Last week The Golfing Dads planned a great buddies trip to stay at Barefoot Golf Resort in North Myrtle Beach. There was a lot of planning that went into this trip to find some great golf courses to play and as far out as it was planned we needed some help from Mother Nature to get all of the golf in.  

The Great

Our friends at Hertz upgraded our minivan to a Yukon XL for the trip.  This gave us more room on the way up but proved to be a huge benefit for the trip back as we needed the extra space because we needed to bring back water and bread to Central Florida as the shelves were bare due to Hurricane Irma approaching.  

Barefoot Resort was awesome.  The package that we chose was to pay for 3 get the 4th free.  So it allowed us to stay an extra night and we played all four courses.  Breakfast was included, there were gift certificates for $10 off $50 or $20 off $100 in the pro shop (so we all got some shirts) and there was a round of drinks at Bully’s Pub at Barefoot Landing for us to enjoy.  Our rooms were all 2 bedroom condo units that had 4 twin beds in them so everyone had their own bed.  Booking and Check in were really easy and their after hours process was simple.  We had 2 condos right next to each other.  

Barefoot Landing was a great location right in front of the property.  There are plenty of location to grab food and drink and just have some fun. We dined at Wild Wing Cafe two nights (best wings you will ever eat) so that we could watch some college football games.  We also dined at Bully’s Pub and had some good burgers and a couple cold beverages.  There is an alligator park as well as a House of Blues there and many other shops and restaurants to enjoy for the non golfers in your group if you go on a family trip.  

As far as the golf courses we played the 4 at Barefoot were all great.  We also played one of the best in Myrtle Beach in Tidewater Golf Club.  Check out our reviews of these on our blog page as you need to play them on your next trip to Myrtle Beach.  

Groupings were great for the week as everyone got to play with everyone and had a great time.  This is the best part of these trips as it is more about the fun and enjoyment and not the competitive side of them.  

The Good

Captain Benjamin’s Calabash Sea Food Buffet was our dinner for the last night we were there.  The service, even for a buffet, was great.  When we finished dinner a storm had blown in and on their covered back patio they had cornhole set up so we grabbed a beverage and played until the storm passed.  

Our location to everything we needed to do was good.  We had a 25 minute or less to get to anywhere we needed to go.  

Highway 31 was a new road for us.  It has been there a while but we’ve always taken 501 and 17 and dealt with the traffic lights.  While you still come in 501 if you hope on 31 you have an express way that gets you to the parts of the Grand Strand if you are going to North Myrtle or Pawley’s Island much faster.


The Not So Good

Mother Nature caused us to miss out on 2 rounds of golf while we were there.  It poured down on Saturday when we arrived and then again on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.  We did get out on Tuesday but not at the course we really wanted to play.  

The only redeeming quality of playing golf at Legends Heathland was it was a round of golf and we got to swing the sticks.  The course has a great club house but beyond that we will probably not return there on any future trip.  They are more focused on getting the maximum amount of golfers out on the course and have forgotten about the quality of the golf course.  

Missing out on playing Grande Dunes and Kings North at Myrtle Beach National was a bummer.  We were all really excited to play the hole known as “The Gambler” at Kings North.  We were also disappointed that we couldn’t end the trip at Grande Dunes as it would have been an awesome finish to a great few days of playing golf.

Our return trip was a stark reminder as to what was going on in Florida as Irma approached.  We witnessed first hand the evacuations from Florida as interstate 95 was moving slow going north bound as people evacuated.   

Dads Say So, overall this was an awesome week of golf, fun and friendship.  It had been the first time in 4 years that some of us had seen each other, way too long.  The group of people that came together all got along and had a lot of good laughs and that is the most important part of these trips.  If you are looking at planning a trip to Myrtle Beach we highly suggest you stay and play at Barefoot Resort.  We had a blast and can’t wait to get back.  

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