Destination Feature - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
It has long been a favourite for US golfing visitors and over the past 20 years UK golfers have begun to flock to the manicured fairways of South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach and it is not hard to see why.
Over 100 high quality courses adjourn a 60 mile stretch of stunning South Carolina coastline, it is the high density of courses that has made Myrtle Beach a golfing Mecca for players the world over. Those who come to play enjoy the year round golfing season and average tempreture of 25C. Tempratures reach their peak between March-Oct with Nov-Feb being slightly cooler
Myrtle Beach is within easy reach of the UK. Flight times to Atlanta, Charlotte of Philadelphia are in the region of 10-11 hrs. It has also become known as a great value destination partly due to the saving enjoyed by bigger groups taking advantage of the large number of condo’s in the area.
Myrtle Beach actively encourages groups and is particularly popular for those looking to blend their golf with nightlife which is both lively and varied. The famous Broadway on the Beach takes centre stage, a entertainment hub with shows, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes.
So what about the golf?
You will love the golf, never will you have been so spoilt for choice! With such a large number of golf courses in such a small area, the golf you can enjoy is of a very high quality with a host of famous designers invloved with courses in the region among them Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones and Greg Norman.
Most golfers visiting Myrtle Beach will base themselves in one the centrally located hotels or resorts such as Kingston Plantation which can booked through Golfbreaks.com and includes golf at Myrtle Wood GC, home to two championship golf courses both featuring rolling mounds and strategically placed water hazards – a regular sight on many of the Myrtle Beach courses.
Basing yourself at Kingston you can also experience a true Rees Jones original in the form of Arcadian Shores GC, a course framed by towering oaks, brilliant white sand and beautiful lakes or you can play Pine Lakes, Myrtle Beaches oldest course. Set upon original dunes in 1927 it has since undergone restoration and is overlooked by a grand clubhouse brimming with delightful southern architecture.
Another popular stay is the Marina Inn at Grand Dunes, a hotel that boasts fantastic views over some of Myrtle Beaches many waterways. The Grand Dunes course is a parkland design that is dominated by wide Bermuda grass fairways and over 34 acres of lakes. The course has received a host of accolades over the years. As part of a Golfbreaks.com package at Marina Inn you can also enjoy golf at Arcadian Shores and Farmstead GC.
One resort that stands out for its four fantastic courses is Barefoot. Host to the Golf Channel’s Big Break it also boasts designs by Greg Norman, David Love, Tom Fazio and Pete Dye.
The four courses have been awarded multiple national honours and present four distinctly different challenges. The resort is set in the Myrtle Beach Lowlands offering a contrast to the coastland dune courses, but is still represents a fantastic base to explore the local area, nightlife and restaurants.
Tempted by Myrtle Beach? Well, it gets better as Golfbreaks.com offers buggies and range balls within all their prices as well as all taxes resort fees so there are no hidden costs to your golfing holiday. Golfbreaks.com will also handle your entire booking including flights, accommodation, green fees and car hire.