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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Golf Courses Escape Wildfire With Only Cosmetic Damages

Grand Strand Area Courses Open and Ready for Busy April Weekend

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday announced Friday morning that the Myrtle Beach golf community managed to escape damage from the wildfires that rolled through northern Horry County starting Wednesday afternoon.

The wildfires were contained to a small area just west of the Intracoastal Waterway in the northern section of Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach with only three golf resorts threatened; Waterway Hills Golf Club, Grande Dunes Resort and Barefoot Resort and Golf. None of the facilities experienced any damage to the actual courses, with only cosmetic damages at two of the four Barefoot Resort courses. 

Waterway Hills Golf Club experienced no damage and opened for play on Thursday morning, as normal. The Members Club at Grande Dunes Resort saw minimal damage to the berm that separates sections of the course from Highway 31 but was open for play Thursday morning. Play at The Resort Club at Grande Dunes was not affected by the wildfire.

The four courses at Barefoot Resort and Golf were closed Thursday due to the smoke and the closure of the Barefoot Bridge across the Waterway. The Norman Course and The Dye Club reopened Friday morning for play.

The Dye Course at Barefoot Resort

The Love and the Fazio Courses received no damage to the courses, themselves, with only cosmetic damage to the trees and a few of the access bridges at both facilities. The Love Course is scheduled to reopen on Saturday morning, April 25th. The Fazio Course remains closed after losing a 200-yard bridge that connect the 12th, 13th and 14th holes on the back nine. Fazio will be open for play as soon as the bridge is repaired.
“The Barefoot Resort golf courses survived the wildfires that burned through the area this week with minimal damage,” said Tom Staats, a partner with the Barefoot Companies. “The Dye Club and the Norman Course reopened this morning and both are filled with golfers. The Love and Fazio courses were fortunate to only realize damages to the surrounding plant life, and not to the courses. We are planning to open the Love Course Saturday morning and hope to have the Fazio Course back and ready for golfers next week. Our thoughts and prayers are with the residents of our Barefoot community who have experienced personal loss.”

“This was an intense week for the Grand Strand area and we thank the emergency personnel who worked tirelessly to keep us safe,” said Bill Golden president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. “We are fortunate that the fire was contained in a small section of Horry County and did not cause any damage to three golf courses located in that area. April is the busiest golf month of the year for the area but our guests will not have their travel and golf plans affected by the fire or smoke.”

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