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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Speaking of the Classic Group, Indian Wells Review

This is a reprint, authored by Chris King of Golf Holiday in Myrtle Beach. Chris is a great guy, and a very solid reviewer and writes a great blog at:

Pine trees line the fairway immediately off the first tee and a large lake looms in the distance, a combination of unmistakable scenery, challenge and danger. The view also provides an accurate barometer of what lies ahead at Indian Wells Golf Club.

The 25-year-old layout is a long-time Myrtle Beach golf favorite and that initial snapshot offers a clear understanding of why. Indian Wells features tight fairways and water on 15 holes, but it’s also impeccably maintained and the challenge is straight-forward.

Indian Wells is the type of course that helped Myrtle Beach forge its reputation as golf’s premier value destination. With live oak trees draped in Spanish moss and abundant water, it offers an experience your home course likely can’t replicate.

The Gene Hamm design was popular upon its opening in 1984, but after undergoing a six-month renovation in 2002, Indian Wells secured its niche in the market. The Classic Golf Group facility installed new greens, remodeled the clubhouse and revamped the course. They also made the commitment to providing superior customer service and conditions.

While tight fairways and water conjure images of a difficult layout, Indian Wells (official website) is very playable. The course measures 6,624 yards from the tips and 6,225 yards from the white tees, so it’s manageable. Players aren’t required to bomb the ball off the tee to have a chance and the water, while ubiquitous, doesn’t require long, forced carries, particularly if you aren’t playing from the tips.

The longest par 4 is 430 yards from the back tees, and a driver isn’t a necessity on many holes. The big stick is arguably the right call off the tee on as few as eight holes.

“The driver is probably the least important club in the bag,” general manger Matt Hamrick said.

The course has 48 bunkers, so sand isn’t an overwhelming threat, either. Just as the fairways are thin, so are the greens. The greens complexes at Indian Wells are small, placing a premium on short game play.

“Chipping and putting (are the keys to success), because you aren’t going to hit every green,” Hamrick said. “If you are going to score well you are going to have to have a good chipping and putting day.”

Located in Garden City, Indian Wells, the 2004 Myrtle Beach Golf Course Owners Association Course of the Year, is home to a surplus of wildlife, including a bald eagle. Over the last decade, Myrtle Beach’s reputation as a home to premier golf courses has rightfully grown, but value has long been at the heart of the area’s popularity, and Indian Wells is one of the reasons.

“Conditions are the biggest thing that keeps people coming back,” Hamrick said. “I believe we are one of the top conditioned golf courses on the beach … Overall, it’s just a very good challenge. It’s very fair. “

Par 3s
As a collection, the par 3s are the toughest group of holes at Indian Wells, though the first one is the easiest. The 167-yard sixth hole has two bunkers off the back but the green is 32 yards deep, among the course’s biggest.

The eighth is much more challenging. The hole plays 193 yards from the back tees to an elevated green that has two fairly large bunkers in the front. It’s easy to come up short on No. 8 and recovering is a challenge.

The 210-yard, 17th hole is the most difficult par 3. Water runs from tee to green and the prevailing wind is often in your face. Any player that walks off the 17th should rightfully feel good.

The 14th, a 167-yarder, offers sand on the right and water on the left, but there is plenty of room in between to find the green.

Par 4s
The par 4s at Indian Wells constitute some of the layout’s most interesting holes. On nine of the 10 par 4s, water comes into play, but there isn’t a long, forced carry in the bunch.

The longest carry is on the 355-yard third hole, which requires a 155-yard shot over water, but that is from the back tees. The hole offers long hitters a chance at birdie (if you drive it straight) but a three-wood or hybrid off the tee leaves a very manageable approach. That’s a strategic decision many par 4s at Indian Wells force players to make.

The fourth hole doesn’t require a decision on club selection. The course’s longest par 4 at 430 yards from the tips, No. 4 rewards a long tee shot. A bunker on the left side is a factor on the drive and the fairway narrows approximately 270 yards from the tee, so there is a premium on accuracy. The green is flanked by a bunker on each side. The fourth is the most difficult hole on the front side.

