Story by Ian Guerin
To say that Myrtle Beach has mastered the golf trip would be a safe statement.
And for as much as South Carolina’s Grand Strand also caters to families throughout the year, a group of buddies looking to blow off steam would be well-suited to do so here. From the lively golf during the day to the active nightlife, burning the candle at both ends is easy to do.
You only live once, right?
Here are your ultimate suggestions and recommendations for a kid-free trip where pushing the envelope is the intention.
GET THE GOLF IN EARLY
There’s no telling when the shenanigans after dark are going to end during your trip, but regardless, it’s best to schedule the tee times as early as possible. Here’s why.
For starters, if you’re teeing off at 8:10 a.m., you’re going to pace yourself more, especially early in the vacation. More importantly, a mid-day nap is going to pay more dividends than sleeping an extra 30 minutes in the morning. If you tee off before 9, you could be back in the hotel by 1:30 (depending on travel), on the beach for an hour and then in the sack for a quick snooze by 3 p.m. If you’re gunning for 36 holes, you can still close your eyes for a few before dinner. Wake up, grab a great meal and get into the rest of your evening. It may not be an exact science, but don’t try to fix what ain’t broke.
SPEAKING OF FOOD
Locals recommendations can be key. Kick your bag-drop or drink cart rep a few extra bucks for a meal tip. But before you get to that point, do a lot of research in advance. The folks who end up regretting a lunch or dinner decision are the ones who think 2 minutes on the Internet will take care of the planning and jump into something unprepared. Remember that the more folks you have with you, the better it is to have an itinerary. Don’t let indecision cost you.
BROADWAY AT THE BEACH, CELEBRITY SQUARE
A good chunk of one of Myrtle Beach’s most notable tourists spots is the bar district, better known as Celebrity Square. From karaoke to pianos to dancing to bar stools, once the sun goes down, Broadway’s biggest draw sort of develops a life of its own. The diversity of bar options means a diversity in age levels, so everyone is somewhat safe. Still, you’re there past 10 p.m., you’ll probably want to be ready to party.
CAROLINA FOREST PUB CRAWL
A bar crawl in the primary non-residential acreage of Carolina Forest, the largest pocket of population in Horry County, can develop into quite the night out. Starting with the Grumpy Monk, a relatively newer bar across from the Tanger Outlets, hoppers can make the quick jump across 501 to hit up Sam Snead’s Oak Grill and Tavern (enjoy, golf historians), then over to King Kong Sushi for sake and the best sushi on that side of the Intracoastal Waterway, skip across Carolina Forest Boulevard to sports bar extreme Murphy’s Law and then to neighboring Handley’s Pub & Grub, arguably the patriarch of Carolina Forest bars.
GOING NUTS IN THE INLET
Bands, beer, shots, more bands, oysters. Hopefully not in that order.
The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk provides some of the best choices for entertainment in all of South Carolina. And while part of that stretch also is extremely kid-friendly, those who venture to the area sans little ones tend to really enjoy this part. Dead Dog Saloon’s, Bubba’s Love Shack, Wicked Tuna, Creek Ratz and a number of others all line the salt-water marsh while providing a nightly array of artists amid some of the best service known to man.