For bargain hunters, it's the most wonderful time of year in Myrtle Beach

By Brandon TuckerNovember 22, 2011, 7:00 pm

Myrtle Beach is always great bargain golf destination. You can virtually name your price anytime of year and check into a condo and onto a golf course. 

It's just that your money stretches further some months than others. The Grand Strand golf scene has a dizzying seasonal rate structure. Courses and hotels can change rates up to a dozen times a year. During the summer, courses are their most affordable, but hotels are the priciest to account for all the beach traffic. In the spring, resorts are bargains while it's still too cold for the beach, but tee times are at a premium. 

For golfers, the best time of year for bargains is between Thanksgiving and Christmas, especially if you're not too worried about getting a suntan. September-thru-November is the peak fall season, but December offers green fees comparable to summer low season, while hotels offer some of their lowest rates as well. And based on my experience living there for two winters, December’s weather seems to be less spotty than January and early February, when course rates and traffic trends upward again. 

For a good example of how far your money stretches between Thanksgiving and Christmas, consider Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, considered by many the area’s best course. In the spring, it’s a $190 green fee. But next week, you can book the course on GolfNow, any time you want, for $97.50. While it can be tough to find a green fee in the South Strand under $80 in the spring, you can play the Tradition Club, one of my favorite unsung courses, for under $50. You can add Prestwick Country Club, a Pete Dye design for $53. 

Add up the green fees for Tradition, Prestwick and Caledonia next week and it’s only $10 more than playing ONLY Caledonia in April. Course conditions are better in the spring, but the fairways and greens are over-seeded and green in December, too. 

If your group looks into stay-and-play packages,  these rates get all that much more appealing. And between the holidays, flights tend to be less expensive as well. It’s all the more reason to talking the family into doing Christmas a few weeks early in Myrtle Beach if there are enough golfers in the bunch. 

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.