Myrtle Beach Golf News & Updates

January 16, 2014

America s hottest golfer is coming

America’s hottest golfer is coming to the Golf Capital of the World.

After a nation-wide search, professional golfer and model Blair O’Neal has been selected to host the Myrtle Beach Golf Buzz, an online program that will showcase the virtues of a Myrtle Beach golf trip.

O’Neal, who appeared in a full-page Cobra Puma ad in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, will begin filming the webisodes next week, and the shows will start broadcasting on in

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January 16, 2014

The Three Best Holes at World Tour

World Tour is a recreation of some of golf’s greatest holes, allowing players to test their game on the challenges offered at courses like Augusta National, but which holes constitute the best of the best at World Tour?

We consulted with general manager Tom Plankers and he shared his favorite hole on each of World Tour’s three nine-hole layouts.

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January 16, 2014

Lion’s Paw Was the First Big Cat to Roar

Lion's Paw was the first Big Cat on the Myrtle Beach gofl sceneAwards continue to pile up for Lion’s Paw Golf Links and the other three Big Cats at Ocean Ridge Plantation, one of two four-course facilities on the Myrtle Beach golf scene.

In June, Where to Retire Magazine selected the Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., facility as one of America’s top places to retire. It was the seventh time Ocean Ridge Plantation was chosen for the honor.

Lion’s Paw opened in 1991 as the first “Big Cat’’ course. A top 50 selection in the Myrtle Beach golf market by Golf Digest, Lion’s Paw is especially unique because of its wide variety of challenges and spectacular scenery. Lion’s Paw has something for every golfer: spacious, well contoured holes allowing players the freedom to swing away, noticeable rustic wetlands, and white sandy bunkers to test ability under pressure.

In fact, all four Ocean Ridge courses – Panther’s Run, Tiger’s Eye and most recently Leopard’s Chase are the others – are distinct in their own way.

Lion’s Paw and Panther’s Run share a 23,000-square-foot clubhouse, home to a pro shop that annually is selected among the country’s best, and are Grand Strand golf vacation favorites.

Most experts say Lion’s Paw is among architect Willard Byrd’s best works. Byrd is a familiar name to folks who regularly make a Myrtle Beach golf trip. His designs along the Grand Strand include:

One of Lion’s Paws’ signatures is the countless oyster shells decorating the banks of Nos. 3 and 17, both par 3s.

Lion’s Paw installed new MiniVerde ultradwarf greens in 2013, the same putting surface used on Panther’s Run and at the home of The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass.

Have you played it? Help other Myrtle Beach golfers by sharing YOUR review on the Lion's Paw page!

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January 16, 2014

5 Things You Need to Know: King’s North

King’s North at Myrtle Beach National is one of the Grand Strand’s iconic layouts. It has a high profile home, a famed architect, and it’s one of the area’s most sought after tee times. So what do you need to know before teeing it up at this Myrtle Beach golf favorite? We have answers. 1. It wasn’t always the King: The layout opened in 1973, but it was initially known as the North Course. Arnold Palmer, who consulted on the original design, overhauled the layout in

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January 16, 2014

International Club Brings Value and Quality to Myrtle Beach Golf Trip

Myrtle beach golf courses: International Club is a Willard Byrd designThe official title says it’s the International Club of Myrtle Beach, but it’s technically located in Murrells Inlet, an historic fishing village just 20 miles south of the Sun Fun City.

But International Club seems like a world away from the bright lights and big city. The natural beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry combined with the spotlessly maintained links makes it a favorite tee time among Myrtle Beach golf courses.

Tucked away amid acres of woodlands and wetlands, International Club offers golfers the opportunity to play one of the Grand Strand’s most popular and impeccably landscaped golf courses.

Designed by Willard Byrd in 2000, International Club features five sets of tees to provide opportunities for all skills levels to enjoy the course.

The course is a par 72 that plays 6,790 yards from the back tees and 4,848 yards from the forward tees. It’s a true test of golf that rewards precision over power and provides some excellent risk/reward opportunities.

