Four Stress Relievers For Your Myrtle Beach Golf Vacation

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. | Golf attracts its share of Type B personalities. Relaxation and rounds, buddies and brews fit hand in hand. A trip to South Carolina’s Grand Strand golfing mecca, however, can bring out the Type A in any of us. The stress of planning and execution comes with a mental toll for the unprepared, not to mention those unwilling to bend on their preconceived notions of just how a weeklong trek is supposed to go. Staying in your own Zen-like frame of mind – or getting back to it after the unexpected – can be achieved with a few simple pointers.

RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH

Before you start pumping in your credit card info for plane tickets, hotel stays and rounds, know exactly what you’re getting into. Find a few reputable sites for information about the time of year you’re heading to the beach, sure, but also ask around. Talking to Grand Strand natives is important, as is talking out ideas with the rest of your group. The more you spitball in advance, the better your execution will be once you get into town. There will be surprises; the more you’re ready to circumvent them, the less you’ll need to worry.

WEATHER PATIENCE

As our good friend Ed Piotrowski at local TV station WPDE tells us all the time, getting worked up over weather forecasts is going to do little more than drive you batty. Should you cancel your tee time because the experts are calling for a 60-percent chance of rain four days out? Would another day be better to tee off earlier? At times, it can be nonsense to overstudy weather patterns. And because we all have access to them at our fingertips, the influx of information frequently only causes confusion sans possible answers. Let Mother Nature do what she’s going to do and adjust accordingly closer to your round, if necessary.

PRACTICE PRACTICE

Absolutely nothing gets you into a rhythm like playing. And nothing you can do on the course will replicate the repetition you can get on a driving range, putting green or chipping surface. Mundane as it may seem at time, the proof is in the practice. Consider this: During an average 15-minute span, you’re going to take between four-five strokes. Maybe seven-eight if you’ve got clear path ahead of you or you’re playing with a twosome. Conversely, most folks can get off a good 50-60 swings on a range in that same amount of time. You’re not tired from the excessive walking (even with a cart), so popping one after the other isn’t a big deal.

SLEEP ON IT

Vacations are fun, and when you and your buddies are making the most of your trip here, keep in mind that vacations can also be exhausting. If you’re burning the candle so hard on both ends, you’re going to need a week to recover. Instead, we’d offer this simple tip: Plan sleep into your trip. Your body will tell you everything you need to know about what it can and can’t do, and for the vast majority of us, eight or nine hours of sleep will allow you to go harder the next day. And the one after that. And the one after that.


Ian Guerin is a DJ and freelance writer based in Myrtle Beach. You can follow him on Twitter @iguerin and Facebook facebook.com/IanGuerinWriter/

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Aberdeen Country Club
Longs, SC

A round at Aberdeen Country Club requires a short drive on Highway 9, just west of North Myrtle Beach, but it’s a trip worth making. Comprised of the Highlands and Meadows n...

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Arcadian Shores Golf Club
Myrtle Beach, SC

Golf Digest named Arcadian Shores one of “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses” in 1975-76, 1977-78, 1979-1980 and 1981-82; one of “America’s Top ...

4.0/5
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Arrowhead Country Club
Myrtle Beach, SC

Split into three individual nine-hole courses – Cypress, Lakes and Waterway – Arrowhead Country Club in Myrtle Beach has the combinations to offer golfers a differ...

4.3/5
(618 reviews)
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Barefoot Resort - Dye Course
North Myrtle Beach, SC

Home to Darius Rucker’s nationally known ‘Monday After the Masters’ golf tournament, The Dye Course at Barefoot Resort and Golf is located in North Myrtle Be...

4.3/5
(158 reviews)
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Barefoot Resort - Fazio Course
North Myrtle Beach, SC

The Fazio Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf is a breathtaking golf experience with many lakes, extensive trees and many elevation changes.  In 2005, Golf Digest ranked...

4.3/5
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Barefoot Resort - Love Course
North Myrtle Beach, SC

Golf Digest named the Love Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf as one of “The Top 50 Courses of Myrtle Beach” (#1 in 2005) as well as “America’s 100 G...

4.3/5
(127 reviews)

Barefoot Resort - Norman Course
North Myrtle Beach, SC

Golf Digest named the Norman Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf as one of “The Top 60 Courses in Myrtle Beach” (#43 in 2010;  #28 in 2005) as well as awarde...

