The Loop

Deal of the Week: Have your own spring training in Myrtle Beach

March 19, 2015

Major League baseball players spend the month of March getting ready for the rigors of the upcoming season. Just because they're making millions and you aren't doesn't mean they automatically have the right idea--but in this case, they do.

You could ease your way into the 2015 season waiting for a few 50-degree days in March. Or, you can fly down to Myrtle Beach and do it right, with a four-day, three-night golf-and-stay package at two of South Carolina's premier properties--Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club.

With the March Mania package, you get three nights lodging at the True Blue Resort and four rounds at either of the two clubs in any combination for $599 per person. The offer is good from March 15-31--plenty of time to tune up before your Tuesday Night League starts at home.

The courses are adjacent to each other on Pawley's Island, an easy 20-minute drive south of the Myrtle Beach airport. The Mike Strantz-designed Caledonia is consistently ranked one of the 100 best public courses in America, and was carved from one of largest rice plantations in the antebellum South. The entrance road to the club is lined with the 150-year-old live oaks planted during the plantation's heyday in the late 1700s. Sister course True Blue, also a Strantz design, opened four years later, in 1998, on an old indigo plantation. It's longer and more challenging, with shades of Pinehurst No. 2. It's also been a staple on best-in-state and best-in-the-U.S. lists

Individual green fees for each course are in the $150-$200 range alone, making it worth your while to get out of the bustle of Myrtle Beach proper. You'll still be in range if you just have to get to a Hooters for wings and borderline sexual harassment.