Myrtle Beach should be every golfer's spring trip of choice during Masters weekend
This is my first trip to Myrtle Beach in arguably its busiest season, and it’s easy to see why this is such a sought-after golf destination every spring, especially for those in the Midwest and East Coast.
When my plane left Michigan yesterday, there were semi-snowflakes flying outside. It was just a quick less-than-two-hour flight, and within an hour of landing I was on the first tee at The Witch Golf Links in Conway, S.C., just 20 minutes from downtown. That’s about as smooth a trip from snow country to golf country gets this time of year.
The Witch (see photo above) is one of the dozens of underrated golf courses in the region because it’s away from the beach. It’s fun from the white tees (6,300 yards). It won’t beat you up, and there’s not a house or condo in sight. I saw several alligators and a fivesome of wild turkeys that tried to play through on our front nine.
What makes Myrtle Beach so special Masters week is the charity tournament, the Monday after The Masters, hosted annually by Hootie & The Blowfish. If Las Vegas is the place to watch Final Fours and big boxing bouts, Myrtle Beach has officially become the best place to watch The Masters final round (unless you’ve got a ticket, of course).
A viewing party at the House of Blues was packed last night. The crowd roared at every Adam Scott putt. Free beer and food kept everybody happy until the celebrities who will play in the tournament started arriving. Nancy Lopez, former Mets third baseman Ray Knight and Darius Rucker (Hootie!) were just a few I saw before heading home early.
Today’s charity event will be even more exciting. More than 6,000 fans will flock to the Dye course at Barefoot Resort to watch PGA TOUR pros who race over from Augusta National tee it up with all sorts of music and sports icons. The action returns to the House of Blues tonight for a concert/party.
Planning a golf trip to Myrtle Beach is always a no-brainer in spring - it’s cheap and easy to get to - but picking Masters weekend (and splurging a little for VIP tickets to the MAM) will ensure an even bigger blast for your group. Word on the street is that next year’s 20th anniversary will be off the hook with even more big names, so start planning early. This event always sells out. For more, visit the MAM website www.hootiegolf.com or read my preview here.
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