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Tidewater Golf Club to Host Patriot Day Charity Golf Tournament

Tidewater-#13-Fariway-to-Ocean Event Will Cap a Weekend of Activities Raising Money for Folds of Honor Foundation One of America’s best and most scenic courses is hosting an event to benefit one of the nation’s most worthwhile charities. The second annual Tidewater Patriot Day Charity Golf Tournament will be played September 7 at Tidewater Golf Club, capping a weekend full of activities to raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation. “This event is one the highlights of our year,” said Archie Lemon, Tidewater Golf Club’s general manager. “There is so much to do throughout the weekend and it’s a wonderful time, but we never lost sight of why we do it: to raise money for the families of American service men and women, who were killed or disabled in battle. The Folds of Honor Foundation does wonderful work and we are delighted to help them.” The tournament will tee-off at 9 a.m. at Tidewater, a top 100-caliber course that is in superb condition following a 2014 renovation project that included the installation of new greens. The day will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. and include pre-tournament ceremonies on the driving range. Entry into the tournament is $600 per team and more information is available at www.TidewaterCharityTournament.com. In addition to golf, the Labor Day weekend activities will also include a charity bowling event, highlighted by an appearance by Rhino Page, a three-time winner on the PBA Tour, a Zumbathon with Sara McGrail, a golf clinic led by LPGA instructor Meredith Kirk, one of Golf.com’s most beautiful women in golf, and keynote speaker Robin Carpenter, the mother of Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter. Information on how to participate in all of the weekend’s event is available at www.TidewaterCharityTournament.com. About Folds of Honor The Folds of Honor Foundation provides post secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation. FHF offers two types of scholarships: Immediate-Use Scholarships: Awarded to spouses and children of service members currently or recently accepted into a 4-year or 2-year degree program at an institute of higher education, or vocational program. Future-Use Scholarships: Awarded to the young children of service members and invested by FHF on their behalf. Eligible applicants are infants up to, and including, students enrolled in the 11th grade. Scholarship funds are distributed to the post-secondary educational institution at the time of enrollment. Children's Scholarship Fund: Awarded to children (K-12 grades) of eligible service members. This program provides support for their growth through services devoted to the mind, body and spirit.

Underway Now: 32nd Annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship

32nd World-AmNearly 3,400 golfers from 48 states and 28 countries are preparing to descend on the Grand Strand for the 32nd annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, golf’s largest and most inclusive event. A 72-hole, net stroke play tournament, the World Am will be played August 31-September 4 on 57 Myrtle Beach golf courses. Players will be separated into six divisions and 72 flights based on age, gender and handicap. After four rounds of competition, all flight winners and ties advance to the World Championship Playoff at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Club. At the heart of the World Am’s competitive success is the game’s best and most aggressively enforced handicap monitoring system, which levels the playing field for all participants. Myrtle Beach, the game’s most popular destination, is the only place capable of hosting a tournament as large as the World Am, and the depth and quality of the area’s courses, are a primary attraction. Of the 57 courses hosting the event, 11 have been ranked among the nation’s top 100 public courses in recent years. As important as the golf is, it’s only half the fun at the World Am. Each night players gather at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center to enjoy the “World’s Largest 19th Hole,” a 120,000-square-foot golf extravaganza. Players receive free food and drinks, live entertainment, including former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks this year, a golf expo and celebrity guests, among many other activities. Joining the nearly 3,400 golfers at this year’s tournament will be two-time major champion John Daly, former PGA Tour player and Golf Channel analyst Charlie Rymer, television personality Win McMurry, and national radio hosts Brian Katrek and John Maginnes. The World Am is a one-of-a-kind event, bringing golfers from different cultures, ability levels and backgrounds together to celebrate the game. Here are some numbers to digest as the 2015 Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship approaches: •    6: Number of competitive divisions, ranging from men 49 and under to the super seniors (70+), a women's division and the recently created gross division •    36: Courses used daily •    57: Courses utilized for the entire week •    72: Total number of flights •    92: Approximate number of players at each course daily •    5,000: Estimated participants and guests visiting the World’s Largest 19th Hole nightly at the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center •    102: Estimated kegs of beer consumed for the week at the 19th Hole •    +3-40.4: Range of handicaps in the competition •    16,579 kilometers: The approximate distance from Adelaide, Australia – Christopher Kay’s home – to Myrtle Beach, the farthest commute of any 2015 competitor.?

