This has been and always will be a topic of discussion among Myrtle Beach golfers. When is the best time to take a Myrtle Beach golf trip? Winter? Spring? Summer? Fall? Maybe somewhere in between? In part one of this article we will discuss the pros and cons of the Winter and Spring seasons in the Myrtle Beach area.
Let me just get this out there. A lot of guys want to know when the rainy season is upon us. Bluntly, there isn’t one. Being by the ocean, there is no telling when a disturbance might pop up. If there is snow in the Northeast, it may rain here, it may not. If there is a hurricane aimed at Florida, it may rain here, it may not. This is true for much of the Southeast.
Now, when do you want to visit Myrtle Beach for some much anticipated golf? Let’s start with the winter. For most of you, it’s cold and probably snowing where you live in the winter. Guess what, it’s warmer here. It rarely snows. In fact, if it were to snow, just a dusting, the schools shut down and the National Guard may make an appearance. If you have the urge to get out and play, look at Myrtle Beach. The rates are at the cheapest of the year, the weather is playable, and not many people are on the courses. There are a couple different rate periods in the winter.
There aren’t many cons about the winter here in Myrtle Beach. The main problem that guys run into is travel. You all know how the airlines are with delays, cancellations, etc. You all know what happens when I – 95 closes. If you do book a trip and have travel problems, let your golf director know immediately. I guess the biggest con to Myrtle Beach in the winter is that since not many people are in town, the bars and nightlife are in a slow period. But, you should be here for golf anyway, right?
Now, let’s talk about the spring. The best time of year for a Myrtle Beach golf package is without question in March or April. In the Northeast it is probably still to cool to be comfortable. There might even still be snow on the ground. Not in Myrtle Beach. The temperatures are in the middle to high sixties throughout the spring. That’s perfect for golf! Also, there is no maintenance being performed on the courses for a couple of reasons. Number one, it is the busiest time of year for the courses. They don’t want any unhappy customers. Number two, it is still a little too cool for greens to heal after punching the greens. So, the courses would rather wait until May or June to start the dreaded aeration. Also, in the spring, you don’t have to worry about the tropics. It is still too early for any tropical systems. Another great thing about the spring is that spring break is in full swing. This should entice all of you single guys out there! The bars are packed, the clubs are jammed and there are college girls everywhere (girls are for single guys only!).
There are only a couple of cons about Myrtle Beach golf in the spring. First, it is the busiest time of year for golf. This means the courses will be pretty packed. We always tell guys to expect a 4 and1/2 hour round. It may turn into 5 hours. There is nothing anybody can do about it. It’s like a mall on the day after Thanksgiving. Thank goodness for daylight savings time! Next, most guys want a replay. The only way to guarantee a replay is to pre-book the round (suggested). This is usually at the full price. Now, here’s the kicker. You can wait until you get to the course and ask for a replay, which will be at a discounted price, but these replays are based on availability. They may be booked for the entire day! So, if you want the replay guaranteed, pre-book the round, otherwise you might not play a second round at all. Don’t let these cons scare you. Like I said, it is the busiest time of year, so it must not bother most golfers.
It really just depends on when you have that itch to get out and play. The weather is decent in the winter and perfect in the spring. How bad do you want to play? We’ll let you decide. Be sure to look for part II of this article in the future. It will discuss the pros and cons in the summer and fall seasons here in Myrtle Beach. Don’t miss it!