Story by Ian Guerin
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. | Long layoffs from golf are commonplace. Maybe winter weather is a burdensome reason, or life just got in the way for a year or two. Either way, at a certain threshold, the absence starts to compound upon itself and becomes more of an excuse not to return. Maybe that’s your current predicament but know that you are not alone. If it is your time to get back on the course, we’ve got a few suggestions that will ease you back into the swing of things.
More than time away itself, the biggest detriment to a player’s return to the game is a confidence blow. And frequently after a lengthy break, the worth thing to do is start making tee times. Be it in your hometown or ours, most pros and teaching professionals will tell you to find a range. In Myrtle Beach, the facilities at the likes of Legends Golf & Resort, Possum Trot Golf Club and Tradition Golf Club have set themselves apart from so many others because of the laid-back and cost-effective way to just take as many cracks at a club until you feel comfortable again. If you’re looking to mix a bit of entertainment into this, Top Golf Myrtle Beach has recently opened. The best part of Top Golf is that will offer a lit, night-time option for those bogged down during normal golfing hours. You can also park here for extended periods of time, take a quick breather to snag a bite or drink and then get back to it.
INVEST IN YOURSELF
There is a good chance that if you’ve stepped away for any period of time that something caught your eye. Maybe it as a television ad for a new driver while you watched the final walk down a PGA event 18th green or a different type of ball. In many ways, the constant overstimulation of products can be daunting, of course. It’s the iPhone effect of today’s society; you buy a new one, and before you’ve got all your settings lined up we’re hearing about how the next edition is a gazillion times better. Don’t get caught up in that cycle, at least not during your indoctrination back. We’d advise you to start small. Something as simple as a fresh polo or a putter from the big-box store can inspire change in your commitment to the game without breaking the bank. This also serves another purpose. Folks who spend a little bit of money on something - gym memberships, new tires for the car, a brand-new suit - tend to get a boost in self-satisfaction from it while simultaneously feeling the need actually put it to use.
So you’ve been to the range, maybe tinkered with your swing a hair and made a little bit of an investment into what’s in your bag. You’re ready to re-tackle the real deal. But if there is a major hang-up in getting back into the game, a blow to your confidence is pretty high on the list. Don’t overreach here. Find courses that will give you some forgiving space off the tee, where bump-and-run approach shots are available and putting surfaces are clean and not too undulated. For our money (and more importantly, yours), here are a few that will serve you well. Myrtle Beach National’s West Course is a crisp Arnold Palmer layout that is centrally located just outside city limits. Down on the south end, Litchfield Country Club and its dogleg happy design will give you plenty of work with your irons. And the Myrtlewood Palmetto course will give you plenty of room to explore the space off the tee. For any or all, a move up in tees can also be a key for your transition period. Don’t feel like you need to prove anything; just get the feel back and let your game reset.