2015 Platinum Golf Membership

2015 Platinum Golf Membership

2015 Platinum Golf MembershipThe 2015 Platinum Golf Membership has been rolled out, and this year it includes a $100 gift card. Over the past couple of years the Platinum program by East Coast Golf Management (ECGM) has become a favorite among locals and visiting golfers to the grand Strand. The very popular Play 4 – Get The 5th For FREE bonus is back, and for 2015 ECGM has added a $100 gift card. The card includes deep discounts at over 20 courses in North and South Carolina

2015 Platinum Golf Membership

Azalea Sands Golf Club 2100 Highway 17 North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 843-272-6191 $ 40.00
Beachwood Golf Club 1520 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 843-272-6168
$ 40.00
Black Bear Golf Club Hwy, 9 – North Myrtle Beach, SC 843-756-0550 $ 40.00
Brick Landing Plantation 1882 Goose Creek Rd SW Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469 910-754-2745 $ 40.00
Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort 380 Brunswick Drive NW Calabash, NC 28467 800-835-4533 $ 40.00
Burning Ridge Golf Club Hwy, 501 West – Myrtle Beach, SC 843-347-0538 $ 40.00
Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest 1281 Cape Fear National Drive, Leland, NC 28451 910-383-3283 $ 50.00
Carolina National 1643 Goley Hewett Road SE Bolivia, NC 28422 910-755-5200 $ 40.00
Colonial Charters Golf Club 301 Charter Dr. Longs, SC 29568 843-399-4653 $ 40.00
Crow Creek 240 Hickman Rd NW, Calabash, NC 28467 910-287-3081 $ 50.00
Eagle Nest Golf Club 3820 Fairway Drive, Little River, SC 29566 843-249-1449 $ 40.00
Founders Club at Pawleys Island 7829 Ocean Hwy – Pawleys Island, SC 843-237-2299 $ 50.00
Indigo Creek Golf Club 9480 Indigo Club Drive Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 843-650-1809
$ 40.00
Indian Wells Golf Club Hwy, 17 – Garden City, SC 843-652-5555 $ 40.00
King’s Grant Golf and Country Club 347 Shawcroft Road, Fayetteville, NC 28311 910-630-1111 $ 40.00
The Pearl (East/West) 1300 Pearl Blvd. Calabash, NC 28467 910-579-8132
$ 40.00
River Edge Golf Club 2000 Arnold Palmer Drive Shallotte, NC 910-755-3434
$ 50.00
River Oaks Golf Plantation 831 River Oaks Drive Myrtle Beach SC. 29579 843-236-2222
$ 40.00
Rose Hill Golf Club 4 Clubhouse Drive, Bluffton, SC 29910 843-757-9030 $ 40.00
Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club 800 N. Sandpiper Club Dr, Sunset Beach, NC 28468 910-579-9120
$ 40.00

The 2015 Platinum Golf Membership costs $159.95 and includes a $100 gift card that can be redeemed for golf, merchandise, and food & beverage at your favorite participating course. So, the net cost before discounts and FREE rounds is $59.00. The membership includes the very popular Play 4 – Get the 5th FREE bonus from years past and deep discounts at all participating courses.  Some quick and easy math will reveal the membership pays for itself almost immediately! Depending upon the rate period, the discounts at participating courses can be as much as 60%. The value is obvious. The selection of courses includes some of the best along the Grand Strand.

The 2015 Platinum Golf Membership Welcomes Canadian Golfers

The 2015 Platinum Golf Membership is available to golfers from all over the United States and Canada. Yes, unlike competing programs that do not allow our Canadian friends to participate, the membership is open to all.

To order your Platinum golf Membership online go to http://platinumcardsite.com.

Eagle Nest Golf Course – Little River, SC Gem

Eagle Nest Golf Course – Little River, SC Gem

I had the opportunity to play my second round at Eagle Nest golf course in Little River, SC yesterday. I played with my son, Dustin and Eagle Nest golf professional, Ethan Leyshon. Dustin and I had played the course earlier in the year and I remember saying, “I can’t believe we have not played here before.” The course is fun and very playable, and can be challenging from the tips…as we learned yesterday. No, I normally do not play any course from the tips. My game does not warrant such an attempt. I merely went along with the group.

