Myrtle Beach Golf Courses Weathered The Storm Well, Ready For Fall Play

Myrtle Beach Golf Courses Weathered The Storm Well, Ready For Fall Play

Myrtle Beach Golf Trips Has Everything Needed For The Perfect Golf Vacation

October 2, 2018, Myrtle Beach, S.C. — Fall is officially here, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to put away the golf clubs until next season.

Fall in Myrtle Beach is one of the best times of the year to enjoy great weather and golf courses in peak condition. Myrtle Beach Golf Trips, the Grand Strand’s largest golf vacation provider, is thankful that Myrtle Beach area golf courses weathered the impacts of Hurricane Florence well overall and are ready to welcome fall golfers.

Whether booking a fall golf trip with friends or looking to squeeze in a round of golf during a fall Myrtle Beach family vacation, Myrtle Beach Golf Trips has the ideal golfing package to meet every golfer’s needs. Myrtle Beach Golf Trips provides world-class golfing experiences at a very affordable rate, with fall specials beginning at just $35 per player.

“We are very fortunate to have made it through the storm in good shape with nearly all area golf courses open and ready for fall play,” said Steve Mays, president of Founders Group International, parent company of Myrtle Beach Golf Trips. “Fall is one of the best times of the year to enjoy beautiful weather and great golf along the Grand Strand. We are very excited to welcome players back to the area as we officially kick off the fall golf season.”

Myrtle Beach, “the golf capital of the U.S.A.,” is home to over 100 golf courses, including designs from golf’s greats like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player. From single-digit handicaps to those looking to play the game for the first time, Myrtle Beach Golf Trips has the perfect-curated golf experience for golfers of every age, gender and skill level.

For the latest golf course status updates and to book the perfect fall getaway, visit MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com.

About Myrtle Beach Golf Trips

The area’s premier resource for tee time bookings, Myrtle Beach Golf Trips has been putting together great golf experiences for customers since 1927, by providing access to award-winning courses, multi-round tee time specials, and golf and lodging packages at the best prices.

Owned by Founders Group International (FGI) and with the help of Golf Insider’s 100 percent player-generated course ranking system, Myrtle Beach Golf Trips helps thousands of golfers plan and assemble their ideal golf itineraries. Golfers can choose from “top-100 caliber” courses Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, Grande Dunes Resort Club, TPC of Myrtle Beach, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club, Pine Lakes Country Club, and more than 80 other Myrtle Beach area courses.

More information about Myrtle Beach Golf Trips and Founders Group International is available at www.foundersgroupinternational.com, www.mbn.com or MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLAN A GREAT COASTAL GETAWAY AT THE SEA PINES RESORT

PLAN A GREAT COASTAL GETAWAY AT THE SEA PINES RESORT

Hilton Head Island’s top resort offers incentives and amenities for all ages

 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (Oct. 3, 2018) – Offering its best values of the season, during the most favorable weather of the year,The Sea Pines Resort’s Getaway Package offers great lodging and activities on Hilton Head Island, named the number 1 island in the U.S. by the readers of Travel + Leisure.

The Getaway Package (available now through March 1, 2019) includes activities options from tennis to biking, golf for all ages, dinners and food discounts, as well as a family portrait session on the beach by the certified professionals at Memory Lane Portraits

Exclusively for Getaway Package guests, the Fall and Winter Golf Passport (available starting October 22) includes up to one tee time per day on Atlantic Dunes or Heron Point. The two-player, four-day passport* costs just $349, which provides an exceptional golf value for each round.  Harbour Town Golf Links can be added to the package for an additional $140 per guest per round.

The Getaway Package starts as low as $136 per night for a minimum of four nights in a two-bedroom deluxe villa in the Plantation Club. The Getaway Package is valid for weekly or nightly stays (4-night minimum).

 

Accommodations and seasonal special rates are also available at Hilton Head Island’s no. 1 hotel, The Inn & Club at Harbour Town.

 

 

For more information about the Getaway Package, plus all the incentives and amenities included, visitwww.seapines.com/vacation-rentals/specials/fall-winter-getaways.aspx or call (866) 561-8802 (promo code GETAWAY).

 

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*The passport is available for play from Oct. 22, 2018 through Feb. 28, 2019. Tee times may be reserved up to one day prior to play and are based on availability. Fall and Winter Golf Passport is exclusive to Getaway Package guests and is valid only during the dates of stay. Offer cannot be combined with any other packages or offers and does not include complimentary afternoon replays. It is good on new reservations only and does not apply to group bookings. Taxes apply.

