In a move that helps them to create their own identity among the abundant golf inventory on the Grand Strand, a number of properties in this South Carolina bastion of golf have formed a new partnership.
Twenty minutes south of Myrtle Beach (an hour north of Charleston if you need another landmark) is where you will find the 12 golf courses that make up the newly minted “Waccamaw Golf Trail.” Here, in a thirty kilometre stretch of coastline, are the townships of Murrels Inlet, along with Litchfield and Pawleys Island. It is a place that boasts a lense intense pace than is found in the heart of Myrtle Beach.
The splendid dozen courses on the trail include Blackmoor Golf Club, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Heritage Club, Lichfield Country Club, Pawleys Plantation, River Club, Tournament Players Club, Tradition Club, True Blue Plantation, Wachesaw Plantation East, Willbrook Plantation, and Founders Club at Pawleys Island, which will open in September of 2007.
For those familiar, many of the clubs are among the most popular and beautiful in the region – having garnered many honours from the world’s foremost golf publications.
With many of the courses built on the sites of 18th and 19th century rice and indigo plantation there is a heritage and beauty that is distinctive to these properties. Moss draped oaks and the gentle flow of tidal rivers only serve to enhance the settings.
“While we are just 20 minutes south of Myrtle Beach, the Waccamaw Trail offers a different golf trip than you enjoy in Myrtle Beach or North Myrtle Beach,” remarked Jim Woodring, vice president of golf operations at Myrtle Beach National, which has three courses represented on the Trail. “A visit to the Waccamaw Golf Trail is a relaxed, less crowded escape from the real world, which is what many seek during vacation. Golfing along the Trail is such a unique experience with all 12 member courses committed to working together to promote this distinctive segment of the Myrtle Beach golf market.”
Accommodations along the Waccamaw Golf Trail range from quaint bed-and-breakfasts to full-service resorts, like Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort. Recognized as one of the premier golf resorts in America by Conde Naste Traveller, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort is a 4,500-acre resort that offers a wide choice of amenities and accommodations overlooking the beach, lakes and fairways.
Off the course, the Waccamaw Golf Trail offers award-winning restaurants, a treasure trove of unique shops, historic points of interest, tranquil beaches and a wide assortment of resort amenities and accommodations. Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach State Park are two of the region’s many year-round natural attractions available to golfers and non-golfers alike.
Preferred tee times for the Waccamaw Trail courses and accommodations packages are available by visiting www.waccamawgolftrail.com.