The Myrtle Beach area has more than 80 championship golf courses to choose from, but the Grand Strand has thousands of things to do besides chase the little white ball. When you book a Myrtle Beach golf vacation, you also give yourself a wealth of opportunities to enjoy all the great things the Grand Strand has to offer. Here are five of our favorites:
Brewery Tour and Tasting: There are plenty of places to grab a few cold beers after your round, but only one where you can actually see how it is made. New South Brewery offers free tours of the facility every Tuesday and Thursday at 4 p.m. sharp (no late arrivals) and taste the many beers made at the Grand Strand's only microbrewery. See the giant vats of hops, barley, grains and yeast fermenting to form fresh concoctions of their famous White Ale, IPA, Dark Star Porter and more. If you miss the start of the tour, you can still come for tasting sessions and get a six-pack to go until 7 p.m.
Broadway at the Beach: This popular Myrtle Beach hot spot has it all in one convenient location. If your foursome had diverse tastes, this is the place to go. From shopping and dining to attractions and nightlife, Broadway at the Beach offers something for everyone. Want to catch a movie, play a round of putt-putt, grab a bite to eat and beverage to drink, or pick up gifts for folks back home, you can do it all in one stop at Broadway. Of particular interest for golfers is Liberty Brewery and Grill, a favorite among locals and tourists alike, for its Happy Hour, Hand-Crafted Brews and comfort food offerings with a patriotic twist, and Broadway Louie's, a sports bar with lots of TVs, video games and a golf simulator.
Murrells Inlet Marshwalk: If you happen to play a round of golf on the Waccamaw Golf Trail, plan to stick around on the south end of the Grand Strand and enjoy one of the best places on the waterfront. Featuring a wooden walkway that parallels the coastline and offers scenic views of the inlet and marina, the Marshwalk has a dozen seafood restaurants and bars where you can kick back in a hammock and listen to live music while you watch the fishing boats return from a long day at sea. Among golfers' favorite places are the Dead Dog Saloon, Bubba's Love Shack and Creek Ratz.
Shows: Few places offer the opportunity to play championship golf by day and see award-winning shows by night like Myrtle Beach. Featuring several off-Broadway style theaters, the Grand Strand is known almost as much for its quality entertainment as its top-flight golf courses. Check out the Alabama Theater, The Carolina Opry or the Palace Theatre for great productions, or enjoy dinner and a show at Pirates Voyage or Medieval Times. And if you love the classics, see tribute artists impersonate some of the biggest names in show business and music at Legends in Concert. Speaking of concerts, catch some of the top touring acts at the House of Blues.
- Unwind: The most underrated but rewarding things to do after your round of golf is nothing. Actually, make that very little, like relaxing in the hot tub at the hotel or chilling out on your private balcony overlooking the ocean at the resort. Because Myrtle Beach Golf aligns itself with some of the best resorts, hotels and golf villas on the Grand Strand, golfing guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor water facilities so you can take a dip no matter the weather. Get a good night's rest and be ready to tee it up the next morning and do it all over again.
That's the beauty of a golf getaway on the Grand Strand. For all the great courses, there are even more things to do off the course during your Myrtle Beach golf vacation.