocean RidgThe Palmetto is Ready to Tee-Offe Plantation. Based on qualifying scores, teams will be flighted for 36 holes of stroke play competition.

Friday’s first round will also be played at Lion’s Paw and Panther’s Run before the event moves to the Rees Jones and Willard Byrd Courses at Sea Trail Plantation for the final round.
Defending champion Forsyth Country Day, led by Ben Schlottman who earned medalist honors in 2013, is back to defend its title. Schlottman, who has signed to play with Auburn this fall, birdied the first playoff hole to win medalist honors after finishing 1-under par during 36 holes of stroke play competition.  

The Furies will be challenged by teams from South Carolina, California, Nevada, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Texas.

“The Palmetto High School Golf Championship is a wonderful event, “ Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s tournament director, Jeff Monday, said. “The tournament attracts some of the nation’s best young players, and just as importantly, it introduces the next generation of golfers to Myrtle Beach.”  

Current PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler, the 2006 champion, and Harris English are among the Palmetto’s distinguished alums.

Lion’s Paw and Panther’s Run were the first two big cats at Ocean Ridge Plantation and remain highly regarded courses. Panther’s Run earned 4.5 stars in Golf Digest’s prestigious “Best Places to Play” guide while Lion’s Paw is a 3.5-star layout.

The Jones Course also earned four stars from Golf Digest, ensuring players a memorable golf experience each day.

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20th Annual Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Set to Tee-Off

April 12, 2014 by Chris King

Mike Golic and Darius Rucker will be playing in the MAMA field led by PGA Tour stars Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk, and Pro Football Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson, Bruce Smith, Richard Dent and Marcus Allen will join Hootie & the Blowfish at the 20th annual Monday After Masters Celebrity Pro-Am at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Course on Monday.

Prior to the start of the tournament, which begins with the Celebrity Long Drive Contest at 10 a.m., ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike Show will broadcast live from the first tee at the Dye Course. This will mark the fourth consecutive year that America’s most popular sports talk show has originated from the event.

Other headliners in this year’s field include LPGA icon Nancy Lopez, Super Bowl winning quarterback Jim McMahon and musicians Josh Kelley, Branford Marsalis, Javier Colon, and Basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry. (Complete Celebrity List)

Among the professional golfers slated to join Johnson, Furyk and Lopez are Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, Charlie Rymer, Boo Weekly and Billy Horschel.

The schedule of events for the 2014 MAM:

5:30 a.m.: Gates Open, Shuttle service from House of Blues to Dye Course begins

6:00 a.m.: 10:00 a.m.: ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike Broadcast from first tee at Dye Course

10:00 a.m.: Celebrity Long Drive Contest

11:00 a.m.: 20th Annual Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am begins.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation and the South Carolina Junior Golf Association.

For more information, go to www.hootiegolf.com.

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Top 10 Reasons Myrtle Beach is Golf’s Best Trip

April 10, 2014 by Chris King

golf coursesMyrtle 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:

1. "It’s the Golf, Stupid"

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.

2. Everybody Loves a Good Bargain

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.

3. If You Can’t Have a Good Time Here...

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.

4. Golf SUPERstores

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! 

5. Everyone is Welcome

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.

6. Local Knowledge

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.

7. Size Doesn’t Matter

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.

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Television Personality Win McMurry to Appear at World’s Largest 19th Hole

April 04, 2014 by Chris King

One of golf’s most talented and stunning personalities will be making her debut appearance at the 2014 Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship.

Television personality Win McMurry will be participating in the festivities at the World Largest 19th Hole on Tuesday and Wednesday of tournament week.

The 31st annual World Am will be played August 25-29 on 65 of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses. More than 3,500 players are expected to participate in the tournament, which flights players based on age, gender and handicap.

McMurray has worked for Golf Channel, PGA Tour Entertainment and CBS Sports. She will join a list of big names, including David Feherty, Brandel Chamblee and Charlie Rymer, who have participated in 19th Hole festivities in recent years.

McMurray was named Golf's No. 1 Beauty by Golf Magazine and has won two Telley Awards for her work as a producer, writer, and host of groundbreaking online content for the PGA Tour. She has served as a contributor on the Golf Channel’s Grey Goose 19th Hole, hosted the travel-based web exclusive, Gone with the Win, anchored news updates for the network, as well as co-hosted the Morning Drive.

McMurry joined Golf Channel from PGA Tour Entertainment, where she served as producer, writer, and host of PGA Tour Today, Monday Backspin and Morning Movers on PGATour.com as well as feature reporter/interviewer during LIVE@ remotes for the PGA Tour.

Previously, McMurry worked for CBS Sports in New York City, traveling North America as a production assistant for the network's extensive coverage of the NFL, College Basketball, and the PGA Tour.

