Founders Club at Pawleys Island: Quality & Class

Experience the supreme character of Founders Club at Pawleys Island this spring with MBGolf.com

Pawleys Island is known for its Lowcountry charm, salty marshlands and year-round seasonal weather to enjoy the great outdoors, and Founders Club at Pawleys Island continues to be a part of the area’s tradition, with history dating back to 1966 as the fourth-oldest golf course in the Myrtle Beach area. So, looking to play a course with a distinct sense of character during your upcoming MBGolf.com vacation? Well, then look no further than Founders Club.

A recent renovation by Thomas Walker restored the natural sandy areas throughout the course which are common to this coastal region, creating beautifully framed visuals set amid tall, long-leaf pines and sprawling oaks. Meanwhile, subtle mounding and Founders Club’s natural topography create stunning shadowing throughout the course, especially in the early morning and late afternoon.

This unique topography perhaps is best showcased on No. 14, a 449-yard (all yardages back tees) par 4 that doglegs to the right and plays into an elevated green flanked by bunkers that devour dreams of par. Your approach shot here is absolutely critical, one of the most important you’ll hit all day. Don’t get too aggressive but be sure to get the ball hole high.

Other notable holes at Founders Club include No. 3 – fittingly, a par 3 measuring 190 yards. This hole requires a shot over water with a mid- to long-iron approach and encapsulates several of the course’s defining characteristics – notably, sand, undulating greens and water. For just a par 3, there are so many difficulties here, with upper and lower tee boxes and numerous potential pin placements.

Finally, No. 18 is a proper finishing hole, a short par 4 which plays to 373 yards and sends players home with a visual they will remember forever, an approach shot over water into a green that rests in the shadow of the course’s Lowcountry-style clubhouse. This hole gives players an opportunity for a good score, but it still is as challenging as it is aesthetically beautiful.

Time stands still and so too does the beautiful scenery at Founders Club at Pawleys Island, a course with real character and tradition. Be sure to check it out for yourself this spring with MBGolf.com!

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Same Great Quigley’s, Brand-New Location

Experience Quigley’s Pint & Plate’s recently opened second spot in Murrells Inlet this spring

Sharing great food and cold beer among family and friends is what mealtime on your upcoming MBGolf.com vacation is all about. So, if you’re looking for a one-stop shop that provides the highest-quality grub and brews, all in a fun, pub-style setting, consider trying Quigley’s Pint & Plate’s new second location in Murrells Inlet when you visit the Grand Strand this spring.

Quigley’s Pint & Plate features Lowcountry-inspired comfort fare with house-made ales and lagers in an English pub atmosphere. Their lunch menu includes elevated favorites like ahi tuna nachos: sesame seared rare tuna on crispy flour tortilla chips with seaweed salad, cucumber-wasabi cream and sriracha sauce. There also is their grilled portobello caprese sandwich, involving pesto grilled portobello mushroom with fresh mozzarella, basil, sliced tomatoes and balsamic glaze on a brioche roll.

At dinnertime, be sure to order the ale-poached clams as an appetizer. These little necks are poached in wheat beer, with tomato, garlic and fresh herbs, then served with grilled bread. For an entrée, you can’t go wrong with the Cajun ribeye with fried oysters. This dish is topped with spicy tomato-bacon cream sauce and served with mashed potatoes and green beans. What a true Southern delight!

Of course, don’t forget what Quigley’s is really known for: the beer! Eight beers always are on tap, including specialty brewed seasonal selections from their in-house brewery. Current offerings include a white ale, a peach wheat and an Irish stout. They also offer half-gallon growlers and 32 oz. growlers available to go, so if you find a beer you really like, take some with you and enjoy it at your leisure the rest of your stay. Additionally, Quigley’s has a wide selection of wines, cocktails, martinis and hand-crafted draft cocktails available.

Taste the quality for yourself this spring at Quigley’s in Murrells Inlet. Though this location is brand-spanking-new, they already are making quite the impression on those who visit. As one person put it on TripAdvisor:

“As the Pawleys location is one of our favorites, could not wait for this to open so we could try it. Went with a friend … and it was just as excellent. Service is friendly, prices reasonable.”

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Scenic, Strenuous: No. 16 at Pawleys Plantation

Golf in the Carolina Lowcountry embodied in just one hole

Jack Nicklaus flexes his incredible imagination for golf course design at Pawleys Plantation, a visually stunning Lowcountry gem clothed in oak canopies and picturesque marsh views. Even more, Pawleys Plantation takes these marvelous views and lets you experience them up close and personal – just like on No. 16, an iconic hole you won’t soon forget after visiting Myrtle Beach this spring with MBGolf.com.