The course wraps around… a series of marshlands, tidal creeks, lakes and other hazards. Towering pines and twisted live oaks trees make for some tight, tricky fairways.

But despite its natural setting, International Club is also known for having well conditioned greens. The course also offers GPS technology for golfers to get accurate distance readings.

One more positive about International Club – it’s one of the more affordable courses on the Strand, providing maximum bargain per buck.

There are plenty of outstanding Myrtle Beach golf courses, but the International Club gives golfers an excellent course on a lovely stretch of land at a reasonable price, and you can’t beat that with a 5-iron.

Have you played it? Share YOUR review on the International Club’s page!

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January 7, 2014

Myrtle Beach Golf Trip: 5 Places To Visit

If you only want the best on your Myrtle Beach golf trip, we have several Central Strand recommendations. From steakhouses to lighted driving ranges, here are five things that will help make your trip even more memorable. 1. Go to New York Prime – If money isn’t an issue and your Myrtle Beach golf group wants great steak, the original New York Prime is the place to go.  There are New York Prime restaurants in Atlanta and Boca Raton, but the chain started here, and it only takes one

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January 3, 2014

Five Things You Need to Know About the Norman Course at Barefoot Resort

Greg Norman is one of the most popular players in golf history, winning 91 tournaments around the world and finishing seven years ranked No. 1 in the world.  The Great White Shark has been equally successful off the course, particularly in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he has opened a restaurant, golf academy and, most importantly, a golf course. The Norman Course is one of the cornerstones at Barefoot Resort, which also features layouts designed by Pete Dye, Tom Fazio and Davis

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January 2, 2014

Barefoot’s Norman Course is Among Myrtle Beach’s Most Underrated Layouts

The 10th hole on the Norman Course is among the bestBarefoot Resort, home to layouts designed by Greg Norman, Davis Love III, Pete Dye and Tom Fazio, is one premier golf facilities in the nation, annually enticing thousands of players to take a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina golf vacation.

Nationally, the Norman Course hasn’t received the acclaim of its siblings. Don’t try telling the people who work at Barefoot or play the course regularly that it isn’t the equal of the Fazio, Love or Dye courses, each of which has been ranked among America’s top 100 public courses.

“Over the years, I’ve grown to enjoy the Norman Course over the other three,” Mike Ross, Barefoot’s head pro said. “People ask me why, and I tell them, ‘It’s just a fun golf course to play.’”

With four holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway and a layout that rewards creativity, the Norman Course is among the most playable a Myrtle Beach golf vacation has to offer.

Like many Greg Norman designed courses, which place an emphasis on sustainability, there are limited areas of mowable grass – less than 60 acres throughout the entire property. In place of rough, golfers will find pine straw or waste bunkers, neither of which is conducive to our dreams of par, but the  fairways are plenty wide.

Norman provides a chance for a fast start. The straight-away first hole, a par 4, includes a fairway that is among the course’s roomiest and it plays just 377 yards from the tips. Trouble is limited to a couple green-side bunkers so par on the first hole is very attainable, even for mid to high handicappers.

The layout gradually stiffens and so does the quality of Norman’s work. By the time you arrive at the ninth hole, a 568-yard par 5 that features a green fronted by a natural waste area, the course’s splendor is on full display.

The Intracoastal Waterway…

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December 19, 2013

Can You Conquer the Three Best Holes on the Norman Course?

The Norman Course at Barefoot Resort features four holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway and the design prowess of Greg Norman. It’s a highly regarded layout, a fixture on many South Carolina beach golf vacation itineraries, but what are the best of the best at the Norman Course?

We consulted with Barefoot head pro Mike Ross, who shared his list of the layout’s three best holes.

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December 17, 2013

Myrtle Beach Golf Course Ratings:  The Three Best Holes at World Tour Golf Links

World Tour re-creation of Valderram's famed 4th hole is one of its best. World Tour is a re-creation of some of golf’s greatest holes, allowing players to get a taste of what it’s like to play courses like Augusta National, but which holes constitute the best of the best at the Myrtle Beach layout?

