Wild Wing Cafe Partners with TheGolfDirector.com for Coverage of The Majors – The Masters Championship

Wild Wing Cafe Partners with TheGolfDirector.com for Coverage of The Majors – The Masters Championship

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.

Myrtle Beach World Amateur Championship Opens Registration

Myrtle Beach World Amateur Championship Opens Registration

Dunes Club ImageEight 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. 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.

The Golf Director RadioIf 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.

 

Dustin Johnson in Myrtle Beach Golf News

Dustin Johnson in Myrtle Beach Golf News

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.

bigbreaklogoMr. 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.

Mam logoThe 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.

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..

 

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