In this episode of Traveling Golfer At The Turn, we show you the diversity of golf courses and food.
I tagged along with show producers Dustin Gilder and AJ Gohil to taste our way through four of the great courses on the Myrtle Beach Golf Trail.
The courses here, as we have shown you, are always top-notch for your golf vacations. And lately, the golf course owners and managers have designed a foodie reputation along the Carolina Coast.
Not too long ago, a delicacy down here was overly fried fish and soggy French fries. No more.
You can enjoy the nuances of a tricky dogleg Par-4 over water with the same expertise when you try some of the dishes.
Granted, you might not order these at a swanky restaurant with your better half. But clearly these gastro-delights are not your Daddy’s at the turn bar food.
We started with breakfast at Crown Park in Longs, South Carolina.
All three of us had the breakfast sandwich. These are perfect for a pre-golf meal.
But Dustin decided to hit the course before breakfast to bring you the next installment of his Real Golf challenge.
Breakfast At Crown Park
He played one of my favorite holes, the par 4 12th hole at Crown Park. It’s a tricky dogleg right with water running down the right side of the fairway. His second shot is over that water that also runs around the back of the green.
Dustin was a little concerned because he couldn’t use his driver. But as you will see he maneuvered it all perfectly. Did he better his 2-over score on this his fifth hole of the challenge?
One big benefit of Crown Park is it suits so many golfers. A single-digit player will find it challenging, while a high handicapper will see how forgiving the forward tee boxes are.
The other thing you will love at Crown Park is the breakfast sandwiches. Local golfers come early to get a bite out of it. Sure, they have the traditional hot dogs and deli sandwiches. But the top choice are the breakfast sandwiches with either bacon or sausage with an egg on a toasted English Muffin. Sounds simple? It is. But they’re plentiful and the taste is worth it. As Dustin says, “skip McDonalds.”
Pearl Of Barbecue
Next, we hit Pearl Golf Links in Calabash, North Carolina. Like Crown Park, Pearl has no homes along the course. You feel like you are alone in a forest on many of the holes.
What’s different from Crown Park is that the Pearl has six holes along the Calabash River. This way the Pearl gives you a diversity of experiences. You can enjoy the river and marsh and then on other holes you get the traditional Parkland style.
Another tradition at the Pearl is the barbecue. We all have a barbecue sandwich that came with homemade potato chips.
If you are a student of barbecue, you will realize this is traditional Carolina barbecue with a vinegar base. At the Traveling Golfer, we suggest you hit a number of golf courses around the country and try other barbecue styles like Kansas City or Texas which use a tomato base.
Our next stop was Scotland! Well, Scotland-like.
Prestwick Country Club has the feel of the course of the same name which is in Scotland.
However, here you are only 15 minutes away from the Myrtle Beach International Airport – which is great if you are just flying in and you hunger for a quick round or you are flying out and you want to go directly from the clubhouse to the runway.
Prestwick is a classic Pete and PB Dye course. While it reminds you of a British Open track, it also has the feel of Pinehurst, Kiawah, and TPC Sawgrass.
No Haggis Here
The food is elegant too. Wait until you see the coconut shrimp appetizer. Cooked to perfection; crunch on the outside and moist on the inside. Perfect near the ocean appetizer.
Dustin goes rodeo on us. He indulges in the cowboy hamburger. This is a mouthful. You will need to exercise your jaw before you order this. Dustin comes through perfectly.
To close the show, we head to Wedgefield Country Club in Georgetown, South Carolina.
This plantation, started back in the American revolution, still holds that Southern charm. This is becoming one of the great “stay and plays” on the Myrtle Beach Golf Trail.
Wedgefield Pizza and Ghost
They have cabins and apartments right on the course that can entertain groups or even, a bachelor party or a wedding.
The Brickhouse Pub is the Wedgefield Town Hall in our eyes. You can gather before or after a round – and definitely during the round – At The Turn.
They have a wide range of libations, including locally made wines. I tried a local Pinot Noir that was distilled with California grapes. It was superb.
If you wanted something sophisticated for your libation palate, then you have come to the right place. The new Food and Beverage Manager is Justin Patterson. He is fluent in wine and spirits. You should test him out.
Justin also explained to us the … wait for it … the New Jersey style pizza at Wedgefield. I know that sounds strange down South here. But this is a perfect fit for golfers who want something quick at the turn or something not so heavy after a round before a big night of dinner.
Justin explains how the new owners are from New Jersey and they wanted to bring a touch of the northeast down here. And it works perfectly. It is their biggest seller. We tried three different styles and they were perfection.
The golf course is another reason to make this a weekend overnight stay. This is a very tough track, but it is absolutely gorgeous in the typical antebellum tradition.
Plus, Litchfield has a ghost. We pressed Justin about the spirit and strangely enough, I think we all felt his presence, as you will see.
The ghost is believed to be from the Revolutionary War. He was a British sentry who was beheaded by American revolutionaries rescuing five of their compatriots captured by the redcoats.
All we ask is you get some video if you see the ghost. And tell him he was featured on Traveling Golfer.
Enjoy this episode of the Traveling Golfer At The Turn. It will certainly get your appetite going. You may want to pour yourself a Yuengling and grab some snack from the kitchen.
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