TeeTime Tuesdays from Myrtle Beach on Facebook LIVE

Join the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, Myrtle Beach Oceanfront on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. (EST) for TeeTime Tuesdays on Facebook LIVE (@DoubletreeMYR).  We’ll spend 10-15 minutes showcasing top-rated area courses, chatting about golf trends and covering what’s happening on the Tour.

Here’s a schedule of where we’ll be through May:

  • Tuesday April 10th– Legends Heathland Course
  • Tuesday April 17th– Founders @ Pawleys Plantation
  • Tuesday April 24th– Legends Heritage
  • Tuesday May 1st– Founders @ Myrtlewood
  • Tuesday May 8th– Legends Parkland Course
  • Tuesday May 15th– Founders @ Myrtle Beach National
  • Tuesday May 22nd– Legends Moorland Course
  • Tuesday May 29th– Founders @ TPC Myrtle Beach

Considered by many as the golf capital of the world, Myrtle Beach offers exceptional play at a multitude of championship courses for players of varying skill levels. The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, Myrtle Beach offers overnight hotel guests golf privileges at 27 of the most desirable, difficult and scenic courses in the area.

PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship Now Accepting Entries

PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship Now Accepting Entries
PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship Now Accepting Entries


PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship Now Accepting Entries

35th Annual Tournament Expects to Attract 3,000+ Golfers to Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The 35th annual PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship will begin accepting entries Tuesday, March 13. A 72-hole, net stroke play tournament, the World Am will be played August 27-31 on 64 of Myrtle Beach’s best courses.

Early entry into the event, which includes at least four rounds of golf, nightly admission to the World’s Largest 19th Hole and a gift bag, is $525 through May 17, a $100 savings off the regular cost. The tournament, which flights players based on age, gender and handicap, is open to all golfers 18 years of age or older.

Players that register by April 12 will be eligible to win one of the 50 random drawing prizes collectively valued at $10,000, including ClubGlove travel bags, PeakVision sunglasses, TaylorMade drivers, putters and wedges, and more.

To register, go to www.MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com.

More than 3,000 players from across America and more than 20 countries are again expected to participate in amateur golf’s most inclusive event.

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 49 and under, 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.

After four days of competition, all flight winners and ties advance to the World Championship Playoff, an 18-hole shootout that crowns the event’s winner.

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.

Paige Spiranac Joins PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com Team


Paige Spiranac Joins PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com Team

Ascending Golf Personality Will Chronicle Her Introduction to Myrtle Beach Via Social Media

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – One of golf’s fastest rising personalities will spend 2018 getting to know the game’s most popular destination. Paige Spiranac, a professional golfer and media personality, has joined the PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com team and will spend time in Myrtle Beach, discovering the virtues of the Grand Strand golf experience.

Spiranac, who played collegiately at San Diego State, is new to Myrtle Beach, and she will share her introduction to the area with her 1.3 million followers on Instagram, 176,000+ Twitter followers, and 242,000+ Facebook fans.

Over the course of the year, Spiranac will enjoy the Myrtle Beach that has attracted millions of golfers, playing area courses, sampling an underrated dining scene, and visiting the Grand Strand’s famed beaches. Spiranac will chronicle her time in Myrtle Beach via her social media channels with an emphasis on video that allows fans to experience the area along with her.

“I am incredibly excited to partner with Myrtle Beach to showcase everything the Grand Strand has to offer,” Spiranac said. “No other destination in the country has the combination of amazing golf courses, pristine beaches, great restaurants and incredible entertainment for families and groups of all ages.  We are going to have so much fun showing Myrtle Beach to a new generation with great content, new events and unique experiences.”

“Partnering with Paige is a natural fit for the Myrtle Beach golf community,” said Bill Golden, CEO of Golf Tourism Solutions, the agency responsible for promoting Myrtle Beach as a golf destination. “Her popularity, like the destination’s, occurred organically, and we look forward to reaching golf’s next generation of players through our partnership. While we will produce videos surrounding her time in Myrtle Beach, what we are most excited about is Paige sharing authentic content with her fans.”

Spiranac has golf’s fourth largest social media following and has emerged as a bridge between the game and a generation of millennials it has struggled to reach. With an emphasis on inclusion, Spiranac has become a leader in the golf digital production space, routinely producing videos that draw in excess of 300,000+ views.