4.3/5
(62 reviews)
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Beachwood
North Myrtle Beach, SC

Since 1968, Beachwood Golf Club has been setting the standard as the best-conditioned golf course on the Grand Strand. Beachwood offers a golfer friendly couse designed by the...

4.0/5
(94 reviews)

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Blackmoor Golf Club
Murrells Inlet, SC

Located along the banks of Prince Creek, Blackmoor Golf Club is Gary Player's only signature golf course on the Grand Strand and reflects his remarkable understanding and ...

4.2/5
(1255 reviews)
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Burning Ridge Golf Club
Conway, SC

Designed by Gene Hamm, Burning Ridge opened in 1980 and received an extensive renovation in 2005 – catapulting it to earning “Myrtle Beach Golf Course of the Year&...

4.2/5
(275 reviews)
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Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
Pawleys Island, SC

Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, located in Pawleys Island just off U.S. 17, was built upon a former Lowcountry rice plantation that inhabited the southern portion of the Grand S...

4.5/5
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Carolina National Golf Club
Bolivia, NC

Divided between three nine-hole courses – the Egret, the Heron and the Ibis – Carolina National Golf Club is nestled along the Lockwood Folly River in Brunswick Co...

4.1/5
(40 reviews)

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Colonial Charters Golf Club
Longs, SC

Prepare yourself for an unparalleled golfing experience. Our course is a pleasure for golfers of any skill level to play. Colonial Charters Golf Club in Longs, South Carolina ...

4.1/5
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Crow Creek Golf Club
Calabash, NC

Crow Creek Golf Club is rated among the Top 50 golf courses in North Carolina by NC Magazine and was nominated by Golf Digest as a candidate for America’s top new public...

4.2/5
(165 reviews)
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Crown Park
Longs, SC

Located just a few miles west of North Myrtle Beach in Longs, South Carolina, Crown Park Golf Club has carved out a niche as being a home- and condo-free golf environment away...

4.2/5
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Diamond Back
Loris, SC

Diamond Back Golf Course at Woodland Valley is nestled peacefully in the Lowcountry woodlands neighboring North Myrtle Beach. This Russell Breeden design features modern and s...

3.9/5
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Dunes Golf & Beach Club
Myrtle Beach, SC

Since the Dunes Golf & Beach Club opened all 18 holes in 1950, the recognitions and accolades have been countless.  The Robert Trent Jones course consistently ranks a...

4.5/5
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Eagle Nest Golf Club
Little River, SC

Eagle Nest Golf Club in North Myrtle Beach is not just known for its challenging length and gleaming lakes, but for the pristine wildlife that inhabits the course, including a...

3.9/5
(110 reviews)
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Founders Club
Pawleys Island, SC

Located just off U.S. 17, the Founders Club golf course is nestled between Myrtle Beach and Georgetown in Pawleys Island, S.C. Unlike any other course on the Grand Strand, the...

4.1/5
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Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links
Little River, SC

Glen Dornoch is one of the finest Myrtle Beach golf courses, located along the Intracoastal Waterway.  Designed by Clyde Johnston in tribute to the renowned Donald Ross, ...

4.1/5
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Grande Dunes Resort Club
Myrtle Beach, SC

Featuring five holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway, Grande Dunes Resort Course has long been one of Myrtle Beach’s most memorable layouts. Looking forward, the R...

4.4/5
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Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina University
Conway, SC

With new athletics facilities a steadily emerging part of the recreational scene at Coastal Carolina University, the school has also made significant strides in bringing golf ...

4.1/5
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Heritage Club Golf Course
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Heritage Club, one of the five courses in the Legends Group, is located in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.  This course has received a number of distinctions from Golf Di...

4.3/5
(351 reviews)

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International Club
Murrells Inlet, SC

International Club, located in Murrells Inlet, SC, was designed by Willard Byrd and opened in 2000 with five sets of tees. This unique course welcomes all levels of golfers wh...

4.0/5
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Legends Golf Resorts - Heathland Course
Myrtle Beach, SC

Heathland is a par 71 links-style Myrtle Beach golf course that is one of Tom Doak’s many beautiful designs. It is centrally located in Myrtle Beach on flat land without...

4.3/5
(106 reviews)

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Legends Golf Resorts - Moorland Course
Myrtle Beach, SC

The Moorland Course at Legends Golf & Resort was opened in 1990 by world-renowned golf course designer P.B. Dye.  Since its opening, the Moorland course has received ...

