Friday, November 02, 2018

Top Courses in the North Myrtle Beach Area

When talk turns to where Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses are clustered, Pawleys Island is at the top of nearly everyone’s list. But should it be? The answer isn’t as easy as many would like you to believe, because there is a strong case to be made for the North Myrtle Beach area.

If you’re still not sure, check out this short list of North Myrtle Beach’s best courses, all located within miles of each other:

Tidewater Golf Club, with eight holes playing along Cherry Grove or the Intracoastal Waterway, is the area’s prettiest layout. No course on the beach has four holes that rival Nos. 3, 4, 12 and 13 for scenery, and the layout is outstanding throughout. This is one of Myrtle Beach’s top 5 courses.

The Love Course at Barefoot Resort is ranked among Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play, highlighted by holes four through six, which play around the faux ruins of an old plantation home. The layout presents a varied challenge and is equal parts challenging and fun.

The Dye Course at Barefoot is the long-time host of the Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, and you will enjoy it as much as the celebrities who pour into the area every year. Pete Dye designs are notoriously difficult, and his work at The Dye Club isn’t a pushover, but the layout is more playable than the architect’s reputation might suggest.

(As an aside, the Fazio and Norman courses at Barefoot could just as easily be on this list, but we wanted to give you a broader look at the quality the area offers.)

Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links has long been a favorite of Myrtle Beach golfers, and the installation of new greens this summer will only enhance the course’s reputation. The Clyde Johnston design has five holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway and its three finishing holes are among the area’s most memorable. The par-3 17th, which is bordered by the marshy waters of the Waterway, is one of our favorites.

There are great courses up and down the Grand Strand, and the North Myrtle Beach area is home to more than its fair share.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Who wants to share bedrooms??? NOBODY!

In 19 years of selling golf packages, there's one truth that has stood the test of time...

NOBODY likes to share bedrooms. Snorers, late night partyers, way too early risers, these can all lead to an annoying trip.

To combat this, we've put together a really nice stay and play where each golfer has their own bedroom, as well as their own bathroom along with a very spacious living room, a full kitchen, and a great location in the heart of North Scottsdale!

The Holiday Inn Club Vacations Scottsdale Resort (formerly Zona) is absolutely perfect for groups that all want their own bedroom and bathroom, as well as a cool bar, great Tex-Mex restaurant, pools, hot tubs, and is in a great North Scottsdale location...

This is a 4 night stay and play for only $219 per person per day, and everybody can sleep in peace.

It includes rounds of golf at:

If you're looking for a Scottsdale package that will make EVERYBODY happy, this is your deal.

Please call Chris Parcell at 888.867.6911 today to get a customized itinerary...

Sweet dreams!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Linda's Top Ten/ Myrtle Beach

I thought I would take a different approach to the typical "Top Ten" list...

Top 5 Stay & Play Resorts:

1. Barefoot Resort

This resort is located in North Myrtle Beach and has four fantastic courses on site: The Love, Fazio, Norman, and Dye. There are Villas overlooking the courses and Towers overlooking the Intercoastal Waterway. The lodging varies from 1-4 bedrooms and are all designed to accommodate golfers. This area has a great nightlife, including the House of Blues if you want to catch a great concert!

2. Legends Resort

Legends Resort is located in Central Myrtle Beach, and is close to everything. They have 3 great courses on site: Heathland, Parkland, and Moorland. The resort has a Scottish theme with 1-3 bedroom villas.

3. Myrtlewood Resort

They have 2 great courses on site: Pinehills & Palmetto. There are nicely appointed 1-3 bedroom villas close to Broadway @ The Beach. Pinelakes' "The Grandaddy" is the oldest course down here, and is just accross the street.

4. Sea Trail Resort

Sea Trail has 3 great courses on site: The Jones, The Byrd, and The Maples. The resort has 1-4 bedroom villas. It is located in the quaint town of Sunset Beach, NC which is only 30 minutes from North Myrtle Beach.