The ninth is among the front nine’s most interesting holes. It’s long at 420 yards from the tips, but a creek dissecting the fairways prevents players blasting away with the driver. The creek is 300 yards from the back tees and 281 from the white tees. That being said, players that layup to far back face a long approach to a narrow, well-bunkered green.

The backside at Indian Wells is where the course bears its teeth. Holes 16 and 18 are two of the most memorable par 4s and water looms on the left side of each. If your swing naturally produces a hook, don’t overdo it coming down the stretch.

The two holes represent different challenges. On a course that often rewards precision, No. 16 provides the opportunity for long-hitters to unleash. No matter how long the drive, precision on the approach is still demanded because the 16th green is the course’s second smallest.

Indian Wells most difficult hole is No. 18. It’s relatively long at 410 yards but accuracy is the most important factor in success. Water interrupts the fairways and a large tree 50 yards in front of the green, requires the tee shot land on the left side of the fairway.

It’s a beautiful hole but very challenging.

sign.jpgPar 5s
This where you have a chance to pick up a couple strokes. Three of Indian Wells’ four par 5s are less than 500 yards so even short hitters will have ample opportunity to score.

The first hole is regarded as the easiest on the course by Hamrick, and at 491 yards, it’s reachable in two. If you go for it in two and miss, a pair of bunkers and water that creeps into the fairway threaten. If played conservatively, there is no reason the average golfers can’t leave the first green with a par or better.

The fifth hole is the longest par 5, measuring a healthy 526 yards. The hole is straight, but the green is small and water runs near its right edge. The toughest of the par 5s.

The back nine par 5s are the shortest. The 13th hole is a 581-yard dogleg right. Players that can cut the corner set themselves up with a manageable second shot into the course’s smallest green.

Number 15 is marginally longer at 584 yards and it doglegs left but the opportunity to cut a corner isn’t there. The green is reachable in two but that means flirting with the narrowest part of the fairway, which is bordered by, you guessed it, water. The 15th green is a large one, but the smart play is to layback and position yourself to get close on third shot.

The Verdict: Indian Wells is a good course that is well conditioned. The greens are fast and true, the layout fair. The Classic Golf Group course is a good test of golf and they type of value that helps make Myrtle Beach golf’s leading destination.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Classic Golf Group Package

Today, I am going to speak a bit about the Classic Golf Group, and their packages for next year. They mid to lower upper tier in Myrtle Beach, and offer some great value for the price. The group consists of four courses; Burning Ridge, Black Bear, Indian Wells, and the new Founders Club. Their Motto as a company:

It goes without saying that there are many fine courses along the Grand Strand. At Classic Golf Group, we deliver fine courses, as well as something more.

We believe the golfing experience begins the moment you arrive, where you’ll be catered to in the spirit of true southern hospitality that continues throughout and after 18 immaculate holes.


Extensive renovations have produced amazing rewards! Not only was it voted 2006 Myrtle Beach Golf Course of the Year, but also honored as the South Carolina Golf Course of the Year.

As you maneuver through the elegantly mounded fairways, large yawning bunkers, and velvet smooth putting surfaces you will understand why the course has received these lofty awards. After your round enjoy the country club atmosphere with a drink and meal on the outside deck.

Burning Ridge Golf Club also has GPS Equipped Golf Carts.


This Tom Jackson Signature design provides golfers the opportunity to get away from the confinement of homes lining each hole. The course itself will force you to use every club in your bag and the wide fairways instill confidence for the meek and forgiveness for the bold.

Black Bear Golf Club is a classic parkland course completely engulfed by nature. The Beast, having recently sharpened its claws, may look intimidating with it’s 23 finger lakes, but the wide fairways and smooth Champion greens make it golf as it was meant to be… peaceful, beautiful and playable. Black Bear’s friendly staff eagerly awaits your visit. Come Tame the Beast !!!