Eagle Nest Golf CourseThe Scenery

The first thing noticeable about Eagle Nest golf course is the unique scenery. The course, having been built prior to some (otherwise) preventive regulatory actions, is woven through the low country terrain among cypress filled Carolina Bays. Rather than trying to educate those unfamiliar with Carolina Bays, we’ve provided a link to Wikipedia HERE. It is doubtful that a course could be built today in such close proximity to these natural phenomena. The course has been accented with the handiwork of Mr. Bill DeWitt, a 30+ year employee of Eagle Nest, and the recent  recipient of the 2014 Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Association’s Employee of the Year award. The land contains a greenhouse, plant nursery, two-acre vegetable garden, a multitude of flower and plant beds, numerous grape vines, pear trees, plum trees, fig trees, etc. Mr. DeWitt still works at the property at the age of 83.  “It’s a unique property,” course superintendent Mark Duzenski (in a recent Sun News story) said. “It’s not just golf, that’s for sure.”

Eagle Nest Golf Course Conditions

Eagle Nest Golf CourseCourse conditions at Eagle Nest were outstanding. The greens were rolling very fast and extremely smooth, the bunkers (yes, I found a couple) were well manicured with plenty of sand. They recently overseeded the fairways with rye, and it was already beginning to sprout. The bermuda is still green, but will become dormant over the next few weeks leaving the lush green rye grass for the balance of fall, winter, and early spring seasons.

I want to emphasize in this blog, just how good the greens were.  Although we didn’t measure, I would say they would have measured in the 11 1/2 to 12 ‘ range on the stimpmeter. Earlier this year (back in summer) Eagle Nest struggled a bit with their greens, and they’ve recovered beautifully! This is a great place to practice and improve your putting skills. These greens are incredibly smooth with lots of undulation.

Eagle Nest Golf course does not get enough praise. These folks do a heck of a good job providing fun golf at an incredible value. Right now during peak season, the walk-in rate is just over $50. There are always deals available as well, such as their participation in the Platinum Membership Card by East Coast Golf management. I would personally recommend including this course in your next golf vacation. And, if you’re a local and haven’t been to Eagle Nest recently, get there. You’ll be glad you did. To book your rounds at Eagle Nest, you can go directly to their site at http://EagleNestGolf.com, or give us a call here at The Golf Director at 844.GoGolf1 (844.646.6531)



Best Myrtle Beach Golf Package – PGA 5

Best Myrtle Beach Golf Package – PGA 5

Rivers Edge Golf Club is part of the PGA 5 Myrtle Beach Golf Package

Rivers Edge is part of the PGA 5

Everyone is searching for the best Myrtle Beach golf package for the fall 2014 and spring 2015 seasons. Standing tall above the rest is the PGA 5 Package by East Coast Golf Management (ECGM). Many are calling this the best 5 round package on the entire east coast! This year’s enhancement to the PGA 5 is the addition of a $150 gift card. The card can be redeemed for food, beverages, merchandise, and additional rounds.

Myrtle Beach Golf Package Courses

The combination of golf courses that participate in the PGA 5 offer golfers choices that fit every budget. The course list includes Azalea Sands, Beachwood, Black Bear, Brick Landing, Burning Ridge, Brunswick Plantation, Cape Fear National, Carolina National, Colonial Charters, Crow Creek,  Eagle Nest, Founders Club of Pawleys Island, Heron Point, Indian Wells, Indigo Creek, Lockwood Folly, Pearl East, Pearl West, River Oaks, Rivers Edge, and Sandpiper Bay. There’s a lot of great golf included in this list!

The courses are in pristine shape for the fall season. We’re getting reports from lots ofMyrtle Beach Golf Package players claiming some courses are the best they ever been. The Godfather (George Honeycutt), host of several of our radio and TV shows has a Saturday group that played Rivers Edge this past weekend, and reported the paspalum greens there were spectacular. By the way, Rivers Edge is on the PGA 5 Package. If you’ve never played this course, make plans now to do so. It’s an Arnold Palmer design that is gorgeous and challenging at any level.

The fall and spring are our peak seasons for  a Myrtle Beach Golf Package here along the Grand Strand, and this year, it seems tee sheets are filling up earlier than in the past couple of years. During and just after the Great Recession, golf play slumped, and golfers could wait until the last minute and still get decent tee times. The slow times also meant courses were offering cheaper last minute deals, and who wouldn’t want to take advantage of that? This is certainly not the case now. Waiting until the last minute now may cost you more money, as a growing number of the courses are utilizing a yield management process that allows them to adjust round rates according to play by the hour. As the tee sheets fill up, rates will increase, so book early to reserve your rounds!

