Sunday, January 1, 2006
Great Golf Along The Great Strand
Myrtle BeachFor golf lovers there's no better place on earth than Myrtle Beach—or more appropriately, the Carolinas' "Grand Strand." The 60+ mile stretch between southeastern North Carolina and Georgetown, South Carolina, with the Sun-Fun City of Myrtle Beach at the center, offers 100+ golf courses designed for every kind of golfer. The Grand Strand is a golfer's paradise and one of the top golf destinations in the world—it's no wonder it's the undisputed "Golf Capital of the World." Whether you prefer plenty of relaxation, rejuvenation and white sandy beaches to stroll in the evening, or a variety of activities for nongolfing partners or family members, Myrtle Beach is the ideal getaway or vacation destination for all who love golf.
From the fabulous new courses designed by Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Davis Love III and Greg Norman at Barefoot Resort, to the magnificent Tournament Players Club (TPC), to older but national-award-winning courses such as Tidewater and The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, to other challenging tracks and those better suited to higher handicaps, the Grand Strand's world-class courses are guaranteed to test your mettle and your metals.
Whether you're just getting started learning the game or a scratch golfer looking to shave even one more stroke...there's a golf school in Myrtle Beach to fit your needs. Several national schools have locations in Myrtle Beach, while others are locally owned, but all offer certified professional instruction. Several of the schools offer special youth golf programs in the summer. Make your next trip to Myrtle Beach a "learning" vacation.
Entertainment abounds for all ages in Myrtle Beach. Take the kids to Family Kingdom, an amusement park featuring the legendary wooden roller coaster, the Swamp Fox; or to The Pavilion, with the new-this-year thrilling Hurricane roller coaster. If you want to get drenched, there's Myrtle Waves Water Park and Wild Water and Wheels. And there's fun and challenge for anyone at least 40" tall at the NASCAR SpeedPark.
More to Do!
The sandy beaches are some of the widest in the world, and while the waves can't hold a candle to Hawaii, there is some surfin' goin' on. Rent a sailboat, take a fishing charter, or enjoy relaxing surf or pier fishing. The Grand Strand hosts the longest pier on the East Coast at Apache Campgrounds in North Myrtle Beach. If you like professional baseball, you can catch a game at the new stadium which hosts the Atlanta Braves Class-A team, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. And a little culture is good for everyone. The accomplished Myrtle Beach Symphony has several productions each year, and a visit to Myrtle Beach is not complete without a visit to the famed Brookgreen Gardens, home of the largest outdoor sculpture exhibit in the world.
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