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Tuesday, July 17, 2012 by Chris King
The Dunes Golf & Beach Club has been named the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association’s 2012 Course of the Year.
The MBAGCOA evaluates Golf Course of the Year nominees on four criteria: exceptional quality of the golf course, exceptional quality of the ownership and management, outstanding contribution to the community, and significant contribution to the game. By virtue of winning the award, Dunes Club becomes a candidate for state and potentially national honors.
“We are thrilled to be recognized as Course of the Year in the Myrtle Beach area,” said Dennis Nicholl, Dunes Club head professional. “To be selected from among so many fine golf courses in this area is truly an honor. We look forward to representing the Myrtle Beach golf industry as we advance to the state and national levels.”
The award is another in a long list of accolades for the Dunes Club. Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Golfweek have long ranked the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design among America’s top 100 public courses. The Grand Strand’s second oldest layout, the Dunes Club has also hosted some of golf’s most prestigious events, including the U.S. Women’s Open, six Senior PGA Tour Championships, and the finals of the PGA Tour’s Q-School.
The 13th hole, known has Waterloo, is the Dunes Club’s signature hole and the memorable crescendo of a three-hole stretch known as Alligator Alley. The par 5, which plays around Lake Singleton, has been featured on the pages of Golf Digest and hailed by the likes of World Golf Hall of Famer Dan Jenkins.
The 11th and 12th holes, both of which play along the swash from the nearby Atlantic Ocean, complete Alligator Alley, one of the finest stretches of golf in the nation.
The Dunes Club opened in 1949 and gave Myrtle Beach national cache as the area grew into America’s most popular golf destination, but the course’s value to the Grand Strand extends beyond national recognition.
The Dunes Club has been a bedrock of the community since its opening, hosting countless charity events and junior golf outings. The course also serves as the home course for the boys and girls golf teams at Myrtle Beach High School.
At the heart of the course’s engagement with the community are its ownership and a thriving membership.
The National Golf Course Owners Association implemented the award in 1996 and the MBAGCOA has since nominated courses from the Myrtle Beach area. Past recipients of the award include Founders Club (2011), Sandpiper Bay (2010) Shaftesbury Glen (2009), Grande Dunes (2008), Wachesaw Plantation East (2007), Burning Ridge (2006), TPC of Myrtle Beach (2005), Indian Wells Golf Club (2004), World Tour Golf Links (2003), Wild Wing Plantation (2002), Blackmoor (2001), Tradition Golf Club (2000), Bay Tree Golf Plantation (1999), Arrowhead Country Club (1998) and Myrtle Beach National’s King’s North (1996). Five of the Myrtle Beach regional winners - Burning Ridge, TPC, Wild Wing, Tradition, Arrowhead and King’s North - also captured the state award. World Tour was named as the national “Golf Course of the Year.”
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Chris King
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, a consensus top 100 public course in America, was ranked the third best summer destination in the South by Passov, trailing only courses that will host major championships in the next two years.
Passov, Golf Magazine’s longtime travel guru, said of Caledonia: “The late Mike Strantz was an artist with a bulldozer and at Caledonia, he created a layout worthy of a museum exhibit. Gnarled live oaks frame the rippled fairways and the course winds along the Waccamaw River for much of its journey. Caledonia measures just 6,526 yards from the tips, but they’re replete with wetlands, vast waste bunkers and contoured greens, which explains the sturdy slope of 140. The superb closer is a 383-yard, par-4 that edges the river and old rice fields, with a green fronted by water and backdropped by the Antebellum-style clubhouse.”
One of the most popular Myrtle Beach golf courses since its 1994 opening, Caledonia has been ranked among the nation’s top 100 by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Golfweek. The only Southern courses Passov ranked above it were Pinehurst No. 2 and Kiawah’s Ocean Course, layouts that cost more than twice the amount of money to play.
Passov, who has played more than 1,500 courses in 25 countries, ranked Caledonia ahead of layouts such as the Greenbrier, home of last week’s PGA Tour stop, Harbour Town Golf Links, and every course in Florida.
Passov ranked the top 10 summer destinations in each region as part of the project.
Golf Magazine ranked Caledonia No. 28 on its most recent list of America’s Top 100 You Can Play. It was joined on that prestigious list by the Dunes Club and the Love Course at Barefoot Resort.