Charlie Lemay heads to the South Carolina golfing destination to tee it up in the sun

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Fri, 1 Aug 2014
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Accommodation

Our first port of call was to head to our Hotel and check-in - we were staying at the delightful Inlet Sports Lodge.

Catering to adventurous travelers, specifically golfers and fishers, the hotel has large, modern rooms with state-of-the-art amenities. Whether it be the mahogany hand-carved doors, heart of pine wood floors, mini-kitchens or fine china, there is something to impress everyone.

The bathroom is impressively grand and the shower is something to behold as it has so many shower heads, you almost need a PhD to work out how to use it. 

When meal time comes, you are spoiled for choice. Next door is a restaurant with an award winning chef or take a walk down the road to the Marshwalk where there are more places to eat.

Food

The Marshwalk is known as the ‘Seafood Capital of South Carolina’ and although I haven’t had seafood anywhere else in The United States, let alone the Low Country, I wouldn’t argue with the title.

We ate at four different restaurants for dinner and went out of our way to visit a special breakfast spot which we were told couldn’t be missed by the locals.

Wicked Tuna was the first place we ate after our flight and we enjoyed a variety of different seafood in our own special booth with fantastic views over the marsh.

Gulfstream café was our second stop for dinner and it served some of the best seafood I have ever eaten with spectacular views to match.

The worryingly-named Dead Dog Saloon served up classic south-style food in a relaxed atmosphere and as we sat outside on the patio we were serenaded by a live band.

On our final night we went to Bistro 217 which serves classic dishes with a modern twist in a stylish setting.

We traveled to the Sea Captain’s House on our final morning to have a breakfast buffet with views over Myrtle Beach. We sampled South Carolina’s famous Shrimp and Grits which is definitely an acquired taste. 

Foodies will not be left disappointed as the restaurants in the area are of exceptional quality. Whether you want to try something new or stick with American classics, there is something for every taste.

Golf Courses

Reviews: TPC Myrtle Beach
Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club
Heritage Plantation
True Blue Golf Club
Caledonia Golf and Fish Club

The abundance of golf courses in the area means there is a course to suit every budget. With seven of “America’s Greatest Public Golf Courses” residing along the Grand Strand, there is top-quality, golf if that’s what you’re looking for, but there are also superb golf courses that will not leave such a dent in your wallet.

In terms of value for money, it is the best place I have ever visited.  As there is so much competition, if you think that a course is not worth the green fee then you have so many others to choose from.

All the courses we played were beautiful and in fantastic condition. The clubs are set up for visitors and the relaxed, friendly atmosphere will suit those golfers who like golf minus the pretentious characters.

Things to do

If you want to take a break from golf then try a kayak tour in Murrells Inlet or Waccamaw River. It gives you an inexpensive view of the surrounding area and lets you get up close and personal with your new environment.

If you’ve had a tough day on the course and need a laugh, head to the Comedy Cabana which is the area’s oldest and most prominent comedy club.

If you are staying in the South Strand then a trip to the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet which has a combination of great food, live music, bars and stunning views.

World Amateur Handicap Championship

The World Amateur Handicap Championship is in its 31st year and gives amateur players of all skill levels the opportunity to test their mettle against golfers from across the globe.

Attracting more than 3,300 players from all corners of the world, competing over four days, the competition is aptly held in Myrtle Beach.

After 72 holes, all flight winners and ties advance to the World Championship playoff which is a one-day shootout. Over the years, a range of handicaps have won including five women. 

Head to the Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday website for more information 

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