5. True Blue Resort

This resort is located at True Blue golf course. Caledonia (my favorite) and Heritage golf courses are right across from the resort in Pawleys Island. This is a quieter side of town, but it's close to Murrels Inlet which is the seafood capitol. There are a lot of great restaurants and bars on the waterfront.


1. Greg Norman's Australian Grille

I want to start off with WOW! This is truly my # 1 Favorite Eatery. The atmosphere, the food, and the view are outstanding; 4 star all the way!

2. Luigis Tratoria

This restaruant is real Italian all the way. Even the pasta noodles are homemade. I have had the best Italian food here, and being from New York, I guess you could say that I am a snob when it comes to Italian food. Save room for the Cannolis, they are yummy!

3. Collectors Cafe

This Cafe has a very artsy atmosphere. It is decorated with paintings from local artists which are also for sale. The food and service are excellent. It is a true dining experience.

4. Thoroughbreds Chop House

If you love steak, this is the place for you. A nice atmosphere, an extensive wine list, and great service make this restaurant excellent. Hint: try the Coffee Ground Encrusted Filet; it will knock your socks off!!

5. Hamburger Joes

Ok, so far I have basically talked about fine dining. Well, if your in the mood for a burger and a beer, then this is the spot. Hamburger Joes is a favorite for golfers to kick back and enjoy. They have the best burgers on the Beach, and $1.00 drafts all day long. Dollar Bills cover the walls with patrons notes on them; mine is right by the front door. Say hi to Alan the manager, and tell him Linda sent you.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How to Improve your Golf Swing

Are you looking for ways to have smooth, powerful swings when you go on golf vacations? Are you still figuring out how you can unleash your own unique golf swing? If you are a golfer, you must already know that less tension when making a golf swing likely results in better scores.

Thankfully, golf enthusiasts can now access countless tips and techniques on how to make a powerful, effortless swing. Golf books and training videos are also widely available from brick and mortar stores as well as online shops. In addition, there are also golf training materials that can easily be downloaded from the internet, so anyone can simply pick and choose whatever strategy feels and looks right for him/her.

The Golf swing covers not only the actual swing a golfer initiates but also includes several areas such as grip, ball position, and stance. With that in mind, check out this info graphic:

Monday, November 07, 2016

Hot Deals: Grand Cypress Golf Club

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The first thing that comes to most people’s mind when the City of Orlando is mentioned is probably the Walt Disney World Resort. But, not only does the City of Magic offer some of the world’s most magnificent theme parks, it also provides many of the best golf courses found anywhere in North America. One of the things that sets Orlando apart from other golfing destinations around the world is the weather. The prime time to book a golf vacation to Orlando is during the mild season that typically runs from the months of October through April. Visitors tend to encounter less rainfall during this timeframe, while still enjoying ideal temperatures for golf. If you are not sure where to golf in the state of Florida, then you are encouraged to contact the golf vacation specialists at Golf Zoo for specific recommendations and information regarding hot deals. For instance, the Grand Cypress Golf Club has quickly become one of the most popular golfing destinations in all of Orlando.
Visitors of the Cypress Golf Club are privy to an unforgettable golf setting featuring 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed golf. Golfers can opt for a couple of different settings there including the nine hole North, South and East Courses; or the New Course. The North-South courses feature everything from fairways with sharp ledges to tall shaggy mounds. Many of the holes on these courses demand accuracy versus physical strength. Then, for golfers seeking steeper bunkers and slopes, the New Course is considered a Scottish links masterpiece complete with double greens, stone bridges walls and pot bunkers as deep as 12 feet. This course is suggested for those golfers that desire generous landing areas because there aren't too many trees planted along its landscape.

