The Makings of a Great Golf Trip
So you’ve been to your local PGA TOUR event, taken that bachelor party in your heyday to Pinehurst and lost more money on the links than you’re willing to share. What do all of these memories have in common? They all were tailored around this game we love.
More likely than not you’ve already played in the World’s Largest Amateur Golf Tournament here in Myrtle Beach, but if you haven’t or want to make it even better, take a piece of advice from the folks who live it every day. Here’s a quick rundown of how you can make your first– or twenty-first trip to Myrtle Beach another memory to last a lifetime.
For starters, ditch the cell phone. If you aren’t in town with everyone who you need to talk to in the first place you probably didn’t bring the right people. And if you’re flying solo, embrace your opportunity to take it all in. Besides, nobody wants to deal with the person on the 10th tee yelling at his punk son to make sure he’s not throwing a party while he’s out of town.
Next, stop trying to do too much. This is a golf trip and golf is a game of leisure. This isn’t New York City and you’re not trying to beat rush hour. After your round sit for at least one beer with your foursome and learn a thing or two about each other if you haven’t already. Then go back to the hotel and if it’s oceanfront (which it should be) sit yourself on the balcony and enjoy the view.
What else do you need to do? Something you’ve never done before. Myrtle Beach has tons to offer. This can be as simple as that new restaurant that just opened down the street or as farfetched as cruising at 200mph in the NASCAR Driving Experience at the Myrtle Beach Speedway.
Last but not least: Eat, drink and be merry. Here’s my list of the best places in a random list of categories I made up:
- Happy Hour – Liberty Brewery / Flying Fish
- Splurge Dinner – 21 Main
- Casual Dinner – Nacho Hippo / Bimini’s
- Clubhouse Bar – Caledonia Golf and Fish Club / Thistle Club
- Beer Cart Service – Arrowhead Country Club
- Beach Bar – Ocean Annie’s
- Place you wouldn’t think to go to – 710 Bowling
Whether you come for the World Am or it’s time for an annual buddies trip, remember my simple tips for an effective holiday.