Travel-Hungry Consumers Use Value-Added Vacation Packages And Discounts To Make Great Vacations Possible

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Resorts Announce Value-Added Packages

people shouldn't have to pay high prices for top quality instruction.

Government bailout, presidential politics and stock market swings raising your stress level? There's no doubt that Americans are feeling their wallets thinning and their discretionary dollars dropping.

But that doesn't mean that you have to cut vacation out of the family budget. There are bargains out there for the wise shopper in need of de-stressing. And a lot of them can be found in America's golf and beach playground -- Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Myrtle Beach is the ideal location for the budget-conscious. It's less than a day's drive from most locations in the Northeast and Midwest. The rapidly-dropping price of gas makes driving an ideal option. Even bargain airfares can be found if travelers are flexible enough to explore flying into nearby Wilmington, N.C. or Charleston, S.C., as well as Myrtle Beach.

So don't sink into the doldrums looking at your 401k. Perk yourself up by planning a break in one of America's best golf and beach playgrounds. The prices are low, the weather is warm and some of Myrtle Beach's top resorts are waiting for visitors with open arms.

Here's a look at some of the value-added packages available now:

No less a respected authority than Travel + Leisure Golf magazine says that Pawleys Plantation on the south end of Myrtle Beach's Grand Strand is one of "the most underrated golf resorts in the Southeast." It's the only Myrtle Beach-area resort to make T + L's ranking of the world's best resorts. And the magazine says it's right up there with world-famous destinations like The Greenbrier and Pebble Beach. Golf World readers just rated it "one of the Top 50 resorts in the U.S." Yet, a vacation at Pawleys Plantation is a fraction of the cost of the other resorts it's compared with.

This place has it all: Charleston-style elegance, a Jack Nicklaus golf course with spectacular marsh views, giant moss-draped oaks, an award-winning chef, one of America's top golf schools, and great affordability.

For example, Pawleys Plantation's "Best Ever Golf School Package" includes three nights of deluxe accommodations, two rounds of golf, breakfast daily and three days of golf school at the Ritson-Sole Golf School.

Wall Street could learn a lot from the school's owner, Mel Sole, who believes that "people shouldn't have to pay high prices for top quality instruction." Even though Golf Magazine ranks the Ritson-Sole school among America's top 5 schools, the "Best Ever" package starts at just $799 per person. Comparable packages at resorts with other top schools would cost thousands of dollars.

Trying to find a spot for an executive retreat or small meeting? Pawleys Plantation is perfect because it offers one of the nicest small conference centers on the East Coast. Learn more at http://www.pawleysplantation.com or call 800-367-9959.

On the northern end of the Strand, bargain-hunting golfers can enjoy the luxury and old-world charm of a Scottish-themed landscape at The Village at the Glens. Overlooking the spectacular, award-winning Heather Glen Golf Links, The Village is run by the prestigious Glens Golf Group and it's the perfect home base for a tour of Glens courses.

Through January 31, Glens is offering a package that's a duffer's delight: 3 nights accommodations in a 2-bedroom villa and 3 rounds on The Glen's award-winning courses for as low as $239 per person.

Voted the "Best New Course" in America when it opened two decades ago, the flagship of The Glens Golf Group golf courses, Heather Glen, sits on a magnificent, 400-acre historic site in Little River, S.C. Nearby, Possum Trot is known as the "Friendliest Course On The Beach" and its Old English design features spacious fairways, challenging par 5's, and flawlessly manicured greens. Inspired by world-famous courses like Winged Foot and Augusta National, Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club is located on the banks of South Carolina's beautiful Waccamaw River.

The Glens Group makes it easy to book a golf vacation online with just a few clicks of the mouse. Just go to http://www.glensgolfvacations.com or http://www.glensgolfgroup.com.

There's even an oceanside option from The Glens Group. They've teamed up with the Sands Resorts to create a special golf package for beach lovers. Stay in a suite or villa on the beach and watch the sun rise over the Atlantic before breakfast and a day on the links. The Sands Resorts package for as low as $329 for 3 nights/3 rounds and 3 breakfasts. Check it all out at http://www.golfthebeach.com or call 877-726-3762.

Not a golfer? Not a problem.

Myrtle Beach's Sands Resorts specializes in affordable days by the ocean. The Sands Resorts' "Shopping and Shows" package includes 2 nights accommodations, tickets to 2 shows and a daily breakfast buffet for just $164 per person through January 21.

The Sands will even help guests deal with one of those hidden costs of a family vacation - putting the dog in a kennel. Bring Fido along and it will cost you just $50 for the entire stay -- and he'll receive a bag of treats and dog bowls. After all, Fido probably needs to de-stress too.

Imagine the whole family listening to the roar of the ocean at one of the Sands Resorts' six fun-filled oceanfront locations. They'll discover an incredible number of on-site activities including a variety of on-site restaurants, a health club, indoor pools, and even a Concierge service. Check it out at http://www.sandsfido.com or call (800) 386-1872.

So, don't ditch vacation. Instead, seize this opportunity to discover some stellar resorts and exceptional values. Discounts, bargains or simply great deals are yours for the taking in Myrtle Beach.

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