Black Bear Golf Club also has GPS Equipped Golf Carts


After extensive renovations, Indian Wells Golf Club was the recipient of the 2004 Golf Course of the Year Award by the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association. In addition the golf staff received the prestigious Customer Service and Hospitality Award by the Myrtle Beach Golfing News.

A local's favorite, designed by Gene Hamm, our guests continue to rave about the appearance and layout of Indian Wells Golf Club. Your finishing hole is a veteran member of the Grand Strand's Dream 18, regarded as one of the best, and toughest, holes in Myrtle Beach. Are you up to the challenge?

Indian Wells Golf Club also has GPS Equipped Golf Carts.


Visit the 18 Hole Preview >>

The Founders Club at Pawleys Island is NOW OPEN!

This course offers stunning visuals that only the Pawleys Island area can provide.

18 uniquely designed holes give our golfers an experience they are sure to remember. Conclude your day with a drink and something to eat in our Lowcountry-style clubhouse overlooking the 18 th green. The Founders Club at Pawleys Island is certain to be a "must play" when visiting the Grand Strand. Be sure to book well in advance as tee times are certain to fill up quickly.

Founders Club also has GPS Equipped Golf Carts.

Notice that all Courses have GPS INSIDE THE CART
, a bonus for sure!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Beach Ford to Sponsor NMCRS Tournament

A special thanks to our good friend Bob Barton of Beach Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, for joining the VB Crew's Sponsorship list for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Charity Golf Tournament on May 20th, 2010.

Beach Ford will be sponsoring a Par 3 Hole at the Ocean Golf Course, putting up a New Ford car for a Hole in One! We are more than happy to promote Beach Ford, as I know a lot of us have bought a car there before, but Bob is always willing to work out the best deal possible on a new or used car, so take advantage of our friend, he want's to sell you a new car.

Thanks to Bob and the whole Barton family for their support.

Friday, September 25, 2009

New Clubs?

In the market for new clubs, drivers, or wedges? Please do not buy them retail, please talk with me, and I will get you fitted (professionally) for Taylor Made Irons, Divers, Hybrids or Wedges, or Adams Drivers, Irons, Hybrids or Wedges.

These clubs will be at a very big discount compared to store prices, and are coming straight from the company, so please let me know!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Myrtle Beach 2010 III

Adding another option to Myrtle 2010 is the Ocean Ridge Plantation courses, Lions Paw, Panther's Run, Tiger's Eye, Leopards Chase, and new for 2010, Jaguar's Lair. Five courses in North Myrtle, all close and with in 10 minutes of the golf condos we would stay in. Being North Myrtle, and a package deal, we would save a lot of money, and be able to play some fantastic courses we have never seen or played before.

Lions Paw:

Lions Paw, awarded 4 STARS in Golf Digest’s “Places To Play” has been described as the eminent Willard Byrd’s finest work. Wild and untamed, rustic and quiet, this magnificent course presents a lion’s share of adventure and challenge accompanied by nature’s best scenery. The finishing hole plays open from the tee and then flows through the trees to the green.Golf Digest also declared Lion’s Paw “The best in the Myrtle Beach area.”

Panther's Run:

Wide fairways are intertwined with various water hazards to create a scenic work of art on this challenging course. Don't be fooled by the beauty designed by the Tom Cate! Though wandering through nature preserves it tests the utmost of your ability to blend distance and precision in the perfect golfing challenge.

Tiger's Eye:

Tiger’s Eye Golf Links is another dazzling design by Master Architect Tim Cate. Opened in 2000 with 18 unforgettable holes, this big cat is tough to tame, featuring 60 foot elevation changes, undulating fairways, sparkling lakes and a stunning par three island green. In 2007, Golf Digest ranked it among their “Top 100 U.S. Public Courses.” Be sure to take a moment to enjoy the Tiger’s Eye clubhouse veranda and the stunning panoramic view- truly every golfer’s dream!

