In the winter of 1990 I was contemplating planning my first golf vacation. At that time I had been playing for about 13 years, approximately once a week, either with my golf club at Marine Dunes Golf Course in Brooklyn on Flatbush Avenue or at Dyker Beach Golf Course in Dyker Heights. The course was located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn and at the time it was the most played public course in the country.
I always wondered what it would be like to go on vacation for an entire week and be able to play golf every day if I wanted to. In conversation with my golf club comrades and reading my favorite golf magazines, Golf Digest being at the top of the list, it became clear to me that Myrtle Beach would be a great choice. I had one dilemma, my significant other was joining me on the trip and had never played golf before. So I offered her this option – Learn to play golf or wait for five or six hours, while I played, for my return. She was into sports, softball, baseball and football like myself, and athletic so she opted to learn to play. Her decision to learn posed my second dilemma, which was how to teach her to play in four or five weeks before we had to embark on our trip. A crash course with an instructor or should I take on the challenge GOLF VACATION PACKAGES MYRTLE BEACH?
I presented her with the choice and the next thing I knew we were in the local ball fields after work and on weekends and I was teaching her to play. She actually progressed better than I would have imagined. She was hitting 8 iron about 125 to 130 yds. and pretty straight at that. Some of the guys I played with did not hit that well. She had one last query before we left, especially since she had never played, and that was, “Are there other things that we can do besides golf?” Good question, but I had already anticipated it and was ready.
Of course there are other things to do – I heard the beaches are beautiful, miniature golf, which she enjoyed was readily available, water parks in abundance, great restaurants and I saved my ace in the hole for last, and plenty of places to shop. That did the trick. We were ready – Myrtle Beach here we come ! So, in April of 1990 we were off to our first ever golf vacation. We stayed at the Ocean Dunes Hotel and had reserved an oceanfront room with a balcony overlooking the beach, which turned out to be a very good decision on our part.
If you have a few extra dollars and enjoy the beach and ocean it’s well worth the additional cost to be able to wake up in the morning and be able to view the ocean, the beach and the Sun as it rises, an exhilarating feeling to say the least. We are usually early risers and we enjoyed this routine each morning as we anticipated our day.
Then on to breakfast, a nice little buffet type which was included in our golf package. All it cost is a few dollars for the tip. Finally, the golf was incredible, the first course we ever played at Myrtle Beach was Buck Creek ( now renamed Aberdeen ), then Long Bay ( A Jack Nicklaus design and noted in many golf magazines at the time, especially his signature 10th hole ) and also Tidewater, one of my favorite golf courses played to date and a few other courses, one better than the next.