The Myrtle Beach Golf Course Owners Association recently announced the 2016 Myrtle Beach Golf Course of The Year. The committee selects the winner based on four criteria: quality of the golf course, quality of the management and ownership, contribution to the game of golf and contribution to the community.
One of the first eight courses to be built along the Grand Strand, the Willard Byrd designed Litchfield Golf Course opened for play in 1966 and still retains that classic old-style Southern golf course charm. A deceptively short 6,295 yards wind through a residential development with tight fairways, beautiful live oaks and numerous doglegs.
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 River Oaks Golf Plantation (2015), Legends Golf Resort - Moorland Course (2014), Barefoot Resort & Golf - Dye Club (2013), The Dunes Golf & Beach Club (2012). 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 are Burning Ridge, Barefoot Resort & Golf - Dye Club, TPC of Myrtle Beach, Wild Wing, Tradition Club, 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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