 

About The Sea Pines Resort

Situated on the southernmost tip of Hilton Head Island, the legendary Lowcountry destination features five miles of unspoiled beaches, 21 clay tennis courts, 14 miles of bike and walking trails, horseback riding, Eco-Adventures, water sports, and the 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve filled with wildflowers, wetlands, and more than 130 species of birds. As the first Eco-planned destination in the U.S., The Sea Pines Resort has become the blueprint for numerous beach developments around the country.  Guests can choose from an array of accommodations, including 300 villas, 100 rental homes, and the luxurious 60-room Inn & Club at Harbour Town, a Forbes Four-Star boutique hotel and Preferred Hotel Group member. The resort’s best-in-class collection of golf courses, amenities, meeting facilities, and accommodations makes Sea Pines one of the most sought-after leisure and group destinations in America.

Short Par 4 Named Title Sponsor of the Myrtle Beach Fall Classic

 

Short Par 4 Named Title Sponsor of the Myrtle Beach Fall Classic

Three-Year Agreement Will Bring Popular Box Subscription Service to Golf’s Fastest Growing Tournament

Myrtle Beach, S.C. — Short Par 4, a golf inspired box subscription service that ships hand curated, top quality, branded golf apparel, footwear and accessories directly to golfers, has reached a three-year agreement with Golf Tourism Solutions to be the title sponsor of the Fall Classic, the game’s fastest growing tournament.

As part of the sponsorship, the Myrtle Beach-based event will now be named the Short Par 4 Fall Classic.

The fifth annual event will be played November 11-15 on 16 of Myrtle Beach’s best courses. A 72-hole, two-person team event, the Fall Classic initially planned to cap the field at 360 players but due to demand expanded to 432. Even with the increased field size, the tournament has been sold out for more than a month.

As part of its sponsorship, Short Par 4 will provide Fall Classic players with custom branded apparel, including a Greg Norman pullover.

“Short Par 4, which delivers great quality and value, is an ideal partner for the Fall Classic,” Tournament Director Scott Tomasello said. “The Fall Classic appeals to golfers who enjoy the best the game has to offer and it has been growing in popularity, much like Short Par 4. This is a partnership between a brand and an event that are on the rise, and it will be beneficial to both parties and our golfers.”

Teams will be flighted based on their USGA handicaps and there will be a different format of play each day. The tournament formats will be best ball, Texas scramble, modified alternate shot and a scramble, but the golf course lineup and entry fee of $375 have been the driving forces behind the event’s rapid growth.

The courses hosting the four-round event are the Dye and Fazio courses at Barefoot Resort, Farmstead Golf Links, Glen Dornoch, Heritage Club, Leopard’s Chase, Long Bay, Pawleys Plantation, Pine Lakes, Prestwick Country Club, Rivers Edge, Thistle, TPC Myrtle Beach, Tradition, True Blue and World Tour.

Tournament festivities will begin with a welcome reception at House of Blues on November 11, an event that will feature free hor d’oeuvres and two free drinks for each person. After four rounds of golf, the event will conclude with an awards dinner at the House of Blues that will includes a buffet dinner, two free drinks per person and live entertainment.

For more information, go to MyrtleBeachFallClassic.com.

ABOUT SHORT PAR 4:

Short Par 4 is a personal stylist for the golf inspired life that delivers brand name golf apparel, accessories and gear directly to its member’s doorstep – each for up to 60% off retail prices.

The vision of the company is to provide golf enthusiasts with the highest quality products at member’s only pricing delivered directly to their doorsteps – keeping their style tight and allowing them to spend more time on the course, not in their closet. As the premier styling service for the golf community, Short Par 4 boasts one of the fastest growing memberships of any subscription box on the web.

Every month, Short Par 4 delivers exclusive brand name golf apparel and products that promise to make their member’s look handsome both on and off the course. Whether on a date, on the tee box or at the office, Short Par 4’s Style Caddies have their members covered!

With a membership for all budget sizes, every box includes top rated and premium golf brands like Under Armour, Nike, Puma and Callaway and burgeoning brands like Travis Mathew, Linksoul, Greyson and more. Each delivery is hand curated according to season and the golfer’s unique style profile that they fill out on the website.

