Course Profile: Farmstead Golf Links

The beauty of Grand Strand golf lies in the three distinctly different sections of it. The South Strand includes great Lowcountry designs like Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, the central part boasts such high-demand courses conveniently located to the airport as Prestwick Country Club, and the North Strand brings several layouts that bring their own unique elements to the area. One such unique design is a hidden gem that sits just across the South Carolina/North Carolina state line at Farmstead Golf Links.

Set on a 480-acre piece of land in Calabash, North Carolina, Farmstead’s links-style setup gives golfers the chance to use the natural contours of the land to their advantage. Throughout the entire property, golfers will see fairways framed by bunkers, native grass and water features. All three of these features can be found on the par-four 13th Hole, with a lake left and tall, thick native grass on the right. This hole forces golfers to hit the middle of the fairway. Any tee shot just off the fairway can put someone in a deep bunker, or deep at the bottom of the lake.

The Willard Byrd design plays 7,200 yards from the back tees. Though the tips play long, Farmstead offers five different sets of tees to accommodate every skill level. The most famous hole on the entire golf course will come at the end of your round when you step to the tee box of the 767-yard, par-6 finishing hole. The tee shot is to the beginning of a sweeping dogleg left that starts in South Carolina. Halfway up the hole, golfers will cross back into North Carolina as they hit their approaches to the green. The daunting par 6 comes with trouble running along the entire left side of a hole that wraps around a large water hazard, leading to a large green where the water runs around the back as well. This hole is setup for all skill levels to enjoy it.

Ready to take on this par-6 beauty, and all the great holes at Farmstead? Click here to book your tee time today!

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Hole Spotlight: No. 11 at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

The Myrtle Beach golf scene offers plenty of memorable golf holes, including several along the South Strand and at one award-winning design in particular: Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, which among its many accolades has been cited by Golf Magazine as one of “America’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play.”

While the finishing hole here gets its fair share of attention for its challenge, beauty and famous clubhouse back porch audience cheering on your approach, we highlight here one of the more picturesque holes at Caledonia – the par-3 11th Hole, where former PGA TOUR pro Hugh Royer III takes you on a playing tour to show you how best to play it.

 

Standing here on the 11th Hole at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, this is a hole that gives you a look that you just puts you in awe!

From these tees, you’ve got 147 yards to a front pin. If the pin were in the back left, you could be talking another 30 yards of length on this hole – a three-club difference depending on pin placement, easily. You can see there’s a creek that runs through here with the tall, natural grass … it’s just a gorgeous setting and a great golf hole.

So at 147 yards, I’m going to take an 8 iron, catch it just to the right of the flag (there’s a nice little ramp or backstop in there), and see if we can’t put something in there nice and close.

(My shot here was) not too bad, just right of the flag, caught the slope and came down nicely. Leaves us about 15 feet for a shot at birdie, and at least get ourselves a par and move on to the next hole!

Our Beach’s Best Package and Grand Slam Package are just two of many ways MBGolf.com can help you experience the splendor of Caledonia Golf & Fish Club for yourself. Visit our packages page to see these options and more, or give us a call at 800-422-1587 and we’ll be ready to help you get your spring golf plans in motion!

 

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Package Spotlight: The Grand Slam

In baseball, it doesn’t get much more thrilling than seeing your favorite team take the lead on a dramatic, bases-loaded home run. And one of golf’s most lofty achievements is winning each of the game’s majors, a feat that only five legends of the sport (Sarazen, Hogan, Player, Nicklaus and Woods) have ever realized.

In each case, achieving the “Grand Slam” reflects something uniquely special – as it does when you plan a Myrtle Beach golf getaway on our Grand Slam Package.

This one-of-a-kind golfing experience includes six of the Grand Strand’s premier course offerings – “The Best of the North and South” along our 60-mile stretch of golfing mecca. On the south end, you’ll play two of “America’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play” as honored by Golf Magazine: Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club, each a Mike Strantz design noted for their unique and spectacular presentation of Lowcountry golf.

Your north end options are “Myrtle Beach’s Fantastic Four” at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, honored in 2017 as North America’s Golf Resort of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. Pete Dye, Greg Norman, Tom Fazio and Davis Love III have each placed their signature on a Barefoot design, and each course delivers a pulse-racing experience that will leave you with golfing memories to last a lifetime.

The Grand Slam Package offers flexibility – play four rounds featuring Caledonia, True Blue and two of four Barefoot designs, or play all six for the ultimate upscale Myrtle Beach golf getaway. Lodging options are plentiful, ranging from oceanfront condos to executive beach homes to multiple choices at Barefoot Resort.

