Friday, November 20, 2020

Harbor View Golf, North Myrtle Beach

Whether you are looking for a driving range, a par-3 golf course, foot-golf, or putt-putt, you will find it all at Harbor View Golf, in North Myrtle Beach.

I played this Par-3 course with my wife, who had never played, and my 7-year-old son. We visited during the off-season, and it had rained most of the week before. The entire course was soaked, and the greens were extra soft and shaggy. I can only assume that the greens would be in much better condition during prime season. Due to the rain, I am sure the ground crew was unable to mow. I usually like the greens a little faster, but on this occasion, the slow greens were a huge plus. They were perfect for my wife and son to enjoy and not get frustrated.

This tee shot landed hard on the green, it was a very wet day.
Many of the greens at Harbor View are on the small side. Since we were playing a scramble, the size of the greens did not hurt us. We were on most of the greens in one or two shots and parred most of the holes. In the unfortunate event that we did not get on in two shots, we allowed my son to use his foot-wedge. Don't judge. We were out there to have fun, not to beat ourselves up over missing a green by two feet.

I have seen other reviews of Harbor View that say it is overpriced. I disagree, 18 holes of golf and a golf cart cost the three of us $80. In my opinion, this course offered a lot of value at this price. I am certain the price may be a bit more during peak season.  

If you are looking for a pristine par-three course, Harbor View may not be for you. However, high-end golf courses do not usually offer foot-golf for the kids. This Par-3 golf course is great for a day trip with your family or an easy day of working on your short game. 


Friday, November 13, 2020

Review, Morton's Steakhouse, Nashville, TN, Highly Overrated

The upscale Nashville restaurant was a quarter of the way full at 7:30 on Saturday night. This was probably due to the effects of coronavirus and social distancing, but I could not help feeling a little surprised. We made our way to the table, our waiter brought menus and waters. My wife decided to order her first choice, which was miso sea bass (45). After overthinking it, I chose the 8oz. fillet served Oscar style with lobster meat atop (59). 

Miso Sea Bass
The Chilean Sea Bass was delicious and cooked to perfection; the miso was lightly sweet and brought out the flavor of the fish. The fillet was good as well, but I cannot say that it was the best I ever had, that prestigious award goes to Ruth's Chris steakhouse. As for the lobster meat, it was slightly overcooked and a bit chewy. In my opinion, a fillet is better served with a lobster tail rather than lobster meat. I was disappointed with the lobster meat and the meal as whole to be honest.  

8oz. Fillet Oscar
I have saved the best dish on the table for last. This is ironic because it was the first dish on our table. For our appetizer, we ordered the bacon-wrapped scallops (23). They were pan-fried to perfection and served with an apricot sauce that heightened the flavor of the scallops. The scallops were delicious, sadly the rest of the meal paled in comparison.  

Our overall experience was good, and our server did an excellent job. However, in regard to overall quality and value, Morton’s falls short. I have heard repeatedly that Morton’s is overrated. After experiencing the restaurant and the food for myself, I agree. For the same money, maybe less, there are far better restaurant options in the Nashville area.


Sunday, November 1, 2020

Elsa's, Beach Cove Resort, North Myrtle Beach Condo

Elsa’s, Beach Cove Resort, North Myrtle Beach Condo

Offered by Prista Vacation Rentals

Weeks away from our trip and we decided to add a few more days of fun and relaxation. We went back to the drawing board and that's when we found Elsa’s, at the lovely Beach Cove Resort, offered by Prista Vacation Rentals 

The booking process is a bit cumbersome. After several emails and several signatures, it felt as if we were purchasing the beachfront condo rather than renting it. The agreements were so much that it made me a bit uncomfortable. I mean seriously, eleven emails and a ten-page contract are a bit much. 

This oceanfront condo is located on the third floor. The third-floor parking garage removes the need to use the elevator and makes loading and unloading a breeze. The condo was perfect, spacious, two TVs, a full kitchen, and Wi-Fi. What more could anyone need except for a beach and a pool? 

Well, this place has both. It is located steps from the sand and the resort offers three pools, three hot tubs, and a 350 ft. lazy river. At the time of our visit, the hot tub located in the kid's area was out of service, but we were spoiled by the remaining two. 

Everything within the scope of Prista Vacation Rentals was excellent. The condominium was just the right size for a family of three and is very conveniently located to many top tourist attractions in North Myrtle beach. We enjoyed this cozy condo so much that we may put this in our vacation rotation.