Myrtle Beach Amateur Golf Events Announced

Registration is underway for this year’s Mayor’s Cup Men’s Amateur Golf Championship!  We’ll find out who’s the best male golfer on the Grand Strand when the gentlemen compete, July 24 through 26, at Whispering Pines Golf Course.  The tournament is open to all male golfers, 18 and up, with several age divisions.  City residency is not required.  Visit Whispering Pines Golf Course on Harrelson Boulevard or call 843-918-2305 for more information.  The participation fee is $175 per player.  The best individual score will determine the winner! Registration is underway for this year’s Mayor’s Cup Women’s Amateur Golf Championship!  We’ll find out who’s the best female golfer on the Grand Strand when the ladies compete, July 31 through August 2, at Whispering Pines Golf Course.  The tournament is open to all female golfers, 18 and up, with several age divisions.  City residency is notrequired.  Visit Whispering Pines Golf Course on Harrelson Boulevard or call 843-918-2305 for more information.  The participation fee is $175 per player.  The best individual score will determine the winner! Join the Myrtle Beach Fire Department in honoring Rhonda Brown in a charity golf tournament.  Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. at River Oaks Golf Course.  Registration is limited to the first 32 teams.  A team of four is $240.00; singles are just $60.00.  Entry includes green fees, cart, gift bags, lunch and refreshments.  For details, contact Lt. Sliker at 843-918-1221.  The charity golf tournament is held in memory of Rhonda Brown, a long-time administrative staff member of the Myrtle Beach Fire Department, who lost her battle with cancer.  

Tidewater Golf Club is Better Than Ever as it Celebrates 25th Birthday

Long one of the Myrtle Beach area’s best and most acclaimed layouts, Tidewater Golf Club, which is celebrating its 25th birthday this year, has never been better. Tidewater-12-13-Ocean A top 100-caliber public course, Tidewater underwent an extensive renovation project in 2014 – installing new miniverde greens and expanding every fairway, among other upgrades – and the results have been spectacular. The course’s new greens are in ideal condition less than nine months after installation, leaving golfers raving about the “new” Tidewater. “The course is set in a beautiful estate that borders the coastal waterways. We were warmly greeted by the staff and the starter was a pleasure to chat with … The course was in great shape,” a Trip Advisor reviewer from the UK, who gave the course 5 stars, wrote. “The course was in AMAZING shape! Affordable and one of the best layouts in MB area. I will play there every time I come to the Beach,” another 5-star Trip Advisor reviewer wrote. The gushing reviews don’t come as a surprise given the success of the renovation and the quality and beauty of the layout. Tidewater has eight holes that play along the marshy waters of the Intracoastal Waterway or Cherry Grove. One could make a compelling argument that individually holes 3, 4, 12 or 13 is the Myrtle Beach area’s prettiest. Three and 12 are par 3s that play parallel to each other, with each bringing the stunning waters of Cherry Grove into play. The fourth hole is a dazzling par 4 with a gentle dogleg left that requires a dramatic approach over cavernous bunkers with Cherry Grove lurking in the background. The 13th, a par 5, is Tidewater signature hole. Cherry Grove comes into play from tee to green and golfers enjoy a distant view of the Atlantic Ocean from an undulating green. Tidewater’s inland holes offer enjoyable variety, anchored by a mixture of long and short par 4s. The combination of the property’s native beauty and the course’s architectural quality have long made Tidewater a favorite. Upon its 1990 opening, Tidewater was the first course ever named best new course in America by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine and both publications have also ranked the layout among the nation’s top 100 public courses. Twenty-five years later, Tidewater Golf Club is better than it has ever been. For more information, visit www.TidewaterGolf.com.

