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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Three Great Holes at The Avocet Course at Wild Wing

Take flight at this star of the central strand

Located off Highway 501 in central Myrtle Beach, Wild Wing-Avocet is a design collaboration of Jeff Brauer and Larry Nelson, presenting a truly spotlight-worthy golf experience that is contemporary and challenging. The course, which plays to a par 72 and measures more than 7,100 yards from the back tees, can be booked as an individual tee time or as part of a golf package with MBGolf.com. It really is a must-play during your time in Myrtle Beach!

Wild Wing-Avocet features several signature holes you won’t want to miss, including Nos. 6, 17 and 18. One iconic aspect of the Wild Wing playing experience is its ginormous double green, shared between Nos. 6 and 17. Put simply, the double green is perhaps the most jaw-dropping putting surface anywhere along the Grand Strand, and features so many tiers and undulations, it can become mind-boggling to read your putt. Be sure to hit your approach on the correct tier of the green, or else you could be in for real trouble.

From the tee, No. 6 is a long par 4 with water running down the left of the fairway and trees/OB down the right. If you hit a poor drive, it will be impossible to have any sort of angle into the double green’s lower side, which services the hole. Meanwhile, from the other direction, No. 17 is a scenic par 3 that forces players to hit over a sizeable marsh that fronts the higher side of the double green. Be sure to take extra club here as the hole plays longer than it looks from the tee and coming up short will spell penalty strokes.

No. 18 at Wild Wing is a proper finishing hole, with water down the entire left side and a challenging green that slopes from back to front. Hit a good drive here and give yourself a chance to put one close with a short iron and sink a birdie to finish your day.

Locals and visitors alike find Wild Wing-Avocet to be everything they expect of a championship-caliber course, with beautifully framed tee shots, strategically placed bunkers, prevalent lakes, subtle mounding and world-class greens. Check it out this spring with MBGolf.com, and remember to book your staying accommodations through Condo-World.

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Take In the Sunset

Dan Maples offers five Sunset Beach-area golf courses you won’t soon forget

It’s pretty remarkable to think about all the different designers who have left their mark by building a golf course – or golf courses – in the greater Myrtle Beach area. There is perhaps no other place in the world where you can play so many publicly accessible courses built by the game’s best.

One phenomenal designer who has several facilities in the area is local legend Dan Maples. Born, raised and with his heart still in the Carolinas, Maples has always held the philosophy to “build courses that players would remember,” and he has put that philosophy to good use in the Sunset Beach, N.C. area, where you will find a number of Maples-designed courses to try on your upcoming golf getaway with MBGolf.com and Condo-World.

Oyster Bay features a design element not commonly found on the Grand Strand: Crushed oyster shell-lined tee boxes. There are also undulating greens, expansive bunkering and some of the longest water views you will find on the Strand.

Sandpiper Bay has defined itself as one of the most playable and well-maintained facilities around. The 27 holes are comprised of three 9s – Sand, Piper and Bay – that seamlessly complement each other, to provide great pace of play all year long. Playable par 4s and 5s are framed by Carolina pines, while strategic lakes challenge players of every ability.

The Pearl Golf Links is consolidating its two-course, 36-hole layout into a 27-hole facility effective Jan. 1, 2020, highlighted by the 18 holes of its current Pearl West design that boasts new MiniVerde Bermuda greens.

Sea Trail – Maples is characterized by its seaside setting, with signature frozen hardwoods lining several holes, a feature only time and sea air can create. In this highly naturalized setting, much of the Lowcountry’s native wildlife thrives on the course, including nesting ospreys.

Dan Maples has built a ton of golf to take in in Sunset Beach. Be sure to make one of these courses part of your next vacation with MBGolf.com and Condo-World!

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TripAdvisor’s Top Tastes in Little River, S.C.

Craving a post-round meal in Little River? Look no further!

