March 4-7, 2017

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Want a Live Look at the Great Eclipse of 2017? We Will Take You To Pawleys Plantation’s 13th Hole

If you aren’t in the path of Monday’s complete solar eclipse, we will take you there. 

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday will be going live on Facebook for the eclipseThe eclipse – the first with its totality spanning the United States since 1918 –  has riveted the public and the totality will pass over five Myrtle Beach golf courses – Pawleys Plantation, Founders Club, True Blue, Heritage Club and Caledonia.

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday will be broadcasting via Facebook Live as the eclipse passes over Pawleys Island at approximately 2:47 p.m. We will be setting up on the famed 13th hole at Pawleys Plantation, a short par 3 that plays along the marsh and will offer an unobstructed view of the sky, presenting a perfect vantage point to enjoy the event.

As part of the eclipse celebration, Pawleys Plantation and Founders Club will be hosting mini-tournaments on the afternoon of August 21. The shotgun starts will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a natural pause as the totality (and darkness) pass over the area. 

The eclipse will be a spectacular natural occurrence, and the Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday Facebook team will allow you to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime event, in addition to the time lapse video and pictures we will be capturing. 

Enhancing those efforts will be the natural beauty of Pawleys Plantation, which has five back nine holes that play along the marsh. 

Make sure you “Like” the Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday Facebook page and tune in as we go live from the 13th green at Pawleys Plantation beginning at 2:35 p.m.  

Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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Sheraton Myrtle Beach Golf Package Delivers History, the Waterway and a Primo Location

Golfpac is one of America’s premier package companies, booking trips from coast to coast, and one of its most popular options is the Sheraton Myrtle Beach deal.

 Pine Lakes is an anchor course for the Sheraton Myrtle Beach packageThe four-night, four-round package minimizes driving time and maximizes your opportunities for fun.  Accommodations are at the Myrtle Beach Sheraton, one of the area’s premier hotels and it enjoys a primo location on 21st Avenue North, less than a half-mile from Broadway at the Beach. There aren’t many properties that enjoy a more central location to the Grand Strand’s numerous off the course attractions than the Sheraton.  

The package features golf at Burning Ridge, Pine Lakes Country Club and the PineHills and Palmetto courses at Myrtlewood. To highlight the geographic benefits or the package, three of the courses – both Myrtlewood layouts and Pine Lakes – are less than four miles from the Sheraton and Burning Ridge is just 20 minutes away.  

Burning Ridge Golf Club is a hidden gem, highlighted by the par 3 12th hole, Myrtle Beach’s most daunting one-shooter.  

Pine Lakes, the area’s first course, is rich with history and continues to deliver a memorable round of golf. Make sure you leave time to enjoy the complete Pine Lakes experience, which includes spending a little time in the clubhouse. The course was designed by Robert White, a native of St. Andrew’s and the first president of the PGA of America, and it was the birthplace of Sports Illustrated.  

Myrtlewood was Myrtle Beach’s first multi-course facility and it continues to be among its most popular. Both layouts are player-friendly, providing ample opportunities to score, and the experience is highlighted by the par 4 18th on the Palmetto Course, which plays along the Intracoastal Waterway.  

Best of all, the Sheraton Myrtle Beach package starts at just 5, complementing four strong courses with outstanding value, and (it can never be said enough) an outstanding location.

Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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An Insider’s Guide to Myrtle Beach’s Longest Par 3

Burning Ridge Golf Club opened in 1980, just before the Myrtle Beach golf boom began in earnest. The East Course watched the area grow up around it on Highway 501, the primary artery into the area. 

No. 12 is Burning Ridge's signature holeWild Wing Avocet and the three courses at Myrtle Beach National are just chip shot away, but as high profile properties popped up around Burning Ridge, the Gene Hamm design doubled down on the virtues that have made the course popular since its opening. 

Playability, conditioning and value are Burning Ridge’s calling cards. In the aftermath of a substantial renovation in 2005, Burning Ridge was named Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course of the Year and the project set the property on the path it currently enjoys. 