No. 16 is a par 4 measuring 444 yards from the back tees. The tee shot plays around a long dogleg to the left, forcing players to hit it a good way or else be blocked out from reaching the green with their second shot by dense forestry. Once successfully out and around the bend, players will be faced with a mid- to long-iron into a green that is large enough to receive shots from a distance.

Doesn’t sound all that challenging, right? Well, here comes the fun part.

Natural marshland runs down the right side of the hole from about 120 yards in around to the back of the green, meaning you can’t miss right or long without being in serious danger. In addition, an exceptionally large sand bunker (a key trait of Nicklaus-designed courses) runs parallel to the marsh, separating it from the putting surface (more danger). There also are bunkers protecting the green to the left (so much danger!).

Add this all up and what do you get? One of the more daunting approach shots you will face anywhere on the Grand Strand, with nowhere to bail out and only one option: to face the marsh and hit a great shot to the center of the green. Once there, a difficult, undulating putt awaits.

On No. 16 at Pawleys Plantation, Nicklaus begs golfers of all skill levels to rise up and play their best, so you will need to bring your A game if you are to conquer this hole: a beautiful, challenging, perfect encapsulation of what defines golf on the Carolina coast.

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Lucky No. Seis

Sun City Cafe: The Grand Strand’s original spot for Myrtle-Mex cuisine

In the springtime, there’s something special about a really great taco or burrito or quesadilla paired with an ice-cold margarita after you play golf with MBGolf.com. Everyone knows there are tons of places in Myrtle Beach to get your Tex-Mex on, but there’s only one spot on the Strand serving up Myrtle-Mex food, and that’s Sun City Cafe. Make sure you check it out on your upcoming golf getaway!

Sun City Cafe is the No. 6-ranked restaurant in all of Myrtle Beach, according to its TripAdvisor page, and features one of the more unique ambiances you’ll find. The setting is intimate, laid back, fun and just plain cool. There’s funky art hanging on the walls as well as beads, flowers and other decorations dangling from the ceiling above.

The food at Sun City is just as spectacular as the vibe, with ginormous tacos, burritos and quesadillas made to order. Our idea of the perfect meal at Sun City? Start with the guacamole and taste the freshness for yourself. Then move on to an order of fish tacos (again, as fresh as they come) and get a Sun City quesadilla as well. It comes with chicken and spinach and is grilled until perfectly crispy on the outside, warm and delicious on the inside.

The food at Sun City Cafe is as good as there is anywhere on the Strand. But don’t just take our word for it, see what those who have eaten there recently have said on TripAdvisor:

“Let me just say, I will never make another trip to Myrtle Beach and not stop here … it’s an absolute must! Everything from the margarita, to the guac, to the shrimp & fish burrito were lights out.”

“This is my favorite local place to eat and I’m so glad this is in my hometown! If you’re looking for a unique dining experience, Sun City is the place to go! Everything is made fresh and comes out hot and looking amazing.”

On your upcoming MBGolf.com vacation, see for yourself why visitors and locals agree that Sun City Cafe is the one-and-only place for Myrtle-Mex grub.

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A Hole to Behold

No. 17 at Glen Dornoch: Impossible to find a hole more scenic than this

The finishing three holes at Glen Dornoch are among Myrtle Beach’s toughest, offering stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway – but with it, wind, wetlands and water, requiring players to be at their very best. The middle of this iconic stretch, No. 17 is considered by many to be the most scenic par 3 in the area. But don’t admire the view too long! The hole is no slouch and has punished more than its fair share of scorecards. Here’s what you’ll see, and need to do, when you play No.17 on your MBGolf.com vacation.

From the tees, the Intracoastal Waterway lies gracefully in the background behind No. 17’s hourglass-shaped green. But that’s not even close to it all. What makes this hole so disastrously captivating, so wonderfully terrifying, is that it’s long (measuring 212 yards from the black tees and 164 from the white) and the green is entirely protected in the front and left by coastal marsh. You might think, “I’ll just bail out right and long then.” But you can’t do that, either, because course designer Clyde Johnston protects the right side of the green with several strategic pot bunkers, a large greenside bunker dug out with railroad ties and a dense forest of Carolina pines. What does that all add up to? A shot that you can’t mishit without the chance of throwing up a big number on the card.

With no place to bail out, the only option is to choose your club wisely, commit to the shot and hit before the beautiful madness gets in your head. Often, the pin placement will tease players to hit shots close to the water. Our suggestion? Don’t succumb to the pressure. A strong middle iron to the center of the green will do just fine, all while still giving you a chance to make a 2 and move on to No. 18.

You’ll step on to the tee box and feel it: The beauty and difficulty of this remarkable par 3.