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31st Annual World Amateur Handicap Championship Now Accepting Entries

March 25, 2014 by Chris King

The Myrtle Beach World Am is now accpeting entriesIt's time to begin preparing in earnest for golf's best amateur event - the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship!

Entries are now being accepted for the 31st annual World Am.

Registration for the four-day, 72-hole event is $475 through May 15, a $100 savings off of the regular entry fee of $575.  Registration is available at www.worldamgolf.com. More than 3,500 amateur golfers from 25 countries are expected to play on more than 60 of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses. Among the renowned layouts that will be hosting the event are the Norman, Fazio and Love courses at Barefoot Resort, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, True Blue Golf Plantation and Tidewater Golf Club.

The World Am is a net stroke play event that flights players into five competitive divisions based on age, gender and handicap. After four rounds of competition, all flight winners and ties advance to the World Championship Playoff, where a champion is crowned.

While competition is at the heart of the World Am’s appeal, it’s only half the fun. A participant’s entry fee also includes nightly admission to the “World’s Largest 19th Hole” at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The 19th Hole, which utilizes 120,000-square feet in the convention center, provides players free food, open bar, equipment demos, live entertainment, a 60-exhibitor golf expo and more.

World Am players are flighted according to USGA indexes with competitive divisions ranging from men / women under 49 years old to super seniors 70 and above. The event’s inclusiveness is apparent in its past champions as winners with handicaps as low as three and as high as 34 have won. Four women have hoisted the championship trophy.

The World Am is a Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday event.

About Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is a non-profit trade association comprised of 79 championship golf courses and 99 golf package providers in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Founded in 1967, the organization continues to be the driving force behind the growth of the region’s thriving golf market. The originator of the “Stay and Play Package,” Golf Holiday provides non-biased information about accommodations and golf courses to assist golfers in making the most informed decisions when planning for their next vacation.

Golf Holiday also hosts seven events and tournaments annually to help to foster continued growth of the game. In addition to hosting the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament each spring, Golf Holiday also manages the GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship – the world's largest single-site amateur golf tournament, the Summer Family Golf Tournaments, the Palmetto High School Golf Championships, the Veterans Golf Classic and the Myrtle Beach Never Forgets Memorial Golf Outing.

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March Madness: Golf Digest Picks Coastal Carolina to Win National Championship!

March 20, 2014 by Chris King

March Madness is one of America’s great sporting events, and everyone loves to fill out a tournament bracket. Instead of basing picks on seeding – a No. 16 could never beat a No. 1!! - Luke Kerr-Dineen and Golf Digest based their tournament predictions based on the quality of golf each university offers its students.

As fate would have it, Coastal Carolina, home of the Hackler Course and one of the nation’s best Professional Golf Management Programs, earned its first NCAA Tournament bid since 1993, turning the Golf Digest bracket upside down.

Digest tabbed the Chanticleers, who boast “all of Myrtle Beach's top golf courses,” as its 2014 national champion. Coastal knocked top-seeded Virginia in the opening round and then ran through George Washington, Cincinnati and North Carolina before dispatching Stanford in the Final Four and Texas in the National Championship matchup.

While Stanford, which resides in Palo Alto, Calif., and is a short drive from San Francisco, and the University of Texas, located in Austin, offer quality golf, Digest concluded, “golf is synonymous with the Coastal Carolina culture. With one five and 27 4.5 star public courses all within 50 miles of the university, and the school itself offering a PGA Golf Management program, it's the clear winner.”

In a field that features Arizona, Michigan, Texas, multiple schools from California and the Carolinas, the Chanticleers and Myrtle Beach reign supreme!

As for the action on the hardwood, good luck to Coastal in shocking the top-seeded Cavaliers!!

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VIDEO: This Might Be The Golf Trick Shot Of The Year

March 14, 2014 by Chris King

Eric Angeles and Zachary Christman, juniors at Alhambra (Calif.) High School, may have given us the golf trick shot of the year! This doozy was featured on ESPN's Sports Nation is definitely worth a few second of your time!

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Allegiant Airlines Adds Nonstop Flight Service to Myrtle Beach From Four Cities

March 10, 2014 by Chris King

Allegiant Airlines has announced nonstop jet service to Myrtle Beach from four cities, beginning May 29. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will introduce the new service with fares as low as $54* one way.

1.    Cincinnati, Ohio – begins May 30, 2014 with fares as low as $59*
2.    Columbus, Ohio – begins May 29, 2014 with fares as low as $54*
3.    Lexington, Ky. – begins May 29, 2014 with fares as low as $54*
4.    Syracuse, N.Y. – begins May 29, 2014 with fares as low as $64*

Tickets for all routes are now available. Flight days and times and the lowest available fares can be found only at Allegiant.com. Travelers can take advantage of everyday low fares and save even more when they book air, hotel, car and even activity and attraction reservations together.

