Photos: Litchfield by the Sea Improvements

Litchfield by the Sea is using this winter season to make some great looking improvements to the property.  If you have not heard about Litchfield by the Sea, you need to check it out.  The development offers a wide variety of vacation rental options including the popular Lakeside Villas.  This guard gated resort offers a wide array of amenities including private beach access, a variety of pools, on site restaurants, on site Starbucks, tennis courts, golfing options and more.  Miles of walking and bike trails are throughout this great piece of property.  Click for photos of the progress being made on the improvments:   LBTS project Jan 30

NEED A PLACE TO STAY?  63A LAKESIDE VILLAS

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Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort Named to Tennis Magazine’s “Top 50 Tennis Resorts”

Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort has been named once again to Tennis Magazine’s “Top 50 Tennis Resorts” in the United States.

The most recent poll can be found in the November/December issue of the magazine. The biennial rankings have included the resort in each poll since 1992.

The 2010 tennis resort rankings are determined by the magazine’s editors, judge resorts by a number of courts, quality of instruction, clinics and game-matching, plus, lodging, spa availability and overall experience.

“We are very pleased to once again be mentioned among the Top 50 tennis resorts in the country,” said Kristen Prunier, director of tennis at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort. “Our award-winning staff has worked very hard to create a tennis program that is competitive with any other resort in the country. We have a passion for the game and for providing quality instruction for all of our guests.”

The Litchfield Racquet Club is the largest tennis complex in the Myrtle Beach area featuring 17 superbly maintained Har-Tru courts (clay), four of which are lighted.

The club is operated by a staff of USPTA/USPTR certified tennis professionals who are on hand for assistance and instruction, both private and group.  Daily round robins and “Stroke of the Day” clinics are available year round.

The club also offers a fully stocked pro shop with the latest in tennis equipment, as well as equipment repair and analysis.

In addition to the weekly programming, the racquet club is home to the nationally acclaimed Litchfield Tennis School.  The school has a broad curriculum that can be tailored to suit any player at any level. Three and four day tennis programs are available throughout the year.

Located 18 miles south of Myrtle Beach S.C. and 15 miles north of Georgetown, S.C., just off Hwy. 17, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort features spacious, condominium units, villas, suites and fairway cottages with a choice of golf course, scenic ocean or poolside views.

NEED A PLACE TO STAY?  63A LAKESIDE VILLAS AT LITCHFIELD BY THE SEA

Fall Golf in Pawleys Island

Myrtle Beach / Pawleys Island area has been known as the “Golfer’s Mecca or Paradise” for many years. It has grown in fame to become the “Golf Capital of the World”. What helps make the golf courses in the area so famous?  There are over 100 courses throughout the Grand Strand, many designed by world- renowned architects. The mild, Mediterranean climate that Pawleys Island experiences with excellent turf management, combine to provide an area that sees more rounds of golf played each year than any other in the world.

Good turf management is one the main keys to the success of any golf course. In an area that sees high temperature, high amounts of salt water and high traffic makes finding the right species of grass to use on throughout the course is a must. Traditional bentgrasses have been used in Myrtle Beach / Pawleys Island until recently. Hybrid grasses have been made available that produce a wonderfully smooth green. Two that have become popular around the area are a hybrid Bermuda grass and SeaDwarf Paspalum, both are resistant to heat, tolerant of salt water and provide golfers with smooth play. These require less irrigation and fertilizer making the area courses more environmentally friendly.

Litchfield by the Sea is a great place to stay.  Great golf packages are available this fall.    Fall is a spectacular time to come and see for yourself the care and dedication that all the local managers give to their courses.

Why You Should Vacation at Litchfield by the Sea in Pawleys Island

Litchfield Beach, South Carolina is located about fifteen minutes south  of downtown Myrtle Beach, SC.

Myrtle Beach, SC draws millions of visitors a year who come for the beach, golfing, shopping and lots of the other local activities. Litchfield Beach is found in Pawleys Island, SC. The area is stunning, with low density development ; the natural environment has been saved.

Pawleys Island has great nationally ranked  golf courses.

