The Myrtle Beach area boasts more than 100 of the most unique, challenging and picturesque golf courses in the world, making it a premiere destination for golf enthusiasts and aficionados with more than four million rounds of golf played annually. Golfers can experience the beauty of oceanfront holes or stand in the midst of giant live oaks draped in Spanish moss on the site of a colonial rice plantation. Course designers have taken great pains to protect the natural habitat and wildlife indigenous to the Grand Strand while creating courses that are technically challenging and beautiful. Among the world-renowned architects: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Robert Trent Jones, Davis Love III, Tom Fazio, Greg Norman, Gary Player, and Pete and P.B. Dye.
Several world-famous golfers designed many of Myrtle Beach’s most challenging courses. Then there’s one which played a part in the history of the popular magazine whose pages these athletes have graced – “Sports Illustrated.” The year was 1954, and Pine Lakes Country Club hosted the magazine’s first sales conference just a few weeks before the debut issue was released. The majority of the Myrtle Beach area’s golf courses are open to the public. Many host professional and amateur tournaments including the PGA TOUR Superstore World Amateur Handicap Championship each fall, which is played out on more than 70 different courses throughout the destination. Nearly one-third of the Myrtle Beach area’s golf courses are rated with four-stars or higher in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” and seven courses are ranked among the “Top 100 Public Courses in America.” The readers of PGA.com chose Myrtle Beach as the No. 2 spot in a round-up of the top nine family-friendly golf resorts.
In 1967, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday was founded as a not-for-profit organization to promote golf vacations and golf events. Today, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday includes nearly 100 Grand Strand golf courses and resorts (www. GolfHoliday.com). As if this wasn’t enough, golf enthusiasts looking for that perfect driver or putter now have a local destination. Golf Xtreme, the largest golf-only retailer in the world with almost 150 stores in the U.S. and Canada, recently opened its newest facility on Oak Forest Lane in Myrtle Beach.
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