Best North Myrtle Beach Golf Courses

The Grand Strand is known for its miles of breathtaking beach, fantastic local seafood and most importantly, amazing golf courses. Within the North Myrtle Beach section of the Grand Strand, a few golf courses have separated themselves from the pack. Four of the six courses are actually all grouped together within the Barefoot Landing community. The other two are separate.

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Tidewater Golf Course 

Located behind Cherry Grove and between the Intracoastal Waterway lies Tidewater Golf Club. One of the most breathtakingly beautiful courses around, this challenging course offers mesmerizing views and some difficult holes. Inspired by venues such as Pine Valley and Merion, Tidewater sits atop a peninsula overlooking the Atlantic Ocean while the saltwater marsh encompasses and meanders throughout the community. A contemporary design, Tidewater uses the correct course management tools to preserve this wonderful layout. Elevation changes, plenty of water and unique views not found anywhere else, Tidewater has elevated golf here along the Grand Strand.

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The Surf Golf and Beach Club

A North Myrtle Beach staple, the Surf Golf and Beach Club has offered members and guests the best golf experience for the past 50 years. Demanding hole locations on a fantastic 200 acres of gently contoured, varied terrain separates this course from all others. Since its latest renovation, the Surf Club has widely been the most popular and highest rates course along the Grand Strand and continues to make strides in always improving playing conditions, and visual elements.

The Barefoot Courses; Fazio, Love, Dye and Norman are four of the best golf courses you will find while vacationing in the area. Located behind the famed Barefoot Landing shopping center, each course offers unique backdrops, terrain and challenges. One of the biggest accolades is that each course was designed by some of the most famous golf architects of all time: Tom Fazio, Davis Love III, Pete Dye, and Greg Norman.

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The Fazio Course At Barefoot

If you’re looking for a challenge similar to a European course, the Fazio Course is the one to play. Staying true to the European style, the Fazio course does not have you return to the clubhouse after nine holes. While not a true links course, this classic Lowcountry course is lined with live oaks, native grasses, pines and natural sand. This Par 71, 6,834 yard course features handcrafted bunkers and many lakes to be aware of.

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The Love Course At Barefoot

Designed by a Carolina native himself, the Love Course captures the essence of the Lowcountry lifestyle. With the addition of recreated ruins from an old plantation home, golfers truly get the feel of what is was like back in the day. The Love Course is roughly a 7,000 yard Par 72 course that features generous landing areas and challenging greens. Suitable for the average player and a good challenge for the more experienced golfer.

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The Dye Course At Barefoot

Named 2013’s “Golf Course of the Year” the Dye Course is the only semi-private facility in the Barefoot Resort marked by a private gate for community residents and golfers. Extraordinary homes line the Intracoastal Waterway as you meander through the often treacherous 7,343 yard Par 72 course. Pete Dye truly made this one of his signature courses filled with pitfalls for stray shots mixed with gorgeous natural white sands from the Carolina Bays. The fairways are GN-1 Bermuda while the greens are newly acquired Champion UltraDarf creating a picturesque effect.

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The Norman Course At Barefoot

Using the natural vegetation of South Carolina, Greg Norman set out to instill the natural beauty of the area as inspiration for this beautiful 7,200 yard Par 72 course. Set to resemble a southwest desert- without the desert, the Norman course combines open green complexes and fairways with angular lines in the shape of the course. Bunkers have MacKenzie style sloping white faces with those tricky sod walls sporadically yet strategically placed. Seven holes are set along the Intracoastal Waterway providing scenic backdrops for this “bump and run” styled course. Greg Norman wanted to make this course to give players a variety of options to play around the greens and succeeded with his variety of approach areas all using Tifdwarf grass. GN-1 is used on the tees and fairways while greens use Champion UltraDwarf Grass.

So the next time your are in and around the Myrtle Beach area, take a look at these six courses first. For a premier golfing experience that offers challenges and mesmerizing scenery, you can’t go wrong with any of these courses.

