Myrtle Beach Golf News & Updates

March 24, 2009

Oldest Myrtle Beach Golf Course, Pine Lakes, Reopens

The tummy has been tucked and the facelift completed, leaving Myrtle Beach’s favorite Granddaddy, Pine Lakes Country Club, ready to serve a cup of clam chowder with a memorable round of golf.

The oldest Myrtle Beach golf course, Pine Lakes, reopened on March 14 after a two-year, $15 million renovation that included an overhaul of the course and the clubhouse. Craig Schreiner handled the course renovation and his work reinvigorated the venerable layout.

After reviewing routing

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March 13, 2009

3 Favorite Holes – Long Bay Club

Long Bay is one of the most challenging Myrtle Beach golf courses, an architectural gem that tests every part of a player’s game. The layout is very good from the first tee to the final putt, but we tasked head pro Jim Fellner with identifying his three favorite holes on the North Strand course.

After careful deliberation, here is Fellner’s list:

No. 3 – 401-yard, par 4 – The short par 4, given the pin placement, can offer all the challenge a golfer wants. If

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March 13, 2009

Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame Class Inducted

Myrtle Beach has grown from a sleepy beach town into the world’s most popular golf destination, attracting players from across the globe to the Grand Strand. With the heart of the spring golf season rapidly approaching, the Myrtle Beach golf community took time to honor some of the people most responsible for its rise.

W. Cecil Brandon, Clay Brittain, Jr., Carolyn Cassidy Cudone, Jimmy D’Angelo, General James F. Hackler, Jr. and Robert White were inducted into the Myrtle

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February 18, 2009

Course Review: Founders Club Earns Its Stripes

Pawleys Island is regarded by many as the hub of high-end Myrtle Beach golf. The relaxed pace of the life, soaring Oak trees and more top 100 courses than Hilton Head and Kiawah combined lend credence to that line of thinking.

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February 17, 2009

3 Favorite Holes – Founders Club

Every course has postcard-perfect photography, but golfers play holes not pictures. As a result, asks the pro at every course it reviews for their three favorite holes. At Founders Club it was general manager Rick Taylor who shared his insight about Myrtle Beach’s newest course. Without further ado, here are Taylor’s three favorite holes: No. 3, 190-yard, par 3 – The hole requires a shot over water and encapsulates several of Founders Club’s

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February 16, 2009

Playing with the Pro – Founders Club No. 14

Founders Club is defined by its par 4s on the back nine. The course's challenge and beauty converge on the 14th hole, a dogleg right that plays into an elevated green guarded by bunkers on each side. In general manager Rick Taylor's opinion, it's the toughest hole on the course, and he has provided a tutorial on how to play the

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February 2, 2009

Playing With The Pro – No. 13 at Pawleys Plantation

Take a pictorial and video tour of Pawleys Plantation's 13th hole with the course's assistant pro Dale Ketola, who walks you through what to expect on one of Myrtle Beach's most recognizable holes. The par 3 measures just 145 yards from the tips but plays into a virtual island green set amidst a saltwater marsh.







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January 14, 2009

Myrtle Beach’s Most Unique Golf Trip?


They congregated in the pro shop snack bar at Indian Wells, ordered a round of drinks and figured out who won skins. It looked like any other group that comes to Myrtle Beach – a lot of story-telling, laughing and cold drinks.

While the 39 golfers that came together for four days and four rounds carried on as if they were life long friends, the reality is they hardly knew each other.

The internet has changed the world in a myriad of ways, something the Myrtle Beach Golf

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December 18, 2008

Golf Notebook: Grande Dunes Named National Course of the Year

Myrtle Beach boasts 10 of America’s top 100 golf courses, two of America’s top 25 golf schools, and now the area is home to the 2009 National Golf Course of the Year.

The Grande Dunes Resort Club recently earned Golf Course of the Year honors from the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA). Grande Dunes is the second Myrtle Beach area course to capture the annual award, joining International World Tour Golf Links, which earned the honor in 2004.

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December 8, 2008

Crow Creek, a Hidden Gem Worth Discovering

Golfers pay lip service to hitting every club in the bag, thinking their away around the course, and the challenge of target golf. It all sounds goods, but it’s not entirely true. 

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December 8, 2008

Meet Road Trip: Myrtle Beach Star Perry Swenson

Perry Swenson arrived for the filming of the first episode of Road Trip: Myrtle Beach with more bags than she could carry and little idea of what to expect. Swenson was the final member to join the Road Trip cast and she did so just days before the show started filming.

When she arrived, she had trouble with names but little problem figuring out a good time was in store.

“I really didn’t have time to form any expectations,” Swenson said. “At the last minute, I

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November 25, 2008

Mark Bryan, Road Trip: Myrtle Beach’s Unassuming Star

The parking lot at Glen Dornoch was full of late model cars, many of the high-end variety, until Road Trip: Myrtle Beach star Mark Bryan arrived.

Bryan pulled into the parking lot, ferrying his castmates, in a navy blue, 1988 Chevy Suburban big enough to haul Kanye West’s ego. With the understated Bryan at the wheel, hubris was never a factor when the wood paneled SUV was on the scene.

To be clear, the car, despite its age, doesn’t run like a two-decade old tank. Bryan

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November 22, 2008

Behind the scenes with Road Trip: Myrtle Beach

The Road Trip: Myrtle Beach cast had just reconvened from all parts of the country on a sun-splashed day at Thistle Golf Club in early October. Tee time was set for 2 p.m., but timeliness wasn’t a priority.

Josh Kelley arrived on a redeye flight from the West Coast; Mark Bryan drove up from his home in Charleston; Perry Swenson, fresh off attempting to advance in LPGA Q-School, and Charlie Rymer, who recently wrapped up filming of his first season as host of the Big Break, also

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November 14, 2008

New Episodes of Road Trip: Myrtle Beach Return

They had to get out the fishing gear, stare man-eating reptiles in the eye, put on their dancing shoes, and as always, play a lot of great golf. Yes, the cast of Road Trip: Myrtle Beach had a surplus of fun during its swing through the North end of Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand, and now it’s time to relive the excitement.

Road Trip: Myrtle Beach – Golf Channel’s most popular travel show –  returns to the air with four new episodes, beginning Tuesday, November

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November 5, 2008

Two Myrtle Beach Golf Schools Rank Among Nation’s Top 25

Myrtle Beach long ago carved out its niche as America’s most popular golf destination, and now it can lay legitimate claim to being among the best and most cost effective places to learn the game.

 The Grand Strand is home to two of the “Top 25 Golf Schools in America,” according to Golf Magazine. The Phil Ritson-Mel Sole Golf School, located at Pawleys Plantation, and Classic Swing Golf School, located at Legends Resort, were both named to the prestigious

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