By Alice and Danny Scott

Myrtle Beach is nicknamed the Grand Strand for its sixty miles of beautiful sandy shoreline along the northeast coast of South Carolina. It is a magnet for family and friend trips with more than 80 golf courses and entertainment options galore.

The climate is mainly mild year-round with summer temps averaging 83-91 and winter temps 57-61. Accommodations are abundant with home rentals and oceanfront hotels. Action lovers  might prefer staying on the south side while the north side is less touristy and more peaceful Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, touted as “Your Major,” has attracted non-professional golfers from all walks of life, for 40 years. Thousands of players annually, are slotted in flights based on gender, age, and verified handicap for fair play to compete for many prizes. Myrtle Beach Convention Center is host to the World’s Largest 19th Hole in the evenings.

It is the state fair of golf with product and destination exhibitors, games, live bands, drinks, and food stations with sample plates of themed menus from 20 local restaurants, all included. Dirty Don’s Oyster Bar & Grill,. Angelo’s Steakhouse, Mike’s Soul Food, and all the rest could be capped off every night with Friendly’s Ice Cream. The Golf How many trips would it take to play all 80-plus courses? Some notables: Caledonia Fish and Golf Club, with its enchanting wood lined entrance, is a coveted course among the World Am flights. Floral gardens are designated as no play zones with free drops. Bunkers are absent but as the starter says, “there is plenty of kitty litter where you may take a practice swing.” One of the most entertaining holes for golfers and the clubhouse gallery is the picturesque 18th with water along the right and in front of the hole.

Burning Ridge Golf Club, South Carolina’s Course of the Year in ’06 is still in fantastic shape. More