From the white tees, the layout plays an ideal 6,216 yards and while it can occasionally present the appearance of being tight off the tee, there is ample room to land the ball. But golfers shouldn’t push their luck, as there isn’t a surplus of room off the fairway. 

On our Myrtle Beach golf hole of the week, the tee shot is dicey but trees are of no concern.

 

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No. 12 – Burning Ridge Golf Club
Par:
3
Yardage: 247 yards (blue tees), 200 yards (white tees), 164 yards (gold tees), 108 yards (red tees)
Handicap: 14

The 12th is Burning Ridge's signature hole and certainly its most photographed. The green is surrounded on three sides by water and the tee shot often plays into the prevailing wind, making it the course’s toughest challenge.

There is water in front of the green, to the right, and behind it. How the USGA determined this was the 14th toughest hole on the course is baffling, because it is the Myrtle Beach area’s longest par 3, playing a whopping 247 yards from the tips and a daunting 200 yards from the white tees.

There is room to miss to the left, so players are best advised not to challenge the pin if its anywhere right of center.  Par is a good score here, and the 12th is a hole you will not forget at Burning Ridge Golf Club

Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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International Players Bring the World to the World Am

There isn’t just one component of the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Championship that makes the event special, but at the heart of the event’s appeal are its players. 

Jameson Pias will become the first Malaysian to play in the World AmThe 34th edition of the tournament will again bring 3,000 players from across the globe to Myrtle Beach, and the camaraderie the event fosters is the tournament’s enduring legacy. 

Nowhere is the lure of that bond more evident than among the World Am’s 132 international participants.  Players will be descending on Myrtle Beach from six of the earth’s seven continents (when people play golf on Antarctica, we will target it) and more than 20 countries. 

“I come for the people,” said South African Alastair Laing, who will be playing in his 13th event since 1999 and figures he has traveled more miles than anyone to compete in the World Am. Given that it’s over 8,100 miles each way from Johannesburg to Myrtle Beach, Laing has traveled more than 200,000 miles going to and from the tournament, making it hard to argue his point. 

While the World Am has become an annual part of his calendar, Laing was an unlikely candidate to be a perennial player. A week prior to the 1999 event, Laing had never heard of the tournament, much less participated in it, but a friend asked him if he wanted to play golf in America. 

On a whim, Laing replied in the affirmative and seven days later he was teeing it up in his first World Am, which didn’t lack for excitement. After a rare opening day rain out, he made a hole-in-one during his first tournament round, jump-starting his love affair with the event. 

While Laing has never finished better than seventh in his flight, he almost had another, potentially more lucrative, ace. He qualified for the finals of the hole-in-one contest at the World’s Largest 19th Hole in 2013 and hit the flag on a shot that would’ve been worth ,000 had it gone in the hole.

If the ball had the found the bottom of the cup, Alastair would’ve been thrilled, but the result of one shot never dictates the quality of his experience. 

“I love the people, I love the tournament, I love the country,” Laing said. 

One 2017 newcomer, traveling an even greater distance, hopes to enjoy a similar experience. Jameson Pias, a resident of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, won a trip to this year’s World Am at a tournament in Portugal, a development that astounded his friends. 

“My golfing friends in Malaysia are in disbelief and awe-stricken when I tell them that I would be going to USA to play golf at the World Am,” Pias said. “This is the first time they have heard of this event.”

Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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Mystical Golf Package Delivers Magic for Myrtle Beach Golf Groups

There is no secret behind the magic of the Mystical Golf Package offered by MyrtleBeachGolfPackages.com

The Witch is at the heart of the Mystical Golf Packages appeal

Three memorable golf courses, on-site accommodations, and a long list of perks will always be powerful lures for group leaders. As a market, Myrtle Beach delivers tremendous value, but even measured against that lofty standard, the Mystical offer stands out. 

What do you get?

♦ Three nights accommodations at Mystical Resort, which offers multi-bedroom condos that are yards from Man O' War and The Wizard. 