We consulted with general manager Tom Plankers and he shared his favorites on each of World Tour’s three nine-hole layouts.

– The third hole on the Open 9 replicates one of the game’s most recognizable par 3s, the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. This 132-yard beauty, which is renowned for its island green, presents one of golf’s most daunting tee shots, as there is no bail out room.

“It’s exactly what you see on TV,” Plankers said. “You have to hit the green. Whatever club you are comfortable with, take it and knock in on the green.

– On the Championship 9, Plankers couldn’t pick a… 

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December 16, 2013

The Perfect Start to Winter? 71 Degrees and a Myrtle Beach Golf Course

We are less than 10 days before Christmas and much of the northeast and midwest are mired in a deep freeze, so what are we going to do here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to get ready for the holidays?

Play golf, of course!

As the official beginning of winter approaches, a mild fall is going to end with beautiful weather. The high here is only forecast to be 53 on Wednesday but will rise to 63 on Thursday, 69 on Friday and 71 on Saturday and Sunday.

With virtually no chance of rain,

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December 12, 2013

Golf Digest Compares: Myrtle Beach, Ireland and Bandon Dunes

In its January issue, Golf Digest dedicated eight pages to a “Compare+Contrast” story looking at three of the game’s “classic” buddies destinations.

The three featured destinations were Myrtle Beach, Ireland and Bandon Dunes. Each locale offers a different experience and each is among the game’s best for different reasons.

The premise of the story is Golf Digest sent two writers to each destination (on separate trips), and they filed a very short

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December 10, 2013

Golf Magazine Spy Goes Undercover at One of Myrtle Beach’s Best Golf Courses

The guys at Golf Magazine went undercover at True Blue, one of the best Myrtle Beach golf courses, and reported on their experience in the January 2014 issue. The story, which ran with a subhead saying, “We go undercover to see if you’re overpaying,” evaluated True Blue based on service, pace of play, quality and value before delivering a verdict. Not surprisingly, the Golf Magazine spy had a positive experience at a layout that has long been hailed as being among the

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December 8, 2013

Course Review: King’s North Deals a Winning Hand

King's North is a Myrtle Beach institutionYou’ve got to know when to hold’em,
Know when to fold’em,
Know when to walk away
And know when to run

– Kenny Rogers' “The Gambler”

The passage from the famed Kenny Rogers song hangs on a sign at the sixth tee box on King’s North at Myrtle Beach National, welcoming players to the most exhilarating hole on the Myrtle Beach golf scene.

The par 5, known to all who have played the course as The Gambler, is synonymous with the Arnold Palmer designed gem. The alternate, island fairway allows daring players the opportunity to reach the green in two, provided they have the requisite skill and a gambler’s propensity for risk.

It’s a hole that is at once gorgeous, sweat-inducing and unforgettable. It’s King’s North packed into 568 yards.

King’s North underwent a comprehensive redesign in 1996, complete with new greens, routing changes and the magic touch of Palmer. Out of the renovation emerged a signature Myrtle Beach golf course that has been a frequent member of Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The beauty of the course lies in its variety. King’s North offers risk-reward choices throughout the round, giving players the opportunity to cut a corner in pursuit of a birdie or something rarer than a royal straight flush, an eagle.

Holes three, five and six each present a choice off the tee that allows players to considerably shorten the hole. Play bold and the chances of a birdie (or double bogey) are greatly enhanced.

Beyond strategic decision making, what distinguishes King’s North is… 

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December 2, 2013

Wesley Day Becomes First Canadian to Win George Holliday Tournament

Wesley Day of Ajax, Ontario, parred the third extra hole Saturday to become the first overall boys’ champion from outside the United States in the 45th year of the annual George Holliday Memorial Junior Golf Tournament.
Day, who made a 30-footer for par on the first extra hole of a sudden-death playoff at Myrtle Beach National’s West Course to stay alive, outlasted 13-year-old Trent Phillips of Inman, S.C., after the two players tied at 1-under-par 215 after 54 holes. Day

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