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.
As a self-proclaimed “digital junkie”, I love seeing folks rise to the occasion, especially when it involves new technology like the Myrtle Beach Golf App. The team at Himmelsbach Communications have certainly risen to the occasion, and have gone straight to the top in my opinion. The Myrtle Beach Golf App is a perfect tool for golfers interested in our area. With information about accommodations, restaurants, and nightlife along with the ability to find and book tee times, this app is “must download”. Did I mention it’s FREE!
In addition to being a great deal for golfers, this platform is a great place for any business in the area to advertise. In today’s search driven world, being found is crucial. If your business caters to the golf industry and you are on this app, you will be found. I think the downloads for this app will be huge as the word spreads and new features and content are added.
The timing for this platform is perfect. Our local golf industry needs to reach new visitors as well as re-engage current and former visitors. Smart device usage is growing at an astounding rate. Even geezers like myself have them…and use them religiously. Five years ago, few expected this technology to be adopted so universally across the age groups. Beginning ten years ago, much of corporate America turned its back on us old pharts, yielding to the younger more tech savvy bunch for their targeted marketing. Well, we’ve shown them a thing or too. We ‘re not only savvy enough to google with the best of the youngsters, collectively we have many times their buying power. It’s about time everyone realized the the importance of digital communications and marketing…and that almost no one is excepted. To read more about smart device usage CLICK HERE.
Being touted as the Seaside Golf Capital of the World isn’t enough for our area to remain as a top golf destination. Competition for golfers is fierce in an era when the U.S. golf course industry has built beyond current demand. The key to gaining ground on other areas is to out-market them. That doesn’t necessarily mean out-spend them. We’ve all heard the old saying, “Work smarter not harder.” We need to market smarter. Here along the Grand Strand we (the local golf industry) are sitting on potentially the most dynamic golf marketing power in the world. It is time to capitalize on our collective power. Hat’s off to Himmelsbach communications for once again taking the lead!
To learn more about the Myrtle Beach Golf App and to get you FREE download go to http://myrtlebeachgolfapp.com.
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Golf Week has made it easy to compose your bucket list for golf by naming their picks for 2014 top courses to play in each state. We have pulled out the ones for North and South Carolina because the Carolinas are the place to play golf. This year alone on the PGA Tour there is the RBC Heritage Classic in Hilton Head, The Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte,the US Open in Pinehurst NC and the Wyndham Championsip in Greensboro NC. The LPGA will play the US Women’s Open in Pinehurst NC and the Champions Tour will have two stops in North Carolina.
Congratulations to the Grand Strand / Myrtle Beach area courses who made the list, 14 of 30, almost 50%. Wow! That means you can come, stay in one locations and play half of the top courses in both North and South Carolina. That’s awesome.
Below are both lists. The abbreviation “m” is for “modern style”, “c” is for “classic style” and the “*” means it’s new to the list.
- 1. Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst (No. 13, c)
- 2. Mid Pines, Southern Pines (No. 77, c)
- 3. Dormie Club, West End (No. 84, m)
- 4. Pine Needles, Southern Pines (No. 85, c)
- 5. Linville GC, Linville (c)
- 6. Tobacco Road, Sanford (m)
- 7. Bald Head Island Club, Bald Head Island (m)*
- 8. Ocean Ridge (Leopard’s Chase), Sunset Beach (m)
- 9. Pinehurst No. 8, Pinehurst (m)
- 10. Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst (m)
- 11. Cape Fear National GC, Wilmington (m)
- 12. Duke University GC, Durham (c)
- 13. Southern Pines GC, Southern Pines, N.C. (c)
- 14. Ocean Ridge (Tiger’s Eye), Sunset Beach (m)*
- 15. Grove Park Inn, Asheville ©
- 1. Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, Kiawah Island (No. 17, m)
- 2. Harbour Town GL, Hilton Head Island (No. 42, m)
- 3. Caledonia Golf, Fish Club, Pawleys Island (m)
- 4. May River Course at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton (m)
- 5. Dunes Golf, Beach Club, Myrtle Beach (c)
- 6. Legends Golf Complex (Moorland), Myrtle Beach (m)*
- 7. Legends Golf Complex (The Heritage), Pawleys Island (m)*
- 8. Tidewater Plantation GC, North Myrtle Beach (m)
- 9. True Blue, Pawleys Island (m)
- 10. CC of South Carolina, Florence (m)
- 11. TPC at Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet (m)
- 12. Aiken GC, Aiken (c)
- 13. Heron Point by Pete Dye, Hilton Head Island (m)
- 14. Pine Lakes CC, Myrtle Beach (c)
- 15. Barefoot Landing (Fazio), North Myrtle Beach (m)
If you would like to play some or all of these courses on your next golf vacation, let us know and we can promise you the best rates, best service and nicest people to work with. Call us at 1.844.GoGolf1, 1.844.464.6531, and we’ll set up the trip you’ve been wanting.
