The Mystical Golf Writer's Tournament was in full swing once again this past week at The Witch, Wizard and Man O' War courses; in it's fifth year of operation, sports and travel writers converge upon Myrtle Beach to play these unique courses which are different yet which share a common bond. In spite of the wrath which Hurricane Joaquin laid in its path, these three gems were unaffected and remain in very nice condition, ready to cast their magical spell upon tourists and locals alike.
In previous articles about The Witch, Wizard and Man O' War golf courses, I gave an overview of each course, from the enclosed and "macabre" feeling you get driving on the creeky paths of the Witch to the breathtaking feeling of the Man O' War, where many holes are surrounded by water, where the wind can be your friend or not and where island greens test your resolve.
|Bob Gillespie ready to putt on hole 9 at Man O War. Claude Pardue watches as Barry tends the pin.|
The Wizard designed to be a links-style course, is as challenging as its sister courses but also offered scoring opportunities (especially from the forward tees, which is where the ladies played from during the tournament).
One big tip I can offer about all of the Mystical golf courses is, if you want to make a green in regulation, you must place your tee shot properly. These golf courses are built for shot makers - you can't just bomb away and wherever your ball lands you'll get onto the green - touch and thought is the name of the game.
The three Mystical golf courses are designed by Dan Maples, who has designed over thirty courses to date around the world and whose family has been involved in the business of golf since the late 1800's so now you know that, when you play a Maples course, your skills will be tested.
|The Wizard Golf Course Club House|
A Myrtle Beach golf vacation would not be complete without the ability to choose from sixty miles of accommodations and from over a thousand restaurants. This year, our group was treated to a stay at The Breakers, one of my favorite hotels from when we used to travel here for vacation. Upscale and with awesome views, this hotel is located in a prime position, only a few blocks from the 1.2 mile Boardwalk (named by Budget Travel as one of the country's most awesome boardwalks) and a two-minute drive to Broadway at the Beach.
As for the food, tournament participants were treated to dinner at Wild Wing Cafe and then, arguably, to the top show in Myrtle Beach, "One" The Show at the Alabama Theater in Barefoot Landing. We had been to both venues several years ago at a previous Mystical Golf Writers' Tournament and were happily surprised to be going once again.
For Myrtle Beach vacationers and locals alike, "One" The Show is entertaining, patriotic and shows off great talent such as "Star Search" male vocalist and emcee, Greg Rowles, Grant Turner (aka the hilarious Ricky Mokel) and Irving the Dog from America's Got Talent.
Myrtle Beach...The Grand Strand...has seven of the "Top 100 Public Golf Courses in America" by Golf Digest and was ranked number one in 2014 on TripAdvisor's top summer destinations.
If you are looking for a golf vacation that fills your senses ...and your tummy... without taking a bite out of your wallet, which gives you an extensive choice of cushioned fairways and tricky greens, Myrtle Beach is the vacation spot for you and your family.
A special thanks goes out to the following people and companies for the warm welcome:
Mr. Claude Pardue
The Alabama Theater at Barefoot Landing- "One" The Show
Wild Wing Cafe at Barefoot Landing
The Breakers Resort
Mr. David Wood
Mr. Graham Williams, Director of Golf, The Witch Golf Course
Mr. Tim Sautter - The Wizard Golf Course
Mr. Randy Broughton - Man O'War Golf Course
For more information about The Witch, Man-0-War and The Wizard, please visit www.mysticalgolf.com, or call 843.282.2977.