With the goal of simplifying your golf packaging and last minute tee time needs, we at TheGolfDirctor.com have launched a brand new program named, Just Call Dave For Myrtle Beach Golf. Really, it doesn’t get any simpler than that. If you call Dave Walker at 844.GoGolf1 (844.464.6531), you’ll reach one of the most knowledgeable golf directors along the Grand Strand. Dave has been in the business for 15 years and knows every golf course in the area like the back of his hand. Fortunately his game has led him to nearly every square foot of every course over the years. No offense, Dave!
Upon entering into the golf packaging arena, we wanted to utilize our multimedia reach to find new golfers for the area, and to give those returning some new options. We hired Dave in March of 2014 to head up that department, and he has been steadily creating relationships between our company and the courses as well as the best available accommodations. Dave’s been putting together some great packages and would love to earn the opportunity to show off his work.
Starting a golf booking business from scratch requires lots of patience. Dave has little patience. He paces in his cubicle like a caged tiger ready to take on the world. We thought he was a …sort of mild mannered, easy going dude at first. Man were we wrong! When he steps into his office he changes into Super Dave!. The dude’s a beast! But, one of the nicest guys (with a cape) you’ll ever speak with.
We were very lucky to latch onto a guy who has been in the business and has earned the respect of the local golf industry. All the golf course personnel know Dave and are accustomed to working with him. He can get things done others only dream about. It is not at all comforting to Dave that other golf directors are dreaming about him. It’s OK, Dave. Consider it flattery!
Just Call Dave (#JustCallDave) is already working. We’re getting calls from golfers all over North America seeking out his superb services. Many of them have landed on our website (TheGolfDirector.com) and hit him up on chat to watch him spring into action. It’s kind of like unleashing a spring that’s been wound up tight. When Dave gets a golf quote he runs around the office like that rabbit they hired to sell batteries. So for your next golf vacation or just for some last minute tee times, Just Call Dave at 844.GoGolf1 (844.464.65631)! You can email him too. It’s firstname.lastname@example.org.
The traffic along the Grand Strand would indicate summer tourism is certainly rebounding and Myrtle Beach golf courses seem to be benefiting better than years past. It’s too early, at the time of this writing, to quote any “official” reports with actual results, so this is a “personal” observation coming from first hand experience and speaking with some of the area pros. Having lived in the area since 2001, I’ve played my share of summer golf. That is the time, along with winter, that locals can find great rates and less crowded conditions. While afternoons have certainly been less crowded, we’ve experienced some really busy mornings with full tee sheets on a number of area golf courses.
While some courses are seeing morning rounds similar to peak seasons, those results are not shared by all. It makes sense that courses closer to the center of tourism in Myrtle Beach would get more traffic than those in outlying areas. That’s what we see in peak seasons as well. The thing that is always puzzling to me is how certain courses are considered “out there” and seem to justify slower play being the result of their proximity to the hub of accommodations. Others “further out there” manage to not be affected so much by their location. It does make a huge difference for courses located in or near housing developments, especially if there’s an active membership. I know that’s an obvious observation, but bears mention.
Regardless of all the geographic differences and golf course idiosyncrasies, it’s great to see more folks on the courses taking advantage of summer rates. We, here at TheGolfDirector.com have urged our golf course partners to put more emphasis on 9 hole rounds. It makes perfect sense, with today’s busy households, 9 hole rounds have a special place in summer season. We’re glad to see some of the courses stepping up their promotion of 9 hole rounds. Another great feature we see more in summer than peak season is the advantage given to juniors. Many courses have adopted the “Juniors Play Free” with a paying adult. Others have discounted junior rates. Some restrict the time of day when juniors can play free.
So, if you’re planning a trip to the area, take advantage of the great rates still available for the summer season. If you don’t have room to bring your clubs along with the family luggage, there are plenty of rental clubs available at most Myrtle Beach golf courses. If you’re planning a fall or spring golf trip let Dave Walker here at TheGolfdirector.com help you with your bookings and accomodations. Dave has years of experience on this side of the golf business and can get you the best rates available. Click HERE to look at some of Dave’s packages. If you want a custom package…Dave loves those!
