It's Masters week and that means spring weather, Azaleas in bloom and inexpensive pimento cheese sandwiches, but it's also a time to look at a a great golf destination in Myrtle Beach and how some of the great courses on The Grand Strand have a link to the first golf major of the year.
You know the names- Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Raymond Floyd, and Fred Couples. These are all some of the biggest names in golf and all would be considered legends of the sport.
It turns out that each of these guys has not only won, one or more green jackets, each has designed a golf course that rates among the best in Myrtle Beach.
Let's look at some of the courses these former Augusta champions have designed for Myrtle Beach's golfers. Remember it's always a great time of the year to play golf in Myrtle Beach.
Designed by Fred Couples, Carolina National is a 27-hole facility that shows your everything that a golf course in South Carolina should offer. Lowcountry scapes are nestled in a wildlife refuge that offers a test for even the most experienced golfer. Play from the tips at just over 7000 yards, or bring it forward and give your chance to score on this beautiful course. Fred Couples may not be a South Carolina native, but you will see he knows the South with the way he designed Carolina National.
Pawleys Plantation is a Jack Nicklaus design that is just a quick jaunt from Myrtle Beach on Pawleys Island. Again, you get the lowcountry feel on this course that runs along marshland with a few surprises thrown in. Villas are available where you can stay for the night, weekend, or week. Perfect for a family vacation or a business outing.
You get a lot for your money at Arrowhead. Raymond Floyd partnered with Tom Jackson to design 27 attractive holes- some of which play along the Intercoastal Waterway and wooded areas. This course is always in great shape and it's worth a play when you hit Myrtle Beach.
Gary Player has seen courses in every corner of the globe. He took ideas from his travels and became a great designer of courses. In Myrtle Beach, he left his mark with Blackmoor. This course located in Murrells Inlet opened in 1990, but it remains in great shape. It's 18 holes that measure 6,614 at its longest. It's a lot of fun and get ready to see some great doglegs.
Arnold Palmer has left his mark on golf all over the world. Heck, he even has a drink named after him. Rivers Edge is one of his gifts to Myrtle Beach and it's one of the best public courses you will find anywhere. A great test and you will have a great time.
Tee it up, and for all of the information you need to play golf and travel to Myrtle Beach, check out www.golfholiday.com.