In the Myrtle Beach there are so many lodging options that the task of deciding where to stay can be daunting.
One thing to keep in mind is that there are basically three options for lodging. You can stay on the beach, near entertainment or nightlife or in a golf villa. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.
Of course, when many people think of coming to the coast they automatically think of being on the oceanfront.
Staying on the beach provides wonderful views from your balcony. You can fall asleep to the sounds of the crashing waves. You may even get the chance to wiggle your toes into the sandy beach for a bit.
But please try and keep focus on your reason for coming in the first place. You are there to golf. Therefore, all of these benefits may not outweigh the disadvantage of higher prices during the summer months and longer drives to the golf courses.
However, if oceanfront is what you are looking for, one place you will want to check out is the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort at Grand Dunes.
The resort offers many great amenities. Take a dip in the huge oceanfront pool or the indoor pool, or visit the European spa after your round for a relaxing massage and, of course, book a tee time at the Grand Dunes Golf Course.
Once you are in your room, the Marriott Resort at Grand Dunes provides more than its fair share of home comforts and some you don't get at home. From the ocean views, and the complimentary newspaper delivered to your door each morning, to the ultra-comfortable pillow-top beds with down pillows, you are sure to be comfortable between rounds.
Another oceanfront place worth considering is The Long Bay Resort. It offers some great outdoor features such as an outdoor pool, beach volleyball, and of course a fantastic beach. But, rain or shine you will have a great time at The Long Bay Resort.
The indoor facilities are more than what you would expect, even for an oceanfront resort. In the indoor pool complex, aside from the pool, you will find a sauna, whirlpools, a lazy river and a mushroom pool for the kids.
Beyond these amenities, however, the cleanliness of the rooms, the friendliness of the staff and the all-around comfort you will feel while you are there is what will bring you back the following year.
Staying at the Hampton Inn Myrtle Beach at Broadway at the Beach puts you right in the middle of where the action is. You are literally surrounded by an ocean of activity.
There are shops and restaurants everywhere you turn, the Ripley's Aquarium, a water park, a movie theater, the IMAX theater, nightclubs and bars, shows - just to name a few of your entertainment options. There are many good golf courses not much further than a John Daly drive away as well.
"A lot of gofers prefer staying at the Hampton Inn because of everything that is around it," said Gary Cohen, a Myrtle Beach resident who retired from Marriott Hotels. "Many times golfers don't really care about staying at the beach. There are other attractions that they are more interested in."
Possibly the best combination of a great central location with accessibility to golf is Myrtlewood Villas. Here you can stay right along the fairways of the Myrtlewood Golf Club , yet are only a mile from all the attractions at Broadway at the Beach.
The Myrtlewood Villas offer one-, two- and three-bedroom condos with outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a fitness center and other features. Of course, the most important feature is that you can roll out of bed after a night of entertainment at Broadway at the Beach and be at your tee time in a matter of minutes.
"The real value of staying at a golf villa or condo is time," said JT Kobelt of Carolina Golf Travel. If you are staying on the ocean in one of those high-rises and you are trying to make a tee time and the elevator is tied up, you have to get out of the parking garage and then make it to the course, time really is against you,"
The 36 holes of Myrtlewood Golf Club is your main reason for staying here. The club has been a staple of Myrtle Beach golf since the mid '60s. Although, if you decide you want to play additional courses, you will have plenty of options to choose from in the immediate area.
A little further north in Little River is the Village at the Glens. Nestled within Heather Glen Golf Course, the Village at the Glens offers several lodging options. Any way you go you should be pleased with your decision. The larger villas have up to 1,500 square feet of living space.
The rooms are tastefully decorated and spotless and give you and your group plenty of room to relax and unwind between rounds.
Playing Heather Glen is something you surely will want to do and, if you are brave enough, you can book a round at its sister course Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links right across the street. A tough cookie, but if you can bring the game to match it, you should have a memorable round.
These are but a few of the great lodging options in the Myrtle Beach area. Give them a shot if you'd like, or set out on your own and find the place that suits you best.
Don't be afraid to mix it up and try a new place, but make sure you decide what aspects of the area are most important to you. This will help you narrow down your search quite a bit.
Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management. The information in this story was accurate at the time of publication. All contact information, directions and prices should be confirmed directly with the golf course or resort before making reservations and/or travel plans.