Around the Grand Strand, summer renovation projects for local golf courses are coming to a close as the cooler weather settles in. However, there have been two new courses that have reentered the Myrtle Beach market, as well as Ocean Isle Beach areas. After being closed for 22 months, Brick Landing in Ocean Isle will reopen by the end of October. Quail Creek Golf Club at Coastal Carolina University reopened to public play on October 3, 2011. Craig Schreiner, who is the co-designer of the Members Club at Grande Dunes, appointed renovations at Pine Lakes Country Club and oversaw most of the changes at Quail Creek. Changes to all 19 greens, including the practice putting green, were rebuilt with the fine-bladed and popular Mini-Verde ultra dwarf Bermuda grass and 60 bunkers were removed around both fairways and greens. The remaining 36 bunkers were also rebuilt. According to Charlie Thrash, the Quail Creek general manager and director of the CCU Professional Golf Management Program, “the greens have more movement, undulation and personality than they had before, and they’re a better quality with Mini-Verde.” In addition to the 6,900 yards of green, a short game area was built between the 10th tee and the 18th green, which is only accessible for CCU’s golf teams and students in the PGM program.
The votes are in, and narrowing down the 600 nominated locales, only 30 were chosen by popular vote and editor’s choice; hitting the list within the top 6 Most Fun places is Myrtle Beach. This summer, five teams of travelers will seek out to find the very best towns in America in the Best of the Road Rally. Each team will cover one of the five categories, and at each town will dig deep and leave no stone unturned as they work to determine which town is the best for the category. When visiting Myrtle Beach, it’s not only the fun that makes the most of your stay; the Grand Strand is full of friendly, smiling faces that would make anyone feel at home; known for our sandy beaches, unlimited restaurants, spectacular entertainment, fun nightlife and world-renown golf courses, Myrtle Beach has fun for everyone! Not even a local can fit in all that Myrtle Beach has to offer! So, when planning your next family vacation, couples get-a-way, or golf outing, whatever you fancy, make Myrtle Beach your vacation destination for Fun!
The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is an exciting relativity new attraction in Myrtle Beach. The beach boardwalk stretches from the 2nd Avenue Pier to the 14th Avenue Pier and is home to several festivals and events all summer long. For instance, the Ocean Boulevard’s Hot Summer Nights at Plyler Park is a main attraction that features live concerts on Tuesdays and Saturdays, A “Kid’s Carnival” on Monday nights, and amazing fireworks show on Wednesday nights! The 1.2 mile-long oceanfront boardwalk also features numerous shops and restaurants along its path and is divided into three sections.
The northernmost portion stretches from the 14th Avenue North Pier to Plyler Park. The mid-section is located from Plyler Park to the former Pavilion Amusement Park site at 8th Avenue North and has a more carnival-like atmosphere with oceanfront dining and businesses. The Southernmost end leads down to the 2nd Avenue Pier and has an oceanfront park.
Some interesting facts about the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is that is took nine months to build and cost close to $7 million to make. There are also about 800,000 feet of lumber, 300,000 nails, 555,000 screws, and 10,000 bolts that make up the boardwalk!
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is one of the most fascinating and enjoyable vacation destinations in the United States. There are several attractions around the area such as: historic communities, numerous golf courses, over 1400 restaurants, the Intracoastal Waterway, Broadway at the Beach, WonderWorks, The SkyWheel, Barefoot Landing, The Market Common, The Farmer’s Markets, family-friendly beaches, and several other entertainment attractions. There are also various shopping centers such as: The Tanger Outlets, Coastal Grand Mall, and various other boutiques.
Myrtle Beach Vacation Attractions
Myrtle Beach or The Grand Strand is also known for its Low country hospitality and remarkable local fishing villages of Little River, Murrells Inlet, and Georgetown. The Grand Strand is also home of the state’s dance; the Shag. The Shag is a colorful dance that is thought to have originated on Ocean Drive in Myrtle Beach during the 1940’s and the primetime of the Jitterbug. The Grand Strand is also home to 650 acres of public parks and recreations that include: Grand Park, Whispering Pines Golf Course, and numerous other parks.
