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NEW! 5/9/17 SEVERAL FOUNDERS GROUP INTERNATIONAL GOLF COURSES NAMED IN 2017 TOP COURSES FOR PUBLIC PLAY
S.C. Golf Course Ratings Panel Names Four and Golfweek Includes Two Founders Courses
May 9, 2017, Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Founders Group International courses are on 2017 lists of South Carolina's top courses available for public play. Golfweek ranks TPC Myrtle Beach 12th and King's North at Myrtle Beach National 13th in the list of 15 South Carolina courses recognized in its prestigious state-by-state rankings. Pine Lakes Country Club is new to the S.C. Golf Course Ratings Panel list, joining Grande Dunes Resort Course, TPC Myrtle Beach, and Pawleys PlantationGolf & Country Club.
"It's very gratifying to see our courses ranked among the best year after year, especially since there are more than 350 golf courses throughout South Carolina," said Steve Mays, director of marketing and sales for Founders Group International. "By far, the Grand Strand has more highly-ranked courses in one location than any other spot in the state. That;s on of the things that makes it a great place for a golf vacation. Our group can arrange for tee times on any of the area's great courses including these spotlighted in the latest rankings."
TPC Myrtle Beach is the only Myrtle Beach golf course to ever be awarded 5 stars by Golf Digest. Ranked among Digest's America's 100 Greatest Public Courses, Best in State, TPC has been chosen to be the host site of the 2019 NCAA Division I men's golf regional. Designed by Tom Fazio, the course gives golfers the experience of PGA Tour-caliber golf. It has been played bt greats such as Tom Watson, Gary Player and Lee Trevino.
King's North at Myrtle Beach National offers several of the Grand Strand's most memorable holes, including the par 5 hole, "The Gambler." Golfers can choose to hit the driver long enough over an expansive water hazard onto an island fairway for a good chance of getting to the green in two or take the safe layup and a short approach over water for the more conventional three-shot hole. The course also delivers a dramatic ending with the par 4 18th, which feature an array of 40 bunkers. Golf "Places to Play" has awarded King's North 4.5 stars.
Pine Lakes Country Club opened in 1927 as Ocean Forest Country Club. It's called "The Granddaddy" for being the first course on the Grand Strand and is known for being the place where the magazine Sports Illustrated was founded. Architect Craig Schreiner gave it a full-scale renovation in 2008, bringing it back into the spirit of the 1920s. The back 9 still reflects the original design and the front nine was renovated to enhance the elegant experience golfers from around the world associate with Pine Lakes Country Club.
Grande Dunes Resort Club has been highly rewarded over years, named "National Golf Course of the Year" in 2009 by the National Golf Course Owners Association of America. Grande Dunes offers one of the most challenging layouts in the 22-course Founders Group Collection. The Roger Rulewich Group design is on a high bluff overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.
Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club is a Jack Nicklaus signature course with subtle greens well-guarded by bunkers, challenging fairways dotted with water, and views of the saltwater marsh that divides the mainland from Pawleys Island. It has received numerous occolades from Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and other national media. The S.C. Golf CourseRanking Panel ranked Pawleys Plantation as one of the top 50 golf courses in South Carolina in 2016.
The S.C. Golf Course Ratings Panel rates the Best Courses You Can Play biennially, filling in the even-numbered years with South Carolina's 50 Best Courses. Its criteria for ratings include routing, variety, strategy, equity, memorability, aesthetics, and experience. Golfweek's criteria including routing conditioning, variety and memorability of holes.
About Founders Group International.
Founders Group International (FGI) is the foremost golf course owner-operator company in the Southeastern United States. Formed in 2014 through various purchase, and the 2015 acquisition of National Golf Management, FGI owns and operates 22 golf courses (423 holes) in and around Myrtle Beach, S.C., America's seaside golf capital.
Those courses include Pine Lakes Country Club, the "granddaddy" of Myrtle Beach area courses; TPC Myrtle Beach, host site of the 2019 NCAA Division I men's golf regional and Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, and Grande Dunes Resort Club, home of the Grand Dunes Golf Performance Center.
