March 4-7, 2017

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Unforgettable Conclusion Highlights Myrtlewood’s Palmetto Course

Myrtlewood Golf Club enjoys a prime location in the heart of Myrtle Beach, just minutes from some of the area’s best restaurants, nightlife and oceanfront accommodations, including Bay View Resort.

the 18th on the Palmetto course plays along the intracoastalThe convenience of Myrtlewood, home of two courses, is amplified by the quality of the golf. The PineHills and Palmetto courses are renowned for their playability, giving players a chance to score. 

Our Myrtle Beach Golf Hole of the Week provides a look at the most memorable of Myrtlewood’s 36 holes. 

No. 18 – Myrtlewood – Palmetto Course
Par:
4
Yardage: 468 yards (blue tees), 377 yards (white tees), 357 (yellow tees), 301 (red tees). 
Handicap: 4

The finishing hole on the Palmetto Course became the first in Myrtle Beach to play along the Intracoastal Waterway when it opened in 1974, and it’s as memorable today as it has ever been. 

Playing from an elevated tee box, the waterway runs up the entire left side of the hole, creating a picturesque setting as your round comes to a close. While the 18th is the second most difficult on the back, per the scorecard, the fairway is generous.

So long as golfers don’t lose concentration thinking about the beauty of the water and passing boats, the tee shot isn’t overly difficult. Players that crack a 225-yard drive (or better) will have a manageable approach to a receptive green.

Myrtlewood is one of the area’s friendliest facilities, and No. 18 at Palmetto is its crown jewel. 

Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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Don’t Be Late: There is Still Time to Register for 34th Annual World Am

Excitement is building for the 34th annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, golf’s largest and most inclusive event, and players still have ample time to enter one of the game’s bucket list events. 

The 34th annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship is a month awayA 72-hole, net stroke play tournament, the World Am will be played August 28 – September 1 on 60 of the Myrtle Beach area’s best courses. Golfers are placed in tightly grouped flights based on age, gender and handicap, and after four rounds of competition, all flight winners and ties advance to the World Championship Playoff. 

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Cost of entry is just 5 and includes at least four rounds of golf, a gift bag that features a Greg Norman Collection pullover and polo shirt, a Nexbelt, Club Glove Caddy Towel and more. The registration deadline is August 4. 

What else do players have to look forward to at the one-of-a-kind event?

- Among the courses hosting the tournament are Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Tidewater Golf Club, Grande Dunes, True Blue Golf Club, TPC Myrtle Beach and all four courses at Barefoot Resort, though you will have qualify for the World Championship Playoff to play the Dye Course. 

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- Golf Channel personalities Charlie Rymer, Damon Hack and Chantel McCabe will be among the celebrity guests at this year’s event. 

- A host of exhibitors have already committed to being at the World’s Largest 19th Hole, including Ecco, Nexbelt, Snell Golf and Orange Whip.

- Among the restaurants providing food at the 19th Hole will be Sticky Fingers, Angelo’s, Dagwood’s Deli, Big Mike’s Soul Food, Friendly’s (ice cream!), Ian’s Waterway Bar & Grill, Filets, Jimmy John’s, Chick Fil A, Domino’s, Black Thai, The Boom Boom Wine Room, Dirty Don’s Bar & Grill, Bimini’s Oyster Bar & Seafood Café, Travinia Italian Kitchen, Greg Norman’s Australian Grille, Masala – Indian Restaurant and Martin’s. The food will be delicious and abundant. 

- The bands performing at the 19th Hole this year are the East Coast Party Band, PlaneJane, and Soul Fish. In case you are wondering, yes, that leaves one night at World Am Live open and, by popular demand, Karaoke Night will return on Wednesday! 

- If the open bar at the 19th Hole is of interest, Michelob Ultra, Shock Top, Goose Island IPA and Four Star Pils, Stella Artois and Michelob Amerbock are your beer options. Skyy Vodka, Makers Mark Whiskey, Bacardi Rum, Dewars Scotch, Bombay Dry Gin, Evan Williams Bourbon, Canadian Club Blended Whiskey and Kahlua Coffee Liqueur are the complimentary liquor offerings. 

To get a comprehensive look at a tournament all serious golfers need to play in, check out www.MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com

Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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Kelly Tilghman, Charlie Rymer Honor a Mentor, Encourage First Tee Participants

Golf Channel personalities Charlie Rymer and Kelly Tilghman returned to area for the fifth annual Future Generations Golf Tournament at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and delivered an emotional message to kids participating in the First Tee event. 

