The summer beach season may be winding down but the Myrtle Beach golf season is just cranking up.
North Carolina golfers know autumn is one of the best times of the year to enjoy great deals on some of the top-ranked courses in America, including award-winning designs by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Larry Nelson, Robert Trent Jones and others.
The Prime Times Signature collection of courses, managed by National Golf Management Company, offers the most extensive selection of Myrtle Beach-area courses at some of the best rates. And this fall, they have sweetened the offer with a $100 Rewards card when you play four or more courses.
To make planning your visit even easier, the Prime Times courses are grouped regionally, ranging from the Gateway Collection of courses in the northern Grand Strand, to the Southern Beach Collection along the historic southern shores of Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island.
The Prime Times Gateway Collection includes some of the region’s premier courses in North Myrtle Beach and Brunswick County, N.C. One of their courses, Farmstead Golf Links, actually straddles the state line, with its par-6, closing hole. All are within close proximity to the resort hotels and cottages of North Myrtle Beach, Holden Beach and Ocean Isle.
Other Gateway courses include Meadowlands, Aberdeen, Long Bay Club and River Hills. Play any four of these courses this fall and get a fifth round at the highly acclaimed Long Bay Club, a Nicklaus signature design, for only $25 in conjunction with the celebration of the course’s 25th anniversary.
The Grande Collection of courses ranges from the oldest to the newest and a lot of great courses in between. Pine Lakes Country Club, nicknamed “The Granddaddy,” is the area’s oldest course, with the original layout dating back to the mid 1920s. Designed by a Scotsman by the name of Robert White, who was to become the first president of the PGA of America, Pine Lakes is where Sports Illustrated was conceived during a golf junket of Time Inc. executives back in the late 1950s. Other Prime Times courses in the central Myrtle Beach area include Myrtlewood’s PineHills and Palmetto courses; King’s North, SouthCreek and the West Course at Myrtle Beach National – all three the work of golf legend Arnold Palmer; Arcadian Shores, Rees Jones’ first signature design; Waterway Hills, a 27-hole Robert Trent Jones layout that you access by boarding a gondola across the Waterway; Wild Wing Plantation and Grande Dunes Resort Club, two among the Strand’s most recent additions and co-host of the 2014 PGA National Championship.
If you enjoy a slightly slower pace, you might want to head to the Grand Strand’s southern shores and the Southern Collection of Prime Time courses. Ranked among the Top 50 In America for Women Golfers, Willbrook Plantation is built on the site of two Carolina rice plantations and is a course that noted designer Dan Maples has frequently referred to as “one of my best.” Pawleys Plantation, a Jack Nicklaus design, has remained ranked among the Top 20 Courses in the golf-rich state of South Carolina. Blackmoor is a Gary Player signature design, built upon the historic Longwood Plantation. Litchfield Country Club, River Club, Tradition Club and Wachesaw Plantation East round out the Southern Beach Collection.
Start planning your Myrtle Beach golf getaway online at www.myrtlebeachgolfgetaway.com, where you can view rates and tee times in real time, along with recent reviews of all Myrtle Beach area courses, written by golfers for golfers.