It's too early to tell which NFL team will claim this season's Super Bowl title, but the big winners on the Grand Strand will be the golfers who spend that weekend focused on the greens, not the gridiron. While the world takes a timeout to watch the biggest sports event of the year, savvy golfers will head to Myrtle Beach to play their favorite game on the area’s famed links.
Super Bowl LII is set for Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minn., but Myrtle Beach is the place to be for people who prefer to chase the little white ball rather than watch the oblong brown one. Book your golf getaway for that same weekend to enjoy a secluded time on the links and a wild time at one of the many Super Bowl parties on the Grand Strand.
The big game doesn't kick off ’til after 6 p.m., a good hour after darkness pulls the plug on your golf round. That's plenty of time to find the closest 19th hole or local watering hole to catch all the football action. Here's a list of some of the best combinations of golf courses and sports bars where you can experience a truly Super Sunday in Myrtle Beach:
* Barefoot Golf Resort: Play one of the four Barefoot masterpieces, and you are in prime position to catch the Super Bowl at one of Barefoot Landing's popular hangouts, such as Bully's Pub & Grill, Dick's Last Resort, the House of Blues or Wild Wing Cafe. If the Pittsburgh Steelers are in the big game, head a bit deeper into North Myrtle Beach to Steelers' hot spot Oscar's.
* Grande Dunes Golf Resort: Located across the Intracoastal Waterway from the Myrtle Beach mainland, the Grande Dunes is just across the bridge from a couple of unique venues for watching the Super Bowl. The Anchor Cafe is situated over the Waterway for great views of the waterway and the big-screen TVs, and the Backyard Sports Bar and Grill has cornhole boards and other games to enjoy while watching football.
* Legends Golf Resort: If you find yourself out in the Carolina Forest area to play one of the three Legends courses there, you don't have to travel far to find a great place to watch the Super Bowl. The on-site Ailsa Pub is a cozy Irish lounge, and nearby Handley's Pub & Grub throws a big bash to celebrate the occasion.
* Myrtlewood Golf Club: The Palmetto and PineHills courses at this classic Myrtle Beach tract are conveniently located just across the Highway 17 Bypass from Broadway at the Beach, the unofficial headquarters for local Super Bowl parties. Sports bars like Broadway Louie's, Carolina Ale House, Dave & Buster’s and Tilted Kilt will be kicking long after the final whistle.
* Pine Lakes Country Club: “The Granddaddy” is not only a great course to play, but Myrtle Beach's first golf course is also close to several local neighborhood bars. Enjoy a couple of post-round drinks at the on-site Robert White Pub, then head a few doors down to Foster's Café & Bar, Jimmagan's or Pine Lakes Tavern to catch the game with a lot of locals.
* Prestwick Country Club: The South Strand is home to several great courses and watering holes. Play Prestwick and check out the Super Bowl at Spencerz Sports Bar or the Sundown Sports Pub.
* Waccamaw Golf Trial: On the extreme south end of the Strand, the Waccamaw Golf Trail features a dozen championship courses and some of the best in the South, like Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and sister course True Blue Golf Club. Cap a great round by catching the Super Bowl at Pawleys Island Tavern or Island Bar & Grill.
No matter how the big game turns out, you and your foursome are sure to have a super time spending Super Bowl weekend on the golf courses and in the sports bars of the Myrtle Beach area.