Myrtle Beach 4-day Golf Trip

By:Bob Gillespie

Date:12/1/2014

Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand stretches from Georgetown to the North Carolina state line along the South Carolina coast and offers great golf all along that stretch. Variety, too — there’s a distinct flavor to courses in the south end, north end and central portion, as well as courses near the beach and more inland.

How to choose? Easy — don’t. For this four-day golf outing, play one course in each of the geographic areas, plus a “wild card,” and use the US 17 Bypass and feeder highways to experience the entire lineup. Stay in a hotel near the middle of town. It’s that easy. Here’s an outline for a great weekend. Call it your own Myrtle Beach package.

Check in to your hotel and head out for dinner. Here are some suggestions that always please.

Hotel recommendations:
​Hampton Inn Myrtle Beach — Broadway at The Beach
1140 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843.916.0600

​Sandy Beach Resort
201 S. Ocean Boulevard
800.844.6534

Dinner recommendations:
​Villa Romana Italian Restaurant
707 S. Kings Hwy.
843.448.4990

​Mr. Fish
Address: 6401 N. Kings Hwy.
843.839.3473

Day One:

Breakfast recommendation:
​Eggs Up Grill
1289 38th Ave. North
843.839.2200

Golf:
​Pine Lakes Country Club
5603 Granddaddy Drive
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
877.283.2122

The address says it all. Pine Lakes is Myrtle Beach’s first golf course, built in 1927 by famed architect Robert White, the first president of the PGA of America, and renovated several times since. Situated in the heart of Myrtle Beach, the course was built on dunes less than a half-mile from the ocean, and it incorporates several freshwater lakes as well as rolling fairways. The latest renovations recreated the essence of White’s original design, with the back nine in particular reflecting his philosophy. This is a must-play on anyone’s Myrtle Beach agenda.

Dinner recommendations:
​New York Prime
405 28th Ave. North
843.448.8081

​Peppers
4488 Socastee Boulevard
843.294.3354

Day Two:

Breakfast recommendation:
Hot Stacks
1501 N. Kings Hwy.
843.448.4668

www.hotstackspancakehouse.com

Golf:
​Heritage Club, Pawleys Island
478 Heritage Drive
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
(843.237.3424)

Welcome to the south end of the Grand Strand, where Heritage Club offers a trip back in time. Built on the grounds of two historic rice plantations, this 600-acre site by architect Dan Maples features magnolia trees, freshwater lakes and marshes, creating a Lowcountry golf experience. Gently rolling fairways are dotted by strategic bunkering, and a number of holes play over and around the water. A Southern plantation-style clubhouse adds to what Golf Digest ranks as one of the nation’s 50 Best Public Courses in America.

Dinner recommendations:
​2nd Avenue Pier
110 N. Ocean Blvd.
843.445.7437

​Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse
2920 Hollywood Dr.
843.839.0777

Day Three:

Breakfast recommendation:
​Akel’s Family Restaurant
6429 N. Kings Highway
843.449.4815

Golf:
​Heather Glen Golf Links, Little River
650 Heather Glen Way
Little River, SC 29566
843.913.2424

This Willard Byrd-Clyde Johnston design debuted in 1987, and that year Golf Digest named it as America’s No. 1 New Public Course. Nearly 30 years later, Heather Glen (and its nearby sister, Glen Dornoch) reflects its Scottish name with 27 holes stretched over rolling terrain that emulates links courses, while being framed by oaks and pines and featuring several freshwater lakes and streams serving as additional hazards. You’ll have your longest drive of the week to reach this northern outpost, but it’s worth the trek.

Dinner recommendations:
​Sea Captain’s House
3002 N. Ocean Blvd.
843.448.8082

​Fire and Smoke Gastropub
411 79th Ave. North
843.449.0085

Day Four:

Breakfast recommendation:
​​Lulu’s Cafe
1903 N. Ocean Blvd.
843.712.1890

Golf:
​Arrowhead Country Club
1201 Burcale Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
843.236.3243

If this is your last day in Myrtle Beach, do it in style with 27 holes to choose from. This course — near Myrtle Beach International for those flying out afterward — was designed by PGA Tour legend and Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd, who teamed with SC architect Tom Jackson to build a challenging layout along the Intracoastal Waterway. The three nines (Waterway, Cypress and Lakes) each offer a unique experience, with plenty of sand, mounding and water. Arrowhead was voted Best of the Grand Strand in 2012.

Lunch recommendations:
​Abuelo’s (Mexican)
740 Coastal Grand Circle
843.448.5533

​Big D’s BBQ Barn
350 George Bishop Parkway
843.236.4666

Travel home filled with great food and stories.

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