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3 Reasons To Ditch The Extra Bag Fee & Use Ship Sticks Next Golf Trip

Don't be that guy. Seriously, don't be that guy. You know who we are talking about – the guy who struggles to walk through the airport because he's lugging a book bag, a suitcase and his golf bag around. 

your face is beat red, you have pit stains galore and you are starting to chafe from the excess sweat occurring downstairs. 

Now, instead of being that guy, you could have been the guy who opted to use Ship Sticks. Rather than struggling and sweating his way through the airport, Ship Sticks guy had his clubs picked up from his house and shipped to his hotel room. When he arrives in Myrtle Beach, his clubs will be waiting for him. Now, that's the way to start a golf vacation – not sweating in an airport security line. 

If that isn't reason enough to use Ship Sticks, we've got three more reasons to think about. 

1. Affordable 

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The Ultimate Father

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Golfweek Magazine Ranks 4 Myrtle Beach Layouts Among America’s Top 100 Resort Courses in 2018

Golfweek magazine has unveiled its annual ‘Ultimate Guide,’ which includes a ranking of America’s Top 100 Resort Courses, and Myrtle Beach figured prominently in the prestigious list.

Golfweek ranked Dunes Club the 29th best resort course in AmericaFour of the Grand Strand’s premier layouts were ranked among the nation’s Top 100 Resort Courses, led by the Dunes Golf & Beach Club, which was 29th on the list. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club wasn’t far behind at No. 37 and the Mike Strantz design was followed by its sister course, True Blue Golf Club (No. 75), and the Moorland Course at Legends Resort (No. 82).

The depth and quality of the Grand Strand’s golf offerings were further highlighted by the magazine’s ranking of South Carolina’s 14 best resort courses, a list that featured eight area layouts. In addition to the four top 100 designs, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National, Grande Dunes, and the Love and Dye courses at Barefoot Resort were ranked among the Palmetto State’s best.

Tidewater Golf Club, arguably the area’s most scenic course, was one of just a handful of public courses to be ranked among South Carolina’s top 20 residential layouts.

The Dunes Club, a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design, is a consensus top 100 public course and Myrtle Beach’s most revered layout. A former host of the PGA Senior Tour Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open, the Dunes Club wows golfers with an unforgettable design, highlighted by the par 5 13th hole, known as Waterloo.

Caledonia is also ranked among the nation’s top 100 public courses by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella. The lowcountry classic is set amidst soaring live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, and the 18th hole, which plays to a devilish green resting in the shadow of an antebellum style clubhouse, provides a picturesque end to a bucket-list round.

Located less than a mile away, True Blue provides a contrasting experience to Caledonia. Everything about the Strantz design – fairways, greens and, yes, waste bunkers – is big, most notably the fun.

The Moorland Course at Legends Resort has been ranked among the nation’s most difficult tracks, but as its Golfweek ranking suggests, reputation and reality don’t always intersect. Featuring some of the area’s widest fairways and largest greens, Moorland is both enjoyable and playable, qualities on full display on the 223-yard (white tees) 16th hole, known as Hell’s Half-Acre. The par 4 is on the short list (pun intended!) of the Myrtle Beach’s best drivable 4s.

Golfweek compiles its rankings based on the evaluations of its team of course raters. The magazine's 850 evaluators survey more than 3,600 courses – grading each nominated course on the basis of Golfweek’s 10 strict standards of evaluation. Collectively, the raters turned in more than 75,000 votes to compile Golfweek’s Best courses lists.

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Elite Airways Announces Nonstop Service to Myrtle Beach From 3 New Markets; Golf Bags Fly Free!

Elite Airways executive vice president David Dowd took his first Myrtle Beach golf trip and thought to himself, “Now, I get what all the fuss is about.”

Elite Airways is launching nonstop service to Myrtle beach from 3 new marketsHe returned to the area January 17, bringing a lot more than his buddies on a golf trip.  In a press conference held at Myrtle Beach International Airport, Dowd announced Elite Airways was launching nonstop flight service to the Golf Capital of the World from Long Island (NY) MacArthur Airport, Albany (NY) International Airport, and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.

