Benefits of Booking Early for the Fall

Fall Bookings and the Benefits of Booking Early:

 

Well it is April, and many of you aren’t thinking of booking your fall golf trip yet. However now is the perfect time to get started. There are a few good reasons to book early and here is Coastal Golfaway’s top 5!

 

  1. Book Early Promos- Many courses offer savings for booking early
  2. Preferred Tee Times- early bookings give you a high probability of getting the tee times you want
  3. Preferred Lodging- Don’t wait until everything fills up, get the units you want!
  4. Give our golf directors more time to have a hand on approach with your group
  5. More time to get players and take advantage of large group discounts

 

So here you have it, here is our top 5 reasons to start booking your fall golf package. Some courses that have pre-book specials are:

Glens Group (Heather Glen, Shaftesbury Glen, Possum Trot, Glen Dornoch)

Barefoot

Thistle and Tidewater

Caledonia

True Blue

Prestwick

Arrowhead

New Golf Apps

Golf and Technology

 

Many golf experts are scared over the lack of millennial golfers. But in my opinion not enough is being done to attract, and keep millennials involved in the game of golf. Many marketing efforts are done on archaic technology, and do not know how to garner and maintain our interest. However two apps are doing big things to get millennial golfers involved and playing together.

The first is GolfMatch, an application for golfers looking to find games and see who is nearby in the area. It is great for people new to cities or who do not belong to a Club that are looking for weekly public games. Not only is it great for finding games, but posting pictures and videos highlighting your round. Every day people are posting for tips, cool courses they’ve played or new equipment they’ve tried.

Another app hitting the scene for golfers is GottaGolf. Gotta golf is like a digital Country Club, where you can set up group outings right online. They are still in beta form however they are running a pretty cool giveaway to get golfers to sign up. They are having a golf giveaway where you can play with Paige Spiranac at Pebble Beach. Here is the link for that:  http://bit.ly/1Kz9kyN

For those in Wilmington, North Carolina we also have the Wilmington Golf App which is your center for Wilmington Golf Tournaments, Instruction, and general golf information in the area. Not only does it have a variety of golf specials but also lets you know what are the best watering holes after your round.

So give these apps a download and play with them for a few days at the very least you might be able to find some people to play with! When you get those groups together give us a call here at Coastal Golfaway and we will be happy to book you a trip!

Flavor of the Week: Sam Snead’s Grille

Flavor of the Week: Sam Sneads Tavern

Here at Coastal Golfaway, golf and eating rank as some of our favorite hobbies. While many say eating is a necessity and not a hobby, we completely disagree, we are huge admirers of the culinary arts. This past weekend we were treated to a fantastic meal at Sam Snead’s Grille located off of Highway 501, almost directly across from the Legends Golf Resort.

It all begins when you enter the front door, it is half museum half 19th hole which adds to the luster and allure of the place. You have mementos from the Country Club of Brookline, old Wilson Staff Clubs, and my favorite part about the place was the murals of famous holes from across the globe, and even pictures form all of Snead’s major victories.

Now to the food, the menu has a variety of options for all types of eaters. The attention to detail was evident from the get go, we ordered our usual round of beers, and what we loved about this first round was how cold the beers were. Nothing starts a meal off after a day in the southern heat than a nice cold beer. Chase our wing connoisseur had to try an order of the wings, a few thing she always looks for is are the wings crispy, and how good is the sauce. He left very happy with how the wings came out, very crispy and the sauce was hot, but not so hot you couldn’t enjoy the rest of your meal.

For the main course everyone decided to get a sandwich of some sort. Jerry ordered the “Country Club” which was a club sandwich, while Chase and Carl got the French Dips. Needless to say everyone left very satisfied. The portions were very generous and the meats in the sandwich were delectable. One thing I always look for is how crispy the fries are. Fries are a simple measure on how attentive the cooks are in a restaurant and they really just topped the meal off, nice and golden crispy everyone’s plates were wiped clean.