Leopard's Chase:

Named By Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine as one of the Top 10 New Public Courses in America for 2007, Leopard’s Chase Golf Club at Ocean Ridge Plantation is the fourth Big Cat in the family of felines. This par 72 course designed by Tim Cate is as scenic as it is enjoyable to play. You will encounter forced carries, some generous landing areas and dramatic elevation changes. As you travel the 18 holes, you will also notice a varied terrain accompanied by stunning natural vistas. The tee positions will accommodate all levels of play with equal risk and reward situations to allow you the best scoring opportunities. Save your delicate touch shots for the undulating greens. The waterfall along #18 green will calm and relax you as you finish your round.

Jaguar's Lair:

807 Acres of Ocean Isle Beach's best, Jaguars Lair (formerly Angels Trace Golf Course) is another of Clyde Johnston's masterpiece designs. Offering generous, rolling fairways, shallow bunkers, moderate mounding and large greens, Johnston has designed a Myrtle Beach golf course with playability in mind. Sparkling lakes fringed with oyster shells and tall cattails create many of the water hazards located throughout the course. Bordered by a mix of hardwoods, tall oaks, poplars, and a sprinkling of dogwoods, the South Course will put your Myrtle Beach golf group in a scoring mood.

Located in the South Brunswick Isles, Angels Trace golf course has been on the must play list of guests staying in our Crow Creek Golf Course Condos for years..

The Angels Trace North course was sold in 2006 and became a housing complex. The Jaguars Lair Golf Course is now open and a highly requested Myrtle Beach Golf Package course..
Course Rating: 74.1
Slope Rating: 139

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Myrtle Beach 2010

With our Myrtle Beach 2010 trip fast approaching, a mere 249 days away, I have been researching different options. The Legends Package is by far the most convenient of them all, with condos and 3 courses on site. We can expect to be around 350.00 a person if we decide to go that route.

Another option is the Glenn's Group, with Condos on one of their courses, and the other courses very close. The Glenn's Group is a Scottish themed group of courses, although there is a lot of variation between all 4 courses.

This would be a lesser priced option, and brand new courses we have never played. They have gotten great reviews, and Glenn Dornach was the 2009 Myrtle Beach Course of the Year.

Here is the link to the Glenn's Web Site if anyone wants to check it out:

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Adams Golf Contest

Thanks to local PGA Pro and Adams staff member Jamie Smith, for pointing me towards this great Adams Golf contest. Just enter the contest, and you have a good shot at winner a set of the new Adams A7OS Hybrid Irons, looks like 20 winners a week. Plus, use your e-mail address and also receive offers from Adams and special "members" only sales, all year long.

Enter here:

Monday, September 21, 2009

Callaway C-Driver, Different

My Golf Spy continues to be the best site on line, to find out about new golf equipment way ahead of the general public. They are the respected leader in the field, and the golf companies give them product to test well before we ever see or sometimes hear about it.

The following is a post from them about the new Callaway C-Driver, which looks like no other driver on the market.

It’s Backkkkk! – (The Callaway C-Drive)

Back in April and June we reported on a new driver patent from Callaway which our readers have now coined the “Callaway C-Drive”. Well today we ran across some sketch renditions for the development of the new stick. Go back and take a look at the drawings from the previous articles and then take a look at these new sketches…then tell us and Callaway if you would bag the new wood concept. The answer was a resounding NO back in June but you never know…maybe the new drawings will change your minds.

Friday, September 18, 2009

I Have a Dream!

Well I do of course, everyone does, something that they work towards in their career, their jobs, a goal to meet at some point of their life. In today's blog entry, I am actually going to "blog" and not review. This will be my personal goals and dreams, and I hope some of you will respond with your also. I would love to hear comments and any help anyone is willing to offer, and please excuse me if I ramble.

