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|Marshland comes into play often on Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links, a great golf course to play while in Myrtle Beach for Fourth of July weekend. (GolfPublisher.com)|
Few ocean-side cities in the nation celebrate the Fourth of July with quite the style as Myrtle Beach, S.C.
From the Murrells Inlet Fourth of July Boat Parade to the many fireworks displays, Myrtle Beach's reverence for America's birthday is unquestionable. Add to that more than 100 excellent Myrtle Beach golf courses and several first rate resorts, and it's clear Myrtle Beach is a great place for an Independence Day golf weekend.
Here's a quick rundown on where to stay, where to golf and where to celebrate the Fourth of July in Myrtle Beach.
Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort: For family golf vacations, Litchfield is a great choice, with its wide variety of golf, dining and other entertainment options. Conde Nast Traveler Magazine voted it one of the "World's 50 Best Golf Resorts."
Just 20 minutes south of Myrtle Beach, the resort has 96 one-bedroom suites with a choice of lakeside or poolside views. If you're traveling with the kids and need more space, choose from one of Litchfield's two-room suites, condominiums, lakeside villas and fairway cottages. One-bedroom suites run around $100 a night.
Dining options include Webster's Lowcountry Grill, serving fresh baked pizza, steaks and seafood, Webster's Tavern and The Players Grill at Litchfield Country Club. There's also a Starbucks.
For the non-golfers in your family, Litchfield has 17 clay tennis courts, three of which are lighted. Michelle Elizabeth's Day Spa is a great place to unwind with a little self-indulgent pampering.
Barefoot Resort, Love Course: Golf Digest put the Love Course at No. 53 on its list of America's 100 Greatest Public Courses 2007-08. Designer Davis Love III faced stiff competition when designing this 7,000-yard track, as the three other layouts at Barefoot are designed by Pete Dye, Tom Fazio and Greg Norman. But the native Carolinian upstaged all of them. With its wide fairways and forgiving landing areas, the Love Course is a pleasure to play.
Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links: If you're looking for a pure golf experience, this is the place. There's no real estate lining the fairways at Glenn Dornoch, which won awards from Myrtle Beach Golf Magazine in 2003 and 2004 and has even been recognized in Sports Illustrated.
This Clyde Johnston design is known for transfixing views of the surrounding marshes and excellent conditioning. It's full of risk/reward opportunities, doglegs and carries to keep you on your toes, but don't fret: Glen Dornoch's difficulty isn't overbearing. You'll walk away with at least a sliver of your golf ego intact.
King's North at Myrtle Beach National: One of the most revered rounds of golf on Myrtle Beach, King's North has received numerous awards over the years, including a spot in Golf for Women magazine's top 100 courses for women in America.
King's North can accommodate a range of skill levels, including the scratch golfer. Play it from the back tees, and you'll need every club in your bag.
The 24th Annual Murrells Inlet Fourth of July Boat Parade: Honor America's independence by viewing a line of decorated boats cruising down the creek in Murrells Inlet.
Time: 11 a.m.
Call (843) 651-5675 for more information.
July 4th Music Blast @ La Belle Amie: The La Belle Amie hosts two fantastic bands and offers an excellent selection of wine and food. This is a "Kid Friendly" event.
Time: Noon to 6 p.m.
Phone: (843) 399-9463
Click here for more details.
Broadway at the Beach fireworks display: Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show over Lake Broadway.
"Broadway at the Beach goes nuts with its display," says Jim Woodring, vice president of marketing, golf operations with The Myrtle Beach National Company.
Time: 10 p.m.
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