Fall golf season is just around the corner and everyone is looking for the best deal on Myrtle Beach golf packages. The best news yet, is the weather has been great for golf course conditions and this Fall is going to be an exceptional season for golfers. As golf courses continue to rebound from the tough times brought on by the recession, prices are still low compared to the quality of golf offered. Even though Myrtle Beach is becoming a year round tourist attraction, the Fall crowds aren’t nearly as heavy as Summer. Getting a great place to stay close to all the amenities is relatively easy compared to Summer.
The larger your group, the earlier you need to be making plans. As economic conditions continue to improve getting last minute tee times for more than a foursome are getting progressively harder during season. Lately we’ve seen more and more golfers waiting to the last minute…because during the slower recessionary times it was possible to do so. Our fear is that practice is going to create problems as course play increases. You may end up having to split up your group or play later than your desired plans. So, please do not wait any longer than absolutely necessary.
Another trend we see developing is the number of smaller groups who set up their accommodations and shop for tee times after they arrive. I suppose we’ve created that situation with all the 48 hour rates that have developed. As mentioned earlier, the larger the group, the tougher it is to keep them together last minute. Courses just can’t fill in holes without often splitting up the groups. But, for those who like this practice, we (at TheGolfDirector.com) have established a large database of 48 hour rates, and have set up our systems to accommodate players who like the practice.
Weather permitting we expect this Fall season to be the best we’ve seen in the past few years. It is by far our favorite. The Spring season was affected by a tougher than normal winter in out-of-market areas and lots of rainy days here at the beach. Late February and March used to be really strong periods, but when folks can’t get out of their driveways, golf becomes a lower priority. We know that many groups put off their Spring trips until Fall, and that’s one of the reasons we feel like this is going to be a good one.
There are plenty of great deals on Fall Myrtle Beach golf packages still out there. But, don’t wait too long to make your plans. You may be disappointed in tee time availability when you wait to the last minute. We, here at TheGolfDirector.com would like to earn you golf vacation and last minute tee time business. We have a dedicated veteran staff to answer all your questions and help you plan your trip to the beach. Whether yours is a large or small group, we’ll work extra hard to make sure you have a better than awesome golfing experience. You can always chat with us online, call us toll free at 844.GoGolf1 (844.464.6531), or reach out to us through our Contact Form. To see some our great Myrtle Beach golf packages Click HERE. If you would like a custom quote, let us know. We’ll create a golf experience just for you!.
No one in Myrtle Beach likes to talk about discount golf. Most try to avoid using that “D” word. But, let’s face it we’re gofers and we want the best deals we can get even if we are playing on some of the most premium course conditions anywhere. You can’t blame us for that! We fully understand the challenges (believe it or not) the courses face in providing us a great golfing experience. We just want to know we didn’t pay too much…or perhaps better said, more than we have to.
Lately it seems like the the competition for play among the courses has become a competition for the best gimmick….to attract play. The quest for a great golf experience shouldn’t be affected by the gimmicks. Golf value shouldn’t be judged by the giveaways. But, free drinks, free lunches, golf balls, gift cards, and free rounds have become the norm. What’s next? Free room and board? How long can the courses keep giving away the profit for more rounds played?
Then there are some courses…we won’t mention any names (CoughCrowCreek!) who just offer straight up great golf for a fair price and they rock, even right through the summer slow season. Another course that we’ve been trying to get a Saturday morning tee time for the past 2 months is (CoughSandpiperBay!) and the deal is pretty much the same. Great golf+ Great conditions+Fair prices= Busy Courses. We could go on…without mentioning any names (CoughWorldTour) but there are plenty of courses in the area making a statement that their course value stands tall and they continue to be steadfast in leaning on reputation, course conditions, and customer services to attract new and repeat play. Perhaps it doesn’t hurt that hese unmentioned courses are among the growing list of TheGolfDirector.com golf partners. Hmmm, do you think that could help? We hope so. That is the intent. Our golf partners get to appear on TGD Radio and TGD TV each month to give players the latest news about their courses.
