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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A Stupendous Sleeper on the South Strand

Wachesaw East provides brilliant, traditional set-up

With several of Myrtle Beach’s best and most iconic golf courses, south Myrtle Beach is a hotspot for play, with its extensive list of facilities that provide beautiful layouts that players will enjoy for both the challenge and the thrill. Many of these south Myrtle Beach courses are available through MBGolf.com, including Wachesaw Plantation East, a lesser known yet incredibly worthwhile round of golf to experience for yourself.

Just minutes from the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk and its numerous shops, restaurants and water-featured attractions, Wachesaw East presents a challenging, distinctive layout that has played host to many professional tournaments, including the LPGA Kathy Ireland Classic.

Scottish-inspired, the greens are some of the largest and most impressive in the area. And with huge forests of Carolina pines lining almost every hole, you often find yourself playing in an air of seclusion you might not otherwise expect.

As a signature design by Clyde Johnston, the course has a perfect combination of dogleg par 4s, 5s and shorter, scoreable par 3s. Measuring just over 6,900 yards from the back tees, the par-72 layout presents a fair challenge for players of all skill levels, with design elements that include marshy areas, extensive waste bunkering and greenside runoffs.

If you get hungry after your round, the full-service bar and restaurant inside the contemporary clubhouse is a local favorite, with a veranda-covered back patio area overlooking the 10th tee and practice area. It is a wonderfully relaxed venue to enjoy your lunch or celebrate a great round with a post-golf drink.

Wachesaw East is a Grand Strand staple known for great golf, and it is easy to see why. Book your round today with MBGolf.com. And if you’re booking as part of a golf package, don’t forget to stay at a Condo-World resort property!

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Pig Out!

Savor the smokiness at these top three Myrtle Beach BBQ restaurants

From the “little BBQ restaurant that could” to well-established chains, Myrtle Beach has a BBQ spot to satisfy any group’s taste and style. So, after you hit the course you’ve booked through MBGolf.com, be sure to stop by one of TripAdvisor.com’s top three BBQ restaurants in Myrtle Beach. Or, bring some BBQ back to your Condo-World accommodations.

The No. 1 ranked BBQ restaurant in all of Myrtle Beach and No. 5 among all restaurants, Pop Pop’s Pit BBQ is the quintessential hole-in-the-wall BBQ joint. Ribs, brisket, pulled pork, wings, burgers, they have all the choices at Pop Pop’s – not to mention a delicious selection of sides to choose from like cole slaw, BBQ beans, onion rings, mac & cheese and dirty rice. The BBQ pork nachos are a favorite and provide the perfect crunch to go along with the smokiness of the hog.

Said TripAdvisor reviewer wishIwasatDisney in August 2019, “My husband and I had the brisket on a recommendation from our waitress and we were not disappointed. Our son had the BBQ ribs and he loved every bite. The sides were also delicious.”

The No. 2 ranked BBQ restaurant in Myrtle Beach is Little Pigs Bar-B-Q, where the portion sizes are tremendous, the food is delicious and the bill is always budget-friendly. The restaurant is small and cozy and offers eat-in or carry out. Eating there provides the opportunity to sit and enjoy the sweet and smoky aroma. All sauces at Little Pigs are homemade and out of this world, and the coleslaw is wonderful, especially piled on top of a pulled pork BBQ sandwich. But besides the BBQ, the MVP is the hush puppies!

“All of their side dishes and pulled pork is the best. Easy to find and quick, excellent service. A must stop,” said TripAdvisor reviewer Sam F. in January 2019.

The No. 3 ranked BBQ restaurant in Myrtle Beach, Sticky Fingers is great for those looking for a laid back bar atmosphere that can accommodate large parties. The service is quite attentive for a chain restaurant and the atmosphere is fun and friendly. The cheesy chicken sandwich is a go-to, and if you’re looking for something a bit lighter, order your favorite BBQ meat on top of one of their made-to-order dinner salads.

Said TripAdvisor reviewer Dvera1 in July 2019, “The food was IMPECCABLE! We will make sure to stop here every time we come back to visit. The meat was quality and so was the service! 10/10!”

