After a recent visit, Mystical Golf's trifecta of Myrtle Beach courses — The Witch, Man-O-War and The Wizard — now holds the pole position on my golf vacation radar. Why? The three Dan Maples' designs are flat-out superb, the maintenance is country club-good and the price is off-the-charts reasonable — especially the stay-and-play packages.
Though Man-O-War and The Wizard are adjacent and The Witch is 10 minutes away, each course is a golf universe unto itself. The Witch is Myrtle Beach golf at its finest with many tricks up her devious sleeve as 500 acres of tranquil cypress groves and wetlands provide plenty of hazards due to Mother Nature. Strategy is rewarded as the par-71, 6,702-yard layout is an SAT test of the ancient game.
Muscular Man-O-War is soothed by a 100-acre lake on its edge. This is a study in water management as H2O touches every hole The par-72, 6,967-yard Man-O-War intrigues with its spectacular (and rare) back-to-back island greens on 13 and 14.
The Wizard is as Scottish as haggis with bumps, hollows, mounds, swales and sod-faced bunkers. The welcoming old-world, castle clubhouse is the most unique 19th hole you'll find. Myrtle Beach is also second to none when it comes to post-round fun, with dining locales for every palate and pocketbook. Don't miss Greg Norman's Australian Grille, a popular fine-dining spot at Barefoot Landing. On the southern end of the Grand Strand, the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk — a half-mile stretch of seven fun dining and entertainment establishments located on the picturesque Murrells Inlet waterfront — is another "must."