When it comes to “non- discount” golf (tongue-in-cheek), perhaps the best “non-discount” entity out there is the Platinum Membership Card by East Coast Golf Management. These folks have over 20 courses now, and for the price of their “non-discount” membership card, players get two free rounds, play 4 get the 5th free, and near-half price deals at participating courses. Let’s set the record straight, though….they are not a discount golf card. Apparently that “D” word is a bad one in the industry and East Coast does not want their card to referred to as such. We, alrighty then. It’s a membership card. Have it your way! But it’s a helluva great deal!
So, if you’re looking for Myrtle Beach discount golf, it’s out there. There are also some great courses out there offering great golf for fair prices you should consider as well. While you’re at it, check out the last minute tee times and golf vacation deals right here at TheGolf Director.com. We get the best prices available from all the courses and pass along the savings to you. We also throw in all the free stuff from those courses who offer it. And you can’t beat our customer service! Click HERE for details. Our friendly staff is always a chat, email, or phone call away.
The Myrtle Beach area will host 3 National qualifiers during the month of August 2014 for the World Golfers Amateur Tour (WGAT) Carolinas Tour. The 3 tournaments are open to non-WGAT members and will allow players to advance the the WGAT Nationals September 27-28, 2044 at Mission Inn Resort and Golf Club at Howey in the Hills, Florida. From the Nationals, flight winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to represent Team USA against the world at the WGAT World Championship in Durban South Africa in November, 2014.
The WGAT has established amateur tours in 44 countries over the past 20 years. The WGAT USA in just 2 years is growing rapidly already establishing tours in several regions. The Carolinas Tour will be directed and promoted by TheGolfDirector.com and will host 12 to 24 tournaments during the 2014-2015 season that runs from October 2014 through August 2015. The Carolinas Tour National Qualifiers will be held August 9th, 16th, and 23rd at Cape Fear National in Wilmington, NC (Aug 9th), The Grande Dunes Resort in Myrtle Beach (Aud 16th), and The International World Tour (Aug 23).
At the Cape Fear National tournament 1 person from every 5 rounds played will advance to the Nationals. At Grande Dunes 1 person from every 10 rounds will advance, and at International World Tour, 1 out of every 20 rounds will advance. Those interested in participating can compare odds of advancing and cost to determine which tournament(s) they play. At Cape Fear National on August 9th, the entry fee will be $215.00. At Grande Dunes the entry fee will be $160.oo, and at International World Tour the entry will be $110.00. The varying entry fees reflect the odds of advancing, and also allow the opportunity for those who do not advance to take another shot for a lesser entry fee. For the entry golfers, will receive lunch, range balls, and a prize package to help offset the cost of entry.
Golfers with a 25 handicap or less will be eligible to play in the WGAT Carolinas Tour National qualifier and the following season. The schedule and courses to be played for the 2014-2015 season are expected to be announced by the Carolinas Tour shortly after September 1, 2014. The tour will complete at least 12 tournaments in the coming season and possible as many as 24. Areas being considered include, Columbia, SC, Greenville, SC, Charleston, SC, Myrtle Beach, SC, Charlotte, NC, Greeneville, NC, Greensboro, NC, Asheville, NC, Raleigh, NC, Pinehurst, NC and Wilmington, NC.
TGD Radio host, George Honeycutt will take the lead as Tour Director for TheGolfDirector.com. Honeycutt is an experienced amateur golf tour director and will also host a WGAT Carolinas Tour weekly radio broadcast from TGD Radio.
For more information about the WGAT and the Carolinas Tour and to register for the upcoming National Qualifiers, go to http://wgatusa.com.