Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has been called the Golf Capital of the World, and it’s also the place the world’s No. 1 golfer calls home.
Dustin Johnson, a 17-time PGA Tour winner and the top-ranked player in the World Golf Rankings for more than a year, is a South Carolina native and longtime Myrtle Beach resident who remains actively involved in the local golf community despite his successful touring career.
As a two-time All-American at Coastal Carolina University in nearby Conway, Johnson honed his game on the Grand Strand golf courses before turning pro and rising to the top of his profession. Now Johnson is chipping in to help others reach their potential on the links. Last month Johnson took time out of his hectic touring schedule to return to Myrtle Beach for a pair of pet projects that bear his name – the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship and the Dustin Johnson Golf Performance Center.
Both of his “babies” were born at TPC Myrtle Beach, which also served as Johnson’s proving grounds as the home course for his CCU Chanticleers. Johnson started the “DJ” to bring some of the world’s top juniors to the Grand Strand to experience some serious competition. The forthcoming Performance Center is an extension of his existing Dustin Johnson Golf School, designed to help all golfers of all skill levels to take their swing to the next level.
“To bring this Performance Center to my hometown and be able to give golfers a competitive edge is exciting,” Johnson said during the February groundbreaking ceremony at TPC Myrtle Beach. “We haven’t held anything back in the design because we want to give the Golf School students and Foundation scholars the opportunity to learn the game, no matter what level they are when they start here. That’s important to me, and it’s also important that they get the very best when they’re learning.”
The 3,100-square-foot facility will be one of a kind when it opens this summer (construction is expected to be completed by the end of May but no grand opening date has been set), merging top-notch instruction and the latest in technology to provide the ultimate learning experience. Cutting-edge programs like TrackMan and My Swing 3D will be part of the curriculum, which is headed by Dustin Johnson Golf School director and DJ’s former college coach, Allen Terrell.
“When the Dustin Johnson Golf Performance Center is complete, we will be able to teach every day in a facility that was built with one thing in mind: helping golfers improve their game,” Terrell said. “Dustin’s commitment to the Golf School has been unwavering since we started, and with his support, all of the golfers will have access to the same technology and fundamentals that he uses while competing on Tour.”
Johnson’s use of technology to stay on top of his game is well documented, and he will be fine-tuning his swing in the coming days in hopes of accomplishing his childhood dream of becoming a Masters champion. Growing up near Columbia, South Carolina, only an hour’s drive from Augusta National Golf Club, Johnson appeared poised to conquer the hallowed course in 2017. He was on a roll at this time last season before falling on a set of stairs in his Augusta rental home and injuring his back.
Johnson was forced to withdraw from the tournament and it took months of rehab before rounding back into form. Now he returns to Augusta this year looking to slip on a coveted green jacket instead of slipping on the steps. Johnson says he will be staying in a different house in Augusta this year, but he will always call Myrtle Beach his hometown.