Plenty of the golf courses were built on old plantation and you can still see residue of many of the old rice plantations. So far as value of your Pawleys Island holiday, there are just a few resorts in the area with the preferred being the private communtity of Litchfield by the Sea. Litchfield by the Sea has great conveniences with an on-site restaurant, private beach access, Starbucks, spa, lazy river pool and more. Many travelers coming to the area rent one of the beach vacation rental properties. The largest benefit is the standard of vacation you get when you visit the area.

Pawleys Island has some of the finest restaurants in the south (click the Restaurant Category to the right for more info) . Plus,  you do not have to fight the busy crowds in the summertime simply to get a great meal. The beaches are also more isolated. Due to the position of Litchfield By The Sea you’ve got to be a guest at the resort to be in a position to use the private beach. As far as cost, vacationing in Pawleys Island is not very much different that Myrtle Beach. Just like Myrtle Beach there are some off the beach low cost options. However Pawleys Island has kept a low density policy on building so during the property boom the area didn’t have any new high rises built sea front. Pawleys Island beaches have been so isolated sea turtles have selected the white golden beaches to lay their eggs. Lots of the neighbors have been extraordinarily protective over these sites where sea turtle nests are usually found. While there are plenty of reasons you need to vacation in the Myrtle Beach area, the choice is clear if you need a top quality tranquil holiday, away from all of heavy traffic areas but close enough to enjoy never-ending options of fun.  Come to Litchfield Beach in Pawleys Island, SC.

TIP: Click HERE for a 2 bedroom Lakeside Vacation Rental at Litchfield by the Sea in Pawleys Island

A Reason to Visit Pawleys Island: Rejuvination

It’s another weekend, and you and your significant other are looking at each other and thinking…what should we do? How about a nice romantic weekend to Pawleys Island, South Carolina? Pawleys Island, which is situated in what is called the Hammock Coast in South Carolina, has been an idyllic place for those seeking refuge from the worries and cares of everyday life. Even though Pawleys Island is only 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach, it is truly a world apart. Once you drive across the causeway onto the island, it’s like stepping back in time.

Miles of white, sandy beaches for walking and collecting seashells, ocean and creeks for fishing and swimming, gentle breezes for sailing and napping in rope hammocks after lunch, and at the end of each day, glorious sunsets. The area surrounding Pawleys Island is a mecca for golfers, with dozens of world-class golf courses close by. Dining abounds as well, ranging from family-oriented to quaint bistros gourmet dining.

Today, with a mix of centuries-old beach-front cottages and modern resort-style accommodations, the places to stay are limitless. Our recommendation for that romantic couples getaway is The Litchfield by the Sea. The Litchfield by the Sea offers a quiet setting in a gated community with a variety of lodging options. We recommend Lakeside Villas. The Litchfield resort offers an onsite Starbucks, restaurants, a lazy river ppol, private beach access, tennis courts and more.

Now that the accommodations have been taken care of, where to eat and what to do? If the beach or golf are not your thing, there are several activities you can enjoy that will fill your days. Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historic Landmark with the most significant collection of 19th and 20th century figurative sculpture exhibited among 2,000 species of plants by artists such as Frederic Remington, Daniel Chester French and Mrs. Huntington. Developed in the 1930s by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington on the site of four colonial rice plantations, native animals and birds can be seen in a wildlife park, and special guided nature cruises and kayak trips wind through the tidal creeks and abandoned rice fields for a closer peek at the area’s history and wildlife.

Located in the heart of Georgetown’s Historic District, visit the Kaminski House and The Georgetown County Museum. The Kaminski House was built about 1769, and contains an outstanding collection of American and English antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Georgetown County Museum displays more than 300 years of history and culture in the third oldest city in South Carolina. Then, stop in the The Gullah O’oman Shop, owned by Bunny and Andrew Rodrigues, and shop for some of the best of the low country’s crafts: Gullah collectibles, story quilts, lectures & seminars on Gullah history and culture, sweet grass baskets, dolls, wood carvings, black collectibles & memorabilia, art, antiques, African artifacts, books. historical papers & documents, tours, genealogical research.

In Pawleys Island, you’ll find dining in quaint restaurants and bistros surrounded by centuries-old Live Oaks as memorable as it is delicious. At The Mayor’s House Restaurant, you can dine on creative southern dishes, ribs, steaks, seafood, table side desserts and listen to live blues on Friday & Saturday. For something a little more casual, stop by Roz’s Rice Mill Cafe for the freshest of ingredients in soups, salads and sandwiches, country shrimp salad, Chutney chicken salad, black bean and artichoke cakes and crab cakes. And there is always the local favorite, Pawleys Island Tavern (aka The PIT), home of shrimp, beer and blues!