The 6 Best Beach Access Points in North Myrtle Beach

The city of North Myrtle Beach contains 13.5 sq. miles of sprawling sand. With this much beachfront, there are plenty of beach access points. From Cherry Grove to Windy Hill, North Myrtle Beach has an extensive array of beach accesses, each with their own vibe. We have created this guide to highlight some of the best beach access points including: best public parking, attractions and most scenic in North Myrtle Beach, SC.


Cherry Grove

Starting at the northernmost point of North Myrtle Beach rests Cherry Grove Beach. A quaint, quiet beach with plenty of public beach access areas, Cherry Grove offers two distinct views. One of the unique aspects of Cherry Grove is that it is also an inlet complete with boat launch access and a mile of marsh that connects to the Atlantic Ocean. Boaters, fishers, bird enthusiasts, and those who enjoy the natural marsh landscape can get a completely different perspective while vacationing in Cherry Grove. In addition to the natural landscape, Cherry Grove has 3.1 miles of oceanfront. Two of our favorite points to hit the beach are the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier and the very end of Cherry Grove Beach.

Cherry Grove

The Cherry Grove Fishing Pier is one of the most popular attractions in Cherry Grove. Located in front of the Prince Resort, the pier offers a restaurant, plenty of fishing opportunities and a scenic gazebo located at the end of the pier. One of the great aspects is the amount of parking available around the pier. The Cherry Grove Pier offers paid parking that also includes a free pier pass but there are also free parking lots within a block of the fishing pier.

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One of the best kept secrets in North Myrtle Beach is the very end of Cherry Grove Beach. While not having the idealist of parking areas (unless you are staying around there), the beach access at the end of the point is perfect for a romantic rendezvous. Known as the inlet point, the natural dunes and grasses creates a one-of-a-kind backdrop not found anywhere else in North Myrtle Beach

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Between Cherry Grove Beach and downtown North Myrtle Beach, lies a wide open public beach access point. With ample parking, an oceanfront bar, grocer, pizza and ice cream places, those choosing for a fun-filled family day at the beach can find a lot of good choices here.

Downtown North Myrtle Beach can be aptly defined by its Main Street scene. The heart of and soul of NMB, Main Street offers a collective mix of restaurants, nightlife and amusement rides. What’s more, the Main Street beach access has one of the biggest beach attractions: A giant inflatable water-slide

Downtown NMB

Probably the most crowded location in North Myrtle Beach, Main Street’s beach access point is vast. While parking can be more difficult to find, once parked, you can truly pack a full day of events while there. First, and perhaps most importantly to the kids, is the inflatable water-slide. The “Trippo” slide is 36 feet tall and 180 feet long, this Goliath can be seen from all over North Myrtle Beach. Offering two curved side chutes and one straightaway main chute, this 7000 lb. slide, what person wouldn’t like this? The Trippo slide is open from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day. You can purchase single slide rides all the way up to season passes.

For those interested in hitting the beach without kids, Main Street offers a bevy of bars all within walking distance. Just a short walk from Main Street, Coconuts, is an oceanfront bar connected to the Maritime Resort that locals and tourists alike enjoy. Located right on Main Street, Pirate’s Cove and International Cafe are also great places to enjoy a drink and childless atmosphere.

Crescent Beach

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Crescent Beach is the last beach before you hit Atlantic Beach. Atlantic Beach is a completely different incorporated city which divides two separate areas of North Myrtle Beach: Crescent Beach and Windy Hill. Crescent Beach is a lot quieter than the lively downtown North Myrtle Beach. For starters, there are virtually no restaurants or shops along this section of Ocean Drive. One of the few exceptions in Crescent Beach is the Molly Darcy’s beach access point. Molly Darcy’s is an Irish Pub that sits right on the ocean. They share a parking area with a public beach access location so you don’t have to worry about getting towed from their lot. There is also a lot of street parking available around as well.