4.2/5
(101 reviews)

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Legends Golf Resorts - Parkland Course
Myrtle Beach, SC

This course is one of three beauties at this 54-hole golf resort. It is rated with 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.” Parkland contains a un...

4.2/5
(48 reviews)

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Leopard's Chase
Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Leopard’s Chase is a Tom Cate design and the fourth of the “Big Cats” courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation. In 2007, Leopard’s Chase was named by both Gol...

4.0/5
(48 reviews)
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Lion's Paw Golf Links
Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Described as golf architect Willard Byrd’s penultimate design, Lion’s Paw Golf Links has received praise from Golf Digest, which has ranked this course as a four-s...

3.9/5
(46 reviews)
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Litchfield Country Club
Pawleys Island, SC

In 1966, Litchfield Country Club opened on the site of an old rice plantation and is one of the original eight courses along the Grand Strand.  Litchfield was awarded 4.5...

4.2/5
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Long Bay Golf Club
Longs, SC

Upon arrival at Long Bay Golf Club, the majestic statue of “The Golden Bear,” Jack Nicklaus, is first to greet you – and serve notice that you’re in fo...

4.1/5
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Man O’ War Golf Club
Myrtle Beach, SC

Water, water everywhere on this dynamically designed Myrtle Beach golf course. Man O’ War Golf Club has remained in the upper echelon of local courses, and earned a prestigi...

4.3/5
(17 reviews)
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Meadowlands Golf Club
Calabash, NC

Just around the corner from its sister course, Farmstead Golf Links, and a short drive from the central Myrtle Beach area, Meadowlands Golf Club offers a down-home feel even w...

4.4/5
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Myrtle Beach National - King's North Course
Myrtle Beach, SC

Upon completion of this course’s 1995 transformation from its original North Course roots, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National immediately became one of the Gran...

4.4/5
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Myrtle Beach National - SouthCreek
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4.4/5
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Myrtle Beach National - West Course
Myrtle Beach, SC

As one of two sister courses to the heralded King’s North, West Course at Myrtle Beach National also plays through expansive pine forest with a notable absence of homes ...

4.3/5
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Myrtlewood Golf Club - Palmetto Course
Myrtle Beach, SC

The Palmetto Course is one of two championship golf courses at Myrtlewood Golf Club.  The Palmetto Course was designed by architect Edmund Ault and was opened for play in...

4.3/5
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Myrtlewood Golf Club - PineHills Course
Myrtle Beach, SC

”The Pines” course at Myrtlewood was originated in 1966, until it was revamped and redesigned by famous architect Arthur Hills and simply renamed PineHills. After its face...

4.3/5
(197 reviews)
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Oyster Bay Golf
Sunset Beach, NC

Oyster Bay Golf Links has a long history of success and accolades. Dating back to 1983, Oyster Bay has been plucking out awards for its innovated design and elements by Golf D...

4.0/5
(76 reviews)

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Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club
Pawleys Island, SC

Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club is a Jack Nicklaus design introduced to the Myrtle Beach-area golf scene in fall 1988. The golf course, built around a rice plantati...

4.3/5
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Pearl Golf Club - West Course
Sunset Beach, NC

Course designer Dan Maples built Pearl West Golf Course on the Calabash River to serve up stunning views and challenging golf. Golf Digest nominated this course as the “...

4.1/5
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Pine Lakes Country Club
Myrtle Beach, SC

Pine Lakes, nicknamed the “The Granddaddy,” is the oldest golf course along the Grand Strand first opening in 1927. The newly renovated, Scottish-themed layout reo...

4.4/5
(289 reviews)
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Prestwick Country Club
Myrtle Beach, SC

Prestwick Country Club is one of the most unique courses in Myrtle Beach, presenting natural hazards like whispering creeks and small lakes. Surrounding the entire course are ...

4.6/5
(168 reviews)
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River Club Golf Course
Pawleys Island, SC

River Club opened in 1985 to rave reviews and was awarded 4.5 stars in Golf Digest’s “2006 Places to Play.”    River Club’s brilliant la...

4.4/5
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River Hills Golf & Country Club
Little River, SC

The northern gateway to the Grand Strand golf scene features a wide range of options for your Myrtle Beach golf getaway, but none with quite the blend of “old” and...

4.3/5
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River Oaks Golf Plantation
Myrtle Beach, SC

Having undergone a $2.2 million renovation package that removed trees, updated bunkers and implemented Champion UltraDwarf greens, River Oaks Golf Plantation has increased pla...

