Thursday, April 30, 2009
3 days in Myrtle Beach
Save money this spring on the Grand Strand
|In addition to its refurbished golf course, Pine Lakes C.C. has restored its clubhouse. At right is a sketch of the design.|
Located at the Grand Strand’s first golf course, Pine Lakes Country Club, the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame, which opened its doors March 14, 2009, honors men and women who have played a significant role in the Myrtle Beach golf industry. Each inductee is memorialized in the garden surrounding the Sports Illustrated monument that commemorates the magazine’s birthplace some 54 years ago.
|Myrtle Beach’s more inviting sand and water||The 18th at River Club tempts golfers to go for it in two.||Wachesaw Plantation’s sandy, wet 9th hole|
On day two, head south about 25 miles away from central Myrtle Beach, and play two courses on the Waccamaw Golf Trail.
The 12-course trail surrounds the charming beachside towns of Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach and features some of the Grand Strand’s best golf courses, including Caledonia, Pawleys Plantation and Willbrook.
This being the heart of the so-called “low country,” many courses were built on former rice and indigo plantations and are routed along the Waccamaw River’s black waters. While it’s not easy to choose which courses to play, we suggest you consider playing layouts designed by different architects. Jack Nicklaus (Pawleys Plantation), Gary Player (Blackmoor), Tom Fazio (TPC Myrtle) and the late Mike Strantz (Caledonia and True Blue) all have left their mark on this southern trail, and each course reflects its designer’s architectural trademarks. Fortunately, all the Waccamaw Trail courses are within a (very) short drive of each other, so mixing and matching is a breeze.
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