If you’re searching for a fun golf getaway with the girls and want to experience the best of Myrtle Beach golf on women-friendly courses, look no further. There are several Myrtle Beach golf courses located throughout the Grand Strand near many popular attractions, restaurants and beaches. And with recommendations from Myrtle Beach Golf Ambassador and former Mrs. South Carolina America, Meredith Kirk, you and the girls are guaranteed to have fun!
Meredith has put together the ultimate three-day sample itinerary for a “Girls Golf Getaway” with hotel, dining and entertainment recommendations. Her selection of premium courses offer women player-friendly courses with spectacular views and world class reception. Each day is planned around a round of golf, afternoon shopping and a relaxing evening meal near the course.
Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is an upscale hotel centrally located, making it easily accessible to many great attractions that Myrtle Beach has to offer. In addition to the great views of the Intracoastal Waterway and luxury amenities, the resort offers a delicious breakfast at their on-site restaurant, Waterscapes. Waterscapes has been ranked as one of the top five lowcountry restaurants in the area and their selections of food options will indulge your taste buds with ‘farm to fresh’ food varieties to prepare you for a great day of golf and fun.
DAY 1 — After a scrumptious breakfast overlooking the marina as boats pass by, head to Grande Dunes Resort Club. The course has been named a “National Course of the Year” by the National Golf Course Owners Association of America. The course is positioned on a high bluff creating a spectacular panoramic view of the Intracoastal Waterway. Don’t miss out on taking a gorgeous snapshot of your group with the intracoastal waters lingering below the high bluff putting area on hole No.14 because this par-3 is one of the signature holes on the course.
For lunch, the Grande Dunes clubhouse has a large dining area and an outside veranda where golfers can enjoy a delicious meal with a beautiful view. “I love the Mediterranean vibes that I feel when I play Grande Dunes Resort Club,” said Kirk, who is also a top LPGA Teaching Professional.
After lunch, players can head to the Tanger Outlets on Highway 17 and enjoy a unique shopping experience filled with top-name, luxury brands and fantastic deals. For dinner, ladies can spend the rest of the evening exploring Barefoot Landing, and enjoy a southern meal at Lucy Buffett’s restaurant, LuLu’s, located on the Intracoastal Waterway.
DAY 2 — Players should start their day with a round of golf at the iconic Pine Lakes Country Club, nicknamed the “Granddaddy” course of Myrtle Beach. The course consists of 18 holes that embody the historical integrity of the original 1920’s course design. While there, golfers can enjoy a Pine Lakes tradition of enjoying clam chowder on the par-4 sixth hole and drinking complimentary mimosas upon arrival at the bag drop.
“Pine Lakes Country Club is a place everyone needs to experience when they come to Myrtle Beach,” said Kirk. “The Scottish garb and historical traditions that date back to the 20’s makes Pine Lakes unique and set apart from other golf courses in the area. Pine Lakes has a long history in Myrtle Beach and given it’s the birthplace of Myrtle Beach golf, it should be an addition on your bucket list.” In addition to being the home of the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame, Pine Lakes is also the birthplace of the magazine, Sports Illustrated.
For lunch, ladies are encouraged to eat at Croissants Bistro and Bakery and enjoy the customer-favorite fish tacos and a sweet treat from the bakery. Players can wind-down the evening with a stroll through Broadway at the Beach, where they can enjoy attractions such as Ripley’s Aquarium, WonderWorks and niche boutiques. For dinner, ladies can kick back and relax on the boat-themed deck at Margaritaville with a tasty island-themed cocktail and traditional American grub. After Broadway, they can take a relaxing ride on the famous Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and have a stroll along the boardwalk.
DAY 3 — After breakfast, players should head south to Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club and have a lowcountry day filled with moss-draped oaks and marsh surroundings, which back up to a 600-acre nature preserve. The course is an 18-hole layout and was awarded four stars in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.” “You don’t want to miss out on the exciting hole No. 13, a risk-reward par-3 that is played over the picturesque lowcountry marshes of South Carolina” says Kirk.
A popular lunch destination nearby is Bistro 217, which is recommended for a nice lowcountry meal, including their famous ‘shrimp and grits.‘ After lunch, golfers should spend the rest of the evening at Brookgreen Gardens, one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 10 Gardens in the United States.” In addition to the beautiful flora and sculptures, Brookgreen also has an educational boat tour across the creek and a butterfly garden.
For dinner and a nice end to the trip, ladies should head to Murrells Inlet, the fishing capital of South Carolina, and enjoy a scrumptious meal at Wicked Tuna, a great way to end your “Girls Golf Getaway.”