Be sure to pack your wet naps when you come to Myrtle Beach to play golf next, because you’re going to need them at one of these top three BBQ restaurants!

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Royal Rounds at Four Courses Designed by “The King” Himself

Rivers Edge

MBGolf.com is a go-to resource to play Arnold Palmer designs

There are lots of great courses to choose from when you book through MBGolf.com, and perhaps none are more creatively imagined and fun to play than those designed by the late, great Arnold Palmer, who left his mark with four fantastic Grand Strand golf courses, three of which are located on the same site.

Seven holes at Rivers Edge are set along the banks of the Shallotte River, providing some of the best Lowcountry views in the area. In true Arnold Palmer fashion, the course flows effortlessly with the landscape’s changes over creeks and around wetlands toward riverfront finishing holes on both nines.

Opened in 1973 and fully renovated by Palmer in 1996, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National has received significant acclaim as a top-ranked public course in the U.S. The design is stylish and contemporary, like the man who designed it, with a combination of woodlands holes, picturesque par 3s, dogleg par 4s and the famously risky par-5 6th – appropriately named “The Gambler,” where players must bet whether to play safely out to the right off the tee, or risk it and go for the island fairway and the opportunity to go for the green in two.

The second part of the trio of Palmer designs at Myrtle Beach National, SouthCreek is heavily tree-lined but still very playable, with short, reachable par 5s, an excellent mix of par-3 distances and par 4s that put a premium on accuracy over distance. One notable feature of SouthCreek is its expansive waste area bunkers, which provide the course exceptional visual appeal as well as a real challenge to navigate.

Palmer’s third course at Myrtle Beach National is the West Course, which like King’s North plays in development seclusion with no houses to be seen throughout its 18 holes. Like the other two Myrtle Beach National designs, tall pines are a key element, especially off the tee, and once again accuracy and touch around the greens are of great importance.

Be sure to give one of these Arnold Palmer designs a try on your fall trip to Myrtle Beach with MBGolf.com! And don’t forget to book your lodging accommodations through Condo-World, Myrtle Beach’s No. 1 condo rental booking site!

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Star in the Heart of the Strand

Three notable holes at Wild Wing Avocet make it a must-play for all who visit

Located off Highway 501 in the heart of Myrtle Beach, Wild Wing Avocet was designed by the team of Jeff Brauer and Larry Nelson and presents a 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, and features several notable holes that you won’t want to miss on your next golf getaway, including Nos. 6, 17 and 18.

One tremendously unique aspect at Wild Wing Avocet is its iconic double green, shared between Nos. 6 and 17. Put simply, the double green is one of the more impressive putting surfaces anywhere on the East Coast, and features so many tiers and undulations, it can become mind-boggling to read your putt, though is still so much fun to play on.

No. 6 is a long par 4 with water running down the left of the fairway and trees 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 another direction, No. 17 is a scenic par 3 that forces players to hit it 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.

Finally, No. 18 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 and sink a birdie to finish your day.

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

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Tee’d Off Podcast Episode 2

Episode 2 of Tee’d Off features Ben Clyburn, Stu Johnson, and Mark Alan- three Myrtle Beach locals that love to talk and play golf!

The Front Nine

  • Pace of Play on the PGA Tour: possible solutions to a multiple-decade problem
  • The curse at Medinah: Phil Mickleson “on fire” and Rory’s oversleeping
  • Least favorite golfers on the PGA Tour

Making The Turn

  • Stu Johnson breaks down his visit to Pinehurst for the US Amateur
  • Discussion of Stu’s work during the 2014 US Open
  • Comparison of Pinehurst No. 2 2014 vs 2019
  • Opinion of Pinehurst No. 4 redesign

The Back Nine

  • Rundown of recent course renovations in the Myrtle Beach Area
  • Discussions on 2 of Myrtle Beach’s most popular Golf Packages
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A Taste of Italy on the Carolina Coast

TripAdvisor’s Top 5 Italian restaurants for your post-round meal

Myrtle Beach provides no shortage of great golf courses to choose from, and no shortage of great Italian eats also. Be sure to consider these Top 5 Italian restaurants, according to TripAdvisor, on your next visit to the Grand Strand. They are all located within close proximity to several MBGolf.com courses and Condo-World facilities, making them the perfect spots to grab a post-round bite.

