Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is home to over 90 golf courses, making it the favorite golf vacation destination for many. If you’re interested in making the trip, but you’re wondering what exactly the best time of the year to golf in Myrtle Beach is – we’ve got you covered! I’m going to layout the advantages and disadvantages of each season to help you better understand which season is the right one for you. Let’s jump right in and get started.
Fall & Winter Golf in Myrtle Beach (September thru February)
I’ve decided to go ahead and group Fall and Winter together because in all honesty, the weather conditions in coastal South Carolina during both seasons are very similar.
The temperature from September all the way until mid December is any golfers dream. Why? You won’t find that shirt-soaking kind of weather at that time, like you would during July or August. Instead, you’ll be pleasantly greeted by cool ocean breezes and temperatures ranging anywhere from 85 to 60 degrees. Also, the majority of family vacation groups begin to gradually leak out, and the stream of golfers begin to pour back in.
Aside from weather and crowd size, let’s talk about the major reason I love golfing in the Fall and Winter here in Myrtle Beach; the lower prices. You’ll find that vacation rentals, restaurants, local attractions and tee-times are more reasonably priced and significantly lower than the Spring.
However, you should be aware of the caveats that the Fall and Winter golf season have.
1. Frost Delays: Depending on the weather, you might incur a frost delay. These type of delays force the golf courses to allow groups to tee-off a little later than normal.
2. Limited Daylight: Shorter hours of daylight equate to less hours of golf that are able to be played within a single day. This can affect you for two reasons. Shorter days lead to a shorter supply of tee-times that are available to be booked, as well as limiting the amount of “free replays” you’re able to take advantage of.
3. Overseeding: The most common type of grass used on golf courses in Myrtle Beach is Bermuda. Due to the drop in temperature in the Fall and Winter, Bermuda grass becomes dormant and golf courses will normally coat the freshly oversewn areas with cool weather grass. During this time, most golf courses allow cart path only so as not to disturb the growth of new grass.
With that being said, Fall and Winter golfing season in Myrtle Beach is one you have to experience for yourself to truly appreciate. I mean, who doesn’t like to golf in December?!
Spring Golfing in Myrtle Beach (March, April, May)
It’s show time boys and girls! Known as the season of all seasons to hit the links in the “Golf Capital of the World”. This time of the year is spectacular to not only golf in Myrtle Beach, but to actually be at the beach in general. The temperatures begin to rise, the flowers begin to bloom, the ocean begins to warm up and most importantly; the days become longer allowing for more tee-times to be had.
SPRING TIME PLANNING TIP: The early bird gets the worm, tee-times and prime vacation rentals! Plan ahead to secure your groups spot on the courses you plan on playing! Also, most of the area golf package providers will cut you a deal on your accommodations if you play and stay with them. This can prove to crucial when you are trying to lock-up a decent oceanfront rental while staying within your budget.
As always, you have to be able to take the good with the bad. Here are a few of the downsides to Spring golf season:
1. Traffic & Crowds: This is the time of the year where golfers from all around the world flock to the Grand Strand.
2. Golf Course Rates Peak: The Springtime is when golf courses understand basic economic principles and charge the most due to supply and demand.
3. Vacation Rental Rates On The Rise: The same as the golf courses, Myrtle Beach vacation rental companies also know that this is prime time for golfers, so they begin to increase their rental rates as well.
4. Tee-Time Availability Becomes Sparse: If you wait too long to book your golf vacation, you’ll be upset to see that the majority of the tee-times for area golf courses are already spoken for.
Summer Golfers in Myrtle Beach (June, July, August)
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has been awarded Trip Advisor’s “Travelers’ Choice Award” for being the #1 beach destination for the United States in 2011 and secured the #3 spot for 2012. The summertime is when things really start to heat up along the Grand Strand, figuratively and literally. Family vacations are in full swing, the nightlife is sizzling, the temperatures are reaching their yearly peak and the ocean is warm enough to take a bath in. This can prove to be beneficial and detrimental to golfers looking to head South for the Summer. Since the temperatures are reaching the 90’s with high levels of humidity, golf may not be a top priority for a lot of people who are vacationing here.
But, if you play your cards right and ensure that you get early AM tee-times to beat the heat, golfing in the Summer can be you and your wallet’s best friend. The golf rates are significantly cheaper in the Summer than the other seasons, making the Summer an excellent time of the year to golf in Myrtle Beach.
SUMMER GOLF WEAR TIP: Make sure you wear breathable clothing and always make sure to stay hydrated (beer doesn’t count, even though we wish it did).
Some of the cons this time of year you need to be aware of:
1. High Humidity: The humidity levels in the Carolinas during summertime can be troubling for some of the older folks and even the younger ones.
2. AM Tee-Times Can Be A Challenge: Everyone’s trying to beat the heat and scoop up the early tee-times. Get your game face on and force yourself to book in advance.
3. Bugs: These guys can be an issue on golf courses that have marshes.
4. Crowds: The beach, local attractions and restaurants are super busy.
5. Vacation Rental Rates Peak: Millions of people rush to Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach for their annual family vacation. And you know what? We can’t blame them!
6. Golf Course Maintenance: Courses are starting the aerification process.
The most important thing when deciding which golf season is right for you is determining what you’d like to do aside from just golf, how much you’re willing to spend and how far in advance you’re able to book your golf vacation. Don’t forget that Golf Directors do exist, and their mission is to help you through the golf vacation planning process.
Craig Chinn is the Director of Golf at NorthMyrtleBeachGolf.com. He is able to utilize his vast local knowledge of and experience with the golf industry in Myrtle Beach to benefit and guide potential visitors with their planning needs. NorthMyrtleBeachGolf.com is the golf packages division of CondoLux Vacation Rentals, which allows golfers to tap into its inventory of 500+ luxurious oceanfront and ocean view accommodations. They currently have offices in North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
You can follow Craig Chinn on Twitter @MBGolfPro.