Sunday, January 1, 2006
Abundance in Myrtle BeachMyrtle Beach is one of those places that exists in pure dichotomy, where it seems you can be in two completely different places at the same time. On one hand, you have a jillion high-end golf courses to pick and choose from, most of which rival the best golf courses along the eastern seaboard. Several present not only a dazzling setting and an exciting challenge, but also a warm sense of southern hospitality, charm, class and sophistication. On the other hand, Myrtle Beach can be just as enticing off course, that is, if wearing a bib and chowing down on crabmeat or throwing back a pitcher of beer (or two) with your buddies is high on your list of things to do.
Put it this way: while other destinations prefer you freshen up after a round and change into a long-sleeved shirt and sportscoat for dinner, Myrtle Beach may be the only place in the country where you’re relegated to dressing down from a golf shirt and slacks to shorts, a T-shirt and sandals for a “classy” night on the town. You can literally play a nationally ranked golf course and settle bets in the company of local greenskeepers at the popular Caddyshack restaurant. Want entertainment? There’s plenty, ranging from the hoedown at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede to the big-name headliners at the Alabama Theatre. Hooters or Calabash, linksland or parkland golf, you name it—it’s here on the Grand Strand.
Maybe that’s one of the reasons why so many golfers love Myrtle Beach. It has all the great stuff golfers want—amazing weather, phenomenal golf courses with unbelievable values, friendly locals and just about anything you can imagine when it comes to food and entertainment. Better yet, that’s how the folks in Myrtle Beach want it to be. It’s relaxed, casual, and chock-full of some of the best golf deals this country has to offer.
Myrtle Beach has every kind of diversion imaginable. One can start with Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium or Alligator Adventure. How about roller coasters, miniature golf or driving-simulated Formula F1 race cars on two NASCAR speedways? Then there are the horse shows, motorcycle expos, rodeos and the Dixie Stampede. Baseball fans can check out the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Atlanta Braves Class-A farm team.
For water-related activities, there are cruises and deep-sea fishing. The Gulf Stream is only 50 miles out, and the fish are always biting. For landlubbers, there’s always a tour of Southern mansions, parks and beautiful gardens, including the delightful 9,000-acre Brookgreen Gardens on the south end. For shopping, dining and nightlife, Broadway at the Beach is the place to be. This 350-acre, multipurpose mall has several restaurants, sports bars and specialty shops. On the north end, the sprawling complex at Barefoot Landing includes fine restaurants, Planet Hollywood, The House of Blues and a wildlife sanctuary. You may be surprised to learn that several big names pass through the area on various concert tours.
Of course, time spent in Myrtle Beach is best spent playing golf—many golfers find ways to squeeze in two rounds of golf each day they’re in town. And if 36 is too much, there’s nothing better than unfolding a chair and soaking up some beachside fun in the sun after a morning round of golf. Really, if you look beyond the fairways and neon, you’ll no doubt see that the town of Myrtle Beach is...well, still a beach!
Golf Holiday is a unified association of 80-plus golf courses throughout the area, dedicated to helping you find the perfect stay-and-play golf package. It makes the logistics easy, especially when it comes to scheduling 36 holes of golf a day and making sure your hotel, rental car or shuttle are always on time and ready for your next stop.
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