♦ Four rounds of golf, including one free afternoon replay, at The Witch, The Wizard and Man O' War. 

 

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The Witch is one of the area's hidden gems. The front nine weaves through a cypress swamp and golfers don't forget that experience. The home nine features uncommon natural elevation change and completes a course that is one of Myrtle Beach's best and most underrated. 

Man O' War is the only layout in North America with back-to-back island greens and the course, which is built around a 107-acre lake, is maintained from wall-to-wall. There is water on every hole, but the fairways are upwards of 100 yards wide, so there is plenty of room to hit the ball. 

The Wizard is a links-style design, complete with mounding, natural vegetation and stacked sod bunkers. Holes two through 15 are as close to an authentic links experience as there is along the Myrtle Beach golf scene, and it's an exceedingly playable design. 

♦ Every member of your group will also receive free daily breakfast at IHOP, lunch and two beers at the golf course each day, a steak dinner at Logan's, and a pro shop gift card. 

Best of all, the Mystical Package ranges in price from 0 to just 2 during the peak fall season, rates that provides superior value.  

The Mystical Package delivers on all accounts – golf, accommodations, value and certainly experience. 

Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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Golf on an Island: Man O’War’s 9th Hole

Built around a 107-acre lake, Man O’War Golf Club is a one-of-a-kind course. Water comes into play on all 18 holes of the Dan Maples design, and Man O’War is the only layout in North America with back-to-back island greens. 

Did I mention there is no pine straw on the property and every inch of land is maintained? 

Your first impulse might be to assume the water is an overwhelming presence and you’d prefer not to leave eight balls behind. If that’s the case, your impulse in incorrect.

Despite water always being in your line of sight, Man O’War’s fairways and greens are as big as any along the Grand Strand. Shots that find water are the sort that will find trouble on any course in America. 

Our Myrtle Beach golf hole of the week is the perfect encapsulation of the unforgettable Man O’War Golf Club experience. 

No. 9 – Man O’War Golf Club
Par:
4
Yardage: 433 yards (championship tees), 408 yards (regular tees), 383 yards (senior tees), 336 yards (ladies tees)
Handicap: 7

The ninth is, in effect, an island hole. From tee to green, it is surrounded by water, which can be intimidating, especially off the tee, but what you need to know is this: the landing area is 100 yards wide. 

That’s not a typo, it’s 100 YARDS WIDE! 

You have sufficient margin for error. What makes the ninth hole tough is its length – 408 yards from the regular tees – and the fact the prevailing breeze is often in your face. 

The light bulb shaped green is very wide up front, making it accessible and there is even room to run the ball up, so there are multiple paths to success. 

The ninth hole is emblematic of the Man O’War experience. It’s scenic, challenging in a unique way, and oh-so-fun to play. 

Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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Brunswick County Beauties: 5 Prettiest Courses on the North Strand

When people think of Myrtle Beach, they think, naturally, of South Carolina, but a vital part of the Grand Strand golf scene lies just across the state line in Brunswick County, N.C. 

Rivers Edge is one of Brunswick County's best coursesLocated 25 miles north of Myrtle Beach proper, Brunswick County's courses occasionally fly under the radar, but smart golf groups flock to the area, taking advantage of the quality and value. Architect Tim Cate built a sterling reputation with his work there – hello, Tiger's Eye, Leopard's Chase and Thistle – and layouts like Crow Creek and Sandpiper Bay, among the others, always deliver a quality experience. 

Brunswick County is also home to several courses that play along the Calabash and Shallotte rivers, creating some of the area's most memorable visuals. Here is a look at five Brunswick beauties that are set along naturally occurring bodies of water.

  • With seven holes that play along the Shallotte River, there is a compelling case to be made that Rivers Edge is the Myrtle Beach area's prettiest course. The ninth hole attracts all the attention, but there are so many others. The downhill, par 3 eighth is unforgettable, and the four finishing holes are the Grand Strand's prettiest. This Arnold Palmer design should be on everyone's bucket list. 

