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The Grid Never Lies: Myrtle Beach Delivers Superior Golf, Value to Consumers

August 20, 2013 by Chris King

Golf Digest’s monthly travel feature called The Grid is quickly becoming a favorite of ours. While it’s not the intent, The Grid is providing monthly reinforcement of the quality and value a Myrtle Beach golf trip offers.   The September issue of Golf Digest highlights package deals in shoulder or off-peak seasons in various destinations. Just like the August issue’s comparison of quality of golf in competing locales, we like how Myrtle Beach stacks up.

Fazio course at Barefoot is one of the area's bestGolf Digest’s monthly travel feature called The Grid is quickly becoming a favorite of ours. While it’s not the intent, The Grid is providing monthly reinforcement of the quality and value a Myrtle Beach golf trip offers.  

The September issue of Golf Digest highlights package deals in shoulder or off-peak seasons in various destinations. Just like the August issue’s comparison of quality of golf in competing locales, we like how Myrtle Beach stacks up.

The Grand Strand wasn’t featured on the pages of Golf Digest in September, but let’s take a look at a pair of premium Myrtle Beach packages during the PEAK fall season and compare them to what the competition offers.

Before we start, keep in mind the average high and low temperatures along the Grand Strand in October are an idyllic 77 and 54.

Buy 3 Get the 4th Round Free at Barefoot Resort
Package includes four nights of accommodations and four rounds of golf at Barefoot, one of the nation’s premier multi-course facilities. In addition to playing the Fazio, Norman, Love and Dye courses, range balls and daily breakfast are included. The per golfer total is $591 from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31.

Golftoberfest
This South Strand package includes four nights accommodations and five rounds of golf. The courses you can choose from include Caledonia, True Blue, Pawleys Plantation, Founders Club, Tradition Club, Willbrook and River Club. The beauty of the package is you can play the courses in any combination you want. In theory you could play the same layout five times. With the quality of courses you have to choose from, this package, which includes range balls, is a winner for $699 per man throughout the month of October.

Now for the packages featured by Golf Digest:

Central Oregon
Average high and low temperatures: 62/33
Deal featured by Golf Digest: Ultimate Stay and Play package at Brasada Ranch during the October shoulder season offers a two-bedroom condo and golf for $439 per night, per golfer. That “deal” includes courses such as Brasada Canyons and Tetherow. Cost of a 4-night, 4-round trip: $1,756.
Verdict: Oregon is a fine place, but if quality of golf, weather and value mean anything to you, it’s Myrtle Beach in a rout.

Scottsdale
Average high and low temperatures:
100/68 in September; 89/56 in October
Deal featured by Golf Digest: Talking Stick Resort’s Par Fore the Course package, featuring golf at both Talking Stick Resort courses, is $254 per night from mid-September to mid-October.
Cost of a 4-night, 4-round trip: $1,016.
The Verdict: Better deal than Central Oregon but still doesn’t come close to our featured Myrtle Beach packages in any category.

Kohler, Wisconsin
Average high and low temperatures:
60/42 in October; 46/31 in November
Deal featured by Golf Digest: Dye-abolical package includes four rounds, three nights at the Inn on Woodlake, caddie, cart fees and a 30-minute golf lesson for $1,909. The package includes golf at the Irish Course at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run’s Meadow Valley layout.
The Verdict: Kohler is a great destination but $1,909 is a lot of  money for a package that doesn’t include either resort’s premier course. Cost combined with weather makes this a non-starter from our perspective.

Orlando
Average high and low temperatures:
The coldest month during the fall shoulder season (Oct-Dec) is December when the average high-low split is 73/52.
Deal featured by Golf Digest: The Grand Cypress Tee to Green package includes unlimited golf and food and beverage for $285 per night at Grand Cypress, home of 45 holes.
Cost of a 4-night, 4-round trip: $1,140
The Verdict: The best of the “other” deals, but it remains far behind Myrtle Beach in terms of quality of golf and value. The unlimited golf can be deceiving because due to the loss of daylight, it can be tough to get in 36 holes in late November and December.