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By John Torsiello | Published  11/3/2013 | South Carolina | Unrated
FALL. GOLF. MYRTLE BEACH. There’s a Reason That It’s Our Favorite Season

As the warm beach days of summer wane, Myrtle Beach, SC is gearing up for the much anticipated fall golf season.

For local golfers it’s their favorite time of year, and tens of thousands of visiting golfers agree. More than100 courses, combined with fresh caught seafood, exquisite fall weather and affordable off-season rates on oceanfront and fairway accommodations, make a fall visit to Myrtle Beach one of the best deals in golf. If extending your golf season is a priority, plan a fall getaway to GolfTown USA.

For nearly 40 years, the Myrtle Beach area has been hosting golfers along the sunny Carolina shores for welcomed days of escape, Southern hospitality and a chance to tee it up on some really fine golf courses. How fine? Many are currently ranked among the “Top 100 Public Courses in America” and a couple dozen more are recipients of 4˝ out of 5 stars in Golf Digest’s guide to “Best Places to Play.” The Myrtle Beach area offers more public-access courses than any other single golf destination in the United States.

Several factors contribute to the success of the Myrtle Beach area as a top golf destination. The fact that the spring and fall golf seasons fall before and after the peak “family beach” season makes accommodations very affordable. An offering of so many courses keeps the pricing competitive, and the level of service is high. But what truly separates Myrtle Beach from other destinations is the spirit of cooperation that exists between golf courses and places to stay, which provides attractive, affordable golf vacation packages. Where else can you stay in an oceanfront room, play a 4-star course and enjoy a fresh seafood dinner for under $100 a day? Golfers are doing that every day along the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand. That may explain why so many golfers return to Myrtle Beach year after year.

Last year, close to a million golfers visited these shores, logging an estimated 3.3 million rounds. That sounds like a lot and it is. But when you consider the number of available courses and the number of gorgeous golf days during a calendar year, it calculates into a pretty comfortable number. It also results in some serious revenue for other local businesses, including retailers, restaurants and other Myrtle Beach attractions. Local merchants, of course, recognize this fact and welcome golfers with open arms, particularly during the spring and the fall--the most popular golf seasons--when restaurants bustle with tables of eight, 12, 16 or more golfers.

While Myrtle Beach is less than a 12-hour drive from nearly half of the United States’ population, nearly a third of the golfers opt to fly into Myrtle Beach International, or nearby Wilmington, NC or Charleston, SC on one of the many flights aboard Spirit Airlines, USAir, Delta, Continental, WestJet and Porter Airlines. Getting here faster means more time for golf. And let’s face it, most visitors want to gorge on as much golf, food and fun as they possibly can.

If you’re thinking Myrtle Beach is for “guys only,” think again, as the number of golf couples and ladies groups continue to rise. Most of the courses along “The Strand” are very “lady golfer friendly,” with four or five sets of tees, ladies locker rooms, and a nice assortment of ladies equipment and apparel.

Planning and booking a Myrtle Beach golf vacation is easy. A variety of hotels and packagers offer stay-and-play packages with guaranteed tee times up to a year in advance of your visit. If you already have a place to stay and just want to book tee times, you can do that too through a variety of sources. For the best golf package rates, be sure to request a free online “Quick Quote.” You’ll receive a response from some of the area’s top package providers within 24 hours. To get started on the right track, visit Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday at
We’re here waiting to create a most memorable golf trip.