Visit our package page to learn more about this exciting opportunity for a premium spring golf getaway, or give us a call at 800-422-1587 and we’ll be happy to lend a hand in organizing all your golf travel needs. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Course Profile: Heritage Club

Sprawling oak trees line both sides of the road, a centuries-old welcome to Heritage Club – one of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses. The magnitude of the trees immediately sets the tone for one of Myrtle Beach’s most memorable rounds of golf, tying players to the property’s rich history.

There are hundreds of oak trees at Heritage, but the line that guides players to the clubhouse is the most impressive, and they aren’t there by happenstance.

More than 200 years ago, the rows of trees were planted to divide the road leading to the original plantation home from the rest of the property.

From the entrance through the peninsula green on No. 18, Heritage is one of the Myrtle Beach area’s prettiest layouts and it has an abundance of character.

The property used to be home to one of the world’s most productive rice and indigo plantations; the final resting place of its owner, Mr. Pawley (after whom Pawleys Island was named), is located just off the fourth hole.

But a course doesn’t earn the ranking of No. 33 on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses on the strength of beauty and character alone. Heritage Club is one of designer Dan Maples’ finest works.

The Pawleys Island course has length at 7,118 yards from the gold tees (6,656 yards blue tees/6,310 yards white tees), but it’s a layout that favors shot makers over raw power.

Precision off the tee is vital because Heritage is a second-shot golf course, due in large part to some of the Grand Strand’s largest and most undulating greens. This South Strand gem has three greens that are more than 50 yards deep, so merely hitting the putting surface often isn’t enough. Players need to be in the right spot.

The greens at Heritage, which opened in 1986, are typically bunkered but the approaches are open, giving the players the option to play the bump-and-run, a lost art on many modern courses. The open approach areas also provide high handicappers more margin for error.

Water comes into play on 11 holes, most memorably No. 13 and No. 18, the layout’s two peninsula greens.

Maples’ work at Heritage is creative throughout, presenting choices and opportunity. But along with the freedom comes risk. For example, the dual fairway is a relatively common architectural trait, but at Heritage, Maples gives players two distinct choices on the par-5 second hole.

After the drive, which shouldn’t go more than 260 yards, players must make a choice. The shorter, left fairway requires an approach over four par-killing bunkers and a green that runs from front to back.

The right fairway plays a little longer and the approach requires a carry over the lake that separates the fairways, but the bunkers don’t come into play and players have more green to work with.

All in all, Heritage is a great golf course. No matter how you are playing, it’s impossible not to enjoy the course’s Lowcountry setting. The oak trees draped in Spanish moss and the marsh have helped created a natural environment that is a stunning home for a golf course.

Do you want to add this Myrtle Beach gem to your next golf trip? If so, we recommend considering the Legends Golf Package, which features a number of different options, including 4 night/3 round options that include free daily breakfast, lunch and 2 beers! To learn more about this or any of our other packages, call 800.422.1587.

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Top Sports Bars In Myrtle Beach

When you’re on a Myrtle Beach golf trip, you don’t want the fun to end on the 18th hole! A great post-round bar is essential to capping a great day in Myrtle Beach, especially when a good ball game is on. No matter where you are staying in the Grand Strand, a good sports bar won’t be hard to find. However, choosing a great sports bar might not be as easy! To help you during your next golf trip, here are some of our favorite sports bar options in the Myrtle Beach area.

Jimmagan’s

Located in the middle of Myrtle Beach, Jimmagan’s is everything you need in a sports bar. Located only a few blocks away from the ocean, you will find a great atmosphere, good prices and plenty of televisions for your golf group to sit back and enjoy some football.

Jimmagan’s is located close to Pine Lakes Country Club, so keep this bar on your radar if you have a tee time at “The Granddaddy.”

King Street Grille

In the heart of The Market Common, King Street Grille is open to offer your golf group great food, service, prices and a wide range of choices for televised sports! In addition to indoor seating, The Grille has a large outdoor area where customers can enjoy house drinks and great food while taking in their favorite game.

If you are a Pittsburgh sports fan, you will certainly want to stop by this Pittsburgh-themed bar that features Steeler memorabilia on the walls. There’s even a rumor that “Big Ben” owns the place (We’ll let you decide if that’s true or not!).

Bully’s Pub and Grill

Bully’s offers delicious food, tons of tap beer and plenty of TV’s for your golf group to watch whatever game they want. Located just across the Intracoastal Waterway at Barefoot Landing, Bully’s gives the golfers staying in North Myrtle Beach a great option for some post-round fun.

With many top-ranked golf courses, affordable golf packages, an assortment of places to stay and never-ending off-course activities to check out, there’s never been a better time to visit Myrtle Beach on a golf trip. To book your golf package click here, or give us a call at 800-422-1587 and one of golf directors will be happy to discuss package options with you.

