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67 Reasons to be Thankful if you are a Myrtle Beach Golfer

November 22, 2016 by Chris King

​Our annual season of giving thanks has arrived, and we have much to be grateful for throughout Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand. 

Myrtle Beach World AmSo in no particular order, here is what we are thankful ... 

Most importantly, for you, the golfer, who makes our wonderful Myrtle Beach golf destination possible. 

For outstanding Myrtle Beach golf courses designed by the game’s biggest names. 

For the weather that allows us to play golf throughout the year. 

For the good times of the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, where Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III appeared this year. 

For the enduring greatness of the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, a one-of-a-kind event that attracts 3,000+ players from around the globe. 

That Rees Jones designed his first course at Arcadian Shores. 

For the always outstanding conditions at Arrowhead Country Club (and the views of the Intracoastal Waterway). 

For the landing areas at the Dye Course that aren’t always visible from the tee but provide plenty of room. 

For the par I made on the forever-stern par 4 fifth hole on the Fazio Course. 

For the faux ruins and the short par 4, fourth hole at the Love Course.

For the always memorable Waterway views at the Norman Course.

For the wide fairways at Beachwood.

For the chute on between the trees on the eighth hole at Blackmoor, allowing people to dream of driving the green and draining an eagle putt. 

For the opportunity to get off to a fast start on the front nine at Burning Ridge. 

For the beauty of Caledonia and, of course, that 18th hole.

For the opportunity to hit the driver on nearly every par 4 and par 5 at Crow Creek.

For the chance to score at Crown Park Golf Club. 

For Alligator Alley and those nearly perfect greens at the Dunes Club. 

For the opportunity to conquer Myrtle Beach’s three toughest finishing holes at Eagle Nest.

For the par 6 18th hole at Farmstead, a hole so long it spans North and South Carolina.

For the waste bunkers that so beautifully frame Founders Club.

For the closing stretch Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links, especially No. 17. 

For the 14th hole at Grande Dunes.

For the pride Coastal Carolina takes in the Hackler Course, insuring the layout is in outstanding shape and cultivating the game’s next generation of head pros. 

For the “Devil’s Mistress,” an eight-foot pot bunker that makes the tee shot on fourth hole on the White course at Heather Glen a knee-knocking shot. 

For the Dan Maples designed greens at Heritage, Myrtle Beach’s most undulating and fun putting surfaces. 

For the holes at Indian Wells that are visible from the road and always make me want to stop play.

For the consistently outstanding conditions at International Club.

For those gigantic fairways and greens at Heathland. 

For Hell’s Half Acre, the 223-yard, par 4 16th at Moorland, a hole that offers a chance at nearly any score.

For the challenge of Parkland, the underrated course at Legends. 

For Litchfield’s classic design, which serves as a reminder that a course doesn’t have to be 7,000 yards to be enjoyable. 

For those back-to-back island greens at Man O’War. 

For the playability at Meadowlands, where the staff is always thinking about what’s best for golfers. 

For the Gambler at King’s North. 

For the challenge of the closing holes at SouthCreek at Myrtle Beach National. 

For the score you will be post at Myrtle Beach National’s West Course. 

For the 18th hole, especially the width of the fairway, on the Palmetto Course at Myrtlewood playing along the Intracoastal.

For the convenient location and at fun at PineHills. 

For the views and alligators we all like to see at Oyster Bay. 

For Tim Cate’s first solo design at Panther’s Run. 

For the holes the play along the marsh at Pawleys Plantation, especially the unforgettable par 3, 13th. 

For the parkland style design and absence of homes on the East Course at Pearl. 

For the holes along the Calabash River at Pearl’s West Course, especially the view from the 15th green.

For the history of Pine Lakes. 

For the friendly staff at Possum Trot.

For the back nine at Prestwick, one of Myrtle Beach’s quiet stars. 

For the risk-reward 18th hole at River Club. 

For the challenge at River Hills. 

For the commitment of management at River Oaks, which gets better every year. 

For Arnold Palmer’s work at Rivers Edge, one of the area’s prettiest courses. 

For all 27 holes at Sandpiper, which makes for a great day of golf. 

For the bunker and cart path renovations on the Jones Course at Sea Trail. 

For Willard Byrd’s underrated work on his namesake course at Sea Trail. 

For the renovation at Shaftesbury Glen, which enhanced the course in so many ways. 

For Myrtle Beach’s favorite Witch, especially the front nine which plays through the Waccamaw Swamp. 

For the quality and conditioning at Thistle, one of the area’s hidden gems. 

For the 3rd and 12th holes at Tidewater, Myrtle Beach’s best pair of par 3s. 

For the best of the Big Cats, Tiger’s Eye, the course that made Ocean Ridge a national name.

For TPC Myrtle Beach, a tour-quality layout that is accessible to everyone. 

For the quiet excellence of Tradition Golf Club. 

For the fun and challenge of True Blue, a top 100 layout that is getting deserved recognition. 

For the double green the sixth and 17th holes share at Wild Wing Avocet. 

For the opening hole at Willbrook, a great start to 4.5-star round of golf. 

For a true links-style design at the Wizard. 

For the opportunity to experience what it might be like to play some of golf’s most famed courses at World Tour. 

For the opportunity to play the game we all love!