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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 Plantation Golf & 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 those spotlighted in these 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's been played by grteats including 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 features an array of 40 bunkers. Gold Digest's "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 nine 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 awarded over the 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 accolades from Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and other national media. The S.C. Golf Course Ratings Panel ranked Pawleys Plantation in 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 purchases 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 Grand Dunes Resort Club, home of the Grande 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 the help of Golf Insider's 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 Myrtle Beach courses.

More information about Founders Group International, is available at www.foundersgroupinternational.com, www.mbn.com or MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com.

Source: public.relations@lhwh.com

2016 - 2017 - Best 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 Gold Links, Hilton Head Island
3. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Pawleys Island 4. Dunes Golf & Beach Ckb, 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 Beach
2017
9. Wild Dunes (Links), Isle of Palms
10. TPC Myrtle Beach - Murrells Inlet

2016 10best.com Top 10 Golf Courses in the Grand Strand7

2016 - 19th Hole "Best of the Beach"
First Place: Dead Dog Saloon
Finalist: Icon Sports & Spirits
Finalist: Marlin Quay

2016 The Sun News top rarted golf courses
Best Golf Courses::
First place: Calodonia Golf & Fish Club
Finalist: Dunes Golf & Beach Club
Finalist: Legends Resort

Best N.C. and S.C. Resort Golf Courses 2016
According to
golfweek.com Resort Courses 2016" View the winners nation-wide including N.C. and S.C. Resort Courses made the cut. You can read the entire list here.

5 Best 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" 2016 Winner:
Best Overall Best Golf Course -
The Suin News Visitors' Choice First Place - Caledonia
Finalist, Grande Dunes Resort & Beach Club

"Must Play" Golf Courses in Myrtle Beach
from Golf.Com (Updated Wed. July 126, 2016)
Caledonia
Dunes Golf & Beach Club
Barefoot Resort
Tidewater
True Blue
TCP
Plus a list of "Best of the Rest"
See wwebsite for the entire list as well as links to each golf course

Best Instructors as ranked by their peers
Here is Golf Digest's exclusive 2013-2014 ranking of the best instructors as ranked by their peers. The following are from South Carolina:
1. Brad Redding; The Members C. at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach
2. Rick Barry; Sea PinesResort, Hilton GHead Island
3. Ron Cerrudo; Daniel Island, Charleston, S.C..
4. Krista Dunton; Berkeley Hall, Bluffton
5. Carol Preisinger; Kiawah Island S.C.
6. Bill Sampson; Old Tabby Links, Spring Island
7. David La Pour; Colleton River Plantation, Bluffton
8. John Farrell; Harbour Town G. Links, Hilton Head Island

9. Ed Sehl; Tega Cay G.C.
10. Tim Cooke;  Long Cove Course, Hilton Head Island
To view all U.S. best instructors: click here.

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, Best 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 then all and oftem with discounted multi-course packages. Here are a few of our favorite places to hit the green in Myrtle Beach

Barefoot Resort
Dunes Golf and Beach Club
Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club
Caledonia Golf and Fish Club
True Blue Golf Plaantation

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 bcourses are very affordable, with unique charms that stand up to the big boys.
Whispering Pines
Myrtlewood Golf Club
Heather Glen Golf Links

WMBF "America's 100 Greatest Public Courses"

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Two of Myrtle Beach's golf courses ranked among “America's 100 Greatest Public Courses” in the February 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 Gold 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 on over 100 acres of property. The course has an antebellum style clubhouse that requires a forced carry over water.

“Myrtle Beach has more outstanding golf 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.
Copyright 2015 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

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