Flights from all three destinations will begin on April 5-6, providing golfers easy access to Myrtle Beach in the heart of the area’s ever-popular spring season. The seasonal service will run through the fall, Myrtle Beach’s second peak season, and fly two days per week.

Fares on Elite, a boutique airline that places a premium on customer experience, start at 9 and golf bags fly free. That’s not a typo, your golf bag can fly for free!

The flight schedule for each is as follows:

The Long Island (ISP) to Myrtle Beach flight will depart at 11 a.m. and arrive at 1:45 p.m. The return flight will depart Myrtle Beach (MYR) at 9 a.m. and arrive back in Long Island at 11:45 a.m.  

The Albany (ALB) flight will leave at noon and land in MYR at 2:45. The return flight will depart at 10 a.m. and arrive back in Albany at 12:45 p.m.

The Long Island and Albany service will fly on Thursdays and Sundays.

The Newport News/Williamsburg (PHF) flight, which will fly on Fridays and Mondays, will leave at 12:15 p.m. and arrive in MYR two hours later. The returning flight will leave Myrtle Beach at 11 a.m. and arrive back at PGH at 1 p.m.

Beginning the service in April will allow golfers to be on the course just hours after departure – did you know there are nine courses within 10 miles of the airport?! – and with an average high temperature of 76 degrees, the weather is idyllic.

With Elite’s entry into the market, Myrtle Beach International Airport enjoys nonstop service to 43 markets on nine airlines.

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Video Spotlight: The Avocet at Wild Wing Plantation

Join us on a breathtaking video journey of one of the Grand Strand’s most creative designs: the work of Larry Nelson and Jeff Brauer at the beautiful Avocet course at Wild Wing Plantation.

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Quietly tucked away on a secluded preserve all by itself, the Avocet course at Wild Wing Plantation offers one of the finest golf experiences in all of Myrtle Beach.

As you pull up to the clubhouse, you know you’ve arrived somewhere unique. There are very few courses that naturally embrace the beautiful terrain, trees and existing nature to create such a enjoyable playing an experience…and Avocet at Wild Wing has done just this.

Designed by two-time PGA Championship winner, Larry Nelson, Avocet is one of only eight courses in the Myrtle Beach area designed by a PGA Championship winner. Players find the layout to be everything they expect of a championship course – with beautifully framed tee shots, appropriately placed bunkers, naturally incorporated lakes, gentle mounding and challenging greens … all matched with superb conditions … year-round.

The par 72 layout stretches over 7,100 yards from the back tees with numerous unique features, likea double green shared by the 6th and 17th holes. The tall, Carolina pines provide a signature look and beautifully shape this classic design with a flowing combination of short and long par threes, dogleg holes, straight away par fives and a drivable par four; the 308-yard 14th hole.

This natural setting is of course home to all kinds of wildlife that calls Avocet at Wild Wing Plantation home as well, from alligators to water fowl, majestic white herons and the occasional white tail deer. There’s a reason why you’ll find so much wildlife.

Stop … listen … what’ll you hear is Mother Nature … away from homes, players enjoy just what they came for: golf and peace.

Come enjoy a memorable golf experience and appreciate the best Myrtle Beach golf has to offer – all on the Avocet Course at Wild Wing Plantation. Your next best round is here!

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Anchored By Avocet Course, Wild Wing Is Still Plenty Good

People like to talk about what Wild Wing Plantation used to be, a 72-hole facility that was among Myrtle Beach’s best, but the Woodstork, Falcon and part of the Hummingbird courses closed more than 10 years ago.

The shuttered layouts were good ones, no doubt, but It’s time to stop worrying about what Wild Wing was and instead focus on what is. Currently home to 27 holes, including the Hummingbird nine, the facility is now anchored by the Larry Nelson-designed Avocet Course, a 4-star layout.

Here is what you need to know about the course as you make plans for your 2018 Myrtle Beach golf trip.

