By Kyle Oland
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has long been known as “The Golf Capital of the World” for hosting millions of rounds each year, with players coming from all over the world to experience the ultimate destination for vacation golf.
Did you know that, over the years, many big-name celebrities and golf personalities have been among those millions who’ve made a trip to Myrtle Beach for that very reason? Here are nine of the more notable names to do so!
Paige Spiranac. Perhaps today’s biggest name among golf content creators on social media, the OG Instagram girl with more than 3.7 million followers has made many visits to Myrtle Beach since 2017. Spiranac has been featured in a number of PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com promotional videos and was a one-time brand ambassador for this destination.
Roger Clemens. One of the greatest pitchers in Major League Baseball history once channeled his competitive energy as a participant in the 2012 World Amateur Handicap Championship. While he was part of two World Series championship teams with the New York Yankees Clemens fell just short of World Champion status on the links, but not without showcasing his trademark competitive nature on his way to finishing ninth overall in the World Am’s Flight Winners Playoff at TPC Myrtle Beach that year!
Steph Curry. All-Pro, All-World NBA player Steph Curry grew up in the Carolinas and played multiple times in Myrtle Beach as a child with his father, former NBA great Dell Curry. Rumor has it that Steph beat his father for the first time on the golf course at Myrtlewood Golf Club!
Dustin Johnson. Former World No. 1 and Masters Champion Dustin Johnson played college golf at Coastal Carolina University, with renowned venue TPC Myrtle Beach acted as the Chanticleers’ home course. Johnson bases his namesake instructional facility, The Dustin Johnson Golf School, in Murrells Inlet and returns every year to the Grand Strand as host of the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship.
Darius Rucker. A country music icon and lead man for Hootie & the Blowfhish, Darius has played for years in Myrtle Beach. During the early years of Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius and his bandmates would make frequent trips to Myrtle Beach from nearby Charleston for rounds of golf. Rucker continues to hold his celebrity event, the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, each spring at The Dye Course at Barefoot Resort.
John Daly. There might be no more fitting a golf destination for cult hero John Daly than Myrtle Beach! It’s no secret that good times are to be had in Myrtle Beach with your buddies, and Daly has long been at the forefront of creating some special memories along the Grand Strand! Daly is a frequent guest of Monday After the Masters and is known to break out his guitar and sing at The House of Blues. In preparing for a promotional appearance here, Daly once parked his tour bus in the parking lot of TPC Myrtle Beach overnight and got a good night’s sleep there in advance of the taping. Now that is legend status!
Dan Marino. The Pro Football Hall of Famer is known to make frequent stops to visit friends at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club.
Jason Aldean. Country music icon Jason Aldean spent an afternoon playing World Tour Golf Links during the summer of 2022 while he was in Myrtle Beach for the Carolina Country Music Festival. Imagine pulling up to your tee time and finding yourself paired up with this megastar!
Charlie Rymer. “The Big Timer” and unofficial mayor of Myrtle Beach has long been a staple of the Myrtle Beach golf scene. The former Golf Channel personality has a home in Myrtle Beach and is a frequent player at the dozens of Myrtle Beach area golf courses.