Myrtle Beach Wins Triple Crown of Golf Travel in Golfers’ Choice Awards

Golf.com, the game’s most popular website, polled more than 6,000 players as part of its first ever Golfers’ Choice Awards, and they made a resounding statement: Myrtle Beach is golf’s best trip. RiversEdge Myrtle Beach was voted Favorite Destination, Favorite Destination for Value and Favorite Destination for Buddy Trips. It’s the triple crown of golf travel and one the Grand Strand takes great pride in, especially considering who voted on the awards. “Being voted America’s best golf destination in terms of quality, value and experience by the people who matter most – golfers who spend their hard-earned money to play the game – is incredibly gratifying,” Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday president, said. “The quality of golf, price point, the entire experience – everything we do here is designed to ensure players have a great trip and it’s rewarding to see those efforts validated.” As part of the editorial accompanying the Golfers’ Choice awards, Joe Passov, Sports Illustrated Golf Group’s travel editor and one of the world’s leading authorities on all things golf travel, wrote: “Two V’s drive Myrtle Beach’s immense popularity: Variety (of golf courses, accommodations, restaurants, shopping, beaches and entertainment venues) and value (there are exceptional options for every budget) … not only an abundance of golf (more than 100 courses) but also an abundance of terrific golf (Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Barefoot Resort, TPC Myrtle Beach). It’s the rarest of golf destinations, one that is all things to all golfers.” Golf.com announced the Golfers’ Choice Awards as part of the launch of Golf Gold, a new lifestyle focused section of the popular site. Myrtle Beach is home to 13 courses that have been ranked among America’s top 100 public courses and more than 50 4-star layouts, providing tremendous quality to accompany the area’s legendary value. The honors from Golf.com come just a year after Myrtle Beach was voted best Golf Destination by readers of 10Best and USA Today, easily outdistancing the competition in the month-long vote. For more information on Myrtle Beach golf, visit www.MyrtleBeachGolfHoliday.com.

Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship Welcomes John Daly Cocktail as Official Drink of the 32nd Annual Event

Two-Time Major Champion John Daly to Appear at World’s Largest 19th Hole Two-time major champion John Daly and his namesake cocktail will be appearing at the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship. The 32nd annual event will be played August 31 through September 4 and is again expected to attract 3,400 golfers from 30+ countries. Daly will be at the World’s Largest 19th Hole following the tournament’s third and fourth rounds. He will be serving participants his signature John Daly Cocktail and playing music at World Am Live, performing alongside Stephen Kellogg, the official band of GIASI Beverage Company, the distributor of the John Daly. Daly will also broadcast his one hour Sirius/XM radio show, "Hit it Hard with John Daly" from the World Am. The World’s Largest 19th Hole is held each night at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, where tournament participants gather to enjoy golf’s greatest party. The 19th Hole features free food and drinks, live entertainment – including former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks this year – a 60+ exhibitor golf expo and much more. “This is a great opportunity for me to embrace the true core customer of my brand,” said John. “These people come to play golf all day and have a great time at night in a place that I love - Myrtle Beach.” “We are delighted to welcome the John Daly Cocktail as the official drink of the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, and equally excited to have John joining us at this year’s event,” said Jeff Monday, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s tournament director. “John remains one of golf’s most popular players and tournament participants will enjoy the opportunity to meet a two-time major champion.” The John Daly Cocktail, which comes in three signature flavors, will be the official cocktail of the World’s Largest 19th Hole, giving golfers the chance to “Grip it and Sip it,” each night of the tournament. The three flavors are Sweet Tea & Lemonade Vodka, Peach Tea & Lemonade Vodka and Raspberry Tea and Lemonade Vodka. The John Daly Sweet Tea & Lemonade has the classic taste of Southern Special sweet tea and the refreshing kick of fresh squeezed Meyer lemonade mixed in perfect harmony with a splash, or two, of silky smooth handcrafted, five times distilled vodka. The John Daly Peach Tea & Lemonade is just a cut nine iron from the original with a hint of natural peach flavor. You’ll think we’ve pillaged the trees of Georgia with this tasty libation. No matter the season… no matter the time of year… no matter if the famous Azaleas of Augusta are in bloom or not. The John Daly Raspberry Tea & Lemonade is another fluffy cut from the original, fading in a hint of Raspberry essence for a taste unlike any other. Daly will join television personalities Charlie Rymer and Win McMurry and the Katrek and Maginnes On Tap radio show, which will be broadcast live from the main stage on Sirius/XM radio, as headliners at the 32nd annual World Am. Daly will join Annika Sorenstam, David Feherty, NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon and Major League Baseball great Roger Clemens, who played in the event three times, among the big names who have been to the World Am. The 72-hole net stroke play tournament relies on the game’s most rigorously enforced handicap system to level the field for every man and woman that plays in the event.

