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Golf Course Renovations A renovation or a makeover can make a huge difference in the golf course business. Over time a golf course can become tired and require dealing with issues of trap erosion, green deterioration, and fairway drainage. Other times the owners may choose to do a total renovation. That requires hiring an architect and bringing in a crew to dismantle the entire course and only stay true to the routing. You saw it in the US Open courses like what Crenshaw did at Pinehurst #2 or what Reese Jones did for the PGA this year at Baltusrol. A couple of the Myrtle Beach area’s fine courses did the same thing; Bald Head Island and Shaftesbury Green. Bald Head was a total makeover as explained below by Win Stevens, a Bald Head member and former executive of Golf Digest. The makeover of Shaftesbury Glen was done mainly to solve drainage problems highlighted by the South Carolina floods of 2015. This makeover resulted in major changes to the fairways and traps thus creating a whole new look for the course.

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Bald Head Island Hole 16 after the renovation

Hole 16 before the renovation

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Bald Head Island is a barrier island located about three miles offshore from the small town of Southport, NC. As the crow flies it is about equidistant between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, S.C. Access is primarily by passenger ferry and all construction materials must come

over on a barge: every nail, piece of lumber, light bulb, etc. all the way up to heavy steel beams and construction equipment. The course architect, George Cobb, is perhaps most famous for designing the famous par three course at Augusta National.

Bald Head Island Hole 8 after the renovation The course was built on a shoestring from 1972-74. Mike Hux, who owns a landscaping business on Bald Head, was on the original clearing and construction crew and said “some weeks we had a crew of twenty, some weeks only two as the owners struggled to meet payroll.” As a result, the course was very basic in terms of rounded pushup greens and ground level tees and a few municipal-like sand greenside bunkers. It was built on a coastal barrier island which supplied the natural beauty of specimen live oaks, draped in Spanish moss, with a backdrop of wildlife including deer, fox, raccoons, osprey, bald eagles, red tail hawks, ibis, white and Great Blue Heron and many alligators. When excavating the first hole Cobb hit water very easily and said “let’s keep building lagoons” despite no lagoons sketched in his original plans. Now there is water in play on fourteen holes that, combined with the customary off- and on-shore winds of a barrier island, make for a very challenging course. The Developer operated the club for fifteen years until January 1, 2003. As a result of fifteen years of severe underspend, each hole was surrounded by dense vegetative growth and the lagoons fared no better. There was a wall of bamboo- like phragmites growing eight to ten feet high creating an impenetrable wall so first time players were unaware there were lagoons on many holes. The greens and tees over time had become much smaller and rounded and the sand bunkers were “muni-like.” The greens turf was the original Tifdwarf Bermuda grass nearing twice its estimated life expectancy. The antiquated hydraulic irrigation system, thought to be the last in the state of NC, was constantly breaking down and leaking extensively. A group of members headed by Win Stevens, who had recently

Hole 8 before the renovation moved to Bald Head, stated “this course holds great promise, in good measure because of its location, and needs to be cleaned up restored and modernized as little has been done other than ‘let it go to seed’ since 1974.” Win was a thirty-plus year member at Winged Foot Golf Club and a Golf Digest senior executive. After persistent lobbying and persuasion beginning in 2001 the renovation process was begun. Like many old courses that suffered from neglect, the original Cobb plans were lost until discovered in his attic by the first BHI Club Head Professional, Tom Plankers. The comparison of what was drawn by Cobb and what was actually built was saddening with many elements omitted due to the limited initial budget. Stevens, now Chairman of the Greens Committee, and club board member shared the original Cobb plans with some on the board until consensus was reached to bring in an architect and construction company to determine what it would take to rebuild Cobb’s original dream to modern day standards.

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Bald Head Island Hole 13 after the renovation Stevens took the relatively new Club GM, Robert Norton, (very knowledgeable TPC alumni who built several courses and oversaw over a dozen of TPC’s best) to visit several of highly regarded local architect Tim Cate’s nearby courses. Norton was impressed and we recommended, and the board agreed, to start “next steps” with the architect and unofficial construction partner of Cate’s, Shapemaster, Jeffrey Stein. The renovation was a difficult sell to the board of governors who appropriately stipulated approval was subject to member buy-in. So, we had Cate sketch his vision of two holes, which were given to a local artist who painted both holes. The paintings were framed and put on easels in the clubhouse entrance for member viewing who said “let’s get going.” Still the board was cautious given it was 2007, the middle of the recession, when most clubs were cutting back. Significantly most companies in the golf business were looking for work and several million dollars could be saved by executing the project soon. The board finally gave approval and allocated funds to build the first hole to Cate’s vision. After playing the newly renovated hole the members gave unanimous approval and the board approved the project.

Hole 13 before the renovation During the fall of 2009 Shapemaster, under Tim’s watchful daily oversight, began shaping each hole and in the spring of 2010 the trucks started rolling from S. Carolina to the barge landing at Deep Point Marina in Southport laden with huge rolls of greens, tee and fairway sod for delivery to Bald Head. Below are highlights of Tim’s modification to the course.

While the above was going on we were quietly testing three types of greens turf for over two years on our sub-soil utilizing our higher salinity water. The test was successful and we ultimately chose Mini-Verde. Mini-Verde was the recently installed ultra-dwarf at the Tournament Players Club after the TPC first tested it in New Orleans.

• Cobb’s hole routing was unchanged

Given we could not shut down the course in the middle of “the summer season” - also the grass growing season - we grew the mini-Verde, utilizing Bald Head Island subsoil, Celebration tee grass and 419 Bermuda fairway grass during the late summer to early spring 2009-10 in Camden, S. Carolina on a turf farm.

• Ten fairway landing areas were widened to make water hazards more visible to eliminate “blind” tee shots toward water

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• Thirty-five acres of natural or native sand area replaced 1/3 of the previous acreage formerly mowed • 54 acres of green surround and fairway sod were laid, 144,000 S.F. of green sod and 184,000 S.F. of tee sod

• Eight holes were altered to make them more playable or strategic

Bald Head Island Hole 14 after the renovation • Two double-tier greens were built as shown on the original Cobb plans but not built • Several Cobb greens with insufficient depth or too much slope were modified • Collection areas adjacent to greens were built and mowed tight eliminating Bermuda rough • Faster green speeds demanded by modern players were achieved due to new turf grass (Mini Verde) • A state of the art irrigation system was installed • 12 lagoons were enlarged and reshaped bringing them closer to greens, three had bulkheads added • Several new bridges and laser leveled new tees 10 to 12 ft. high were built

Hole 14 before the renovation

• Elevation changes: 35 feet • Many sand greenside bunkers were doubled in size and many “We really brought the course’s beauty in balance with the isgreens were elevated land. When they work together, as far as beauty, I don’t know how • Cart paths with concrete pavers were rebuilt lined with low ce- you would surpass that.” dar fencing

Links Magazine in 2012 rated the course as the second best reno• 10 acre practice area built with target greens to replicate vation job in the country behind the venerable Pinehurst No. Two Course, site of several U.S. Opens. course, chipping green with sand bunker added Jack Purcell, Publisher, Links Magazine summed it up: • New 6000 S.F. putting green built next to the pro shop WHAT WAS THE REACTION TO THE RENOVATION? The members unanimously endorsed it. The extensively renovated course was reopened in 2010.

“I think they, Tim Cate and the club, did a phenomenal job on the re-do.

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Shaftesbury Glen A Problem Becomes An Opportunity!

By Amanda Himmelsbach

Left to right, holes 13, 12, and 2 after the renovation Inspired by world-famous courses like Winged Foot and Augusta National, architect Clyde Johnston designed a traditional British Isles course at Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club, located on the banks of South Carolina’s beautiful Waccamaw River. Shaftesbury Glen was named 2009 Golf Course of the Year by Myrtle Beach area golf course owners. Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club, located west of Myrtle Beach, S.C., reopened on March 12, 2016 after being closed for two months for extensive renovations to the 18-hole golf course due to historic flooding that occurred throughout South Carolina in the fall of 2015. The restored course now has a new look, which is greatly enhanced by new waste areas and redesigned bunkers, in addition to new senior tees, mounding to enhance the visual appeal on five holes, and opened-up approaches to the greens on eight holes for easier playability.

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Holes 13, 12, and 2 before the renovation

Holes 12 and 13 after the renovation

In October 2015, the entire state of S.C. experienced what is now known as the, “one-thousand year flood.” President Obama named Horry County, where Shaftesbury Glen is located, and other counties in S.C. disaster areas as more than 24-inches of rain fell in many parts of the state. “The result of the two month renovation is nothing short of a miracle,” said Paul Himmelsbach, one of the owners of Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club. “We not only repaired the damage but also managed to enhance the look and dimension of the course by placing waste areas, used for drainage, in visually impactful areas. In doing so, we now have a course that, even with extremely wet conditions, will allow golf carts to access both sides of the fairways, providing golfers with just short walks to their balls. More importantly, especially for senior players, they will be back on the cart paths only a day or two after a heavy rain.” As the silver lining in this saga, the new renovations at Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club have ensured that Shaftesbury will remain one of the top courses in the entire Myrtle Beach area.

Holes 12 and 13 before the renovation

“The enhancements we made are reminiscent of those that Ben Crenshaw and his team made to Pinehurst #2 before the 2014 US Open,” said Himmelsbach. “We’re looking forward to hearing the reactions of golfers who’ve enjoyed the course in the past when they return to play it again. We’ve been able to reintroduce the course with new features that make it a better test of golf and a more enjoyable layout.”

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The Surf Golf and Beach Club

By Tom Prough

The Surf Golf and Beach Club is the third oldest course on the Grand Strand, having been opened for play in 1960. The Parkland Style course was designed by noted architect, George Cobb with a redesign done in 1996 by John Lafoy. The 18 hole golf course is lined with massive live oak trees and water will come into play on eleven holes, ending with the spectacular Par 3 eighteenth hole. The greens were replaced in August and September of 2016 with Champion Bermuda Grass with moderate to severe sloping coming into play on every green.

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The clubhouse underwent a significant renovation in the winter and spring of 2016 with beautifully designed Golfer’s Grill, Men and Ladies Locker Rooms and sitting areas and a beautiful 2500 square foot golf shop. Lunch and dinner on the patio overlooking the fabled 18th green is reason enough to become a member of the strand’s most prestigious country club.

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Established in the fall of 2012, The Best of Myrtle Beach Golf Group consists of 15 award-winning golf courses along the Grand Strand from Shallotte, North Carolina to Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. This remarkable group of courses includes five “Golf Digest Top 100 Public Courses in America.” With an abundance of marsh front and Intracoastal Waterway holes, you will experience the unique coastal vistas and charm that the region is renowned for. For dramatic beauty and world class playability, there is no finer selection of golf courses than those listed below. The Thistle


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THE THISTLE The Thistle Golf Club is a 27-hole Tim Cate design. The course and clubhouse were inspired by an ancient Scottish golf society called Thistle Golf Club. Documents and artifacts from the old club are on display in the clubhouse. The course features three nines that present expansive vistas with wide fairways and generous green complexes. The openness provides ample room off the tee and invites the prevailing ocean breeze. Stacked sod bunkers and the surrounding vegetation create strong resemblances to the great links courses of Scotland. ARROWHEAD GOLF COURSE South Carolina’s “1998 Golf Course of the Year.” Designers Ray Floyd and Tom Jackson have sculpted Arrowhead’s 27-hole complex into three aesthetic masterpieces. The Lakes, features dramatically sloping fairways and strategically placed water hazards; The Cypress, gently traces the outskirts of a pristine Carolina hardwood wetland; and The Waterway wide fairways with dramatic holes along the high bluffs of the Intracoastal Waterway. Arrowhead is located in Myrtle Beach just five minutes from the Myrtle Beach International Airport. BAREFOOT RESORT In the fall of 2014 the Golf Channel deemed the Barefoot Resort & Golf location as the “perfect fit” for their hit reality TV show “Big Break” because of their central location, infrastructure, quality of product and history. With the Dye Course, Pete Dye set out to create something that would linger in the golfer’s mind forever. Bordering the natural white sands of the Carolina Bays, this visually stunning design is filled with the infamous pitfalls for wayward shots that have become synonymous with the Dye name.

