A wealth of courses is what makes Myrtle Beach, South Carolina such a popular golf destination.
It doesn't hurt that the Grand Strand -- a region stretching from the southern end of North Carolina to Pawleys Island, S.C. -- is within driving distance for so many golfers on the East Coast and Midwest. These folks are desperate for some good golf weather, especially in spring and fall when their temperatures can be chilly. With nearly 100 courses, Myrtle Beach offers a variety and depth of choices, and because of that competition, more value for your dollar than most golf destinations.
Want the golf trip of a lifetime? Golfers can line up a few top 100-caliber tracks to play that won't break the bank. Or, if you're strapped for cash, there are enough fun and well maintained courses that are so affordable that a quick weekend getaway with some pals won't send your spouse into a tizzy.
Picking the itinerary is made easier by Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, which markets the area and serves as a conduit among golfers, courses and package providers. MyrtleBeachGolfHoliday.com is a one-stop research and planning portal, where golfers can check out rates, solicit quotes and get the latest news from around the area. Myrtle Beach might not have invented the concept of a "golf package," but it certainly perfected it.
Planning the logistics of a golf vacation is not easy. Where to play? What time? Where to stay? Which courses are close enough to be played in the same day? Where are the best deals? That's where the expertise of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and local packagers becomes invaluable.
To show how far your dollar can stretch in Myrtle Beach, Golf Advisor looked into several four-day, four-round trips on offer from Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday booking partners. The constant theme is "value" for the experience you're buying.
The "Myrtle Beach's Best" Package from MyrtleBeachGolfPackagers.com allows you to choose four of the area's best layouts with a $60 savings. You will stay at a Myrtlewood Villa and can play Tidewater Golf Club, the semi-private Dye Club at Barefoot Resort and Golf, True Blue Plantation and Caledonia Golf & Fish Club. Depending on the courses you choose and the dates, you're looking at a cost between $233-$352.
True Blue and Caledonia -- two famous Mike Strantz-designed courses right across the street from one another -- couldn't be more different. Everything at True Blue is oversized -- the fairways, the greens, the bunkers. Caledonia plays much tighter with narrow fairways guarded by wetlands and ponds.
Tidewater features four fantastic holes along the scenic Cherry Grove Inlet that leads to the Atlantic Ocean and four others along the Intracoastal Waterway. The Dye Club might be the most coveted tee time at Barefoot, but the other courses designed by Tom Fazio, Greg Norman and Davis Love III are nearly as good.
The new Primes Rewards Package from MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com is stocked with incentives. For golfers who book four or more rounds, each member of the group receives a $100 gift card redeemable at any Founders Collection Course clubhouse for lunch, gear in the pro shop, drinks on the beverage cart and even replays. Those who stay at the Myrtlewood Villas get a fourth night free and complimentary daily breakfast. The 22 eligible courses include King's North at Myrtle Beach National, Grande Dunes, Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, Willbrook Plantation, Pine Lakes Country Club and other local favorites.
The "NORTH-END 4-Night/4-Round Special" package from SeasideGolf.com focuses heavily on convenience. All four courses are within 15 minutes of a two-bedroom/two-bath Golf Villa at Brunswick Plantation in North Carolina. Each villa features plenty of space with four double beds (two per room) a large living/dining room, washer/dryer, a kitchen with microwave oven, and a pool and hot tub on property.
The pricing to play Thistle Golf Club, Rivers Edge, Lion's Paw and Panther's Run starts at $338 per person. Not bad considering River's Edge is considered among the 10 best courses along the Grand Strand.
What are you waiting for? Myrtle Beach is always ready for more die-hard golfers.
Find more golf packages and information for planning a Myrtle Beach golf vacation at MyrtleBeachGolfHoliday.com.