My main goal in life, is always taking care of my Wife and Kids. To watch Addison and Jake get older (not too fast) learn, love, and have lives and children of their own.Weird to say, but I look forward to being a grandfather (not too soon though). To be able to provide for them for their whole lives.

My career goals are little out of the ordinary. I have a great job now, working as a Sales Manager for a great Clothing Company, but my true love is Golf, and working in the golf industry. It's just a matter of time before something happens, and I own my own business, maybe after I retire, maybe earlier (I hope).

I have plans in my head of a Golf Pro Shop/Golf Sports Bar, with huge HD Golf Simulators, a golfer's paradise so to speak. But I only consider that a launching point, I want to learn club fitting and making, start a marketing firm, a golf clothing line, sponsor a PGA golfer, run numerous Charity Events, give back to the community and my friends, and play lots of golf and live comfortable.

I know more than a few of my friends can attest to this, in life and business, it's all about who you know, and your relationships with them. I have gone out of my way in planning our Myrtle Beach Golf Trips, to get to know the Pros at the courses, interview them, speak with them, and try to stay in touch. Also, I have met two people from Myrtle Beach who stand out as outstanding people and professionals in the golf industry. Barbie Chesnutt and Brian Noblin. These are two people who have devoted their lives and careers to making people like us, who love Myrtle Beach, happy.

Barbie Chesnutt is the Golf Director at Beach Vacations, a member of the Myrtle Beach Golf Directors Association. She is the voice of reason for Myrtle Beach, helping set the prices to the public from the courses, and has been our trip provider for the last 5 years. I can not say enough about her level of service, let's just say, I am tough to work with and she handles everything I ask.

Brian Noblin, at the Golf Desk, not only sells Myrtle Beach Golf packages, he stands behind everyone. He is the most devoted person for Myrtle Beach Golf I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He runs a web site devoted to Myrtle Beach Golf, reviews, conditions and golfers talking with golfers. The best place for information on Myrtle Beach bar none, as well as being a member of the Myrtle Beach Golf Directors Association

Rambling a bit, but people in the golf industry tend to help each other out, because they one thing in common, the love of Golf!

Tom Rath, of Rock Bottom Golf out of our local area, is another who has carved his niche in the golf industry, selling older, new golf products at close out prices. He has single handily made golfing possible for a lot of people in troubling economic times. They do lots of Charity Work with tournaments, and prize give away. I am proud to say he will be sponsoring our Golf Tournament with prizes for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society!

I am currently trying to work with Srixon, The Golf Ball Shop (locally), local pros Jamie Smith (757-287-1965) and Ed Collins (757-739-3381)and of course, everyone in the VB Golf Crew, and folks who just go on our golf trips.

Life is nothing without family and friends, and I always want to to give back to my friends as much as possible. I am giving away my 2010 Myrtle Beach trip which I get for free as the Trip Leader, to one lucky random member of the golf club, demo clubs, and golf balls as I get them.

In closing, I want to say, Golf has become a huge part of my life and happiness, and I want to find a way to make everyone's golf as enjoyable as mine.

300x250 Cobra New Lower Prices

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Virginia Youth Services Club Charity Tournament

The Virginia Youth Services Club or the YSC do a charity golf tournament every year, for various children funds in our area. You may known them better as the old "Exchange Club" and the guys who put on the Oyster Roast every year.

Mr. Budweiser, Danny Byrd is in charge, and several of our esteemed members are personal friends with Danny! I would love to enter a VB Golf Crew team into this event. I am also a member of the YSC, and our very own Ross Hampton is a pledge this year.

