Every golf trip is a new one, so whether 2020 will mark your first junket to Myrtle Beach or the 15th, there are innumerable ways to keep your trip fresh.
Here are 10 things – some on the course, some off – you need to incorporate into your next Myrtle Beach golf trip:
— Put the beach in your next trip to Myrtle. You’d be surprised at how many groups visit the area and never enjoy the sight of the Atlantic Ocean surf. If you aren’t staying oceanfront, make sure you do dinner or happy hour along the water. Sea Captain’s House, Riptydz, Tin Roof, Bummz and Molly Darcy’s are a just a few of the destinations that await you.
— Whether it’s the Dunes Club, TPC Myrtle Beach, Grande Dunes Resort Club, Caledonia or any of the area’s other premier layouts, play at least one of Myrtle Beach’s bucket list golf courses. The legendary value Myrtle Beach provides extends to its best courses, so take advantage of the opportunity to play a top 100 caliber layout.
— There hasn’t been a new course open along the Grand Strand in recent years, but that doesn’t mean things haven’t changed. Dozens of courses have undertaken capital improvement projects, most recently the Palmetto Course at Myrtlewood, a layout you want to add to your 2020 itinerary. New greens, bunkers and irrigation, among other improvements, have made the already popular Palmetto even better.
— We surveyed more than 50 PGA professionals and ask them to rank Myrtle Beach’s top 20 courses. Now, you need to create your own top 20 checklist and make sure you play them all.
— Dine in Pawleys Island. Pawleys is home to some of the best restaurants in the state. Don’t believe me? Eat at Perrone’s, Chive Blossom, Bistro 217 or Frank’s. If you are looking for a moderately priced meal, BisQit or Rustic Table will deliver. The food in Pawleys Island is outstanding, so make it part of your next visit.
— Instead of finding a happy hour bar, enjoy the post-golf hours in the clubhouse one day. Courses like Aberdeen, River Hills and Sea Trail have refurbished their clubhouses to provide a sports bar-like feel. Meanwhile, Pine Lakes, Thistle and Grande Dunes Resort Club, among others, have long had clubhouses that make it worthwhile to hang around afterwards. The clubhouse is an underutilized part of a golf trip. Give it a try this year.
— If you are looking for any off-courses activity, take an afternoon and go kayaking. Cherry Grove – where you can kayak to the edge of Tidewater Golf Club – and Murrells Inlet are beautiful. Kayaking doesn’t require any particular skill and it allows you to enjoy the area’s coastal beauty.
— Many groups like to hit it hard at least one night, and I’d recommend going to the revamped Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach. Dave & Buster’s, Crocodile Rocks, a piano bar, American Tap House and Hard Rock Cafe, among several other places, are within a short putt of each other. If your group wants to hit the town, this is your spot.
— A golf trip is one of the highlights of the annual calendar, an opportunity to get together with friends and avoid the stress of daily life, so expand your trip this year. Invite a couple more people who will fit with the culture of your group and subscribe to the theory the more the merrier.
— Add formal contests to your trip. Have everyone put in a few more dollars and have daily closest to the pin and long drive contests. Courses are generally happy to help with proximity markers and it will add to the fun.