Myrtle Beach is the Grand Strand's most vibrant community, and no attraction, other than the Atlantic Ocean, of course, generates more buzz than Broadway at the Beach.
The 350-acre complex, located in the heart of Myrtle Beach between 21st and 29th avenues, is the largest social gathering spot for locals and golfers alike. While Broadway's surplus of shopping likely doesn't appeal to the average golfer, its bevy of dining and entertainment options do. Broadway isRead More
Plans for the renovation of Pine Lakes International Country Club began over four years ago. Craig Schreiner, the architect hired to restore the Granddaddy to its place among the Grand Strand’s elite, drew up 12 different layout scenarios over a period of 18 months. Pine Lakes and its famed clubhouse are also part of the National Registry of Historic Places, adding another set of eyes the course’s renovation plans had to please. The process has been long on details and devoid ofRead More
Pine Lakes Country Club Hole-By-Hole Guide
Hole No. 1 Par 4, 346 yards
— Formerly hole No. 10
— Pine Lakes opens with three shorter and straight holes purposely designed by Craig Schreiner to build the golfers’ confidence at the beginning of the round
— “Risk and reward” hole as low handicappers can choose to hit over two prominent bunkers that guard the green in the front while high handicappers can choose safer elevated grass approach on the right side
— One of
South Carolina state senator Dick Elliott, the owner of Eagle Nest Golf Club, compares course architects to homebuilders. If an architect and a builder do a good job, people become attached to their work, grateful for the creation of a product that brings joy over an extended period of time.
Elliott contracted with Hall of Fame architect Gene Hamm to build Eagle Nest in 1972, and the two developed an acquaintance that has spanned decades. Eagle Nest was one of the NorthRead More
Paula Morton stood 60 yards from the 18th pin at the famed Dunes Golf & Beach Club with a sand wedge in her hand and the realization that her dream of being crowned World Champion at the PGA TOUR Superstore World Amateur Handicap Championship was potentially slipping away.
Morton, who had just dumped her third shot in the water, took a drop in the rough on a downhill lie and told herself to get the ball close. She did even better, delivering the most dramatic shot in theRead More
Myrtle Beach’s reputation as the Golf Capital of the World has long been secure. One hundred courses and millions of rounds played solidified that title, one the area wears with pride.
The Grand Strand has gradually added another jewel to its crown – home to more elite golf courses than any destination in America. That reputation was burnished even further with Golf Magazine’s biennial release of its “Top 100 You Can Play,” which ranks America’s best publicRead More
The road into Calabash, N.C., is a narrow, two-lane strip of pavement, surrounded by trees and a small town coastal charm that many miss without ever realizing it was there. A two-story building qualifies as a sky-scraper, and the word corporate is as foreign as John Daly in an etiquette class.
Less than 10 miles away in North Myrtle Beach are 5-star accommodations, high-rise condos, and entertainment galore.
As disparate as the two locales are, they are drawn together by greatRead More
Signs advertising Calabash style seafood are ubiquitous along the Grand Strand. An area seafood joint without Calabash style food is about as popular as the media in LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens’ office.
But to find out where it got started, a trip to Calabash, a town that bills itself as the “Seafood Capital of the World,” is necessary. Calabash style seafood is believed to have been born in the 1930s when local families fried cornbread and fish along theRead More
There are too many quality restaurants along the North Strand to accurately rank the best, but below are five establishments you will enjoy.
Crab Catchers – Located in the Little River waterfront area, Crab Catchers is a local favorite. Long on charm (and stunning views of the Intracoastal), Crab Catchers only serves fresh local seafood and it thrives despite not spending a penny on advertising. The daily fish fry is a don't-miss at Crab Catchers.
Captain Nance's – One of theRead More
If you don’t play 36 holes a day, the North Strand has a surplus of off-course activities. Here are a few worth checking out.Charter Fishing – There isn’t much better than playing 18 in the morning and taking a half-day fishing excursion in the afternoon. If you are lucky, you can catch dinner. There are ample charter fishing boats in Little River, S.C., and Calabash, N.C. For many of the boat captains, including Chris Long at Longway Charters, fishing has been a way of life in the family forRead More
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Myrtle Beach’s Golden Oldies
1. Sports Illustrated was founded at Pine Lakes International Country Club: In 1954 a group of Time-Life executives, including Henry Luce Booth, played Pine Lakes and made plans for Sports Illustrated, America’s most successful weekly sports magazine, on their trip.Read More
Talk of heavy rough, pot bunkers and the British Open never fails to stir dreams of a trip to the land of Old Tom Morris to play golf’s most revered links courses. The uneven lies, funny bounces and overcast skies of the British Isles offer a setting for golf most American’s are as intrigued by as they are unfamiliar with.