She has been featured on the covers of Golf Digest, Pacific San Diego Magazine, and the Colorado Avid Golfer, and her content featuring collaborations with media entities like Topgolf, Barstool Sports, and The Chive have generated millions of views on social media.

Be sure to follow Paige’s time in Myrtle Beach on social media at @MyrtleBeachGolf on Twitter, @MyrtleBeachGolf on Instagram and @golfholiday on Facebook.

For more on the relationship between Spiranac and Golf Tourism Solutions, go to www.PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com.

Srixon/Cleveland Golf Named Family Golf Week Title Sponsor

Srixon/Cleveland Golf Named Family Golf Week Title Sponsor

Leading Ball and Club Brands Will Enhance Father-Son, Parent-Child Team Classics

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Family Golf Week, which includes the 21st annual Father-Son Team Classic, announced that Srixon/Cleveland Golf will be the title sponsor of this year’s event.

Family Golf Week, held annually in Myrtle Beach, S.C., will feature the Father-Son and Parent & Child Team Classics, two distinct events with the same goal – to celebrate the bonds between golf and family. Both tournaments will be played July 18-21.

As part of the sponsorship, players will receive a dozen Srixon golf balls, and Srixon/Cleveland will sponsor the always anticipated Family Golf Week Demo Day on July 18, allowing players to test the company’s newest offerings, and the Skills Challenge on July 19.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Family Golf Week team for this fantastic week of events,” said Mike Powell, President of Sales and Marketing for Srixon/Cleveland. “The decision to support this event was easy as there is a natural fit with family and golf, and the enjoyment to playing in a special place like Myrtle Beach. We at Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO hope to play a small part in the memorable times had between fathers and sons and parent and child teams at this year’s event.”

“We are excited to welcome Srixon/Cleveland to the Family Golf Week team in 2018 and beyond,” said Mike Buccerone, president of East Coast Golf Events. “The partnership between one of the game’s premier ball and club companies and the celebration of the bonds between golf and family is a natural one. Our players will be thrilled to receive a dozen Srixon balls and have the opportunity to experience the latest and greatest equipment from Cleveland.”

The Father-Son Team Classic is the largest tournament of its kind in the world, annually attracting 600+ players from 40 states and three countries to Myrtle Beach.

Early entry fee for both events is $995 per team and includes three rounds of golf, daily lunch, pre- and post-event functions, and a gift bag valued at $600. Included among the gift bag items is a $150 tournament gift card for each player that can be used at host courses for food, merchandise and pre-tournament practice rounds. Players will also receive a logo’d polo shirt, a dozen Srixon golf balls and more.

The 54-hole tournaments will be played on several of Myrtle Beach’s best courses, including TPC Myrtle Beach, Rivers Edge and the Fazio Course at Barefoot Resort, all layouts that have been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. Joining the top 100 layouts as host courses are Crow Creek, which just installed new bentgrass greens, Legends Resort and Wachesaw Plantation East, a four-time host of a LPGA event.

Both events, which require participants to have a USGA approved handicap, will feature a different format of play each day, starting with a two-person captain’s choice followed by better ball and alternate shot.

East Coast Golf Events has partnered with Southern Dunes, the tournament’s long-time proprietor, to run the events. East Coast Golf Events, LLC is a valued National Partner of East Coast Golf Management, one of the region’s most innovative and resourceful companies, maximizing growth for its partner courses.

East Coast is working with the Golf Tourism Solution’s Tournament Division, which manages eight events, including the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, to handle player communications, marketing and operations.

For more information, go to www.FamilyGolfWeek.com or call 1-800-833-8798.

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday Joins the Nextgengolf Team as National Sponsor


Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday Joins the Nextgengolf Team as National Sponsor

Golf’s Most Popular Destination Teams Up With Game’s Leading Millennial Outreach Program

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – As golf continues to look for ways to attract more young players, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday has entered into a sponsorship agreement with Nextgengolf, an organization that targets competitive and recreational millennials to help engage them with the game.

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, the driving force behind the Grand Strand’s emergence as America’s most popular destination, is now a national sponsor for Nextgengolf. As part of the program, Nextgengolf will annually host a minimum of four events, including one national championship, in Myrtle Beach, and the Grand Strand will have a marketing presence at 185 Nextgengolf events across the nation.