Windy Hill

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The southernmost beach in North Myrtle Beach is Windy Hill. Conveniently located to Barefoot Landing and other shopping centers, Windy Hill takes on a more Myrtle Beach feel. Still quieter than many beaches in Myrtle, Windy Hill, like Crescent Beach, has very little in terms of bars, restaurants located right on the beach. Guests and locals alike enjoy this facet and take solstice in the beach itself. You can find lots of unabated sun bathers in Windy Hill. If you travel inland from the beach, you can also find a small children’s park.

We hope this guide helps you find your newest favorite beach access point. While these aren’t private beaches, they’re amazing spots in North Myrtle Beach. We’ve also included an interactive map of the locations mentioned in this post. Feel free to weigh-in on your personal favorite beach spots in North Myrtle Beach as well.

Sports Facility in North Myrtle Beach

The North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex that opened in March just off Robert Edge Parkway on SC 31 in North Myrtle Beach is everything they dreamed it would be when they built it. The sports complex is easily accessible and can accommodate a range of sporting activities such as baseball, lacrosse, softball, quidditch, soccer and flag football. The grounds are equipped with a wide selection of amenities that will add value, fun, comfort and ease to any sporting event or tournament. It’s a beautiful property and if you haven’t visited it yet, we encourage you to do so soon!

Sports Facility in North Myrtle Beach

The list of amenities provided both in the sports complex and on the grounds is long.

~ 4 regulation youth baseball/collegiate softball fields lit for night play
~ 2 regulation high school/collegiate baseball fields lit for night play  (can be transformed to regulation youth baseball and collegiate softball fields)
~ 8 regulation soccer/lacrosse fields
~ 8 batting tunnels
~ umpire/official rooms
~ misting fans in each dugout
~ concessions areas
~ 7 picnic shelters
~ 3 playgrounds
~ amphitheatre
~ walking/bike trails
~ 3 acre dog park
~ 25 acre lake for water-related activities
~ 10 acre meadow and much more

Many of the facilities at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex are available for rent such as the picnic shelters, meadow area, amphitheatre, conference room and outdoor plaza. To reserve a facility contact the complex at (843) 281-3800.

If you’re attending or holding an upcoming tournament or event at the Sports Complex and need accommodations for your group, contact us at Grand Strand Resorts. We can accommodate any size group that you may have. Just give us a call at 800-367-6515 and we’ll be happy to talk with you about what we have available during the time period you’ll be in North Myrtle Beach, SC.

Pet Friendly Activities in North Myrtle Beach

When you’re vacationing with Fido it’s something hard to find a place that will value your pet as much as you and your family do. Bring them along with you when you come to North Myrtle Beach because at Grand Strand Resorts we can provide accommodations where your family and Fido, too, will both feel welcome!

Pet Friendly Activities in North Myrtle BeachYou won’t need to leave your pet in your condo either. There are plenty of pet friendly activities in North Myrtle Beach area that they can join you in. The following area just a few places your pet will feel welcomed.

Park & Sports Complex Dog Park

The North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex provides a fenced in playground for your dog. This dog park includes separate fenced in areas for both small and large dogs. The park opens every day at 6:30 a.m.

McLean Park

Pet owners are welcome to bring their dogs on-leash to this clean and attractive parks. There are frequently community events taking place here that are open to the public.

Beaches of North Myrtle Beach

Dogs are allowed on the beach before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. only. The exception to this are assistance dogs.

Pet Friendly Activities in North Myrtle BeachGrand Strand North End Dog Park

The Grand Strand YMCA at 5000 Claire Chapin Epps Drive, Myrtle Beach, provides a fenced in dog park where you dog can exercise off-leash. There’s a separate area for smaller dogs, drinking fountains, and plenty of shade for those hot summer days.

Barefoot Landing

Fido will love strolling along the rustic boardwalk with you criss-crossing large ponds filled with fish. This resort-themed shopping complex that features restaurants, diverse specialty shops. Dogs must be leashed. The following restaurants offer dog-friendly patios: tbonz gill & grill, Ultimate California Pizza, and Sweet Molly’s Creamery.