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Fall Booking Tips

Benefits of Booking Early:

Coastal Golfaway has another year in the books for Myrtle Beach Golf vacations, and we’d love to thank our numerous clients and hope they enjoyed working with us as much as we enjoyed working with them. As the summer heat rises, many aren’t thinking about their next golf vacation, while playing at their home courses. However this is the best time to book your fall vacation, as there are numerous pre book specials  currently being offered. Our favorite special at the moment is the stay and play at Barefoot Resort. If you book before June 30th you can save up to $30 per player.

Not only is booking early beneficial from a cost perspective, it also gives you more options and increases your chances of getting your desired tee times and accommodations. One package we always see selling out is the Legends 3 for 4 package and we highly recommend booking as early as possible so that you can enjoy all the amenities it has to offer.

So I hope you enjoy these little tips for booking your fall package, and just a reminder the PGA Superstore Father Son tournament is just a month away!

Course of the Week: Magnolia Greens

Magnolia Greens: Hidden Gem of the Azalea Coast

This week we want to provide yall with one of the better values on the Azalea Coast. Magnolia Greens is a 27 hole facility designed by Tom Jackson, that has a great grill, pro shop, and with weather permitting an outside tiki bar. It is also just a few minutes from downtown Wilmington and everything the riverfront has to offer.
They have been a great partner with Coastal Golfaway throughout the years and can accommodate any type of group, from the Bachelors who just need to get away, to even elite junior golf academies from Canada. Just this March a group of 80 juniors and coaches from the Montreal area traveled down and held there annual winter session here.

 

Not only is the course a great find, but they have recently added the new Magnolia Cottages, brand new golf condos directly across from the pro shop. These state of the art condos provide excellent leisure for your golf vacation, and make it easy as they are just mere steps away from the golf course. Magnolia Greens is becoming a great hub for a stay and play package here in the Wilmington/ Brunswick area. With Magnolia Greens, Masonboro Country Club and Cape Fear National the area is really booming with golf talent. So please give one of our golf directors a call to book your vacation at Magnolia Greens.

 

 

 

Course of the Week: River Landing

Course of the Week: River Landing

This week’s course of the week is River Landing, and while it may not be on the Grand Strand it is an ideal course to play on the way in to Myrtle Beach. Located in Wallace, River Landing has two 18 holes courses. The River, and the Landing are both designed by Clyde Johnston who has crafted numerous gems such as Shaftesbury Glen, Glen Dornoch and Wachesaw East.
Steve Sprouse the superintendent keeps this course in spectacular shape from tee to green, so much so that it has hosted numerous U.S Open qualifiers. They have also added the new champion Bermuda grass which has really taken well and putts smoother than a baby’s bottom. Either course is a delight, and we highly encourage you to check it out on the way in to Myrtle Beach. For a post round meal, checkout the Mad Boar, as Johnny says, “ the groceries over there are mighty fine!”

 

 

River Landing

Course of the Week: Arrowhead Country Club

Arrowhead Country Club

 

This week’s course of the week is Arrowhead Country Club located at 1201 Burcale Road. This Tom Jackson and Raymond Floyd design has been testing golfers in the Grand Strand since its inception. Arrowhead has three distinct 9’s, The Lakes, The Waterway, and the Cypress which challenge golfers in a multitude of ways and designs.
Alvin our local pro here at Coastal Golfaway applauds the way they keep this course in fantastic condition year round, as he just took his annual group down for a weekend of the Spring Elite Package, and came back raving about the courses and the convenience and ease in which this package operates.
Arrowhead is great for any group that is coming by plane as it is just minutes away from the Myrtle Beach International Airport. So if you are still looking for a package this year, or just an arrival or departure round, look at Arrowhead and you will not be disappointed!
For a limited time only the first 60 players to sign up for Arrowhead will receive a $10 Gift Card that can be used in the Pro Shop or Snack Bar!

 

arrowhead

Course of the Week: Wachesaw Plantation Club

This week’s “Course of the Week” is new to the Coastal Golfaway lineup ….Wachesaw Plantation Club.

One of the very few Private Clubs on South Carolina’s Grand Strand, the Wachesaw Plantation Club is consistently recognized as one of the premier venues in an area that boasts over 100 golf courses!

