President’s Desk – Fall 2011

Fall 2011

Greetings from Golftown, USA!

Welcome to the “new and improved” MBGA.COM!

The Myrtle Beach Golf Association is excited that our latest site redesign not only makes it easier for you to navigate, but is also chock full of new features and upgrades that make planning your next Myrtle Beach golf experience easier than ever before.

Among the welcome additions are:

·       A synergetic partnership with the Myrtle Beach Golf Insider, which boasts more than 9,000 golfer reviews of area courses. This allows us to tap in to a treasure trove of unvarnished feedback that’s updated daily, helping you gauge up-to-the-minute trends on what you want (or DON’T want, for that matter) to see about the courses you’re thinking of playing.

·     Instructional videos featuring USGTG Certified Golf Pro Meredith Kirk. Meredith brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her teaching, and presents it in a way that’s easy for golfers of ALL skill levels to digest. We’re thrilled to be able to share her expertise with you in our series of “Stroke Savers” video tips!


In case you’ve been out of touch with the Myrtle Beach golf scene for the past few months or so, the biggest news to hit the circuit was the recent announcement by local golf giants Burroughs & Chapin and Myrtle Beach National Company that they will soon join forces in a merger – creating a juggernaut in the local golf industry, and a new company that will become one of the 15 largest golf course management companies in the U.S. Once the dust settles, the yet-to-be-named new company will own 14 courses and manage an additional 10. The owned courses will include Aberdeen, Litchfield C.C., Long Bay, SouthCreek at MBN, West Course at MBN, King’s North at MBN, Pawleys Plantation, River Club, Waterway Hills, Willbrook Plantation, Resort Course at Grande Dunes, Pine Lakes, Myrtlewood Palmetto and Myrtlewood Pinehills. The managed courses will include Blackmoor, Tradition Club, Wachesaw Plantation East, Wild Wing, Tidewater, Members Club at Grande Dunes, River Hills, Arcadian Shores, Farmstead and Meadowlands …

Unfortunately, another area golf complex has fallen victim to the tough economy, as Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center in Sunset Beach, N.C. recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Rees Jones, Willard Byrd and Dan Maples signature courses at this complex will continue to operate along with the company’s resort and convention business as they seek to reorganize their debts. The move coincides with the growing trend nationwide of high-profile golf complexes taking similar measures. Let’s hope Sea Trail is able to bounce back and continue to contribute to the Grand Strand golf scene.

That’s all for this month, folks. Thanks for continuing to be a part of this important Myrtle Beach golf forum!


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