Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand, South Carolina

Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

You have very likely heard of the Grand Strand. The Grand Strand actually consists of Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Georgetown. The Grand Strand is a popular vacation destination as well as a popular retirement area for older Americans. They are drawn to the area because of the mild winter weather and maybe the one hundred, seventeen golf courses that are found at the Grand Strand.

Grand Strand on the map:

On the Golfer’s Digest list of the 50 greatest golf destinations in the world, Myrtle Beach ranks number nine! No wonder the Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach in particular is a magnet for golfers from around the world.

Myrtle Beach was ranked number one by readers of Palmetto Parent Magazine as the “Most Family-Friendly Vacation Destination in South Carolina” and according to Escape, Myrtle Beach is number one on the 2005 list of 10 Most Desirable Second Home Markets.

Forbes Magazine hasn’t ignored Myrtle Beach either. Myrtle Beach is ranked number twenty-nine on the Forbes list of the best locations for business and careers among 200 U.S. metropolitan statistical areas. There is not even a small wonder there when you think about it. The Restaurant Business magazine ranks Myrtle Beach number one in the United States for growth potential. It’s easy to wee why. There are hundreds of excellent restaurant choices within a short drive and that includes Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant.

People choose to live, work, vacation and retire in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area for a host of reasons. A walk on a wide sandy beach can chase away the blues for everybody. There are excellent dining facilities. There is no shortage ever of entertainment possibilities. The natives are friendly and the living seems to be at a slower pace. You will have time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak, or better yet play a round or two of golf.

The Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach have billed themselves as “The Golf Capital of the World”. They have recently lost some major tournaments but that isn’t a deterrent to their boast…a boast that they can make and back up. Nowhere else in the world is the golf course-to-land-area ratio so dense. There are golf courses to suit just about every budget imaginable, from high end to low end and everything in between.

One really terrific course that offers a more relaxed atmosphere is The Thistle. Most golf courses have only eight minutes between tee times but The Thistle has a twelve minute interval. You won’t find that one many golf courses in the country and most certainly not in the Grand Strand. The Thistle is located just over the border in North Carolina.

Of course, if you are visiting Myrtle Beach, you simply must play a round of golf at the Pine Lakes Country Club golf course. It is an experience that you will never forget. You will be shown to the tea by a man wearing a kilt. Your caddy will wear white gloves and your golf clubs will be washed as your shoes are being shined.

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