Short Par 4 is a dynamic, fast growing, company that will be adding a new level of membership with some of golf’s leading PGA Professionals in the upcoming months. This new box experience will consist of exclusive PGA tour golf apparel, footwear and accessories.

Short Par 4 has been thriving since 2014 and has shipped over 500,000 boxes and counting. The company is located in Sarasota, Florida.

For more information, please visit https://www.shortpar4.com/.

Innisbrook Renovates South Course, Guest Suites Ahead of 50th Anniversary

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Rebirth of a Legend: Innisbrook Transforms Guest Suites & Renovates South Course in Preparation for Golden Celebration

Renowned Golf Resort Continues Series of Improvements in Anticipation of 50th anniversary

TAMPA BAY, FL (August 20, 2018) – When the idea to build Innisbrook, now a Salamander Resort, was conceived, the concept was both exciting and disruptive: a luxurious Florida golf resort with multiple courses and condominium-style accommodations. After it opened in 1970, the Tampa Bay area property quickly vaulted into the echelons of the country’s finest golf resorts, and has remained there ever since thanks to the addition of many more amenities, the staging of a PGA TOUR event for the past 29 years, and an owner dedicated to quality and service. Its popularity has never been greater.

Now, as preparations begin to celebrate its 50th anniversary begin, the resort today announced it will completely remodel the interiors of all of its spacious guest accommodations by the end of 2018. In addition, the resort will complete renovation work on its South Course this fall. These enhancements follow many other improvements made by Innisbrook Owner Sheila Johnson since she purchased the property and Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the company Johnson founded, began managing it.

“Our suites have long been favorites of golfers, families, and conference groups. The transformation of our guest experience will provide fresher, more attractive and consistent accommodations,” says Innisbrook Managing Director Mike Williams. “We are excited to further improve the quality of each and every stay, while the renovation of the South Course’s greens will give golfers another firm and consistent surface on which to play.”

The accommodation remodeling program will upgrade the resort’s executive-, one- and two-bedroom condo-style suites to feature an appealing and modern look. Each unit will be completely refreshed to receive all new furniture, furnishings, flooring, stainless-steel appliances, quartz counters, cabinets, lighting, draperies and other decor.

The celebrated golf resort’s suites are located in low-rise lodge buildings, which were designed to blend into the property’s 900 wooded acres through the use of a “back-to-nature” style of architecture. The buildings feature steeply sloped, Mansard-style rooflines that deliberately sit below the treetops to offer a sense of seclusion for the guest. The remodeling work will begin in September and is expected to conclude before the end of 2018. Amenities and public spaces will not be affected, and therefore guest impact during this timeframe will be minimal.

Innisbrook’s popular South Course, one of four championship layouts at the resort, is nearing the end of a five-month renovation and will re-open this fall. All the greens have been planted with TifEagle Bermuda Grass – the same surface used at the resort’s celebrated Copperhead Course, which hosts the PGA TOUR’s Valspar Championship every March. In addition to the replacement of the greens, the project also includes the expansion of the greens to their original size, and re-sodding and improvement of all bunker edging.

The suite makeovers and South Course restoration are just the latest in a series of improvements Salamander Hotels & Resorts have made at Innisbrook. Other enhancements include:

· Restoration of the famed Copperhead Golf Course

· Renovations to the Island Golf Course

· Expansion of the Osprey Clubhouse

· Addition of the Market Salamander Grille & Bar

· Opening of the Salamander Spa and Fitness Center

· Refurbishing of its 65,000 square feet of Conference Space

· Revamping of the Loch Ness Pool Complex

· Installation of new greens on the North Golf Course

Through September 30, Innisbrook is offering a 25 percent savings and a $50 resort credit with a stay of two nights or more. The package also includes complimentary golf for juniors under 17 with a paying adult, complimentary breakfast for children under 12 with a paying adult, and complimentary shuttle to nearby Honeymoon Island. For additional details, and further terms and conditions, visit www.InnisbrookGolfResort.com.

