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The Masters At Augusta National Puts Pros Like Dustin Johnson In The Spotlight As Recreational Golfers Head To Myrtle Beach, S.C.


Tiger Woods. The Masters. It’s spring, the azaleas are in bloom, and golf is center stage. This year, one of Myrtle Beach, S.C.’s finest joins the elite field at August National. He’s Dustin Johnson, the young pro who swept to victory at Pebble Beach after sharpening his golf game as an undergrad at Coastal Carolina University.

Myrtle Beach proved to be an ideal place for Johnson to develop his skills. It’s also the best choice for recreational golfers looking to tune up their games for their summer season. As The Masters inspires winter-weary golfers to dust off their clubs, Myrtle Beach is offering some very affordable (and value-laden) packages that can take the chill off the most frozen wallet.

Getting to Myrtle Beach’s “Grand Strand” is easy. Many travelers are within a day’s drive of the area and airlines are now offering direct flights from cities like Chicago, Washington and New York. Making it even easier, some of the area’s best golf courses have developed special packages that include everything from a free welcome party to lessons at one of the top 5 golf schools in the country.

For example, Pawleys Plantation is an easy detour for those attending the Masters. Roughly a six hour drive from Augusta National, it’s a resort that delivers the Southern charm of Kiawah and the casual elegance of Hilton Head — without the high price tag. First-time visitors to Pawleys Plantation are amazed at what they get for the money at the resort that Travel+Leisure Golf magazine calls “one of the most underrated golf resorts in the Southeast.”

Pawleys Plantation offers a great tune-up package for recreational golfers. The resort and its on-site Phil Ritson-Mel Sole Golf School (one of the Top 5 golf schools in the nation, according to Golf Magazine) are offering a stay and play “Best Ever Golf School Package.” Not only is the instruction the best ever, the price is literally thousands of dollars less than other top golf schools charge for comparable programs.

The package is available through the fall of 2009, with rates ranging from $799 to $999 per person, based on double occupancy. It includes three nights accommodations in a luxurious one-bedroom suite, two rounds of golf with carts on Pawleys Plantation’s signature Jack Nicklaus course, three breakfasts, and three-days of golf instruction.

Pawleys Plantation also offers golfers an affordable way to get on some of the nation’s top 100 courses. Caledonia, True Blue and the new Founders Club are among the options offered in other packages. For laid-back atmosphere, scenic beauty, great practice facilities and close proximity to top 100 courses, Pawleys Plantation can’t be beat. Check out other packages offered by Pawleys Plantation can be found at or call 800-367-9959.

Like Pawleys Plantation, Glens courses are outside the glitz of Myrtle Beach but within a few minutes of all the town’s action. The Village at the Glens has Scottish-styled villas that overlook the spectacular, award-winning Heather Glen Golf Links. There’s even a practice green right outside the door. A stay at the Village can include not only golf, but free welcome parties and even gambling on a casino boat. This package includes tickets to a gaming cruise featuring Vegas-style slots, Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and Poker.

Those traveling by air to Myrtle Beach, should check out the “Just Pack Your Shoes” golf package. With Custom packages available at any price point, guests booking this vacation with the Glens Group will receive accommodations in a luxurious golf villa and three to four rounds of golf on The Glens Group’s award winning courses, as well as free top-brand name rental clubs (Taylor Made, Callaway and Wilson), a new golf glove, Nike golf balls, free range balls and carts.

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