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The Fazio Course at Barefoot Resort is routed through a spectacular piece of property in the heart of Barefoot Resort. Like many European courses, the course does not return to the clubhouse after nine holes. It is not a British links course, but rather a classic Lowcountry course, filled with live oaks, pines, sand, natural areas and native grasses. A Carolina native, Davis Love III embraces a tradition of Lowcountry character in his latest design. The Love Course incorporates the recreated ruins of an old plantation home along holes 3-7. Wide open fairways and generous landing areas set the stage for an unforgettable round of golf.

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The Norman Course, Greg Norman’s newest design at Barefoot Resort is unique in many ways. With only 60 acres of mowable grass existing on all 18 holes, Greg uses stunning waste areas and the site’s natural vegetation to frame each hole. The course resembles one found in the deserts of the southwest, without the desert.

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GLENS GROUP Myrtle Beach’s most talked about course, Glen Dornoch is a masterful tribute to the legendary Donald Ross, in a spectacular setting of centuries old live oaks, marsh and Intracoastal Waterway views. Here each hole seems to have been crafted by nature rather than by man. And the three finishing holes are among the world’s best. Discover for yourself why Golf Digest chose Heather Glen as 1987’s #1 new public course, and names it again and again as among the country’s best. The course’s 27 holes are even lovelier in maturity, its setting is truly spectacular, and the 19th Century clubhouse echoes its Scottish tradition. Architect Clyde Johnston brings back the traditional look at Shaftsbury Glen. You will think of Winged Foot as you play the newest of Myrtle Beach’s championship courses. This beautiful, recently renovated course should be on your must-play list. It’s just 10 minutes from Restaurant Row via Highway 22. Possum Trot is a long respected venue rated “Friendliest course on the strand” where the guest is #1. Spacious fairways and awesome Par 5’s make for a golfing experience as good as it gets. Warm up on the area’s most complete golf training center. CALEDONIA Built upon the former site of a working southern rice plantation, Caledonia has been recognized for its design and incredible beauty. Caledonia was recently ranked #27 in GOLF Magazine’s 2014 “Top 100 You Can Play” and is annually ranked on “America’s 100 Greatest Public courses” list by Golf Digest. The 6,526-yard, par-70 course has been described as having “18 signature holes” with holes routed around majestic oaks and meandering streams.

TRUE BLUE PLANTATION Ranked in Golf Magazine’s “2014 Top 100 Courses You Can Play” list, True Blue Golf Club represents the class of the expansive golf offerings in and around Myrtle Beach. The dramatic, fun layout is known for its vast fairways, undulating greens and impressive elevation changes. The rolling terrain and native vegetation of this once thriving indigo and rice plantation makes for one of the most spectacular settings in golf. PRESTWICK COUNTRY CLUB Dense forests of pine are paired with sandy waste areas for a contrast of perfection at Prestwick Country Club. Creating elevations with dune-like berms, stairway bunkers and deep bulkhead protected greens meant moving over 1.3 million cubic yards of earth, but the end product was well-worth it in the end. Streams wander between the holes surrounded by framing lakes and generous landing areas in this Dye masterpiece. BLACKMOOR This spectacular undulating design takes advantage of the natural terrain and beautiful vistas making it a most enjoyable place to play. The design is one that stretches the imagination – almost begging for the untraditional at times. Designer Gary Player was able to use his wisdom and talent to provide a challenging course for the most capable golfer as well as high-handicappers. TIDEWATER GOLF CLUB Nestled like a sleeping giant between the Intracoastal Waterway and Cherry Grove, the legendary Tidewater Golf Club offers the perfect combination of natural beauty and challenging play. Seamlessly marrying the game to its surroundings, architect Ken Tomlinson evokes the style and majesty of some of the game’s greatest venues and delivers an experience that puts this course on the must-play list of many Grand Strand golfers.

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Founders Group International Your Ambassador to the Grand Strand Golf Experience

It’s a contemporary approach in the Myrtle Beach golf scene – but one that blends its top courses with a consumer appeal that has been decades in the making. It embodies what you’ve come to like most about golfing the Grand Strand over the years, and takes it to a whole new level. And it’s offered by Founders Group International - the proud owner and operator of 22 of Myrtle Beach’s most requested designs. FGI made its initial splash in 2014 with its acquisition of eight renowned courses – including TPC Myrtle Beach, host of the 2000 Senior Tour Championship, and the Grand Strand’s only design rated 5 stars in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play”; and World Tour Golf Links, 2004 recipient of “Course of the Year” honors by the National Golf Course Owners Association, and a visiting golfer’s paradise that pays homage to many of the world’s most renowned golf holes and venues. TPC Myrtle Beach and World Tour were joined by Aberdeen Country Club, Burning Ridge Golf Club, Colonial Charters Golf Club, Founders Club at Pawleys Island, Indian Wells Golf Club and River Hills Golf & Country Club.

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But as quickly as FGI emerged with these eight designs, its “gamechanging” moment came in 2015 when it reached agreement with National Golf Management to acquire the Myrtle Beach golf industry’s most established group of courses, loyalty programs and reservation services. They operated for years under the popular “Prime Times Signature Courses” brand, and are now rolled in FGI’s emerging Founders Collection portfolio that includes: • King’s North – the most renowned of three Arnold Palmer designs at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club that also includes West Course and SouthCreek, and all of which have been a staple of the Grand Strand golf scene for more than four decades • Pine Lakes Country Club – “The Granddaddy,” Myrtle Beach’s firstever golf club founded in 1927 by the legendary Robert White, the first president of the PGA of America • Grande Dunes Resort Club – Honored in 2001 as “Course of the Year” by the National Golf Course Owners Association, and most recently a co-host of the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship. These five stalwarts came with nine additional designs formerly owned or operated by National Golf Management, including Litchfield Country Club, Long Bay Club, Myrtlewood Golf Club’s Palmetto and PineHills courses, Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, River Club, Tradition Club, Wild Wing Plantation and Willbrook Plantation.

Altogether, the Founders Collection spotlights signature designs from the likes of industry legends Jack Nicklaus (Long Bay, Pawleys Plantation), Arnold Palmer (Myrtle Beach National) and Tom Fazio (TPC Myrtle Beach) … 14 recipients of four or more stars in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” … and local, statewide and national “Golf Course of the Year” accolades among many of its courses. The Founders Collection courses are now the featured courses of the Prime Times Signature Card, a loyalty program that for years has rewarded regular players of its courses with the Grand Strand’s lowest available rates – in addition to complimentary rounds earned with frequent play. They’re also part of a premium loyalty program (the Prime Times Honors Club) that takes this premise even higher by adding an array of country club-level benefits. And the Founders Collection is just the starting point in FGI’s ability to offer the visiting golfer easy, unparalleled access to the best rates for more than 70 golf courses throughout the Grand Strand. Whether you’re seeking a last-minute tee time or planning a multiround golf getaway for your group, FGI’s resources include a phone reservation center, Tee Time Central, that’s open 7 days a week – along with popular Web sites at and that give you easy, 24/7 access online. To learn more about the courses and resources offered by Founders Group International, visit their Web site at or call them toll-free at 800.882.1021

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FAMILY GOLF WEEK The summer of 2017 will mark a milestone for the Myrtle Beach golf community, with more than 10,000 past participants in the National Father & Son Team Classic. When each of the two-person teams consisting of fathers and sons, or similar non-biological relationships, tee off in July during the annual Father & Son Team Classic, they will be stamping their place in history with the 20th anniversary celebration.

In addition, the Father & Son has numerous achievements, which have also proven to be exceptionally beneficial for the Myrtle Beach community and various charitable organizations. For instance, sixteen deserving gentleman have received the prestigious honor of “Father of the Year” and more than $100,000 has been donated to charities such as the Folds of Honor Foundation, The First Tee, Sun News Educational Foundation, Big Brother & Big Sisters, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Veterans Golf Association. Over $52,000 has been donated in the past five years alone.

What began in 1997, as a small event with just 100 teams and three golf courses (Wild Wing, Belle Terre and Myrtlewood), has risen to stand tall amongst any other national golf tournament. The 54-hole competition now Bryan & Bryce Kendrick, Three Time National Champions What to expect for the 20th hosts more than 650 players from 46 states and seven anniversary celebration and rooms for a total of 8,688 room nights. foreign countries to encomthe years to follow? 2017 With multiplier effects, the total effect pass16 competitive flights in all. To acwill mark the third year of expanding on the region is $4,488,272 and 160.9 commodate the growth in players, the the tournament into Family Golf Week, jobs. That’s just one year…happy 20th golf course locations have expanded which includes the Father & Daughter anniversary!!! to include a total of nine golf courses Team Classic and the Mother & Daughhave expanded yearly to include such ter Team Classic. We look forward to a For the participants, do they really great layouts as Kings North at Myrtle growing list of sponsors that identify enjoy the Father & Son Team Classic Beach National, The Thistle, Rivers with the values of family golf and the Edge, Grande Dunes, the Love course at enough to play every year? Well, just continued support for our veterans. ask the Martin, Slaybaugh and JohnBarefoot Resort, the Heathland course They, too, are celebrating Don’t miss out on the opportunity to at The Legends, Panthers Run and Prest- ston families. th the 20 anniversary of playing in the make lifelong memories. The 20th Anwick, a total of nine golf courses. tournament. Beyond that, the Father & niversary of the National Father & Son Son boasts that 20 teams have played Additionally, the National Father & Son Team Classic will take place July 19 – 22, more than fifteen years and 50 teams Team Classic makes a tremendous eco2017. For more details visit FatherSonhave played more than 10 years. So, nomic impact to the Grand Strand. The event attracts at least 1,468 visitors and yes, it is safe to say that this golf event has proven itself to be of high quality 30 local participants and their families. and exception fun as well as building These participants and guests occucherished lifetime memories. pied a conservative estimate of 1,468 Download our mobile “app” on page 22

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Golf Media Pioneer Kelly Tilghman, Developer Edward Burroughs Enshrined into Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame Developer Edward Burroughs and Kelly Tilghman, a trailblazer for women in golf media, were inducted into the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame at a ceremony at Pine Lakes Country Club in September of 2016. Established to pay tribute to the men and women who have played significant roles in the development of the Myrtle Beach area golf industry, the Hall of Fame was founded in 2009. “Edward Burroughs and Kelly Tilghman are two of the most prominent personalities in Myrtle Beach golf history,” said Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s president. “While both have contributed to the area in different ways, they were and are among the titans in their chosen fields.”

Edward Burroughs and Buck Waters, both grandsons of Edward Burroughs, accept the award for the inductee.

Kathryn Tilghman accepts the award for her daughter Kelly Tilghman.

Edward Burroughs

Kelly Tilghman

Burroughs hails from one of the most significant families in Myrtle Beach’s history, and his unerring vision and leadership were instrumental to the area’s growth throughout the 20th century. Burroughs was the guiding force behind decisions that led to the donation of land that is now Myrtle Beach State Park, helped found Coastal Carolina University, and was vital to the development of Highway 17 Bypass.

One of the most decorated junior golfers in Grand Strand history, the game has been a vital part of Tilghman’s life. She lived on the third hole at the Surf Club, one of the area’s most venerable layouts, and her family owned Gator Hole Golf Club, where Tilghman worked every job imaginable and honed a game that earned her a scholarship to Duke University.

This Grand Strand giant was also essential to Myrtle Beach’s emergence as an international golf destination. He sold land to the Dunes Club, allowing for the construction of Myrtle Beach’s most iconic layout, but he is most renowned for his development of Myrtlewood Golf Club.

