The game of golf is one that can be played at any of the thousands of golf courses around the world and more than 100 courses in the Myrtle Beach area. These games, when played by golf enthusiasts, never get dull or boring, as each North Myrtle Beach golf course is distinctive and unique in its own right. However, one’s selection of golf courses in their area may be slimmer than one expects, based on limited or no availability for open golf.
The availability or unavailability of a golf course may be dependent on the type of establishment the golf course is; in other words, whether a golf course is public or private. A public golf course is one that is open to any golfer that desires to play (as long as they pay greens fees) and gives no priorities for tee times. Greens fees for this type of course must be paid at some point before playing. Although exceptions do exist, the quality of the golf course is generally reflected in the height, or lack of height, in the greens fees. Examples of top-end public courses include Pebble Beach Golf Links in California and Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. The Myrtle Beach area is filled with championship golf courses that have hosted renowned tournaments.
Another type of golf course is a resort course. These courses are similar to public courses; however, a stay at the associated resort is necessary in order to secure a tee time at a resort course. Outside golfers may be allowed to play a resort course if the tee sheet for the course is not full of those already staying at the resort. An example of a high-end resort with golf courses is the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina. Similarly, a semi-private course is a course where members are given priority over non-members, making them essentially resort courses where instead of staying at the associated resort to have priority, one would have to pay a fee and join the golf club in order to have priority on tee times.
The final type of golf course is a private golf course. Private golf courses are generally country clubs that one must pay a steep fee to join so they can participate in the country club’s activities, which are often not restricted to golf. These courses are frequently in better condition than public courses, as they see less play due to the limited availability. However, it is very difficult to play a private course unless one knows a member of the club. Many of the world’s best golf courses are private. These include Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio, and Winged Foot Golf Club in New York, among many others.
Even public courses may be unavailable sometimes due to leagues, outings, tournaments, or other events, so it is always a good idea to call the golf course before playing. With more than 100 golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area there is always a large number of tee times available for the golfers in your family. That is one reason that golf in Myrtle Beach is preferred, because it is simply convenient.