Myrtle Beach Golf Myths

The top ten myths about Myrtle Beach golf. We discuss surcharges, golf carts, no shows, overbooking and other aspects of Myrtle Beach Golf.

1- Some Myrtle Beach golf courses make the package providers add a SURCHARGE to your Myrtle Beach Golf Package to play their course.

No, this not exactly correct.

The first Myrtle Beach Golf Packages got started in the late 1960’s. For the first couple of years, there were only a handful of golf courses available for the packages. The cost to play golf was about the same at each of these golf courses. The hotels just created a average price for golf and included all of the these courses in their packages. They knew the golf cost would average itself out over the year.

As Myrtle Beach Golf got more popular, better golf courses were being built. These newer golf courses were more expensive to built and to maintain. They had to charge more to play these new course. The golfers liked these new courses. They began to request the newer and more expensive golf courses. If you could get a new Chevrolet or a new Cadillac and the dealer was going to charge you the same price, which would you take? The average golf cost got out of balance. The package providers did not want to go up on their golf packages cost. So they kept the basic package cost the same, but limited your choice of courses. If you wanted to play the more expensive courses, they just added the difference in the green fee cost to your package. That is the so called SURCHARGE.

2- Myrtle Beach Golf Courses have mandatory golf cart usage to speed up play.

No, this is not true.

Economics was the reason for mandatory golf carts. As the Myrtle Beach golf courses became busier, most vacationing package golfers were wanting to utilize the golf carts. There were days when the courses would have more golfers wanting to rent the carts, than carts available. This created angry customers.

The golf courses figured out the maximum number of carts they needed for a full day and everyone wanted to ride. That was the number that they kept on hand. They had to pay rent on these carts whether they were used or not. Since most people wanted to rent the golf carts, they decided to make everyone ride, MANDATORY CARTS.

3- Myrtle Beach Golf Courses charge for no show, to make you play when you don’t want to play.

No, that is not true.

The golf courses do not charge you for not playing the round. They charge you for the tee time. The tee times are guaranteed tee times. The golf course agrees to allow you to tee off at a particular time. You agree to be there ready to play at a particular time. For this access you pay them a agreed chris hsu hong kong upon amount. You are agreeable to this arrangement, because this guaranteed tee time allows you to make you golf vacation plans well in advance. You are not trying to find somewhere to play at the last minute. The golf course is agreeable to this arrangement, because they know how many golfers they are going to have in advance. They can make the necessary arrangements to make things go as smooth as possible. Most courses will give a refund or rain check, if play is upset by foul weather. Do not expect any sort of reimbursement if you partied to much and could not get out of bed.

4- Myrtle Beach golf courses intentionally overbook their tee sheets.

No, this is not true.

Myrtle Beach golf courses have set tee times. Usually they double tee, meaning they start simultaneously off # 1 and # 10 tees. Typically, there are 17 tee time available, in the morning, from 7:30 through 9:38 at eight minute intervals. They then close the tees to new golfers to allow the golfers that started on #1 to crossover to # 10 and the ones that started on #10 to crossover to # 1. The first golfers off of each side are expected to turn and be ready to start on the other side at 9:46 (2 hours and 16 minutes. A foursome should come off of # 9 and # 18 every 8 minutes. The afternoon rounds runs from 12:00 to 2:08. A round of golf is scheduled take 4 and 1/2 hours not much less, hopefully not much longer.

5- It took me six hours to play a round at Unnamed Golf Course in Myrtle Beach.

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