As the pro season ends, amateur golf heats up in Myrtle Beach

As I watched the Americans fail to win the Ryder Cup once again, I knew it would be a while before we’d see the world’s best carving shots around trees, driving the ball 350 yards or knocking in an impossible bunker shot. But the golf season is not done. Oh no. Not in Myrtle Beach. The pros may be done with golf for the season, but for the average Joes of the world, this is prime time for golf in Myrtle Beach.

If you are not familiar with Myrtle Beach golf in the fall, here’s everything you need to know about arguably the best time of year in golfer’s paradise:

Because golf is played in the great outdoors, it all starts with the weather. How does an average high of 74 degrees sound for the month of October? Humidity goes away for the winter. Nothing but ocean breezes and pleasant temperatures. But it doesn’t end in October. November weather is typically filled with temps in the low 70s and upper 60s. How about 18 holes with your Thanksgiving turkey? Your vacation time is in December? If you’re traveling from the north, temps in the low 60s and upper 50s during the last month of the year will be a pleasant break from the cold, ice and snow back home.

Are crowds and traffic not your thing? You’ll love fall golf here. Oh there will be plenty of golfers in town, but that’s it for the most part. The beachgoers usually want the temperatures a little warmer than 70. Golfers get to take full advantage by not having to wait for seats in the best restaurants and open roads to travel to all the best courses. When you need a break from the links, you’ll also be able to check out the latest attractions in town without waiting in line.

Deals, deals, deals. Despite the impeccable conditions, nearly all of the courses offer amazing discounts in the fall. Many of them also offer stay-and-play packages. No stress. Just pure golf bliss. Find the courses you want to play, do a little searching and you’ll be surprised at the discounted tee times you’ll book.

Speaking of the courses, they are, of course, the best reasons to come to the Grand Strand for fall golf. That doesn’t change no matter what the season. Where else can you find 13 of the top 20 best public golf courses in South Carolina, according to Ranging from North Myrtle Beach to Pawleys Island, the Myrtle Beach area truly offers one of the most impressive stretches of amazing golf courses period. Caledonia. The Dunes Club. True Blue. Barefoot Resort – Love, Fazio and Dye. TPC Myrtle Beach. Tidewater. Grand Dunes. Myrtle Beach National – King’s North. Legends – The Heritage and Heathland. Pawleys Plantation. It is very difficult to be disappointed with any of these courses.

While the pros kick back, relax and figure out what changes they’ll inevitably make to their swings for next season, come to Myrtle Beach where the amateur golf season is still strong.

Beautiful weather. Less stress. Golf deals. Spectacular courses. The pros don’t know what they’re missing!

(posted 9/30/14)

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