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Best Ways to Watch the Sunrise and Sunset Along the Grand Strand

Sunrise over the ocean waves

Best Ways to Watch the Sunrise and Sunset Along the Grand Strand

One of the most majestic parts of vacationing near the beach is being able to see the sunrise over the horizon, as it unleashes its colors upon the morning sky. And although it doesn’t set over the ocean, the sunrise is something truly special to behold as well. In Myrtle Beach, there are plenty of places to take advantage of this picturesque view. Here are our Top 5 Places to Watch the sunrise or sunset in the Myrtle Beach area.

Sunrise over the ocean waves

2nd Avenue and Cherry Grove Piers (Sunrise)

Get there early and let the beautiful sights take your breath away! The 2nd Avenue Pier is located at 110 North Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach and opens every morning at 7 a.m. Situated on the South side of the Boardwalk, 2nd Avenue Pier offers up fishing, dining, and sightseeing for visitors. You’ll be out on the ocean as you watch the sunrise from this fabulous locale.

If you’re on the North end of the Grand Strand, head up to Cherry Grove Pier for a lovely morning with the sun. This pier opens to the public at 6 a.m., so you’ll have plenty of time to get your cameras and breakfast picnic ready before the sun comes up!

Your Balcony (Sunrise)

What’s better than waking up and having a morning coffee from your own private balcony, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean? In the comfort and privacy of your own Myrtle Beach condo rental, you can experience the glorious South Carolina sunrise as it shimmers over the water and up higher above the horizon. Keep your eyes peeled for fins popping out of the waves, as guests sometimes report seeing dolphins frolicking in the early morning. Enjoy the sunrise in relaxed seclusion when you watch it from your balcony.

Myrtle Beach Boardwalk (Both!)

If you’re visiting Myrtle Beach on vacation, it’s very likely that you will visit the Boardwalk area at some point during your stay. Located in the heart of Downtown Myrtle Beach, this area has been known for decades as a hotspot for tourists and locals alike. With its thoughtful landscaping, scattered Palmetto Trees, and open view of the coast, the Boardwalk area is perfect for early morning sunrises or even sunsets. The sky’s hues will melt before your eyes, as you start off or end your beach day.

Murrels Inlet (Sunset)

For an outstanding view of nature like no other, stop by the Murrels Inlet MarshWalk before sunset when you’re on the South end of the Grand Strand. The stretch of shopping and dining establishments scattered along this route have a beautiful backdrop of the most vivid pinks, oranges, and purples that you can find anywhere. The reflections on the inlet waters make for a romantic and charming end to a hot, summer day in Murrels Inlet.

The SkyWheel (Sunset)

The SkyWheel is one of Myrtle Beach’s premier oceanfront attractions, and it offers the perfect viewing location for the Atlantic Ocean. Since it doesn’t open until 11 a.m., you won’t be able to view the sunrise aboard this enormous ferris wheel, but it stays open late, making it the perfect place to experience the sunset. Climb aboard as you’re taken 187 feet into the air on one of the SkyWheel’s special “flights.” You can see for miles down the coast when you take part in this thrilling adventure. Make it even more special when you partake in a flight around sunset and see how the colors of the beach come to life.

Make sure you are able to witness one of Myrtle Beach’s gorgeous sunrises or sunsets during your beach vacation. Maybe you can make the day EXTRA special by experiencing both! 

Top 5 Breakfast Spots in Pawleys Island

Breakfast buffet with bacon ., sausage, and eggs

Top 5 Breakfast Spots in Pawleys Island

The power of a great breakfast can never be overstated. It’s the most important meal of the day, and in the Myrtle Beach area, there are hundreds of restaurants that offer up A.M. fare. Along the South Strand, cities like Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet have come to host many independent breakfast spots, so skip the chain, and check one out!

Here are our Top 5 Breakfast Spots in Pawleys Island / Murrells Inlet :

Breakfast buffet with bacon ., sausage, and eggs

BisQit

Nestled in a cozy corner of the Pawleys Island Hammock Shops, BisQit is an eclectic eatery that boasts of its unique sandwich and burger creations. However, it’s not all about lunch and dinner at this Lowcountry dining establishment, as their breakfast selections are enough to put your taste buds into a frenzy! Check out “The Usual” classics like BisQits and Gravy with bacon crumbles, pancakes with bacon or sausage, or healthier options like house-made granola or seasonal fresh fruit.

