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Myrtle Beach events and festivals keep the Grand Strand lively off the golf course too

By Chris King, Contributor

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- With March comes the dawn of spring and the Grand Strand golf scene heats up, literally and figuratively. It's around this time of year when golfers begin traveling to the area and the good times for which Myrtle Beach has long been known take full flight, including a visit this year by the American League champion Texas Rangers.

Ocean Boulevard's St. Patrick's Day celebration
Ocean Boulevard's free St. Patrick's Day Celebration goes down Saturday, March 12.
Ocean Boulevard's St. Patrick's Day celebrationOvertime Sports Cafe - Myrtle BeachBB&T Coastal Field in Myrtle Beach

In addition to more than 1,000 bars and restaurants, the Grand Strand has an assortment of events that offer the opportunity for live entertainment and memorable nights.

If a Myrtle Beach golf vacation is on the docket this March, here are five events, in chronological order, you will want to check out.

Second annual Irish Fest, March 12, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. - St. Patrick's Day has become an unofficial holiday for many people, but the area's most raucous celebrations will take place Saturday, March 12. The Irish Fest, which will be held at Market Common, offers free admission, live Irish music, Irish food, and a large selection of seasonal brews.

Ocean Boulevard's St. Patrick's Day Celebration, Saturday, March 12, 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. – After starting at the Irish Fest, conclude the day at the Ocean Boulevard celebration. The event will be headlined by performances from Days of the New and Sister Hazel. It's all happening in Myrtle Beach between 8th Avenue North and 11th Avenue North. Admission is free.

March Madness at Overtime Sports Cafe – Okay, so this isn't an event like the others on the list, but most golf fans love the NCAA Tournament and Overtime Sports Cafe in North Myrtle Beach is the place to watch the Big Dance. From selection Sunday on March 13 all the way through to the Final Four on April 2, Overtime Sports Cafe has all the action covered.

Myrtle Beach Beer Fest, March 25, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, March 26, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – The Beer Fest is one of Myrtle Beach's fastest growing and most popular events. There are more than 120 beers to sample, live music and admission is, again, free. The Beer Fest will be held at Market Common and it's an ideal place to head after a round of golf.

Texas Rangers vs. Coastal Carolina, March 29, 6:30 p.m., BB&T Coastal Field - The American League champs are coming to Myrtle Beach for an exhibition game against Coastal. Chuck Greenberg, owner of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, recently purchased the Rangers and he has promised to bring the team's stars to the game. Get ready for Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler and friends to hit the Grand Strand. The Pelicans are now a Rangers affiliate.

Chris KingChris King, Contributor

Chris King is the content manager for Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. He has covered golf travel and college athletics for more than 15 years. King has lost many night's sleep familiarizing himself with the entire Myrtle Beach golf scene, and he has a swing that has helped him see the Grand's Strand's 100-plus courses from every imaginable angle. Follow Chris on Twitter at @crkgolf.

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