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|You won't get to play with the pros like Darius Rucker, but there are plenty of great courses to hit. (Courtesy of Hootie.com)|
Sure, it's their golf tournament, but why should Hootie & the Blowfish have all the fun at the Monday After the Masters celebrity pro-am in Myrtle Beach?
If you plan to attend this 14th edition of the annual charity event April 9 and have an itch to hit the links yourself, you'll have options galore. Here are some of the choice golf courses within driving distance of the tournament venue, the Dye Course at Barefoot Resort.
This Robert Trent Jones Sr. design is consistently rated one of America's top 100 golf courses has hosted its fair share of prestigious events, including the Women's U.S. Open.
Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links: This Scottish-themed course is considered one of finest in Myrtle Beach - no small feat on a stretch of seashore with more than 100 tracks.
Myrtle Beach Golf Magazine honored Glen Dornoch with awards in 2003 and 2004, and the course has even gotten props from Sports Illustrated. This Clyde Johnston design is known for its excellent conditioning and transfixing views of the surrounding marshes.
"Johnston gives you an excellent test without beating you over the head with a mashie," Tim McDonald wrote in a MyrtleBeachGolf.com review "The holes throw different looks and angles at you, with virtually no repetition. There are plenty of risk/reward, pond and marsh carries and doglegs to be cut down to size."
King's North at Myrtle Beach National: About 30 minutes from Barefoot, this is a great choice if you're with the family. King's North has been recognized as one of the 100 best U.S. tracks for women by Golf for Women Magazine.
The guys like it too. In a story at TravelGolf.com, Chris Baldwin called King's North "a contender for Myrtle Beach top-10 honors and shoe-in as one of the top 20 courses on the Grand Strand."
Barefoot Resort, Dye Course: This is the place to play if you can't wait to hit the links. But better bring every club in your bag: This is considered the most difficult of Barefoot's quartet of courses.
That's no surprise, as it was designed by Pete Dye, the mastermind behind some of the nation's most difficult tracks. This 7,300-yard-plus private run has enough hidden bunkers and mounding to drive even a scratch golfer to drink.
Tidewater Golf Club: Stretched out along the Intracoastal Waterway, Tidewater has some of the most breathtaking holes in Myrtle Beach. The beauty of this 7,078-yard track, about 10 miles from Barefoot, is unmatched on the Grand Strand.
"It's a gorgeous course, with overhanging oaks, marsh everywhere and high bluffs overlooking the sun-sparkled Intracoastal Waterway, complete with cruising sailboats and dotted with local fisherman," McDonald wrote in MyrtleBeachGolf.com feature story. "Everywhere you look, the conditioning is top-notch, even in the autumn when many other Strand courses are suffering."
April 5, 2007
It might be a great time to be a golfer, but few would claim it is the best time to own a golf course. Competition is stiff, and the time, cost and difficulty of the sport make it a tough sell in today's fast-paced world. Therefore, course operators are being challenged to think "outside the cup." Here's case study on one course that's doing it right.
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