In its 27 successful years in the Myrtle Beach golf package business, The Golf Desk’s hallmark has been in the collective years of experience its staff has in the local golf scene, and in tending to the small details that make the difference between a good golf trip and an unforgettable one.

 Join us in getting to know a bit more about one of those who’s been a big part of that success: its leader, Mark Stoneking.

 What got you into the golf business?

Well, definitely my love of golf and the need of a job.

How long have you been with Golf Desk?

18 years.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The successful completion of something from the beginning to the end. It’s the ability to create it from the beginning, and you get to see it all the way to fruition. Most of all, It’s always rewarding when the customer realizes the effort involved in providing a great experience for their group, and they come back to us to say, “Hey, we had a great trip. Looking forward to doing it again!”

What are your favorite golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area?

I always answer that question with some form of qualifier. As a salesperson, I’m always mindful of what offers the best value … what’s the one I really want to play … or what’s the best course that you’re reading about on the blog boards?

With all that in mind, I have a special fondness for Willbrook Plantation, Arrowhead Country Club, Wild Wing, Surf Club and Arcadian Shores. I personally like the flexibility of any golf course that can be included both in a top-shelf package as well as meld into a mid-tier package, but still provide notable architects and good pricing.

Finish this sentence: When I’m not golfing or working, I like to …

Eat, of course (laughing). I mean, that’s who I am …

What are your favorite restaurants in the area, and why?

Thoroughbreds because of its consistency as a premium steakhouse, and the fact that it’s just been there a long time, and I love horses. But I’m also big Dead Dog Saloon fan. I would go even further and say I’m a big fan of many of the places at the MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet – that ability to bring our coast, the golf, and the music all into one area, without it being completely commercialized. I love that, and love that area.

What is the best piece of advice you would have for anyone considering a Myrtle Beach golf trip?

To go through somebody who knows what they’re doing. Utilize the services of those that have spent time, energy, blood, sweat and tears setting up the beaten path for them to follow.