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Golf In Myrtle Beach

  By: Jacquelyn Eurice

If you’ve ever so much as held a golf club, it is probably pretty safe to assume you’ve thought about playing golf in South Carolina. Home to over 350 courses and the highest number of golf holes per capita, the state is often referred to as the “Golf Capital of the World.” But within South Carolina, the place where you really want to sink that shot is in Myrtle Beach.

This 60-mile oceanfront stretch is a golfer’s paradise for many reasons. For one, the season just keeps on going. While golfers from northern states pack up their clubs for the winter, it’s possible to keep ‘em swinging on the Grand Strand. In fact, many golfers migrate south for golf in the early spring or late fall while the courses in their home states are sleeping through the cold winter.

Then, there’s the scenery. Beautiful beaches, soft dunes, lush grounds, stunning clubhouse architecture and even the wildlife are natural draws to the region. Golfers will undoubtedly notice many interesting creatures near the courses—deer, eagles, fish, alligators, and even “that guy” who is trying to reclaim the putter he threw into the water hazard.

However, the golf courses themselves are what make the game memorable. Constructed by golf-course architect greats such as Robert Trent Jones, Tom Fazio, and Mike Strantz, several Myrtle Beach courses are famous throughout the nation. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club regularly appears in Golf Digest’s “ America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.” Tidewater Plantation Golf Club and TPC Myrtle Beach are acclaimed in Golfweek as two of the top ten courses you can play in South Carolina. The best golfers in the game perpetually play in Myrtle Beach for fun, occasionally for entry into a PGA tournament and sometimes for a charity event. The Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation hosts the Monday After the Masters tournament every April. It has become one of the largest celebrity golf events in the nation, with proceeds benefitting a number of charities. HootieGolf.com offers information on being a spectator, volunteering for the event, or making a donation.

If you’re not a pro but want to play like one, the World Amateur Handicap Tournament is a golfing event like no other. Every year, nearly 3,500 people from around the globe come to the largest amateur competition on earth. Golfers from different backgrounds and of all abilities compete on 60 host courses. Even its “19th hole” has achieved recognition for being the largest 19th hole on the planet. There are nightly parties with free-flowing bars, lively entertainment, and even the chance to intermingle with celebrities who are also competing in the World Am. It’s a week of nothing but golf and fun.

So when is the best time to go? The short answer is: anytime. Rates are lowest in the winter but the temperature is more pleasant in the spring and fall. Late September has some of the best prices and it’s not too hot, though it is one of the wettest months of the year. October and November are considered prime, but be prepared to pay a bit more. In the summer, morning tee times are recommended and then you can relax on the beach with the family. Whenever you decide to play, plan your trip early since the area’s favorite courses book quickly. It’s best to reserve your golf vacation at least six months before your first anticipated tee time. Visit MyrtleBeachGolf.com to find out more or to book your next golfing challenge.

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