Rustic Table

Providing diners with a family-friendly environment and Southern foods made from scratch, Rustic Table is now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Featuring an impressive menu, brunch focuses on the savory, but there are numerous mouth-watering sweets and desserts to try as well. Keep an eye out for delicious morning specials like Shrimp ‘n’ Gritz, Corned Beef Hash ‘n’ Eggs, and Blueberry Pancakes. You also might want to go for the “Comfy,” which features chicken breast served open faced on a homemade biscuit, with creamy sausage gravy and fries. Your stomach will thank you!

Applewood House of Pancakes

If you’re looking for a wide variety but want to avoid breaking the bank, then you definitely need to visit Applewood House of Pancakes in the Litchfield area. Made to order with the freshest ingredients, you can get anything from fruit to seafood at this breakfast and brunch hotspot. Try a traditional breakfast of two eggs with two slices of Applewood bacon or sausage, grits or home fries, and toast or a biscuit.

Applewood’s range of omelets is truly inspiring. From Awesome Amy’s Shrimp Omelet to the Grand Strand Omelet, there’s surely an omelet for everyone. This review can’t end without referencing the wide variety of the restaurant’s namesake breakfast item: pancakes. With 15 different kinds of pancakes, you can decide between traditional choices like Buttermilk or Chocolate Chip, or go with something a little more unusual like Applewood Pancakes (filled with trail mix, topped with warm cinnamon apple compote and served with whipped cream!) or Hawaiian Pancakes (topped with pineapple compote, coconuts, whipped cream and a cherry).

But wait, there’s more! You can’t visit Applewood House of Pancakes without trying their Crab Cakes Benedict! They also have a menu section for lighter fare and healthy choices. Everyone will love Applewood House of Pancakes!

Charlie's Studio Cafe

For an artsy, eclectic feel, stop by Charlie’s Studio Cafe, where the decor is beautiful and the customer service is outstanding. The breakfast menu here is two pages of traditional and delicious favorites. First, Charlie’s offers a few different styles of Omelet, like Denver and Western. They also serve a variety of breakfast wraps and bagels, for those looking for something a little lighter. On the sweet side, Charlie’s has Belgian Waffles, Pancakes (plain or with fruit), and French Toast. Bacon, sausage, and egg add-ons are available, so make it a balanced meal! If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, try the Farm House Breakfast, featuring a fried pork chop, home-fries or grits, and a biscuit. Better yet, get a sampling of sweet and savory with The Starving Artist breakfast, which consists of 2 eggs, bacon or sausage, home-fries or grits, French toast or biscuits and gravy or 3 pancakes. Under no circumstances should you leave Charlie’s still hungry!

Coastal Dish Lowcountry Dining

When you can’t decide what you want, but your hunger is ravenous, it’s best to have breakfast at a place with a wide and hefty selection. At Coastal Dish Lowcountry Dining, stop by between 6 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to partake in a breakfast buffet that will knock your socks off. Enjoy an array of hot selections including made-to-order eggs and omelets, as well as traditional breakfast foods like bacon, sausage, and grits. You can also indulge in the buffet’s assortment of yogurt and pastries or select seasonal fresh fruit or cereal. All breakfast meals are served with juice or coffee. Feel free to make multiple trips to the buffet, as you satisfy your morning hunger! This all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast is affordable too! For the best a.m. buffet in Pawleys Island, check out Litchfield on-site, Coastal Dish Lowcountry Dining.

Top 5 Advantages of Staying on the South Strand

Drone of Litchfield Beach

Top 5 Advantages of Staying on the South Strand

What we refer to as the Grand Strand includes dozens of miles along the East Coast of South Carolina, jutting inward a few miles throughout the region. This area is filled with thrilling attractions, superb dining establishments, and plenty of golf courses for impeccable play. Although the hustle and bustle of downtown Myrtle Beach may be perfect for some visitors, there’s nothing like the beauty and tranquility of our Myrtle Beach vacation rentals along the South Strand.

Also known as the Hammock Coast, the Southern portion of the Grand Strand includes the areas of Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, and Georgetown, which can be found just miles south of Myrtle Beach. There are countless advantages of selecting this area as your vacation destination, and here are our Top 5:

Drone of Litchfield Beach

#1: Fewer Crowds and Less Traffic

Sometimes you want to be in the middle of all of the chaos and action, but at other times, not so much. The South Strand gives you the perfect combination of privacy and relaxation, with less crowded beaches. The family-friendly atmosphere of Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet are perfect for groups looking for an easygoing and laidback trip. If you’re longing for quiet days on the beach, our South Strand vacation rentals are the perfect option.

