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Golf Panel Selects State's Top Courses Available for Public Play for 2017
HILTON HEAD - Old-Timer Among New Faces On List of Best You Can Play
There are four new names on the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel's biennial listing of the Best Courses You Can Play in the state, but one of them is old enough to be known as "The Granddaddy."
Pine Lakes Country Club, the pioneer of golf in Myrtle Beach, has been around since 1927 when it opened as Ocean Forest Country Club. The club may be old but the course is anything but after a full-scale renovation at the hand of architect Craig Schreiner in 2008.
Pine Lakes is one of 13 courses along the Grand Strand to make it onto the Best You Can Play List, which for the first time amounts to 31 courses. An inseparable tie in the polling of panel members left the panel leadership with no choice but to "add one" to a list that is traditionally capped at 30.
Another "newcomer" on the list, Kiawah Island Resort's Cougar Point course, was included even though - technically speaking - it's not one you can play at the moment. The course closed shortly after Thanksgiving and is undergoing its own renovation under the eye of Gary Player Design with a reopening set for October.
The Fazio Course at Palmetto Dunes Resort in Hilton Head and Prestwick Country Club - a P.B. Dye design in Myrtle Beach - round out the new inclusions.
Among those making way was a course that ostensibly doesn't exist anymore. The Ocean Course at Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head was completely revamped by Davis Love III last year and is now known as Atlantic Dunes. Too few panelists had experienced the new design by polling time for it to be included.
Others slipping off the list were RiverTowne Country Club in Mt. Pleasant and the Heathland Course at Legends Resort in Myrtle Beach.
Information on previous rankings can be found on the organization's website www.scgolfpanel.org # # #
"Best You Can Play" Public Access Courses in
= Best In Region *
= New to the list of Best You Can Play
Furman Golf Club
Walker Course at Clemson University
Country Club of South Carolina
Vintage Golf Club
LOW COUNTRY (CHARLESTON)
Island Resort - Cougar Point Course
Island Resort - Osprey Point Course
Island Resort - The Ocean Course
Island Resort - Turtle Point Course
Island Club - Crooked Oaks Course
Island Club - Ocean Winds Course
Dunes Resort - Links Course
LOW COUNTRY (HILTON HEAD)
River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff
Dunes Resort - Arthur Hills Course
Dunes Resort - George Fazio Course
Dunes Resort - R.T. Jones Course
Sea Pines Resort - Harbour Town Golf Links
Sea Pines Resort - Heron Point by Pete Dye
Resort - Dye Course
Resort - Fazio Course
Resort - Love Course
Golf and Fish Club
Dunes - Resort Course
Plantation Golf & Country Club
Lakes Country Club
Dunes Golf and Beach Club
Golf Club and Plantation
of Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach
Background On SC Golf Course Ratings Panel
South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel is composed
of golf enthusiasts representing a diverse range of occupations,
handicaps and backgrounds. These individuals have been charged
with the task of identifying the best that
Objective and Purpose
objective of the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel
is to promote excellence in SC golf course design and operations
through competitive rankings, education and public advocacy. The
Panel serves as an ambassador for golf in
2) The Best Courses You Can Play Bi-annually (in odd-numbered years) the Panel releases a listing of the best non-private courses in the state. Every resort, public access, and daily-fee course is eligible for this elite listing.
How We Rate Them
In determining their ratings panelists consider the following criteria:
The Panel consists of a maximum of 130 members with twenty-five percent representing each of the following geographical regions: The Upstate, The Midlands, The Lowcountry, and The Grand Strand.
Categories of Membership
· Golf Industry individuals who have a direct connection to the golf industry
· Players & Coaches individuals who excel at playing or coaching the game
· Media individuals who report on golf for one or more media outlets
· Business & Industry individuals who utilize golf within the business community
For more information on the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel contact its Executive Director, Michael Whitaker, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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