About Innisbrook, a Salamander Resort

Operated by Salamander Hotels & Resorts and owned by Sheila C. Johnson, Innisbrook is situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and is located just 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport. The resort features 72 holes of championship golf, spacious condo-style guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Institute, 11 tennis courts, the Salamander Spa and state-of-the-art Fitness Center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. Part of the Salamander Golf Collection, Innisbrook hosts the annual Valspar Championship at its famed Copperhead Course. For additional information call 727.942.2000 or visit www.InnisbrookGolfResort.com

About Salamander Hotels & Resorts

Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila Johnson in 2005, the company has a luxury portfolio featuring two distinct collections. The Signature Collection includes the stunning Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-inspired property near Washington, D.C.; The Henderson, a 170-room grand beach resort in Destin, FL; NOPSI New Orleans, a new 217-room luxury historic hotel re-imagined in the city’s Central Business District; and Hotel Bennett, a 179-room luxury hotel in Charleston, SC, opening in 2018. The Golf Collection includes the famed Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, which hosts an annual PGA TOUR on its Copperhead Course; the elegant Reunion Resort in Orlando, which includes Signature Course designs from Nicklaus, Palmer and Watson; and the recently renovated oceanfront Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, FL, home to layouts by Nicklaus and Watson. All Salamander properties are members of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. For additional information, visit www.SalamanderHotels.com or call 540-687-3710.

New Golf Course At St. Andrews, Scotland Continues To Take Shape

New Golf Course At St. Andrews, Scotland Continues To Take Shape

Designer Tom Weiskopf Visits The Feddinch Club

ST. ANDREWS, Fife, Scotland (Aug. 21, 2018) – Embracing the natural balance and flow of the coastal landscape overlooking Scotland’s eastern shore and sculpted by 1973 Open Champion and internationally acclaimed golf course designer Tom Weiskopf, the course at The Feddinch Club is the first to be built in St. Andrews since 2008.

The course has already been routed and following Weiskopf’s recent inspection, various design changes will be made and the first stages of drainage installed.

According to Ewan McKay, Chairman of The Feddinch Club, “Tom has created a genuinely timeless design that will provide a pleasurable and memorable experience for players of all levels of expertise, who may walk, with or without caddies, or use carts, which is exceptional in this area.”

Weiskopf, whose expertise as a golf course designer has resulted in 65 golf courses – seven ranked among the Top 100 in the world – has fully applied his experience, creativity, commitment to detail, and philosophy to this golf course.

“This is not a links golf course, although the site has some characteristics of links golf,” explained Weiskopf. “There are blind and semi-blind shots, and open native grasses in the rough areas. It’s a parkland course with very good variation of elevation and a continual change of direction from hole to hole.”

To enhance enjoyment and reduce the time taken per round, distances between greens and succeeding tees are generally short, the fairways are wide and fast running, and each expansive green will present interesting challenges that will require a fair test of skill.

The Feddinch Club is the only private, member-owned, family-oriented club at St. Andrews with its own course. It lies just outside the town boundary to the south, enjoying an enviable location with views extending over the town of St. Andrews and across the sea to Carnoustie.

At par 72, the course will play to a full length of 7,373 yards from the back tees, 6,600 yards from the middle distance, and 5,484 yards from the forward markers.

Unusual features include a large double green for the 9th and 18th holes immediately in front of the clubhouse and a short 19th hole that allows unsettled competitions to be determined without returning to the first tee, and also decides who is to pay for the first round of beverages!

Complementing the golf course is a comprehensive, professional-quality practice facility that features a 400-yard driving range with a variety of targets and a dedicated short game area with a set of bunkers relevant to the course design. Additionally, an extensive and meticulously prepared practice putting green will reflect authentic on-course conditions.

The facilities are exclusively for the enjoyment of The Feddinch Club members and their guests, who will have the pleasure of many special benefits not available at other private clubs.  There will be three classes of membership.

Club Membership permits unlimited and complimentary play for spouse or partner and immediate offspring under 30 years of age and may be bequeathed, transferred, or sold, subject to Club Rules.

Founder Membership provides the same benefits as Club Membership, but also delivers rewards in the form of annual credits to be spent at the Club.

Corporate Membership allows the appointment of up to 10 nominees, who may be changed at the calendar year’s end, and provides guaranteed accommodations during the week of the Open Championship, as well as the possibility of financial benefits.

The luxurious clubhouse will combine private club and resort elements, resulting in the perfect lifestyle option for those who want to experience and enjoy all that St. Andrews offers, without the responsibilities or expense of maintaining a second residence.

“The Club will be, for all intents and purposes, a ‘home away from home’ for its members, who may call upon the concierge team to organize play on the many famous courses within easy reach, as well as trips to places of interest,” McKay said.