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Course Spotlight: The Resort Course at Grande Dunes

Grande Dunes 18

In less than two full decades of operation, the Resort Course at Grande Dunes has quickly established itself as a “go-to” golf destination and a “must-play” inclusion in any premium Myrtle Beach golf package.

You get a quick sense of its splendor upon your arrival, as you cross the high bridge spanning the Intracoastal Waterway and are greeted by the site of Hole No. 9, perched dramatically along a bluff that overlooks the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes across the water.

Once you check in and tee it up, your golf game is in for quite a ride – one that has challenged some of the game’s best, most recently the competitors in the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship co-hosted by this esteemed venue and The Dunes Golf & Beach Club.

Several holes dramatically play into or along the Intracoastal, including:

  • No. 8, a par 3 with water fronting an elevated green, and the Intracoastal lurking behind;
  • Nos. 9, 10, 11 and 15, each a par 4 where the Intracoastal runs the length of either its left (9, 10 and 11) or right side (15); and
  • No. 14, a dramatic par 3 featuring an elevated tee and elevated green, with water separating you and the putting surface and the Intracoastal overlooking from the right. Many a golf ball has been lost here, but even more memories and group photos gained.

After your round, you’ll enjoy a cocktail or a great bite to eat at Grande Dunes’ Mediterranean-style clubhouse. Relax in a rocking chair on the back porch, and see your fellow golfers finishing up on 18 before joining you to relive memories of an unforgettable golfing experience.

Our package offerings that feature the Resort Course at Grande Dunes include our Rewards Package, featuring four rounds from your choice of this and 21 additional designs, and a $100 Rewards Card for each golfer that may be redeemed for food and beverage, merchandise and more at any of these clubhouses.

Click here to learn more about including the Resort Course at Grande Dunes in your next golf package!

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Featured Accommodations: Marina Inn at Grande Dunes

Are you looking for upscale accommodations for your next Myrtle Beach golf trip? Look no further than this month’s featured property, Marina Inn at Grande Dunes; it’s just what you’re looking for!

Named a AAA 4-Diamond Resort, Marina Inn is the preferred upscale resort in Myrtle Beach for travelers, and it’s easy to see why with its iconic views of the Grande Dunes Resort Course and the Intracoastal Waterway. Couple that with the award-winning onsite dining and beautifully kept rooms, and you can easily see why the awards and accolades keep coming for Marina Inn.

Onsite amenities include the renowned Ruth’s Chris Steak House, which features some of (if not the) best steaks in Myrtle Beach. It’s easy to overlook onsite dining, but after a long day on the course, nothing is better than just casually walking from your room to a four-star dining experience.

And once you’re ready to settle in for the evening at Marina Inn, you won’t be greeted with an ordinary hotel room. Marina Inn features spacious and luxurious condos, which come standard with modern kitchens and washers/dryers.

Have a round scheduled across the Waterway at the Grande Dunes Resort Course? Don’t even think about driving – rather, take the onsite shuttle for your tee time. Little things like that are why you should plan your stay at Marina Inn, because you owe it to yourself to have the best experience possible on your golf trip.

What you also get with Marina Inn is a prime location. On a golf trip, you don’t want to have to drive long distances to make your tee time. With Marina Inn’s central location in Myrtle Beach you won’t have to, which means all of the other great golf courses along the Grand Strand are just a short drive away.

Want to learn more about Marina Inn? Give us a call at 800-422-1587, and we’ll help you decide if it’s the right lodging choice for you!

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Our Picks for the Best Burger Joints Around

After a day on the course, sometimes the best dinner is a simple one, and a good ol’ fashioned hamburger is a dietary staple for many golfers.

If you want something more than two all beef patties on a sesame seed bun (remember that one?), we’ve put together our list of the best places in Myrtle Beach to eat a burger. If your group likes Five Guys or Red Robin, we have both, but our list contains only local restaurants.

With that in mind, here is our list of the five best local burger joints in Myrtle Beach.

There are a string of River City Cafes along the Grand Strand and you won’t go wrong at any of them. River City has 30 burgers on the menu that feature toppings ranging from ketchup and mustard to peanut butter and macaroni and cheese. You can thank me later.

Hamburgers have been on the menu for decades, but Art Burger Sushi Bar, located in downtown Myrtle Beach, provides a decidedly modern twist on a classic dish. If you are looking for a recommendation, try the Gordo, which features a local beef patty, pico de gallo, guacamole, roasted garlic siracha ranch and cheddar cheese served inside two crispy tortillas. It’s even better than it sounds.

