Saturday, August 21, 2010

Myrtle Beach Golf Course of the Year

Sandpiper Bay was named Golf Course of the Year by the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association


More Than 100 Myrtle Beach Area Golf Courses Considered for the Award

July 29, 2010, Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club in Sunset Beach, N.C. has been selected as 2010 Golf Course of the Year by the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association. The honor was presented to Sandpiper Bay general manager Tim Tilma by David Durant, MBAGCOA president and George Hilliard, executive director.

More than 100 Myrtle Beach area golf courses were considered for the award and ultimately two finalists were selected based on the following four criteria: exceptional quality of the golf course, exceptional quality of the ownership and management, outstanding contribution to the community and significant contribution to the game.

“We invested a lot time, money and good old fashioned hard work into making this award happen,” said Tim Tilma, general manager of Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club. “We are committed to the future of Sandpiper Bay for all of our residents and visitors and this award is just one step in the overall master plan and vision we have for this community and its golf course. We hope everyone living in, or visiting the Myrtle Beach area comes to experience the best 27 holes of golf we have to offer.”

This summer, the Dan Maples-designed golf course concluded a three-year renovation project where all 27 greens were converted from bent grass to MiniVerde Bermuda grass. MiniVerde is one of the newest and best of the hybrid Bermuda grasses that provide quality putting surfaces during the warm summers in the Carolinas.

Prior to being named 2010 Golf Course of the Year, Sandpiper Bay was named Best of Sunset Beach in the golf course category by the U.S. Commerce Association in 2008 and 2009. The golf course has also hosted numerous golf events in recent years that raised nearly $30,000 for breast cancer research. The club also promotes the game with a growing juniors program and also provides lessons and clinics for players of all skill levels.

For more information about Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club, a Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday member course, call (910) 579-9120, or visit

Sandpiper Bay Named Golf Course of the Year

The summer of 2010 is one that won’t soon be forgotten at Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country. The Sunset Beach, N.C., course just captured one of the area’s most prestigious honors, winning the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owner’s Association Course of the Year Award.

The good times at Sandpiper didn’t conclude with the announcement of the award. On August 2, Sandpiper will reopen the Bay 9, concluding a three-year project that saw the facility install new Miniverde Bermuda grass greens on each of its 27 holes. The Sand 9 received new greens in 2008 and the Bay 9 in 2009.

The project, which also included repaving cart paths, tree removal and a refurbishment of the clubhouse, underscored the commitment course owners Don and Blair Tanner have to providing a memorable golf experience.

When the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owner’s Association begins sifting through nominations for its Golf Course of the Year award, each nominee is rated based on four criteria: exceptional quality of the golf course, exceptional quality of the ownership and management, outstanding contribution to the community, and significant contribution to the game.

“This is a culmination of about three years hard work,” said Tim Tilma, Sandpiper’s general manager. “It’s very satisfying and it reinforces the fact that we have a growing and improving reputation here at the beach.”

The new greens, which were installed by highly regarded superintendent Jay Varallo, were the cherry on top of the sundae for Sandpiper, which opened in 1987.

The Dan Maples design, located on Route 179 just across the North Carolina line, has long been an area favorite, earning 4 stars in Golf Digest’s prestigious Best Places to Play guide. Sandpiper is lauded by locals as a player friendly course.

“It’s a very playable golf course,” Tim Tilma, Sandpiper’s general manager, said. “We have a great attitude among our staff to try and help people. Customer service is a key to us.”

Sandpiper also opened its fairways to charity, raising $16,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to fight breast cancer and donating $29,000 in greens fees and other gifts, bringing the facility’s total charitable donations over the past year to $45,000.

Sandpiper Bay is the 14th course to receive the MBAGCOA award.

The National Golf Course Owners Association implemented the award in 1996 and the MBAGCOA has since nominated courses from the Myrtle Beach area. Past recipients of the award include Shaftesbury Glen (2009), Grande Dunes (2008), Wachesaw Plantation East (2007), Burning Ridge (2006), TPC of Myrtle Beach (2005), Indian Wells Golf Club (2004), World Tour Golf Links (2003), Wild Wing Plantation (2002), Blackmoor (2001), Tradition Golf Club (2000), Bay Tree Golf Plantation (1999), Arrowhead Country Club (1998) and Myrtle Beach National’s King’s North (1996). Five of the Myrtle Beach regional winners also captured the state award; Burning Ridge, TPC, Wild Wing, Tradition, Arrowhead and King’s North. World Tour was named as the national “Golf Course of the Year.”

About Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is a non-profit trade association of 76 championship golf courses, 102 golf package providers and five golf schools in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Founded in 1967, the organization has been and continues to be the driving force behind the growth of the Myrtle Beach area golf market. The originator of the “Stay and Play Package,” Golf Holiday provides non-biased information about the area accommodations and golf courses to assist golfers in making the most informed decisions when planning for their next vacation.

Golf Holiday also hosts seven events and tournaments annually to help grow the game of golf and attract golfers to the Grand Strand during slower times of year. In addition to hosting the World Amateur Handicap Championship – the world's largest on-site golf tournament, Golf Holiday also manages the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament each spring, Summer Family Golf Tournaments, the Spring and Fall Palmetto High School Golf Championships, the Veterans Golf Classic and the FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing. For more information, call Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday at 1-800-833-8798 or visit

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Press release written by my friend, Phil Werz, at the Brandon Agency in Myrtle Beach, SC. The following article, written by Chris King, is courtesy of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday.


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