Awards include: “Best in the Myrtle Beach area” by Golf Digest … Golf Week Magazine’s “Top 100 Residential Golf Courses in America”…South Carolina Golf Association’s ” Club of the Year “. Wachesaw Plantation Club is perenially recgonized as “One of the Best Courses in South Carolina” by both Golf Week and Golf Digest. Gary L. Schaal, Past President of the PGA of America and Golf Hall of Fame inductee has chosen to live and play here. Gary observes “Tom Fazio really got it right – Wachesaw Plantation Club uniquely provides a challenging, yet enjoyable golf experience for players of all levels. It is a breathtaking and amazing course with many interesting and memorable holes that you never tire of playing.”

Crafted by internationally acclaimed Tom Fazio, the course was designed to take advantage of the site’s inherent beauty and interesting elevation changes not typically found in the Carolina Low Country. The fairways are thoughtfully designed to weave through the giant oaks, with beautiful homes unobtrusively tucked out of the way in the wooded landscape. The elevation changes, along with spectacular water and sand hazards, complemented by the unexpected rolling fairways lined with love-grass knolls and grass bunkers, all contribute to the diversity that makes for such an enjoyable, engaging, and never boring experience. And the smooth true-rolling, undulating bent grass greens are unlike any putting surface you will ever experience.

The best is saved until last when you step onto the tee of the par 5 finishing hole. Long recognized as one of the best and most dramatic on the entire East Coast, starting high atop a bluff carrying a water hazard, it finishes in dramatic style at the banks of the Waccamaw River. It was recently ranked as the hardest finishing hole on the Grand Strand by the South Carolina Golf Association.

Now, you too can experience the challenge and low country beauty of the Wachesaw Plantation Club! Contact one of our Golf Directors and ask about arranging an unforgetable round on this outstanding Tom Fazio design.

 

#18 scorecard Wachesaw Waterway

 

 

Rivalry Week: Which Blue Are You

True Blue

Well it is officially March and that means two things, March Madness is here and Spring Golf in the Carolinas has begun. This weekend is also the highly anticipated Duke-Carolina Game, which leads us into our Course of the Week: True Blue.
True Blue is a Mike Strantz signature course, located in Pawleys Island, South Carolina adjacent to its sister course Caledonia. For his efforts at True Blue and Caledonia, Strantz was named “Architect of the Year” by Golf World in 1998. Strantz crafted True Blue to echo many of the characteristics of Pine Valley and Pinehurst #2, with an emphasis on maintaining a natural feel to the course.
The par-72 course can stretch to 7,126 yards and sits on the site of historic True Blue Plantation, a famed 19th-century indigo and rice plantation. Emphasizing the natural beauty of the area, it incorporates native grasses and vegetation to maintain much of the character of the property. The course also boasts an 18-acre practice facility with a learning center.

Rankings:
Golf Digest: #30, “Best in State (South Carolina)” (list includes both public and private courses)
Golf Digest: #3, “Myrtle Beach’s Super 60”
Golfweek: #6, “Best Courses You Can Play” (South Carolina)
GOLF Magazine: #8, “Best Public Courses in South Carolina”

 

 

True-Blue-Myrtle beach

Course of the Week: Prestwick Country Club

Course of the Week

The course of the week is Prestwick Country Club, a Pete and P.B Dye design located in the heart of Myrtle Beach. Prestwick is a semi-private club that has hosted numerous amateur tournaments as well as a U.S Open Qualifier. It features berms, deep pot bunkers and rolling greens. Golf Digest recently recognized it as “One of the Nation’s Five Best-Kept Secret Golf Courses” and rates it at 4.5 stars out of 5. It is one of the tougher courses in Myrtle. It is an extremely well sculpted layout as one would expect with it being a Dye Course, the difference being Prestwick has water come into play quite often. So I would bring few balls.

The best part of Prestwick is its inclusion in the Spring Elite Package, which is providing excellent value for the customer. So if you are looking for a serious challenge, beautiful scenery, and a great package, give us a call and we would be happy to assist you!

 

 

 

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