East Coast Golf Sponsors A Month of Masters on Golf Connections

East Coast Golf Sponsors A Month of Masters on Golf Connections

Myrtle Beach based East Coast Golf Management stepped up to become title sponsor for Mitch Laurance’s “A Month of Master” on Golf Connections. Leading up to this year’s Augusta Championship, TGD Radio host, Mitch Laurance has lined up a stellar series of interviews with iconic figures in The Masters rich history. The series began on March 3rd and will air a new episode each Monday and Thursday leading up to the second week of April. After the live airing, show will be placed into a replay schedule and added to the TGD Radio podcast library for listen on-demand. Included in the series are Frank Christian, Dottie Pepper, Ben Wright, Geoff Shacklefor,  Peter Alliss, John Derr, John Patrick, Fluff Cowan, and Billy Casper.

East-Coast-Logo-(2013)---PNEast Coast Golf Management consists of a group of golf industry experts uniquely qualified in facilities operations. The team is staffed with resort accommodation managers, PGA head golf professionals, PGA directors of golf and general managers, project managers and golf business owners and provides leadership that ensures maximum performance of client’s assets. In addition to offering course management and services the company markets the Platinum Golf Membership program offering players great golf values, while driving rounds at associate courses. East Coast Golf Management is one of the fastest growing companies of it’s kind in the industry. Learn more about them by visiting their website at http://eastcoastgolfmanagement.com

Mitch Laurance has been the voice (and image) of golf in the Myrtle Beach area going on three decades. His career in acting, directing, and television and radio broadcasting has allowed Mitch to make some great connections in the game of golf. He shares his love of the game, his friends, and his perspective on Golf Connections With Mitch Laurance as a regular episode on TheGolfDirector.com’s TGD Radio. The idea for “A Month of Masters” came as he and the broadcast team considered programming to lead up to this year’s Masters Championship. East Coast Golf Management came on a title sponsor on short notice recognizing the potential impact such a series.  To hear more of Golf Connections episodes go to the TGD Radio Podcast library or CLICK HERE.

In addition to” A Month of Masters” Presented by East Coast Golf Management, TGD Radio will also bring back  the popular “Coverage of the Majors” series this year beginning with The Masters Championship. Hosts George Honecutt, Hugh Royer III, and guest will provide commentary building up to the tournament as well as live coverage during the four days of The Masters.

 

Thanksgiving in Myrtle Beach – Sam Snead’s Oak Grill and Tavern

Thanksgiving in Myrtle Beach – Sam Snead’s Oak Grill and Tavern

Hey folks, I just learned about a Thanksgiving Day special at Sam Snead;s Oak Grill and Tavern in Myrtle Beach and wanted to share. Since moving here to paradise in the summer of 2001, I’ve noticed more and more folks visiting Myrtle Beach for the holidays, especially Thanksgiving. After all, what’s not to like. The weather is usually awesome, the golf courses are green, the shopping is always great, and there are an abundance of great places to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.

Back near my hometown in Tennessee, holidays (especially Thanksgiving) normally meant most of the restaurants were closed because most families were together celebrating. Not the case in normally sunny, Myrtle Beach, SC. With all the attraction here for tourist it has become a great place to spend the holidays. And as a resident,  I kind of like that. Not only because I know its helping to fuel our local economy, but because I like seeing folks enjoying themselves when I’m out and about on the holidays. I remember how lonely the small towns back home were, and I do prefer the bustling holiday activity.

We (Zeus and TGD) have recently developed a relationship with one of our area’s newest restaurants, Sam Snead’s Oak Grill and Tavern. Several year’s ago the area had a Sam Snead’s restaurant and we hated to see it go, so having this new restaurant open up was a welcomed event. The locals and visitors alike have adopted Snead’s as a regular hang out. After all, upon arrival you’ll be treated to an awesome lunch and dinner menu, great service, and be part of the unique ambiance created by a surrounding of one of the most amazing golf memorabilia collections anywhere…a perfect fit for the Golf Capital of the World.

Sam Snead’s Myrtle Beach has just announced an incredible Thanksgiving special. So, whether you’re a local or visiting paradise for Thanksgiving, you’ll want to check out this new establishment and this three course delight that combines some traditional Thanksgiving items as well as some of their own classic recipes. And hey, this coupld be just the  push you needed to decide to enjoy Thanksgiving in Myrtle Beach. How could you go wrong?