The clubhouse complex will comprise a mixture of 45 luxurious resort-type guest rooms of generous sizes with restaurant, bar, spa and wellness center, meeting rooms, fine dining rooms, and associated golf facilities, plus a gated entrance to maximize privacy and security.

The complex is designed by G1 Architects of Glasgow—the same firm that created the clubhouses at Kingsbarns and Castle Stuart—known for its innovative and intuitive design approach and unique solutions to maximize light and space.

THE SEA PINES RESORT GETAWAY PACKAGE OFFERS BEST VACATION VALUE

THE SEA PINES RESORT GETAWAY PACKAGE OFFERS BEST VACATION VALUE

Hilton Head Island’s top resort offers incentives and amenities for all ages

 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (August 28, 2018) – Looking for value on vacation? Then look to the Getaway Package at The Sea Pines Resort, which offers guests great lodging and activities this fall and winter on Hilton Head Island, named the number 1 island in the U.S. by the readers of Travel + Leisure.

The Getaway Package (available Sept. 8, 2018 through March 1, 2019) includes options from tennis to biking, golf for all ages, dinners and food discounts, as well as a family portrait session on the beach by the certified professionals at Memory Lane Portraits

And there’s more. Exclusively for Getaway Package guests, the Fall and Winter Golf Passport (available starting October 22) includes up to one tee time per day on Atlantic Dunes or Heron Point. The two-player, four-day passport* costs just $349, which provides an exceptional golf value for each round.  Harbour Town Golf Links can be added to the package for an additional $140 per guest per round.

The Getaway Package starts as low as $136 per night for a minimum of four nights in a two-bedroom deluxe villa in the Plantation Club. The Getaway Package is valid for weekly or nightly stays (4-night minimum).

For more information about the Getaway Package, plus all the incentives and amenities included, visit www.seapines.com/vacation-rentals/specials/fall-winter-getaways.aspx or call (866) 561-8802 (promo code GETAWAY).

 

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*The passport is available for play from Oct. 22, 2018 through Feb. 28, 2019. Tee times may be reserved up to one day prior to play and are based on availability. Fall and Winter Golf Passport is exclusive to Getaway Package guests and is valid only during the dates of stay. Offer cannot be combined with any other packages or offers and does not include complimentary afternoon replays. It is good on new reservations only and does not apply to group bookings. Taxes apply.

 

About The Sea Pines Resort

Situated on the southernmost tip of Hilton Head Island, the legendary Lowcountry destination features five miles of unspoiled beaches, 21 clay tennis courts, 14 miles of bike and walking trails, horseback riding, Eco-Adventures, water sports, and the 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve filled with wildflowers, wetlands, and more than 130 species of birds. As the first Eco-planned destination in the U.S., The Sea Pines Resort has become the blueprint for numerous beach developments around the country.  Guests can choose from an array of accommodations, including 300 villas, 100 rental homes, and the luxurious 60-room Inn & Club at Harbour Town, a Forbes Four-Star boutique hotel and Preferred Hotel Group member. The resort’s best-in-class collection of golf courses, amenities, meeting facilities, and accommodations makes Sea Pines one of the most sought-after leisure and group destinations in America.

3,200 Players Set to Compete in PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship

3,200 Players Set to Compete in PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship

Players From 48 States, 26 Countries to Participate in 72-Hole Net, Stroke Play Event

Myrtle Beach, S.C. — The field is set for the PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship and 3,200 players from 48 states and 26 countries have registered to play in the 35th annual event.

The 72-hole, net stroke play tournament will be played August 27-31 on 55 of Myrtle Beach’s best courses. The player count represents a seven percent increase over 2017, providing the event a boost with the beginning of the “Everyman’s Major” just weeks away.

The game’s most inclusive event, the World Am places golfers in tightly bunched flight based on age, gender and handicap. After four rounds, all flight winners and ties advance to the World Championship Playoff on Friday, August 31 at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Course, where a champion will be crowned.

South Carolina is sending a tournament high 317 players, followed by North Carolina (285), Florida (273), Texas (252) and Virginia (201). There will be a 190 international participants, including 46 Canadians and a record 45 Germans.

While the competition is initially what lures players to the bucket list event, it’s only part of what keeps them coming back. At the heart of the World Am’s appeal is the camaraderie among its participants and much of that kinship is fostered at the World’s Largest 19th Hole.

