Mystical Golf and its trifecta of Myrtle Beach courses – The Witch, Man-O-War and The Wizard – might be the best bang for your golfing buck in the U.S. Why? The three Dan Maples’ designs are flat-out superb; the maintenance excellent; and the price is off-the-charts reasonable – specially the stay-and-play packages.
Though Man-O-War and The Wizard are adjacent and The Witch 10 minutes away, each course is a golf universe unto itself.
The Witch is Myrtle Beach golf at its finest with many tricks up her devious sleeve as 500 acres of tranquil cypress groves and wetlands provide plenty of hazards due to Mother Nature. This is no grip-it-and-rip-it John Daly course. Smart play is rewarded in spades as the par-71, 6,702-yard layout is an SAT test of the ancient game. Adjectives like “splendid,” “wonderful” and “awesome” immediately spring to mind after holing out on the last. I dare you not to fall under her enchanting spell.
Muscular Man-O-War is soothed by a 100-acre lake on its edge. This is a study in water management as H2O touches every hole – the only course I’ve ever played with that attribute. The par-72, 6,967-yard Man-O-War intrigues with its spectacular (and rare) back-to-back island greens on 13 and 14. The demanding par-4 9th alone is worth a visit with clubs in tow as the whole shebang – tee, fairway and green are surrounded by a liquid grave. Tie your golf shoes up tight when challenging Man-O-War – a layout I could play every day for the rest of my golfing life.
The Wizard is as Scottish as haggis with bumps, hollows, mounds, swales and sod-faced bunkers to be negotiated on the links-style proceedings. While each hole is a classic, the final duo might be the best in Myrtle Beach. No. 17 – a timeless par-3 – requires a flush hit iron to a mounded green perilously surrounded by water. The robust par-4 18th is a land unto itself with an island tee, island fairway and peninsula green testing your golfing mettle. The welcoming old-world, castle clubhouse is the most unique 19th hole you’ll find. Come play Scottish golf with no passport needed.
Myrtle Beach is also second to none when it comes to post-round fun, with dining locales for every palate and pocketbook. Don’t miss Greg Norman’s Australian Grille, a popular fine-dining spot at Barefoot Landing, featuring mouth-watering seafood and steaks, plus a full selection of vino (including the Shark’s own).
On the southern end of the Grand Strand, the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, a half-mile stretch of seven fun dining and entertainment establishments located on the picturesque Murrells Inlet waterfront is another must. Fresh caught seafood is the way to go along with a local brew on tap, both served with down-home friendliness.
It’s tough to beat the packages at Mystical Golf. Its value-packed summer vacation getaway runs from June 1 – Aug. 31 at $89 per person, per night (taxes included). It features:
- Three rounds with cart on The Witch, The Wizard and Man-O-War
- Three nights’ lodging in well-appointed, three-bedroom golf villas (four beds)
- Complimentary iHOP breakfast daily
- Free steak dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse (includes non-alcoholic beverages, taxes)
- Lunch, range balls and two beers free at the course each day
- $15 gift card toward a golf shirt
- Instant replay round for cart fee only
It’s truly tough to beat for a memorable, fun golf vacation. For more information call 843-282-2977, or visit MysticalGolf.com.