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200 Golfers From Across America to Tee-Off in Inaugural Myrtle Beach Preseason Classic
The inaugural Myrtle Beach Preseason Classic, which has attracted a sold out field of 200 golfers from 26 states, is poised to tee-off. The 54-hole event will be played February 2-4 on six of the Myrtle Beach area’s most popular courses, including True Blue, Glen Dornoch, The Witch, Wild Wing Avocet, Tradition Club and Panther’s Run. Tournament festivities begin with a Sunday welcome party, complete with complementary food and drinks, and will also include a Wednesday awards lunch. The event will feature a different format of play each day and teams will be flighted based on their USGA handicap. Teams will play best ball in the event's opening round, followed by combined net team score and a Texas scramble. Glen Dornoch is one of the area’s most popular courses. The layout is renowned for the difficulty and beauty of its three finishing holes, all of which bring the Intracoastal Waterway into play. Panther’s Run was the second of Ocean Ridge Plantation’s quartet of Big Cats, and the Tim Cate design is a 4.5-star course, according to Golf Digest. With pristine greens and a creative layout, Panther’s Run is a long-time favorite. The Witch is one of Dan Maples finest works. The course plays through a cypress swamp and is as pretty as it is daunting. There is no housing, giving golfers an opportunity to experience the area’s native terrain, traversing the swamps on more than 4,000 feet of bridges. Tradition Club is the Myrtle Beach area’s only Ron Garl course. As the name implies, this 4.5-star layout is a classic design and has long been one of the Myrtle Beach area’s most underrated tracks. True Blue is 77th on Golf Magazine’s prestigious list of the “Top 100 You Can Play,” a ranking of the nation’s best public courses. The Mike Strantz design is one the area’s boldest and best. Everything at True Blue is big – the fairways, greens, bunkers and most of all, the fun. The Avocet Course at Wild Wing counts playability among it greatest strengths, highlighted by the 308-yard 14th hole, one of the area’s shortest par 4s and an outstanding risk-reward challenge. The preseason event is the second in a string of three new tournaments Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday has launched in recent months. The Fall Classic, a two-person team event, debuted last November, and the inaugural Myrtle Beach March Championship, a 54-hole tournament modeled after the World Am, will be played March 8-10. For more information on Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s full complement of tournaments, go to http://www.myrtlebeachgolfholiday.com/tournaments/.