Pet Friendly Activities in North Myrtle BeachBeaches of Myrtle Beach

Most public beaches in the Myrtle Beach area are pet-friendly during early morning hours and late evenings year-round. Pets are not allowed on the beaches or Ocean Boulevard between 21st Avenue North to 13th Avenue South of Myrtle Beach at any time. Pets are not permitted to be walked on any public beach in Myrtle Beach between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from May 1st through Labor Day.

Krave Bagel Bistro

Located at 1434 Hwy 17S in North Myrtle Beach. Known for serving the best northern style bagels, their patio is also pet friendly.

Ultimate California Pizza

Locations in Surfside Beach as well as Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach both have patios that are leashed dog friendly.

Vacation and Winter Rentals

When you’re looking for a place to stay, whether for a summer vacation or through the winter months, come talk to us at Grand Strand Rentals. Our pet-friendly vacation rentals will provide you and your pet with a comfortable and affordable place to stay.

Free & Cheap Attractions in North Myrtle Beach

Vacations can potentially cost a lot of money. When you want to give your wallet a rest, take advantage of the following no-to-low-cost things to do in the North Myrtle Beach SC area. It just goes to prove that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a good time!

Free & Cheap Attractions In North Myrtle Beach1. Free Summer Concerts – Every Thursday evening there are free summer concerts open to the public from 7 to 9 p.m. Bring a chair and wear your dancing shoes. These concerts will have you on your feet and moving all through the summer! Main Street; 202 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach and Horseshoe; 11 S. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach.

2. McLean Park – Located on Oak Drive in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach, this is a 10 acre park that has picnic tables, grills, a 2 acre lake, playground, paved walking trails, tennis courts, roller hockey rink, a softball/baseball field and a meditation garden. The park is the site of many of the Parks and Recreation Department’s special events like free weekly concerts or movies.

Free & Cheap Attractions In North Myrtle Beach3. Barefoot Landing – SummerFest 2014 lasts all summer long at Barefoot Landing and provides nightly boardwalk entertainers that include an assortment of magicians and clowns, stilt walkers, Nigel & Ally’s Traveling Dance Party, Nick Pike, unicyclists, jugglers, comedians, Kids’ Karaoke and more. Come enjoy free carousel rides on Saturdays and fireworks at 10:15 p.m. every Monday night.

4. The Hippo Waterslide – The world’s largest waterslide, The Hippo, is a 3-story slide that you can ride for just $3 per ride. Located on the beach between 1st and 2nd Avenues South in North Myrtle Beach this is affordable for any beachgoer. Purchase an all-day wristband for just $20!

Free & Cheap Attractions In North Myrtle Beach5. Candlelit Dinner on the Beach – Pack a cooler with an assortment of special foods suitable for dinner. You can find these in any of the local delis. Bring a beach blanket, candles & matches and some easy-listening music. Head over to the closest beachfront as dusk approaches and spread out your blanket, surrounding it with candles stuck in the sand. With music playing and by the light of the candles, enjoy a romantic dinner on the beach.

Now that you know you can safe a bundle on things to do once you’re here you can also take advantage of the Hot Deals we have going on all the time at Grand Strand Resorts. Deals like 15-25% off full week stays or free nights thrown in, are not to be missed! If we can assist you in any way please give us a call at 800-367-6515 or reach us through our Contact page.

How to Experience Authentic Family Fun in North Myrtle Beach

When it comes to finding fun things to experience on your family vacation this year, North Myrtle Beach is the place to visit. This is where you can experience lots of authentic family fun that is guaranteed to bring your family closer together rather than spread them further apart.

How to Experience Authentic Family Fun in North Myrtle BeachLeave all those electronic devices at home or back in where you’re staying, pack a picnic lunch and head out to the beach for the day. Once there, spread out your blanket on the sand, drop your gear, and designate this home base. Then together, as a family, start walking the beachfront looking for shells. Don’t forget your camera! The shelling in this area of coastal South Carolina is simply awesome and everyone is looking for the largest, most perfect shell they can find to commemorate this year’s vacation. Some people collect certain types of shells to take home and make crafts with or decorate their own gardens, while others just want a small memento as a keepsake.

