Yep, Myrtle again. Whether your golf pals are serious sticks or twice-a-year duffers, the Grand Strand offers all tiers of courses to settle bragging rights — from Possum Trot (a low-stress track for novices), to P.B. Dye’s Prestwick (an exacting design for more seasoned players), to, well, roughly 100 other options. Booking courses and hotels is a synch, thanks to packagers like Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and a host of other outfits large and small. When your 36-hole day has ended, you can satisfy your hunger (and thirst) at one of hundreds of eateries, from Hooters to haute cuisine. (We recommend steaks at Aspen Grille or Bistro 217, followed by a nightcap at Broadway Louie’s or Overtime Sports Café.) Add it all up and you have a buddies’ trip that’s best in show.
Inside the Top 10: Could Las Vegas and Pinehurst be any more different? No, but you love them both. Vegas (No. 4) can keep you and your crew entertained 24/7 without golf, but it’s also flush with trophy courses like Cascata, along with plenty of second-tier tracks. In Pinehurst (No. 5), most golfers are so pleasantly exhausted from their 36-hole day at this landmark of U.S. golf that they’re happy to kick back on a porch rocker and do nothing but relive their rounds.