Long billed as the ”Golf Capital of the World,” the Myrtle Beach area got some big news in mid-2023 that lends serious credence to the title. In 2024, the PGA TOUR will debut a new tournament on the Grand Strand called the Myrtle Beach Classic — and for the Grand Strand golf community, the development is a hole-in-one.
Set to tee off at Myrtle Beach’s The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, the first Myrtle Beach Classic will take place May 9-12, 2024. The tournament will offer a $3.9 million purse and will see its winner earn 300 FedExCup points. And for fans of golf, it offers a great chance to see golf pros in action in a premier destination for both family vacations and golf getaways.
Interested in bringing your golf-hungry vacation crew to the Grand Strand to catch the inaugural Myrtle Beach Classic? Not only will the tournament offer visitors a chance to witness golf history, but its location in a premier coastal tourism destination delivers Myrtle Beach vacationers plenty of ways to take in some fun off the course.
Consider these five off-course activities that can make your trip to see the Myrtle Beach Classic shine bright, even when the day’s action on the course is complete:
Of course, when visiting the Myrtle Beach area, enjoying some time on the scenic shoreline is a must. The Grand Strand is home to more than 60 miles of stunning Atlantic Ocean beaches. And with easy access to most of them, spending some time soaking up the sun, walking in the soft waterfront sands or splashing around in the ocean waves is simple.
The Grand Strand offers a long list of places where shopaholics can get their fix, with some of the leading options including Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, The Market Common, Coastal Grand Mall and the Tanger Factory Outlet Centers (which provide a pair of Myrtle Beach options — one on Highway 17 and another on Highway 501). And for those looking to round out their golf gear, the PGA TOUR Superstore on Highway 17 in Myrtle Beach is a prime shopping destination.
With roughly 2,000 full-service restaurants to choose from in the Myrtle Beach area, foodies will have no trouble finding prime examples of nearly any cuisine they may be craving — and of course, the seafood on the Grand Strand is especially renowned. For golfing enthusiasts, there are even a number of local restaurants that boast a strong links theme, with leading options in this area including Greg Norman Australian Grille and Terrazza 19 at Grande Dunes.
Found on Robert Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach, Topgolf is an entertainment venue/bar/restaurant centered around the game of golf. It features more than 70 climate-controlled bays where players can tee up and hit microchipped golf balls at targets on a driving range. A wide selection of Topgolf games is available to choose from — some easy enough for players with no golf experience, others geared toward more experienced players. And when not actively competing in their game of choice, players can enjoy food, drinks and fun.
When the day is done, the nightlife in the Myrtle Beach area comes through with plenty of options for finding good times after hours. One prime spot that delivers consistently good food and drinks along with regular live musical performances is Tin Roof at THEBlvd on North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, which features local, regional, and national acts on its main stage nightly. Some of the highlights on the food menu here include the Nashville Hot Chicken, quesadillas, wings and tenders. And when guests get thirsty, the full bar serves up a broad selection of cocktails, draft and canned beers, and wines.
Looking for an ideal place to stay when the Myrtle Beach Classic makes its 2024 debut? MB Resorts’ range of resorts and properties in the Myrtle Beach area can deliver the perfect fit for your golf-focused getaway to the Grand Strand, no matter the size of your party or the features you’re seeking in your accommodations. To lock in your top pick in accommodations during your trip to see the inaugural Myrtle Beach Classic, book your MB Resorts stay today!