Two V’s drive Myrtle Beach’s immense popularity: Variety (of golf courses, accommodations, restaurants, shopping, beaches and entertainment venues) and value (there are exceptional options for every budget). Once looked down upon as a gathering ground for bargain-hunters, the 60-mile coastal stretch has in the past three decades upped its game with a roster of top-shelf hotels and resorts such as the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes and the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes; sophisticated dining (New York Prime, Greg Norman’s Australian Grille); and not only an abundance of golf (more than 100 courses) but also an abundance of terrific golf (Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Barefoot Resort, TPC Myrtle Beach). It’s the rarest of golf destinations, one that is all things to all golfers.
Inside the Top 10: No surprise that Southern Oregon and Phoenix/Scottsdale made the cut, but Northern Michigan emerged as a scrappy underdog. Despite their short playing seasons, both the Gaylord region (Forest Dunes, Treetops) and Traverse City area (Arcadia Bluffs, Grand Traverse, Shanty Creek) made the top six.