Is Virginia Beach or Myrtle Beach better
Every avid golfer should visit Myrtle Beach once!
Myrtle Beach is the self-proclaimed "Golf Capital of the World", and not without reason: The region is home to over 100 (!) Golf courses! The "Grand Strand", an approximately 100 kilometers long stretch of coast that stretches from North Carolina in the north to Georgetown, South Carolina in the south, is widely better known as Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach is a year-round destination, with spring and fall being the best time to visit. In summer it is usually hot and extremely humid, there are also frequent heavy thunderstorms (mostly in the afternoon) and in December and January it can be relatively cold in some cases. If you do not fly directly to Myrtle Beach (usually only possible with multiple changes), Washington, D.C. (from Vienna non-stop with AUA, travel time around seven hours), Charlotte (travel time just under four hours) or Atlanta (travel time around six
Hours) as the destination airport.
Noteworthy is a rating of the best 100 public courses in the USA, in which several golf courses in the region regularly appear. In addition to golf, tourists are also offered numerous other attractions - only one million of the 14 million guests per year also play golf! The beach and water sports activities are particularly popular; there are also shopping malls, amusement parks, restaurants and much more. Thanks to this extensive range of golf courses, there are suitable courses for all levels and in all price ranges. The most famous places cost up to $ 200 in high season (but not even half in low season), but there are plenty of cheaper alternatives. Normally you can easily play a round for around $ 50, with mostly
Green fee, e-cart and driving range balls and sometimes even lunch are included. There is hardly a well-known architect who has not immortalized himself in the region with at least one design. The range of accommodations is just as diverse, ranging from cheap motels and apartments (as in our case the Barefoot Yacht Club in the Barefoot Resort) to luxury hotels.
The Pine Lakes Country Club is known as "Granddaddy" (Grandpa) because it was opened in 1927 as the first golf course in the region. The club is located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, less than a kilometer from the ocean and originally built on natural dunes. The architect was the Scot Robert White, who was also the first president of the PGA of America. A few years ago, the square was extensively renovated and brought up to the latest standards, whereby the old charm was retained.
The one designed by Robert Trent Jones Dunes Golf & Beach Club is another "classic". The Dunes Club has the atmosphere of a private club, but guests from a few selected hotels are allowed to play the course. The course, laid out in 1948, has several water hazards and raised greens defended by bunkers, for which Jones is legendary. “Signature Hole” is number 13 with the name “Waterloo”, a par 5 that is played around a lake.
The Barefoot Resort with four 18-hole courses is known as the best resort in the region. The hardest course is the Dye Club, the resort's only semi-private course. Designed by Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III Love Course is characterized by challenging greens and reconstructed ruins and is suitable for players of all handicaps. The par 71 Fazio Course from the pen of star designer Tom Fazio is located between the Dye and Love squares. Fazio integrated water hazards on 15 fairways, waste areas, numerous bunkers and existing trees into the varied layout. The Norman Course from the pen of the "great white shark" has seven fairways along the Intracoastal Waterway [a canal], all holes are framed by natural vegetation. The greens were designed so that you can play the ball with a "bump and run" stroke along the ground.
The Legends Resort is the largest golf resort with five courses. One of them is the Heritage Club, a par 71 course with oak trees that are over 300 years old. The layout has wide and rolling fairways as well as large and undulating greens, which usually provide several 3-putts on a round. After the round you can have a meal or a cool drink in the comfortable clubhouse, which is presented in the classic southern colonial style.
The Tidewater Golf Club has been voted one of the top 100 public courses in the United States and is reputed to be one of the top courses in Myrtle Beach. The course is located on a peninsula with views of the Atlantic, architect Ken Tomlinson designed some extraordinary fairways, which are dominated by water hazards and Marshland. Other holes are delimited by trees, which makes the layout very varied.
Grande Dunes is home to a challenging 18-hole course that is over 6,800 meters long from the championship tees and has already been named “Golf Course of the Year” once.
There are several recommended places around Pawley’s Island in the south of Myrtle Beach, the travel time there from the north end of around an hour should be taken into account when planning a start time. Golfers should definitely play the two courses Caledonia and True Blue in Pawley’s Island, which are only two minutes away by car and, thanks to an owner, special green fees for rounds
offer on both seats.
The Caledonia Golf & Fish Club has already been listed as the best place in the region in several reviews. Star designer Mike Strantz designed a strategic and less than 6,000 meter long par 70 course on the 50 hectare property. The large waste bunkers, biotopes and the large undulating greens provide a challenge.
True Blue Plantation was also designed by Mike Strantz, but inspires with a different look with numerous sandy areas and height differences. Both courses have in common that they are in a great condition and have a challenging final hole with lots of water.
The Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club was designed by the "golden bear" Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus pulled out all the stops of his ability during the planning and integrated numerous bunkers and water hazards into the design, which is typical for him.
The TPC Myrtle Beach is located at the southern end of "Grand Strand", near Pawley’s Island. The course was designed by US star designer Tom Fazio with the help of former PGA Tour player Lanny Wadkins and has already hosted the Champions Tour. The par 72 course is less than 6,300 meters long by modern standards, but over 70 bunkers and numerous water hazards make the course challenging and varied. The designers paid special attention to the par 3s, especially number 17 is an attraction: the peninsula green is not only a playful challenge, but also visually beautiful.
Other must-see golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area (in alphabetical order): Indigo Creek, Man O'War, Myrtlewood, Prestwick, The Witch, Wicked Stick (John Daly Design) and World Tour Golf Links.
One of the best of the more than 125 courses in the self-proclaimed "golf capital of the world", Myrtle Beach in the US state of South Carolina, is the TPC Myrtle Beach.
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