Upon graduation from Duke, she played professionally across the globe for four years before retiring to take a position with the then upstart Golf Channel. Tilghman’s stature grew along with the network’s, and she went on to become the first full-time female play-by-play broadcaster in American sports history when she led PGA Tour coverage on Golf Channel.

The area’s first 36-hole facility, Myrtlewood was located in the middle of town and helped jump start Myrtle Beach’s transformation from sleepy beach community to acclaimed golf destination.

Her play-by-play work eventually extended to NBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympics, but Tilghman has carved out a hall of fame career - in Myrtle Beach and beyond - as a result of her work in golf. While her star rose nationally, Tilghman continued to maintain ties to the Grand Strand. Over the years, she has returned to the area on numerous occasions, along with Golf Channel’s cameras, to highlight the work of the Myrtle Beach Chapter of the First Tee. For more information about Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame, visit

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Myrtle Beach is known as the Golf Capital of the World. Part of the reason for that is the fact that there are over a hundred golf courses located in a 60-mile stretch of coastline known as the Grand Strand. You can play a different course every day for three months and still have new courses to look forward to. Another reason for that label is that here you can find some of the highest quality golf courses in the

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country. Golf Digest recently named several of the beach’s courses to the “Top 100 Public Courses in America” list for the 2016 season. Thirty-six of the area’s courses hold a rank of four and a half stars or higher. Throw in nationally-known golf schools, top-quality practice facilities, restaurants and nightlife and it’s obvious why we’re the Golf Capital of the World!

North Strand Cape Fear National is a premium daily fee golf course designed by Tim Cate. Located in the Brunswick Forest community just 5.7 miles south of downtown Wilmington, the course opened to rave reviews in April, 2010. The course layout is visually stunning and intertwined with preserved wetlands and scenic lakes. Over 1.5 million cubic yards of earth was moved to create the dramatic berms, elevated tees, meandering fairways, and sculpted features throughout the course. The landscape includes 1,500 feet of bridges, three waterfalls, beach bunkers that run into ponds, and retaining walls made from huge boulders. Cape Fear National is the northernmost course on the Grand Strand and is well worth the trip. Carolina National Golf Club is a 27-hole Fred Couples signature golf facility set along the Lockwood Folly River. Winding through rich low country terrain, the course offers an endless variety of playing experiences. It has been awarded HHHH 1/2 stars by Golf Digest, which calls it one of the finest courses on the eastern seaboard. The course was designed to accommodate all skill levels through its innovative design and multiple tee placements. Just over 7,000 yards from the tips, the course will challenge the accomplished golfer, yet five sets of strategically placed tees offer an equally challenging test to golfers of all abilities. Rivers Edge Golf Club & Plantation in Shallotte is home to an extraordinary Arnold Palmer Signature Course. In 2007 Golf Digest

ranked this course 62nd among “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” and GolfWeek counts it among its “Top 10 in North Carolina.” The spectacular layout features excellent Bentgrass greens, dramatic waterfront vistas and seven holes on high bluffs overlooking the pristine Shallotte River. Rivers Edge was recently renovated and now features Sunday UltraDwarf Bermuda greens.

legendary architect Willard Byrd, is a links setting where big hardwoods frame generous, rolling fairways. The Grand Strand favorite was outfitted with MiniVerde™ ultra-dwarf greens in 2010, providing a premium putting surface for years to come. Lion’s Paw has been awarded four stars by Golf Digest. Winding its way through a pristine nature preserve, Panther’s Run Golf Links is a wild and scenic ride from start to finish. Ocean Ridge Plantation is home Rolling fairways and deep sand to the award-winning Big Cats bunkers lurk throughout this gorCourses of Grand Strand golf. Li- geous championship layout and on’s Paw Golf Links, designed by Download our mobile “app” on page 22

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Bald Head Island, the southernmost of North Carolina’s cape islands is a destination accessible only by passenger ferry, where gators and egrets roam free, and where golfers get so much more than the holes they play. Come for a day or extend your stay - contact your package play provider for details on tee times and island rentals!

The BALD HEAD ISLAND CLUB the newly installed MiniVerde greens putt fast and true. Business NC Magazine ranked Panther’s Run Golf Links 4th among all coastal region courses in their “Best Bang for the Buck” category. Tiger’s Eye Golf Links is one of Tim Cate’s greatest creations and is a regular on Golf Digest’s list of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses”. The G2 bentgrass greens, native grasses and wildflowers along with unique elevation changes and coquina boulder bulkheads make Tiger’s Eye a very special golf experience. Tiger’s Eye was once again ranked among GOLF Magazine’s Top Public courses State by State for 2016 and the par 3 11th hole at Tiger’s Eye Golf Links was listed on the NC Golf Panel’s “Dream 18,” a fantasy layout featuring the best golf holes in the state. Leopard’s 28 On The Green magazine


Chase Golf Club opened to rave reviews in the spring of 2007. The 7100+ yard layout features TifSport Bermuda fairways and perfectly manicured L-93 bentgrass greens. The level of detail for this spectacular layout with its natural elevations, scenic landscapes, native grasses and that beautiful white coastal sand used for the waste areas, creates a series of flowing, picturesque holes unlike anything in the area. GolfWeek Magazine ranked Leopard’s Chase in the Top 10 in NC on their list of “The Best Courses You Can Play- State by State” for 2016. The Pearl, known as “The Gem of the Carolinas” is noted for its fast rolling greens and finely manicured fairways which cut through the forest and coastal marshlands along the Calabash River. This 36 hole property is enhanced with an array of gardens and water features that add difficulty and splendor to each hole. The East Course is a traditional parkland layout with mini-verde Bermuda greens. The West Course is a links style track with a dramatic finish along the bluffs overlooking the Calabash River and some of the best bent grass greens in the area. Just a 20-minute drive from Myrtle Beach, Sandpiper Bay is in the heart of the relaxed community of Sunset Beach. The 27-hole facility offers well-maintained fairways and greens that entice players of every level at a great value. Sandpiper Bay is committed to maintaining the course at impeccable standards. The course has fantastic Mini Verde Bermuda greens and has recently renovated the bunkers on all 27 holes with new sand and new drainage.

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Sea Trail Golf Resort is the site of three spectacular courses. The Willard Byrd Course features 18 holes of championship golf that is memorable for both its beauty and playability. Large Champion bermuda greens, pristine lakes and well- placed bunkers make this Willard Byrd course a challenge rated four stars by Golf Digest. It was also named in the “Top 50 Courses to Play in Myrtle Beach” by Golf Digest. The Rees Jones Course has recently been renovated by renowned architect Rees Jones. Magnificent undulating bent grass greens and winding fairways are bordered by old oaks and towering pines trees which add to this distinctive layout. Rees Jones has renovated four US Open courses. The Rees Jones course is the “2005 Best Resort Course” by Golf Week Magazine. It was also named in the “Top 50 Courses to Play in Myrtle Beach” by Golf Digest. The Dan Maples Course is a traditional Southern course that plays along the Calabash Creek. Renovated bent grass greens, framed by magnificent live oaks and large pines, enhance every player’s golf experience. N.C. Magazine rates the Dan Maples Course in the Top 5 of the coastal region as “Best Conditioned Course.” It was also named in the “Top 50 Courses to Play in Myrtle Beach” by Golf Digest. All 3 Sea Trail courses were voted the “Best of Brunswick County Golf Courses 2014.” The Thistle Golf Club is a 27hole Tim Cate design. The course and clubhouse were inspired by an ancient Scottish golf society called Thistle Golf Club. Documents and artifacts from the old club are on display in the clubhouse. The course features three 30 On The Green magazine

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nines that present expansive vistas with wide fairways and generous green complexes. The openness provides ample room off the tee and invites the prevailing ocean breeze. Stacked sod bunkers and the surrounding vegetation create strong resemblances to the great links courses of Scotland. Thistle is ranked #1 Golf Course by and rated 4 and a half Stars by Golf Digest. Thistle is located between the Myrtle Beach (20 miles) and Wilmington (40 miles) airports. For over twenty years Oyster Bay has been a favorite of Myrtle Beach golfers. Oyster Bay is a rare, harmonious blend of the penal, heroic and strategic philosophies of golf course architecture. A course where variety and innovation are the name of the game. Golf Digest has repeatedly rated Oyster Bay HHHH 1/2 stars and ranked it the “Best New Resort Course of the Year.” The clubhouse has been renovated and upgraded to enhance guests’ experience. The wide, links-style fairways at Farmstead Golf Links gently follow the lay of the land to create a collection of shot-making opportunities that reward superior play from golfers of many styles. At this captivating course, the winds are always in play, giving it yet another dimension. Whether the flags are noisily flapping or eerily still, hitting it straight is the key to 4:42 PM scoring well at Farmstead. It may be wide open with generous landing areas, but scoot one off a fairway and you are stuck in the love grass, where your next move is to drop a provisional. And as your round comes to a close, the only hole in 2 states, the legendary 767-yard, par 6 finishing hole unfolds over a half-mile of beautifully manicured turf to offer a final test of your skills. Respected architect Willard Byrd put his personal stamp on Meadowlands Golf Club with distinctive parkland features that follow the lay of the land through mature woods bordered by serene meadows, pristine lakes and vast wetlands. Spacious, gently sloping fairways offer a surprising variety of elevation changes that present a multitude of challenges as they open onto large, immaculately manicured greens. Five sets of tees, an open layout, well defined hazards and exemplary attention to detail create a rewarding round for everyone who comes ready to play. The crown jewels of the Glens Golf Group collection are located on opposite sides of Highway 17

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near Little River. Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links is designer Clyde Johnston’s brilliant tribute to legendary architect Donald Ross. Named a “Top 10” Myrtle Beach area course by Golf Digest among its many accolades, Glen Dornoch features big Bermuda greens with bump-and-run fringes and spectacular finishing holes on both nines that overlook the Intracoastal Waterway. Heather Glen Golf Links offers 27 holes designed by Johnston and Willard Byrd. Acclaimed as “America’s Best New Public Course” in 1987 by Golf Digest, the three Scottish-inspired nines are set in a virtual nature preserve of old growth oaks and waterfowl habitat. Located on-site is Village at the Glens, a perfect accommodations choice for North Strand golfers who want spacious lodgings with all of the amenities. A complete Glens Golf package features significant discounts for both golf and accommodations. Experience world-class golf in a wilderness setting at Eagle Nest Golf Club. Located in the fishing village of Little River, this 250-acre property acts as much as a wildlife preserve as a golf course. The 18-hole layout was designed by renowned architect Gene Hamm, a Carolina native who has a reputation for carving classics out of diverse terrain. Opened in 1971, Eagle Nest has undergone several facelifts over the years, including a complete makeover of the layout and clubhouse in 2001. With its unrivaled vistas, award winning layout, and showcase of southern elegance and charm, the legendary Tidewater Golf Club offers the perfect combination of natural beauty and challenging play. October 2014 marked the unveiling of Tidewater’s brand new, completely restored Mini Verde greens. During the extensive greens replacement process, Tidewater also completed fairway expansions, removal of over 400 trees, sod replacement on all green surrounds, as well numerous additional restoration projects-all to insure that the Tidewater golfer enjoys a golf experience second to none. The Surf Golf and Beach Club is the third oldest course on the Grand Strand, having been opened for play in 1960. The Parkland Style course was designed by noted architect George Cobb with a redesign done in 1996 by John Lafoy. The 18 hole golf course is lined with massive live oak trees and water will come into play on eleven holes, ending with the spectacular Par 3 eighteenth hole. The greens were replaced in August and September of 2016 Download our mobile “app” on page 22

