Myrtle Beach, SC, 'Golf Capital Of The World,' Offers a Range of Deals for Golfers

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Grande Dunes, Pines Lakes, The Glens Golf Group, and The Brunswick Isles Golf Trail Offer A Variety of Value-laden Golf Packages For Golfers Looking For Premium Golf At An Affordable Price.

Many from the East and Midwest are setting their sights on America’s golf Mecca for a summer getaway. Myrtle Beach golf courses are in top shape and great deals can be found. Many courses like Pine Lakes, Grande Dunes, the Glens Golf Group, and the Brunswick Isles Golf Trail are offering a variety of “stay and play” packages that are incredibly affordable.

Myrtle Beach is an easy-to-reach destination, well within a day’s drive of most East Coast and Midwestern states. And, with direct, inexpensive air service increasingly available from more and more cities, golfers are opting to hop a flight so they can play golf on the same day they arrive.

While Myrtle Beach golf is world-class, fun and easy to get to, it’s also very affordable. That’s one of the reasons the area is so popular. No other spot on the East Coast offers a variety of high quality golf courses and accommodations for such a value.

Here’s a look at some of the courses that are both top quality and offer great values:

For atmosphere and challenge, the Village at the Glens can’t be beat. Run by the prestigious Glens Golf Group, the Scottish-themed Village is the perfect home base for a four-day tour of all the Glens courses — Heather Glen, Glen Dornoch, Possum Trot and Shaftesbury Glen.

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. Just across the street from Heather Glen is Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links which features extraordinary views of the Intracoastal Waterway and three of the most challenging and scenic finishing holes on the Grand Strand. Nearby Possum Trot, known as “The Friendly Course” features an Old English design, spacious fairways, challenging par 5’s, and flawlessly manicured greens. On the banks of South Carolina’s beautiful Waccamaw River, there’s Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club with a design inspired by world-famous courses like Winged Foot and Augusta National. The Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owner’s Association recently named Shaftesbury “2009 Myrtle Beach Golf Course of the Year.”

Shaftesbury offers an experience unlike any other in Myrtle Beach with its “Shaftesbury Suites.” Designed for discriminating groups of 16 to 20 looking for a unique golf getaway, the suites are exquisitely appointed in an old-world style. Guests will receive 4-star service and enjoy exclusive after-hours access to the Shaftesbury clubhouse for private parties.

More information about Glens packages is at or Golf vacations can be booked online with just a few clicks of the mouse. Check out the Glens Golf Group on Facebook.

Golfers in search of a more upscale golf experience should consider the Grande Dunes Resort Course. This course opened in the spring of 2001 and, in 2009, it was named the “National Course of the Year” by the National Golf Course Owners Association. It has a spectacular design with numerous elevation changes and seven holes play right along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Golfers looking to tune up their games often head for the on-site Grande Dunes Golf Academy. Golf Magazine “Top 100 Teacher,” Brad Redding and his staff can customize a program to get the most out of a golf vacation at Grande Dunes.

More information about the Grande Dunes Resort course is at Golf vacations can be booked online at or call (866) 657-9875.

Golfers who want to play a piece of history should visit Pine Lakes Country Club. Affectionally known as “the Granddaddy,” it's the birthplace of Sports Illustrated. A favorite of Grand Strand golfers, it is in the heart of Myrtle Beach. In 2009, a $15 million project restored the golf course to better reflect the design of its original architect, Robert White, who served as the first president of the Professional Golf Association (PGA) of America and was a co-founder of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. This picturesque course features numerous freshwater lakes and rolling fairways built upon natural dunes.

More information about Pine Lakes is at Golf vacations can be booked online at or call (866) 657-9875.

Golfers looking for a variety should consider The Brunswick Isles Golf Trail. It combines great golf courses (432 holes) with nearby accommodations to create a golf experience unlike any other along the East Coast. The Trail stretches approximately 80 miles from Leland, N.C. to North Myrtle Beach, S.C., winding through the unspoiled coastal area known as The Brunswick Islands. Along the Trail, the courses are in such close proximity that golfers can easily play two or more different courses within a day. In fact, the Trail can be traveled from end to end in just a little over 90 minutes.

More information is available online at A tour of the trail and its courses and accommodations is at The Brunswick Isles Golf Trail can be followed on Twitter.

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