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Top 5 Reasons it’s Best to Book a Myrtle Beach Golf Package

March 08, 2014 by Chris King

Legends Resort is a popular golf package destination in Myrtle Beach. The golf package was invented in Myrtle Beach, and remains the preferred way to book a golf vacation for the same reason people love all-inclusive vacations – it’s easy and maximizes value.

Some brave souls prefer to construct their itinerary individually, but here are five reasons, among many, that booking a golf package is the way to go.

  1. Your golf and accommodations are booked at the same time through the same person, making the process much more efficient. Do you really want to call four courses to check on price and availability for a group of 12 beginning with the 8:04 a.m. tee time? It makes my head hurt thinking about. Your golf packager has tee sheets and prices in front of him (or her), so take advantage. You'll get a customized plan that can be easily shared with, and divided by the members of your group.
  2. Players invariably save money by booking a golf package. Management companies pair courses and accommodations, maximizing value for players and, often times, making the area’s best layouts that much more accessible.
  3. Myrtle Beach golf packages aren’t static trip itineraries that offer little flexibility. The vast majority of golf packages allow players to choose their itinerary from up to 20+ courses without a variation in price. In fact, the most popular golf package booked in Myrtle Beach isn't a pre-made plan, it's "the Custom golf package." The broad cross section of courses allows group leaders to tailor trips and guarantee a great golf lineup. 
  4. Booking a package provides each group an expert on the ground. Unlike other destinations, Myrtle Beach golf Stay & Play Experts live in this area. The're not a faceless voice in an international call center. The courses you're talking about? They've played them many times. They have their finger on the pulse of the local golf and entertainment scene and can make recommendations based on exactly what you're looking for. If you have questions while you're in town or need directions, having a golf director can be a huge benefit.
  5. You can build a relationship of trust with your golf director. Hey, we know a golf trip isn't a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing - unless we're talking about Scotland! If your group takes a trip every few years, every few months, or every few weeks, it's nice to work with a company who has your history of where you've played, where you've stayed, and your group dynamics. Those of us that go on golf trips with regular freqency know it's a chore to start from scratch every time you want to get the guys together. 

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Monday After the Masters Tickets Sell Out in Record Time

March 04, 2014 by Chris King

Darius Rucker is looking forward to returning to Myrtle BeachThe 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.

“Tickets seem to sell a little faster every year, and that’s a testament to the strength of the relationship between the tournament and Myrtle Beach,” said Paul Graham, MAM’s tournament director. “Myrtle Beach loves golf and good time, and this year’s event will deliver a lot of both on April 14.”

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Watch Victor Dubuisson’s Incredible Saves From the Desert at Match Play Finals

February 24, 2014 by Chris King

Jason Day won an epic Accenture World Match Play final in 23 holes against Victor Dubuisson, but the event may be remembered less for Day's victory than it will the Frenchman's magic around the greens.

If you have yet to see it, check out Dubuisson escapes from the desert on the 19th and 20th holes to continue the match. These videos don't include the birdie putt he made on 17 or the sand save on 18. Dubuisson didn't win the event, but he surely won a lot of fans.

 

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3 Best Holes on the West Course at Myrtle Beach National

February 20, 2014 by Chris King

Myrtle Beach National is one of the bedrocks of the Grand Strand golf community. The three-course destination has hosted more beach golf vacations than any comparable facility in South Carolina, and its appeal is obvious, particularly on the West Course.

The virtues that have made the West Course so attractive to people taking beach golf vacations are as straightforward as they are attractive. The long-time Myrtle Beach favorite offers players a chance to score and outstanding conditions.

You won’t need a dozen balls to finish the round and if you record the highest score of your trip here, the blame resides only with the man in the mirror.

We recently visited with Myrtle Beach National head pro Rick Schultz to get his thoughts on the three best holes at the Arnold Palmer designed layout. Here is Schultz’s take on the best of the best at the West Course.

-- The par 5 10th hole sets the tone for a back nine that is the strength of the course, according to Schultz. Playing away from the clubhouse and into the surrounding woodlands, the 10th is a straight-away par 5 that will give you a chance at par or better.

A couple of relaxed swings will position you for a manageable approach into an undulating green. Take your time, make sure you are on the right side of the hole, and start the back nine strong.

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Course Review: Grande Dunes Ranks Among The Best

February 17, 2014 by Chris King

Grande Dunes 15Marylander Steve Kincaid and Barry Carroll, an Ohio native, finished rounds at Grande Dunes on an uncharacteristically brisk February afternoon approximately 15 minutes apart. The mercury struggled to get above 50 degrees, but it made little difference to Kincaid and Carroll, who were traveling with separate groups.

