While no destination on earth rivals the Myrtle Beach area with regard to the sheer number of public courses, it is the quality of the courses that most surprises and delights first-time visitors. The Myrtle Beach area offers some of the top-ranked courses in America with designs by many of the most recognized names in golf, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Robert Trent Jones, Rees Jones, Gary Player, George Fazio, Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Fred Couples, Willard Byrd, Greg Norman and more. The terrain and climate are ideal for well-conditioned designs that range from open links styles to parkland-style courses that skirt the wooded bluffs of rivers and marshlands

The Myrtle Beach area has also become a popular venue for major golf events. In the spring, the LPGA comes to Myrtle Beach for the City of Hope Myrtle Beach Classic. The last week of August, we host the largest amateur golf event in the world - the DuPont World Amateur Handicap Championship.


This popular tune by country music super-group Alabama has brought even more national attention to a dance craze that's been smoldering here along the South Carolina coast since the 1940s. Like the old song says, "where there's smoke, there's fire." So be careful, the sparks often ignite passionate flames of shagging desire.

The shag is a mesmerizing combination of slow-slinking, rolling, turning, quick-shuffling footsteps and sultry rhythm and blues known as "Beach Music." You'll recognize the sound in such artists as the Four Tops, the Drifters, Chairman of the Board, the Tams, and Jackie Wilson. While here in the Myrtle Beach area,


you're likely to see shaggers on local dance floors; you'll watch demonstrations in area malls; or you may even happen onto a hot competition, if you're lucky.

Several dance clubs along the Strand offer free dance lessons for those not fortunate enough to be born and raised here in the Shaggin Capital of the United States. But it's addicting and before you know it, you, too, will be " Shaggin' on the Boulevard."