  • Oyster Bay introduced Brunswick County to the Myrtle Beach golf market upon its opening in 1983 and continues to be one of the area's most popular layouts. Oyster Bay is renowned for its pair of island greens and holes the play along the Calabash River, highlighted by the par 5 ninth, a three-shot hole that delivers beauty and challenge. 

  • Carolina National, a Fred Couples design on the northern edge of the Grand Strand golf scene, is one of the area's most overlooked courses. A 27-hole facility, Carolina National offers an outstanding design and a beautiful setting along the Lockwood Folly River. The facility's most photographed hole is the par 3 fifth on the Heron course, a 203-yard challenge with the green almost completely surrounded by the marshy waters of the Lockwood Folly River. 

  • The only property with two entries on our list is the Pearl, which features a pair of courses that play along the Calabash River. We will begin with the West Course, a linksy layout that features open fairways and a beautiful finishing kick. The river comes into play on the 15th, 16th and 17th holes, but it's the 16th, a 604-yard par 5, you won't forget. The river runs up the entire right side of one of the area's longest holes. It's the heart of a memorable conclusion. 

  • The East Course at the Pearl has no parallel fairways or housing, but it does offer a visually pleasing finish along the Calabash River. The river comes into view on the 16th green and plays up the entire right side of the par 4 17th. It's a great stretch to help conclude a round the 4-star course.

What is your favorite Brunswick County course?

Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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The Best Restaurant in Pawleys Island? Chive Blossom Cafe Makes its Case

Pawleys Island is renowned for the quality of its restaurants. Perrone’s, Bistro 217 and Frank’s, all located on Ocean Highway, have well deserved reputations that place them among the Grand Strand’s finest eateries.

There is also the very real possibility that none of the aforementioned restaurants is the best in Pawleys Island. 

If your Myrtle Beach golf group enjoys a good meal, take the time to find Chive Blossom Café, which is tucked away on the North Causeway in Pawleys. An understated setting and variety of seating options provide Chive Blossom character that perfectly complement an eclectic menu. 

There is an outdoor courtyard and bar that enjoys cover provided by live oak trees, a picturesque setting to enjoy a lunch or dinner in the fall or spring. The main dining room is quaint and not particularly large, but it does allow seating for large groups and manages to avoid feeling crowded. 

As enjoyable as the setting is, it’s the food you are interested in.

Appetizers/Salads
The appetizer menu – highlighted by the crab nachos – looks outstanding, but do yourself a favor and order the she crab soup, a regional dish that is a popular menu item along South Carolina coast. To put it simply, the she crab soup, a cream based dish with crab sprinkled in, is the Grand Stand’s best. 

People rave about the crab slaw, which includes candied pecans, dried cranberries and citrus vinaigrette, among a variety of ingredients, and the watermelon salad, a delectable dish that features cucumbers, mint, red onion, buttermilk blue cheese, candied pecans and red pepper jelly vinaigrette. 

But if you only order one appetizer or salad, get the Mango Gazpacho. The dish, which includes mangoes, avocado, shrimp, crab and lobster, is big enough for two and will almost certainly ensure your return to Chive Blossom. 

Entrees 
There are no wrong answers, only differing opinions about what is best. The fresh fish options include flounder, snapper and my personal recommendation grouper. A large, perfectly cooked grouper filet is served over warm dill potato salad, lobster, corn and asparagus. It’s even better than it sounds. 

If seafood isn’t your thing, the blackened pork porterhouse sounds good and looked even better, but the 8-ounce filet gets the nod. Served over mashed Yukon gold potatoes, grilled asparagus and topped by a truffled mushroom cream sauce, there isn’t a bite on the plate you won’t enjoy. 

Drink/Dessert
Chive Blossom offers nearly 200 different wines, 30 beers, and a creative list of craft cocktails. Speaking from personal experience, the Joann’s martini and the cucumber rosemary gimlet are cocktails worth a try. 

The dessert menu was appealing as well but there was little room left in the tank by the time it got to the table. I sampled the cheesecake and it was outstanding, as expected. 