Combine five holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway, two more that offer stunning waterway views, and a course that enjoys excellent year-round conditions, and the reasons for Grande Dunes’ popularity are many.

“I think it’s one of the finest golf courses on the Grand Strand,” Carroll said. “It’s a very fair test of golf.”
 

The critics have been equally impressed by the course. Golf Magazine named Grande Dunes one of the nation’s top 10 new courses upon its opening, and Golf Digest has since named it one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. It’s also worth mentioning the National Golf Course Owners Association named Grande Dunes its national course of the year in 2009.

Why is Grande Dunes so popular? Architect Roger Rulewich did an outstanding job from a design perspective and a he had a spectacular piece of land to work with.  Rulewich crafted the area’s longest course, playing 7,618 yards from the tips, but only Myrtle Beach resident and rising PGA Tour star Dustin Johnson is capable of playing from that distance.

Grande Dunes has six sets of tees, and most... 

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VIDEO: Absolutely Ridiculous Flop Shots by Rickie Fowler and Peter Uihlein

February 11, 2014 by Chris King

This is absurd. Rickie Fowler and Peter Uihlein place balls two paces from a 25-foot high net and hit flop shots over it! More impressive than any 300-yard drive. These guys really are good!

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Golf Packages Continue to Fuel Myrtle Beach Buddy Trips

January 17, 2014 by Gordon McCawley

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

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TPC Myrtle Beach to Host World Championship Playoff

January 16, 2014 by Chris King

The 29th annual Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship will again crown its champion at one of the best and most respected Myrtle Beach golf courses. For the third consecutive year, TPC Myrtle Beach, the area’s only 5-star course and the former host of the Senior PGA Tour Championship, will host the Flight Winner’s Playoff. “TPC Myrtle Beach is one of the best courses in America and has been an ideal venue for the Flight Winner’s Playoff,” said Jeff

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Lion’s Paw Was the First Big Cat to Roar

January 16, 2014 by Chris King

Lion's Paw was the first Big Cat on the Myrtle Beach gofl sceneAwards continue to pile up for Lion’s Paw Golf Links and the other three Big Cats at Ocean Ridge Plantation, one of two four-course facilities on the Myrtle Beach golf scene.

In June, Where to Retire Magazine selected the Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., facility as one of America’s top places to retire. It was the seventh time Ocean Ridge Plantation was chosen for the honor.

Lion’s Paw opened in 1991 as the first “Big Cat’’ course. A top 50 selection in the Myrtle Beach golf market by Golf Digest, Lion’s Paw is especially unique because of its wide variety of challenges and spectacular scenery. Lion’s Paw has something for every golfer: spacious, well contoured holes allowing players the freedom to swing away, noticeable rustic wetlands, and white sandy bunkers to test ability under pressure.

In fact, all four Ocean Ridge courses – Panther’s Run, Tiger’s Eye and most recently Leopard’s Chase are the others – are distinct in their own way.

Lion’s Paw and Panther’s Run share a 23,000-square-foot clubhouse, home to a pro shop that annually is selected among the country’s best, and are Grand Strand golf vacation favorites.

Most experts say Lion’s Paw is among architect Willard Byrd’s best works. Byrd is a familiar name to folks who regularly make a Myrtle Beach golf trip. His designs along the Grand Strand include:

One of Lion’s Paws’ signatures is the countless oyster shells decorating the banks of Nos. 3 and 17, both par 3s.

Lion’s Paw installed new MiniVerde ultradwarf greens in 2013, the same putting surface used on Panther’s Run and at the home of The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass.

Have you played it? Help other Myrtle Beach golfers by sharing YOUR review on the Lion's Paw page!

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International Club Brings Quality, Value to Myrtle Beach Golf Trip

January 16, 2014 by Chris King

Myrtle beach golf courses: International Club is a Willard Byrd designThe 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, International Club offers golfers the opportunity to play one of the Grand Strand's most popular and impeccably landscaped golf courses.

Designed by Willard Byrd in 2000, International Club features five sets of tees to provide opportunities for all skills levels to enjoy the course.

The course is a par 72 that plays 6,790 yards from the back tees and 4,848 yards from the forward tees. It's a true test of golf that rewards precision over power and provides some excellent risk/reward opportunities.

The course wraps around... a series of marshlands, tidal creeks, lakes and other hazards. Towering pines and twisted live oaks trees make for some tight, tricky fairways.

But despite its natural setting, International Club is also known for having well conditioned greens. The course also offers GPS technology for golfers to get accurate distance readings.