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with Champion Bermuda Grass with moderate to severe sloping coming into play on every green. The clubhouse underwent a significant renovation in the winter and spring of 2016 with a beautifully designed Golfer’s Grill, Mens and Ladies Locker Rooms and sitting areas, and a beautiful 2500 square foot golf shop. Lunch and dinner on the patio overlooking the fabled 18th green is reason enough to become a member of the Strand’s most prestigious country club. Azalea Sands was remodeled during the Fall of 2009. Architect Gene Hamm designed a fun course that can be easily played in a three to four hour time period, a fact sure to bring a smile to even the most impatient golfer’s face. This course full on fairway and green side bunkers is especially “Player friendly”. This is because Azalea Sands is one of the few courses that has NO homes, condos or backyards to impede the progress of your game. Established in 1968, Beachwood Golf Club is a championship Gene Hamm course with a reputation as one of the best conditioned golf courses on the Grand Strand. It is an 18 hole tract that winds its way among sparkling lakes and dazzling floral displays. Beachwood has a complete public practice facility. Possum Trot Golf Club is a Glens Golf Group course designed by architect Russell Breeden. Great Tifdwarf Bermuda greens and generous fairways ensure a funfor-all round at Possum Trot, which is also home to one of the area’s largest practice facilities at the on-site Glens Golf Academy. Greens fee discounts, professionDownload our mobile “app” on page 22

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Waterway. The Love Course was Davis Love III breakout design. It is a matchless creation that has elevated greens and generous fairways. The course has its own faux ruins of an antebellum plantation. The Fazio Course is a design that will delight all skill levels of golfers and is a terrific test of your game. It features undisturbed wetlands, native flowers and plants. You will also enjoy an abundance of wildlife. The Dye Course is the Pete Dye centerpiece of Barefoot’s semi-private club and offers a variety of bunkers, waste areas and Dye’s signature bulkheads. Each golf course has received national acclaim by all of the major golf publications. They include: Myrtle Beach’s #1 Golf Course ranking and “Americas Top 100 Public Courses” by Golf Digest, “Top 15 You Can Play in SC” by Golfweek and holds the distinction of being named both the Myrtle Beach and SC state “Golf Course of the Year”. Barefoot is conveniently located within minutes of fine dining, entertainment, shopping and the wide beaches of North Myrtle Beach. Featuring all-inclusive golf packages with premium resortstyle amenities, a state of the art lighted driving range, short game practice facility, full service restaurant and bar, it’s no wonder why Barefoot Resort & Golf is one of the finest golf resorts in the golf architecture in the world. On country. April 13, 2000 Barefoot success- Arcadian Shores combines the fully opened four championship best of Mother Nature with the courses simultaneously, making best elements of a modern golf it the only time a developer has layout. Arcadian offers enticing opened four new courses at the lakes, deviously placed bunkers, same time in the United States. tree-lined Bermuda fairways and The Norman Course is a south- the distinctive contouring preswestern style design with vast ents the ultimate golf challenges waste areas and several eye-open- of man and nature. Lush Tif-Eagle ing holes along the Intracoastal Bermuda greens with 64


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The 27 beautiful holes of River Oaks Golf Plantation are located 800-974-8664 | on the site of a former nature preserve. Located conveniently just minutes from downtown Myrtle Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, the quiet and seclusion makes it hard to believe that you can be at the beach, Myrtle Beach Airport ly-placed sand bunkers and natu- Club was the Myrtle Beach Golf or Broadway at the Beach in less ral lakes woven in and out of the Course of the Year in 2009. It is than 5 minutes. The three ninefairways make this a challenge the newest Glens Golf Group hole courses feature recently you will long remember. Hole 13 course by architect Clyde John- renovated undulating Champion at Arcadian Shores is considered ston. A traditional parkland-style Ultradwarf greens and treelined to be one of the top 18 holes in design with meandering fairways fairways. Myrtle Beach. Designed by Rees in an expansive rural setting, the Jones, Arcadian Shores accom- elevated A-1 bentgrass greens at General James Hackler Golf modates any level of golfer with Shaftesbury are beautifully con- Course at Coastal Carolina Uniits selection of five tee boxes. ditioned and considered by local versity is one of the most requestplayers to be the region’s best. ed courses on the beach. Built in Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish The course was renovated in 2016 1968, the course received a renoBest Experience in Myrtle Beach Keeps Getting Better

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For more than 50 years, this Robert Trent Jones gem has remained atop the list of Myrtle Beach area courses. Over the years, The Dunes Golf & Beach Club has hosted some of golf’s most coveted events, including the Senior Tour Championship and, most recently, the PGA National Championship. Ranked among the Top 100 Courses in America by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, it is sure to rank high on your list as well. You deserve a day at The Dunes. Tee times are available through select partner hotels and package providers. Please call or visit online for details.

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its own merits. The Parkland is modeled after the style of architects Alister MacKenzie (Augusta National) and George Thomas (Riviera Country Club) and was designed to compliment nature so closely as to make the layout indistinguishable from nature itself. Enjoy tree-lined fairways, vast natural areas, substantial undulating greens and experience a day of exceptional golf. All three of the Legends courses have been awarded HHHH 1/2 stars from Golf Digest. All three of the courses were named winners of the Myrtle Beach Chamber’s ‘People’s Choice Award for Best Golf Course.’

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vation by local architect Craig Schreiner that saw the course reopen in 2011 with a fresh new look. Wide fairways, meticulously manicured greens, and accommodating staff have made this course a true favorite. It’s challenging for the experienced golfer and also perfect for the beginner. Legends Resort is one of the Grand Strands finest stay and play facilities. Legends guests enjoy two and three bedroom golf villas, a lighted 30-acre practice facility and an onsite Scottish tavern, the Ailsa Pub. The resort is home to three award- winning courses. The Heathland is a Tom Doak gem where the natural contours of the land dictate the flow of the course. This links course’s windswept hills and deep-faced bunkers are just a few of the chal42 On The Green magazine

lenges that await each player. The greens were recently renovated and Champion Bermuda is the new putting surface. This course is a true test of Old World golf. The Moorland is a P.B. Dye design and was recently named by Golf Digest as one of the “Fifty Toughest Courses in America” at #37. It remains one of the most unique courses on the East Coast. Dye’s panache for multilevel fairways and greens and signature bulkheads has transformed this land into one of Myrtle Beach’s most requested courses. Moorland was voted “2014 Myrtle Beach Golf Course of the Year” and was ranked #6 in GolfWeek’s “Best Courses You Can Play in SC.” Moorland was also named the 84th Best Resort Course in America in GolfWeek’s upcoming Top 100 Resort & Residential Courses in America. The Legends Parkland stands on

Whispering Pines Golf Course is located on the south side of Myrtle Beach near dozens of oceanfront resort hotels, but its quiet setting has no adjacent housing. Whispering Pines is the closest area course to the Myrtle Beach Jetport. The park-like layout has recently been enhanced with the installation of new TifEagle greens. Prestwick Country Club features a co-design by father-son architects Pete and P.B. Dye that was recently named by Golf Digest among its “Five Best-Kept Secret Courses.” A host of the South Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship and a US Open qualifier, Prestwick is a sculpted layout with deep bunkers, giant berms and those famous Dye bulkheads framing many of the tifEagle Bermuda greens. Indigo Creek Golf Club is set in the very heart of the Grand Strand’s “Low Country” plantation area in Murrells Inlet, just 10

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minutes south of Myrtle Beach. Golfers experience a new level of pleasure as they wind through the flowing creeks and giant oaks found along the back nine. This beautiful Willard Byrd design displays well maintained TifDwarf Bermuda greens and Bermuda tees, fairways and roughs. Surrounded by an abundance of water and wildlife, your experience at Indigo Creek will be one to treasure for a lifetime. The International Club was built in the year 2000. William Byrd designed this fabulous layout that is nestled among a mixture of hardwood and pine trees. This carefully manicured course is caressed by finger lakes that are fed by underground streams while many of the holes are surrounded by pristine wetlands. Known for having exceptional greens yearround, the course will provide a challenge for players of all levels with five sets of trees. In Wachesaw Plantation East, architect Clyde Johnston has created an alluring taste of Scottish design. Located in the scenic fishing village of Murrells Inlet, just 20 minutes south of the Myrtle Beach International Airport, Wachesaw Plantation East Golf Club is a championship 18-hole facility built on the site of a former rice plantation. This exhilarating design has been the site of four nationally-televised, professional golf tournaments on the LPGA Tour: the 1997 Susan G. Koman International, the 1998 & 1999 City of Hope Myrtle Beach Classic, and the 2000 Kathy Ireland/ Classic. Wachesaw Plantation East has also been named the 2007 Myrtle Beach “Golf Course of the Year” by Myr44 On The Green magazine

tle Beach Golf Course Owners As- ranked #7 in GolfWeek’s “Best sociation. Courses You Can Play in SC.” The Heritage Club has announced Blackmoor features the only that all of its greens were renoGrand Strand design by legend- vated and Champions Bermuda ary South African pro Gary Player. is the new putting surface. The Named “Golf Course of the Year” clubhouse has been renovated in 2001 by the Myrtle Beach and upgraded to enhance guests’ Golf Course Owners Association, experience. Blackmoor offers groomed TifEagle Bermuda greens in a scenic Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and former-plantation setting. Add True Blue Golf Club were both this enjoyable Player challenge to ranked in Golf Magazine’s “2016 complete your Myrtle Beach golf Top 100 Courses You Can Play” package. list. True Blue is known as a dramatic, fun layout with vast fairBuilt on two of South Carolina’s ways, undulating greens and imhistoric plantations along the pressive elevation changes. The scenic Waccamaw River, the Heri- rolling terrain and native vegetatage Club is a favorite of Grand tion of this former indigo and rice Strand golfers. Over 600 acres of plantation make for a spectacular giant magnolias, freshwater lakes setting. Caledonia has been recand marshes have been trans- ognized for its design and incredformed into a golf course that ri- ible beauty. Caledonia and True vals any course in the Southeast. Blue are annually ranked on many Recently honored by Golf Digest major golf publications “Top 100” as 46th among the “Top 100 Pub- lists. The courses are land adjalic Golf Courses in America” for cent in Pawleys Island, SC just 30 2007-2008 and recently rated minutes south of Myrtle Beach HHHH 1/2 stars in “Places to International Airport and 75 minPlay,” the Heritage Club is a mix- utes north of Charleston Internature of pure Southern charm and tional. hospitality. Heritage Club was

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Aberdeen Country Club Located in Little River, SC, River Hills Golf & Country Club is a Tom Jackson parkland-style design blending modern and traditional elements. The fairways of this 18hole course make their way through a picturesque, heavily-wooded terrain but its rolling hills, unusual for a coastal course, are River Hills’ signature feature. The course was nominated as “Best New Course” in 1989 by Golf Digest and recently underwent a $2 million renovation. Colonial Charters Golf & Country Club re-opened in August 2013. After an extensive renovation project to the 18-hole golf course and clubhouse, this facility has been restored to the quality conditions for which it was acclaimed during the ‘90s. Colonial Charters features a number of memorable holes defined by mature hardwoods and strategically placed water hazards. The 6,427-yard layout features two iconic green-side waterfalls, and the tree-lined fairways reward golfers that are accurate off the tee. 48 On The Green magazine

Two additional Prime Times Signature Courses are located in the North Strand area. Long Bay Club is a unique Jack Nicklaus Signature Course with Champion UltraDwarf Bermuda greens, deep pot bunkers, vast waste areas and mounding along the fairways. Close by, Aberdeen Country Club is a 27-hole course designed by Tom Jackson that features Tif-Eagle Bermuda greens on three, 9-hole layouts with a Scottish theme in different natural settings.

gracious manner enticing golfers with beauty while taunting them with danger. Fair but challenging, each golf hole presents a different problem to test golfers at any level. Myrtlewood Golf Club offers golfers a choice of two 18-hole layouts conveniently located in the heart of Myrtle Beach. The Palmetto Course is a traditional design with fairways that gently twist and turn their way towards large, TifDwarf greens. The 18th offers a dramatic finish along the Intracoastal Waterway. The Palmetto Course was honored by Golf Magazine as the “Local’s Favorite Course”- 2005. In contrast, the PineHills Course is a modern classic designed by Arthur Hills. Contoured fairways and undulating greens provide an excellent test of golf, one you’re sure to enjoy. PineHills was honored by Golf Digest as a “Top Ten Course” in Myrtle Beach.