If you are playing at Myrtle Beach National, Wild Wing, the Hackler Course or Burning Ridge, make a stop at Tongy’s Shmack House. It’s located beside Coastal Carolina University and the clientele is decidedly young – but with a regular mix of older locals who can’t get enough of some of the best burgers around. A bite of the Buster Douglas – ground beef, bacon strips, grilled red onion, BBQ and cheese – will make you feel as if your best days are still ahead of you, too.

There are Hamburger Joe’s locations in Surfside Beach and North Myrtle Beach, and both are worth a stop. Burgers are made fresh and to-order, always winning combination.

Last, but certainly not least, is Burky’s Grill in Myrtle Beach, a 50s era throwback with cheap prices, good food and fast service. If someone in your group doesn’t want a burger, the fried bologna is a winner.

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Course Profile: Arcadian Shores

Throughout Myrtle Beach you will find great golf courses designed by some of the biggest names in golf course architecture, including Pete Dye, Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus, Mike Strantz and more.

And with the recent upgrades to Rees Jones’ Arcadian Shores Golf Club, the first-ever solo design of “The Open Doctor” promises to be heavily included in the discussion – and in traveling golfers’ vacation plans – moving forward.

Arcadian Shores is located near Myrtle Beach’s famed Restaurant Row and after a revamp a couple of years ago, Arcadian Shores is a must-play on your next Myrtle Beach golf trip. When you play Arcadian Shores you can expect large bunkers, sloping fairways, dense forest and fantastic greens. Plus, the course is located only half a mile away from the Atlantic Ocean.

In 2017, Arcadian Shores Golf Club underwent a major renovation to help improve an already-great layout and atmosphere. The grounds crew took out the old Bermuda greens to install new Sunday ultra-dwarf Bermuda greens. This grass will hold up great to the heat and even better to the cold! They also improved their irrigation system to help keep the golf course looking green and pure year-round.

Another notable improvement Arcadian Shores made was re-paving every inch of every cart path on the golf course, making it one of the smoothest rides in Myrtle Beach. Last but certainly not least, Arcadian Shores now boasts a brand-new clubhouse with the newest apparel, and a great porch overlooking the course to enjoy some great food and beverages after your round!

A great hole at Arcadian Shores is the par four 13th. Ranked as the hardest hole on the course, the 13th forces players to hit something less than driver off the tee. Even if players find the fairway, they will be left with a tough second shot over a lake. This is one of the most scenic holes on the golf course.

When you come to Myrtle Beach you might not think of Arcadian Shores immediately, but we suggest you do. From the new greens and clubhouse to the challenging but playable layout, it is one you won’t regret including on your trip itinerary! To book your golf package today, click here or give us a call at 800-422-1587!

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Package Spotlight: Myrtle Beach’s Best

If the priority for your group is great golf, the Myrtle Beach’s Best package should be at the top of your list.

There are few deals – anywhere in America – that allow golfers access to so many renowned layouts at such a value price.

Hyperbole, you say?

Consider:

– The Myrtle Beach’s Best package allows you to choose among 12 layouts, including six that have been ranked among America’s top 100 public courses. Caledonia, True Blue, Tidewater and the Fazio, Love and Dye courses at Barefoot Resort have all been top 100 layouts, according to Golf Digest.

– The Intracoastal Waterway is an engineering marvel and a beautiful backdrop for a golf course. Four Myrtle Beach’s Best layouts -  Glen Dornoch, the Norman Course at Barefoot, Tidewater and Arrowhead – play along the Waterway. Choosing the best waterway view is difficult, but the 17th and 18th holes at Glen Dornoch are tough to beat. Then again, so is No. 10 at the Norman Course. Regardless of your preferences, the point remains: this quartet is long on scenery.

– Some of the biggest names in golf designed the Myrtle Beach’s Best courses. Greg Norman, Tom Fazio, Mike Strantz, Pete Dye, P.B. Dye, Raymond Floyd and Gary Player all left their mark on the package. Two of the most underrated courses in the area are the P.B. Dye designed Prestwick Country Club and Blackmoor, a creation of Gary Player. If you are an architecture buff, this package is for you.

– The geographic distribution of the courses is ideal, allowing group leaders to craft an itinerary that minimizes driving, if they choose. Groups that prefer to play along the North Strand have an abundance of options, beginning with the four courses at Barefoot, Tidewater and Glen Dornoch. If you prefer the South Strand experience, Caledonia, True Blue and Blackmoor make that convenient as well.

– Value comes in many forms; sometimes gift cards, complimentary meals and free replays push a deal over the top. In the case of the Myrtle Beach’s Best package, value is delivered through the quality of golf and a price that can’t be matched, particularly in other destinations, for a comparable experience.

If you want to experience the Grand Strand’s best, the MBB package is for you.

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