What a Way to Finish!

Hole spotlight: No. 9 on Thistle’s Stewart side

Located in Sunset Beach, N.C., just a short drive north from the hustle and bustle of central Myrtle Beach, Thistle Golf Club’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, but in a unique Lowcountry setting that makes the club a true must-play on your springtime golf vacation with MyrtleBeachGolf.net.

One hole, in particular, embodies what Thistle is all about: No. 9 on the Stewart side. The hole is a pulse-pounding par 3, and if it is your finishing hole of the day, it’s definitely one that will keep your attention until the final putt drops. Two strategically placed bunkers front a large, elevated green that is angled away from you. There is also a marshy water hazard which protects the green front, right and long. The wind is known to howl directly in your face, especially toward the end of the day as the springtime sun begins to fade. As for the green complex, it slopes and undulates as you’d imagine at a Scottish links-style course, making it difficult to read and hole putts from a distance.

With very few places to bail out, our recommendation is to take an extra club and aim for the center of the green. There’s a real chance you could catch the right slope and end up close to the pin, and at the very least, you’ll avoid the trouble of the bunkers and hazard. The plan sounds simple. But on a hole like this, three is a great score to finish off your round.

The par-3 9th on Thistle Golf Club’s Stewart side has everything you could ever want in a finishing hole: risk, reward, and a mental challenge standing on the tee – all with that beautiful Scottish-Lowcountry background Thistle is so known for. Be sure to play the hole this spring on your MyrtleBeachGolf.net vacation!

Improved Doesn’t Begin to Describe It

Golf Course Spotlight: the recently renovated Brunswick Plantation

Golfers choose MyrtleBeachGolf.net to help them book stay & play packages at some of the Grand Strand’s best golf courses, including Brunswick Plantation, now a true star on the North Strand following a series of improvements made to the golf course and its amenities.

Brunswick Plantation is a 27-hole facility located just a short drive north of Myrtle Beach, near Calabash, N.C. Each of its three nines – each designed by Willard Byrd and Clyde Johnston, two legendary golf course architects on the Strand – has a completely different feel. 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 and 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.

As good as these layouts were before, Brunswick Plantation should be quite proud of the recent improvements it has made to its three nines. The course received a facelift a couple of years ago when a new ownership group took over. Improvements included the addition of 300 new trees, 2,000 azaleas and 3,000 ornamental grasses, as well as new bridges and three new sand bunkers. Meanwhile, several preexisting grass bunkers were reshaped.

In addition, upgrades in the clubhouse included 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 the course’s TripAdvisor page:

“One of the prettiest facilities I have ever played on. Phenomenal facility. Course was in amazing shape even with the rain and weather, pro shop well-organized and food at restaurant was VERY affordable and tasty!”

Come check out all the improvements at Brunswick Plantation on your next golf vacation with MyrtleBeachGolf.net!

Photo Tour: Blackmoor Golf Club

Home to Gary Player’s only signature design along the Grand Strand, Blackmoor Golf Club offers a compelling option for enjoying a true Lowcountry golf experience. Known for years as a creative and player-friendly design, Player does a masterful job here of carving a scenic, memorable golf course out of a beautiful natural setting.

Enjoy our hole-by-hole photo tour of this South Strand design, and when you’re ready to plan your next Myrtle Beach golf getaway give us a call at 877-705-2295, and we’ll be happy to show you any one of several options for including Blackmoor!

Go with the Group Known for Quality, Customer Service

Experience all 21 Founders courses with MyrtleBeachGolf.net’s Founders Collection package

The Founders Group offers the Myrtle Beach area’s largest collection of award-winning golf courses, with 21 designs spanning from the north end of the Grand Strand all the way to Pawleys Island. It includes the likes of King’s North at Myrtle Beach National, Pawleys Plantation and Pine Lakes, any of which can be booked on MyrtleBeachGolf.net’s Founders Collection Multi Play package that allows you to play at least two rounds from your choice of all 21 Founders courses and receive the lowest rates you’ll find for playing any course in this group.