As well, nothing is more frustrating than wasting most of your precious vacation time in traffic. While certain areas of Myrtle Beach may create nothing but headaches when it comes to navigating the area, the Litchfield /Pawleys Island / Murrells Inlet areas rely on one main highway (HWY 17) and a myriad of smaller, easy-to-access roads and streets. You’ll find it much quicker simpler to get around the South Strand.

#2: Sightseeing and Natural Beauty

Tired of looking at paved parking lots and hotel construction zones? When you stay in one of our South end vacation rentals, you’ll be surrounded by the natural beauty of the coast. Check out the MarshWalk, where you can gaze out over the inlets, as the sun rises over the horizon. Or make the extremely short trip to Huntington Beach State Park or Brookgreen Gardens to take in the sights and sounds of native coastal South Carolina animals, plants, and majestic sceneries. Spend a day roaming the castle ground at Atalaya, or go on a bike ride along the nature trails that pepper the coast. You won’t be disappointed in the natural beauty of the South Strand.

#3: Golf

There are more than 80 golf courses within a 60-mile radius of Myrtle Beach, but the vast majority of the top-rated layouts are located on the South Strand. The Waccamaw Golf Trail, a series of courses from Murrells Inlet to Georgetown, includes some of the most acclaimed layouts in the Carolinas. Award-winning courses like Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, True Blue Plantation, The Tradition, Pawleys Plantation, The River Club, TPC of Myrtle Beach and Willbrook Plantation are among the best courses on the coast, and our guests are only a short drive away from them all.

#4: Dining

There are more than 1,700 restaurants on the Grand Strand, and some of the best are located on the south side. From the ‘Seafood Capital of South Carolina’ in Murrells Inlet to artistic culinary centers in Pawleys Island, South Strand guests have a wide selection to choose from. The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk offers a dozen excellent restaurants along the waterfront, and Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach have such award-winning hot spots as BisQit, the Chive Blossom, Frank’s, Nosh, Pawleys Island Bar & Grill and, of course, Coastal Dish Lowcountry Dining on the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort property.

#5: History

The city of Myrtle Beach is only about 80 years old, becoming a popular vacation destination in the 1950s. Settlement of the South Strand, however, dates back to the early 1700s, when rice and indigo plantations lined the coast and the area served as a Colonial era retreat for the wealthy. Our guests are in close proximity to some amazing remnants from that period, including plantation homes and grounds at Hobcaw Barony and Hopsewee Plantation and old churches and beach homes in Georgetown and Pawleys Island.

Of course, we and our guests believe that staying and playing at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort is the main reason to vacation on the South Strand. Our wide variety of first-class accommodations, outstanding amenities like golf, tennis, cycling and swimming, and on-site restaurant and spa make Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort the perfect place for you to spend your next vacation getaway!

 

Discover the Bike Trails at Litchfield Beach

Man and woman riding bikes on bridge over marsh

Discover the Bike Trails at Litchfield Beach

Imagine waking up to a bright, sunny morning and walking outside to breathe in the clear, crisp air. Fortunately, on a day that’s too nice to stay indoors, the bike trails in Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet offer up a picturesque excursion for your Hammock Coast vacation. The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway is the perfect activity to take advantage of all year long.

Man and woman riding bikes on bridge over marsh

Paralleling the coast and Highway 17, the bikeway is a part of the developing East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile stretch of trails that runs from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida. Be on the lookout for this twelve-mile stretch of flat, paved trails, which provide you with a pathway from Litchfield to south of Murrells Inlet. The bikeway takes riders into Huntington Beach State Park, where you’re sure to see the beauty of nature. For the small price of admission, access to the park will give you the chance to view the salt marsh and freshwater lagoon and potentially observe more than 300 species of birds.

There are plenty of places to park, while you venture into the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway. Some of the best public parking spots include the following locations: Morse Park Landing in Murrells Inlet, Huntington Beach State Park (admission fee to the park is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 15), the north parking lot at the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, the Piggly Wiggly and Bi-Lo grocery stores in the Litchfield community, and the Food Lion at the South Causeway.