Each night of the event, the 19th Hole overtakes all 120,000-square feet of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, providing participants with free food and drinks, live entertainment, celebrity guest appearances, a golf expo and more.

Players will also receive a gift bag that perennially includes a logo’d hat, shirt, PGA Tour Superstore gift card and an assortment of other goodies.

For more information, visit www.MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com.

Pinehurst Resort to Debut Gil Hanse Reimagination of No. 4 on Sept. 20

 

Pinehurst Resort to Debut Gil Hanse Reimagination of No. 4 on Sept. 20

(PINEHURST, N.C.) – Pinehurst Resort & Country Club will unveil a completely reimagined No. 4 course on Sept. 20, the work of renowned golf course architect Gil Hanse.

Visually stunning from tee to green, exposed sand areas, vast cross bunkers and native wire grass meld with the site’s rolling topography and natural ridge lines to create dramatic vistas and strategic options on every hole. Hanse’s design of No. 4 is a brand new and bold expression of pure, timeless Carolinas Sandhills golf.

“We’ve returned the original landscape to the course, and from there, we then created the features, slopes and green locations,” says Hanse, architect of the 2016 Olympic Course in Rio de Janeiro. “We believe golfers are going to appreciate how No. 4 fits into the Pinehurst lineup and elevates the entire golf experience.”

The par-5 9th hole is a shining example of how No. 4 has been reinvented through Hanse’s vision and touch.  More than 25 pot bunkers are replaced with sprawling, sandy native areas, and a massive crossbunker spans the width of the fairway, connecting with nearby holes and tying together the natural landforms. Green complexes throughout the course have been lowered to fit the landscape, and are complemented by Hanse’s unique bunker designs.

“Among Pinehurst’s nine golf courses, No. 4 has always held a special place in the resort’s history,” says Bob Dedman, Jr., in speaking for the Dedman family, the owners of the resort. “We entrusted Gil and his team to interpret and execute the vision of making No. 4 more natural and authentic to the Sandhills of North Carolina. Gil, Jim and the team have been great to work with and have far exceeded our expectations.”

The USGA has already named No. 4, along with No. 2, as co-hosts for the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship. It marks the third time the prestigious event will be played at Pinehurst and the first since 2008. Stroke play will be contested on both courses with the match play championship held on No. 2. Hanse says this is exactly the type of symbiotic relationship that should exist between the two courses.

“No. 4 is a companion in the landscape, but it is not a tribute to No. 2 in the features,” Hanse says. “The greens are different, the approaches are different and we wanted to take advantage of the landforms, which are much more dramatic than those on No. 2.”

Completion of No. 4 is bittersweet for Hanse, who spent parts of the past two years onsite with partner Jim Wagner and his construction crew, “The Cavemen,” working both on No. 4 and Pinehurst’s short course, The Cradle.  He describes living in the Dornoch Cottage – Donald Ross’s home in Pinehurst – as “one of the most meaningful things that has ever happened to me.”

The reimagination of No. 4 is the latest in a series of bold moves for one of the world’s most iconic golf destinations. The restoration of No. 2, acquisition of No. 9, the opening of The Cradle and an expansion of the 18-hole putting course Thistle Dhu are complete, as are restorative enhancements to Pinehurst No. 3. The Pinehurst Brewing Company will open this fall, located in the village’s historic steam plant.

“There’s never been a more exciting time to visit Pinehurst,” says Tom Pashley, President of Pinehurst Resort. “All of the recent changes and enhancements have resulted in a new energy level and fun factor that’s contagious. I can’t wait for visitors to see the stunning transformation with the new Pinehurst No. 4.”

About Pinehurst Resort & Country Club

Established in 1985 in the Sandhills of North Carolina, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club is a 2,200-acre property featuring nine outstanding golf courses, a 9-hole par-3 course, 16 clay tennis courts, an award-winning spa, other recreation and social activities for families, and elegant accommodations across one hotel, two inns and condos.  Widely known as the Cradle of American Golf, Pinehurst hosted more single golf championships – including the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup and PGA TOUR Championship – than any other site in North America.  In 2024, it will again welcome the U.S. Open. The resort is slightly more than an hour from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, 90 minutes from Charlotte Douglas International Airport and only a half-day drive from many east coast cities.

