Area golf courses escape significant damage from storm

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Sept. 20, 2019) – Myrtle Beach golf courses reopened last weekend following a brush with Hurricane Dorian, welcoming players back to America’s most popular golf destination with beautiful weather and outstanding conditions.

The storm, which stayed far enough offshore to spare the Grand Strand the worst of its wrath, grazed the area Thursday, bringing tropical storm force winds and rain but no structural damage. The vast majority of courses were closed Friday to cleanup light debris and reopened Saturday.

 “Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the people of the Bahamas, who were forced to endure the storm at its peak,” said Bill Golden, president of Golf Tourism Solutions, the agency responsible for marketing Myrtle Beach as a golf destination. “We were extremely fortunate to have avoided the worst of Hurricane Dorian. Myrtle Beach golf courses were able to escape with no long-term damage, and players can expect to find our courses in typically outstanding condition.”

“It’s business as usual for us,” said Chris Cooper, general manager at Tidewater Golf Club. “You wouldn’t even know a hurricane was here. The entire golf course is in great shape, so we were really fortunate.”

Cooper’s sentiments were echoed throughout the Grand Strand. From Pawleys Island in the south to Brunswick County along the North Strand, Myrtle Beach courses were able to quickly reopen, paving the way for golfers to return for the area’s always popular fall season.

The fall season runs from mid-September through mid-November, attracting players from across the nation with idyllic temperatures, the depth and quality of the area’s course offerings, and Myrtle Beach’s legendary value.

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