We always try to help our clients and associates get the word out about their business and it has been my pleasure to share with you this news about the Thanksgiving Day Special at Sam Snead’s Oak Grill and Tavern in Myrtle Beach, SC. So come on to paradise, bring your friends and family and join me an many others for this treat. Get more details by following this link. http://samsneadsmyrtlebeach.com/enjoy-thanksgiving-at-sam-sneads-myrtle-beach/

 

Myrtle Beach Golf in the Fall

Myrtle Beach Golf in the Fall

Every year that I have the opportunity to play Myrtle Beach golf in the Fall, I’m reminded why I live here. To me, this is the best season of the year. Yes, it’s a close toss up with Spring, but Fall wins. Perhaps I’ll voice another opinion in Spring, but it’s Fall now and Myrtle Beach is absolutely perfect.

Fortunately I’ve been able to play a lot of golf (for me) this year. Beginning with my first round of the year in February at Oyster Bay, when it was 38 degrees when we teed of (yes, I remember perfectly) I think I’ve played about 25 times so far this year. That was a two-glove first round. Glad I hung onto the winter gloves.  I expect to get in at least another 15 rounds…maybe more before year end. The greatest benefit to living here is that we can play all year…on green grass for the most part. The day we played Oyster Bay back in February, the temp rose to over 50 degrees by the end of the round. Funny…back in Tennessee my son and I waited out the frost delay many times and played when the temperature never got above 40. I admit, I’ve turned into a bit of a “fair weather” player since moving here in 2001. I will play  the cool days, but prefer 60 degrees or above. Hey, who wants to wear all those clothes?

The rye grass over-seeding preparation / process began over the past couple of weeks for most courses. As the Bermuda rough goes dormant, those rye grass fairways will turn into a beautiful rich green color showing the mowing stripes better than ever. Some courses over-seed the greens, some do not. Some even pain the greens. It seems we hear more and more proponents of painting the Bermuda hybrids rather than over-seeding them lately. Some say it is healthier for the greens and certainly less expensive. The few courses (here at the beach)  that still have bent grass are welcoming the cooler weather as those beautiful bent greens recover from the summer heat.

We’re in the peak Fall golf season right now, and the courses are pretty busy. There’s still plenty of daylight, so afternoon eighteen hole rounds are still easy if you start by 2 o’clock. Some of us can still get in eighteen after 3 o’clock. Yup, I like to play fairly fast. I play quite a few tournaments and scrambles that are more of a social happening than a serious game. So having endured several of those this year, I’m ready for some serious golf! Play it down, putt it out, count ’em all.

So, come join us for some great Myrtle Beach golf in the Fall. Pick yourself up a Platinum Golf  Discount Card HERE, save some money…or just place twice as much for the same money.  Let me know when you’re in town, we’ll go hit ’em. You can book your tee time right here on TGD. To book a tee time anywhere in the world CLICK HERE.

Be sure to go to our Radio podcast archives at TGD Radio http://radio.thegolfdirector.com to read and listen to the latest updates from our featured courses.

The Platinum Card – The Best Myrtle Beach Discount Golf Card

The Platinum Card – The Best Myrtle Beach Discount Golf Card

With all the Myrtle Beach discount golf cards available, it can be quite confusing as to which one to choose. How do you know which one is the best? What exactly is the criteria one should use in attempting to determine the best. I’m happy to share my opinion here. We welcome yours.

The variety of courses offered has to be a consideration, but by the value received is going to be the most important to many people in view of the economic strains felt lately. Some cards offer discounts at more courses, but may not offer the best discount per round.

The Platinum Card offered by East Coast Golf Management has great variety. The course selection offers challenge for all levels of skill and with the Platinum Card round cost, budget is not an issue regardless of the course. With two price points ($30 and $40) members can play any course on the card for a great value. For example, Crow Creek’s normal round cost at the time of this writing is $85 and you can play it with the Platinum card for $40. Some courses allow guests to play for the same amount and some charge $5 more for guests.

The price of the card is $50 plus tax. With the purchase your get 2 free rounds and a dozen golf balls. So, it pays for itself immediately. The card also offers members to play 4 rounds and get the 5th free….every 5th round is free. It’s not hard to calculate value with deals like this. Even is you are a golfer who gets to the course 5 or 6 times a year, you can save a considerable amount with this card. Think about it.. With 2 rounds free plus the 5th free, you can play 7 rounds for the member rate of 4, which is going to be anywhere from 30% to 110% off the regular rate. You might just save enough to get you out there more often.

Many visiting golfers come twice per year and play 4 or 5 rounds each time. This card is a great deal for them, especially when you consider the fact the guests play for only $5 more than the member rate. It makes a lot of sense to consider this when creating your next golf vacation.

So, when choosing the best Myrtle Beach discount golf card, be sure to consider the overall value per round, taking into account the cost for guests, too. I think you’ll agree the Platinum Card is going to stand up well to all the others! The Platinum Golf Membership is an annual program. Deals for respective years may vary. Please visit their site for the latest deals. Get more information at http://platinumgolfmembership.com or click HERE to go to the official East Coast Golf Management site..

 

TheGolfDirector.com Will Broadcast Live from 2013 World Am – Presented By Grand Strand Vacations

TheGolfDirector.com Will Broadcast Live from 2013 World Am – Presented By Grand Strand Vacations

TheGolfDirector.com radio team will broadcast live from the 2013 World AM 19th Hole with  a program series presented by sponsor, Grand Strand Vacations. It’s billed as the World’s Largest 19th Hole and the nightly event will be host to over 3000 golfers and their guests. This is the 30th annual Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Tournament and is shaping up to be a spectacular event.

TGD Radio exists to promote amateur golf and hopes to get plenty of interviews with the tournaments competitors. Check out TGD Radio’s podcast library HERE.

Players form over 25 countries will be competing on selected Grand Strand courses to be crowned “World Amateur Champion”, a most coveted title. Scoring standards and fair handicaps are a high priority for the this very popular amateur tournament. Creators of the tournament, with the help of Dean Kuth, developed a computerized adjustment system that monitors and regulates equitable strokes during each World Amateur round.

The following Myrtle Beach Golf Courses courses will be participating in this year’s World Am:

  • Aberdeen Country Club
  • Arcadian Shores
  • Arrowhead Country Club
  • Azalea Sands
  • Barefoot Resort, Fazio
  • Barefoot Resort, Love
  • Barefoot Resort, Norman
  • Black Bear Golf Club
  • Blackmoor
  • Burning Ridge Golf
  • Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
  • Carolina National
  • Crow Creek
  • Crown Park Golf Club
  • Diamond Back at Woodland Valley
  • Farmstead Golf Club
  • Founders Club at Pawleys Island
  • Glen Dornoch Golf Links
  • Grande Dunes Golf Club
  • Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina
  • Heather Glen Golf Links
  • Heritage Club
  • Indian Wells Golf Club
  • Indigo Creek
  • International Club
  • Legends Golf Club, Heathland
  • Legends Golf Club, Moorland
  • Legends Golf Club, Parkland
  • Leopards Chase
  • Lion’s Paw Golf Links
  • Litchfield Country Club
  • Long Bay Club
  • Meadowlands Golf Club
  • Myrtle Beach National, Kings North
  • Myrtle Beach National, West
  • Myrtlewood Golf Club, Palmetto
  • Myrtlewood Golf Club, Pine Hills
  • Oyster Bay Golf Links
  • Panther’s Run Golf Links
  • Pawleys Plantation
  • Pearl Golf Links, East
  • Pearl Golf Links, West
  • Pine Lakes
  • Possum Trot
  • Prestwick Country Club
  • River Club
  • River Oaks Golf Plantation
  • Rivers Edge Golf Club
  • Sandpiper Bay Golf & CC
  • Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club
  • Thistle Club
  • Tidewater Golf Club
  • Tiger’s Eye Golf Club
  • Tournament Players Club
  • Tradition Golf Club
  • True Blue Plantation
  • Wachesaw Plantation East
  • Waterway Hills Golf Club
  • Wedgefield Plantation Golf Club
  • Wicked Stick
  • Wild Wing Plantation, Avocet
  • Willbrook Plantation Golf Club
  • World Tour Golf Links

So, if you’re one of the lucky ones to be participating in this year’s 2013 World Am, be sure top stop by the TGD Radio booth for an interview and tell us where you’re from and about your game.

Myrtle Beach Golf – 2013 Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship

Myrtle Beach Golf – 2013 Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship

Less than a month away is the 2013 Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship, August 26-30. In this it’s 30th year, the World Am is held each year in Myrtle Beach, SC and will (this year) attract over 3000 golfers.  The event has become a global attraction with participating golfers from China, Australia, Austria, Bermuda, Brazil, Germany, Guatemala, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Sweden, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, United Kingdom, U.S. Virgin Islands, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Scotland, and the United States.

From the World Am website at http://worldamgolf.com…The World Am is open to all golfers – 17 years old and above – with a certified USGA handicap or foreign equivalent. It features five competitive divisions, ranging from men 49 and under to the super seniors (70+) and our Women’s division. Within the divisions, golfers are flighted by closely grouped handicaps. The event features between 60 and 70 flights and the winner of each advances to the Flight Winner’s Playoff, an 18-hole shootout that determines the World Champion. 