Opened in 1973 and fully-renovated in 1996, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National bears the name of “The King” himself, Arnold Palmer, and has received critical acclaim as a top-ranked public course in the U.S. Palmer’s design is stylish and contemporary, like the late legend himself, with a combination of woodland holes, picturesque par 3s, dogleg par 4s and the famously risky par-5 6th. Aptly named “The Gambler,” players at No. 6 must decide whether to play safely out to the right off the tee, or risk it and go for the island fairway, which affords the opportunity to go for the green in two.

Pawleys Plantation is Jack Nicklaus’ signature course in the Myrtle Beach area, with “The Golden Bear” presenting coastal golf in a way that few have ever been able to capture. Nicklaus’ masterpiece is visually stunning, with its Lowcountry setting of oak canopies and picturesque marsh views. A round at Pawleys includes driving your cart across the top of an old dike spanning the marsh that was once a part of an old rice plantation located on the site, affording a unique opportunity to enjoy the wildlife that inhabits the area.

The first golf course built in Myrtle Beach and truly “The Granddaddy” of them all, one word to describe the layout at Pine Lakes is “classic.” The course has just two par 5s (Nos. 5 and 10) and plays to a par 70. There is a good mix of straightaway and dogleg par 4s, as well as a variety of unique par 3s — some requiring forced carries over water — and others forcing players to hit it a long way off the tee. With the smell of salt in the ocean air as you play, Pine Lakes provides a golf course that, while just seconds from the hustle and bustle of central Myrtle Beach, takes players back to a different time.

Be sure to try these courses this spring with MyrtleBeachGolf.net’s Founders Collection Multi Play package. Experience the best in Myrtle Beach for yourself! And, don’t forget to book your lodging accommodations at SeaSide Resorts!

Given Who Built It, How Could You Go Wrong?

Jack Nicklaus-designed Pawleys Plantation a must-play on the South Strand

One greatly unique aspect of the Myrtle Beach golf scene is the prevalence of courses designed by some of the game’s foremost architects and builders, including one who just so happens to be game’s all-time greatest: Jack Nicklaus. With 73 total victories on the PGA TOUR and a still-record 18 major championships, Nicklaus as a course designer made it a point to leave his mark on the Grand Strand with multiple facilities, including his signature course in the Myrtle Beach area, Pawleys Plantation, which can be booked individually or as part of a play & stay package with MyrtleBeachGolf.net and SeaSide Resorts.

Pawleys Plantation is located in Pawleys Island, with Nicklaus presenting coastal golf in a way that few have ever been able to capture. His masterpiece in Myrtle Beach is visually stunning, with its Lowcountry setting, oak canopies and picturesque marsh views. Even more, Pawleys Plantation takes these marvelous views and lets you experience them up close and personal. That’s because a round at Pawleys Plantation means driving your cart across the top of an old dike spanning the marsh that was once a part of an old rice plantation located on the site, affording the opportunity to enjoy the wildlife which inhabits the area. A round at Pawleys Plantation is unlike any other in the world, mostly because the piece of land on which the course sits is remarkable, and as beautiful as it is exciting to play golf on.

As for the layout, Pawleys Plantation features quietly undulating greens, creative sand traps, challenging fairways dotted with water and unique obstacles on every hole. This course is one that demands patience, ambitiousness and, above all, concentration – all factors Nicklaus himself utilized to become one of golf’s greatest champions.

Jack’s signature course in Myrtle Beach shines as bright as “The Golden Bear” himself. You must play Pawleys Plantation during your upcoming vacation with MyrtleBeachGolf.net and SeaSide Resorts!

Courses Designed by “The King” Himself

Arnold Palmer left his mark on the Myrtle Beach golf scene

Few who have touched a golf club hold a more special place in the game than the legendary Arnold Palmer. Beloved for his skill and spirit, Arnie decided to make his mark in Myrtle Beach, and in doing so left an indelible impression by designing some truly fantastic courses here on the Grand Strand, including four you must try for yourself on your upcoming vacation with MyrtleBeachGolf.net and SeaSide Resorts.

Seven holes at Rivers Edge are set on the bluffs of the Shallotte River, meaning some of the best Lowcountry views provided by a golf facility in the area. In true Arnold Palmer fashion, the course flows effortlessly with the landscape’s changes over creeks and around expansive wetlands toward riverfront finishing holes on both nines.

