Thursday, December 27, 2018

Golf Zoo Lodging Options

Which Lodging Options Are Right for Your Myrtle Beach Golf Vacation?

Myrtle Beach is renowned for the number of courses that call the area home, but that pales in comparison to the volume of accommodations options golfers have to choose from.

Before deciding where you want to stay, you have to decide what kind of room you want to stay in. Below are the three most popular options and why your group may, or may not, want to go that route.

-- More golfers fall asleep to the rhythmic sound of the Atlantic Ocean’s pounding surf than anything else, and the reasons are many. Standard hotel rooms have gone the way of persimmon drivers, and in their place have come multi-bedroom condos overlooking the beach. The view is beautiful, full kitchens allow groups to eat in and hang out, and on-site restaurants abound. No matter the size of your group, oceanfront accommodations are appealing. The only potential drawback is that large groups could be dispersed over multiple floors and you don’t enjoy quite as much privacy, but those are hardly deal-breakers. As a matter of fact, if your group goes its separate ways at night, this is probably your best option.
-- Golf course accommodations are, obviously, an appealing option, allowing players to stay and play onsite. Staying in an on-course condo will reduce drive time and might even allow you to sneak on the course at dusk to settle a few side bets. If your group likes to hang out, this provides the opportunity to do so while enjoying time outside (who doesn’t love a good corn hole tournament?). A golf group never goes wrong staying at the course. The only drawback is you miss that stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean.

-- The least utilized option is the beach house, but if you are traveling with a close-knit group, this might be the way to go. Inventory is limited and it can be more expensive, but your group can stay together, eat together and you have a place to hang out in the evenings with the benefit of some privacy. A nice home is perfect for large groups.

When planning your trip, remember: where you stay matters, so give it some thought and make the best decision for your group.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Golf Zoo Top Myrtle Beach Steakhouses

Top 3 Myrtle Beach Steakhouses-

There aren’t many things better than a beautiful day on a golf course where you’re hitting it straight off the tee, are consistent with your irons and draining a few birdie putts along the way.

One of the few things that come close to the pleasure of a perfect golf day is a juicy steak, paired with a cold beer.  Are you getting hungry yet? We are!

If you’re planning on taking a golf trip to Myrtle Beach, then you’re in luck because the Grand Strand has no shortage of places to dig into a mouth-watering piece of steak.

Now, if you want to get a truly great steak, take our advice and check out one of the three Myrtle Beach-area steakhouses below.

Greg Norman Australian Grille

When a restaurant has the name Greg Norman in it, you better believe we are going to recommend it to a golfer!

On top of being owned by Norman, this restaurant is truly one of the best steakhouses in Myrtle Beach. Located at Barefoot Landing, Greg Norman Australian Grille not only features a 5-star menu, but a great atmosphere that makes you feel like you are “Down Under.”

As we love all their steak options (Filet Mignon, Ribeye and Wagyu Flank Steak and Black Angus Prime Rib), you can pair them with the vegetable of the day and a baked potato and you won’t be upset. Just don’t eat too much bread when your server brings it to start you out – be sure to save some appetite for the main course!

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

While Ruth’s Chris Steak House may be a familiar name to you, this restaurant deserves to be on this list.

Located at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, Ruth’s Chris is a popular pick for any golfer staying at Grande Dunes. With a diverse menu and top-tier cuts of beef, you can’t go wrong with this mainstay.

If you’re in the mood to go crazy, we recommend the Tomahawk Ribeye. This USDA Prime bone-in, 40-once Ribeye is well worth the hefty price tag. You and your buddies will marvel at the sight of your server delivering this savory slab of meat to your table.

21 Main Steakhouse

If price isn’t a problem for you, drive over to 21 Main in North Myrtle Beach.

These steaks are fantastic, and we especially recommend the New York Strip. Many who’ve tried it say it’s the best they’ve ever had, and we’d be hard pressed to argue. Get a side of garlic whipped potatoes and you’ll be in heaven (or a food coma!).

Did you just call your wife and tell her you want steak for dinner? We’re thinking the same thing!

If you want more information on Myrtle Beach golf packages we offer, click here. Or, give us a call at 843.353.6880 and one of our Myrtle Beach golf directors will help you out.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Golf Zoo Top Central Myrtle Beach Courses

Resort Course at Grande Dunes
5 Great Courses in the Heart of Myrtle Beach

The area popularly referred to as The Grand Strand is a 60-mile stretch of Carolina's coast that runs from Georgetown, S.C., across the state line into Brunswick County, N.C., with Myrtle Beach as the centerpiece.

There is a never-ending stream of courses to play on both ends of the Strand, but golfers shouldn’t overlook the heart of America’s most popular golf destination - Myrtle Beach proper. The hub of so many golf trips remains the home to some of the best courses in the Southeast and here is a look at five of our favorites:

-- Myrtle Beach’s second-oldest golf course, The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, is No. 1 in the hearts of many players. The Robert Trent Jones Sr. design is a consensus top 100 layout and has hosted events ranging from the U.S. Women’s Open to the Senior PGA Tour Championship. If you are a fan of classic golf course architecture and superior conditions, The Dunes Club should be atop your list.

-- The Resort Course at Grande Dunes has also been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses and it’s the most modern of designs, featuring some of the area’s largest fairways and greens. Throw in five holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway, highlighted by the breathtaking par-3 14th, and this design is on any short list of the area’s best.

-- Arnold Palmer designed four courses along the Grand Strand, and King’s North at Myrtle Beach National is his most popular work. The layout is playable and the design unique, highlighted by “The Gambler,” the par-5 sixth hole that features an alternate, island fairway. This is a course you want to play.

-- There is a case to be made that Prestwick is Myrtle Beach’s most underrated course. The P.B. Dye design is challenging from the jump so bring your “A” game, but it’s a round you won’t forget. The back nine, in particular, is strong, highlighted by a three-hole finish that is as daunting as any in the area. The par-4 18th plays along a lake and into a green that resides in the shadow of the clubhouse, an idyllic finish.

-- Arrowhead Country Club is the only 27-hole facility in Myrtle Beach and you will want to play the Cypress, Waterway and Lakes nines. The course is most known for the holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway on the Cypress and Waterway nines, but Arrowhead’s greatest strength is the quality of its conditions throughout the year. The Raymond Floyd design overseeds from wall to wall during the winter months, so it’s green 365 days a year.

The choices are endless in Myrtle Beach, but if you want to stay and play in the heart of the action, it’s hard to beat these five courses.

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!