4.0/5
(83 reviews)
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Rivers Edge
Shallotte, NC

Rivers Edge Golf Club and Plantation has recently earned an overall rating of 8.5 from reviewers at the Myrtle Beach Golf Insider, with particular attention and praise for its...

4.2/5
(60 reviews)
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Sandpiper Bay
Sunset Beach, NC

Located in beautiful Sunset Beach, NC, Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club offers an exceptional golf experience at an affordable price. These award-winning courses are acknow...

4.1/5
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Sea Trail Resort - Byrd Course
Sunset Beach, NC

The Byrd Course at Sea Trail Plantation is built around several large man-made lakes.This course puts a premium on strategically place tee shots. Opened in fall of 1990, the B...

4.6/5
(60 reviews)
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Sea Trail Resort - Jones Course
Sunset Beach, N

The Rees Jones design at Sea Trail opened in 1990 and is a favorite to locals as well as visiting golfers. This stunning design measures 6761 from the back tees and has water ...

4.6/5
(74 reviews)
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Sea Trail Resort - Maples Course
Sunset Beach, NC

With 5 holes bordering the Calabash Creek, The Maples Course at Sea Trail is regarded as one of Dan Maples finest designs. Home to nesting ospreys and wildlife, the course is ...

3.8/5
(15 reviews)
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Shaftesbury Glen
North Myrtle Beach, SC

When you play at Shaftesbury Glen Golf Course, a Winged Foot and Augusta National inspired design, it truly delivers a golfer’s dream with its traditional English style ...

4.2/5
(52 reviews)
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Thistle Golf Club
Sunset Beach, NC

Thistle Golf Club in Sunset Beach, NC has quickly become one of the region’s finest courses, with 27 magnificent holes and extensive renovations including; Old World arc...

4.8/5
(670 reviews)
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Tidewater Golf Club
Little River, SC

Tidewater Golf Club is the only golf course ever to be selected by both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest as “Best New Public Course In America” in the same year. Burr...

4.4/5
(157 reviews)

Tiger's Eye Golf Links
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Designed by renowned architect Tim Cate, Tiger’s Eye Golf Links in Ocean Isle Beach is one of four renowned designs in the “Big Cats” family at Ocean Ridge P...

4.3/5
(26 reviews)
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TPC Myrtle Beach
Murrells Inlet, SC

Nestled in the Hammock Coast Golf Trail, TPC (Tournament Players Club) of Myrtle Beach is located in Murrells Inlet, a few miles south of Myrtle Beach. The golf course was rec...

4.6/5
(812 reviews)
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Tradition Golf Club
Pawleys Island, SC

Tradition Club, a Ron Garl designed golf course in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, has been an award winner since its opening in 1995.  Golf Digest called it “Best ...

4.5/5
(668 reviews)
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True Blue Golf Club
Pawleys Island, SC

Course designer Mike Stranz has truly built a Lowcountry masterpiece, with fertile landscape of twisted live oaks and towering pines, tidal creeks and salt marshes as the back...

4.6/5
(139 reviews)

Wachesaw East
Murrells Inlet, SC

Home to four nationally televised LPGA events, Wachesaw Plantation East Golf Club has captured numerous awards and accolades since its opening in 1996.  On a local level ...

4.2/5
(189 reviews)
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Wild Wing - Avocet Course
Conway, SC

Winding through the luscious landscape of tall pines, Wild Wing Plantation is every golfer’s paradise. Designed as a signature course by the team of Jeff Brauer and Larr...

4.4/5
(272 reviews)
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Willbrook Plantation Golf
Pawleys Island, SC

It’s a course that renowned designer Dan Maples has often referred to as “one of my best” – and with good reason. Set majestically in a stunning Lowcou...

4.4/5
(403 reviews)
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Wizard Golf Club
Myrtle Beach, SC

One of three creative designs of the Mystical Golf Group, The Wizard has recently earned an overall rating of 8.5 from reviewers at the Myrtle Beach Golf Insider, garnering pr...

4.2/5
(97 reviews)
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World Tour Golf Links
Myrtle Beach, SC

Take a golf trip around the world without ever leaving the Grand Strand at the World Tour Golf Links in Myrtle Beach. Rated by Golf Digest as “4 ½ Stars” (2...

4.5/5
(595 reviews)
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