Wild Wing Cafe at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach has teamed up with TheGolfDirector.com to deliver a series of live remote broadcasts during The Masters. TGD Radio show Coverage of the Majors hosts George Honeycutt and Hugh Royer III, along with several guests, will broadcast live from Wild Wing Cafe Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons delivering their play-by-play, analysis, and commentary during the 2014 Masters Tournament from Augusta National.
This remote broadcast is a first for TGD Radio although the production company, Zeus Radio Network, that produces and streams their broadcasts, has produced live radio and TV broadcasts (via the web) since 2008 for The Golf Director’s sister networks RacersReunion.com and ShagCityUSA.com. With support from Lucky Dog Television, RacersReunion.com produced and broadcast the first ever live flag-to-flag, multi-camera coverage (via the internet) of a stock race at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway July 18, 2008 streaming it from their website. An online audience of thousands watched Geoff Bodine battle for the win against stars like Sterling Marlin, Harry Gant, Jack Ingram, Dave Marcis, Lake Speed, and Joe Ruttman in the Old School RacersReunion.com Shootout. RacersReunion.com has broadcast a number of live short track races throughout the Southeast on RacersReunion Radio as well as live broadcast from events such as Carlisle, PA’s amazing collector car shows.
This is not the only live remote coverage during Masters week by TGD Radio. Golf Connections with Mitch Laurance will be in Augusta Tuesday and Wednesday and will broadcast an interview with long-time Masters photographer, Frank Christian Tuesday afternoon. Mitch interviewed Christian as part of his A Month of Masters presented by East Coast Golf Management and barely scratched the surface with this gentleman whose roots run deep into Augusta National history.
It has been just over one year since TheGolfDirector.com launched and aired its first program. During the first year the multi-media interactive network reached 161 countries all 50 United States, and over 20,000 cities creating over 1 million unique interactions. The network is dedicated to promoting the game of golf in various locations beginning at home in Myrtle Beach, SC. New for 2014 TheGolfDirector.com is launching a golf vacation portal. This Spring has been spent creating relationships with various courses and accommodations to ultimately offer another a unique resource for reaching and bringing new golfers to the Grand Strand.
Look for more new developments at TheGolfDirector.com as this year unfolds. The company recently moved into a larger facility in North Myrtle Beach that includes more office space, expanded radio broadcast capabilities, and a TV studio.
For more information about title sponosr Wild Wing Cafe at Barefoot Landing go to http://wildwingcafe.com/locations/north-myrtle-beach-sc. For information about associate sponsor Myrtle Beach Trips, visit their site at http://myrtlebeachtrips.com.
Eight Hundred and Twenty Six golfers have already signed up as the 2014 Myrtle Beach World Amateur Championship office opens registration to a virtual line out the door. The great thing about the internet is that the door is as wide as it needs to be to let everyone in. With a name change this year to better reflect the International and National marketing efforts of Golf Holiday to draw more attention to the Myrtle Beach area, the lack of title sponsorship will only help you the golfer, find information about the event. According to Golf Holiday officials, financially the tournament is in even better shape than last year ensuring the quality of experience you are used to, or have heard of, is matched and beaten again this year.