“Introducing the game’s next generation of players to the virtues of a Myrtle Beach golf trip is vital to the continuing strength of our market,” said Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s president. “Nextgengolf is the game’s leading grassroots effort to engage millennials with the game, and we are looking forward to a creative partnership that will promote the long-term health of the Myrtle Beach market and the game.”

Myrtle Beach will be the official Spring Break destination for Nextgengolf. The Nextgengolf team will work with the Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday staff on promotion and branding of other opportunities such as Bachelor Party, Buddies Trips and High School Golf Team Training.

Nextgengolf connects with golfers in their 20s and 30s through their two core team-based golf services the National Collegiate Golf Club Association (NCGCA, college students) and the City Tour (young adults).

“We are excited to be partnering with Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday,” said Kris Hart, Nextgengolf, CEO. “Myrtle Beach has the right recipe for success for the go-to golf destination in the US for young adults. We look forward to our partnership and showcasing what Myrtle Beach has to offer to our community.”

The NCGCA targets golfers who aren’t playing on a collegiate team but want to continue to push themselves in a competitive environment. There are 115+ regional NCGCA tournaments throughout the country and unlike varsity collegiate golf, NCCGA club teams are co-ed, student-run and inclusive. Some campuses have hundreds of students in their golf clubs.

The City Tour, which launched in 2014, appeals to recreational and competitive golfers throughout the summer who are between 18 and 39 years old. Starting on June 10th, there will be monthly events in 20 cities in 2017 with more than 15,000 golfers under the age of 40 expected to participate. The City Tour season ends on September 16th and 17th with the City Tour Championship at Myrtle Beach’s own True Blue and Caledonia.

For more information, visit www.MyrtleBeachGolfHoliday.com or NextGenGolf.org.

About Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is a non-profit trade association comprised of 64 championship golf courses and 67 golf package providers in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Founded in 1967, the organization continues to be the driving force behind the growth of the region’s thriving golf market. The originator of the “Stay and Play Package,” Golf Holiday provides non-biased information about accommodations and golf courses to assist golfers in making the most informed decisions when planning for their next vacation.

Golf Holiday also hosts eight events and tournaments annually to help to foster the continued growth of the game. In addition to hosting the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament each spring, Golf Holiday runs the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, the world’s largest single-site amateur golf tournament, the Palmetto High School Golf Championships, the Veterans Golf Classic, Preseason Classic, March Championship, Calabash Cup and the Myrtle Beach Fall Classic.

For more information, go to www.MyrtleBeachGolfHoliday.com.

About Nextgengolf
Between the NCCGA and City Tour, Nextgengolf is the leading entity for golfers in their 20’s and 30’s in the US. At the core, the of is organization runs great golf tournaments and is in golf experience business. Beyond running great events, Nextgengolf works hard to provide meaningful content and information to young adults and the golf industry at large. The organization does not focus on the best golfers, rather it supports “the rest” and cares about the future sustainability of the game.

Jam For Juniors Concert Benefiting First Tee of the Grand Strand


Josh Kelley, Javier Colon, Andrew Copeland and Ken Block of Sister Hazel to Headline Jam For Juniors Concert Benefiting First Tee of the Grand Strand

Tickets for the Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday Sponsored Event On Sale for $35

Myrtle Beach, S.C. — Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday has always made growth of the game a priority, and the organization is doubling down on that commitment with the launch of the first Jam for Juniors concert on July 24 at House of Blues.

The event, which will benefit the First Tee of the Grand Strand, will feature acoustic performances from Javier Colon, Josh Kelley and Ken Block and Drew Copeland from Sister Hazel. The concert will run from 7 – 10 p.m., and tickets are just $35 and can be purchased online or through House of Blues.

The concert will be held in conjunction with the Future Generations Golf Tournament, which will be played earlier in the day at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club.

Josh Kelley, a singer-song writer, most known for his hit songs “Amazing” and “Georgia Clay,” is one the industry’s most talented performers. Kelley, whose brother Charles is a member of the mega-group Lady Antebellum, plays nearly every instrument on his latest album, “New Lane Road.” Kelley, who starred in the Golf Channel Show “Road Trip: Myrtle Beach,” played collegiate golf at Ole Miss.