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Make a Day of It at Legends-Heathland!

With breakfast, lunch, drinks included, Legends-Heathland is a fantastic experience

There’s a lot to love about playing golf in Myrtle Beach, including the wide variety of quality links-style courses that are available to play when you book your trip through MBGolf.com. One superb European-inspired links course is Legends-Heathland, a wide-open track that presents a visual experience unlike anywhere else in the area. Here’s what you can expect when you choose Heathland on your upcoming vacation:

Designed by Tom Doak, Heathland was molded in the image of the iconic links-style courses you’ll find in Scotland, England and Ireland, and built with fun and playability in mind. Wide-open fairways from almost every tee present generous driving opportunity, and though bunkers are placed throughout the course, there are fewer water hazards than at other facilities in Myrtle Beach (so long as players avoid the stream that meanders its way through the back 9). This lack of water, along with there being very few trees, allows for immense, unobstructed visuals overlooking several holes simultaneously.

As you’d imagine at a links course, Heathland’s greens complexes are some of the largest in the area and feature significant undulations, albeit while leaving room to successfully land and stop shots near the flagstick on the correct tier. With just one par 5 on the back, the par-71 layout is a player’s delight, measuring 6,800 yards from the blue tees and under 6,400 from the white.

In addition, every round at Legends includes breakfast and lunch along with two beverages of your choice, making a round at Heathland one of the best values in all of Myrtle Beach. So, show up in the morning, enjoy your round and hang around afterward as long as you and your group desire. Go ahead! Crack a beer with your buddies and enjoy all that Heathland has to offer this spring with MBGolf.com.

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Shining the Spotlight: Thistle Golf Club

27 holes of brilliant, Scottish-inspired golf along Myrtle Beach’s North Strand

One extraordinary benefit to booking your next golf getaway through MBGolf.com is the outstanding list of championship courses from which you can choose. If you’re looking to bring a taste of Scotland to your trip, consider booking a round at Thistle Golf Club. Not only is it one of the best facilities in the area for links-style golf, but it also houses three nine-hole sets, meaning the fun doesn’t have to stop after hole No. 18. Here’s what to love about Thistle:

Located in Sunset Beach, N.C., just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of central Myrtle Beach as well as many Condo-World properties for staying accommodations, Thistle’s three nines (Stewart, Mackay and Cameron) were all designed by Tim Cate. Each nine is quintessentially Scottish, with design features like wide-open fairways, large undulating greens and hazard areas of thistle and thorn. Yet the unique Lowcountry setting makes it so that no matter which two nines you play, the challenges you face are always creative and different (though it is strongly recommended to play all three nines to experience it all). Thistle’s par 5s are difficult, but the par 3s are as playable as they are beautiful to look at. And with a backdrop that will blow you away and conditions that are optimal year-round, Thistle is a great choice no matter when you plan to play and stay.

Meanwhile, Thistle’s staff inside its iconic brick, stone and wood clubhouse is known by locals and returning visitors for its unparalleled customer service. Its porch overlooks the practice putting green while having views of several holes, making it the ultimate setting to sit and relax with friends or family before or after your round.

There’s a lot of great golf to be played on the Grand Strand, but few courses offer the perfect, Scotland-esque experience you’ll get at Thistle Golf Club. Be sure to give it a shot on your upcoming trip with MBGolf.com and Condo-World!

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Grubbin’ Good in Garden City, Surfside Beach

Check out these post-round restaurant options on your MBGolf.com vacation

MBGolf.com and Condo-World are set to give you access to the best golf and accommodations the Garden City/Surfside Beach area has to offer. With so much golf and good times to be had, you and your group are going to work up quite the appetite. So, when you find yourself in Garden City or Surfside Beach after a great round of golf, here are three highly regarded post-round restaurants to try, according to reviews on TripAdvisor:

A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence honoree, Greg’s Cabana Bar and Grill in Garden City Beach is your classic neighborhood bar & grill with lots of TVs to watch any sporting event. They have one of the best grill menus on the beach and run daily specials prepared with great attention to detail. In addition, their bar is full-service, with beer on draft as well as bottles and cans. They also have a full liquor selection.

One TripAdvisor reviewers says of Greg’s: “The best place in South Carolina for ribs. Fall off the bone and could not ask for a better price for a FULL rack. If ribs are not your thing, try the HOMEWRECKER, a foot-long hot dog loaded. A must try.”

Another TripAdvisor reviews adds, “20 years later, I still go at least twice during the vacation week every time.”

Also a Certificate of Excellence honoree, Southside Grill is the No. 1-ranked restaurant in all of Surfside Beach, with a menu that includes elevated bar and grill fare like the crab meat quesadilla, Cajun chili-cheese burger and grouper “Ala Kim,” with crab and Swiss cheese. The atmosphere is exceptionally friendly, and the service is always good.