The 14th hole at Wild Wing is one of Myrtle Beach's shortest par 4s

Size doesn’t matter
Everyone loves a good, short par 4, and Avocet has one of Myrtle Beach’s best. The 14th hole plays 308 yards from the tips and just 265 from the white tees, so with a slight tailwind and a perfect shot, you might have a chance to drive the green. With four bunkers, swales and a three-tiered putting surface, No. 14 doesn’t giveaway birdies, but standing on the tee knowing maybe, just maybe, you will have eagle putt is one of the day’s highlights.

The sixth hole is wild wing's toughest

Double the fun
Speaking of putting, your group won’t forget the double green No. 6 and No. 17 share. The 17th green has some undulation but isn’t overly complicated; the side the 6th hole uses leaves many begging for mercy. The three-tiered putting surface is flanked by a large bunker on the right and swales on the left. Every golfer has a bit of masochist in him or her and the sixth will scratch that itch, as it is Avocet’s most challenging hole. If a double green isn't enough, the ninth hole has a dual fairway with the preferred landing area separated by pot bunkers.

Wild Wing's 9th hole has a double fairway

Room to breathe
The fairways are tree-lined but not exceptionally tight, giving players some margin for error. As someone who occasionally struggles with a wayward driver, I appreciate forgiveness, and the guys in your group likely will, too. For low handicappers reading this, rest easy, there is plenty of meat on the bone from the blue tees (72.7/131).

Wild Wing has tree-lined fairways but gives golfers margin for error off the tee

Earning its name
What’s the best package that features Avocet? The appropriately named Rewards Package is the winner for my money. You get choose among Founders Group International’s 22 courses, including the likes of TPC Myrtle Beach, Grande Dunes, Pawleys Plantation and King’s North, and everyone in your group receives a 0 gift card for use on food and beverage, replays and a pro shop merchandise. The Rewards package starts at 1 and is difficult to beat.

handley's is an ideal happy hour spot after a round at Wild Wing Avocet

Where are you going to celebrate?
Where are you going after the final putt drops? Try Handley’s Pub & Grub in Carolina Forest. You drive by it on the way back to the beach, the food is good, beer selection is varied, and happy hour prices might keep you around longer than expected. Handley’s is less than a half-mile off 501 and absolutely worth your time to find.

I get it, Wild Wing used to be a more prominent facility, but its downsizing didn’t impact the quality of the Avocet Course, which is an asset to any golf trip.  

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Golf Instruction Zone: Four Practical Uses for Alignment Rods

In this series of brief tutorials, Steve Dresser of the Steve Dresser Golf Academy at True Blue Golf Club in Pawleys Island, South Carolina shows us four simple techniques for making practical use of alignment rods in your practice routine.

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Turn Your Traditional Putter to an Anchored Putter

I'm a big fan of using alignment rods, and here's one of many things you can use them for. I'm going to turn my existing putter in to an anchored putter. So I've got this end against my chest, and the other end down there in the putter itself. And this will allow me to get the feel for a nice … flowing and virtually wristless stroke. Just make sure you put the pointy end down there.

Improve Upper Body Control for Putting

Simply tuck an alignment rod under your arms, like so, and this will help you create kind of a one-piece putting stroke where we're not breaking quite so much here at the wrist, it's more controlled by the arms and the shoulders. So we simply get set up, and make our stroke. And what you want to watch out for when you're doing this, we want the rod rocking a little more up and down, you don't want to be a washing machine, where you're agitating sideways like this. Give it a try.

Improve Putting Follow Through

We get a number of players who kind of artificially produce a follow through when they putt – meaning, they really try to shove the putter down the line, and invariably it ends up going too far out to the right. So, in this case, we've just taken an alignment rod and stuck it in the ground at an angle. And I've put it over there where I don't want the putter to go. So now I can just make my stroke, and swing through, a little bit under this line. These are so versatile.

Reinforce a Proper Downswing

We all know one of the biggest errors we see people make when they swing the golf club is coming this way on the down swing. So I like to just put something in the way of that move. So I've got an alignment rod in the ground at about the same angle as the shaft, and my job is to take it back and swing under it on the down swing, helps me come in from the inside.

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The Best of Myrtle Beach Golf on Instagram

Enjoy a look at the week in Myrtle Beach golf via some of our favorite Instagram pics. 

