Myrtle Beach is widely hailed as a golfer's paradise, boasting more than 100 different championship golf courses that can fit practically every skill level and playing preference. While scores of golf enthusiasts from all over the country come to Myrtle Beach to enjoy their favorite game during the spring season, a large number of players contend that the fall season is actually the best time of year to play golf on the Grand Strand. So what is it that makes the fall golf season at Myrtle Beach (e.g., between late September and early November) so special? Read on to discover some of the key benefits of planning your golf trip to the Grand Strand during this highly popular time of the year.
1. It's All About the Weather
Let's face it: Weather-wise, there is no better time to hit the Grand Strand for golf than during the fall. Much of the summer humidity has subsided, but the daytime temperatures remain- wonderfully pleasant. With highs averaging in the mid-80's in September, the high 70's in October and the high 60's in early November, you really can't ask for more perfect weather to hit the links. Not only that, but October and November are typically the driest months of the year for the Myrtle Beach area, so planning a golf trip during this time frame will greatly reduce the likelihood of getting rained out.
2. The Rates Are Excellent
The fall season also brings excellent value in terms of golf rates. The Grand Strand is far more crowded during the summer, which puts upward pressure on prices for dining and accommodations across the board; this makes golf packages significantly more expensive than what you'll find during the fall. Not only that, but as the crowds begin to thin out, you have more readily available access to the beaches, attractions, restaurants, and other amenities of the Grand Strand that you can enjoy during your down time.
3. The Course Conditions are Unbeatable
At the tail end of the summer months, bermuda grass courses are at their best, and courses with bentgrass greens begin to thrive much better due to the decrease in heat and humidity. (Side note: This can definitely help a lot with your putting game, as bentgrass greens typically roll very true.) So whether your game favors bermuda or bentgrass, you'll find the fall season in Myrtle Beach will play to your advantage.
Which Myrtle Beach Golf Courses are the Best to Play During the Fall?
* The Multi-Course Barefoot Golf Resort in North Myrtle Beach (a.k.a. the "Fantastic Four"): This multi-course complex features layouts conceived by some of the finest golf course architects in the world, including Tom Fazio and Pete Dye, as well as golf legends Greg Norman and Davis Love III. This sprawling complex is built along the dense woodlands that frame the Intracoastal Waterway, and promises challenging yet relaxing rounds of golf amid a beautiful natural setting.
* Tidewater Golf Club: This course was designed by renowned golf course architect Rees Jones, and is considered by many to be one of the most scenic and accessible courses on the North Strand.
* The Dunes Golf & Beach Club: It may not always be easy to score a tee time at this extremely popular course, but it will be well worth the wait. Of special note is the course's infamous 13th hole--a par-5 that requires a 535-yard carry over the nearby Lake Singleton.
* Caledonia Golf & Fish Club: Consistently rated as one of the best Lowcountry layouts on the Grand Strand, this course occupies land once used as a rice plantation, and offers challenging holes to sharpen your skills as you play through the majestic trees and tidal creeks that adorn the course's pristine landscape.