MBGolf.com and Condo-World are set to give you access to everything the Grand Strand’s north end has to offer, including discounted rounds at several championship-level golf courses and award-winning accommodations in conveniently located areas. With MBGolf.com and Condo-World, there’s a lot to take in – so much so that you’re going to work up quite the appetite on your upcoming vacation. So, when you find yourself on the North Strand – specifically in Little River, S.C. – and you’re looking for great food and service, here are three post-round restaurants to try, according to reviews on TripAdvisor:

Recently expanded and re-opened and located right on the Intracoastal Waterway, Patio’s Tiki Bar is a no-frills grub and cocktail spot serving up everything from salads to sandwiches, burgers and quesadillas. Their award-winning reuben was voted best on the beach by the Myrtle Beach Sun News.

Said TripAdvisor reviewer Lonnie 1976 on Patio’s Tiki Bar: “We were walking up for dinner and heard a great band playing. So, we decided to check it out and Patio’s was the happening place.”

TripAdvisor reviewer CookieFace64 adds, “Their food is excellent. They have a whole sushi menu … and the best Piña Colada around.”

Intracoastal dining at its best, Crab Catchers On The Waterfront offers delicious seafood prepared fresh and made to order every time. This is a family-oriented restaurant specializing in seafood, sandwiches and, for those land-lovers in your group, they also offer steak entrees. Enjoy a very relaxed and casual atmosphere with indoor or waterfront dining, whichever you prefer.

TripAdvisor reviewer tradewinds24 said about Crab Catchers On The Waterfront: “I had a taste for fried oysters and my taste buds were totally satisfied. Deliciously prepared fried oysters, potato chips that were cooked with a coating of sugar, coleslaw, sweet tea and hushpuppies … Highly recommend this on your restaurant stop next time you’re near Little River or North Myrtle Beach.”

The menu at Pizzeli’s Italian Oven features classics like antipasti salad, chicken parmigiana and shrimp scampi but also contemporary items like their chicken, cheddar and bacon hoagie or their Philly burger. Of course, there are also delicious, hand-crafted pizzas made to order with only the freshest meats, cheeses and vegetable toppings.

TripAdvisor reviewer Carla R. says of Pizzeli’s Italian Oven: “We were new in town, wanted a pizza. We had the California pizza, and we thought it was delicious! Staff was friendly, and we said we would be back. The pizza was thin crust, which we like, too.”

All three of these Little River restaurants are TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence honorees. Be sure to try one on your upcoming golf vacation with MBGolf.com and Condo-World!

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You Can’t Keep Up with the Joneses

Profile: The Myrtle Beach golf course gems of Robert Trent Jones and his son, Rees

There are certain names in golf course design that really mean something to players – names like Dye, Palmer, Player, Strantz and Nicklaus – but for some, one name stands slightly above the rest: Jones.

One great part about playing golf on the Grand Stand is you won’t have to choose between them, as every designer listed above is represented in Myrtle Beach. Still, for those who have a particular affection for the designs of Robert Trent and Rees Jones, The Dunes Golf & Beach Club and Arcadian Shores are must-play treks on your next golf vacation with MBGolf.com and Condo-World and should be put at the top of your priority list.

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For many, The Dunes Golf & Beach Club is the best golf course in all of Myrtle Beach and one of the best courses in all of America. The course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, ranks 34th in Golfweek’s2019 list of the nation’s top resort courses, and is continually praised for providing a truly special experience. No. 13 is the club’s signature hole, and has received recognition as one of the best golf holes in the country. A stunning par 5, it is nicknamed “Waterloo” for the lake that comes into play. Few courses in existence utilize natural terrain the way The Dunes Club does, and the result is beautifully magnificent. Highly exclusive, you and your group must take advantage of MBGolf.com’s access and play it while you have the chance!

Arcadian Shores Golf Club is the first solo design by Rees Jones in what has become a legendary career, and is located just seconds from the Atlantic Ocean, right near his father’s design at The Dunes Club. Arcadian’s tree-lined fairways are somewhat narrow and 64 strategically placed bunkers are strewn throughout. Still, the course’s traditional set-up makes it highly playable for all. The par 5s are reachable. The par 3s are scoreable. Book a tee time and experience this fresh take on classic golf course design today. Who knows? You could shoot your personal best!

