Over the past 13 years on the LPGA Tour, I have played golf all over the world, and I’m always excited to return to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a place I first visited on vacation with my family.
Playing golf in Myrtle Beach is really special because you can get a variety of different types of courses. My most recent visits have taken me to the Myrtle Beach area’s southern shores, around Litchfield and Pawleys Island.
Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club is one of my favorite courses. The par-3 holes at 13 and 17 are spectacular. Just to be able to experience two really tough signature holes in such a beautiful, native marsh setting is an absolute treat. Jack Nicklaus gave the Grand Strand something really special when he designed Pawleys Plantation. The onsite accommodations provide convenient access to the course, practice facility, golf school and onsite bar and grill.
Willbrook Plantation is another one of my favorite courses here in Myrtle Beach. Its Lowcountry feel is just so beautiful. Surrounded by moss-draped oaks and all the history of the old rice plantation there, I really feel like I am in another world.
I recently played River Club at Litchfield, which I liked very much. It is a traditional golf course, and although it doesn’t have the aspects of the saltwater marsh like Pawleys Plantation, it is a solid, tee-to-green design. River Club was in fantastic shape, and I’m looking forward to going back to play there again!
In addition to great golf, Myrtle Beach offers lot of other things to do off the course. I really enjoy the beach, so a perfect day for me is to get up and do something active in the morning like yoga, running or walking on the beach, or paddleboarding. What’s cool about paddleboarding is that it’s becoming more popular, and you can paddleboard in almost as many places as you can play golf now. The Myrtle Beach area is certainly no exception – especially around Pawleys Island, with all the wildlife and the great saltwater marsh areas.
One of the coolest places to shop is the Hammock Shops in Pawleys Island. I love the eclectic, fun feel of it with the local artists and jewelers you come across there. I’ve travelled all over the world, and it’s still fun for me to find some unique things to bring back home that have a local feel. At the Hammock Shops, I learned about the Pawleys shell and I got to help make an original Pawleys Island hammock.
What I love about Myrtle Beach is that it has everything that you would want in a vacation. You can play golf. You can go to the beach. There are great restaurants and shops, and plenty of other fun activities. It’s a complete destination vacation place to come to. I encourage everyone to check it out. I know you’ll love it as much as I do!
LPGA Tour star Natalie Gulbis is the 2014 spokesperson for Myrtle Beach Trips, and the 23 golf courses that are part of its Prime Times Signature Collection. To see more on Natalie’s involvement with the Grand Strand golf scene, visit www.MyrtleBeachTrips.com.