Bob Gillespie



Myrtle Beach classic: Dunes Club named Grand Strand’s Course of the Year

Posted 8/19/2012 4:13:00 PM

Sixty-five years old – and going strong.

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, the second-oldest golf course on the Grand Strand, is also the best in 2012 after claiming the area’s “Course of the Year” award as presented by the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association last month.

The Robert Trent Jones design, built in 1947, edged out Barefoot Resort’s Dye Club (home for 10 years of the Hootie and the Blowfish Monday After The Masters pro-am) in voting by 75 area course owners, and advances to statewide competition against the best courses from four other areas within South Carolina.

“This was the most competitive vote in the 15-year history of this award, with submissions from two of the area’s premier courses,” said George Hilliard, executive director of the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association. “Both courses contribute immensely to the wonderful experience that makes Myrtle Beach such a popular golf vacation destination. Clearly, we have a very deserving representative.”

The Dunes Club – a private course but with public access via various hotel stay-and-play packages – had history on its side. For six years in the 1990s, it hosted the PGA Senior Tour Championship, and is a consistent member of various America’s Top 100 Courses lists as selected by Golf Magazine, Golf Digest and Golfweek. In 1973, the club was site of the final stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, which produced two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw among others.

In 2012, The Dunes was ranked as the state’s fifth-ranked course among “Best Courses You Can Play” by Golfweek. Its signature 13th hole, the par-5 “Waterloo,” is ranked by Golf Digest as one of the magazine’s “Best 18 Holes in America.”

“We are thrilled to be recognized as Course of the Year in the Myrtle Beach area,” said Dunes Club head professional Dennis Nicholl. “To be selected from among so many fine golf courses in this area is truly an honor.”

Each state winner from across the across the country will advance to the national competition with the winner to be announced in February in San Diego in conjunction with the National Golf Course Owners Association annual conference.

The Dunes Club is the Grand Strand’s only true Oceanside course and is located at 9000 North Ocean Blvd.