Block and Copeland are vocalists for alternative rock band Sister Hazel, a group most known for its No. 1 song “All For You.” The band, which continues to tour, has released nine albums, eight of which cracked a top 100 albums list in the United States, and had seven songs that were ranked among the top 50 on the various music charts.

Javier Colon, whose music has been described as acoustic soul, won the first season of NBC’s hit show “The Voice.” Three of Colon’s four album releases ranked among the top 50 on the U.S. R&B charts and his voice prompted Adam Levine, the lead singer for Maroon 5 and a judge on “The Voice” to say, “You are the real deal … you have one of the best voices I’ve ever heard, ever!”

Jam for Juniors is expected to become an annual event with a goal of helping spur interest in the game of golf while teaching kids life lessons and leadership skills along the way.

Golf Digest Ranks Caledonia Golf & Fish Club Among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses

Golf Digest Ranks Caledonia Golf & Fish Club Among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses

Mike Strantz Masterpiece is a Consensus Top 100 Layout and Myrtle Beach’s Most Popular Course

Pawleys Island, S.C. – Golf Digest unveiled its biennial list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses in the June issue of the magazine, and a familiar name retained its place among the nation’s elite layouts. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Myrtle Beach’s most popular course, was 86th on the prestigious list.

The late Mike Strantz’s first solo design, Caledonia has been on seven of the last eight iterations of the Golf Digest list and is a consensus top 100 public layout. The course is No. 29 on Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 You Can Play and Golf Channel travel guru Matt Ginella ranked it No. 14 on his list of the nation’s top 50 public courses.

“Our goal every day is to provide the best experience possible at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club,” said Bob Seganti, director of operations at Caledonia. “With that in mind, it’s extremely rewarding to be ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest. The honor is a testament to dedication of everyone at the course – from the bag drop to the pro shop and our superintendent and his tireless staff.”

Caledonia, which is equal parts art and architecture, plays through a stunning piece of lowcountry land that was once home to a thriving rice plantation. The live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, the marshy waters of the Waccamaw Neck, and Strantz’s architectural brilliance combined to make Caledonia one of America’s premier public golf experiences.

A round at Caledonia concludes at the iconic 18th hole, which requires golfers to carry water on the approach to a green the rests in the shadow of an antebellum clubhouse. A crowd is typically gathered on the clubhouse deck, enjoying the drink of their choice, and providing a gallery at the conclusion of an unforgettable round.

Golf Channel’s travel guru Matt Ginella wrote of the course, “I could never imagine a trip to Myrtle and not heading down to Pawleys Island to play Caledonia Golf & Fish Club.”

In addition to providing a premier golf course, Caledonia continues to deliver tremendous value, particularly when packaged with its sister course, True Blue Golf Club.

The Sizzlin’ Summer Special, which can be booked at exclusive rates through Caledonia Golf Vacations, is a 2-night, 3-round deal that includes golf at both True Blue and Caledonia and it starts at $339. Given that True Blue is No 77 on the Golf Magazine list and Ginella ranks it 41st on his list, the Sizzlin’ Summer deal is as full of quality and value as any summer golf package in America.

For more information, go to www.CaledoniaGolfandFishClub.com.

Mystical Golf Announces Exceptional Late Spring, Summer Stay-and-Play Packages

Mystical Golf Announces Exceptional Late Spring, Summer Stay-and-Play Packages

Highlights Feature Play on Three Acclaimed Courses, Villa Accommodations, Numerous Extras


(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) Mystical Golf – offering “Myrtle Beach’s finest 54 holes of golf” on its celebrated Witch, Man-O-War and Wizard courses – announces stay-and-play packages ideal for exceptional vacations to the “Golf Capital of the U.S.”

Mystical Golf’s trio of courses are consistently recognized by Golf Channel to be among Myrtle Beach’s “five best courses” and “best values.” The Witch and Man-O-War courses are ranked in the “Top 15 Courses in South Carolina” in Golf Channel’s Golf Advisor rater reviews.