While the Myrtle Beach area can’t reproduce the blustery British conditions (or the bland cuisine), the Grand Strand is home to a plethora of coursesRead More
The beaches are packed, sunscreen and flotation devices are the most popular items at Wal-Mart, and the family is ready for the annual trip to Myrtle Beach. In years past, the golf bag was about as likely to be part of a summer beach trip as the lawn mower
But times have changed and so have packing habits. Desirable tee times, the widespread acceptance of free golf for juniors and exceptional value have conspired to turn many family vacations into partial golf trips.
The coastal breezeRead More
American popular culture rarely fails to bestow glory on the most talented of its young, hence the public fascination with high school athletic phenoms and 18-year-old starlets.
For better or worse, golfers are often no different, placing a priority on the hottest new driver, putter or golf course. The attraction of new layouts is understandably strong in Myrtle Beach, where opening one of America’s top 10 new courses is like a rite of passage in the spring (welcome, Leopards Chase), but Grand Strand golfers shouldn’t chase something new to the exclusion of courses that helped lay the foundation for the area’s success.
Maturity in a golf course doesn’t attract headlines, but it makes for happy golfers, as savvy Myrtle Beach players know.
When Myrtlewood first opened its doors in 1966, there were fewer than 10 layouts in the area. The facility watched more than 100 courses sprout up but its place in the market never wavered.
The same could be said for other “mature” Myrtle Beach courses that have become buried treasure for golfers. Sure some of the Grand Strand’s best courses are among its oldest – Dunes Club and Kings North come immediately to mind – but people sometimes lose sight of the generation of layouts that started Myrtle Beach’s ascent.
Pine Lakes International Country Club, the Grand Strand’s first layout, rightfully enjoys a lofty place in area’s lore, but courses like the two at Myrtlewood, Litchfield Country Club, Possum Trot, Whispering Pines and Myrtle Beach National Southcreek and West can get lost in a world drawn to bright lights and the latest craze.
If you are looking for good golf, you shouldn’t make the same mistake.
Myrtlewood, home of the PineHills (1966) and Palmetto (1973) courses, embodies much of what makes the Grand Strand the world’s most popular golf destination. Both courses offer good layouts, are impeccably conditioned, and the Palmetto’s views of the Intracoastal are picturesque.
It’s also located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, making it the area’s most accessible facility. Myrtlewood is the Teri Hatcher of Myrtle Beach golf courses, a beauty whose time in the limelight ebbs and flows but her attractiveness has never wavered.
Whispering Pines has improved with age as well, enjoying a post 40 surge after a makeover.
Opened in 1962, Whispering Pines, long known as the “Best Kept Secret in Myrtle Beach,” has always been a strong layout, challenging golfers with a traditional brand of golf. Narrow fairways and small greens characterize a course that was designed by a group aligned with a young Pete Dye.
In recent years six holes have been renovated, toughening some while making others more playable, enhancing the facility’s reputation along the way.
Another venerable Myrtle Beach golf course – Quail Creek (1968) – has become a breeding ground for the game’s future. Owned by Coastal Carolina University, Quail Creek’s staff, other than its head and assistant professional, is filled with students in CCU’s professional golf management program.
Student involvement even extends to course maintenance, and if the results are any indication, the game’s future is in good hands.
The area’s southernmost course, Wedgefield Plantation (1973) is a traditional, Lowcountry South Carolina layout. Narrow, tree-lined fairways place a premium on accuracy, and the Waccamaw River and local marsh provide Wedgefield with its natural beauty.
Litchfield opened along with PineHills in 1966, making it among the best years in the early history of Myrtle Beach golf. Likes its mature brethren, Litchfield challenges players with a relatively short, but taxing course. Precision is rewarded over power, and a thinking man’s golfer is likely to excel.
On the North end, home to a bunch of standout modern courses, Beachwood Golf Club and Possum Trot are the area’s golden oldies. There are no gimmicks at Possum Trot, a favorite course of Myrtle Beach locals due to its conditioning, a solid design, and a standout practice facilities.
A Gene Hamm design, Beachwood is one of the area’s most enjoyable layouts and an exceptional value.
New courses are great to play, who doesn’t want to try the best of Love, Price and Cate, but the Grand Strand’s “senior set” is every bit as much a must-play for golfers that want the complete Myrtle Beach experience.Read More
A golf course is a living entity, subject to the whims of nature and fate. Occasionally those unseen forces create problems, but hard work eventually solves nature’s challenges, and golfers making the trek to Myrtle Beach this fall need to look no further than River Oaks for evidence.
Last year the 27-hole facility lost 18 greens, but River Oaks installed Champion Ultra Dwarf Bermuda last fall on the Fox and Otter nines and both are flourishing.
The Bear nine, which escaped lastRead More