When you need a break from the complexities that clutter your daily routine, give the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway a chance. Explore these natural scenes and see the wonders that surround us each and every day. Whether you’re walking, jogging, or biking, the bike trails near Litchfield Beach are sure to impress!

Top Beach Games for Tweens and Teens

Teens playing beach volleyball

Top Beach Games for Tweens and Teens

While some of us may be satisfied with nothing more than a towel and a stretch of beach for lying in the sand, there may be members of your family who are looking for a little bit more entertainment while they hang at the beach. And if you’re traveling to the beach with teens and tweens, it’s best to keep them occupied, rather than have to listen to complaints about boredom … this is a vacation, after all!

So here are a few of our favorite beach games for tweens and teens. They’re not guaranteed to keep them from being bored, these are teenagers we’re talking about, but we’re fairly confident that between the waves and the games, you’ll all be in for a good time:

Teens playing beach volleyball

Bocce Ball

Bocce ball is one of our favorite Italian-inspired pastimes! You can pick up a set that can be played both at home on the lawn and on the beach. You split up into teams if you have a larger group, or if there are only a few each person plays solo. A small jack/ball is thrown first, and then each subsequent player tries to throw his or her ball as close to the jack as possible. Sand provides an element of unpredictability that’s fun, and so does the idea of using your ball to knock another player’s ball out for the way for a win!

Burying Contests

If you have a few teenagers, a burying contest can be fun. They can split up into teams and bury a person, or find two sticks of the same height, stand them up in the sand, and have a contest burying the two.

Beach Olympics

You set the course! Some of the best competitions for the beach are disc toss and long jump, but don’t be afraid to add in your own favorites, like limbo!

Beach Dodgeball

If you have enough space on the beach to spread out, Dodgeball is a super fun game that’s well suited to a day at the beach. Divide your group into two and place them across the “court” from each other (you may have to mark out your court in the sand). Of course, if the beach is crowded, this may not be the best choice.

Sand Sculpting

You can either break into two teams and have them compete against one another, having an impartial mom or dad be judge, or all collaborate on one mega-sculpture. The choice is yours!

Top 5 Places for Sushi Near Litchfield Beach

Sushi Roll Up Close

Top 5 Places for Sushi Near Litchfield Beach

The seafood scene on the South Strand is one of the best on the East Coast. From the waterfront restaurants along the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk to the ‘arrogantly shabby’ seafood shacks of Pawleys Island, guests at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort are surrounded by can’t-miss, fresh-catch options. But for those who prefer their seafood on the rare side, as in tasty sushi and sashimi, you need to know where to go. Here the top five places to find great sushi near Litchfield Beach:

Sushi Roll Up Close

#1: Cera Sushi

Located at the Hammocks Shops Village in Pawleys Island, this new-age Asian eatery specializes in sushi. Based on the creations of Chef Saito, Cera Sushi features a full menu of rolls and plates that incorporate fresh local ingredients, including the Spicy Blue (lump crab meat, cucumber and spicy mayo) and the Usuzukuri (fresh, locally caught fish in citrus ponzu). The house pressed-sushi special Pawleys Prime Specialty features a unique combination of tuna, salmon, yellowtail and spicy tuna. Enjoy the modern decor indoors or sit on the outdoor deck and catch live music at the Porch at Prime.

#2: Indo Thai

This Pawleys Island Pan-Asian bistro boasts one of the most unique sushi menus on the Strand. Owned and operated by Indonesian-born chef Laura Smith, this Indo Thai specializes in sushi and dishes from the far reaches of the Far East, including Thailand, Korea, Vietnam and, of course, Indonesia. Indo Thai literally serves sushi by the boatload, as patrons can choose from a variety of rolls to be served in a large, wooden model boat. The Dancing Shrimp Roll features tuna, avocado and crab with shrimp on top, while the Sea Witch Roll includes soft shell crab, spicy tuna, asparagus and cucumber. Non-sushi fans can order entrees like the house special Thai curries or Pad Thai.

#3: Shiki

This new Japanese sushi bar offers great food and a great atmosphere, with a large aquarium filling the fireplace and cozy furnishings serving as ‘tables’ for large parties. For a summertime treat, try the Pink Lady Roll with shrimp and tuna topped with cream cheese and a strawberry sauce, or any of the other artistic rolls on the menu. Shiki also offers traditional Japanese dishes and a wide selection of beer and sake.

