Myrtle Beach is a vital part of golf’s rich history, serving as a launching pad from some of the game’s greatest architects and various other endeavors that went on to enjoy national acclaim.
With that in mind, here are five Myrtle Beach golf facts you likely didn’t know and can use to the impress friends on your next golf trip.
1. Did you know Arcadian Shores Golf Club was famed architect Rees Jones first design? Jones, who went on to earn the nickname “The Open Doctor” because of his work renovating U.S. Open layouts, got his start along the Grand Strand. It wasn’t hard to predict future greatness for Jones after the 1974 opening of Arcadian Shores. The classic design is a beauty – it was once ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest – and remains a favorite among savvy group leaders.
2. Pine Lakes Country Club was the first Myrtle Beach golf course and its architect Robert White, a St. Andrew’s, Scotland native, was the first president of the PGA of America. Pine Lakes was also the birthplace of Sports Illustrated, making it Myrtle Beach’s most trivia-producing layout.
3. Did you know there is only one golf course in the world that has back-to-back island greens? That’s right, and it’s Man O’War Golf Club. The Dan Maples design, which is built around a 107-acre lake, has island greens on the 14th and 15th holes, creating plenty of take home memories and a little bit of golf history.
4. You know Barefoot as home to four great courses – Norman, Love, Fazio and Dye – but it’s also the only facility to ever open four layouts simultaneously. Given that Love, Fazio and Dye courses have all been ranked among America’s top 100 public courses, it’s an accomplishment that has left a lot of golfers smiling.
5. Mike Strantz was a supernova shooting across the golf architecture sky and he got his start in Myrtle Beach. Strantz designed seven public courses and each of them enjoyed time ranked among the nation’s best public courses, led by Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, his first solo design. Strantz’ life and career were tragically cut short by cancer by his memory lives on along the Myrtle Beach golf scene with Caledonia and True Blue.
By Chris King at Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday