Searching For Fine Dining in Myrtle Beach can often generate a variety of results. Not every ad for a fine dining establishment is true to the cause. It has become much too common to associate the term with an otherwise casual restaurant. Generally speaking, golfers will typically choose casual over fine dining, but over the years The Library Restaurant continues to attract those who are looking for an ultimate dining experience.
Wandering into The Library just after a round of golf is probably not the best idea. There is a strict dress code, and golf attire….is not exactly acceptable. It is always a good idea for first-time visitors to do a little homework and planning by visiting the The Library Restaurant website to check out the menu, dress code, and by all means, make a reservation. If you want the best, please allow the staff to prepare for your visit ahead of time.
Over the past several years, Myrtle Beach has become known as the Seaside Golf Capital of the World. A nationally slow golf market, the recent recession, and an over-abundance of golf courses in the area created stiff competition for available rounds and subsequently lowered the prices for rounds…and ultimately golf course profitability. As the result many of the area’s courses are struggling, but golfers have been the big winners, getting great value for their golfing dollars. The slow golf economy has not affected The Library Restaurant. Those golfers who know the value of fine dining continue to patronize the establishment.
Regardless of the state of the golf economy, the area’s courses are still among the most pristine. Foreign investors are looking intently at the area, and most recently, Chinese investors have purchased several of the struggling courses. The influx of new money is a relief for the affected courses, and should help to attract more national and international golfers to the area, after all, myrtle Beach has a lot to offer golf vacationers.
Whether golfers are looking for sports bars or fine dining, Myrtle Beach can accommodate. Often the finer restaurants have relied on word of mouth referrals and repeat customers rather than making an attempt to compete against the hundreds of casual restaurants for the golfer’s business. Fine dining may be an exception to the norm for golfer patronage, but for those who seek that experience, The Library delivers year after year. To keep up with the fine dining scene in Myrtle beach and to read a recent article about The Library Restaurant, visit http://finediningmyrtlebeach.com.
Over the past several months Chinese investors have been buying Myrtle Beach golf courses, and there are rumors that more will follow. Thus far,the three courses at Sea Trail Resort in Sunset Beach, NC, Black Bear Golf Club in Longs, SC, , Crown Park Golf Club in Longs, Burning Ridge in Conway, Indian Wells in Garden City, and The Founders Club in Pawleys Island, SC have reportedly sold, or are in the process of being sold. In each case, it is initially apparent the new owners intend to keep the courses open.
Many courses in the area have struggled over the past few years due to a (nationally) weak golf economy and the most recent blow delivered by the recession. As everyone associated with the game focuses to create new and renew old interest, areas like Myrtle Beach that may have overbuilt during the good times face competitive pressures that have lowered revenues and in some cases increased costs. Those circumstances have some owners looking for any sort of higher and better use for the property. The area’s John Daly Signature course, Wicked Stick has been reportedly listed for sale, and has a potential buyer (reported by the Sun News) who would use the property for residential and/or commercial development.
The Myrtle Beach golf industry has seen better times , but has potential to rebound as the nation’s overall economy improves and consumer confidence helps spur discretionary spending. The area stacks up well against other golf destinations with an abundance of golf course variety, virtually limitless accommodations, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, and…the beach, of course. The golf industry in general has bigger issues. Time has become one of golf’s toughest challenges, and has forward-thinking course owners creating shorter round offerings such as three, six, nine, and twelve hole programs. Some say the expense to “gear up” and play the game is also one of its biggest challenges. Others add the game’s difficulty as a hurdle. The good news…all this has the attention of the entire golf industry.
One of the most positive moves in recent history was the addition of the Drive, Chip, and Putt youth event at this year’s Masters. The interest from young golfers and their parents skyrocketed after this event. Getting more youth involved in the game is a huge benefit, but retention is still the biggest challenge. Finding solutions for retaining golfers during their family and career building years will require a significant creative effort.
Myrtle Beach, and its solid tourism industry, should prove to benefit area courses most as international interest in American golf rises. The obvious solution for Myrtle Beach is to grow its market share while the overall golf industry sorts through all the challenges it faces in the coming years. Collectively, the courses in Myrtle Beach along with all the associated businesses and marketing organizations, have a global marketing advantage if the right synergy can be accomplished. The recent golf course purchases by Chinese investors is proof the international interest is there. More international play should follow.
We have folks asking us all the time how to find the best deals for golf in Myrtle Beach. Now that fall golf season is upon us, rates are creeping up and finding the deals gets tougher. East Coast Golf Management (ECGM) has put together some great packages for this season. With a growing selection of courses in their program, it’s really hard to beat their selection, quality, and value. There are several multi-round deals that include lunch, beverages, and even gift cards. You can browse their deals and courses HERE, and decide where you want to play, choose some centralized accommodations, and put together some.
In ECGM’s lineup you can play:
Beachwood Golf Club , North Myrtle Beach, SC
Black Bear Golf Club, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Brick Landing Plantation , Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Brunswick Plantation, Calabash, NC
Burning Ridge Golf Club, Myrtle Beach, SC
Cape Fear National, Leland, NC
Carolina National Golf Club , Bolivia, NC
Crow Creek Golf Club, Calabash, NC
Diamond Back Golf Club, Loris, SC
Eagle Nest Golf Club, Little River, SC
Indian Wells Golf Club, Garden City, SC
Jefferson Landing on the New River, Jefferson, NC
Lockwood Folly, Holden Beach, NC
Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club, Sunset Beach, NC
Sea Trail Golf Resort, Sunset Beach, NC
The Founders Club at Pawleys Island, Pawleys Island, SC
The Pearl Golf Links – East Course, Calabash, NC
The Pearl Golf Links – West Course , Calabash, NC
Wildwood Green, Raleigh, NC
You’ll notice ECGM has added some courses outside the Grand Strand area. Courses in Raleigh, Jefferson, Bolivia, and Leland, NC in the list. Actually the courses of Cape Fear National in Leland, and Carolina National in Bolivia are easily playable with a Myrtle Beach package. These courses are only 45 or so minutes from Myrtle and an easy drive. Both are spectacular courses! For those driving into Myrtle from the north any of these courses would make a great inbound stop and play option.
The ECGM group of courses includes some of the finest golf courses on the entire East Coast. There are tight and challenging courses as well as those with wide open grip -it and rip it fairways. There are bent grass greens and dwarf bermuda greens…even paspalum greens. For a combination of scenery, fun, quality, challenge, and value, we very proudly recommend ECGM and their family of golf course partners. To learn more about the individual courses visit our “Featured Course” page HERE, or go to the ECGM website at http://eastcoastgolfmanagement.com. If you would like TheGolfDirecto.com to assist with your fall golf and accommodations needs, or answer any questions, give us a call at 844.GoGolf1 (844.464.6531). Or if you would rather chat, just click the help desk at the bottom right of this page. If we’re offline, we’ll still get your message and return to you quickly. Thanks very much for visiting The Golf Director! To read more about Myrtle Beach Fall Golf Packages click HERE.
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!
Clean those clubs, pack your bags and schedule those practice rounds as the 2014 World Am in Myrtle Beach is just around the corner. With over 3000 golfers entered already, this is sure to be another great year for this event. If you are still on the fence, you have to hop to one side or the other by August 7th, the deadline. The entry fee includes a guaranteed three days of golf on different courses and if you play well, a fourth round championship playoff for the trophy. You also receive a gift bag valued at a minimum of $300 and entry into the world’s largest 19th hole each night at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center where you can eat, drink and be entertained throughout the night.
TheGolfDirector.com is getting many calls asking about accommodations and practice rounds and we can help you too. There are many other events going on that week to including the newly formed WGAT – World Golfer Amateur Tour – events where you can qualify for free entry into the National Championship at Mission Inn. Win your flight there and represent the USA against 43 other countries in Durban, South Africa – all expenses paid. So if you like a little competition, or a lot, Myrtle Beach is the place to be in August. Sign up to play the Resort Course at Grande Dunes on Saturday August 16th or World Tour Saturday August 23rd. At least one person from each event will receive free entry into the National Event at Mission Inn in Florida, a $599 value. For more information CLICK HERE go direct to http://thegolfdirector.com/wgat-carolinas-tour/.
These events are capping off a great year to date of major events in the area including the Monday After the Masters event held at the Dye Club at Barefoot Resort, the PNC – Professionals National Championship held at the Resort Club at Grande Dunes and The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, Big Break filmed at Barefoot Resort and Pawleys plantation, and several national charity events including 2 Live Beyond at the Resort Club at Grande Dunes.
Play golf where everyone wants to play, in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, and enjoy a bit of competition in the process. Enjoy the fantastic southern hospitality, low country cuisine, vast entertainment and meticulously maintained golf courses as you play, win prizes and possibly an opportunity to represent USA on a trip to South Africa. Call 844-GoGolf1 (844-464-6531) for all the information on these Golf opportunities including participating in the 2014 World Am here in Myrtle Beach.
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!.
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