You've got your Myrtle Beach golf getaway planned to the tee, from every course to every hole. But what about the hours of the day that you're not chasing the little white ball? Many golfers just wing it, which is fine if you don't mind leaving it to chance. The Grand Strand has so much going on that it's easy to stumble into a good time. But for those who want to get the most out of their time off the course, here are our five recommendations:
Dining: Playing 18 holes or more can work up a serious appetite, and you've come to the right place to fix it. Of course, seafood is a popular choice in Myrtle Beach. Bennett's Calabash and Captain George's are great choices for buffet lovers, and Mr. Fish and Sea Captain's House serve excellent fresh-catch specials. Those who prefer “land food” over seafood, Chuck's Steak House and Rioz serve some mean grilled meats, or go for surf and turf at 21 Main. For a more casual setting, Sam Snead's Oak Grill & Tavern displays “Swinging Sammy's” memorabilia on the walls and serves some of his favorite dishes.
Football: After a long day on the links, you might want to check out the action on the gridiron. Grand Strand visitors can add indoor football to their list of entertainment options when the Myrtle Beach Freedom kickoff their inaugural season in March. As members of the Arena Indoor Football League, the Freedom will play their home games at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in a schedule to be announced.
More Golf: Some golfers can't seem to get enough of the game. No sooner do they hole out on the 18th before they start thinking about their next tee time. Fortunately for such golf fanatics, you've come to the right place. In addition to the 60 or so courses on the Grand Strand, the Myrtle Beach area also offers other golf opportunities, such as putt-putt golf, driving ranges and putting greens. The Midway Par-3 and Cane Patch Par-3 in Myrtle Beach are great places to go to work on your swing between rounds, and the driving range area is lit so you can play after the sun goes down. Hawaiian Rumble in North Myrtle Beach is home to the US Open and Masters of Mini golf if you want a stiff challenge with the putter.
Shopping: So shopping isn't usually at the top of most golfers' list when it comes to free time in Myrtle Beach, but the abundance of golf outlet stores on the Grand Strand makes for some excellent retail therapy. Check out the PGA Tour Superstore, Golf Dimensions or any of the local golf megastores to pick up some new clubs, apparel, shoes or golf balls. Get your old clubs re-gripped while you hit the on-site practice tee and test out some new sticks. If you need to pick up a gift for your loved ones back home as a sort of bribe for letting you take off to Myrtle Beach, the shops at Broadway at the Beach, Tanger Outlet Stores and several malls offer more traditional shopping opportunities.
Sports Bars: Catch the big games after your big rounds at Broadway Louie’s at Broadway at the Beach. Half the establishment is an arena-style viewing room with bar and table seating and plenty of large-screen TVs, and the other half is a high-tech game room and arcade that includes swing-simulated golf games. Also at Broadway is Chuck & Ducks. Bumstead’s Pub in downtown Myrtle Beach is the perfect place for groups to catch the games. The booths have their own TV screens with sound and channel remotes so you can catch your favorite team from back home. Most clubhouses also have sports-bar style 19th holes.
Those are just five off-course entertainment options for visiting golfers, but there are dozens of more fun things to do after you leave the links. Book your golf package to Myrtle Beach today and discover the magic both on and off the course.