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The Golf Capital of the World

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Mark Twain famously said, "Golf is a good walk spoiled," but that's so 19th century. No one walks the golf course these days, everyone knows that zooming around on a golf cart is, well, as fun as golf itself. Myrtle Beach has long been known as the "Golf Capital of the World." From the North Strand to the South Strand, Calabash to Georgetown, there are over 100 courses, and it's estimated that an average of 3 million rounds of golf are played each year on the Grand Strand (No putt-putt included).

Since there are so many courses, there are options for all skill levels. Beginners, weekend hackers, and seasoned scratches all flock to Myrtle at some point in their life. You don't have to know the difference between pitching wedge and a putter to enjoy this sport that dates back to the 15th century. You don't even have to own your own clubs. Just about every course in the area has rentals available. So leave your dad's persimmon, metal shafted woods and your grandfather's mashies and jiggers in the garage where the belong. The true beginner has several intriguing options. One of them is golf school, week-long instructional camps designed to teach you the basics of putting, chipping, and driving. Another option is the par 3 course, of which there are many. These holes are all very short, there's no water, and there even lighted for late night play.

If I were a scratch golfer -- or a masochist -- I'd head to King's North Golf Course at Myrtle Beach National. The 18th hole alone has over 40 sand traps. Another great course, farther south in Pawley's Island, is True Blue at Caledonia Golf and Fish Club. True Blue is ranked by Golf Digest as one the top 25 courses in the South. So get out and get golfing!

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