Kelly Tilghman talks to First Tee participants

The late Gene Weldon, a revered PGA professional who was a mentor to both Tilghman and Rymer, helped found the event, and his memory was on everyone’s mind. Tilghman, a North Myrtle Beach native, and Rymer, who got know Weldon while vacationing and playing along the Grand Strand, were choked with emotion while talking about Weldon’s influence on their lives. 

The high-profile pair emphasized to First Tee participants the positive role golf can play in their lives, on and off course, encouraging them to one day share the lessons they learn with others. 

Weldon never dreamed the two kids he came to know so well at the old Gator Hole would go on to play at Duke (Tilghman) and Georgia Tech (Rymer) before playing professionally and ultimately settling into roles as national media personalities. The one thing Weldon always believed in were the values golf can instill in people, and his belief in the game was shared by more than 100 golfers who participated in the event. 

The mission of The First Tee of the Grand Strand is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

The First Tee of the Grand Strand (TFTTGS) is working from a solid platform to expand its Life Skills Experience programs throughout the Grand Strand in partnership with schools, volunteers, golf industry leaders and the business community at large. 

Along the Grand Strand, the Golf Capital of the World, the golf-driven lodging and entertainment industries employs over 50% of the workforce and touches virtually every business. 

Nowhere are The First Tee’s golf and character-building programs more compelling.

Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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East Coast 5 is a Ridiculously Good Golf Package

There are a lot of outstanding, value-packed Myrtle Beach golf packages, and then there is the East Coast 5 deal from Long Bay Resort.

The Pearl is one of 26 courses you can play as part of the East Coast 5 PackageEven by Myrtle Beach standards, the East Coast 5 is a ridiculously good offer. 

How good? Five nights and five rounds for as little as 5 – and a huge perk – is a solid starting point.

Here is the breakdown of what your group will receive as part of the package:

 

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  • Five nights accommodations at Long Bay Resort, a 4-star, oceanfront property in Myrtle Beach proper. 
  • Five rounds of golf among your choice of 26 courses, including Beachwood, Blackmoor, Carolina National, Crow Creek, Crown Park, Farmstead, Eagle Nest, International, Meadowlands, The Pearl – East, The Pearl – West, River Oaks, Rivers Edge, Sea Trail – Jones Course, Sea Trail – Byrd Course and Sandpiper Bay. 
  • Each person in your group will receive a 0 gift card for use at the course for food and beverage, pro shop merchandise and same-day replays. You will also receive free breakfast daily. 

The cost of the trip starts at 5 and is no more than 8 for golf and lodging during the peak fall golf season. 

Among the golf courses you can play, Rivers Edge is an Arnold Palmer design that sits along the Shallotte River and has been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, and Farmstead Golf Links is home to the unforgettable, 767-yard, par 6 18th hole.

The East and West courses at The Pearl play along the marshy waters of the Calabash River and Carolina National, a Fred Couples design, also offers spectacular river views. 

With your choice among 26 courses, the East Coast 5 always produces great golf and the value is unquestioned, even without the gift card. Throw in the 0 card, which can be used on items golfers routinely buy at the course – food, drink, replays etc. – and the East Coast 5 is a no-brainer. 

Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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Myrtle Beach Golf Hole of the Week: Farmstead No. 18

Farmstead Golf Links straddles the North Carolina-South Carolina border, tucked away just off Highway 17, occasionally escaping the notice of traveling golfers but never locals. 

The 18th at Farmstead is our Myrtle Beach golf hole of the weekFarmstead is the type of layout that has made Myrtle Beach America’s most popular golf destination, always over delivering on expectations. 

What helps Farmstead Golf Links standout is the consistency of the experience. The layout is very good, the conditions are always on-point, and golfers are guaranteed remember the round (more on that in a second). That combination is hard to beat, especially on a course that delivers the type of financial value Farmstead does. 

Speaking of memorability, that leads us to our Myrtle Beach Golf Hole of the Week, an experience you will be telling your friends at home about. 

No. 18 – Farmstead Golf Links
Par:
6 (No, that’s not a typo)
Yardage: 767 yards (black tees), 712 yards (blue tees), 679 yards (white tees), 664 yards (gold tees), 635 yards (red tees)
Handicap: 8

Farmstead is home to one of America’s few par 6s – the 767-yard 18th – and Golf Digest has ranked it among the “18 Most Fun Holes in America.

The 18th isn’t just a par 6. Golfers tee off in South Carolina and putt out in North Carolina (I told you the course straddled the border – literally), adding another point of distinction for the dogleg left.