One more positive about International Club - it's one of the more affordable courses on the Strand, providing maximum bargain per buck.

There are plenty of outstanding Myrtle Beach golf courses, but the International Club gives golfers an excellent course on a lovely stretch of land at a reasonable price, and you can't beat that with a 5-iron.

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Caledonia Turns 20, Offers 1994 Prices on Way-Back Wednesdays

January 08, 2014 by Chris King

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, a consensus Top 100 public course, is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, and golfers are the ones who will be receiving gifts. One of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina’s most popular courses, Caledonia will celebrate its birthday by offering “Way-back Wednesdays” specials, including 1994 greens fees, on six consecutive Wednesdays beginning Jan. 8.   “Way-back Wednesdays enables us to celebrate a milestone anniversary for

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PGA 5 Provides a Choice of 17 Myrtle Beach Golf Courses and a Dozen Pro V1s

January 07, 2014 by Chris King

When planning your spring trip, the PGA 5 package offers one of the most valued-packed Myrtle Beach golf vacation options. The four-night, five-round golf package is largely centered around the North Strand, and the PGA 5’s “perks” are as good as any. Let’s start at the top. If you book the PGA 5, you will be staying in golf course condos at either Brunswick Plantation or Crow Creek, both nice multi-bedroom options. You will be able to choose five rounds of

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WestJet to Resume Non-Stop Service From Toronto to Myrtle Beach Two Months Early

January 06, 2014 by Chris King

A spring golf trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina just got a little easier for Canadians. WestJet, Canada’s preferred airline, announced that twice weekly non-stop service from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport to Myrtle Beach will begin two months earlier than in 2013 (Book Here). The seasonal service will offer flights on Thursdays and Sundays from March 6 to October 23, 2014, with a change in flight times effective April 27. The resumption of service on March 6

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

January 03, 2014 by Chris King

Greg Norman is one of the most popular players in golf history, winning 91 tournaments around the world and finishing seven years ranked No. 1 in the world.  The Great White Shark has been equally successful off the course, particularly in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he has opened a restaurant, golf academy and, most importantly, a golf course. The Norman Course is one of the cornerstones at Barefoot Resort, which also features layouts designed by Pete Dye, Tom Fazio and Davis

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Barefoot’s Norman Course is Among Myrtle Beach’s Most Underrated Layouts

January 02, 2014 by Chris King

The 10th hole on the Norman Course is among the bestBarefoot Resort, home to layouts designed by Greg Norman, Davis Love III, Pete Dye and Tom Fazio, is one premier golf facilities in the nation, annually enticing thousands of players to take a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina golf vacation.

Nationally, the Norman Course hasn’t received the acclaim of its siblings. Don’t try telling the people who work at Barefoot or play the course regularly that it isn’t the equal of the Fazio, Love or Dye courses, each of which has been ranked among America’s top 100 public courses.

“Over the years, I’ve grown to enjoy the Norman Course over the other three,” Mike Ross, Barefoot’s head pro said. “People ask me why, and I tell them, ‘It’s just a fun golf course to play.’”

With four holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway and a layout that rewards creativity, the Norman Course is among the most playable a Myrtle Beach golf vacation has to offer.

Like many Greg Norman designed courses, which place an emphasis on sustainability, there are limited areas of mowable grass – less than 60 acres throughout the entire property. In place of rough, golfers will find pine straw or waste bunkers, neither of which is conducive to our dreams of par, but the  fairways are plenty wide.

Norman provides a chance for a fast start. The straight-away first hole, a par 4, includes a fairway that is among the course’s roomiest and it plays just 377 yards from the tips. Trouble is limited to a couple green-side bunkers so par on the first hole is very attainable, even for mid to high handicappers.

The layout gradually stiffens and so does the quality of Norman’s work. By the time you arrive at the ninth hole, a 568-yard par 5 that features a green fronted by a natural waste area, the course’s splendor is on full display.

The Intracoastal Waterway...

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Heritage Club is One of America’s Best

December 21, 2013 by Chris King

A stretch of sprawling oak trees line both sides of the road, a centuries old welcome to Heritage Club. The majesty of the trees immediately sets the tone for one of Myrtle Beach’s most memorable rounds of golf, tying players to the property’s rich history. There are hundreds of oak trees at Heritage but the line that guides players to the clubhouse is the most impressive, and they aren’t there by happenstance. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the rows of trees were

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Myrtle Beach Golf Course Ratings:  The Three Best Holes at World Tour Golf Links

December 17, 2013 by Chris King

World Tour re-creation of Valderram's famed 4th hole is one of its best. World Tour is a re-creation of some of golf’s greatest holes, allowing players to get a taste of what it’s like to play courses like Augusta National, but which holes constitute the best of the best at the Myrtle Beach layout?