#4: Wahoo's Fish House

Located on the north end of the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, this upscale seafood restaurant serves the best sushi on the waterfront. Innovative creations include the Wahoo Chicken Roll with blackened chicken, cucumber, teriyaki and wasabi ranch sauce, while the Surf and Turf Roll includes Seared beef tenderloin, lobster, asparagus, scallions, and black and red caviar on top. Throw in a raw bar with tasty local oysters, shrimp and more, a full menu of seafood favorites, an extensive wine list and an outdoor waterfront deck with live music, and you’ve got one of the most popular spots on the MarshWalk.

#5: Wicked Tuna

Located on the opposite end of the MarshWalk at the Crazy Sister Marina, this restaurant’s stilted structure overlooks Murrells Inlet and the many boats moored in the harbor. Many of those same boats deliver seafood directly to the docks, and Wicked Tuna incorporates local ingredients into many of its rolls, such as the house special Wicked Tuna Roll with tempura shrimp and spicy tuna. The Lobster Roll is another favorite among lobster lovers, and the expansive menu offers more traditional seafood dishes. Wicked Tuna has one of the best combinations of food and views on the Strand.

Stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort!

After a nice night out for fresh sushi, come back to Litchfield Beach and let the sea of flavors settle in your stomach. Or, for those who prefer wood-fired food to raw, check out the on-site Webster’s Lowcountry Grill for some land food and drinks. Whether you prefer surf or turf, you are sure to find excellent option for both when you stay at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort.

Top 10 Boutiques on the South Strand

Hammock Shops Welcome Sign

Top 10 Boutiques on the South Strand

#1: The Beach House

Transform your home into a beach-themed house with gifts and souvenirs from this Pawleys Island shop. Artwork of actual scenes from the local coast, seashells, and housewear items make this a must-stop for folks who fall in love with the Lowcountry.

Hammock Shops Welcome Sign

#2: Carolina Gourmet

Take home a taste of the Carolina coast at this popular spot for foodies. Featuring hard-to-find items outside the Lowcountry, such as stone-ground grits, crab and shrimp boils and native jams and jellies, Carolina Gourmet is a great place for culinary artists to shop.

#3: The Freckled Frog

The little ones will love this shop designed with them in mind. Find children’s books, toys and games, clothing and accessories, jewelry and craft projects. This is one store at the Hammock Shops where you won’t have to drag the kids.

#4: Hudson's Flea Market

OK, so this old-school flea market isn’t exactly a boutique, but you can find some unique items you won’t see at any of the other local shops. Featuring a wide selection of just about everything, you are sure to find something you want or need at Hudson’s.

#5: Inlet Square Mall

This recently renovated and expanded mall is just a few miles north in Murrells Inlet and has an array of popular anchor stores, national chains and locally owned and operated boutiques where you can enjoy a mixed shopping experience.

#6: The Lazy Gator

Located in nearby Murrells Inlet, this local boutique is stocked with great gift ideas. From apparel and accessories to paintings and souvenirs, The Lazy Gator is a great place to pick up that something special for that special someone.

#7: Market Common

This urban-style shopping district is about a 15-mile drive from the resort but well worth the trip for those looking for some serious retail therapy. Featuring a variety of national chains and mom-and-pop shops, Market Common has about six city blocks of stores to choose from.

#8: The Original Hammock Shop

This is the place that started it all for Pawleys Island’s chief export – the rope hammock. This shop has been hand-making the unique Lowcountry hammocks since the 1930s, and now also sells souvenirs, jewelry, fudge and other odds and ends.

#9: Pawleys Island Wear

 Fashion-minded ladies can pick up some authentic Lowcountry fashions to wear on vacation and take home for a fresh look. In operation at the Hammock Shops for nearly 30 years, Pawleys Island Wear carries a wide variety of apparel and accessories.

#10: Stox & Co.

Guests at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort don’t even have to leave the property to discover a classic boutique with upscale apparel, accessories, gifts and more. Stox & Co. also has a full-service spa so you can spoil yourself in more ways than one.

Relax at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort

After a long day and night of shopping, head back to your vacation home away from home at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort for a little rest and relaxation. It’s just one more reason to spend your vacation with us.

