Golf News for Thursday, January 24, 2013 | Travel

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday announces increased Spirit Airlines non-stop flights

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday announces Spirit Airlines is adding daily nonstop seasonal service from Baltimore / Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) starting April 25.

With approximate drive times to the Grand Strand of eight and 10 hours from the Baltimore and Philadelphia areas respectively, the 90-minute flight from both locales is a timesaver. The daily nonstop from BWI departs at 10:45 a.m. and 7:25 a.m. at PHL.

Golfers will enjoy access to Myrtle Beach's 100-plus golf courses, world-renowned entertainment and nightlife, and miles of pristine beaches. For flight schedules and fares, visit www.spirit.com.

Spirit currently offers year-round daily nonstop service to Myrtle Beach from Atlantic City, Boston, Fort Lauderdale and New York LaGuardia. It also recently announced moving up the start dates for its 2013 seasonal service to / from Myrtle Beach just in time for the Valentine's and President's Day weekend, including:

• Daily nonstop service from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) as of Feb. 14

• Daily nonstop service from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) beginning Feb. 14

• Three weekly nonstop flights from Latrobe / Pittsburgh, Pa. (LTB) starting Feb. 14, with service increasing to daily on April 24

• Two weekly nonstop flights from Niagara Falls, N.Y. / Toronto, Canada (IAG) starting Feb.15, with service increasing to four weekly flights on April 25

• Two weekly nonstop flights from Charleston, W.Va. (CRW) beginning March 2, with service increasing to three weekly flights on April 25

Additionally, effective April 25, Spirit resumes seasonal service from the Plattsburgh, N.Y. / Montreal, Canada (PBG) and Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW), both with three flights per week to Myrtle Beach.

"Spirit Airlines' addition of new flights, earlier resumption of seasonal service, and more capacity out of existing markets is a home run for us," said Bill Golden, president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. "Adding daily, nonstop service from Baltimore-Washington and Philadelphia, two primary feeder markets, will be a boon for the golf community. We are always working to increase our percentage of the golf market share, and nonstop flight service is vital to those efforts."

Myrtle Beach offers layouts created by the pinnacle of course designers including Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Tom Fazio and Greg Norman. It is widely regarded as the "birthplace of the golf package," marrying an unrivaled array of courses with accommodations ranging from beachfront holes to on-course villas.

For more information about golf packages and promotions in Myrtle Beach, visit www.GolfHoliday.com.

About Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is a non-profit trade association comprised of 79 championship golf courses and 99 golf package providers in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Founded in 1967, the organization continues to be the driving force behind the growth of the region's thriving golf market. The originator of the "Stay and Play Package," Golf Holiday provides non-biased information about accommodations and golf courses to assist golfers in making the most informed decisions when planning for their next vacation.

Golf Holiday also hosts seven events and tournaments annually to help to foster continued growth of the game. In addition to hosting the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament each spring, Golf Holiday also manages the GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship - the world's largest single-site amateur golf tournament, the Summer Family Golf Tournaments, the Palmetto High School Golf Championships, the Veterans Golf Classic and the Myrtle Beach Never Forgets Memorial Golf Outing.

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