We consulted with general manager Tom Plankers and he shared his favorites 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, which is renowned for its island green, 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... 

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The Perfect Start to Winter? 71 Degrees and a Myrtle Beach Golf Course

December 16, 2013 by Chris King

We are less than 10 days before Christmas and much of the northeast and midwest are mired in a deep freeze, so what are we going to do here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to get ready for the holidays? Play golf, of course! As the official beginning of winter approaches, a mild fall is going to end with beautiful weather. The high here is only forecast to be 53 on Wednesday but will rise to 63 on Thursday, 69 on Friday and 71 on Saturday and Sunday. With virtually no chance of rain,

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Golf Digest Compares: Myrtle Beach, Ireland and Bandon Dunes

December 12, 2013 by Chris King

In its January issue, Golf Digest dedicated eight pages to a “Compare+Contrast” story looking at three of the game’s “classic” buddies destinations. The three featured destinations were Myrtle Beach, Ireland and Bandon Dunes. Each locale offers a different experience and each is among the game’s best for different reasons. The premise of the story is Golf Digest sent two writers to each destination (on separate trips), and they filed a very short

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Course Review: King’s North Deals a Winning Hand

December 08, 2013 by Chris King

King's North is a Myrtle Beach institutionYou’ve got to know when to hold’em,
Know when to fold’em,
Know when to walk away
And know when to run

- Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler"


The passage from the famed Kenny Rogers song hangs on a sign at the sixth tee box on King’s North at Myrtle Beach National, welcoming players to the most exhilarating hole on the Myrtle Beach golf scene.

The par 5, known to all who have played the course as The Gambler, is synonymous with the Arnold Palmer designed gem. The alternate, island fairway allows daring players the opportunity to reach the green in two, provided they have the requisite skill and a gambler’s propensity for risk.

It’s a hole that is at once gorgeous, sweat-inducing and unforgettable. It’s King’s North packed into 568 yards.

King’s North underwent a comprehensive redesign in 1996, complete with new greens, routing changes and the magic touch of Palmer. Out of the renovation emerged a signature Myrtle Beach golf course that has been a frequent member of Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The beauty of the course lies in its variety. King’s North offers risk-reward choices throughout the round, giving players the opportunity to cut a corner in pursuit of a birdie or something rarer than a royal straight flush, an eagle.

Holes three, five and six each present a choice off the tee that allows players to considerably shorten the hole. Play bold and the chances of a birdie (or double bogey) are greatly enhanced.

Beyond strategic decision making, what distinguishes King’s North is... 

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Myrtle Beach Golf Course Ratings:  Great Views, Great Golf at Oyster Bay

December 03, 2013 by Chris King

Oyster Bay of Myrtle BeachStanding in the Oyster Bay clubhouse, surveying the ninth and 10th holes, which play along the Calabash River, the visual appeal of the course is immediately apparent.

Oyster Bay, along with the since closed Marsh Harbour, paved the way for the expansion of the Myrtle Beach golf market into neighboring Brunswick County, North Carolina, and did so in spectacular fashion. Oyster Bay is among the area’s most visually stimulating courses, and the Dan Maples design is universally recognized for its quality.

Named Best New Course in America upon its 1983 opening, Oyster Bay has only improved with maturity, and the reasons for its popularity are many.

The course meets criteria number one for many traveling golfers – it’s memorable. Three holes play along the Calabash River, water comes into play on 15 of 18 holes, and it has a pair of island green par 3s.

Oyster Bay is more than beauty. Maples’ design work is a case study in classic architecture, hence the course is ranked No. 15 in the state of North Carolina by Golf Magazine and is a 4.5-star layout, according to Golf Digest.

With its relatively narrow fairways and small greens, the challenge at Oyster Bay isn’t in its length. The course challenges players to think, and the keys to success are more subtle than just bludgeoning a drive.

Risk-reward opportunities are... 

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Wesley Day Becomes First Canadian to Win George Holliday Tournament

December 02, 2013 by Chris King

Wesley Day of Ajax, Ontario, parred the third extra hole Saturday to become the first overall boys’ champion from outside the United States in the 45th year of the annual George Holliday Memorial Junior Golf Tournament.   Day, who made a 30-footer for par on the first extra hole of a sudden-death playoff at Myrtle Beach National’s West Course to stay alive, outlasted 13-year-old Trent Phillips of Inman, S.C., after the two players tied at 1-under-par 215 after 54 holes. Day

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Burning Ridge Golf Club Gets Better With Age

December 01, 2013 by Chris King

Burning Ridge Golf CourseThe 30th birthday is a milestone most don’t look forward to because it’s a reminder that time and the accoutrements of youth are passing. But at Burning Ridge Golf Club, which opened in 1980, the completion of the course’s third decade has caused no gnashing of teeth.