 Man-O-War’s 15th hole ranks among GOLF Magazine’s “Five Most Memorable Island Greens” alongside No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass, the “Alcatraz” hole at PGA West’s Stadium Course and Coeur d’Alene Resort’s movable, floating putting surface. The Witch is praised by PGA.com for presenting one of America’s “great ninth holes” and The Wizard has earned 4-1/2 stars from Golf Digest.

 Through Sept. 6, the three-day Gold Package starts as low as $99 (per person, per day, taxes included).  It includes three rounds with cart on each of the much-admired Mystical Golf layouts (plus one complimentary round), three nights’ lodging in well-appointed three-bedroom villa (four beds), free iHOP breakfast daily (available 24 hours per day), and a gratis steak dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse (includes non-alcoholic beverages, taxes).

 Over the same time span, the Silver Package begins at $89 (per person, per day, taxes included) and features all the components of the Gold Package except the complimentary round, daily breakfast and steak dinner. Both stay-and-plays offer one complimentary golfer for booked groups of 20 or more players.

“Simply put, we offer the best stay-and-play packages in the U.S.,” says Claude Pardue, President and CEO. “Our three courses continue to draw nothing but raves from our first-time guests, loyal repeat customers returning year after year and the major golf media.”

Additional package highlights include two free beers and lunch at the course each day, complimentary daily range balls, instant replay round for cart fee only, and $15 gift card toward a golf shirt. Extra night stays are available at a moderate cost per person.

 Mystical Golf’s three layouts are highlighted by wonderfully fun elements including the only back-to-back island greens in the game (Man-O-War), a front nine of dramatic holes weaving through secluded swampland teeming with wildlife (The Witch), and a splendid layoutreminiscent of Scotland and Ireland’s classic courses complete with authentic sod-faced bunkering and castle-style clubhouse (The Wizard).

For Mystical Golf information: www.mysticalgolf.com, 843.282.2977.

About Mystical Golf

 The Witch sits on 500 acres of tranquil cypress groves and wetlands teeming with flora and fauna. Tactical play is rewarded on the par-71, 6,702-yard layout. With 4,000 feet of bridges wending through swamps (front nine) and rolling hills (back nine), golfers may spy cranes, bald eagles, alligators and black bears. 

 Man-O-War is revered for its back-to-back island greens and water features touching every hole.  With a commanding 141 slope rating, the par-72, 6,967-yard layout is offset by straight-forward shots and excellent, bent-grass greens.

 Reminiscent of classic, wind-swept links courses in Scotland and Ireland, The Wizard presents deep bunkers, mound-framed fairways and dramatic elevation changes. Trademark stone bridges and an Old-World, castle-style clubhouse add character to the par-72, 6,721-yard shot-maker’s course.

 The Witch, Man-O-War and The Wizard are in the heart of Myrtle Beach and within 15 minutes of Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), beaches, accommodations, restaurants and other attractions. A short distance from I-95 and other major thoroughfares, Mystical Golf courses are easily accessible.  More than two dozen cities – including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York and Washington – offer direct flights.

Players From 27 States Poised To Play In 3rd Annual Myrtle Beach March Championship

Players From 27 States Poised To Play In 3rd Annual Myrtle Beach March Championship
Six of Myrtle Beach’s Best Courses Will Host 54-Hole Event

Myrtle Beach, S.C. — The third annual March Championship is ready to tee-off with sunny skies in the forecast and some of the best Myrtle Beach golf courses awaiting.

The March Championship will be played March 5-7 at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Course, Founders Club, Glen Dornoch, Sandpiper Bay, Tiger’s Eye and True Blue. Three of the six host courses have been ranked among America’s top 100 public layouts in recent years.

Myrtle Beach March Championship will be played March 5-7Players from 27 states, ranging from California to Maine, will be in Myrtle Beach to participate in the 54-hole, net stroke play tournament that mirrors the World Amateur Handicap Championship from a competitive standpoint.

Participants will be placed into six flights based on age, gender and verified USGA Handicap index and play a different course each day.

Tournament festivities begin with a Saturday night welcome party and conclude with an awards dinner on Tuesday evening.
While the tournament gift bag and pre and post-event parties add to the experience, the golf courses and competition are what attracted 185 players to the event.

Opening round play will be at the Dye Course and Founders Club. The long-time host of the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, the Dye Course has been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public courses and will provide a memorable round.