The tournament is played on approximately 60 different Myrtle Beach area courses, including several Top 100 public layouts, and each flight plays a different course each day.

A very popular part of the the World Am is the World’s Largest 19th Hole at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. In a addition to being the tournament headquarters, the 19th hole is quite possibly the world’s largest golf tournament party in existence. The 19th Hole provides catered dining, free top shelf booze, exhibitions, and more while over 3000 golfers and their guest gather to reflect on the competition at the end of each day.

This year’s participating courses are:
Aberdeen Country Club
Arcadian Shores
Arrowhead Country Club
Azalea Sands
Barefoot Resort, Fazio
Barefoot Resort, Love
Barefoot Resort, Norman
Black Bear Golf Club
Blackmoor
Burning Ridge Golf
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
Carolina National
Crow Creek
Crown Park Golf Club
Diamond Back at Woodland Valley
Farmstead Golf Club
Founders Club at Pawleys Island
Glen Dornoch Golf Links
Grande Dunes Golf Club
Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina
Heather Glen Golf Links
Heritage Club
Indian Wells Golf Club
Indigo Creek
International Club
Legends Golf Club, Heathland
Legends Golf Club, Moorland
Legends Golf Club, Parkland
Leopards Chase
Lion’s Paw Golf Links
Litchfield Country Club
Long Bay Club
Meadowlands Golf Club
Myrtle Beach National, Kings North
Myrtle Beach National, West
Myrtlewood Golf Club, Palmetto
Myrtlewood Golf Club, Pine Hills
Oyster Bay Golf Links
Panther’s Run Golf Links
Pawleys Plantation
Pearl Golf Links, East
Pearl Golf Links, West
Pine Lakes
Possum Trot
Prestwick Country Club
River Club
River Oaks Golf Plantation
Rivers Edge Golf Club
Sandpiper Bay Golf & CC
Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club
Thistle Club
Tidewater Golf Club
Tiger’s Eye Golf Club
Tournament Players Club
Tradition Golf Club
True Blue Plantation
Wachesaw Plantation East
Waterway Hills Golf Club
Wedgefield Plantation Golf Club
Wicked Stick
Wild Wing Plantation, Avocet
Willbrook Plantation Golf Club
World Tour Golf Links

A recent bulletin board update from the World Am Golf site…The player count is ascending and so is the excitement for the 30th annual Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship. Over 3,100 players from across the globe have registered to play in this year’s event, and the release of a partial list of random drawing prizes will do little to temper excitement about the tournament, which will be played August 26-30. The list of giveaways, which doesn’t include a Grand Prize trip that has yet to be unveiled, includes a $3,000 indoor golf simulator and a pair of $1,000 PGA Tour Superstore shopping sprees, among many other items. The random drawing prizes at World Am aren’t a close your eyes and pray proposition. One in every 25 tournament participants will win a random drawing prize.

With that in mind here is the bounty that will be given away at this year’s tournament:– SkyCaddie GPS watches will be distributed to two entire flights (approximately 100 watches). One winner will be selected on Tuesday evening at the 19th Hole, and all players on the winner’s course Wednesday morning will receive the prize.

– Two $1,000 spending sprees at PGA Tour Superstore

– One Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters VIP Package

–One ProXS In-Home Simulator by P3Pro Swing

– 2014 World Am trip for two that includes:
✔ 2 World Am entries
✔ 5 nights accommodations courtesy of MyrtleBeachGolf.com
✔ 5-day rental from U-Save Car Rental

– Two $500 Lowe’s gift cards

– Two $500 Amazon gift cards

– Two $500 StubHub gift cards

– One $1,000 Shell Gasoline Card

– One Greg Norman Prize Package that includes:
✔ $500 Greg Norman Australian Prime, Signature Wagyu Beef gift card
✔ One Case of Greg Norman Estates Wine
✔ $500 Greg Norman Collection Gift Card

– One $500 Oxford gift card

– Five “Golf Balls for a Year” Giveaways – 18 dozen Bridgestone golf Balls

– Three TaylorMade RocketBallz Drivers

– Three TaylorMade RocketBallz 3-Woods

– One custom World Am cornhole set designed by Craig’s Custom Cornhole

– Two complimentary entries to the 2014 Mesquite Amateur

– See more at: http://www.worldamgolf.com/random-drawing-prizes-unveiled-1-in-25-players-will-win/#sthash.3CSbtLrR.dpuf

The deadline for entry is August 8th and there is still room for more players. If you are interested in competing to become the next World Am Champ Register NOW.

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