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Looking for favorite golf vacations from mid-west, to the south, and over to east coast. Looking for reasonable packages/stay and play. Just got back from great trip to Boyne in mich and was awesome. I recommend it. It was an all inclusive package called the great escape.(excluding alcohol) I will go back next year! Thanks in advance for any responses
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Hoppy - considering price and options, it's pretty tough to beat Myrtle Beach for a golf vacation. Not sure where else one can 3 nights on the ocean and 3 rounds of golf for $300-400. And some the greatest courses in the country if you feel like splurging.
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Myrtle Beach is king of golf vacations - tons of courses and packages to suit all skill levels and budgets.  I've spent some time in the Pinehurst/Southern Pines which is a nice option as well.  Had a great trip to Sarasota, FL last year - again, lots of options on courses though seems less "packages" and more a-la-carte.

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MB is king in terms of variety and value but to me, the one big strike against it, which is not a big deal for most, is mandatory carts, which is why I prefer Pinehurst. Walking allowed, but no beaches and pretty dead after hours but that's something I prefer. Also less driving unless you're doing Tobacco Rd.
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MB is king in terms of variety and value but to me, the one big strike against it, which is not a big deal for most, is mandatory carts, which is why I prefer Pinehurst. Walking allowed, but no beaches and pretty dead after hours but that's something I prefer. Also less driving unless you're doing Tobacco Rd.

The courses that I've played in the Pinehurst area have all required carts.  Sadly I've yet to play any of the actual Pinehurst courses but would love to walk when I do.  Great point about the "lifestyle" differences.  If the OP wants to take family and have them entertained during the day, or likes nightlife after golf then Pinehurst is probably not the place to go.

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I'd recommend Primland in Virginia as far as overall experience goes.  Amazing clubhouse, course, plus there's tons of other stuff you can do (atv tours, skeet shooting, fly fishing etc.) .  Renting out a cabin for the weekend up there is the way to go.

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The courses that I've played in the Pinehurst area have all required carts.  Sadly I've yet to play any of the actual Pinehurst courses but would love to walk when I do.  Great point about the "lifestyle" differences.  If the OP wants to take family and have them entertained during the day, or likes nightlife after golf then Pinehurst is probably not the place to go.

Yes, Pinehurst is on the yuppie side. I've walked Southern Pines, Pine Needles, Little River, the Arnold Palmer course I forget the name, Tobacco Road and others.

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Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, the courses are fantastic.  Not the same concentration of courses as MB, but the courses are amazing.

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Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, the courses are fantastic.  Not the same concentration of courses as MB, but the courses are amazing.

I agree. I go with a group that does a long weekend trip every year. We do 3-4 days at different cities through Alabama, and switch them up each year. 36 holes a day.

P.S. Don't go in July. We did a weekend when it was over 100 F every day. Killer. A nice touch, though, was having the course marshall come around with a ice, water, and a cooler full of iced towels every few holes. Put those cold puppies around your neck and feel human for a while. They were concerned about the heat and took measures.

Another trip I like is to go to Sandestin resort in Destin, FL. 4 courses with a lot of variety between them. The Champions tour used to play at one of them (The Raven) years ago. I don't know if they still do. We played it right after the tour event one year. Those greens were tough.

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My buddies and I are planning a golf vacation in December...how is Myrtle Beach in the winter?  Has anyone been there during those months?  We are also looking in the Delray Beach area in FL too.

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My buddies and I are planning a golf vacation in December...how is Myrtle Beach in the winter?  Has anyone been there during those months?  We are also looking in the Delray Beach area in FL too.

I'm from Wrightsville Beach in NC (just a couple hours north of Myrtle) and the winters are pretty unpredictable temperature wise on the coast here.  I'd say Florida is your best bet if you want guaranteed nice weather.

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If I want to guarantee golf playing weather, I make sure I go at least Orlando or south of it. Ft Lauderdale/Miami is pretty much golden.

I have gotten screwed by Mother Nature in AZ, NC and SC. TX almost. One time I went to AZ in January, it was warmer in NYC.

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If I want to guarantee golf playing weather, I make sure I go at least Orlando or south of it. Ft Lauderdale/Miami is pretty much golden.

I have gotten screwed by Mother Nature in AZ, NC and SC. TX almost. One time I went to AZ in January, it was warmer in NYC.

Weather can be bad almost anywhere. But odds are better in AZ that you will avoid rain (played there years ago on a weekend that recorded the first time in 100 years that Pinical Peak had rain for three days in a row.) Downside of AZ in winter is the prices. For winter, I like Orlando for value. If you have a group -- even a small one -- there are great values on home rentals and lots of good golf.

M. Beach is great if you can wait until March or even April. Prices are higher than other times but still a great value.

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