Here is the flier with the information:

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The NMCRS Charity Tournament Sponsorship Flier

Thank you Gus, for working on this, devoting time and money to get the flier done. Please folks, see me for printed copies, and I am also e-mailing the flier to everyone. I need help filling all the sponsor slots:

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Latest Golf Prices for Myrtle Beach Summer Trip

Aberdeen Country Club

Arcadian Shores
$51.00 $51.00 $51.00
Arrowhead Country Club
$67.00 $57.00 $57.00
Azalea Sands
$65.00 $65.00 $65.00
Bald Head Island Club
$126.00 $126.00 $126.00
Barefoot Resort - Dye Course
$103.00 $103.00 $98.00
Barefoot Resort - Fazio Course
$103.00 $103.00 $98.00
Barefoot Resort - Love Course
$103.00 $103.00 $98.00
Barefoot Resort - Norman Course
$103.00 $103.00 $98.00
$46.00 $41.00 $41.00
Black Bear
$48.00 $43.00 $43.00

Brick Landing
$49.00 $49.00 $49.00

Brunswick Plantation
$48.00 $43.00 $42.00
Burning Ridge
$48.00 $43.00 $43.00
Caledonia Golf and Fish Club
$103.00 $103.00 $103.00
Carolina National
$44.00 $39.00 $39.00
Carolina Shores
$42.00 $39.00 $39.00
Crow Creek
$51.00 $51.00 $53.00
Crown Park
$36.00 $36.00 $36.00
Cypress Bay
$37.00 $37.00 $37.00
Dunes Golf & Beach Club
$130.00 $133.00 $130.00
Eagle Nest
$42.00 $37.00 $37.00
$41.00 $41.00 $41.00
Founders Club @ Pawleys Island
$69.00 $62.00 $62.00
Glen Dornoch
$71.00 $65.00 $65.00
Grande Dunes
$87.00 $87.00 $87.00
Heather Glen
$68.00 $58.00 $58.00
$74.00 $74.00 $67.00
Heron Point
$44.00 $39.00 $42.00
Indian Wells
$49.00 $43.00 $43.00
Indigo Creek
$37.00 $37.00 $37.00
International Club of Myrtle Beach
$62.00 $55.00 $55.00
Island Green
$34.00 $34.00 $34.00
Kings North at MB Nat.

Legends (Heathland/ Parkland/Moorland)
$67.00 $74.00 $67.00
Leopard's Chase
$93.00 $93.00 $93.00
Lion's Paw
$41.00 $41.00 $41.00
Litchfield Country Club

Lockwood Folly
$48.00 $48.00 $48.00
Long Bay

Magnolia Greens

Man O' War
$36.00 $36.00 $36.00
Myrtlewood (Palmetto & Pine Hills)
$51.00 $51.00 $51.00
Oak Island Golf Club

Oyster Bay
$74.00 $74.00 $67.00
Panther's Run
$41.00 $41.00 $41.00
Pawley's Plantation
$72.00 $72.00 $67.00
Pearl (East & West)
$56.00 $50.00 $50.00
Pine Lakes Country Club
$76.00 $76.00 $76.00
Possum Trot
$46.00 $43.00 $43.00
Prestwick Country Club
$60.00 $51.00 $51.00
Quail Creek Golf Club
$36.00 $36.00 $36.00
River Club

River Hills
$39.00 $39.00 $39.00
River Oaks
$29.00 $29.00 $29.00
River's Edge
$62.00 $62.00 $62.00
Sandpiper Bay
$49.00 $44.00 $44.00
Sea Trail - Byrd Course
$41.00 $35.00 $35.00
Sea Trail - Jones Course
$47.00 $37.00 $37.00
Sea Trail - Maples Course
$41.00 $35.00 $35.00
Shaftesbury Glen
$68.00 $58.00 $58.00
Southcreek at MB Nat

$67.00 $57.00 $67.00
$87.00 $87.00 $87.00
Tiger's Eye
$63.00 $63.00 $63.00
Tournament Players Club of Myrtle Beach
$93.00 $93.00 $82.00
Tradition Club
$56.00 $46.00 $46.00
True Blue Golf Club
$94.00 $94.00 $94.00
Wachesaw East
$46.00 $46.00 $56.00
Waterway Hills

Wedgefield Plantation
$40.00 $37.00 $37.00
West Course at MB Nat

Whispering Pines

Wicked Stick
$37.00 $37.00 $37.00
Wild Wing Avocet
$67.00 $57.00 $57.00
Willbrook Plantation

$64.00 $53.00

Woodland Valley
$32.00 $32.00 $32.00
World Tour Golf links
$103.00 $77.00 $103.00

The Colonial Heritage Golf Course

Another hidden gem, close to all of us, in Williamsburg, the Colonial Heritage Golf Course. Great rates, awesome lay out and reviews, no houses, lots of wild life, what more could we ask for?

