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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: We're trying to set up a golf holiday package for Myrtle Beach or area. We are having some difficulty for many reasons. Perhaps the primary reason is that we have never done this before. Anything you can do to help us is appreciated.

A: Rated as the No. 1 golf vacation destination by readers of GolfTips Magazine and long hailed as "the seaside golf capital of the world," Myrtle Beach has a new moniker to add to its hefty list of accolades, Sportstown USA. Thanks to Sports Illustrated magazine and the US National Recreation and Park Association, Myrtle Beach was chosen because its leaders recognize that sports are an enormous force for good in the community.

The Myrtle Beach area has 120-plus golf courses and oodles of recreational parks and facilities. Also this year marks the 50th anniversary celebration of the renowned sports magazine which made its grand debut in Myrtle Beach back in 1954 when parent company, Time Incorporated, met at Pine Lakes International Country Club where they announced their plans to launch the magazine.

Most of the resorts in the Myrtle Beach area handle golf packages directly. For your golf trip preparations, there are many resources available, which you can easily access via the Internet. Stephen Greene, vice president of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, suggests these following links that provide names of companies offering golf packages into the Myrtle Beach area. Log onto http://www.myrtlebeachinfo.com/cvb/golf/ or http://www.golfholiday.com/accom.cfm.

In addition, there are travel agents designated as Myrtle Beach specialists. To locate one near you or in the Toronto area, you can send an email inquiry to greenes@mbchamber.org. The South Carolina Convention and Visitor's Bureau is another excellent resource available to assist in trip planning. Visit their official web site www.discoversouthcarolina.com for details on golf, accommodation and events information. They have an easy-to-navigate web site where you can click on an on line order form to order your free 340-page "2004 Stay and Play Vacation Guides." Once on this web page, you can further hone down your requests by clicking on the appropriate topic of interest. Choose such topics as golf, condo/cottage, general accommodation or even more info on the state's relocation/retirement package.

Editors from "Where to Retire" magazine travelled across America and named the Myrtle Beach area one of the 100 Best Retirement Towns in the USA. The magazine cites the Myrtle Beach area for its low cost of living and calls it one of the best beach towns in the nation. Before visiting Myrtle Beach, visit Myrtle Beach's official web site at www.myrtlebeachinfo.com at In Myrtle Beach for info on the famous area.

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