Tidewater Golf Club Ranked 7th Best Public Course in South Carolina

Golfweek Magazine Lauds the Grand Strand’s Most Scenic Course Tidewater-#13-Fariway-to-Green---OceanTidewater Golf Club has a long list of honors to its credit, and Golfweek magazine has added another, ranking the Ken Tomlinson design as the seventh best public course in golf-rich South Carolina. The magazine released the rankings as part of its annual Golfweek’s Best issue, which spotlights the best the game has to offer at the course level. “We believe Tidewater is one of the best courses in South Carolina and all of America, so it’s gratifying to receive this recognition from Golfweek, one of the game’s most respected ratings panels,” Archie Lemon, Tidewater’s general manager, said. “Coming on the heels of our renovation last year, Tidewater is as good now as it has ever been, and the course is getting better everyday.” Tidewater’s 2014 renovation project included the installation of new miniverde Bermuda grass greens and the expansion of every fairway, an enhancement that improved playability. The course’s drainage was dramatically improved and each green complex received a new custom soil profile, ensuring optimal conditions in the short and long term. As part of the effort, Tidewater also removed more than 400 trees, installed an additional 3 ½ acres of sod on the course outside of playable areas, and every bunker received new sand. The Myrtle Beach area’s most scenic course, Tidewater has eight holes that play along either the Intracoastal Waterway or the marshy waters of Cherry Grove, highlighted by the par 5 13th, which offers a distant view of the Atlantic Ocean. The par 3 third and 12th holes are arguably the best duo along the Grand Strand as each brings the salty waters of Cherry Grove into play. The tee shot on each hole features a combination of challenge and beauty that leaves golfers talking long after they’ve left Myrtle Beach, For more information, visit www.TidewaterGolf.com.

ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike Show to Return to Myrtle Beach for Fifth Straight Year

Popular Duo Will Broadcast Live From Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday -- the Grand Strand’s official golf marketing cooperative – announces ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike Show will broadcast live from the annual Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am (MAM) for the fifth straight year on April 13, 2015.Hootie_Mike_and_Mike The show, featuring hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, will originate from the first tee on Barefoot Resort’s Dye Course from 6 – 10 a.m. More than 11 million people listen to the show weekly on ESPN Radio or watch the simulcast on ESPN2. “Mike & Mike have become part of the Monday After the Masters experience, and we look forward to them enjoying another trip to America’s most popular golf destination,” said Bill Golden, president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. “Having Mike & Mike broadcast live from Myrtle Beach the day after The Masters, when interest in golf is at its peak, provides tremendous exposure for the area and it showcases the good times that have made the area so popular.” Davis Love III, Charlie Rymer, Sterling Sharpe and Jim McMahon are among the early commitments in what is expected to be a star-studded field at the 21st annual MAM. MAM is the largest one-day charity event in South Carolina, having raised nearly $5 million for education in South Carolina and the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation. The event has attracted some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment including Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Bill Murray, Annika Sorenstam, Samuel L. Jackson and Dan Marino. For more information on MAM and Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, visit www.MyrtleBeachGolfHoliday.com.