FGI administers www.MBN.com, a leader in online tee time bookings, as well as package outlets, Ambassador Golf and Myrtle Beach Golf Trips. With help from Golfer Insider, 100 percent player-generated course ranking system, thousands of golfers plan and assemble their ideal golf itineraries through FGI's assets, including "top-100 caliber" courses Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club King's North at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club, and more than 80 beach courses.
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2016 - 2017 - Top courses to play in 2017 (source and link Golf.com) Golf 2017
1. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort, Kiawah Island
2. Harbour Town and Golf Links, Hilton Head Island
3. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Pawleys Island
4. Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Myrtle Beach
5. May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton
6. True Blue, Pawleys Island
7. Barefoot Resort (Love), North Myrtle Beach
8. Tidewater, North Myrtle Beach2017
9. Wild Dunes (Links) Isle of Palms
10. TPC Myrtle Beach - Murrells Inlet
2016 10 best.com Top 10 Golf Courses in the Grand Strand
2016 The Sun News top rated golf courses
Best Golf Courses:
First place: CalodoniaGolf & Fish Club
Finalist: Dunes Golf and Beach Club
Finalist: Legends Resort
Best N.C. and S.C. Resort Golf Courses 2017
According to GolfWeek.com, here are the best courses you can play in 2017" You can see the list here.
5 Best Top Myrtle Beach Area Golf Courses
The Grande Dunes Resort Golf Course
The Man O' War Golf Course
The TPC of Myrtle Beach
The Tidewater Golf Club Course
The Wachesaw Plantation East Course
Source: Golf Travel About.com
"Best of the Beach" 2017 golf-related winners:
First Place - Legends Golf Resort
Finalist, Thistle Golf Club
Finalist, Dunes Golf & Beach Club
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Dunes Golf & Beach Club
Plus a list of "Best of the Rest"
See website for the entire list as well as links to each golf course
Golf Digest - Best Golf Courses 2017 - 2018
Best of the Grand Strand, 2016 2017
See the "Grand Strand Magazine" winners which include Best Steaks, Best Pizza, Best New Restaurant, Best Happy Hour, Most Romantic Restaurant, Best Suchi, Best all-you-can-eat, Best Brunch, Best place for seafood,burgers and more, Best of the Grand Strand.
Where to Tee Off
The Travel Channel's take on the "Best Golf Courses on the Grand Strand."
The only question is: Where to play first? LowCountry Salt marches? Budget-friendly fairways? Magnolia-strewn plantations? Myrtle Beach has them all including discounted multi-course packages. Here are a few of our favorite places to hit the green in Myrtle Beach
Greens for Less green!
OK, true: To play True Blue, and our other courses so far, is not cheap, ranging from $100 to $185, depending on the season. But many other Myrtle Beach courses are very affordable, with unique charms that stand up to the big boys.
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WMBF "America's 100 Public Courses"
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Two of Myrtle Beach's golf courses ranked among “America's 100 Greatest Public Courses” in the Feb. 2015 issue of Golf Digest.
"Dunes Golf and Beach Club ranked number 50 and Caledonia Golf and Fish Club ranked number 73. "Congratulations to the Dunes Club and Caledonia for being ranked among America's 100 Greatest Public Courses," Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday President, Bill Golden said.
The Dunes Club was designed by Trent Jones, Sr. and opened in 1948. The course has hosted professional golf events, including the U.S. Women's Open, six Senior PGA Tour Championships, and the PGA Professional National Championship.
A Mike Strantz design, Caledonia's layout was crafted over 100 acres of property. The course has an antebellum style clubhouse that requires forced carry over water.
“Myrtle Myrtle Beach has more outstanding courses than any destination in the country, and having two layouts ranked among America's top 100 public courses is further affirmation of that quality,” Golden said. Golf Digest chose the golf courses based on shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, and conditioning.
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