Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – Myrtle Beach golf courses, spared the worst of Hurricane Florence’s wrath, are welcoming players back to the game’s most popular destination. As of this week just about all 88 courses throughout the Grand Strand have reopened.
“We are obviously excited to have golfers playing again in Myrtle Beach, and they can expect to see sunny skies and quality course conditions,” said Bill Golden, CEO of Golf Tourism Solutions, the agency responsible for promoting the area as a destination. “The Myrtle Beach golf community was very fortunate, but even as we begin looking forward to the fall golf season, our thoughts are with those who bore the brunt of Hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina. The impact of the storm for many of our neighbors was tragic, and we wish them a complete recovery.”
Florence’s impact varied along the Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of Carolinas coastline that runs from Pawleys Island, S.C. into Brunswick County, N.C., but area golf courses avoided major structural damage.
The majority of the post-storm work has involved debris cleanup and waiting for courses to dry, issues that won’t impact the area’s peak fall golf season.
October is the second busiest golf month of the year in Myrtle Beach as players flock to the area to enjoy beautiful weather – the average high temperature is 77 with almost no humidity – great courses and the value-packed Myrtle Beach golf packages the area is renowned for.
PGA TOUR superstar Dustin Johnson, NASCAR champion Denny Hamlin, and Mark Bryan of Hootie & the Blowfish are teaming up with the Myrtle Beach golf community to raise money for families impacted by Hurricane Florence.
Myrtle Beach’s two PGA TOUR Superstore locations are also participating in the initiative.
Johnson, a 19-time PGA TOUR winner, is partnering with PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com and the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association to launch a community wide effort that will raise money during the fall golf season to support victims of the storm.
Johnson, who played his collegiate golf at Coastal Carolina University and lived in the area for more than a decade, has pledged financial assistance through the Dustin Johnson Foundation.
Hamlin and Bryan are donating proceeds raised through their annual Pro Am Jam to ProjectGolf.org, a non-profit foundation started by Golf Tourism Solutions, the agency responsible for promoting the Myrtle Beach golf community as a destination.
“Dustin Johnson and Mark Bryan are long-time friends of the Myrtle Beach golf community, and we’ve gotten to know Denny Hamlin through his participation in the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, which speaks to his altruism,” said Bill Golden, CEO of Golf Tourism Solutions. “Hurricane Florence has impacted so many throughout the Carolinas, and we, in conjunction with Dustin, Mark and Denny, want to do what we can to help people throughout the region and here at home who have been affected.”
Hurricane Florence made landfall just north of Wilmington, N.C., on September 14 as a category 1 storm, and deluged North and South Carolina with historic rainfall totals that are still impacting both states.