Top 5 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer at Litchfield Beach

Morning sunrise over the ocean waves

Top 5 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer at Litchfield Beach

As the summer temperatures rise on the Grand Strand, so does the demand for cool entertainment options. Locals and visitors alike seek relief under the shade of a sprawling live oak tree or in the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and guests at Litchfield Beach & Golf Club can hit the indoor and outdoor pools on our oceanfront deck to take a quick dip. But there are lots of other alternatives that aren’t quite so obvious. Here’s a look at five of our favorite hot spots for staying cool:

Morning sunrise over the ocean waves

#1: Murrells Inlet Marshwalk

The weather is always a little bit cooler right along the coast, and this waterfront walkway leads to some of the coolest places on the South Strand. With more than a dozen seafood shacks and watering holes easily accessible from the wooden boardwalk, visitors can dine inside or find a shady spot in the sea breeze outdoors to enjoy a cold drink, listen to live music, and simply kick back in a lounge chair or hammock and watch the fishing boats return from a day at sea while the sun sets to the west.

#2: Parasailing

Looking for a little adventure during your vacation? A parasailing voyage not only provides some exciting thrills, but also some satisfying chills to lower your body temperature on a hot summer day. Sailing out of the nearby Crazy Sisters Marina, several outfitters offer parasailing trips that lift you high in the sky to soar like a seagull high above the ocean waves. Your driver can even drop you down for a dip in the cool water or launch you higher into the sky. Other watersports offered by local outfitters include Banana Boat rides, jet-ski rentals, kayak and paddleboarding tours and more.

#3: Wild, Water, & Wheels

This Garden City Beach waterpark offers lots of thrills and chills for folks looking to beat the heat and boredom. Featuring more than a dozen water slides, speed chutes and flumes that range from easy to off the chain, Wild Water & Wheels is a great place for families with diverse tastes. Let the youngsters experience the thrills of tackling some of the more challenging slides and rides while the little ones splash and play on the aquatic playgrounds. Meanwhile, adults can relax in the wave pool, lazy river or hot tubs and watch the kids have a blast. Go-kart racing, putt-putt golf, bumper boats and an arcade are also on the property, and the ‘Live After Five’ Friday afternoon parties are legendary, with half-priced admission after 5 p.m. and live music playing poolside.

#4: Frank's Theatre & Bowling

This Inlet Square Mall complex has something for the whole family, and we’re not just talking about the air conditioning. Part movie theater, part restaurant, part bowling alley and part arcade, Frank’s gives visitors lots of entertainment options under one roof. Catch a movie while enjoying a surf-and-turf feast and a cold beer; rent some shoes and knock down some pins at the modern bowling alley; or enjoy some friendly competition on the billiards tables or the latest high-tech video games. Win or lose, at least you will stay cool.

#5: Brookgreen Gardens

This nearby botanical sculpture garden has plenty of shady spots where you can take a break from the summer heat, but the highlight of the season is Brookgreen Gardens’ ‘Cool Summer Evenings’ program. Held each week, Cool Summer Evenings see the gardens’ gate stay open later. Live music is played on the main stage under the stars, refreshments and dinner are offered at the Pavilion Restaurant, and boat rides tour the surrounding inlets through the old rice fields of this former working plantation.

Litchfield Beach guests have lot of options for beating the heat this summer. Whether it’s the thrills and chills of watersports or a waterpark or a relaxing rest in the sea breeze on the waterfront, you’re sure to have a cool summer vacation at Litchfield Beach.

 

Top 3 Golf Courses Close to Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort

Top 3 Golf Courses Close to Litchfield Beach And Golf Resort

As part of the historic Waccamaw Golf Trail, Litchfield and the surrounding towns of Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet and Georgetown are home to several classic Lowcountry layouts. Utilizing the diverse terrain of maritime forests, swamps and salt marshes, neighboring courses look like scenes from the cover of golf magazines – and many are. Sporting four-plus ratings from national publications like Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, here are our top three links near Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort:

#1: Caledonia Golf & Fish Club

Your arrival at this former rice plantation is well worth the short trip to Pawleys Island. Live Oak trees draped with Spanish moss line both sides of the lane that leads to the antebellum-style clubhouse. Ranked No. 27 on Golf Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Courses You Can Play’ list, Caledonia is situated on a unique 125-acre property that runs along salt marshes and creeks that flow into the Waccamaw River. Measuring 6,526 yards from the championship tees, Caledonia is a challenging par 70. Designer Mike Stranz made use of terrain to create dangerous water hazards and waste bunkers, which closely guard the undulating greens. Caledonia saves its best for last – the 383-yard, par-4 18th hole that crosses a tidal creek. After you hole out, retire to the clubhouse patio to soak up the Southern hospitality and Lowcountry charm while you watch the groups behind you take a shot at No. 18.