The West Course at Myrtle Beach National, a four-star layout, is as inviting as ever, especially on a day when the high temperature is going to surpass 60. 



Everybody's favorite Witch!



Myrtle Beach's favorite son continues to dominate on the PGA Tour. 



Willbrook Plantation is one of the South Strand's best kept secrets. 


Is there a prettier entrance in golf than Caledonia's? 

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Minnesota Golfers Are Smiling With Launch of New Nonstop Flight Service to Myrtle Beach

Scientific studies have proven that planning a trip makes people happier, so Minneapolis/St. Paul golfers should have a lot to smile about this winter. 

Minneapolis golfers will love the Dunes ClubSpirit Air and Sun Country Airlines will be launching nonstop service between the Twin Cities and Myrtle Beach in April, providing North Star State golfers easy access to America’s most popular golf destination. 

The Sun Country service will be the first to launch, beginning April 6. The twice-weekly service will fly on Mondays and Friday, originating out of Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Sun Country will leave MSP at 7:30 a.m. and arrive in Myrtle Beach at 11:10 a.m., providing time to enjoy an afternoon tee time. Return flights will depart at 8:30 p.m., leaving time to play 36 holes on departure day. 

Spirit’s service, also departing from MSP, will begin April 12 and fly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The flight MSP will leave at 12:35 p.m. and arrive in Myrtle Beach at 4:25 p.m. Departing flights will leave at 5:10 p.m., providing golfers the ability to play on departure day. 

Enough with the flight details, here are the reasons Minneapolis/St. Paul golfers are going to love the new nonstop service:

  • Both flights begin in April, the heart of Myrtle Beach’s spring season, and Minnesota golfers will find Grand Strand courses in spectacular condition and average high temperatures of 72 degrees.
  • Myrtle Beach, the game’s most popular destination, according to Golf.com readers, is home to nearly 100 courses, including 14 that have been ranked among the nation’s top 100 public layouts in recent years. Courses like the Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Tidewater Golf Club, Grande Dunes and the four layouts at Barefoot Resort, among many others, provide the area with depth and quality other destinations are unable to match. 
  • As the birthplace of the golf package, Myrtle Beach allows players to combine golf and accommodations to maximize value. Check out a comprehensive list of Myrtle Beach golf package providers. 
  • For players new to the destination, Myrtle Beach offers another vital perk: our golf package providers are locals. They have their finger on the pulse of the area golf scene and will tailor a trip to meet the needs of your group. 
  • Both Sun Country and Spirit provide ridiculously low fares!

While winter in Minnesota is just beginning, there is plenty of sunshine on the horizon for golfers. 

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Video Spotlight: Arrowhead Country Club

Join us on a one-of-a-kind video tour of one of the Grand Strand’s most popular and requested designs: Tom Jackson and Raymond Floyd’s Arrowhead Country Club, a superbly conditioned track that has become a staple of many returning golfers’ golf trip itineraries.

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Just minutes from Myrtle Beach’s world famous coastline, Arrowhead Country Club continues to offer one of the best golf experiences on the Grand Strand.

Designed by World Golf Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd and renowned course architect Tom Jackson, Arrowhead Country Club features 27 holes of incredible championship golf. The three nines – Cypress, Lakes and Waterway – boast meticulous conditions and stunning visuals, including five holes on the Intracoastal Waterway. This 23-mile section of the Intracoastal Waterway was the historic, final link that connected Massachusetts to Key West, Florida in 1936, a man-made, inland waterway spanning the entire eastern seaboard.

Challenging doglegs … scenic wildlife … an island green par-three … deciduous hard woods … expansive bunkering … and a natural routing to the course … There is little doubt as to why so many residents continue to return and enjoy their time at Arrowhead Country Club. The course conditions can be understated with an exceptional grounds crew providing the excellent conditions – every season, all year long.

Come experience what so many already have: a memorable golf experience that’ll keep you coming back for more … at Arrowhead Country Club, centrally located in the heart of Myrtle Beach!

Want to learn more? Visit Arrowhead Country Club’s profile page to see their most recent photo gallery, gain the insight of course reviews from fellow golfers, and read additional articles featuring this popular course!

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