Vacation Rentals in Myrtle Beach
When it comes to vacation destinations, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is considered one of the top locations for family-friendly beaches and entertainment. The area has been voted the #1 Beach along the East Coast and has 60 miles of white sandy beaches and sparkling blue Atlantic waters. Myrtle Beach offers numerous vacation rentals including over 365 hotels, condotels, and other lodging properties. However, when choosing a vacation rental property, one must always keep in mind the location! Location is the key to an enjoyable stay at Myrtle Beach and with its luxurious oceanfront homes and condos, one can’t go wrong.
Myrtle Beach Rentals
When it comes to Myrtle Beach rental condos and homes, SC Beach Real Estate specializes in recommending excellent condos, condo communities, and short term home rentals. Since there are several options that deal with vacation rentals, one should know the pros and cons to each. For instance, with condos there are enjoyable amenities that one may not have while staying in a beach home. Such amenities include: indoor and outdoor pools, lazy rivers, hot tub and spas, on site restaurants, and housekeeper. However, when enjoying a condo, one must keep in mind that it is a more compact space which may not be the best option for larger families and friends. This is a main difference between a Myrtle Beach condo and beach home. When enjoying an oceanfront beach home, there is a lot more space, mobility, and privacy! There may not be a convenience of an indoor pool or housekeeping but a larger family is able to have more freedom and liberty while staying comfortably in a larger area.
For more information on Myrtle Beach rentals, whether short term or long term, contact SC Beach Real Estate Sales and Vacation Rentals.
The SkyWheel is one of Myrtle Beach’s new attractions this year and its grand opening will be Friday, May 20, 2011. The SkyWheel consist of 42 gondolas that will go around as the wheel turns. This allows people to see as far north as the South/North Carolina boarder and as far south as the Inlet. Of the 42 gondolas, one will be a V.I.P. with leather seats and a glass bottom. It will also rotate around six times while the regular will go around three times. The admission will be $12 for adults, $8 for ages 3-11, military, and 55 and older, and those 2 and younger will get on free. The SkyWheel attraction will be fitted with 1 million LED light bulbs for after dark display and special effects will kick in for a full-blown light show once or twice a night. So come on out this Friday night and support the opening of a great attraction! The SkyWheel is located at 1101 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach and the hours of operation will be 10 a.m. until 2 a.m.
Along the Grand Strand there are several unique communities to call home. For instance, the more popular spots around the coastal area include: Myrtle Beach, Little River, Murrells Inlet, and North Myrtle Beach. With all of these communities being remarkably charming it’s the perfect location for coastal living.
For more than a century, traveling to Myrtle Beach has been one of the best places to visit and now days more people are settling in the largest community along the Grand Strand. With entertainment such as the Myrtle Beach State Park, Broadway at the Beach, an assortment of shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and attractions, Myrtle Beach is the place to be. There is also, the town of North Myrtle Beach that was founded more than 30 years ago and offers a wonderful family atmosphere with numerous fishing piers, shopping areas, and is home of the state’s dance, “The Shag.”
On the other hand, if you want to live at a slightly slower pace, Little River is known as a unique little town that lies just below the North Carolina border. In the 1700s, Little River was considered a refuge for pirates and Civil War blockade-runners in the 1800s. This quaint town is also very renowned for its Blue Crab Festival that is held each May. Another pleasant city along the Grand Strand is the Murrells Inlet community. This historic fishing village has earned the title of “sea-food capital of South Carolina,” and has an astonishing variety of fresh catches from its waters. Murrells Inlet also offers breathtaking inlet settings and activities such as: deep sea fishing, boat tours, kayaking, and much more!
With these wonderful communities, they have remarkable neighborhoods with price ranges to suit every budget. Whether you are a first-time home buyer, someone looking for retirement, or a vacation getaway, you’re bound to find the perfect location in the Grand Strand area. If you would like more information on real estate property, or Myrtle Beach rentals, contact SC Beach Real Estate at 843-492-4411 and our agents will be happy to assist you.