The Colonial Heritage Golf Course designed by well known golf course architect Arthur Hills opened in late fall 2006. The course features large greens and several deep ravines. Holes to remember are the par four 8th and par five 14th. Both are distinctly different and leave little room for errant shots!

The 18-hole 6,920 yard, par-72 championship golf course offers golfers 5 sets of tees to choose from and incorporates the natural rolling terrain, glistening lakes and undulating fairways.
5thholecolonialheritageSet amid the historical backdrop of Williamsburg, Colonial Heritage Club offers visitors and residents an inviting location for championship golf, fine dining and entertaining as well as an unparalleled site for hosting weddings and special events.

Jan-Mar & Nov-Dec April-Oct
Weekday (Monday – Thursday) $50 $55
Weekend (Friday – Sunday) $55 $60
Twilight (Daily) $35 $35
**All above listed green fee rates include golf car rental.

To book your tee time call the Golf Shop at 757.645.2030

Here is the course lay out:

Monday, September 14, 2009

Myrtle Beach 2010 Rates are posted

In keeping with our theme, golf's greatest play ground, Myrtle Beach, I have been following the rates for next year. The rates are set in September by the Myrtle Beach Golf Directors, and usual reflect how the previous year went, and adjust prices accordingly.

Here are some interested facts about next season:

14335.9 in reply to 14335.1

Comparing the Golfdesk 2009 brochure to the 2010 rates on the website, here is what I found, based on peak April rates, AM Thur-Sunday.

The rates at most other courses not listed below were down from $2 to $8.

INCREASED RATES 4/8-4/25 2010:
Blackmoor 4
The Dunes 19 Must not want much package play.
Int Club 10

Brunswick -$24
Crow Creek -$23
Farmstead -$10
Founders Pawleys -$30 Some of this FC drop was during 2009.
Leopards Chase -$14
Lions Paw -$13
Meadowlands -$10
Panthers Run -$24
Pawleys Plant -$18
Pearl -$14
Pine Lakes -$12
Rivers Edge -$ 9
Tidewater -$18
Tigers Eye -$18
Wicked Stick -$15

Thanks Art for the break down.

I was looking at this same time frame, Art, since that's when I went this past year and when I intend to go next year.

My numbers agree (almost) with yours* (based on AM Thur-Sun rates).

Roughly unchanged (+/- less than 3%): Barefoot Courses, Caledonia, Founders, Litchfield, Long Bay, River Club, Thistle.

Down 10%+: Meadowlands, Pawley's Plantation, Pine Lakes, River's Edge, Tiger's Eye

Others of note: Down: Legends/Oyster Bay/Heritage -6%, Grande Dunes -4%, True Blue -4%.

Up: Tidewater +4%, Dunes +9%, Avocet +19%, TPC +1%

Thanks Chris NH for this break down with percentages.

The following are some other observations about pricing for next year, thanks to the great folks at Myrtle Beach Golf Talk.

Sea Trails for $35-$37 pm and mid-week is better 'steal'. Panthers Run, Lions Paw and Farmstead for $41 as well.

Interesting comment on the Dunes Club.

In 2007, we paid $95 or so (midweek) during the low price season. This year it's up to $130.

My guess is that either they don't need the package play, or they've been getting so much due to popularity, they're trying to cash in.