Bottom Line: Due to its location, you are unlikely to stumble upon Chive Blossom, but take the time to find it. There is a persuasive argument to be made that Chive Blossom is Pawleys Island’s best restaurant. Expect entrees to cost upward of per plate but the portions are hearty. If your group wants a quality meal, Chive Blossom is more than worth the cost.  

Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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Bunker Renovation Project Highlights Upgrades at Legends Resort

Legends Resort is one of America’s most popular facilities, and part of the Scottish-inspired property’s appeal lies in its commitment to exceeding golfer expectations. 

Parkland is undergoing a bunker renovation project this summerThat commitment is partly reflected in the value of a Legends golf package, but even more so in the work done to maintain and improve the property. The latest round of upgrades at Legends run from the clubhouse to the course. 

Legends launched an extensive bunker renovation project on the Parkland Course at the beginning of July. The layout remains opens while the Legends staff renovates two holes per week.

When the project concludes in early September, nearly a third of Parkland’s 110+ bunkers will have been removed, in addition to the renovation of the remaining traps and the installation of new drainage and sand. 

The changes will enhance Parkland’s playability and conditioning, sending golfers to the recently refreshed clubhouse with a smile. The clubhouse is home to Myrtle Beach’s busiest golf course restaurant as players redeem the free meals and drinks included in Legend’s ever-popular golf packages

Double Eagle Tavern got a facelift that was completed last winter. The size of the bar was reduced, which didn’t impact functionality and it opened up the dining room, allowing room for additional seating and much more natural light. 

The restaurant and lounge added 14 new TVs, some as large as 80 inches, new carpet and new tables, including several high tops. 

Legends also added a new private room that features hardwood floors, couches, room for a buffet and it can hold up to 100 people, making it perfect for large groups. The private room also includes audio/visual capabilities that groups (or businesses) may want to take advantage of. 

The clubhouse’s back porch was also resurfaced and the downstairs snack bar and bathroom enjoyed a facelift 

Legends added a new fleet of Yamaha golf carts as well. 

From the cart barn to the golf course and clubhouse, nearly every part of the Legends golf experience has enjoyed an upgrade this summer. 

Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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Bay View Resort Offers Golfers a Prime Reward

A three-night, four-round golf trip is Myrtle Beach’s most popular in terms of duration and amount of play. Within that framework the options are almost endless, but there is one package that meets the needs of nearly every group. 

Pawleys Plantation is part of the Prime Times Rewards PackageThe Prime Times Rewards Package, which allows your choice among 22 courses, provides a greater range of options than any deal along the beach. 

Great Golf Awaits: The 22 courses the Prime Times Rewards Package features include some of Myrtle Beach’s most prominent. Grande Dunes, TPC Myrtle Beach, King’s North, World Tour and Pawleys Plantation are among the courses that could form the heart of a dream itinerary. 

Eighteen of the 22 layouts have earned 4 stars from Golf Digest, including the likes of Myrtlewood – Palmetto Course, Willbrook Plantation, Pine Lakes, Tradition Club, Wild Wing Avocet and numerous others.

 

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Room with a View: Golf is always the primary attraction, but the Prime Times Rewards package from Bay View Resort offers oceanfront rooms in the heart of Myrtle Beach. Bay View has a lazy river and Starbucks onsite, and it’s located less than five minutes from Broadway at the Beach, among other area attractions. 

Perks Plus: If your group needs more than unforgettable golf and an oceanfront room, the Prime Times Rewards Package provides free, daily breakfast and a 0 gift card that can be used for food and beverage, merchandise and more at any of the golf course clubhouses included in your course selections. 

It Was How Much?: Bay View Resort's Prime Times Rewards Package is just 6 during the heart of the fall golf season. That’s right, 3 nights, 4 rounds and a 0 gift card for just 6. From the end of October thru the first couple weeks of November, it’s only 1. That’s a deal that can’t be beat. 

What are you waiting for? Check out Bay View Resort and start planning your next Myrtle Beach golf trip. 

Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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