Jones: The name says it all. So, book your next Myrtle Beach golf vacation with MBGolf.com and Condo-World and check out both of these fantastic courses for yourself!

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Course Spotlight: International Club

A global golf experience set among Carolina hardwoods and pines

Located just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, the European-inspired International Club in Murrells Inlet has solidified itself as a favorite for golfers who travel from all over the world to play in Myrtle Beach. An exquisitely player-friendly layout that embraces its Lowcountry setting, the course was designed by famed architect Willard Byrd and flows effortlessly through Carolina pines, with occasional water hazards and marshy wetlands coming into play. And with five sets of tees to choose from, it is a great experience for players of all skill levels. Be sure to include it on your upcoming trip with MBGolf.com and Condo-World!

Measuring just over 6,800 yards from the back tees, the gentle tee-to-green mounding found at International Club makes for a fair but demanding round. It will require accuracy and strategic shot making to navigate the par-72 layout, with its perfect blend of doglegs, risk-reward par 5s and scenic par 3s. For example, the par-3 11th is always a favorite, both for the beauty of the hole and the challenge it presents. Surrounded by water behind the green, players must avoid two ginormous greenside bunkers to give themselves a chance at birdie. Hitting the green in regulation here is an absolute must. And once you get there, the Sunday Ultradwarf Bermuda greens will roll as true as any surfaces in the area.

True to its name, one of the coolest parts of your experience at International Club will be walking the halls of the European-styled clubhouse, where many historic golf relics are on display for visitors’ enjoyment. Inside, there is also an inviting bar and restaurant, a space to grab a quick bite at the turn and a fully stocked pro shop.

International Club has built the reputation of an incredible value course as well as one for those groups looking to play a South Strand staple without having to drive too far from their Condo-World accommodations. Want a classic Myrtle Beach golf experience with a European flair? Then International Club is the place for you! Book today with MBGolf.com.

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Eatin’ Good, Like You Should

Check out these post-round eats near Myrtle Beach in Conway, S.C.

Many of Myrtle Beach’s best golf facilities are located in the Conway area, so it’ll be important for you and your group to have some go-to spots for post-round meals if that’s where you’re planning to play. Below are three of the best restaurants in Conway, according to TripAdvisor. See what they have to offer as well as what those who have visited recently have said.

Located in the Historic District of downtown Conway, Rivertown Bistro offers an unmatched atmosphere serving up uniquely Southern culinary fusions. The seasonal menu offers the best the local area has to offer, and their upstairs deck overlooking downtown is the perfect place to dine.

TripAdvisor reviewer Eddy O offered this in October 2019 on Rivertown Bistro: “This restaurant is a MUST if you are in the area (and worth the drive even if you’re not!). Food is absolutely incredible.”

If you’re looking for a great lunch place after you play golf in the morning, consider checking out The Trestle, bakery & café. Their menu includes a plentiful selection of artisan soups, sandwiches and salads, with everything made and baked fresh in-house daily. And, DO NOT FORGET to order dessert!

Said TripAdvisor reviewer jennyjX5460LY in July 2019, “The Trestle has long been known for its homemade sourdough bread. The chicken salad at lunch is excellent as well.”

Finally, Luvan’s Fish Camp is a no-frills spot to eat some of the most remarkably fresh seafood you will find anywhere. The seafood platter at Luvan’s is ginormous, breaded and fried and with a heaping pile of sides to go along with it. Seriously, this platter is large and in charge. You won’t want to stop eating all the freshness!

TripAdvisor reviewer degrawm said in June 2019, “The hush puppies were to die for! Have to say the best that I ever had. … I ordered the assorted fish platter. It was so big I could barely make a dent into it. The fish was super fresh and just literally melted in your mouth.”

There’s a lot to love about playing golf and dining in Conway, including these three TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence honorees. Be sure to check one (or all of them) out on your upcoming golf getaway with MBGolf.com and Condo-World.

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