In general, it looks as if the rates as a whole went down for 2010, good news for us, and the rooming rates remain dirt cheap, all of which should equal a better price and value for next years trip.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Iron Man Charity Golf Tournament at Heron Ridge

Golf Tournament to raise money for childhood cancer research, programs and financial assistance for those in need. 12pm Shotgun Start...Lunch, Golf, Beverages, Dinner, Entertainment, Prizes & Much, Much more! Please plan on joining us for a great day and a great cause!

Ian Wilson Larmore was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma in March of 2006. He has been an inspiration to many adults and their children during his journey. Along this journey Ian has been to the Operating Room at CHKD more than 25 times, and was hospitalized for 10 months. During this grueling treatment process he earned the nickname 'Iron Man' and is continuing his fight.

Currently, Ian is in remission (2 1/2 years) and spending his free time trying to catch up for the year he spent in the hospital battling for his life.

During the past year, our foundation raised $17,000 (mainly from the 2008 Iron Man Classic) These funds were distributed in the following way:
~$3,000 - CHKD
~$11,000 - St Balrick's Foundation
~$3,000 - Edmarc Hospice for Children

Thank you for your support!

Heron Ridge Golf Club
Causes - Fundraiser
$500/Team or $125/Golfer
Friday, November 6, 2009
12:00pm - 8:00pm
Heron Ridge Golf Club
2973 Heron Ridge Drive
Virginia Beach, VA

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Legends Golf Pro Interview

Name: Matt Biddington

Head PGA Professional

Golf course:
Legends Resorts

#1. What new and exciting has been going on at your course?

We are now under new management, with The Arnold Palmer Golf Management Company coming aboard. They have brought a new and exciting attitude to Myrtle Beach and I am very eager to work as a part of their company.

#2. What is your best round on your course? Best round ever?

Heathland - 65
Moorland - 67
Parkland - 73
Best round ever was the 65 on the Heathland.

#3. Hobbies, other than golf?

Traveling…when I can.
Watching Football, Basketball and UFC.

#4. Dream golf 4some?
Tiger Woods.
Michael Jordan.
Ben Roethlisberger

#5. How many years have you been in the golf business?


#6. Where are you originally from?

Uniontown, PA - about 40 minutes outside Pittsburgh

#7. What is the strangest thing that happened on your course recently?
Had a small tornado take out about 10 trees, picked up the 100 foot long Driving Range Canopy and slammed it to the ground breaking it. Also took a 50 pound generator and moved it about 200 yards across the road into the woods.

#8. What makes your course stand out compared to the other 100 MB golf courses?
We have 3 unique designs on site all boasting 4 1/2 stars from Golf Digest. There is the Scottish Links Style course, which was voted one of the best 30 you can play in South Carolina by the SCGA, The Heathland. The Moorland is ranked the 37th Toughest Course in America by Golf Digest. The Parkland is an American-Style course with beautiful tree-lined fairways. We have an acre putting green and a 30 acre practice facility that both stay lit past 10:00 pm.

#9. How long have you worked at your golf club?

5 years.

#10. What is the biggest challenge your course faces this year?

Keeping golfers coming to our location by providing them with the best customer service on the beach.

#11. Describe your signature holes, and how to play them?

We don’t have a “Signature Hole” for each course per say, but the 16th on The Moorland Course is probably the most famous…or should I say “infamous”
It is a Drivable Par 4 with so much trouble around the green it was nicknamed “Hell’s Half Acre”

#12. Have you played competitively?

I played in junior tournaments all over the country since I was 10.
I played in high school as well as in college for 2 years.
Since becoming a professional I try to play in a few events a year.

#13. What course improvements have you undergone in the past year, or what improvements are you considering?

We added a group of Senior Tees to all of our courses.
We are in the midst of adding several new tees to make the courses a little more “Lady-Friendly.”
All sprinkler heads will be marked with yardages by October 1, 2009.

#14. What general trends are you seeing in the golf industry in Myrtle Beach?
Courses are beginning to get more competitive with their rates and are trying
different packages to lure golfers to their courses.

This is the possible setting for the Myrtle Beach 2010 Trip!!