Grande Dunes Resort Club was named one of the “Top 100 Public Golf Courses” in America by Golf Digest Magazine in 2011-2012. The Resort Club was also awarded “Course of the Year” by the National Golf Course Owners Association in 2009. Golf at Grande Dunes Resort Club feels completely natural yet effortlessly refined. The expansive Bermuda grass fairways ripple with subtle undulations onto large, mod- Pine Lakes Country Club has been an icon on the Myrtle Beach golf estly contoured Champion UltraDscene since 1927, and is also rewarf Bermuda greens. The superior SouthCreek ferred to as “The Granddaddy.” After design unfolds itself in a relaxed,

KING’S NORTH Featuring 18 of the most dramatic and picturesque holes you’ll ever encounter, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club has consistently been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. Designed by “The King” himself, this Arnold Palmer course is one of the most iconic courses on the Grand Strand. Players face challenges like the island fairway of “The Gambler,” the par-5 6th hole, to memorable approaches like the par-4 finishing hole at 18, featuring an array of 40 bunkers and an exciting finish to your next exhilarating round. Make your next round memorable, book your tee time at King’s North. | 800.882.1021 Download our mobile “app” on page 22

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Grande Dunes Resort Club an extensive renovation to the golf course and clubhouse, you can now experience The Granddaddy as it was in the spirit of the 1920s. Many of the historical golf holes were maintained while 12 new holes were created to improve the golf experience that visitors have come to associate with Pine Lakes. The creation of an extraordinary, fourstar design golf club, true to the classic architecture of Pine Lakes, has achieved a dynamic expansion, historical restoration and full blossoming of this prominent facility. Wild Wing Plantation is home to the award winning 18-hole Avocet Course and the 9-hole Hummingbird Course. Designed by U.S. Open and two-time PGA Champion Larry Nelson, the Avocet features unique greenside mounding, extensive fairways and green contouring, and an imaginative routing plan that includes several double fairways and a double green. Golfers have many choices to make when they 50 On The Green magazine

play the Avocet Course. The course also features exceptional MiniVerde Bermuda greens. Wild Wing was named “Myrtle Beach Golf Course of the Year” and “South Carolina Golf Course of the Year” in 2002. Wild Wing Plantation has recently won awards from Golf Digest “Best Places to Play” (2008-2009) with a four-star course rating on both the Avocet and Hummingbird courses. Wild Wing also won a Zagat survey award for “America’s Top Golf

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Courses” (2009/2010). Wild Wing uses the “Single Tee” method to start players on both courses so there is no delay at the turn. Wild Wing is being redeveloped into a first-class residential neighborhood with great amenities including golf, tennis, boating, swimming, and a club atmosphere. The golf course is available for public and resort play and is offered by all the leading area golf packagers.

LONG BAY Set just outside the heart of Myrtle Beach, Long Bay Golf Club blends the feel of East and West Coast play, starting with the environment designed by The Golden Bear himself, Jack Nicklaus. Dogwoods, pines and maples sit along the course as crystal-blue streams cut through several holes. Beyond the course’s enchantment, players must navigate a variety of bunker styles, shallow greens and considerable elevation changes. It’s clear Nicklaus wasn’t intending Long Bay to be a relative walk in the park – even if at times that’s exactly where you believe you are. Make your next round memorable, book your tee time at Long Bay. | 800.882.1021 Download our mobile “app” on page 22

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TPC Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach National Golf Club is home to three Founders Collection Courses including: SouthCreek, West Course, and the renowned King’s North. Arnold Palmer, along with Francis Duane, designed all three layouts: King’s North, opened in 1973 and totally refurbished in 1996, was most recently honored by inclusion on the Golf Digest list of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses 2007-2008.” The North’s Champion UltraDwarf Bermuda greens are superb and “The Gambler” is one of golf’s best riskreward holes. SouthCreek was named among America’s “Top 100” by Golf For Women in 2002-2003 and features Champion Bermuda greens on a shotmaker’s layout. The West Course sports Champion Bermuda greens as well, in a parkland-style design with minimal rough. This unique trio of Arnold Palmer courses 52 On The Green magazine

at Myrtle Beach National is available with packages that can include golf villa or oceanfront accommodations. World Tour Golf Links is a truly unique facility with designs inspired

by famous courses like Augusta National, Doral, Pinehurst, Pine Valley, St. Andrews and Winged Foot. Named “National Golf Course of the Year” for 2004 by the National Golf Course Owners Association, World Tour’s new Mini-Verda Ultra Dwarf greens are well-conditioned, bronze plaques on each tee box describe the hole’s historic significance and the clubhouse features a golf “Hall of Fame.” Include World Tour on a Grand Strand package for a delightful international excursion.


Burning Ridge Golf Club, located on Highway 501, is the proud recipient of the 2006 Myrtle Beach Golf Course of the Year award and the 2006 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year award. Encounter elegantly shaped mounded fairways and large yawning bunkers before reaching smooth

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TPC MYRTLE BEACH Weaving through a peaceful setting of towering pines and natural wetlands, TPC Myrtle Beach is the only course on the Grand Strand to have been awarded 5 stars by Golf Digest. The tour-caliber course has proven to be a worthy challenge for even the world’s top players, yet it provides a fair and enjoyable test for golfers of all abilities. While golf greats like Tom Watson, Raymond Floyd and Tom Kite may have competed here during the Senior Tour Championship, any golfer today can experience the luxurious, professional and modern layout of TPC Myrtle Beach. Make your next round memorable, book your tee time at TPC Myrtle Beach. | 800.882.1021 Download our mobile “app” on page 22

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Pawleys Island Country Club putting surfaces. After your round enjoy the country club atmosphere with a drink and meal on the outside deck. Voted the 2004-2005 Golf Course of the year, golfers playing Indian Wells Golf Club continue to rave about the appearance and layout which reminds many of a traditional U.S. Open-style course. Indian Wells is a course that places a premium on creative shot making and rewards the daring. After your round, enjoy the relaxing clubhouse and outdoor patio overlooking the 10th tee while being served by the past winners of the coveted “Myrtle Beach Golf News’ Hospitality and Operational Excellence Award.” 54 On The Green magazine

TPC Myrtle Beach presents its golfers the opportunity to see and feel what it is like to be inside the ropes of a tour-caliber course. The course was designed by acclaimed architect Tom Fazio, and has been a host of the Senior Tour Championship. Enjoy perfectly groomed fairways and greens, and venture forth through towering pines and expansive wetlands. TPC Myrtle Beach was awarded five stars in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play,” and is the only course on the Grand Strand to receive such an honor. Recently the course greens were replaced with MiniVerde Ultradwarf – the same type of grass that the PGA Tour used in its renovation of the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. The

side bunkers have been refurbished with new drainage and sand. Tradition Golf Club is a championship course that boasts the proud traditions of the great courses that have stood the test of time. Amenities abound at Tradition, from comfortable dining to the elaborate practice facility. Tradition was awarded four and 1/2 Stars in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” in 2008. Three of the South Strand’s premier layouts are Founders Collection Courses that are also near the oceanfront Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort. Architect Tom Jackson built River Club Golf Course around a network of spring-fed ponds and

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PINE LAKES Pine Lakes Country Club is one of golf ’s American treasures. Designed by the legendary Robert White, and the first golf course on the Grand Strand, it’s known as “The Granddaddy.” Extensive renovations in 2009 restored the course to one of the best in the area, bringing you back to the glory days of golf course design. As one of the only par-70 layouts in the area, Pine Lakes features a back 9 that tests from any length when you factor incoming winds from the nearby Atlantic Ocean. The history and traditions of Pine Lakes offer an experience golfers shouldn’t pass up. Make your next round memorable, book your tee time at Pine Lakes. | 800.882.1021 Download our mobile “app” on page 22

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added more than 100 bunkers, but the immaculate Champion Bermuda greens are River Club’s most outstanding feature. The semi-private Litchfield Country Club offers limited public play on its Willard Byrd designed course with plenty of doglegs and fine TifDwarf Bermuda greens. Set among the former ricefields of two historic plantations, Willbrook Plantation Golf Club is a Dan Maples creation with Champion Ultradwarf Bermuda greens that was named on Golf For Women’s “Top 50” list in 2010. Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, a Nicklaus Signature course, features a classic Lowcountry design that you can play over and over and never have the same shot twice. With subtle greens enveloped by sand bunkers, challenging fairways dotted with water and unique obstacles evident on every hole, this is a player’s course that demands strategy, ingenuity and concentration. Pawleys Plantation was ranked by Golf Digest among South Carolina’s “Top 25 Layouts” in 2001. Golf Digest has further awarded Pawleys Plantation four and 1/2 stars in its “Places to Play” guide. Other accolades include Golf For Women’s “Top 10 Women Friendly Courses in America” (1999) and Travel & Leisure Golf’s “4-Star Golf” (2001). Founders Club at Pawleys Island was voted 2011 Myrtle Beach Golf Course of the Year by the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association. Designed by Thomas Walker, former lead designer for Gary Player Design, the course was new in 2008. Built on the site of the former Sea Gull Golf Club in Pawleys Island, this totally new course features impressive elevation changes, fairways defined by mounds with 56 On The Green magazine

Litchfield Country Club pot bunkers, and square “island” tee boxes set inside massive waste bunkers. Its elevated greens are the only ones on the Grand Strand grassed with the new heat-tolerant Emerald Bermuda that enables the greenskeeper to keep the undulating putting surfaces tight, fast

and smooth in any weather. The clubhouse overlooks the 10th and 18th holes. There, you’ll find a wellstocked 1,600-square-foot pro shop and locker rooms with showers, TVs and card tables.

WORLD TOUR GOLF LINKS Imagine testing your skills on the same holes the masters have played for decades. World Tour Golf Links transports golfers across the scenic Carolina landscape to a world most only dream about. Play Augusta National’s “Amen Corner” one moment and the 18th at St. Andrews the next. Course designer Mel Graham envisioned recreating the world’s most renowned and challenging golf layouts with 18 holes inspired by all four men’s major championships. A round at World Tour is an utterly unique golf experience – a trip around the world played on a course you’ll never forget. Make your next round memorable, book your tee time at World Tour. | 800.882.1021 Download our mobile “app” on page 22

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By Nathan McDonough

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CLUB UP!!! Nathan McDonough has been teaching golf for over ten years. Nathan was the teaching professional at Burning Ridge Golf Club for four years before joining the staff at the SC Golf Center. Over the last several years, Nathan has obtained invaluable insight about golf instruction and the techniques required to help players compete at a high level by shadowing many of the top instructors in the game including Craig Harmon, Hugh Royer III and Nick Bradley. Nathan has derived his teaching philosophy from his experiences and is passionate about instructing golfers at the amateur, high school, collegiate, and professional levels. As one of the top young instructors in the game, Nathan will help you reach your goals and get you playing your best.

On approach shots the majority of amateurs come up short leaving them with a long putt or a tough up-and-down. The reason for this is that most golfers don’t take enough club. Therefore they come up short of the green most of the time.

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Photo A: Diagram of shots missed short to a green

Now, you’ve put a lot of pressure on your short game and end up drawing a lot of boxes and double-boxes on your scorecard as a result… Combine this strategy with aiming for the center of the green instead of the flag and you can help mistakeproof your game. As your mistakes disappear, so will the strokes, and you’ll find your handicap getting smaller by the round! Remember, golf is a game of misses. Make the most out of your misses by clubbing up!