Now for Palmer’s courses at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club:

Opened in 1973 and fully renovated by Palmer’s design team in 1996, Kings’ North has received remarkable acclaim as a top-ranked public course in the U.S. The design is stylish and contemporary, like Palmer himself, with a combination of woodland holes, picturesque par 3s, dogleg par 4s and the famously risky par-5 6th. Hole No. 6 is aptly 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, which affords the opportunity to go for the green in two.

As 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 marked feature of SouthCreek is its expansive waste area bunkers, which provide the course exceptional visual appeal as well as a real challenge to navigate at points.

Palmer’s third course at Myrtle Beach National is the West Course, known for providing one of the rarest features in the area: no housing along any of its 18 holes. Like the other two Myrtle Beach National designs, tall pines are a key element to navigate, 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 trip to Myrtle Beach with MyrtleBeachGolf.net and SeaSide Resorts.

Putting the Spotlight on One North Strand Star

Experience Crow Creek’s effortless combination of hospitality and golf for yourself

There is something about playing golf in the south that is just a little more enjoyable. Maybe it’s the warm sunshine beating down on your back as you stroll the fairway. Maybe it’s the soft whisper of the wind blowing in the pines. Whatever it is, there is a real charm to golf in the Carolinas, a charm that is embraced to the absolute fullest at Crow Creek Golf Club, which can be booked as part of your next Myrtle Beach golf vacation with MyrtleBeachGolf.net and SeaSide Resorts.

Recently reopened with L93 bentgrass putting surfaces, Crow Creek resides just across the North Carolina/South Carolina state line in Calabash, N.C., and has reestablished itself as one of the premier golf experiences anywhere along the Grand Strand for a variety of reasons. Perhaps no reason is more noticeable than the beautiful contemporary clubhouse that greets you upon arrival. Exuding its own unique charm with rocking chairs on the front porch, the clubhouse includes a full-service pro shop with signature apparel, a highly professional, courteous staff ready to help you with whatever you may need, a stocked food and beverage area and an inviting covered patio overlooking the practice putting green and the 18th, all part of the fantastic amenities to enjoy before or after your round.

The par-72 layout measures almost 7,000 yards from the back tees, with wide fairways, stunning views from tee to green and the common challenge of water hazards, found on 16 of 18 holes. Nos. 6 and 8 are two notable par 3s on the front nine, each one with water coming into play. Yet despite the water, Crow Creek is friendly and wide open, making it the optimal choice for players of all skill levels. The flat and forgiving front nine meanders through what once were tobacco fields, while the back nine treks through Carolina woodlands with tree-lined fairways. You’ll experience the best of both worlds at Crow Creek.

Be sure to check out Crow Creek on your upcoming trip with MyrtleBeachGolf.net and SeaSide Resorts! You will not regret it!

Trail Stops

Five courses along the Myrtle Beach Golf Trail

With a wide variety of stay & play packages to choose from, MyrtleBeachGolf.net and SeaSide Resorts can provide the ideal trip itinerary to fit any group’s needs and budget. One incredible offering for fall 2019 is the Myrtle Beach Golf Trail Package, which offers three or more rounds for unbeatable savings at five of the best golf facilities in the Myrtle Beach area. All five courses included on the Trail offer free replays on the same day of play at the golf course. It’s definitely a deal to check out!

Arcadian Shores is the first solo design by Rees Jones in what has become a legendary design career, and is located just seconds from the Atlantic Ocean. Its 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.

Designed by Gary Player, Blackmoor Golf Club’s finishing hole is a daunting but reachable par 5 with a small lake that guards the right side of the green. The beautiful white clubhouse sits just beyond the flagstick, offering the perfect scene to wrap up your round.

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

Designed by architect Ken Tomlinson, Tidewater remains true to its natural surroundings, with tall pines, centuries-old oaks, golden marsh and natural water hazards presenting key challenges players must navigate throughout the round. The course also has one of the most scenic (and daunting) par 3s on the East Coast – Hole No. 12, which forces players to hit over tidal marsh to a shallow, intimidating green fronted by railroad ties and two strategically placed bunkers in the right- and left-front.

