Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is home to a great variety of golf courses - the Strand area boasts over 100 different courses. In addition to facilities for all levels of expertise, the area offers sandy beaches, shopping and restaurants, which makes it a great getaway for the whole family.
High season is in the spring and fall, so be sure to book early. Summers are hot, but if you go golf rates are on average 50% lower that during the high season.
Many of the facilities partner with hotels and resorts in the area to offer play & stay packages. You can order a free guide from the Chamber of Commerce (800-356-3016) which includes a listing of hotels, resorts and inns in the area.
The courses are close to each other, so you can play on a different one every day. During the peak season in the spring and fall, greens fees range from $79 at Myrtlewood to $175 at World Tour Links. Here are some of the courses to play:
Arrowhead Country Club
The club is home to three courses - The Waterway, The Cypress and The Lakes, offering 27 holes. Designed by Ray Floyd and Tom Jackson, the courses feature scenic waterway views, Bermuda Fairways and Bent Grass Greens. Rates range from $49 to $90, including cart and range balls.
Choose from two courses designed by Rees Jones. The par 72 Championship Course measures 7,013 yards and hugs several lakes. The 18-hole Skins is perfect for those on a schedule with its par-4s and of par-3s. If you want to squeeze in the last roundbefore heading to the airport, Belle Terre offers complimentary showers and lockers. It is is located 15 minutes from the airport. Rates range from $40 to $70, plus $22 for cart rental. Afternoon specials are available, but can only be booked 48 hours in advance.
The Legends Group
There are three places to play - the Heathland Course, Moorland and Parkland. If you want to try your skills on a course designed like the British Isles links, book a tee time at the Heathland. Designed by Tom Doak, this par-71 has low vegetation and deep bunkers. Take lessons at the Classic Swing School. The Legends Group also offers accommodations and packages. For more information, call the resort at 800-299-6187.
Myrtle Beach National
Choose from three golf courses. The Arnold Palmer-designed King's North is one of the most popular in the area. Its 6th hole was nicknamed The Gambler because of its risky shortcut to the green. SouthCreek features coastal wetlands and hardwood forests. The West Course is one most challenging courses with its bunkers and natural hazards. Several hotels and resorts in the area offer specials. Visit www.mbn.com for more information.
Since the club stretches along the Intercoastal Waterway, it offers many scenic holes. Myrtlewood offers two Bermuda grass courses. The par 72 PineHills course is the only Arthur Hills along the Grand Strand. The Palmetto is a par-72 course designed by Edumund B. Ault. Greens Fees range from $49 in the winter to $79 in the spring and fall.
Prestwick Country Club
Designed by Pete and P.B. Dye, the Prestwick features timber-rimmed bunkers, lakes and streams, beautiful wildflowers and six sets of tees. The country club has a practice range, putting green, Pro Shop, and offers video lessons. After a morning round, stop at the restaurant for a casual meal. The restaurant at the Club House overlooks the 9th and 18th holes and Prestwick Lake. Greens fees range from $69 in the winter to $111 in the spring and fall. A kid under 16 plays free with a paying adult.
The 27 holes at River Oaks offer tree-lined fairways and Bermuda greens. Greens fees range from $42 in the winter to $75 in the fall. Several hotels and resorts offer specials which include play here.
Wild Wing Plantation
Wild Wing Plantation is set on 1,050 acres with natural trees, waterways, and wildlife. This 72-hole resort offers visitors a choice of four different courses, a 33,000 square foot clubhouse and condos. The Wood Stork, Hummingbird, Avocet and Falcon courses take about 4 to 4.5 hours each to play. The Wild Wing School features a twenty acre driving range, chipping green and three putting greens. Choose from one and three day classes in either half or full day sessions (800-736-9464 ext. 301). Greens fees range from $24 to $78; prices vary between courses and change throughout the year. Carts cost $21 per person; club rentals from $21.
These 27 holes were created by Mel Graham. Greens fees range from $75 to $175, depending on the season. If you want to play all 27 holes, the additional fee starts from $30.