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If you hit your 7-iron 150 yards and find yourself with 150 yards to the green, club up and grab a 6-iron. More times than not we don’t flush each shot and even a minor mis-hit can end up several yards short. By choosing a longer club, the ball will carry further and allow you to still end up fairly close to the pin despite your less-than perfect shot.

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Photo B: 150 Yard Marker with 7-iron

Photo C: 150 Yard Marker with 6-iron This takes a lot of the sting out of your bad swing, because your result is still decent, which helps you forget that bad shot and keep your round going. Finally, if you just so happen to flush the ball such that it goes over the green, at least you can have the satisfaction of saying, “wow, I really hit that one flush”, which is a positive thought that will help you get up and down from wherever you end up. Download our mobile “app” on page 22

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More than 3,000 players from 25+ nations again descended on the Grand Strand for the 33rd annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, enjoying golf’s greatest amateur event and the good times that come with it. The “Every Man’s Major,” as the tournament is often called, was contested on 50 of Myrtle Beach’s best courses, including Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Love Course at Barefoot Resort, Grande Dunes Resort Course and Heritage Club. A 72-hole, net stroke play event, the World Am flighted players into six divisions and 64 flights based on age, gender and handicap. At the heart of the World Am’s competitive success is the game’s best and most aggressively enforced handicap monitoring system, which levels the playing field for all participants. “What I most enjoy is the quality of golf courses and I enjoy the competitiveness and the people in my flight,” said Marv Houghton, a long-time player from Fayetteville, N.C. “I feel like we get flighted with the correct people and it makes it a very even, a very competitive event.” 62 On The Green magazine

As important as the golf is, it’s only half the fun at the World Am. Each night players gather at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center for the festivities at the “World’s Largest 19th Hole,” a 120,000-squarefoot golf extravaganza. Players enjoy free food and drinks, live entertainment, a golf expo and celebrity guests, among many other activities. Joining golfers at this year’s tournament were television analyst Charlie Rymer, PGA Tour champion Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, and national radio hosts Brian Katrek and John Maginnes. “I come every year,” said Carlos Mato, a New Yorker who played in the event 16 times. “It’s a great time and the people are great.” The 34th annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship will be played August 28 - September 1, 2017. More information is available at:

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By Dale Ketola

Box and One Putting Drill On The Green Golf Lesson

Missing on Purpose Can Make You Better!

I teach 3 major components to putting. Each one is equally important. To hole any putt, you need to be able to start the ball on your intended line, control the speed, and know where it’s going to break. When I diagnose a putting stroke, the issue always leads back to one of these three things. Most golfers that struggle with putting tend to make it too complicated and mechanical. On top of that they add too much pressure to themselves, have high expectations, and are afraid. Good putters keep it simple, stick to a solid routine and work off of a plan that they commit to every time.

If you miss the first 4 balls a consistent distance from the hole you will form a box around the hole. On the last ball you will feel a little extra pressure which simulates real golf or tournament golf. The drill helps you work on line, speed, and reading the putt. It also takes pressure off the first 4 balls because you are trying to miss.

If you have success from 10 feet, move back to a longer starting distance. If you have trouble, move closer. This is a great exercise to do before a round especially if you’re playing a course for the first time.

Here is a good drill called “Box and One.” Take 5 balls to the putting green and start at about 10 feet from the cup. The objective is to miss the hole on the first 4 balls and make the 5th. That’s right! I said the objective is to miss the first 4. Here is how it’s done.

Ball #1 –

Miss the putt long and to the right

Ball #2 –

Miss the putt long and to the left

Ball #3 –

Miss the putt short and to the right

Ball #4 –

Miss the putt short and to the left

Ball #5 –

Make the putt

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After a long week of work or chasing the kids around the house, you find yourself settling in behind your computer, or browsing the net on your new smart phone. The golden terms “Myrtle Beach Golf Trip” seemingly type themselves into your search engine.  You are instantaneously flooded with a seemingly endless array of page after page of options and information. Whether you are a first time trip planner, or a veteran of countless Myrtle Beach golf campaigns, organizing a trip to the Golf Capital of the World, can be a time-consuming and challenging task.  It should instead be a fun prelude to a trip full of memories and great stories.  Using my years of experience of setting up Myrtle Beach golf packages for a living, I am going to share with you my 3 best tips to making your next golf trip to the Grand Strand your best one yet.   Tip #1: Choose Your Travel Dates Myrtle Beach features four distinct seasons, each with its own pluses and minuses.  Here is my breakdown of each season, along with a tip for each one:

An Insiders Guide to Organizing Your Myrtle Beach Golf Trip Winter – The winter season runs from Thanksgiving until the first week of March. The good news during this timeframe is that both the golf and lodging prices are at the lowest mark of the calendar year.  The bad news is that that the weather is very unpredictable, and it gets dark prior to 5:00 PM, so two rounds in a day is seemingly tough to bag.  My advice-The end of February is a great time for a golf trip, if you don’t mind playing with a little fire.  The prices are fantastic, and your odds of decent weather are on the plus side of the 50/50 line. Spring – The spring season is busiest part of the Myrtle Beach golf year, and is the highest demand.  This frame runs from the second week of March until the end of May.  The good news is that the weather is usually perfect Download our mobile “app” on page 22

(especially for folks who still have snow on their front lawns), and course conditions are beginning to thrive. The town itself is not inundated with visitors yet, restaurants are eager for business, and lodging rates are still very reasonable.   The bad news is that because of the high demand for tee times, the golf rates are at the highest points for the year.  My advice-Work in conjunction with a packager to find a “family” of courses.   When you book multiple rounds within the same course ownership or management group- you are going to get the best prices as well as the most incentive values (such as free lunches, replays, gift cards). Summer – Myrtle Beach was founded as a summertime destination, but the beach tended to overshadow the golf courses.  That has changed in the last several years, as more and more golfers are now taking advantage of the great summer deals.  The good news is that the golf deals are fantastic, even if you only have time for one round.  The weather is picture-perfect, though midday can get on the hot side (especially in July and August).   The bad news On The Green magazine 67

The North end of town and south end of town are both very similar. They do not feature the high-rise oceanfront hotels and resorts, but instead offer onsite golf course condos and townhomes. These areas are perfect for groups who are looking less at the after golf entertainment options, and more for a golf and then relax theme. There are numerous dining options on both ends, specifically the Murrells Inlet waterfront to the south, and the Calabash (NC) area to the north.

is that because of the high demand, room rates are at their highest marks of the year. Traffic is also at a peak, but with new roads and routes around town, this is no longer a major issue in town.  My advice-Early morning tee times are the best in the summer, as they not only “beat the heat,” but also get you back in time to rejoin the family on the beach by lunchtime.   Late afternoon is also a great time to play in the summer, because darkness does not fall until around 9:00 PM, and many courses offer Twilight rates, often less than $25.  For the lodging, great deals can be found with non-oceanfront lodging, such as condos located on many of the Strand’s courses. Fall – We finally arrive at the author’s favorite season.  Despite the fear factor the Weather Channel desperately tries to instill in everyone regarding the hurricane season, fall is the best balance of all the previously mentioned seasons. The good news is that during these months you would experience the nicest and most consistent weather, the best combination of pricing on both rooms and golf, and getting around town is a breeze, and everything is still open.  The bad news is that it begins to get darker and colder towards the middle of October, and there is that chance of tropical storms and “canes” making landfall.   My advice-September, September, September.   This is the best time all year to make your golf pilgrimage to Myrtle Mecca.  The weather is a pleasant mix of summer/spring, you 68 On The Green magazine

have the maximum number of hours of daylight per day, golf prices are still low (especially during the first two weeks of the month), and room rates have begun to creep down from their summer highs. The best time to make the trip is the first week of September, for two main reasons.  The first is that the World Amateur Golf Championship is held during the last week of August, which the majority of courses in town host.   All of the maintenance staffs work very hard to have the courses in pristine playing condition, so your trip would come on the heels of the best conditions many courses offer all year. The second benefit of a trip during this date range is having the Labor Day holiday built in, which allows for an extra possible day for the trip. Tip #2: North vs. South vs. Middle Myrtle Beach is a collection of small towns that range down the Atlantic Ocean coastline. If you drove the entire length of the greater area of Myrtle, you would be in your car for well over an hour. To save yourself from wasting time driving to courses, and to maximize your time on the links, it is best to pick a locale. Whether it be in the North Myrtle Beach/Brunswick county area to the north, the heart of town in central Myrtle Beach, or in the Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet section towards the South-there are enough courses in each to build several diverse golf package options.

The middle of town is geared more towards the guests looking to stay on the ocean, and who are looking to take advantage of the local attractions and nightlife. One advantage of staying in central Myrtle Beach, is that you would have the option not only to play the central courses, you would also be able to travel north or south to play those tracks as well. Tip #3: How much do I want to spend? While this seems like an obvious question, anyone in a sales background will tell you not to show your hand until you are called upon, this is the most important information you can share. With the number of course in Myrtle Beach, multiplied by the number of possible golf lineups – yes, some boundary needs to be set. If you can inform your golf packager what the maximum budget per person is at the beginning of your quotation process, this will speed everything up for you, and enable your package representative to put together the best options that will fall into your price range. We hope these tips help you in your Myrtle Beach golf planning experience. If you have any questions, contact any of the golf package providers you see in this magazine. They will be eager to help.

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By Trevor Muffley

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Keep Your Head Down if You Want To Hit Bad Shots “Keep your head down!” As golfers we have all heard that before, probably more times than you can count. This is the most common offered advice given from one weekend warrior to another. It usually comes from our playing companion immediately after that dreaded topped tee shot. The problem with this advice is, it’s almost always bad advice! In theory, keeping your head down while you swing sounds like reasonable advice. However, keeping your head down leads to topped shots, chunked shots, hooks, slices, and the vast majority of bodily injuries sustained by a golfers. When a golfer restricts their head from rotating with their core, the strain this lack of

movement creates will inevitably lead to lower back, left knee and/or neck pain. The reason keeping your head down causes these pains and poor shots is due to the rapid deceleration of the core through impact and the over rotation of the arms to compensate for the deceleration of the core. When the arms and core rotate separately from one another the knees/back/neck are left to support the majority of left over energy created from the swing. So instead of transferring that energy into the golf ball and hitting it further and straighter, by keeping your head down you actually injure yourself and hit a poor golf shot in the process. Now to be clear I’m not saying lift your head up while you swing,

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I’m simply saying let your head rotate naturally with your core through to the finish. Let’s take a look at some pictures for further clarification. Imagine if you will you were going to throw something very heavy from a golf setup. In pictures 1 and 2 I’ll be using a medicine ball. When you swing the medicine ball it is very easy to feel the difference between turning your head with your core and keeping your head down through the swing because of its added weight. When you swing the ball while keeping your head down (picture 1) you will feel how off balance you become. When your head stays down your spine tilts

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backward away from the target as your arms release through. These conflicting movements through the hitting area what cause inconsistent shots to occur due to the disconnect of arms from the core. Also, pay close attention to how much strain my lower back and neck is forced to take with the tilt of my spine as well as how my left knee is supporting all the rotation of my arms.

my head staying down all that is left to strike the golf ball is my arms and hands. With this much forced rotation of the arms due to a lack of core rotation my timing will have to be perfect in order not to hit a bad golf shot. This type of move is very common for a lot of golfers both high and low handicaps but it is also the major cause of inconsistency at all levels.

Now if you make the same swing but allow your head to rotate naturally through with your chest and core (picture 2) and don’t keep it down past impact you will feel many positive differences. First, you will immediately feel how easy it is to maintain your balance even with a heavy medicine ball. When you don’t keep your head down your arms never separate from your core and everything rotates through to the finish together. Secondly, you won’t feel the normal pinch of the lower back or strain of the neck/knee that occurs when you keep your head down.