Founders Club, which uses waste bunkers and elevated fairways to create visual contrast, is almost devoid of cart paths and quickly emerged as a South Strand favorite after its opening in 2008.

On Monday, play will move to Glen Dornoch and Sandpiper Bay. With five holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway, Glen Dornoch has long been one of the most popular Myrtle Beach golf courses. The 17th, a par 3 flanked by the marshy waters of the intracoastal, is one of the area’s most photographed holes.

Sandpiper Bay, a 27-hole beauty, is a former Myrtle Beach golf course of the year honoree renowned for the quality of its conditions. Sandpiper is also one of the Grand Strand’s most player-friendly layouts.

The final round of the March Championship will be played at a pair of top 100 courses – True Blue Golf Club and Tiger’s Eye Golf Links.

Everything at True Blue is big – the fairways, greens and, most of all, the fun. The Mike Strantz design, with its yawning waste bunkers and varied challenges, is ranked among America’s top 100 public courses by Golf Magazine, Golfweek and Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella.

Tiger’s Eye was the layout that brought national acclaim to Ocean Ridge Plantation. Tim Cate, using a combination of sand, water and locally harvested coquina boulders, crafted a course that is among the area’s most memorable, highlighted by an outstanding collection of par 3s.

For more information or to follow the action, go to MarchChampionship.com.

Myrtle Beach Golf Courses Reopen in Aftermath of Storm

Myrtle Beach Golf Courses Reopen in Aftermath of Storm

Grand Strand Avoids Worst of Storm’s Damage, Welcomes Golfers Back to the Area

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Emerging from the aftermath of a storm that brought record rainfall to South Carolina last weekend, Myrtle Beach area golf courses have reopened all along the Grand Strand.

A 60-mile stretch of Carolinas coastline, the Grand Strand absorbed more than 20 inches of rain in some locales, but the area avoided the worst of the storm’s damage.

Thirty-two courses reopened Tuesday and that number will have nearly tripled by Thursday morning, when nearly every layout will be open in anticipation of a busy fall weekend.

[Full List of Myrtle Beach Area Golf Courses That Have Reopened]

“We are happy to be able to welcome golfers to Myrtle Beach this weekend and throughout the fall,” said Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday president. “We were extremely fortunate to have avoided the extensive damage other parts of the state endured. Even as we get back to the work of helping people enjoy a golf vacation, our thoughts will never be far from our friends throughout the state who are dealing with situations that are much more severe.”

Myrtle Beach golf courses didn’t escape unscathed. Every layout in the area had to deal with standing water and bunker erosion, but when the water receded, most course operators were relieved to find structural damage was minimal.

“We had a lot of water, but we didn’t experience any significant damage,” said Steve Mays, director of sales and marketing for Founders Group International, which operates 22 area courses. “Once the water receded, we were ready to go. Golfers shouldn’t see any adverse effects this weekend and certainly beyond.”

For most of the next week, the Myrtle Beach area is expected to have near perfect weather. High temperatures are forecast to be in upper 70s and low 80s and will be accompanied by a slight breeze, which will help further aide courses in drying out.

“I think players will be pleasantly surprised at the conditions, given what everyone at the beach has gone through,” said Dave Genevro, general manager at Barefoot Resort, home of the four of the area’s premier courses. “I’ve been here 15 years and I saw water in places I’ve never seen it before, but conditions are going to be better than people expect, based on what they saw on TV.”

For the latest Myrtle Beach golf news, go to www.MyrtleBeachGolfHoliday.com.

About Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is a non-profit trade association comprised of 79 championship golf courses and 99 golf package providers in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Founded in 1967, the organization continues to be the driving force behind the growth of the region’s thriving golf market. The originator of the “Stay and Play Package,” Golf Holiday provides non-biased information about accommodations and golf courses to assist golfers in making the most informed decisions when planning for their next vacation.

Golf Holiday also hosts seven events and tournaments annually to help to foster continued growth of the game. In addition to hosting the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament each spring, Golf Holiday also runs the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship – the world’s largest single-site amateur golf tournament, the Summer Family Golf Tournaments, the Palmetto High School Golf Championships, the Veterans Golf Classic, the Preseason Classic, the March Championship and the Myrtle Beach Fall Classic.