Course Spotlight: Tidewater Golf Club

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Between the Intracoastal Waterway and the saltwater marshes of the Carolina coast sits Tidewater Golf Club, one of the area’s most sought after golf destinations.

The course itself, just a short drive north from downtown Myrtle Beach, feels a world away from the busy city.

Designed by Ken Tomlinson, this par 72 layout weaves its way through the natural Lowcountry landscape to make for a truly special round of golf. Featuring views of the Cherry Grove Marsh and glimpses of the Atlantic Ocean, courses like Tidewater are few and far between.

Upon its opening in 1990, the course was recognized by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as the “Best New Course” and remains the only course to have received the award by both publications. However, these were just the first of 40 more awards that Tidewater would receive over the next two decades.

One glance at the coastal views accompanying nine different holes at Tidewater and you’ll quickly understand why the course has been deemed “The Pebble Beach of the East.”

The first of multiple memorable holes is the par-3 No. 3 that overlooks the inlet. A prevalent ocean wind and threatening hazard leave many risk-reward opportunities, a common theme throughout the remainder of the course.

But Tidewater’s signature hole is the par-3 12th, appropriately named “The Wishing Well.” Saltwater marsh and strategic bunkering guard most of the green, so an accurate tee shot is crucial. The thousands of golf balls embedded into the marsh mud are the most accurate testimony to the true difficulty of the hole.

Equally as impressive as the holes featuring the coastal marshes and waterways are those set up among tree-lined fairways. It offers a break from the sea breezes and allows for more accessible birdie opportunities.

To play this course and other outstanding layouts, check out our Beach’s Best Package and The Elite Package. To learn more about Tidewater Golf Club, click here or call 800.422.1587 today!

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Topgolf Coming to Myrtle Beach in Early 2019

Greg Norman says it’s “just what golf needs.”

The brand itself proudly proclaims that “it doesn’t matter who you are. If you play, you’ve never experienced anything like this.”

And major markets across the country have already embraced the concept, including Phoenix, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Dallas and Houston. So will Chicago, the Beltway, Monterrey in Mexico and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in the coming weeks and months.

Now, Topgolf is coming to Myrtle Beach in early 2019 – and bringing with it all the entertainment bells and whistles that have made it a pop culture phenomenon.

Topgolf offers golf as the platform for a one-of-a-kind leisure experience. The new Myrtle Beach location, located off 29th Avenue North and Grissom Parkway, will roll out a high-tech golf game as part of an entertainment complex that pairs with a full-service restaurant and bars, climate-controlled hitting bays, music, hundreds of HDTVs and even a rooftop terrace with a fire pit.

Topgolf is perfectly suited for group gatherings large or small, and offers private event spaces and meeting rooms to accommodate a wide array of business and social interests. And as you prepare for your first evening out at Topgolf Myrtle Beach, remember: pricing is determined by hitting bay use per hour, not by person. So the more friends, family and associates you can bring along to enjoy the fun, the more bang for your entertainment buck you’ll get.

A lifetime membership is available for a one-time charge of $5, and with it comes free club rentals, access to play Topgolf’s signature games at any of its worldwide venues, and the ability to track the points you score by hitting balls into the targets. Additional membership opportunities will soon be available for unlimited game play among other benefits.

Stay tuned to the Topgolf Myrtle Beach website for more details on pricing, hours of operation, news and more as it nears its early 2019 opening date!

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Make Your Spring Golf Vacation Majestically Mystical

Dan Maples outdid himself with each of his three designs available on our Mystical 3-Round Package. Between The Witch, The Wizard and Man O’War, Maples offers distinct yet compelling takes on course design while ensuring a quality experience throughout.

One factor that sets this trio of award-winning designs apart from the rest is in Mystical Golf’s commitment to presenting its visiting golfers with year-round, lush green playing conditions. While most Grand Strand designs overseed their primary playing surfaces (tee boxes and fairways) during the winter months, Mystical Golf has done so in “wall to wall” fashion by extending the practice to all playing areas of each golf course (with the sole exception of the bentgrass greens at The Wizard and Man O’War, which don’t require winter overseeding as they maintain their premium playing conditions in the cooler months).

And for our friends arriving from colder climates that have already been blanketed with plenty of white stuff, the sight of emerald green grass greeting their arrival – no matter what time of year they arrive – will be just what the doctor ordered!

In addition to an exceptional golfing experience, each round on the Mystical Package includes lunch and two beers for each person in your group at the golf course you’re playing that day. If you need lodging, accommodations options range from premium oceanfront condos to golf course lodging to executive beach homes. From Barefoot Resort and North Beach Plantation along the North Strand to Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort in Pawleys Island, the lodging choices along the Grand Strand’s 60-mile stretch of sandy beaches are plentiful.

Our friendly golf vacation experts are ready and waiting to help get your spring trip planning in high gear. You can get started by filling out a Quick Quote, or giving us a call at 800-422-1587. We can’t wait to see you!

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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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