Searching for a budget-friendly, multi-generational beach getaway, Vivian Vassos has Carolina on her mind.
Myrtle Beach is a getaway with a nostalgic appeal, long a hotspot for spring breakers, particularly in the '60s and '70s – as winter would roll on in Eastern Canada, families would pile into the station wagon and head to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for some good, clean and inexpensive fun.
Since, golfers of all ages have made it their go-to getaway and, based on what we saw last spring, it's having a renaissance in these post-recessionary times with a whole new generation.
And we've got a history. The town's steady love affair with Canucks began in 1961 when the city's officials created a Canada Days festival to lure more of us during March break. It opened the annual vacation season here – a few years later it was changed to Canadian-American Days Festival – and it still does.
Here, a few more reasons why 100,000 snowbirds, grandparents and grandkids from Canada visit every year.
Tip Can-Am Days feature free concerts, golfing events and more wallet-friendly incentives for Canucks. www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/things-to-do/events/can-am-days/
Myrtle Beach is the mini golf capital of the U.S., with block after block of themed courses: pirate adventures, dinosaur encounters and in North Myrtle Beach, Hawaiian Rumble Golf, home of the U.S. Pro Mini Golf tourney. The mini golf Masters was held there in October 2011. We played the same course as the pros! www.prominigolf.com
For a full-scale 18 hole golf course, try the lush links of the Dunes Golf and Beach Club. Designed in the 1940s by newcomer and now legend Robert Trent Jones, it's consistently ranked by golf magazines as a top-100 course in the U.S. The view of the Atlantic Ocean along the fairways is truly breathtaking. www.thedunesclub.net; www.myrtlebeachgolf.com
Tip: Tee times are less expensive Monday through Thursday; booking a time in the afternoon rather than the more popular morning slots can also result in savings.
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