Finally, lets look at how the club should be swung. When you release your head with your core through the swing (picture 4), you can see how much simpler it is to accomplish. Everything has rotated through the swing as one and no energy is wasted maintaining my balance or slapping at the ball. Since everything is turning together as one, my club face remains square throughout the swing and my arms do not have to separate from my body in order to do so. This type of move is what leads to consistent golf shots and a pain free swing!

So now let’s look at how this translates when we swing with a golf club. When you keep your head down and swing the golf club (picture 3) you can see how much rotation my arms have been forced to do. Since my body is stalled by

To recap, DO NOT keep your head down unless you want your chiropractor visits and golf score to go up.

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a relaxed, warm atmosphere, Bovine’s Restaurant offers an exceptional dining experience right off the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk. This waterfront restaurant has an extensive menu featuring a range of items including grilled steaks, succulent Murrells Inlet seafood and specialty pizzas straight from the brick oven.

CAPT. DAVE’S DOCKSIDE Murrells Inlet Waterfront 4037 Hwy. 17 Bus., Murrells Inlet 843-651-5850 Capt. Dave’s Dockside restaurant welcomes you to visit and enjoy freshly prepared meals served in a vibrant and social waterfront setting, harkening back to mid-century coastal casual dining. Featuring fresh local seafood, when available, from local captains and local boats. They will exceed your expectations by providing you with a selection of the freshest seafood, aged beef and classic continental cuisine.

CHESTNUT HILL 9922 North Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach 843-449-3984 The restaurant is built out onto a lake where the serene surroundings add a dash of nature’s flavor to a variety of gourmet dishes unmatched in the area. Located just 2 miles north of the Carolina Opry and open daily for dinner at 4pm. Experience the incredible Sunday Brunch which begins seating at 10am. A 100% certified Angus Beef restaurant.

CHIANTI SOUTH 2109 Highway 17 North, Little River 843-249-7888 Grand Strand’s most authentic Italian restaurant, serving traditional and Northern Italian dishes. Veal and Chicken Parmigiana, Veal Chops, Steaks, Zuppa di Pesci, Ossobuco. Homemade pasta including ravioli and gnocchi. Our own Tiramisu. Extensive wine list. Strand’s only recipient of Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” every year since 1988. “A place you don’t want to miss” – Charlotte Observer.

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sweeten your play With a visit to Duplin Winery

CLARK’S SEAFOOD & CHOP HOUSE At Coquina Harbour, 720 Hwy. 17, Little River, SC 843-399-8888 The ultimate in chop house dining with a great view of the marina. USDA Choice steaks and seafood are featured. 25 different wines by the glass and specialty martinis and cocktails complement your meal. Open for lunch and dinner.


4650 Hwy 17 South North Myrtle Beach SC 29582 • 800.774.9634

9588 N. Kings Hwy., Restaurant Row, Myrtle Beach 843-449-(HAHA) 4242 The Comedy Cabana is Myrtle Beach’s own 5-Star Comedy Club featuring some of the TOP acts in Comedy including names like Lewis Black, Bobby Collins, Jimmy “JJ” Walker, Jon Reep, Gary Valentine, Josh Blue and MANY MANY MORE! Full bar and grill. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Reservations suggested.

CRABBY MIKE’S 290 Hwy. 17 North, Surfside Beach 843- 444-CRAB (2722) Welcome to “Crabbersville, USA” – a fictional New England fishing village. Featuring a nautical all-you-can eat buffet with a complete seafood assortment as well as traditional fare. An adventure of sights, sounds, and great food sure to delight every appetite.

CREEK RATZ RESTAURANT Murrells Inlet Waterfront 4065 Hwy. 17 Bus. Murrells Inlet 843-357-2891 Featuring a rustic nautical atmosphere, indoor and outdoor dining along with indoor and outdoor bars. On the Marsh Walk with spectacular views of the waterfront. Reasonable prices, a full raw bar, fresh seafood, and more. Daily happy hour, live entertainment, and plenty of TVs to watch your favorite sporting events.

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TOPPINGS: Extra Cheese • Spinach• Roasted Peppers • Sausage • Ham • Clams • Anchovies • Pepperoni • Mushrooms • Black Olives• Fresh Tomato On The Beach 2014 8383 Green Peppers • Onions • Pineapple • Basil • Jalapeno •Download Ground Beef • Fetamobile • Garlic“app” • Bacon Banana Steak • Grilled Chicken our on•page 22Peppers • Shrimp • Meatballs •On The Green magazine You’ll find steaks, ribs, and seafood like blackened salmon, grouper francaise, and pan-seared scallops. Daily chef’s creations entice those looking for that “something special.” The Dead Dog Saloon turns into a happy-hour hangout and an after-dinner party spot for dancing with live music.

DRUNKEN JACK’S Murrells Inlet Waterfront 4031 Hwy. 17 Bus., Murrells Inlet 843-651-2044 Murrells Inlet is the seafood capital of South Carolina and Drunken Jack’s takes full advantage of the freshest seafood such as shrimp, oysters, flounder, lobster, scallops, crab, grouper and king crab that the area has to offer. Live music throughout the week.

FLAMINGO GRILL 71st Ave.N, in Myrtle Beach 843-449-5388 Sizzling art deco ambiance, upbeat staff, and a dazzling menu - Steak Flamingo, Pasta Flamingo, best grilled fish anywhere - grouper, tuna, sword, mahi; Lowcountry crabcakes, Cajun shrimp or oysters; incredible Italian specialties. Locally owned and loved - and an absolute must.

FLYING FISH PUBLIC MARKET & GRILL 4744 U.S. 17 S. Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach 843-663-3474 The newly renovated waterfront building located next to the Alabama Theatre features an assorted mix of local seafood, Lowcountry recipes and a raw bar with a wide variety of steamed shellfish and sushi. Flying Fish offers guests an additional and unique option for great casual dining on the water.

GREG NORMAN’S AUSTRALIAN GRILLE Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach 843-361-0000 The great golfing champion from Down Under offers an innovative cuisine and 84 On The Green magazine

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spectacular decor that makes you feel like you’re in Sydney’s finest harborside restaurant. A full menu of rustic Mediterranean cuisine, woodgrilled classics, and authentic Australian fare, complemented by an extensive wine list. Open-air kitchen, Shark Pub, Waterway view, entertainment Th/Fri/Sat. Lunch served Mon-Sat; dinner nightly.

LIBERTY STEAKHOUSE AND BREWERY 1321 Celebrity Circle Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach 843-626-4677 Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery is based on America’s rich ethnic cooking styles, complimented by finely hand-crafted beers, tantalizing starters and perfectly seared steaks. They’ve got something brewing you’re sure to like. Liberty is also a celebration of life, family and the pursuit of happiness. So bring them your hungry, your thirsty and fun-loving!

LIBERTY TAP ROOM AND GRILL 7651 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach 843-839-4677 A beer lover’s dream, Liberty is a celebration of America’s melting pot of rich ethnic cooking styles and a celebration of the resurgence of the “handcraftedbrewing” style of the pre-prohibition small American brewery. So bring them your hungry, your thirsty and fun-loving!

MARGARITA’S 9906 North Kings Hwy. MB 843-497-5960 Authentic Mexican food. You know it’s got to be good when the table next to you is occupied by Mexicans! Serving all your favorites – enchilladas, tacos, burritos, and of course, platters of sizzling fajitas! Frosty margaritas and many varieties of Mexican beer.

NICK’S CIGAR & WINE BAR 2707 Hwy 17 S. North Myrtle Beach 888-311-9826 Three bars within one location: Main Social Bar, Living Room and Golf Room. Each bar offering different, but enjoyable 86 On The Green magazine

experiences! Enjoy a cigar or two in our comfortable and well ventilated bar, challenge yourself on the indoor golf simulator or just enjoy the company you’re with.

ORIGINAL BENJAMIN’S Restaurant Row 9593 N. Kings Highway Myrtle Beach • 843-449-0821 Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood is the largest Calabash seafood restaurant in the world! The spectacular 170 item seafood buffet is sure to please everyone in your party. They also house one of the largest collections of nautical museum pieces and large ship models in the Southeast.

OSCARS FOOD & SPIRITS 4101 Highway 17 South North Myrtle Beach 843-272-0707 Oscar’s Food & Spirits is a place that Pittsburg Steelers fans & Boilermakers can call their “home away from home.” Oscar’s has become a favorite spot for vacationers & locals alike. Oscars strives to create a unique experience for all guests by offering one-of-a-kind sandwiches & outstanding service. Over 90 TV’s show all sports games & you are welcome no matter who you are rooting for! Oscars is smoke-free! Happy Hour 4 - 7 everyday. Sun. thru Sat. 11:00 AM 2:00 am. Kitchen open until 1:00 AM.


The Cigar Superstore

One Of The Largest Selections in the World! Open Daily Golf Simulator Beer & Wine Served

2920 Hollywood Dr., Myrtle Beach 843-839-0777 The moment guests are seated they are welcomed to the extensive salad bar of hot and cold seasonal favorites, which features seafood and sushi. Next, a continuous table-side service of savory choices of more than 15 different cuts of beef, pork, lamb, poultry and fish are presented by the strolling Gauchos. Rioz features a fullservice bar and a wide selection of wines.

Please visit our Cigar Lounge Located next to Our cigar Superstore Open Daily Cigar Super Store

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All it takes is one taste – whether the delicate fish, the hearty veal or beef selections, tantalizing chicken choices, truly “al dente” pastas with their savory toppings – to recognize that here, EVERY dish is distinctively, deliciously, “a la Rossi. Crisp salads, crusty-topped breads, a fine wine list, two intimate, softly-lighted rooms as setting, the “Eighty-Eights” piano bar, with sparkling entertainment until 2 am – and oh, those desserts! All add to the evening’s delight. And the service is the beach’s best!

SAM SNEAD’S OAK GRILL & TAVERN 1004 Glenforest Rd. in Carolina Forest Near Tanger Outlets and Hwy. 501 843-903-3150 Choose from a wide selection of foods grilled with locally-cured oak. Enjoy appetizers, Angus aged beef, the freshest seafood, chops, ribs or chicken. Sip a fine wine or your favorite cocktail. There’s a wide salad and sandwich selection. Roam from room to room, savoring the rich wood decor and all the memorabilia collected by Sam himself.

SEA CAPTAIN’S HOUSE Oceanfront at 30th Ave. N, Myrtle Beach • 843- 448-8082 Enjoy fine breakfasts, lunches and dinners, 7 days a week, in the comfortable setting of this charming, restored beach house, with a 270-degree view of the ocean. The Sea Captain’s House has been a Beach tradition for 37 years. So extraordinary is this establishment, Southern Living readers voted it their favorite seafood restaurant!

TBONZ GILL & GRILL Barefoot Landing, 4732 Hwy. 17 South North Myrtle Beach 843-272-7111 Seaboard Commons 1169 Seaboard Street, Myrtle Beach 843 946-7111 The name says they’re famous for tender, juicy steaks. But TBonz also serves a complete menu to wet any appetite. From fresh, local seafood to low country specialties, customers will savor the flavor in the casual atmosphere which also features a family-friendly dining room. 88 On The Green magazine

THE CLAW HOUSE Murrells Inlet Waterfront 4097 Hwy 17 Bus., Murrells Inlet 843-651-4415 Featuring live North Atlantic lobster delivered bi-weekly by our very own refrigerated truck, The Claw House offers the freshest seafood on the Atlantic Seaboard. There is a selection of tasty non-seafood items as well. Water views from every seat in the restaurant.

Jimmie Walker

Voted #1 Comedy Club for 21 Years and Running! Lewis Black

The very best of the best have performed on our stage & they just keep coming! Forget TV, See ‘em live! Only at the beach’s #1 hot spot for entertainment.

