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While golfing on the Grand Strand is a year-round pastime thanks to the area’s temperate coastal climate, many locals will tell you that the spring is the best time to get into the swing - it’s when the temperatures are at their most comfortable, the area’s 100-plus courses are in full bloom and at their most beautiful, and the heavy summer crowds have yet to descend upon the Myrtle Beach area.
And at Long Bay Resort, located right on the Atlantic oceanfront on Myrtle Beach’s northern end, we’ve got a range of comfortable accommodations and amazing amenities to keep you and your golfing crew happy. We’ve even got knowledgeable staff members who are specially trained to help you plan the perfect golf getaway on the Grand Strand.
So, the next time you’re looking for a vacation destination where you and your party can hit the links (and relax) in style, consider Long Bay Resort and these nearby layouts:
Barefoot Resort & Golf - Located a 15-minute drive north of Long Bay Resort, Barefoot is home to a foursome of courses designed by some of the biggest names in golf and course design - and awarded some of the most prestigious honors in the industry. Created by Pete Dye, the visually stunning and technically challenging Dye Course is filled with the obstacles and pitfalls that have become synonymous with the legendary course architect’s name. In the Fazio Course, world-class architect Tom Fazio incorporates extensive tree cover from live oaks and pines with natural hazards like sand and lakes to create a Lowcountry classic. Carolina native Davis Love III leaned on golfing knowledge garnered from decades of PGA Tour success to create the Love Course, a traditional layout with Lowcountry character. And at the Norman Course, PGA royalty Greg Norman has created an Intracoastal Waterway-bordering layout that gives the feel of a course from the desert Southwest - without the desert.
Legends Golf Resort - Legends, located 20 minutes inland from Long Bay Resort, brings together three championship layouts in one Scottish-inspired resort facility. Designed by Tom Doak, the par-71 Heathland Course offers a return to the game’s “Old Country” roots with holes reminiscent of St. Andrews and Cruden Bay, while the P.B. Dye-designed, par-72 Moorland Course offers extraordinary bulkheads and undulations to present one of the greatest golfing challenges on the East Coast. The last of the trio, the par-72 Parkland Course offers distinct contrasts to its two sister courses by presenting memorable challenges with its contoured, tree-lined fairways, vast natural areas and multi-level greens. When your round of play is in the books, you and your crew can finish your day with food and drink at the on-site Alisa Pub, whose Scottish theme has helped earned it a place on Golf Digest’s list of “Top 50 19th Holes in America.”
The Wizard Golf Course - Also found 20 minutes inland from Long Bay Resort, The Wizard brings a taste of the Scottish Highlands to the Grand Strand. The Dan Maples-designed layout is inspired by the links courses common to Scotland and offers a challenge favoring precision and patience in its up to 6,700 yards of play. Players who are new to the course should proceed with caution and carefully examine the yardage book and hole diagrams - water and bunkers often lurk in spots not visible from the tees. That said, despite its challenges, the course is open enough to make it playable for amateurs, too.
These are just a few of the outstanding and award-winning golf layouts found along the Grand Strand and in the Golf Capital of the World. So book your getaway at Long Bay Resort today, pack your golf bag, and head for Myrtle Beach - there’s no better place to swing into spring!