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Used to take a yearly vacation to Myrtle Beach back in the 90s and early 2000s. Was living in SE Pa back then so it was only 6hrs from home. Likes staying a Pawleys Plantation which has a Nicklaus course. Favorite courses to play are True Blue, Caldonia and Heritage Club. Planning a trip there next year. Little longer drive from south Texas.

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Carl I do not think they have that deal on the Grand Strand anymore. The Golf business has changed drastically here the last 10 years. A Chinese investment group called Founders International bought up 21 courses and started their own thing called the Prime Times card. They also have several vacation booking agencies too. Now I was a member until they closed my home course Indian Wells in December. I did not renew this year because it was not beneficial for me. Some of the smaller Golf Management groups along with some independent course owners banded together and started the Platinum group which has grown to 21 courses now in fact 4 of them within 2 miles of my house.  My new home course Indigo Creek is just across US 17 from my old course Indian Wells. The pro there and co owner is an old bud anyhow. We got a chuckle yesterday over the fact that now with the closing of Indian Wells the Platinum Group has more courses than the Founders Group. What you do is buy a card with different options and you get reduced rates even in the season. The drawback especially with the Founders Group is in the fall and spring seasons they give priority to the out of town package groups and sorta shunt the locals aside. Right now seems that the Platinum group is not geared that way. You also have the Legends group with 5 courses but they tend to overbook and play can be agonizingly slow. Then you have the Mystical group which I mentioned previously and why our mixed groups of 25 or so did not renew our mystical cards last year. 
We also used to have the Grand Strand Seniors Golf card which was available to any resident over 50. It was basically like the Heart Association book like you described. But it was a sham. The Association let the courses do as they darn well pleased and there were many restrictions and the courses were adding their own as they saw fit and no one said anything. I think I tried to use mine for maybe 6 months and threw it in the trash.  Golf down here prior to 08 got to be a sham for locals. Many of us took to playing out of town so to speak like the Wellman course in Johnsonville and Rolling Hills in Aynor. In 08 during the recession these courses down here darn near starved and they changed their attitude towards locals. And the times shifted all of the local lower tier courses that thrived just prior to the recession have closed now. Wellman , Rolling Hills, Island Green and Heron Point have closed along with the little 9 hole Conway Country club. The only one of that group that is being developed is Conway Country Club. Me since being displaced have basically "hung my shingle and parked my butt" at Indigo Creek. Most of the retirees of the Indian Wells bunch have migrated to the Legends group. 15 years ago I knew darn near someone at every course whether they be the Pro or assistant now I know hardly anyone. Waiting to see if it all goes to hell in a hand basket the next 20  years or so If I live that long. 


BIG STU thanks for that post. I bring a group to MB every Spring (except this year) since 2003. The guys we book with are booking us with Founders Group. It’s such a great deal. Four rounds and four nights stay for about $450 and some years they give us a $100 gift card good in clubhouses. Problem is, after a few years it’s tough to find new courses to play since they are restricting us to the 21 that they run (or charging a big fee to mix in another course). Your post helps me understand what’s going on. Makes me want to find a vendor working with the Platinum group and comparison shop.


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7 hours ago, elvis14 said:

 


BIG STU thanks for that post. I bring a group to MB every Spring (except this year) since 2003. The guys we book with are booking us with Founders Group. It’s such a great deal. Four rounds and four nights stay for about $450 and some years they give us a $100 gift card good in clubhouses. Problem is, after a few years it’s tough to find new courses to play since they are restricting us to the 21 that they run (or charging a big fee to mix in another course). Your post helps me understand what’s going on. Makes me want to find a vendor working with the Platinum group and comparison shop.


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Call over to Indigo Creek 843 650 1809-----  Ask for AJ or Chuck tell them Stu sent you they can hook you up I am sure

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2 hours ago, BIG STU said:

Call over to Indigo Creek 843 650 1809-----  Ask for AJ or Chuck tell them Stu sent you they can hook you up I am sure

Thanks, when we get a date to reschedule our trip (we usually go the last weekend in April), I'll give them a call.  Would love to play some new courses.

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