When it comes to iconic golf destinations, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, consistently ranks among the best.

In this May 2024 edition of the Traveling Golfer we show you.

Tony offered me the pleasure to host this feature on this golfer’s paradise in tandem with Barefoot Resort & Golf and Thomas Golf Vacations, spotlighting why I think this is the definitive golf escape—not just for the sport, but also for its serene beaches, delectable dining, and ideal unwind spots.

Barefoot Resort & Golf

Nestled in the charming coastal town of North Myrtle Beach, Barefoot Resort & Golf is an expansive facility boasting four championship courses designed by legends Greg Norman, Davis Love III, Tom Fazio, and Pete Dye. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or an enthusiastic amateur, each course offers a unique blend of challenges and breathtaking scenery.  You could choose to play all four courses, which we highly recommend.  But also realize there are so many other great courses nearby in case these four Barefoot gems fill up.

Thomas Beach Vacations, Brian Childers, shared his valuable tips on when to play each course.  Again, you can play along the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand year-round.  But the high season is Spring and Fall with more temperate weather.  Still, from someone who lives down here, I play year-round.  I might wear a light jacket in winter or I have more water in the summer, but I don’t have an off-season down here.

That’s why you need to check with Thomas Golf Vacations to find the right combination for you.

Joining Brian on the greens, Barefoot Golf Pro Trey Evans offered practical advice on navigating these celebrated courses. “Mastering the subtle undulations and intricate layouts of each course requires patience and precision. Take advantage of our expert-led clinics to sharpen your skills,” Trey recommended.

Thomas Golf and Beach Vacations

But a visit to North Myrtle Beach isn’t just about the golf. Off the course, the area boasts stunning beaches, perfect for unwinding after a day on the links. Whether you prefer to stroll along the sandy shore, take a dip in the Atlantic, or simply relax with a good book, the beach provides the perfect respite.

We sat down with Teddy Smith, Vice President of Operations for Thomas Golf Vacations, who has decades of experience in the Myrtle Beach area.  So, he knows his way around the golf courses and the places you will want to luxuriate.

And, as Teddy explains, what’s so amazing about the region is the breadth of options Thomas Golf Vacations offers.  You can get a villa on the ocean for dozens of friends – whether they’re golfers or beachgoers.  You can be right on the golf course.  You can be near the restaurants and entertainment venues that grab you.  And, they offer a wide range of places to suit your budget whether you’re bringing the kids or a pet.  This is the most eclectic and accommodating place for visitors.

Now, because there are so many options, but so many people wanting to hit The Beach, Teddy gives you the best advice. “Planning ahead is crucial,” he tells me.

And let’s not forget the dining scene.

More Than Golf

For lunch or dinner, hit nearby Greg Norman’s and Boardwalk Billy’s, both in North Myrtle Beach for a wide range of culinary offerings.

After a fulfilling day of golf, nothing beats stopping by the Cabana at Barefoot Resort for a hearty meal. We wrapped up our segment with Brian and Trey over mouthwatering burgers and craft beers.

But, as usual, we couldn’t have a Traveling Golfer without our Executive Producer Dustin Gilder taking a bite out of one of Barefoot’s massive burgers.

For those considering a trip, take heed of Teddy Smith’s advice: “Book in advance, especially during peak golf seasons. The right planning ensures you get the best of golf and leisure.”

In conclusion, Barefoot Resort & Golf, complemented by Thomas Golf Vacations, offers a perfect blend of challenging golf, relaxing beach time, and delicious dining. It’s an all-encompassing escape that promises rejuvenation and excitement in equal measure. So pack your clubs, bring your appetite, and get ready for the ultimate North Myrtle Beach golf getaway.

Watch and enjoy.  We know you will be booking a golf getaway here soon.

Sit back and enjoy.

John Daly is also known as The Real John Daly due to his years of hosting Real TV, one of the first reality TV shows, and also to make sure he isn’t confused with Long John Daly, who says when he sees Real John Daly, “You’re ruining my name.”  John works as a correspondent and producer for The Traveling Golfer.  He also hosts Undercover Jetsetter with Susan Anzalone that covers travel, food, wine, mixology, and golf and is produced entirely off the iPhone. John is also the host of Carolina Buzz, a streaming show on Wingding TV, about what is happening in the Carolinas.