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.
Sandy Beach Resort
Hook & Barrel Restaurant
Eggs Up Grill
Pine Lakes Country Club
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.
New York Prime
Heritage Club, Pawleys Island
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.
2nd Avenue Pier
Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse
Croissants Bistro & Bakery
Heather Glen Golf Links, Little River
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.
Sea Captain's House
Fire and Smoke Gastropub
Arrowhead Country Club
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.
Big D's BBQ Barn
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