Typically, we examine our Hole of the Week from the white or most commonly played set of tees, but in this case, everyone in your group should tackle this challenge from the back. It’s the last hole, so you won’t be holding up play, and how many chances do you get to conquer a hole that makes 700 yards sound short?!

Mercifully, the fairway is wide so you will have plenty of room to take a rip off the tee. Go driver, three-wood off the deck, and play up the right side of the fairway, eliminating the lake that creeps in on the left and the dogleg plays around. 

Avoid the water and the very real possibility of making your longest par ever awaits. 

Despite its length, the 18th is playable, which contributes to the fun. Farmstead is an enjoyable round of golf, highlighted by an unforgettable closing hole. 

Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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The Best Links Style Golf Courses in Myrtle Beach

The British Open is upon us and in addition to the joys of watching major championship golf in the morning, the Open sparks a desire in all of us to play the type of seaside links courses that gave birth to the game.

Heathland is one of Myrtle Beach's best links style golf courses

The rolling fairways, pot bunkers, native grasses and unpredictable bounces hold a certain appeal to everyone that loves the game. Replicating the game’s most storied courses is nearly impossible, but if you want a taste of links golf, a Myrtle Beach golf trip offers more than a few appealing options.

Without further ado, here are five of the best links style courses a Myrtle Beach golf vacation has to offer.

— The Heathland Course at Legends Resort was one of the first links style courses built on the Grand Strand. Designed by Tom Doak, Heathland features huge fairways, large undulating greens (a possible 162-foot putt awaits on 17) and ample pot bunkers. The greens are open in the front, allowing for creativity. Combined with the Scottish-inspired clubhouse at Legends, Heathland will take you on a trip to the old country.

— With mounding, native grasses that grow unchecked, and expansive fairways, the Wizard delivers a taste of Scotland. The fairways are expansive, the smallest green is more than 10,000 square feet, and pot bunkers, including some hidden just off the fairway, dot the course. The first 15 holes at the Wizard are as linksy as any in the area.

Thistle was named in tribute to the Thistle Golf Club in Leith, Scotland and it does its namesake design proud. For starters there is an outstanding memorabilia collection from the “original” Thistle that dates back to 1812, and the 27 holes of golf at “our” Thistle are even better. Take the time to play this Tim Cate designed beauty.

Heather Glen is another 27-hole Scottish-inspired facility. It features more tree-lined fairways than the other links style courses you can play on a beach golf vacation, but it’s a great test of golf and encourages players to use their imagination, unless you end up in a pot bunker, where prayer might be a more effective option!

— A P.B. Dye design, Prestwick Country Club is less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean, so wind is a significant factor on a layout that features rolling fairways surrounded by ample mounding and some of the gnarliest bunkers on the beach. Prestwick is one of the most underrated courses in Myrtle Beach and a touch of links golf makes it all the better.

What are your favorite links style courses in Myrtle Beach?

Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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Myrtle Beach Golf Hole of the Week: No. 13 at Possum Trot

Possum Trot Golf Club is home to one of the game’s most unique names, but an unforgettable moniker isn’t what brings people back to the course 49 years after its opening. 

The 13th hole at Possum Trot is the course's signature hole​The North Myrtle Beach layout has long prided itself on being the area’s friendliest course and it delivers on that promise on a couple levels. Possum Trot Golf Club is a classically designed layout and prides itself on providing good old-fashioned customer service. 

Staffers greet golfers with a smile and they place an emphasis on pace of play, helping ensure what is generally one of the Grand Strand’s quickest rounds. The challenges at Possum Trot are straightforward and the greens don’t require a book to read, helping make the layout a player-friendly one from the jump. 

Our Myrtle Beach Golf Hole of The week showcases the best of Possum Trot, providing a challenge without overwhelming players. 

 

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No. 13 – Possum Trot
Par:
3
Yardage: 203 yards (blue tees), 163 yards (white tees), 115 yards (gold tees), 106 yards (red tees)
Handicap: 9

On a course that doesn’t feature an abundance of water, it’s the defining trait on Possum Trot’s most memorable hole. The 13th is named, appropriately, “Analysis is Paralysis.”

In a game that often rewards the thinking man, that’s not the case on Possum Trot’s signature hole. A lake threatens from tee to green and the length of the hole (163 yards from the white tees) adds to the challenge, but there is some room to miss to the right. 

Don’t stand on the tee and overthink the shot; if you do, all you will see is the trouble. Grab the club you are most comfortable with from 160 yards and take a smooth swing. 

