Bob Gillespie



Kids Play Free: Myrtle Beach offers those 16-and-younger access to 22 courses

Posted 7/5/2012 2:53:00 PM

If there’s one reason more youngsters haven’t taken up golf – and growing numbers have – it’s usually because of cost. Parents who enjoy playing while on vacation might shy away from 18 holes if their kids can’t join them for a reasonable fee.

So how’s this for reasonable? Free.

Through 2012, the 22 golf courses that make up the National Golf Management (NGM) group in Myrtle Beach are offering free golf to those 16-and-younger when accompanied by a paying adult. Some weekday morning restrictions apply for courses, though Aberdeen Country Club, Waterway Hills Golf Club and Wild Wing’s Avocet Course allow free play by youngsters any time.

“This is a great way for families to enjoy a round of golf together,” says Jim Woodring, NGM’s executive vice president of marketing. “We believe in offering incentives that bring young golfers to the course, because they are the future of this great game.”

And if your kids are still learning that great game, how about this: the Ritson-Sole Golf School, with two locations (Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club and Grande Dunes Resort), offers free lessons for kids 16-and-younger when accompanied by a paying adult.

Courses under the NGM banner include the 54-hole Myrtle Beach National, with courses designed by Arnold Palmer; the Jack Nicklaus Signature designs at Pawleys Plantation and Long Bay Club; Pine Lakes Country Club, the “granddaddy” of Myrtle Beach courses; and Grande Dunes Resort, the newest in the NGM stable.

For information or to book tee times, go to or call (866) 442-8417.