Participants arrive from all over the world and the United States to take part in the event and play different courses along the Grand Strand depending on their flight, based on their gender and handicap. These award winning courses and their staff welcome you to sample what the Golf Capital of the World has to offer. Designers like Donald Ross, Reese Jones, Tom Fazio, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III, Greg Norman and many others have signature courses here in the Myrtle Beach area. With almost 90 courses to choose from, it is a bucket list item for many who have come to “play them all”.
Each night following golf, everyone is invited for dinner, cocktails and entertainment at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. TheGolfDirector.com was in attendance last year, the 30th anniversary of the event, for the first time and found it to be an experience only adequately described by the name – the World’s Biggest 19th hole. In the simplest of terms – it is a great party. With local food vendors providing plates of their best dishes hoping to entice you into their restaurants, to the liquor vendors offering their best tastes hoping to entice you to purchase their products, to all the big names in the vendor area with equipment and apparel to celebrities giving interviews and demonstrations on the big stage, it has something everyone can enjoy.
If you are planning to come to the Myrtle Beach area to participate in this year’s event, don’t hesitate another moment as the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Championship Opens Registration. It is only $495 and that includes your golf, gifts, and nightly entry into the 19th hole. You can also call 1-844-GOGOLF1 and our representatives at TheGolfDirector.com will help with lodging and practice rounds. With over 3300 golfers coming to town, I’m sure you can imagine how fast the courses and accommodations book up so call us today. You can also CLICK HERE and ask us anything about golf in Myrtle Beach. We are here to help and strive to be your one stop source for Myrtle Beach Golf Information.
A trip to China reveals what an impact Dustin Johnson could have in Myrtle Beach Golf News. As the spokesperson for Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, he is certainly making a splash in a country where he won the WGC-HSBC Champions in November 2013. The This week, the Grand Strand Golf Directors Association (GSGDA) held their March meeting, hosted on this occasion by the PGA Tour Superstore in North Myrtle Beach South Carolina where industry leaders welcomed Bill Golden, President of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. About 50 Golf Professionals and Golf Package Providers listened as Mr. Golden made several announcements, the first of which was Golf Holiday’s new website. When launched this website will focus on bringing attention to the golf courses individually and will incorporate a social media type review system. This received a round of applause.
Mr. Golden’s next announced that there would not be a title sponsor for the World Amateur Handicap Championship this year. He said that Golf Holiday would bring it in house but was quick to follow up saying that it was not because Golf Holiday’s couldn’t find a sponsor, but that it made more sense this way. He added that sponsorship dollars for 2014 far exceeded last year’s already primarily due to Chinese investment for the event. Last year, the interest and participation from Chinese golf industry experts and players was a success, that he attributed it to a major real estate investment by a participant of the event. Two recent real estate closings by Chinese investors have been Sea Trail Golf Resort and Colonial Charters.
Mr. Golden went on to discuss a 9 day trip he will soon be taking to China with Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes. They will be talking with Golf leaders and international golf travel companies in two distinct areas about attracting Chinese golf tourists to the Myrtle Beach area and all it has to offer. Mr. Golden then said that on his last trip, he enjoyed seeing Dustin Johnson’s face “plastered all over China” representing Myrtle Beach golf. There was even a video shot last week while he was in town which is being translated for upload on their social media sites.
The final announcement definitely excited the crowd. The Golf Channel’s Big Break has selected a resort and course in Myrtle Beach for their show. Big Break Myrtle Beach will be at Barefoot resort and the host hotel selected is the Marina Inn. Two additional satellite courses, still to be determined, will also be selected as a filming and competition site. This news is huge for the Myrtle Beach Golf Community and will bring major exposure as well as major economic impact for this entire area and industry. This event, along with the Monday After the Masters event also at Barefoot Resort, puts Myrtle Beach on the TV map for celebrity golf where the courses and amenities are sure to steal the show. And if last year is any indication, Dustin Johnson will not only by in China talking Myrtle Beach Golf, but right here in the news as a participant in MAM.
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