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Shanks: Going to Myrtle Beach for a golf vacation? Use as a resource

On a recent golf trip to Myrtle Beach I was a single paired with two great guys, Jerry and Lee from Michigan. During our round at the terrific Tidewater Golf Club in the Cherry Grove area, we had a somewhat surprising discussion. The place they were staying boasted of having a golf coordinator, so these two -- who knew very little of Myrtle Beach golf scene -- figured they would just rely on this person/service for their golf when they arrived. Reasonable assumption.

The fly in the ointment was that the person in charge of this "service" didn't even play golf and knew absolutely nothing about the nearly 100 golf courses along the Grand Strand. Oh sure, she had phone numbers to call and secure their tee times for a multi-course package but that was about it. It was blind luck that they picked a group of courses that included Tidewater, which is one of my very favorites.

So let that be a lesson to all Myrtle newbies. Spend a few minutes on this web site's Myrtle Beach Golf Guide before you go. is a wonderful resource for golf course information virtually anywhere in the world that golf is played. Then you might know what to expect and look for on your next golfing vacation.

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