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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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