PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – On the Road Again. Or, maybe it is more accurate to say On the Trail Again.
The Myrtle Beach Golf Trail, a collection of 23 diverse and interesting golf courses – from the northern end of the Myrtle Beach area to the far southern reaches – is the subject of the latest episode of the award-winning Traveling Golfer television show.
Show host Tony Leodora takes viewers on a visually stunning trip along the Myrtle Beach Golf Trail, which was created to make it easy for visiting golfers to efficiently design a golf vacation that also includes the outstanding accommodations, restaurants and attractions of the area.
“Visitors often are faced with a daunting task when trying to put together a trip to Myrtle Beach – so many choices,” says A.J. Gohil, vice president of sales and business development for the Myrtle Beach Golf Trail. “Our job is to be the tour guide – not just to all of the golf courses but also everything else that Myrtle Beach has to offer.”
The golf courses begin on the far southern end of what is known as the Grand Strand. Detailed inspections of courses like Wachesaw Plantation East and Prestwick Country Club provide a look at the Low Country style of this slower-paced section of the Myrtle Beach region. Other options on the southern end include Blackmoor, a Gary Player design; the relatively player-friendly International Club and the Willard Byrd-designed Indigo Creek in Murrells Inlet.
The central portion of the Myrtle Beach area brings viewers to the very popular River Oaks, a family-run property that specializes in hospitality. Other Myrtle Beach Golf Trail courses in that area include Arcadian Shores, a Rees Jones design; and Shaftesbury Glen, dedicated to the style of famous classic architect A.W. Tillinghast.
Featured courses in North Carolina include the magnificent Scottish-themed property, The Thistle, with its 27-hole layout and a Scottish-style castle for a clubhouse; Glen Dornoch, sitting right on the visually stunning Intracoastal Waterway; and the 27 holes of the recently rejuvenated Pearl Golf Links, without any housing in sight. There are plenty of other choices on the north end, such as Lockwood Folly, at the farthest northern end, close to the historic town of Wilmington, North Carolina; two courses on Route 9 that present perfect entry or exit stops to the area, Crown Park and Diamondback; Crow Creek, a course with modern accommodations conveniently located right on Route 17; Farmstead, known for its almost-700-yard par 6 closing hole; Meadowlands, always praised for its fine conditions; the Arnold Palmer-designed Rivers Edge; Sandpiper Bay, 27 holes adjacent to the town of Calabash; and Sea Trail, with plenty more accommodations and three golf courses designed by Dan Maples, Rees Jones and Willard Byrd.
The lifestyle choices are equally varied and this show provides an in-depth look at a few. There are featured locations such as the Red Hare Brewing Company in Shallotte, North Carolina; the Toasted Tee Pub & Grub, right at the Wachesaw East Plantation golf course; the historic Thoroughbreds Chophouse, on Restaurant Row; Umberto’s at Barefoot Landing, a Pittsburgh Italian Trattoria; and the seafood capital of Myrtle Beach, the town of Calabash.
“There is a huge amount of information packed into this show,” concludes Leodora, the show host who has played 100 golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area. “It was so much fun re-visiting many of my favorite spots. The Myrtle Beach Golf Trail condenses so many years of experiences into a manageable platform.”
The January episode of the Traveling Golfer airs as a scheduled weekly feature show on NBC Sports and NBC Sports + throughout four markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. NBC Sports airings are 10:30 a.m. on Sundays, 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. on Thursdays. NBC Sports + airs the show at 8 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. In addition, the show airs nationally, three times every day, on the new Fun Roads Network (funroads.tv/schedule) – in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Wichita, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington State, North Dakota, Raleigh, Orlando, San Jose and Boise markets. Additionally, national and international expansion has taken place via connected TV on Roku, Amazon Fire, SelectTV and GlewedTV.
The Traveling Golfer also airs a number of times in the Month of January on “Rivertalk” on HTC-4 in Myrtle Beach.
The show also airs on the Traveling Golfer network of websites … including The Golf Director Network and The Myrtle Beach Golf Channel (see full list of sites on travelinggolfervideo.com).
As part of every Traveling Golfer show there is the additional feature, “Tech Talk”, hosted by Tour Edge Golf experts, such as President Dave Glod. With years of experience as a club maker, Glod presents an inside look at the research and development of high-quality golf equipment.
Responding to golfers’ never-ending demands to learn more about interesting golf courses and golf resorts across the country and around the world, well-traveled host Tony Leodora created the Traveling Golfer so he could take viewers on video trips to some of the most exciting golf locations. For the fourth time in five years, the show was honored as the No. 1 Golf Television Show in America in the prestigious International Network of Golf awards, presented at the PGA Merchandise Show in January of 2020.
The Traveling Golfer is a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora, who has 20 years of experience in televised golf. The featured destination stays on the website for one month, before being replaced by a new show. Alternate shows also air in a two-month rotation. All old shows are archived for continued viewing on the YouTube Network and on the home website, www.travelinggolfervideo.com.For more information about the Traveling Golfer, or to find out how a property can be featured on the show, call TL Golf Services at (610) 721-8186 or e-mail Tony Leodora at tony.leodora@TL-golfservices.com.