The PGA 5 Package will be available for the spring season if fall is not in the cards for you. You can bet it will still be up there in the running for the best spring Myrtle Beach golf package. For more information about this and other packages visit The Golf Director package page HERE. To read other articles about the PGA 5 click HERE. If you need help with your next golf vacation give us a call here at The Golf Director at 844.GoGolf1 (844-464-6531), or just click on the help desk at the bottom right of this page….or visit our Myrtle Beach golf packages information page.

Chinese Investors Purchasing a Number of Myrtle Beach Golf Courses

Chinese Investors Purchasing a Number of Myrtle Beach Golf Courses

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.




TPC of Myrtle Beach is hosting a Rally for the Cure® Golf Tournament on October 20, 2013. Rally for the Cure is a grass roots program that was created to empower people to take action in the fight against breast cancer by educating women about the disease and reminding them to get their annual breast cancer screening to ensure early detection through volunteer organized golf, tennis and social events. More than 2 million people have participated in Rally events across the nation since its inception in 1996.

 TPC of Myrtle Beach welcomes golfers to register for the Rally event and invites the public to take part. The day will begin with a shotgun start at 11:00 am. There will be food and beverages on course as well as many fun prizes, including a prize for the best dressed team! Payment will be due at the time of registration. The deadline to register is Sunday, October 13 (please call or drop by the Pro Shop to register). Prizes will be awarded to the winner of the event and each participant will receive a goody bag with important breast health information and other Rally items plus a subscription to a select Condé Nast magazine such as SELF, Golf Digest and Bon Appétit.

“We are proud to host a Rally for the Cure event. The event is a fun way for us to bring together our members and the community to support an important cause while playing a sport they are passionate about,” states Casey Cook, Head Professional at TPC of Myrtle Beach.

Since its start in 1996, the Rally program has touched over 2 million people with the important message that early detection saves lives. In addition to mobilizing people behind the promise to end breast cancer, Rally events have generated over $70 million for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

“The success of Rally is attributed to volunteer ambassadors like, TPC of Myrtle Beach owners Danny Young and Chip Smith who have said ‘Yes we can have a Rally at our club’. It is their enthusiasm, energy and support we value in our commitment to support Susan G. Komen,” says Diane Perillo, Program Manager, Rally for the Cure.

Since 1996 Komen has received over $70 million from fundraising activities at Rally events to help fund life-saving breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs. Rally for the Cure® is run by Condé Nast and is based in Wilton, Connecticut. For further information about TPC of Myrtle Beach’s Rally event, contact the Clubhouse at 843.357.3399 or like us on Facebook “TPC Myrtle Beach”. To host a Rally event of your own call 1.800.327.6811 or visit the website: www.rallyforthecure.com.

Contact TPC of Myrtle Beach for more information:

1199 TPC Boulevard, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Phone: 843.357.3399

Email: pro@tpc-mb.com  OR   keith@tpc-mb.com


TheGolfDirector.com Welcomes The Pearl East and West as a Featured Courses

TheGolfDirector.com Welcomes The Pearl East and West as a Featured Courses

Located in the quaint fishing village of Calabash, NC The Pearl East and West courses have uniqueness all their own. Sitting on a nine hundred acre garden park with Dan Maples designed holes meandering through the low country woodlands and along the scenic marshes caressed by the Calabash River, The Pearl delivers luxury, beauty, and challenge.

Upon arrival at The Pearl you’ll find fast rolling greens and finely manicured fairways. The Pearl East is a traditional course and The Pearl West is a links style course. The Pearl is home to a variety of wildlife. You’ll share the course with herons, egrets, eagles, deer, and our resident gators. The Pearl is as challenging as it is beautiful. In 1988, one year after it opened, The Pearl was nominated “Best New Public Course” by Golf Digest. Both Courses have also been ranked among the top courses in the Carolinas.

The Pearl has a complete practice facility, a professional Golf Shop, Restaurant and Bar. The golf staff at The Pearl offer golf lessons at the practice facility,and assistance with equipment and apparel needs from the golf shop.

Check out the hole-by-hole course breakdown HERE.

TheGolfDirector.com is a complete digital network dedicated to promoting amateur golf. Be sure to visit the Community for a complete listing of Myrtle Beach area courses as well as the featured courses (like The Pearl) that contain details about each course including score cards and reviews. The community also hosts the most complete tournament calendar available for the Grand Strand Area courses.


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