As a matter of fact, the Gene Hamm design is better at 30 than it was at 20.  Spurred by an extensive renovation project in 2005, Burning Ridge, a traditional course, was named the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association and South Carolina Golf Course of the Year in 2006, and the facility has gotten better since.


Located on Highway 501, the primary artery into Myrtle Beach, Burning Ridge Golf Club promises good conditions, value and customer service, and delivers on all accounts.

Burning Ridge Golf Club features mounded fairways that are lined by scores of pine trees, yawning bunkers and elevated greens.

The course measures 6,780 yards from the black tees, but most people play from 6,216 yards on the white tees, so the layout isn’t exceedingly long.  Burning Ridge doesn’t take the driver out of the bag for most players, but accuracy off the tee is paramount to success.

The course’s fairways offer ...

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Myrtle Beach Golf Buzz: Blair is Inspired by the Layout at World Tour

November 30, 2013 by Chris King

Some of golf’s most prominent courses – Augusta National and Pine Valley come immediately to mind – are inaccessible to the overwhelming majority of players, either because they are private or the price tag is prohibitive. World Tour Golf Links brings a taste of the game’s most exclusive layouts to you. Each of World Tour’s 27 holes is inspired by one the game’s great designs. Come along as Myrtle Beach Golf Buzz host Blair O’Neal samples Amen Corner, the Old Course at St. Andrews and the Postage Stamp at Troon. It’s a trip you won’t forget.

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An Ideal Holiday Gift? A Beach Golf Vacation For You!

November 20, 2013 by Chris King

There are six weeks left in the year and you’ve got a few vacations days to burn before the calendar turns to 2014. What should you do with your surplus time? Call a couple buddies, keep an eye on the 10-day forecast, and book a beach golf vacation. The December weather in Myrtle Beach is still plenty good for a golf vacation – an average high of 60 degrees and many days that are well above that – and the value of a beach golf trip is at it’s zenith. Myrtle

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Course Review: New Name, New Experience on General James Hackler Course

November 17, 2013 by Chris King

General Hackler course underwent a Myrtle Beach golf overhaulA new name, new greens and a couple holes with completely new looks have brought ample attention to the General James Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina, a staple of many Myrtle Beach golf packages.

Formerly known as Quail Creek, the Hackler Course, which was officially renamed on November 11, underwent a summer overhaul.

The course is owned by Coastal Carolina, the alma mater of PGA Tour star and Myrtle Beach golf spokesman Dustin Johnson,  and the university renamed it in honor Hackler, a former Air Force general who invented the golf package and worked tirelessly to improve the Grand Strand community.

While players will notice the new name on the scorecard, the greens are what they will be talking about. The course, then known as Quail Creek, opened in 1968 and the original greens remained, according to head pro Chuck Johns.

As a result of their age, the previous greens were bumpy and sometimes inconsistent, but those days are a thing of the past. Coastal’s commitment to the course was reflected in its decision to install new MiniVerde ultradwarf Bermuda grass greens.

MiniVerde thrives in the South Carolina heat and has become one of the most popular putting surfaces in the South.

The changes to the greens didn’t stop at the surface. Craig Schreiner, who co-designed the Member’s Course at Grande Dunes and led the renovation at Pine Lakes, oversaw the work at the Hackler Course, including the redesign of the greens.

What were once relatively flat putting surfaces now feature... 

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The 18 Most Beautiful Women in Golf

November 15, 2013 by Chris King

Thanks to our friends at Golf.com for compiling their list of the "The 18 Most Beautiful Women in

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The Most Underrated Hole on the Myrtle Beach Golf Scene Is ...

November 11, 2013 by Chris King

There are more than 1,800 holes along the Myrtle Beach golf scene, and one of the game’s leading travel writers believes he has found the most underrated test on the Grand Strand. In his third annual Travelin’ Joe Awards, Golf Magazine travel editor Joe Passov, in an entry titled “Most Underrated Hole (Myrtle Beach Division),” recognized the 14th hole at Grande Dunes, writing: “I thought I knew Myrtle pretty well, but I hadn’t played Grande Dunes

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Golfweek Ranks Two Myrtle Beach Golf Courses Among Top 100 Resort Courses

November 08, 2013 by Chris King

Golfweek’s Ultimate Guide, the magazine’s annual golf course living and travel issue, prominently features two of Myrtle Beach’s best and most acclaimed courses. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club (No. 25) and Dunes Golf & Beach Club (No. 33) are ranked among the magazine’s Top 100 Resort Courses. For both layouts, it’s another in a long list of honors. Caledonia is lowcountry golf at its finest. From the entrance - a half-mile trip through an alley of oak

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Myrtle Beach Golf Course Review: Par 6, Great Greens Bring Players Back to Farmstead

November 08, 2013 by Chris King

From the back tees, a staggering 767 yards await on the 18th hole at Farmstead Golf Links. It’s the only par 6 on the Myrtle Beach golf scene and the sixth longest hole in America. Often referred to

Farmstead Golf Links features Myrtle Beach's only par 6. From the back tees, a staggering 767 yards await on the 18th hole at Farmstead Golf Links. It’s the only par 6 on the Myrtle Beach golf scene and the sixth longest hole in America.