How to Experience Authentic Family Fun in North Myrtle BeachAn extra special way to capture this year’s family vacation for all time while having fun is to arrange to have a family beach portrait taken. There are a number of professional photographers in the Myrtle Beach area (like Kristopher Gerner) that would be delighted to arrange for a photo shoot with you and your family. They’ll provide you with everything you need to know to prepare. You can count on having a great photo of your family to hang on your wall at home.

Some of the most excitement you will ever have as a family can be had on private fishing charters. Whether you fish the inlets and marshes, inshore, or out in the deep waters of the Atlantic, you’re sure to bring home plenty of fish if you opt to keep them but catch-and-release is alright, too.

How to Experience Authentic Family Fun in North Myrtle BeachCharter companies like Fish Hook Charters and Hurricane Fleet offer half day and all day fishing trips on a variety of different size boats. If you’ve never fished before or think you can’t go because you don’t have the equipment, that’s not a problem. Many of the fishing charter companies will supply everything you need including a SC fishing license and will also provide complete instruction on how to fish. You can even count on them to help you reel that big one into the boat!

Ask about meals because you may want to bring your own but many charter companies can arrange for meals and beverages to be included in the cost of their chartered trips. Don’t forget your camera! You’ll want to take lots of pictures once everyone in the family has reeled in their catch of the day. This is one of those days that you will remember for the rest of your lives as being some of the most family fun you’ve ever experienced. We promise you that!

If you haven’t secured your accommodations as of yet, take a look at the special deals we can provide you with at Grand Strand Resorts. We’ll give you 15% off any full week’s stay when you arrive on any Saturday in the month of July – including the week of July 4th! It’s a fabulous deal that will save you a bundle. Give us a call at 800-367-6515 if you’d like more details.

Find the Best Flights To Myrtle Beach 

The Lexington Herald-Leader recently reported that Allegiant Air will be adding two non-stop flights a week from Lexington KY to Myrtle Beach SC beginning May 29, 2014. This is a really big deal for people that live in the Lexington area because Allegiant Air offers low cost flights, thus opening up the possibility of a shore vacation to families that otherwise would not be able to afford one.

Allegiant air flies non-stop to Myrtle BeachThe flights that Allegiant is adding are from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to Myrtle Beach beginning May 30 and to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport beginning May 15.

Allegiant said it offered promotional fares as low as $54, one way, for flights from Blue Grass Airport to Myrtle Beach International Airport, on tickets that were purchased by March 11 for travel by Aug. 12, when the flights end for the year. On any of their promotional low-cost deals, seats are limited and other fees might apply, such as additional fees for luggage, etc.

Non-stop flights to Myrtle Beach.Allegiant Air offers low-cost fares that average less than $100 one way. In addition to the new flights being added there are flights from Columbus Ohio and Syracuse NY non-stop into Myrtle Beach International Airport as well.

They also fly from Lexington KY to several Florida airports including Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Orlando/Daytona Beach/Sanford, Fort Lauderdale, and Fort Myers/Naples/Marco Island/Punta Gorda.

We know how exciting this news is and you’re probably ready to make those long overdue vacation plans for your family now. When it comes for finding your accommodations, take a look at what we have to offer at Grand Strand Resorts.

Our Early Summer Special is a one day sale that will provide you with 30% off early summer weeks of May 31, June 7 or June 14. That’s a really big savings on a Saturday to Saturday stays but it’s for a limited time so hurry! Use promo code TAX30 when you book your accommodations.

Affordable accommodations in North  Myrtle BeachIf you want to stay current on our sales it’s easy to do! Just follow us on our Facebook page or sign up for our e-deals. We offer many different condo specials throughout the summer that permit you to save a bundle on a beautifully furnished condo in a great location along our South Carolina coastline. If you would like to talk with us about our vacation rentals just give us a call at 1-800-367-6515. We’d be happy to help you with your vacation plans!