To book tee times and golf packages: www.pinehurstresort.com, 855.235.8507.

From Donald Ross to America’s Longest Running Mini-Tour Event, Daytona Beach Has A Rich Golf History

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From Donald Ross to America’s Longest Running Mini-Tour Event, Daytona Beach Has A Rich Golf History

Daytona Beach, Fla. — Daytona Beach is a national destination, attracting vacationers from across the country to attend NASCAR races and take a drive on the area’s famed beaches. What people are less familiar with is Daytona Beach’s rich golf history.

Golfers know the area as the home of the LPGA’s headquarters and, of course, LPGA International, a highly acclaimed 36-hole facility, but Daytona Beach has been attracting players for more than 100 years.

Here are three things you likely didn’t know about Daytona Beach’s long-standing ties to the game.

— Donald Ross, who was born in Scotland before later becoming an American citizen, is widely regarded as America’s most important golf course architect. He designed Pinehurst No. 2, Oakland Hills, East Lake Golf Club and Seminole Golf Club, among many other high profile layouts. Ross also left his mark in Volusia County, designing the South Course at Daytona Beach Golf Club and New Smyrna Golf Club. Like many Ross designs, the challenge at the South Course lies in the greens complexes. New Smyrna, which opened in 1953, is the “new” Ross course. Boasting outstanding year-round conditions, it is one of the area’s hidden gems.

— When it comes to competitive golf, Daytona Beach is, understandably, closely associated with the LPGA Tour, but did you know the area is home to golf’s longest running mini-tour event – the Riviera Open? Riviera Country Club has hosted the tournament since 1960 and future PGA Tour champions are among the event’s past champions, including 7-time Tour winner Bert Yancey, Morris Hatalsky, and Billy Hurley III.

— Spruce Creek Country Club isn’t just a quality William Amick designed golf course, it’s the centerpiece of America’s largest fly-in community. That’s right, Spruce Creek is built around what used to be a U.S. Navy landing strip during World War II. Playing the eighth and ninth holes you might have a plane just a couple hundred feet over your head, adding an adrenaline rush to your quest to make birdie.

The Great American Race and the World’s Most Famous Beach are Daytona Beach’s calling cards, but the area has plenty to offer golfers in search of a memorable of trip.

For more information, go to DaytonaBeach.golf.

PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship Nears 3,000 Entrants

 

PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship Nears 3,000 Entrants

Entries Are Up More Than 10 Percent Over 2017 Pace

Myrtle Beach, S.C. — The 35th annual PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship is more than two months from teeing off, and more than 2,850 players from 48 states and 25 countries have already registered for the tournament.

A 72-hole, net stroke play event, the World Am annually attracts 3,000+ players, and it’s tracking more than 10 percent ahead of last year’s pace. The surge has been driven by an increased number of international, female and first-year players.

The cost of entry is $575 and players can register until August 1 at www.MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com.

“The PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Am is golf’s most inclusive event,” said Scott Tomasello, the tournament director. “We are thrilled to see the increase in female and international participants, area’s of great potential growth for the tournament. We are looking forward to celebrating the World Am’s 35th birthday.”

The World Am will be played August 27-31 on more than 60 of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses as players are placed in tightly grouped flights based on age, gender and handicap. After four rounds of play, all flight winners and ties advance to the World Championship Playoff, an 18-shootout that crowns the event’s champion.

Players are flighted into nine divisions – men 49 and under, senior men (50-59), mid-senior men (60-69), super senior men (70-79), seasoned seniors (80+), women, the gross division, senior (50+) gross division. There is also a “Just For Fun” flight, created for players who want to enjoy the World Am experience without the pressure of competition.

While the competition is initially what lures players to this bucket list event, it’s only part of what keeps them coming back. At the heart of the World Am’s appeal is the camaraderie among its participants and much of that kinship is fostered at the World’s Largest 19th Hole.

Each night of the event, the 19th Hole overtakes all 120,000-square feet of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, providing participants with free food and drinks, live entertainment, celebrity guest appearances, a golf expo and more.

Among the big names that have appeared at the 19th Hole in recent years are David Feherty, Brandel Chamblee, Charlie Rymer and John Daly.

Players will also receive a gift bag that perennially includes a logo’d hat, shirt, PGA Tour Superstore gift card and an assortment of other goodies.

For more information, visit www.MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com.