Drone of Hole 18 at Caledonia Golf Course

#2: TPC of Myrtle Beach

Don’t let the name fool you; the TPC of Myrtle Beach is actually in Murrells Inlet, just a few miles north of Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort. Renowned architect Tommy Fazio designed this course to host championship events, and the layout was home to the 2000 Senior (Legends) Tour Championship. But this challenging design is also open for amateurs to take a swing – if they dare. Featuring tight, tree-lined fairways on the front nine and difficult water hazards on the back, this par 72 finishes with a 1-2 punch of the par-3 17th hole’s island green, followed by the par-5 18th hole that tempts players into a make-or-break water crossing.

#3: True Blue Golf Club

Although located just across the road from sister course Caledonia, True Blue has its own distinct character and ranks as one of the top courses on the entire Grand Strand. Architect Mike Stranz created a more open, link-style layout in True Blue, but made full use of the same Lowcountry landscape as Caledonia to make another masterpiece.  This par 72 is filled with risk-reward opportunities, including five par-5s that tempt you into trying to shave a stroke.

Done of Hole 16at True Blue Golf Course

One of the only things harder than breaking par at these layouts is trying to narrow the number of great local courses down to three. You really can’t go wrong by playing such nearby courses as Pawleys Plantation, The River Club, Willbrook Plantation, the Heritage Club, Wachesaw East Plantation, and The Tradition Club, just to name a few. In addition to getting access to prime tee times at Litchfield Country Club, guests can also save on rounds at nearby courses and accommodations by booking a golf package!

A Leisurely 18 at Litchfield Country Club

Fairway and Green at Litchfield Country Club

A Leisurely 18 at Litchfield Country Club

Some days we’re up for a challenge, a feat, a triumph of will.

And some days we just want to have a good time.

For those days, we love to recommend the Litchfield Country Club to visiting Lowcountry golfers for its scenic environs, forgiving design and, this time of year, steeply discounted prices.

And don’t let the name fool you — this is not the snooty, too-exclusive country club experience with which you might be familiar. All are welcome, and all are treated wonderfully by the knowledgeable and helpful staff.

Fairway and Green at Litchfield Country Club

The course prides itself on catering to the “well-rounded” player who perhaps doesn’t boast John Daly-esque long drives. However, the original Willard Byrd design is not going to let you completely off the hook with its bends and doglegs that force players to strategize and work through second shots and tees. It measures less than 6,700 yards from the back tees, which the country club contends makes the course popular with women and seniors — but we’ll go a step further and say that’s good for anyone still working on that power drive.

While we’re not talking about Pebble Beach-levels of mind-boggling challenges here, there are rumblings about unassuming-looking Hole 17 and the hoops you may have to jump through to get out of this one with the your score intact. Take stock of the water on both sides, and the perilously placed sand that can throw a curve in your game. Just when you think you’re walking out of there with a personal best, this one might put you through the ringer.

This is a great spot for out-of-towners who want a side of history with their back nine. The exquisitely maintained course was built on the site of an old rice plantation and is surrounded by mature live oaks and palmettos, dotted with ponds and bridges, and featuring some gentle sloping for both added challenge as well as eye candy. Opened in 1966, it’s the oldest course in the Pawleys Island area. It was once named one of the World’s 50 Best courses by Condé Nast Traveler.

The fall and winter are fabulous times to golf Litchfield for not only the cooler temps, but the much hotter prices. Expect to pay up to 75 percent less than you would in the peak travel months, making coming back again and again oh-so feasible. Weekends understandably see a slightly higher rate, but still one half of what we find in the summer.

Traveling with some non-golfers? Litchfield Country Club also offers excellent tennis facilities. Clay courts, some of which are lighted, are a fabulous spot to play some round robins or take a quick lesson, offered year round by certified and talented staffers.

Even better, Litchfield Country Club is a mere mile-and-a-half from Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort and can be reached by car in five minutes. After exiting Country Club Drive, head south on Route 17 for less than a mile. Litchfield Country Club will be on your right.

Ever played Litchfield Country Club? What did you think?