New Sports Complex Opens March 1 in North Myrtle Beach

March 1st is the scheduled opening date for the new multimillion dollar park and sports complex being built on Robert Edge Parkway off SC 31 in North Myrtle Beach. Located on city owned land west of the IntraCoastal Waterway the spacious complex encompasses a total of 145 acres. There will be a 12 acre area of lawn at the center of the park known as The Meadow. With more than 550 parking spaces available for attendees the Sports Complex is promising to be a very popular venue for all types of team sports.

Barefoot Resort Myrtle BeachThe park includes such features as a 2,300 square foot Veteran’s Plaza with seating, a 63’ x 30’ outdoor amphitheater designed to accommodate large performances, a 27-acre lake, and a privately operated Zip Line. There will be 6 baseball/softball fields, 8 soccer/lacrosse fields, 8 batting cages, 3 miles of walking trails, Waggin Tails dog parks, 6 picnic shelters, 3 playgrounds and a nature preserve. All sports fields are well lit for night play.

The event calendar for the sports complex is filling up fast with such events as softball spring classics, lacrosse spring training, ultimate Frisbee, IQA World Cup VII, baseball spring classic, soccer training and games. The official Grand Opening for the sports complex is slated for Saturday, April 5, 2014 and the public is invited to attend this exciting event. North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation will be sponsoring the event.

Barefoot Resort Myrtle BeachThe National Collegiate Sports Invitational, which lasts three weeks and is expected to bring 60 softball and 24 baseball teams to the beach, will christen the complex in March. While the city of North Myrtle Beach increases their focus on sports tourism at Grand Strand Resorts we can still give you the best accommodations around when you’re coming to the area.

Check out our vacancies at Barefoot Resort Myrtle Beach where you’ll have all the comforts of home plus a whole lot more. When you’re done watching sports and feel like participating our Barefoot Resort Myrtle Beach can set you up with tee times on some of the best championship golf courses in the area. Reach us through our Contact page or give us a call at 800-367-6515 if we can help.

Come Visit the Many Vineyards Located Around the Grand Strand

For the wine lovers among you we’d like to invite you to stop and visit the many vineyards that can be found around the Grand Strand region while you’re here. At Grand Strand Resorts we can offer you accommodations at the Ocean Bay Club North Myrtle Beach where you’ll be in close proximity to the local vineyards. We’ll tell you about three of them here.

ishot-2Boardwalk Winery, located at 1314 Celebrity Circle, Unit 168, in Myrtle Beach is located near the Hard Rock Café in the Caribbean Village at Broadway at the Beach, just across from Ron Jon Surf Shop. This small gourmet winery offers a variety of fruit wines ranging from dry to sweet. Come take part in a wine tasting. It’s an affordable way to try a variety of wines. When you purchase the wine tasting and a bottle of wine you get a free souvenir tasting glass!

Have you ever had a wine smoothie? Carolina Vineyards Winery at 4922 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, makes smoothies from April through October and it’s quite a treat. Wine tasting is available every day they are open. Available for purchase are dry, semi-dry, medium and sweet wines – most made from fruit grown right here in South Carolina.

Wineries near Ocean Bay Club North Myrtle BeachBelle Amie Vineyard, an operating vineyard open to the public, is home to Twisted Sisters wines. Located in the Grand Strand Area. Wine tastings are offered Mon. – Sat. from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Visit anytime during those hours to sample wines. They will take you through the five basic steps of sampling wine and how to recognize wine varietals by their aroma and taste. Every Wednesday is Wine Wednesday and they offer 1/2 price wine tastings all day. Be sure to check out their 2014 Festival Schedule for concerts at the winery.

If you’d like to make reservations at Ocean Bay Club North Myrtle Beach you’re welcome to do so right on our website or, if you prefer, by calling us at 1-800-367-6515 at your convenience. We’d be happy to help you.