May 7-13th marks the 28th annual National Travel and Tourism Week. The Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce is joining the hundreds of cites, states, and businesses around the country in the annual salute to travel and tourism in the United States. The cities of Horry County who are participating are: Conway, Myrtle Beach, and Surfside Beach. They are making declarations for the week and according to the MBACC, there are nearly 15 million tourists that visit the Myrtle Beach area each year. The National Travel and Tourism Week was established as National Tourism Week in 1983 when the United States Congress passed a joint resolution designating the week to be celebrates in May 1984. President Ronald Reagan at that time signed a presidential proclamation urging citizens to observe the week.
For the celebration, the MBACC is planning a week of activities and promotions for visitors of the Grand Strand. For instance, the chamber’s visitor centers in Myrtle Beach will be serving complimentary refreshments during the week and the Myrtle Beach International Airport visitor center will have live music and offer refreshments throughout the week.
On Tuesday, the Myrtle Beach business leaders found out how well their marketing efforts turned out from last year. The Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce hired the Equation Research to present the results of the 2010 Conversion/Economic Impact Study. According to the Chamber officials in February, they told the Myrtle Beach City Council that the marketing efforts worded and according to Equation Research, “a third of visitors and advertising influenced their decision to come to Myrtle Beach.” With that said the marketing to bring in tourist made $307 for every dollar spent on marketing based for those who asked about the beach and eventually came to the area. In 2010, there were about 66 percent of website visitors who came to the beach and resulted in more than 1 million travel parties last year.
Also, according to the research presented, “each visiting party spent, on average, the most on accommodations, $604; followed by $513 on restaurants/groceries, and $444 on shopping, as well as more on golf, entertainment, transportation and miscellaneous items. The spending is based on a survey of 2,270 people who requested information and came here last year.” Phil Vassar, the chairmen of the chamber’s marketing council stated that “ considering all the statistics, the sales tax has boosted business at the beach, luring folks to stay in hotels, eat out and play the golf courses…we take it all in and evaluate it all together…the marketing brought an increased number of people in here.” The Myrtle Beach officials say that the momentum of last year should continue into this summer and with new attractions such as the SkyWheel and WonderWorks, there is sure to be even better results!
Parents have you been looking for that place to allow your kids to have safe fun? Well you’re in luck! Later this month, volunteers and workers with the Horry County Parks and Recreations Department will begin the construction on a vacant lot in the Carolina Forest area just 5 miles from SC 501. The vacant lot is the future spot of Palmetto Adventure Land, a mega playground that will include all the necessities of traditional romping grounds of the area youth. The playground construction will be a volunteer effort projected to start at the end of September. With time, the Horry County Parks and Recreation aim to construct a library, tennis courts, amphitheatre, skate park, and a walking outdoor trail. According to current plans, the park will include slides, monkey bars and rings, see-saw, tunnel, rock wall and much more; accommodating over 300 children. So when planning this years Birthday parties, bring your kids to a safe and fun recreational playground, Palmetto Adventure Land!
Are the children bored of swimming day in and day out? Why not bring them out to the Children’s museum of South Carolina for some fun times? There sure is a lot planned at the museum this summer including National Ice Cream Celebration this Friday at 1:30. Every third Friday of the month, (the next one is Aug. 20) is Fun Friday Community Night from 6-8 p.m. The museum offers free admission, free activities, and free food provided by Logan’s Roadhouse. ON July 30, there will be wild and exotic animals from Tabor City, NC zoo.
The whole family will be able to enjoy the planetarium exhibit on August 13. You will be able to see and learn about the specific stars that can be seen from Myrtle Beach. On Sept 11, the traveling Every Body Eats display will be set up for everyone to learn about nutrition, diet, and importance of breakfast. There is just so much to do and for only $8 per person, it will be well worth the money!