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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Tee’d Off Podcast Episode 1

MBgolf introduces Tee’d Off – A Golf Podcast! Tee’d Off is the new authority on everything golf.  From the PGA Tour, to Myrtle Beach Golf Packages, Tee’d Off is a must listen to golf lovers everywhere.

Episode 1 of Tee’d Off features Ben Clyburn, Stu Johnson, and Travis Buis- three Myrtle Beach locals that love to talk and play golf!

The Front Nine

  • 2019, the year of Brooks Koepka: is his style of dominance good for the game?
  • Tiger Woods: thoughts on year 2 of the comeback.
  • Sergio Garcia, a season in review: will he ever grow up?

Making The Turn

  • Introduction of your hosts!
  • What got us into the game of golf
  • Who are our favorite players
  • What will each of us bring to the show

 The Back Nine

  • Rundown of recent course renovations in the Myrtle Beach Area
  • Introduction of new Golf Package Specials for the Fall and Spring
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North Star

Putting the spotlight on the improved Brunswick Plantation in Calabash, N.C.

Golfers choose MBGolf.com, a Condo-World company, to help them book Myrtle Beach stay & play packages at more than 80 Grand Strand golf courses, including at Brunswick Plantation – now a true star of the North Strand following a series of improvements made to the golf course and its surrounding facilities by new management.

Renovations have been made to improve course conditions on all three of Brunswick Plantation’s nines – Azalea, Dogwood and Magnolia – designed by Willard Byrd and Clyde Johnston, two legendary golf course designers especially noted for their work along the Strand. The Azalea layout tests players off the tee with tough angles and the occasional forced carry, while still providing plenty of opportunities to score well when played from the correct set of tees. The Dogwood layout is more open, offering plenty of tempting opportunities to cut corners to shorten doglegs. Magnolia is more open as well and not overly long, making it the perfect nine for those looking to shoot a personal best. Brunswick Plantation should be quite proud of the improvements it has made to the three nines.

Upgrades in the clubhouse include re-carpeted/re-tiled flooring, fresh painting and enhancements in the pro shop, all making a wonderful impression on the Myrtle Beach golf community. See what one person who played after new ownership took over said on TripAdvisor:

“We went there as a foursome and thoroughly enjoyed the course, the scenery and the clubhouse. The view of the clubhouse is spectacular and looks like an old colonial mansion. … Would return there in a minute.”

In addition to all of the changes made related to the golf experience, improvements have been made to The Commons at Brunswick Plantation – the facility’s on-site villas – with a new phone/internet system, a new digital locking system and yplent of upgrades to the units themselves.

There’s lots of new things to see and check out at Brunswick Plantation. Be sure to give it careful consideration for your fall golf vacation with MBGolf.com and Condo-World.

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The Only Slice You’ll Want During Your Trip to Myrtle Beach

Instead of slicing it on the course, check out these pizza spots during your fall golf vacation

When planning a Myrtle Beach golf getaway with MBGolf.com and Condo-World, there’s a lot to consider. Some members of your group may want to play courses on the North Strand. Others will prefer courses on the South Strand. Maybe part of your group wants to stay in a Condo-World property on the ocean while others would prefer staying in a golf villa with easy access to the courses you’ll be playing. Whatever your group’s preferences, there is one thing every person will agree on:

Pizza is the best post-round meal.

Good thing Myrtle Beach has a lot of it. Whether you’re a pizza traditionalist or prefer something more contemporary, there is a spot for pizza somewhere on the Grand Strand to satisfy each and every appetite. Here’s just a sampling:

AJ’s Pizza, located on North Kings Highway near downtown, offers a wide selection of appetizers, salads, specialty, vegetarian and make-your-own pizzas, wraps, oven-baked subs, pasta and desserts. A popular favorite on the menu is the Supreme, with mushrooms, yellow onions, green peppers, black olives, ground beef, pork, Italian sausage, ham, Gouda cheese, parmesan and pepperoni. The crust is perfectly baked – doughy – yet with just the right amount of crunch, making for the perfect bite of pizza every time.

Another delicious place to grab a slice is Ducatis Pizzeria & Trattoria in central Myrtle Beach. Located in the shopping center across the street from Grande Dunes, Ducatis specializes in wood oven-baked pizza that is the best type of crispy, with a menu featuring everything from seafood dishes to pasta dinners. Their Stromboli, calzones and rolls are baked to perfection, and pair ideally with their pizza sauce for dipping.

Toffino’s Italian Bakery Deli Pizza has been a Myrtle Beach institution since it opened near the airport in 1992. Crafting traditional Italian pastries, breads and much more from scratch, their menu (click “menu” at top of home page) uses family recipes dating back to 1890. At Toffino’s, you will find Myrtle Beach’s best cannoli, biscotti and Italian cookies, bar none.

Whatever kind of pizza you prefer, there’s something for everyone in Myrtle Beach. So, get down here and grab yourself a slice. What are you waiting for?

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