Thursday, October 8, 2015

Myrtle Beach Golf Courses Reopen in Aftermath of Storm

Grand Strand Avoids Worst of Storm’s Damage, Welcomes Golfers Back to the Area

(Myrtle Beach, S.C.) – Emerging from the aftermath of a storm that brought record rainfall to South Carolina last weekend, Myrtle Beach area golf courses have reopened all along the Grand Strand.

A 60-mile stretch of Carolinas coastline, the Grand Strand absorbed more than 20 inches of rain in some locales, but the area avoided the worst of the storm’s damage.

Thirty-two courses reopened Tuesday and that number will have nearly tripled by Thursday morning, when nearly every layout will be open in anticipation of a busy fall weekend.

“We are happy to be able to welcome golfers to Myrtle Beach this weekend and throughout the fall,” said Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday president. “We were extremely fortunate to have avoided the extensive damage other parts of the state endured. Even as we get back to the work of helping people enjoy a golf vacation, our thoughts will never be far from our friends throughout the state who are dealing with situations that are much more severe.”

Myrtle Beach golf courses didn’t escape unscathed. Every layout in the area had to deal with standing water and bunker erosion, but when the water receded, most course operators were relieved to find structural damage was minimal.

“We had a lot of water, but we didn’t experience any significant damage,” said Steve Mays, director of sales and marketing for Founders Group International, which operates 22 area courses. “Once the water receded, we were ready to go. Golfers shouldn’t see any adverse effects this weekend and certainly beyond.”

For most of the next week, the Myrtle Beach area is expected to have near perfect weather. High temperatures are forecast to be in upper 70s and low 80s and will be accompanied by a slight breeze, which will help further aide courses in drying out.

“I think players will be pleasantly surprised at the conditions, given what everyone at the beach has gone through,” said Dave Genevro, general manager at Barefoot Resort, home of the four of the area’s premier courses. “I’ve been here 15 years and I saw water in places I’ve never seen it before, but conditions are going to better than people expect, based on what they saw on TV.”

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