Ciao Restaurant is the No. 1-ranked Italian eatery in Myrtle Beach. With an impressive menu featuring Italian favorites like veal marsala, chicken picatta and spaghetti calamari marinara, there is something everyone will enjoy at Ciao.

Said reviewer patrickcK1104HI, “We had dinner on Saturday at Ciao. There were eight of us. As usual, service was excellent … and the food was as good as ever. Crab stuffed mushrooms were over the top!”

Luigi’s Trattoria is the No. 2-ranked Italian restaurant. It has early bird hours from 4-6 p.m. and a wide variety of delicious entrees to choose from including baked lasagna and grouper franchese.

“Ambiance is nice. Service is good. Food is amazing. We always go there every two years when we go to Myrtle. It’s one of our favorite restaurants,” said reviewer angmatt49.

Next, with veal, chicken and pasta dishes that are sure to blow you away, Villa Romana is another must-try, coming in as the No. 3-ranked Italian restaurant in Myrtle Beach. All entrees are served with multiple courses, so you never go home hungry!

Reviewer SueMu36 weighed in, “Great service – only had to wait about 15 minutes for a table on a Friday night. Love all that’s included with your meal: bruschetta, soup, salad and bread. Linguini with clams was wonderful. Wandering accordion player was fun and made for a lighthearted atmosphere.”

At No. 4, Toscana Italian Kitchen has recently opened a new location! Open daily at 4 p.m., their menu is decadent, with dishes like lobster ravioli and crab stuffed chicken.

Said reviewer Msciccone1, “The bread and red pepper oil mixture was delicious. The pasta was cooked perfectly. The seafood dish my parents ordered was beyond their expectation. We left the restaurant raving! Highly recommend.”

Last, but certainly not least, Crave Italian Over & Bar is the No. 5 place to get Italian food in Myrtle Beach. They are known for their open flame, New York-style brick oven pizza. Try the meat lover’s, with pepperoni, sausage, meatballs and ham.

“Best food I’ve had in a long time,” said reviewer LG643. “The food is freshly made on-site. I had the spaghetti squash with grilled vegetables and chicken. Loved it. Came with a salad and warm bread. Valet parking. Nice, clean restaurant. Will go again.”

Get golfing and get eating this fall with MBGolf.com and Condo-World.

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One Legendary Designer, Two Illustrious Course Designs

TPC Myrtle Beach

Tom Fazio has made quite a mighty mark on the Myrtle Beach golf scene

MBGolf.com provides preferred rates at many of the Grand Strand’s finest golf facilities, including two courses designed by Tom Fazio: TPC Myrtle Beach and the Fazio Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf. One of the greatest course designers there has ever been, Fazio delivers two courses here that are scenic, exciting, challenging and dynamic – yet each with its own distinct character that illustrates Fazio’s brilliant imagination. Both courses can be booked as part of an MBGolf.com stay & play package in partnership with Condo-World.

TPC Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet offers a memorable round of golf fit for the pros. Fazio, alongside player consultant Lanny Wadkins, designed a challenging layout that offers everything players look for: picturesque holes from tee to green, meticulously shaped hills and mounding, perfectly conditioned greens and an abundance of native wildlife. Be ready for a real challenge at TPC, where tall southern pines, rustic wetlands and demanding par 3s require frequent forced carries.

Located at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach, Barefoot Fazio is the course that carries Fazio’s legendary name in memorable style. A Lowcountry gem, the design meanders through dense marshland, with pines and live oaks lining fairways and a surrounding habitat that at times looks completely untouched, making for an elegant, natural-feeling golf course style that’s unique to the Myrtle Beach area. With water coming into play on 15 of 18 holes, Barefoot Fazio’s par-71 layout combines wide-open fairways with large bunkers and natural sandy areas that result in a stern test for players, albeit a visually stunning one.

There is a lot to like about TPC Myrtle Beach and Barefoot Fazio. In addition to great golf, both provide high-end practice facilities as well as clubhouse grillrooms serving up great food and cold drinks. So, be sure to book one or both courses on your fall vacation with MBGolf.com and Condo-World!

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