Also earning the distinction of Myrtle Beach Golf Trail member, Wachesaw Plantation East presents a challenging layout that has played host to many professional tournaments. Scottish-inspired, the greens are some of the largest and most impressive in the area. And with trees thickly lining almost every hole, it is quite rare to see others out on the course, an incredibly rare feature for the area.

Be sure to try all five courses on your fall trip with MyrtleBeachGolf.net and SeaSide Resorts!

Stellar Bites to Savor in the Heart of the Grand Strand

Check out these restaurants on your next Myrtle Beach golf vacation

There is plenty to love about Myrtle Beach aside from the golf you can play with MyrtleBeachGolf.net and the great condo you can rent at SeaSide Resorts. For starters, if you like to sample great food at a variety of restaurants, all with different vibes, central Myrtle Beach provides an extensive list of locally owned spots to try.

In the mood for a social dining experience that is fun, thrilling and absolutely delicious? Well, Nakato Japanese Restaurant is the place for you. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence honoree, Nakato serves up the highest-quality hibachi in Myrtle Beach, along with their extensive menu, which includes sushi rolls, a variety of seafood appetizers, sake, beer and wine. Be sure to call ahead for a reservation so your whole group can sit together.

Or, maybe pizza is more your thing. One fantastic place to grab a slice is Ducatis Pizzeria & Trattoria. Also a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence honoree, Ducatis is located in Myrtle Beach just across from the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. Their menu features numerous wood-oven pizza selections that are always baked until perfectly crispy. And with everything from seafood dishes to pasta dinners, Stromboli, calzones and rolls, Ducatis has something everyone in your group will enjoy.

If you’re in the mood to just chill and enjoy being on vacation, go to Tin Roof, a lowkey dinner spot live music enthusiasts will love. The restaurant and bar overlook the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean. But the place is not just for music and views. The food is absolutely delicious. Their menu takes some of your favorite bar classics and pushes them to the very max! And with a full bar menu and a fun, inclusive atmosphere, Tin Roof makes for a great time whether you’re just stopping in for lunch/dinner or coming to check out a show. See a full list of Tin Roof’s events and entertainment here.

Check out these central Myrtle Beach restaurants on your next golf vacation with MyrtleBeachGolf.net!\

 

Course Spotlight: TPC Myrtle Beach

Competitive golf has been a key part of the Myrtle Beach golf lifestyle for quite some time, with the area having played host to a wide range of USGA, PGA of America, LPGA and Senior PGA events over the years. The Grand Strand has also been home to such high-profile amateur events as the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, the NCAA Division I Men’s Southeast Regional, and the South Carolina Golf Association Tournament of Champions.

What do all three of these amateur events – plus the 2000 Senior PGA Tour Championship – have in common? The host golf course: TPC Myrtle Beach.

TPC Myrtle Beach was designed by famed course architect Tom Fazio with an assist from Lanny Wadkins, and since opening in 1999 has been a favorite of local and visiting golfers. Its dramatic, state-of-the-art bunkering (the Better Billy Bunker system keeps them in pristine condition daily), combined with smooth MiniVerde UltraDwarf Bermuda Grass greens, make for a golfing experience you won’t forget.

The home stretch at TPC Myrtle Beach has produced its fair share of exciting finishes for high-level tournaments and countless buddies’ money games alike. The par-four 16th Hole requires an accurate tee shot into a narrow fairway. To attack this elevated green, you must find the fairway. The par-three 17th features a peninsula green, with water dramatically wrapping around three fourths of a putting surface that slopes a few different ways, but mostly from left to right. The finishing par-five 18th will make or break your round. The fairway is guarded by a creek that cuts twice across it, and ultimately feeds into the pond protecting the left side of the green. The layup zone is small, and you must avoid multiple bunkers on the right side. The slopes and contours of this green can be tricky, but with most pin placements here they can help you stick that wedge close with a well-struck shot.

Rich in competitive history, TPC Myrtle Beach is a bucket-list course that’s ready for you and your golf buddies to write your own memorable chapter! Our Waccamaw Golf Trail package gives you the chance to pair TPC Myrtle Beach with your choice of several other area designs during your next visit. For more information on this package, click here.