In addition to award winning golf, the Grand Cypress Golf Club also offers a variety of other resort activities for people of all ages including:

• Fitness Center
• In-Room Spa Services
• Swimming Pool
• Sauna and hot tub
• Bicycle Fleet and trails
• Grand Cypress Racquet Club
• Swimming Pool and waterslide
• Marilyn Monroe Spa
• Pitch 'n' Putt Golf
• Rock Wall
• Lake Windsong access
• Game Room
• Daily transportation to Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal (reservations required)
• Fishing Pools and Tackle

If you would like to book a golf vacation package to Orlando, or perhaps another city in Florida, then you can visit to view the latest hot deals being offered for the Grand Cypress Golf Club and many other exclusive golf packages. Remember, Golf Zoo is the only national Golf Vacation company that has their Golf Vacation Specialists in the destination they service, so their local knowledge will become a valuable asset upon booking your vacation! They also maintain special rate agreements with all of their hotel, condo, private rental home and golf course partners. Golf Zoo package rates will always be lower than the cost of planning the trip by yourself.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Jacksonville Golf Courses Designed by Legends

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Also known as “The River City,” Jacksonville is home to the PGA Tour and World Golf Hall of Fame. The PGA Tour even makes an annual stop there during May for the The Players Championship. So, it shouldn't be too surprising that Jacksonville offers some of the best golf courses in the world. In fact, the golf vacation specialists at Golf Zoo have exclusive Jacksonville golf packages to dozens of tour-caliber courses designed by legends such as Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Pete Dye, Arnold Palmer and Mark McCumber. From stunning beaches to the downtown renaissance, there are also plenty of other exciting activities in and around “Jax.” But, the weather is always ideal for golf, and you can book golf packages that offer challenges for players of every skill level, ranging from top oceanside resorts to popular public courses.
Here are some of the most popular Jacksonville golf packages:

• Bent Creek Golf Course - Often referred to as Jacksonville’s “best kept secret,” the Bent Creek Golf Course has achieved the reputation as Jacksonville's premier public golf course. The course was first introduced in 1989 and features a budget friendly 6,620-yard, Par 71 championship layout complete with towering pines, creeks, Bermuda grass greens, plush fairways and a state-of-the-art lighted practice facility.

• World Golf Village - Featuring the World Golf Hall of Fame, the World Golf Village also showcases a Golf Festival. Typically held during the month of September, the Golf Festival is a unique event with interactive activities including free golf clinics, food trucks, live music and even special appearances by Hall of Fame members. When it comes time to golf, then you can choose from either the King & Bear or Slammer & Squire courses. The King & Bear is renown for being a “driver’s” course with over 7,200 yards
• Eagle Landing - The Eagle Landing course features tees ranging from championship caliber to youth levels. The 7,037 yard course was designed by Clyde Johnston and offers an impressive golf clubhouse with sports bar, well-equipped pro shop, locker rooms, and an elegant restaurant with sparkling water and fairway views.

• Windsor Parke Golf Club - This semi-private golf course was designed by Arthur Hills and is known as a beginner-friendly course. It features 18-holes of Championship Golf along with pro golf lessons, full practice facilities and a complete pro shop.

An obvious advantage of booking Jacksonville golf packages through Golf Zoo is that they have golf vacation specialists stationed in each of the destinations that they serve. So, if you are looking for a specific type of golf course, then their specialists can recommend and provide first-hand knowledge of the golf clubs for the region that they serve. Planning a golf vacation to your dream destination is easy with Golf Zoo. Simply call 800.929.7300 or visit them online to request a trip quote.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Orlando Golf: Theme Park Capitol of the World

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When one thinks of Orlando, Florida, the first thing that comes to many people’s mind is the famous amusement parks and museums that are readily available to the tourist and resident, but it is not the only thing that makes the city famous. Orlando is home to many premier golf courses that are considered some of the best on the eastern seaboard. There are very few courses in the United States that rival the layout and the quality of golf courses that the magical city provides.

The magical city's golf courses have been designed by some of the world's top golf designers with naturally occurring golf fields that take into consideration the beautiful landscape that Florida has to offer. Golfers get to play under magnificent oaks, pines, and Magnolia trees, while the fairways and bunkers are strategically placed to create a challenge for even the most experienced player.
Orlando is full of wonder and never a place anyone can get bored. Filled with excitement and adventure, there are even things you can do when you are not on the field racking up good game time. Not only are the amusement parks available to those who like the thrills, but also historical Orlando sites can be enjoyed. Visit the Orange County Regional History Center, or one of the many delicious restaurants the city boasts.