Often referred to as “the par 6,” the 18th hole is unquestionably Farmstead’s calling card. But a funny thing tends to happen at the 11-year-old layout. By the time players arrive at the 18th, what was expected to be the course’s primary attraction becomes more like a memorable finish to an outstanding round.

The Willard Byrd design, which straddles the North Carolina-South Carolina border, is one the area’s most enjoyable and underrated designs. With its wispy native grasses and expansive fairways, Farmstead offers a links style experience, particularly when the wind picks up in the afternoon.

The layout is friendly throughout and course conditions are outstanding, particularly the TifEagle bermuda grass greens.

“We probably have...

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River Hills Golf & Country Club Sends Players Home Happy

November 07, 2013 by Chris King

River Hills is a quality layout that delivers value.If you value a classically designed layout and good conditions, River Hills Golf & Country Club should be on your list of prospective courses for your next Myrtle Beach golf trip.

A Tom Jackson design that opened in 1988, all River Hills has done for the last 26 years is send golfers home happy. The beauty is in the simplicity of what the facility offers.

No matter what time of year your group visits the Grand Strand, River Hills will be in good shape and deliver an enjoyable round of golf.

The layout has no parallel holes and in an area that is generally flat, the course has uncommon, natural elevation changes. The 18th hole actually plays uphill!

Before teeing off, make sure you are prepared to hit the ball straight off the tee as the design, while certainly not suffocating, is relatively tight. Throw in some of the smallest greens on the Myrtle Beach golf scene and finding the short grass off the tee is vital.

“Some areas allow you to...

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Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday Spokesman Dustin Johnson Wins HSBC Champions Event

November 04, 2013 by Chris King

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday spokesman Dustin Johnson was overpowering en route to a three-shot victory against a star-studded field at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai last weekend. Johnson’s three-shot lead entering the final round evaporated and he arrived at the 13th tee trailing Ian Poulter by a stroke, at which point he found another gear. Johnson, who drove the ball superbly most of the week, hammered his tee shot on 13, helping set up a five-foot birdie that jump

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Pine Lakes is a Myrtle Beach Golf Classic

November 01, 2013 by Developer

Pine Lakes Country Club was the first Myrtle Beach golf coursePlaying a round at Pine Lakes Country Club is like taking a walk back through time, while experiencing Southern charm and a true test of golf.

Designed by famed Scottish architect Robert White in 1927, Pine Lakes was the first Myrtle Beach golf course. Despite its age, it remains one of the most prominent.

Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, Pine Lakes was originally constructed as the course for the Ocean Forest Hotel, which was eventually demolished to make room for more modern accommodations.

The course survived and thrived, enticing golfers from around the country to take Myrtle Beach golf vacation, including Time Inc. executives who launched Sports Illustrated magazine there in 1954.

The legendary course was purchased by the Burroughs & Chapin, and underwent a $15 million makeover, led by Craig Schreiner, beginning in 2006.

The historic clubhouse was renovated and modern conveniences were added throughout the property. On the course, Schreiner restored the layout in way that allowed it to play to White’s original intent, and the course to maintain its traditional feel.

New landscaping was added to the... 

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Everyone is a Friend at Black Bear Golf Club

October 30, 2013 by Chris King

Black Bear golf course reviewWhen the name bear is associated with a golf course, images of a difficult round and high scores immediately come to mind. But at Black Bear Golf Club, a fierce name belies a friendly course.

The drive into Black Bear Golf Club’s plantation style clubhouse reveals lush fairways and greens, providing an inviting glimpse of the very playable Tom Jackson design.

Located on the North Strand, Black Bear Golf Club is one of the first course’s players see when entering the area on Route 9, and the 22-year-old layout is devoid of housing.

With an emphasis on customer service, Black Bear focuses on providing an experience that is equal parts quality golf and Southern hospitality. As head pro Patrick Wilkinson says, “Everyone that comes here is a friend.”

Making friends at Black Bear includes a layout that is challenging, yet imminently playable, and tees that range from 4,861 yards to 6,787 yards. The course has 23 fingers lakes, so there is plenty of water but few forced carries.

Black Bear has only two...

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