Said one TripAdvisor reviewer on Southside Grill: “A friend recommended that we try this restaurant. I am so glad we took that advice. The crab cakes were so crispy, and the sauce was yummy! The baked potato and green beans were so tasty! We will definitely return to the Southside Grill!”

If you can’t come to Myrtle Beach without pigging out (pun intended!) on some great barbeque, look no further than Prosser’s Bar-B-Que, yet another TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence honoree. At Prosser’s, homecooked Southern food is the name of the game – and so are big portions, with their iconic buffet. Offering chicken & dumplings, fried oysters, catfish and, of course, excellent Carolina pork BBQ, Prosser’s has whatever Southern food you are looking for.

One TripAdvisor reviewer says of Prosser’s: “Our family has enjoyed Prosser’s for years because it is clean, the staff is super friendly and attentive, and the food is awesome.”

Another reviewer thinks Prosser’s has “Great country-style food and pulled pork. Love this place. Very fair price for all you care to eat, great desserts and very friendly staff. Our go-to place for good Southern country food.”

Be sure to try one of these great grub spots on your upcoming golf vacation with MBGolf.com and Condo-World!

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Stars Align on the South Strand

Willbrook Plantation, Heritage Club: Two must-plays on your upcoming golf vacation

Born, raised and with his heart still in the Carolinas, local legend Dan Maples has always held the philosophy to “build courses that players would remember,” and he has certainly put that philosophy to good use on the South Strand, where you will find two Maples-designed courses to try on your upcoming golf getaway in Pawleys Island, S.C., with MBGolf.com and Condo-World.

For those who know Myrtle Beach golf, Willbrook Plantation is considered one of the best courses on the entire Grand Strand. The club embraces the history of the South Carolina coast better than any other, with numerous placards stationed throughout the course telling a unique story of two rice plantations dating back to 1776, on which the course now lies. While history is sure to become the star of your round at Willbrook, the golf course is memorable, too. The layout is challenging, highly creative and forces players to hit every shot in the bag. In addition, course conditions at Willbrook are always perfect, making it a great choice no matter when your trip is planned.

Put simply, Heritage Club is a masterpiece, carved through what once was another historic Lowcountry plantation. As at Willbrook, Heritage’s layout requires creativity and shot making to be successful. Centuries-old pines and oaks, luscious crepe myrtle, camellias and azaleas line wide fairways and greens that undulate as much as any in the area, while marsh and numerous water hazards require frequent forced carries. Before or after your round, enjoy breakfast or lunch at the grillroom inside Heritage’s Southern Colonial clubhouse overlooking the Waccamaw River. Heritage is truly a must-play for all who visit the South Strand. Experience it for yourself!

At Willbrook Plantation and Heritage Club, step back in time and experience golf courses that are elegantly Southern and flawlessly designed, thanks to the imagination of Dan Maples. Book one or both on your next trip with MBGolf.com and Condo-World.

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Floored by Rewards

MBGolf.com’s Rewards Package is the sultan of springtime play

MBGolf.com has established itself as a leader for golf & lodging packages on the Grand Strand because we understand what you want: championship-caliber golf courses to play, a great place to stay in a great location and, of course, lots of perks and freebies. Perhaps no package around checks all of these boxes quite like their Rewards Package. Be sure to take a look at it when booking your upcoming golf getaway for spring 2020!

With the Rewards Package, you and your group will receive four rounds at four of Myrtle Beach’s most highly sought after courses, such as Long Bay Golf Club, along with a FREE $100 gift card which can be used at any or all of the course options in this package for food, beverage, merchandise or same-day replays (based on availability). Price is based on the time of day and day of week courses are played and is subject to change. Simply call MBGolf.com to get started. And don’t forget, you’ll also be able to book some sweet lodging accommodations thanks to MBGolf.com’s great partnership with Condo-World.

From the championship tees, Long Bay Golf Club in nearby Longs, S.C., is one of the more challenging courses on the Strand, but it can be conquered by golfers of all levels when played from the correct set of tees. The Jack Nicklaus layout epitomizes the beauty of the Lowcountry, with its forests of pines, dogwoods and maple trees, and with creeks running throughout. One of the most renowned sand areas along the Myrtle Beach golf scene includes the infamous “Horseshoe” bunker on the par-4 10th — it surrounds the entire fairway. Vast waste areas, pot bunkers and changes in elevation not usually seen on the Carolina coast add to the thrill of the “Golden Bear’s” design.

Make sure to book Long Bay as part of your springtime Rewards Package with MBGolf.com and Condo-World!

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