When it comes to golfing, especially a vacation where the plan is to visit as many golf courses as possible, it can get quite expensive. There is hope for the avid golfer that wants to experience the best that Orlando has to offer. Orlando golf packages are some of the best deals that a golfer can get featuring pre-selected packages that showcase all the great fun and excitement like the fantastic summer stay and play with free Replays deal, or the Reunion Golf Resort "Just Golf" Stay & Play with unlimited golf.

Orlando golf packages also allow for customization so that you get the vacation that you want.  There is never a worry that you will play on a field you don’t prefer, or play on a golf course that is not the best that can be offered.

Another advantage of Orlando golf packages is that if you are pressed for time, or not quite sure what to do, a team of professionals is available to not only help plan vacations, but advise on the best choices based upon the preferences presented.

It’s not necessary to struggle to try to plan your vacation, you can get the help you need for a seamless visit and the best vacation you have had in years. The golf professionals are also able to get the best deal with the special discounts from hotels, knowledge of the area, and tricks to help you save money while visiting.

So, whether designing your own vacation, customizing one, or getting a professional to help, Orlando golf packages are an exceptional way to make memories you will not easily forget.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Known as the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida is a charming community on the northeast coast of Florida. A plethora of golfers make their annual pilgrimages to the St. Augustine region because of its subtropical climate that includes cool and dry winters. Basically, the only time the sun doesn't shine is after it sets at night, so St. Augustine is another golfer’s paradise regardless of the seasons. Thus, it’s never too early to begin booking St. Augustine Golf packages due to their high demand.

Golf Zoo has partnered with many St. Augustine Golf Clubs to achieve special rate agreements. Some of the most popular destinations in this region include:

• Amelia National Golf & Country Club - Designed by the highly esteemed Tom Fazio, the Amelia National Golf & Country Club features 18 Holes of Championship Golf that challenges event the most experienced professionals.

• Bent Creek Golf Course - Often referred to as Jacksonville’s “best kept secret,” the Bent Creek Golf Course has achieved the reputation as Jacksonville's premier public golf course. The course was first introduced in 1989 and features a budget friendly 6,620-yard, Par 71 championship layout complete with towering pines, creeks, Bermuda grass greens, plush fairways and a state-of-the-art lighted practice facility.

• Eagle Landing - The Eagle Landing course features tees ranging from championship caliber to youth levels. The 7,037 yard course was designed by Clyde Johnston and offers an impressive golf clubhouse with sports bar, well-equipped pro shop, locker rooms, and an elegant restaurant with sparkling water and fairway views.

• Windsor Parke Golf Club - This semi-private golf course was designed by Arthur Hills and is known as a beginner-friendly course. It features 18-holes of Championship Golf along with pro golf lessons, full practice facilities and a complete pro shop.

• Many other top destinations including Marsh Landing Country Club, Sawgrass TPC, St. John's Golf & Country Club, North Hampton Golf Course, Oak Marsh at Amelia Island Plantation and  Ocean Course at Hammock Beach

Did you know that Golf Zoo is the only national Golf Vacation company that has their Golf Vacation Specialists in the destination they service. Indeed, if you are interested in booking a St. Augustine Golf deal, then all you have to do is contact a specialist living there for details. At Golf Zoo we know how important it is to have a successful, worry-free trip, and our golf package customers have service and support not just during your trip, but in the planning stages and after you get back too.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

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There is nothing like taking a swing at a golf ball while the wonderful, salty smell of the ocean permeates a beautiful golf course. Ocean City golf courses are a premier vacationing spot for the family as Ocean City boasts a great tourist scene and temperate weather for much of the year. 

Ocean city has bragging rights for over seventeen courses that have been designed by golf legends like Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. There is pride in each course's maintenance, design, and aesthetic that will appeal to the most dedicated and experience player.

The region features a significant variety of 18-hole courses with excellent land forms and beautiful water traps that will not only challenge you, but inspire you. Many Ocean City golf courses have great packages that make the trip easier on the budget and are easily accessible from major cities like Philadelphia and DC. Ocean City has also been recognized by Golf Digest as a premier golfing destination.

