Myrtle Beach Golf Vacations

The Benefits of North Myrtle Beach Golf Vacations

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<center>Glen Dornoch is one of the layouts that make North Myrtle Beach golf vacations so fun. </center>

Glen Dornoch is one of the layouts that make North Myrtle Beach golf vacations so fun.

If you’re planning on taking a Myrtle Beach Golf Vacation this year, don’t slight the northern reaches of America’s most popular golf mecca. This area of the Grand Strand (just over the border in North Carolina) offers a variety of excellent Myrtle Beach golf courses.

Most Myrtle Beach regulars might play one or two courses in the north before moving on to the more publicized links in the center and south, but we think there is enough good golf here and enough good reasons to warrant multi-day North Myrtle Beach golf vacations. 

First, golfers coming from cold weather climates can shorten their drive time considerably by taking North Myrtle Beach golf vacations — it’s not uncommon for traffic on Route 17 (the main north/south artery along the coast) to slow to a crawl after crossing the border into South Carolina.

Second, those who prefer less congested surroundings will enjoy the low-key, less developed north. Third, the courses here sport the most elevation changes one finds along the Grand Strand, making for some fun and dramatic shots. And, finally, though double teeing is a common morning practice, tee sheets tend to be a little more open and flexible in high season on Myrtle Beach golf vacations compared to playing on courses further south.

Not all of the layouts are winners, of course, so we published a short list of our recommendations in the March issue of Golf Odyssey.

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We also reveal the newest and choicest accommodations to choose at Sea Trail Resort & Conference Center, the only full-fledged golf resort option for North Myrtle Beach golf vacations.

Did you know? Golf Vacation Insider and Golf Odyssey are the world’s only golf publications that do not accept any advertising from golf courses, resorts, or restaurants and regularly travel anonymously in order to provide you with expert, unbiased, and trusted advice.

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2 Comments

  1. Larry G.

    July 24, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    All true about North Myrtle Beach, but travel need not be on Highway 17. About five years ago, the state opened Route 31 which runs from just above North Myrtle (Little River area) to meet Route 544, near Socastee. Route 31 is multi-lane and lightly traveled and parallels 17 all the way (It actually cuts through part of Barefoot Resort’s courses and runs along the western edge of Grande Dunes). The state just announced that it had the funds to begin extending 31 to Georgetown, south of Pawleys Island. When completed, it will make play north and south much easier, no matter which end you stay on the Grand Strand. Larry Gavrich, GolfCommunityReviews.com

  2. Jim

    June 10, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Great Read!

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