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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or friend him on Facebook or connect on LinkedIn. Welcome to Myrtle Beach SC.

(Reporting from the Caravelle Resort, on the the ocean in Myrtle Beach South Carolina).

Myrtle Beach, one of the golf capitals of America. But the golf picture is changing here, and for the better.

But in the last 12 years the amount of golf in Myrtle Beach has changed, less golf courses, but the ones that are here get better all the time.

In fact, at one time the Myrtle Beach area was home to about 125 golf courses. But now that number is in the 90’s. Why, mostly some of the older courses could not keep up with the more modern ones. Plus the demand for land to build homes on continues. The new housing-boom in Myrtle Beach is a fast growing one.

VIEW FROM THE 14TH FLOOR at Caravelle Resort Hotel, down Ocean Boulevard, the Caravelle has been a big part of Myrtle Beach for years.

“Golf packages in the area started through the Caravelle years ago,” says Caravelle general manager, Mike Kolcun. “Over the years the size and types of packages have changed, but they have always gotten better because of the quality of courses we can offer our guests.”

Caravelle GM Mike Kolcun with the Caravelle Cup.

Kolcun says the Caravelle is the perfect place for golfers that want to mix some beach time, pool time, relaxation time, with some food and beverages along with their golf.

Caravelle is one of several properties under the the same ownership group, so there are options on golf and places to stay if your work through Caravelle. Ken Thompson is the golf coordinator who can set up your rounds of golf around the ‘Grand Strand’ area, when you are ready to tee it up on the links of Myrtle Beach.

The morning ocean sunrise from the rooms at the Caravelle.

Even better news for golfers, is that by staying at the Caravelle, your access to top level courses in the Myrtle Beach area is excellent.

Because through the Caravelle, you do have a full selection of places to play. The Caravelle is in central Myrtle Beach, so if the golf course is in North or South Myrtle Beach, the drive is not a long one to the golf course.

So your hungry. Right at the Caravelle is the Santa Maria Restaurant, known for one of the best breakfasts in the area. But you can stop in for post round dinner and drinks, when the restaurant fully reopens about March 10th.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR the interview with Caravelle general manager Mike Kolcun.

Grande Dunes is one of the top Myrtle Beach golf courses you can play, while staying with the Caravelle.

In August during the World Largest Amateur Championship week, the Caravelle is an active place.

Because after golf, those golfers staying at the Caravelle come back to enjoy one or more of the resorts pools.

There are hot tubs if you need to help relax those aching muscles.

But there is more if your want a dose of tournament golf. Because if you game is ready to go, why not come and play in the Caravelle Cup. You can reach out to Thompson for more details.

For more information on the ocean front Caravelle Resort in central Myrtle Beach, visit or call Ken Thompson and let him put your golf package together at (843)-918-7008. Call now, because courses and rooms are filling up for the spring and the summer months ahead. Myrtle Beach, enjoy the beach, enjoy the golf.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WCPT AM820 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.