Another advantage of taking your vacation around Ocean City golf courses is what you can do when you are not on the greens enjoying your favorite past time. Ocean City is an amazing city filled with many attractions to entertain everyone. From the white sandy beaches to the Trimper's Rides and Amusement Park for the children. There is always something to do no matter the age or group size. 

Enjoy taking your significant other out on a date to one of the many luxurious restaurants like well-known Fager's Island Bar or On the Bay Seafood with its scenic view. Ocean City has been taking care of its visitors since 1869 and pride themselves on making sure everyone has a great experience. If food and amusement parks are not what you are looking for to spend time when you’re not making puts, you could also experience the in-depth culture and experience through many of the quality museums that Ocean City has. Everything from the state’s historical museum to the Ripley’s Believe it or not! Museum and mirror maze. 

No matter how long you stay, or where you go while visiting Ocean City, you are guaranteed to have a memorable time that will not be easily forgotten. The perfect dream vacation is only a phone call or a few clicks away from actuality thanks to the Golf Vacation Specialists at Golf Zoo, so pack your golf clubs and book your next trip to Ocean City golf courses where you will be welcomed. 

Monday, August 08, 2016

Finding Hot Deals on Group Golf Packages

Consulting local golf experts is one of the most effective ways to find hot deals on group golf packages. But, only the finest golf vacation companies offer packages to several renown US and International destinations. From 5-star courses in California and Hawaii to Scotland Bermuda, partnering with golf vacation specialists will also save you money. For instance, Golf Zoo has special rate agreements with many destinations both foreign and domestic, so your package rates will always be lower than the cost of planning the trip by yourself.

Here are some of the top US destinations that are currently offering hot deals on group golf packages:

   Monterey (California) - If you’ve ever wanted to golf on the same links as many past legends of the sport, then the #1 rated course in America—Pebble Beach—should already be on your radar. A Monterey golf vacation package typically includes 2+ nights at the Inn at Spanish Bay with double occupancy and a cart at either Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course or Links at Spanish Bay. Contact a golf vacation specialist for current rates.

   Phoenix (Arizona) - With rates advertised from $99, you can enjoy many of Scottsdale’s highest ranked courses without breaking the bank. Enjoy 4 Nights lodging at the Villas at San Milan with the option to golf at any of the following clubs: Legacy, Eagle Mountain, Gold Canyon and SunRidge Canyon. Contact a Phoenix/Scottsdale Vacation Specialist for package details or to get a customized trip itinerary.

   Maui & Oahu (Hawaii) - Commonly referred to as “The Best State for Golf,” the Hawaiian Islands are one of the most popular destinations for group golf packages. The predictable weather of both Maui and Oahu is just one of many perks of golfing there. You can enjoy accommodations at either Turtle Bay Resort (Oahu) or at the Kapulua Villas (Maui). Complete a trip quote request form today and a golf vacation specialists will get back to you soon.

In addition to popular domestic golf courses, a prominent golf vacation company should also offer International golf destinations. Here are some desired foreign locations with hot deals:

   Prince Edward Island (Canada) - Referred to as the number-one-rated golf destination in Canada, Prince Edward Island features a variety of cultural events along with its championship golf courses. Guests will enjoy accommodations at The Delta Prince Edward in Olde Charlottetown. Contact a local golf vacation specialist for a quote.

   Bermuda - If simply visiting this proverbial paradise isn't enough, then perhaps adding a group golf package at the Edgehill Manor where you can enjoy the eight championship courses designed by architect Robert Trent Jones will suit you. The Bermuda Islands features two of the top courses in the world: Port Royal Golf Club and Mid Ocean Club.

Finally, before choosing a golf vacation company for your group golf package, confirm that they have positive reviews from previous customers. Conducting some online research could yield valuable information regarding how a company treats their customers…

“Golf zoo searched for and arranged an excellent golf package for our 4 couples visiting Sedona, Prescott and Scottsdale, AZ. Everything was well coordinated, all costs were clearly spelled out and there were no surprises.”