WAHOO’S FISH HOUSE Murrells Inlet Waterfront 3993 US 17 Bus., Murrells Inlet 843-651-5800 A refreshing new option for locals and visitors looking for a top notch Murrells Inlet dining experience. This stylish creek side restaurant offers an extensive menu of creative and innovative cuisine including fresh Murrells Inlet seafood and artistic Murrells Inlet sushi. Featuring large windows overlooking beautiful and charming marsh front views. After dinner, stroll next door to Wahoo’s Bar & Marina to enjoy live entertainment.

Locals & Tourists Favorite Place to Laugh


Bobby John Collins Reep

Tuesday thru Thursday 8:00 pm Friday and Saturday 8:00 pm & 10:15 pm *Additional shows in season

Good Humor Bar & Grill Opens at 6:00pm Nightly Bob Nelson

$5. off Admission per party of two with promo code OTGHAHA at Check in. Void Saturdays and Special Events. Josh Blue

9588 N. Kings Hwy. Restaurant Row Call 843-449-HAHA(4242)

WICKED TUNA Murrells Inlet Waterfront 4123 US-17 Bus., Murrells Inlet 843-651-9987 Wicked Tuna’s obsession with fresh fish, prime beef and bold flavors shine through in their signature cuisine. Sushi chefs prepare plates of delicately sliced fresh sashimi and artful & creative sushi rolls. Pair your dish with a selection from the exclusive wine and sake list.

WILD WING CAFE Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach 843-361-WING (9464) “The Best Wings South of Buffalo” in 33 different flavors. Also buckets of beer, handpattied burgers, rotisserie chicken, onion rings, and homemade soups. The marinades, dressings, and sauces are made in-house to ensure flavor and freshness. Wild Wing Café is fun for the entire family.

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In Memorium A Man Called Marvin I recently lost a dear and close friend and the community lost a leader. Marvin Arnsdorff and I go way back, since he was the manager of Golf Digest’s Atlanta office. We collaborated early on because he believed in my ability and let me sell, with his help, advertising sections for Myrtle Beach in Golf Digest. It was a huge success for both my fledgling publishing company and for Golf Digest. We made a great team.

~ Paul Himmelsbach ~

When he was in the area he stayed with Judy and I. We even had a bedroom that we called Marvin’s room. Together, in a bar in Atlanta, we created the World Amateur Golf Championship for Myrtle Beach, which some thirtythree years later is still going strong and brings millions of dollars and a tremendous amount of prestige to the Grand Strand every year. Marvin, Wilma, Judy and I became great friends. We vacationed together, played golf together. His daughter Tamatha worked for us for a summer, life was good, and our friendship grew, as did our accomplishments. I built Heather Glen, Glen Dornoch and my publishing and advertising companies flourished. His position with Golf Digest grew as well with his expertise in the travel and resort business leading all categories for the magazine. Then he had a heart attack, a quadruple by pass and two months later we were in Ireland playing golf. Two years later he decided to retire, Judy and I made a decision to build Shaftesbury. We were looking for partners. My brother Jack was already part of my team, my lifetime friend and college roommate Scott Gobbi was aboard. I asked Marvin

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if he wanted to round out the team. He said yes and the rest is history. He and Wilma moved to Myrtle Beach. Marvin headed up the real estate division and we created the communities that we now know as Shaftesbury. Marvin loved golf, as did Wilma, and you could see him almost daily on the golf range honing his skills. Life was good. Tamatha, her husband Ray, and their children moved to Shaftesbury much to the delight of Marvin and Wilma. He was a proud and caring grandfather, always a loving husband, a caring neighbor, a lover of the community he helped build and an amazing friend to Judy and myself.

Then his heart valve began having problems. It hit him hard, he fought back, tried to find a solution, never quit, but in the end that and other complications took my dear friend, our neighbor, and community leader from us. I will never let a day pass when I look out at the driving range or the putting green that I won’t see my dear friend practicing to get better at a game he loved. He was amazing and all that knew, loved, and respected him will miss him. My dear buddy Marvin Arnsdorff, who now is shooting birdies on God’s Heavenly Links, looking down on all of us, especially his beloved Wilma, Tamatha, Ray, Marvin Jr., Wendy, his grand children, and loving brother. Until we meet again pal, hit them straight. Your friend and partner, Paul

In Memorium Crit Gore A Pioneer In Myrtle Beach Golf. ~ Paul Himmelsbach ~

Heather Glen Golf Links I lost my partner in Heather Glen & Glen Dornoch, Crit Gore. I met Crit in 1984. He was introduced to me by General Jim Hackler when I was in the midst of working out a deal with Colonel Vereen to lease the property that would become Heather Glen. I was a new guy in the community publishing On The Green and On The Beach magazines and I knew nothing about the golf course business. When it came to financing and running a golf course I knew zero and didn’t know were to turn. Crit and Jim Hackler embraced me, helped get the financing and together we built Heather Glen. We named Crit the president of Heather Glen and managing partner. He did a great job - it was named “Best New Course” by Golf Digest in 1987. Under his leadership Heather Glen became a huge winner. My brother Jack, Crit and I built Glen Dornoch, a beautiful course on the Intracoastal waterway. Crit’s son George was part of our team and together we created

the Glens Group which included Possum Trot, Shaftesbury Glen Golf and Fish Club, and the beautiful accommodations at Village at The Glens. Crit was everything you would expect in a partner - honest, smart, hard working, a stand up guy with great principles. His involvement in the community as President of the Golf Course Owners Association, Dunes Club president, and Golf Holiday board member showed his leadership and community-minded spirit. He was a terrific husband to his dear wife Ruth as well as a wonderful father and grandfather. I also considered him my dear friend, always there with advice, suggestions and solutions to business problems. We both were inducted into the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame, an honor I never would have received without the guidance of Crit Gore & Jim Hackler. I will miss my friend and partner Crit, as will his family, friends and the Myrtle Beach community.

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Ryan McCarty Named Golf Course Employee of the Year Longtime Glens Group employee Ryan McCarty has been named the Grand Strand golf employee of the year by the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association. McCarty is the general manager of Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club and Shaftesbury Suites, and director of marketing and public relations for The Glens Group, which manages and markets four courses: Shaftesbury Glen, Heather Glen Golf Links, Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links and Possum Trot Golf Club. Duties in his positions include overseeing day-to-day operations in golf, merchandising, food and beverage, event planning and staffing. He shared GM duties at both Shaftesbury Glen and Wicked Stick Golf Links for a few years before Wicked Stick closed last August. He is involved with numerous groups aimed at improving the Myrtle Beach golf industry, serving on the boards of marketing cooperative Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, Golf Holiday marketing and the T-Links booking engine. He has also been selected to head the 15-course Best of Myrtle Beach Golf Co-op. Criteria for the S.C. course owners employee award includes professionalism, integrity and outstanding service; exceptional quality of work and results; contribution and involvement in the local and state community; and significant contribution to the game/industry.

Litchfield Country Club Course of the Year Litchfield Country Club has been named the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association Course of the Year, a richly deserved honor for a layout that continues to be one of the area’s most popular. Litchfield Country Club has always earned high marks as a shot-maker’s course that requires keen course management and challenges players to use every club in his or her bag. The MBAGCOA evaluates Golf Course of the Year nominees on four criteria: exceptional quality of the golf course, exceptional quality of the ownership and management, outstanding contribution to the community, and significant contribution to the game. By virtue of winning the award, Litchfield is a candidate for state and potentially national honors. While the South Strand has grown up around Litchfield, the Willard Byrd design has more than stood the test of time, delivering an experience that highlights the area’s lowcountry beauty and the virtues of classic golf course architecture. Litchfield is owned and operated by Founders Group International.

Eagle Nest to Become the Longest Course in SC Eagle Nest Golf Club owner Rick Elliott believes the bombers in the game should be catered to and they’ll soon be challenged at his course like nowhere else in South Carolina. Elliott wants to have the longest course in the state. New back tee boxes are being added to most holes at the Little River layout, and soon the 44-year-old Gene Hamm design should be approximately 7,900 yards. About 1,000 yards are being added to the current length of 6,901 yards, though the course can now measure more than 7,000 yards when the back tee boxes are fully extended. “Everybody keeps saying shorten things up and make things more narrow. I think the opposite,” Elliott said. “There’s an opportunity at Eagle Nest to push it to around 8,000 yards. We feel we can add a lot of distance to the golf course and make it a true championship layout. The new golfer wants to play a championship course and distance is important.” The new tips will be called the “Perch Tees” and will be constructed to resemble eagle’s nests with elevation and ornamental grasses.

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Four Myrtle Beach Golf Courses on Golf Magazine’s List of the Top 100 Courses You Can Play Golf Magazine unveiled its biennial list of America’s “Top 100 You Can Play,” a ranking of the nation’s best public courses, and four area Myrtle Beach Golf Courses, including two of the nation’s top 40, earned a spot on the coveted list. A Lowcountry classic, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club led the way at no. 29, followed by the Dunes Club at no. 39, True Blue at no. 77, and Barefoot Resort’s Love Course was no. 85. Caledonia, a Mike Strantz design, has long been a favorite of the Golf Magazine ratings panel. The layout, routed along a stunning piece of property, is equal parts art and architecture. Strantz carved a masterpiece between soaring live oak trees draped in Spanish moss and alligator-filled, lowcountry water that used to feed thriving rice plantations. The Dunes Club, a consensus top 100 public course, is a Robert Trent Jones Sr. masterpiece. With uncommon elevation change, arguably the state’s best greens complexes, and Jones’ architectural genius, the Dunes Club is the most revered Myrtle Beach golf course. The layout, which hosted the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship, is anchored by Alligator Alley – holes 11 through 13 – which play along the swash from the nearby Atlantic Ocean and Lake Singleton.True Blue, also a Strantz design and Caledonia’s sister course, deservedly retained its spot on the list. Everything about this 7,126-yard monster is big, including the fairways, greens and waste bunkers. Golf Magazine said of True Blue, “Hole to hole, the variety is astounding. The course is mostly open, with beauty and menace mingling with lakes, marshland and plenty of scrub-filled natural sandy areas … Rarely has golf architecture had a shaper as artful as Strantz. The full measure of his formidable skill is on display at True Blue.” When Barefoot initially opened its fairways, some skeptics wondered if Davis Love III would be capable of crafting a course that was equal to more highly regarded architects Pete Dye, Tom Fazio and Greg Norman, who also designed courses at Barefoot. With its generous landing areas, creative layout, and Donald Ross-inspired greens complexes, the Love Course is among the most popular Myrtle Beach golf courses and playable layouts.

Upgrades at The Legends The Legends Golf Resort has a completely renovated restaurant and bar in the main clubhouse. There is also a new cart fleet, upgraded pro shop, a brand new private lounge – this to go along with the spring additions like brand new bathrooms, snack bar, and upgraded resort items such as high thread count linens and towels in the villas, large flat screen TVs, and hardwood floors in most villas.

Changes at The Thistle Chad Wiebelhaus is now the Head Golf Professional at The Thistle. The Thistle recently completed a 27 hole greens renovation project. The bent grass greens have been replaced with TifEagle Ultra Dwarf Bermuda and they are PERFECT! Thistle has also added a Ladies/Junior tee box with TEAL colored tees. They are forward tees that they call a “Pace of Play” tee box. Thistle now has 6 tee box options for guests.

Improvements at Sandpiper Bay Sandpiper Bay has completely redone all the bunkers at the 27 hole facility. They also removed 29 bunkers that were not essential to the design or playability of the holes, and put new sand and new drainage on the remaining 61. They also cut down over 500 pine trees that were shading the greens or uprooting the cart paths. The Piper paths have been repaved. The Mini Verde greens continue to be the best on-course feature - and the most important part of the golf experience for guests. Download our mobile “app” on page 22

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