32nd Annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship Accepting Entries

Golf’s Most Inclusive Amateur Event is Expected to Attract 3,400+ PlayersWorld-Am-Entries-Open The 32nd annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, the world’s most popular and inclusive single-site tournament, is now accepting entries. The event, which is expected to attract more than 3,400 players from across the globe, will be played August 31 – September 4 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Registration for the four-day, 72-hole tournament is $475 through May 15, a $100 savings off the regular entry fee of $575. Players can register online at www.MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com. ??Participants that register by April 7 will be eligible to win more than $10,000 in random drawing prizes tournament organizers are giving away. Included among the items are two sets of TaylorMade AeroBurner irons, 12 AeroBurner Drivers, and eight TaylorMade Ghost Tour Black putters. Golfers from 30+ countries will play on more than 60 of Myrtle Beach’s best courses as part of the tournament. Among the renowned layouts that will be hosting the event are the Norman, Fazio and Love courses at Barefoot Resort, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Grande Dunes Resort Course and Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links. The World Am is a net stroke play event that flights players into five competitive divisions based on age, gender and handicap. After four rounds of competition, all flight winners and ties advance to the World Championship Playoff, where a champion is crowned. While competition is at the heart of the World Am’s appeal, it’s only half the fun. A participant’s entry fee also includes nightly admission to the “World’s Largest 19th Hole” at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The 19th Hole, which utilizes 120,000-square feet in the convention center, provides players free food, open bar, equipment demos, live entertainment, a 60-exhibitor golf expo and more. World Am players are flighted according to USGA indexes with competitive divisions ranging from men / women under 49 years old to super seniors 70 and above. The event’s inclusiveness is apparent in its past champions as winners with handicaps as low as three and as high as 34 have won. Four women have hoisted the championship trophy. The World Am is a Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday event.

Caledonia, True Blue Unveil New Golfer-Friendly App

Free Program Will Provide Yardage Book, 3-D Flyover of Courses and MoreTrue-Blue-13green Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club – two of America’s top 100 public courses – announce the unveiling of a new app designed to enhance the golfer experience at the award-winning layouts. The free app, which works with Apple and Android operating systems, allows players to book tee times, provides a yardage book, a 3-D flyover of every hole on both courses, and the ability to create a live leaderboard for groups. “We want to provide our guests with the best possible golf experience, and our new, free app is a reflection of that commitment,” Bob Seganti, director of Golf Operations at Caledonia and True Blue, said. “From the time the booking process starts until a group concludes a post-round meal, the app can add to the enjoyment of a vacation at Caledonia and True Blue.” The app's primary features are: -- The easiest way to book a tee time at the courses is through the app. Rates are pulled from Caledonia Golf Vacations, ensuring players the lowest available price, and you are never more than a couple of clicks from a tee time. -- A yardage book that includes a detailed image of each hole and easy to figure yardage markings. -- The app’s coolest feature is the live scoring component, which allows player to score tournaments for their group and keep track of gross and net skins games in real time. -- If players are dreaming of a round at either course, the app’s photo gallery and 3-D flyover features are the cure for what ails him or her. The gallery, which features images from both courses, is the perfect way to get the juices flowing prior to a trip. The 3-D flyover provides a high definition look at each course and is a must-view before playing. -- The app can sync with US Handicap and GHIN, allowing players to easily keep track of stats and post scores to their handicap system of choice. - Profiles of each course provide players an idea of what to expect at the famed Mike Strantz designs. -- Among the app’s other features are an events tab, alerting guests to any special events at the courses, menus for the golf course restaurants, a location feature that will sync with a smart phone’s GPS, and a promotions tab for special offers. Both courses are ranked among Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 You Can Play, a ranking of the nation’s top 100 public courses. Caledonia is 24th on the prestigious list, and True Blue is 77th. Caledonia, which is equal parts art and architecture, plays through a stunning piece of lowcountry land that was once home to a thriving rice plantation. The live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, the marshy waters of the Waccamaw Neck, and Strantz’s architectural brilliance combined to make Caledonia one of America’s premier public golf experiences. A round at True Blue, while completely different from a design perspective, is no less captivating. Everything about the 7,126-yard layout is big – the fairways, the greens and most of all, the fun. Strantz used waste bunkers, which frame many of the course’s fairways, to craft a layout that is among the area’s most visually stunning. For more information on Caledonia, True Blue and Caledonia Golf Vacations, go to www.FishClub.com.