Whether you go by plane, train or automobile, a couples weekend to Pawley’s Island in South Carolina will revive and rejuvenate the soul and the mind.

Paranormal Conference Coming February 2011

Special Guests

Shannon Sylvia
Steven LaChance
Stephen Lancaster
Port City Paranormal
Battleship North Carolina
& more yet to be announced!

Only 100 tickets available
for the full conference!

Investigate the Brentwood
that night with
Shannon Sylvia
& Stephen Lancaster!!!

Only 10 tickets available for the
overnight investigation!

monsterVisionTV and the Brentwood Wine Bistro will be hosting a Paranormal Conference February 2011! Tickets will be limited! A full day inside the Haunted Bistro with guest speakers, workshops and more! Take a stroll down to Luck Avenue if you dare!

Click HERE for more info and get added to the mailing list

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TIP: FOR INDIVIDUAL ENTHUSIASTS: An educational Ghost Tour at the Haunted Brentwood Wine Bistro in Little River, SC. Stephen will guide you through the building while discussing the activity that is common to the location. During the tours, you will also become educated on the equipment used for Paranormal Research and how it was implemented in determining the validity of the restaurants claims. Tours are offered Saturday evenings, beginning at 10:30pm and ending at 1am. The cost is $25 a person with a minimum of 5 maximum of 10 guests.

FOR PARANORMAL RESEARCH GROUPS: The Brentwood Wine Bistro is available for investigation work Saturday evenings only. Your group will have exclusive use of the building for research accompanied by Paranormal Researcher Stephen Lancaster. You may begin set up at 10:30pm and conduct research until 4am. Productive research may result in an extension of time at the sole discretion of Mr. Lancaster. The cost is $50 a person with a minimum of 5 maximum of 10 people

Golf Course Review: The River Club at Litchfield Beach

She’s right as rain there; it seems like you’re always feathering a short-iron over a bunker onto the green. It doesn’t seem to matter what angle you’re approaching from – there’s a bunker in your face, daring you to show some touch after that boomer you just hit. Good wedge players will giggle like schoolchildren here.

The River Club is one of the Myrtle Beach National collection on the south Strand, along with the Litchfield Country Club and Willbrook Plantation. The River Club’s fairways are much more open than Litchfield, with its narrow, tree-lined fairways. And the River Club doesn’t have quite the old-time, picturesque beauty of Willbrook, set in the marshy Waccamaw River basin.

But, it does have its attractions. Like Litchfield, its fairways are tree-lined with oak and pine, with homes in the quiet neighborhood set back off the fairways, and out of bounds protecting them from inaccurate, marauding golfers. It’s on relatively flat terrain, with only some fairways displaying good movement.

Myrtle Beach River Club

The closing hole is a very good one, named one of the top holes on the Grand Strand by the Sun News. The 518-yard par 5 wraps around a lake, providing birdie and even eagle opportunities for the big slamma-jammas. If you’re merely mortal, you’re looking at two water carries, the second one to the green being particularly treacherous.

It’s still a picturesque course, dotted with lakes and ponds.

The River Club, a Tom Jackson design opened in 1985, is considered one of the first plantation clubs in the area, before the opening of more heralded courses like Caledonia, True Blue or Tradition in the south Strand.

Its star attractions are the greens, which all had A1 bentgrass installed several years ago. Bentgrass is known for its pure roll, though it can be susceptible to scorching summer heat. In early November, though, the greens were in great shape.

It was actually harder when it was new, and officials filled in 10-15 bunkers to tone it down a bit; don’t worry, there are still plenty of bunkers to negotiate, particularly those high-lipped devils around the greens. It is particularly favored by women, as is Willbrook.

Green fees range from $65 to $115 depending on the season and time of day, with various discounts available.

Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort is at the southern end of the Grand Strand, a great place to play the south courses. It’s affiliated with three courses, the Litchfield Country Club, River Club and Willbrook Plantation. The latter two in particular are excellent layouts. There’s a racquet club and fitness center at the resort. Click HERE for information on Lakeside Villas at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort