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Myrtle Beach a great destination for a Mother's Day golf weekend

By S. Adam Cardais,
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Known as one of the most women-friendly golf courses in Myrtle Beach, Willbrook Plantation is a great course to include in a three-day Mother's Day golf weekend on the Grand Strand. (Courtesy Willbrook Plantation)

Mother's Day 2007 is two weeks away. If mom is a golfer, you should consider Myrtle Beach and a golf weekend that combines great golf courses with fine accommodation and a killer Sunday brunch. She won't know what to say. WorldGolf.com has your three-day itinerary.

Every Mother's Day it's the same routine. A bouquet of flowers is presented to the special lady with a card stamped with warm sentiments straight from the pens of Hallmark's finest wordsmiths; then it's off to the Marriott for brunch.

This year, give your mother a break from the forced courtesy smiles and thank you's with a Mother's Day gift she'll actually enjoy: a three-day golf trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., home to some of the country's best golf and excellent resorts.

Try this golf weekend itinerary for a Mother's Day she won't soon forget.

Friday

Check in early Friday at the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, voted one of the "World's 50 Best Golf Resorts" by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. Whether on a couple's Mother's Day weekend or traveling with the whole family, this is the place to stay, with its wide variety of golf, dining and other entertainment options.

The resort, located just 20 minutes south of Myrtle Beach, has 96 spacious, one-bedroom suites with a choice of lakeside or poolside views. Looking for more space? You can choose from one of Litchfield's two-room suites, condominiums, lakeside villas and fairway cottages. One-bedroom suites run around $100 a night.

Guests get tee-time privileges at three area golf courses: the River Club, Litchfield Country Club and Willbrook Plantation Golf Club - the course we recommend you head to immediately after unpacking.

A favorite of Golf for Women Magazine, Willbrook Plantation is the perfect golf course to start on. The 4,963-yard course, designed by Dan Maples, is known for its open approaches, so it's an opportunity to build a little confidence on the first day.

Willbrook Plantation is also considered among the most serene, scenic courses in Myrtle Beach.

"It's a beautiful setting, set in the marshy Waccamaw River basin, among giant, spreading oaks, pampass grass and the marsh, with a few weeping willows tossed in," Tim McDonald wrote in a review for MyrtleBeachGolf.com.

For dinner Friday night, check out Webster's Lowcountry Grill. Located at the resort, the restaurant features steaks, seafood and even fresh-baked pizza.

Saturday

Today it's off to Myrtlewood Golf Club for a round at the The Palmetto Course. This course is known for its great service and playability. It is light on water, has very little rough and measures 4,906 yards from the forward tees.

All these attributes have made Palmetto one of the most trafficked courses in Myrtle Beach, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

"For all the rounds it sees on a regular packed-in basis, Palmetto is in surprisingly good shape," Chris Baldwin wrote in a review for MyrtleBeachGolf.com. "It's not as green as you might like, but it's extremely playable."

Get out of the resort complex Saturday night for dinner at Greg Norman's Australian Grille. This restaurant dishes up exotic Australian cuisine and boasts a wine menu that received an award of excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. Splurge on the Lobster crusted swordfish with herbed barley risotto, fresh asparagus and roasted red pepper coulis.

Sunday

Before hitting the links, take mom for a leisurely brunch at The Players Club Grill at Litchfield Country Club, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make sure to treat her to a mimosa or two.

Not too many, though, because after brunch it's off to Myrtle Beach National for 18 of arguably the finest holes of golf on the Grand Strand at the club's King's North course. Golf for Women Magazine has recognized King's North as one of the 100 best courses in America for women. At 4,816 yards from the forward tees, it might be a little longer than some ladies prefer but is still manageable.

King's North, designed by Francis Duane and Arnold Palmer, is also a joy to play, boasting some of the best holes in Myrtle Beach, including its highly regarded No. 6, a 568-yard par-5 that wraps around a lake to the left, with an island fairway straight ahead.

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