You don’t have to be perfect to find success on the 13th, so don’t think your way into trouble.

If you are interested in playing Possum Trot and its sister courses – Glen Dornoch, Heather Glen and Shaftesbury Glen – check out Boardwalk Beach Resort’s Glens Group Package

Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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Boardwalk Beach Resort’s Glens Group Package is a Myrtle Beach Golf Package Favorite

The Glens Group courses have long been favorites among Myrtle Beach golfers, in no small part due the variety and creativity of the challenges they offer. 

Heather Glen is a vital part of the Glens Group package​Boardwalk Beach Resort, located on 23rd Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, features a central location and oceanfront accommodations, making its version of Glens Group Package one of the area’s best. 

Golfers can book Boardwalk Beach Resort’s Glen Group Package as a 4-night, 4-round deal starting at 5, an incredible value for a trip that includes golf at Glen Dornoch, Heather Glen, Possum Trot and Shaftesbury Glen. 

Glen Dornoch is one of only six area layouts that play along the Intracoastal Waterway and its three finishing holes are among Myrtle Beach’s most memorable. The 16th features an approach to a green buffeted by the marshy waters of the Intracoastal. The shot is terrifying and beautiful, an unforgettable combination. 

The 17th, a par 3, is the course’s best in the eyes of many. Playing 164 yards from the white tees, it’s not unusual to see boats cruising along the water just yards from the green. In all, Glen Dornoch has five holes that bring the Intracoastal into play. 

Heather Glen was voted best new course in America upon its opening in 1987 and hasn’t looked back. A 27-hole, Scottish-inspired facility, Heather Glen has improved with age and a day on the Clyde Johnston design is time well spent. The layout’s most prominent hole is the fourth on the White Course, a challenge heightened by the Devil’s Mistress, a cavernous pot bunker that fronts the green. 

Shaftesbury Glen underwent a 2016 renovation that brought a fresh look and feel to the layout. The project added 250,000-square-feet of waste bunkers, which brought needed visual contrast to the course and improved drainage throughout. The former Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course of the Year is better than it has ever been. 

Possum Trot has long touted itself as Myrtle Beach’s friendliest course, and few will argue with that claim. The people are great and the layout, which is always in good shape, delivers great value. Possum Trot is much more than an unforgettable name and well worth your time to play. 

Boardwalk Beach Resort’s location and oceanfront view make it the perfect base for golfers enjoying the Glens Group Package.

Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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Photo Gallery: 2017 Calabash Cup is Underway

The third annual Calabash Cup teed off at Farmstead Golf Links

A two-man team event, the Calabash Cup features a different format of play each day, beginning with best ball and followed by modified alternate shot and a Texas scramble. The second round will be played on the East Course at the Pearl, followed by a Saturday round at Carolina National, a Fred Couples design. 

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Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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Myrtle Beach Golf Hole of the Week: No. 7 at Sea Trail’s Byrd Course

Sea Trail Resort is home to three courses designed by Willard Byrd, Dan Maples and Rees Jones, and it’s the leading stay-and-play resort on the North Strand. 

the 7th hole on the byrd course at Sea trail is one of facility's best.In recent years, management has doubled-down on its commitment to the golfer experience, installing new greens at each of the courses, repaving cart paths, renovating bunkers and removing trees throughout the property. 

As a result, Sea Trail is in prime condition with the fall golf season beginning to appear on the horizon. While Maples and Jones are more prominent architects, there is case to be made the Byrd layout is Sea Trail’s best, and it’s where we are going for our Myrtle Beach golf hole of the week.

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No. 7 – Sea Trail Byrd
Par: 
3
Yardage: 190 yards (blue tees); 167 yards (white tees); 142 (gold tees); 102 yards (red tees)
Handicap: 17

There is no way this is the easiest hole on the front nine. It’s not the hardest, either, but at 167 yards from the white tees, it’s a long one-shotter for the average golfer. 

The seventh hole features no water, but sand is everywhere. A large waste bunker comes into play just off the tee and the green is surrounded by five bunkers, leaving no room to run the ball up. 

The putting surface is sufficiently large but you must hit it on the fly, so plan on having to clear 150-155 yards. The sand creates visual contrast that makes the hole easy on the eyes, and the tee shot, in particular, provides ample challenge. 

Sea Trail’s Byrd Course offers plenty of fun, highlighted by the par 3 seventh. 

What is your favorite hole on the Byrd Course?

Source: Recent Myrtle Beach Golf News


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