Are you planning to play some courses on the south end of the Grand Strand? Be sure to book a tee time at Litchfield Country Club in Pawleys Island, S.C. for an unforgettable experience on a true Myrtle Beach classic.
Litchfield Country Club is the course that ignited the growth of golf between the Atlantic Ocean and the Waccamaw River. It opened in 1966 as just the fifth course on the entire Grand Strand. Once golfers discovered the beauty of the Lowcountry area of Myrtle Beach, golf course developers were inspired to create 10 more courses on the south end. Combined with Litchfield Country Club, the Lowcountry courses gave birth to the award-winning Waccamaw Golf Trail.
As Litchfield Country Club celebrates 50 years of golfers teeing off on this great Willard Byrd layout, the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association (MBAGCOA) has crowned it Myrtle Beach's 2016 Golf Course of the Year. With more than 100 courses up and down the Grand Strand, that's quite an honor.
“Litchfield Country Club was instrumental in growing the game in the Myrtle Beach area, and it was truly the spark that expanded golf along the south end of the Grand Strand,” said Tracy Conner, executive director of MBAGCOA.
In selecting Litchfield Country Club as the Course of the Year, the MBAGCOA looked at how the course excels in quality; has an exceptional, customer-oriented ownership and management team; and contributes to growing the game through programs like Kids Play Free with a paying adult and community-oriented efforts. Because it's been honored as Course of the Year, Litchfield Country Club can now compete for National Course of the Year, an award that will be given by the National Golf Course Owners Association later this year.
Founders Group International, the company that owns and manages Litchfield Country Club, is very proud of the investment that it has made in Grand Strand golf and Litchfield Country Club.
“We plan to be a key player in the Myrtle Beach golf scene for many years to come,” said Dan Liu, chairman of FGI. “It's especially exciting to have one of the oldest courses in our line-up recognized as one of the best. From the first time we visited Litchfield Country Club, our president, Nick Dou and I appreciated its unique charm and history, and we're thrilled that others in the industry are also recognizing how very special Litchfield is.”
As it has since day one, Litchfield exudes Southern charm, teeming with beautiful live oaks, Spanish moss and a spectacular array of seasonal colors. Within this quintessential Lowcountry setting lies a traditional shot-maker’s golf course, calling for keen course management and the use of virtually every club in your bag. There are numerous doglegs and significant bends on at least eight different holes, forcing players to make the most of their tee and second shots. Strategic improvements completed in 2008 were subtle, elevating Litchfield Country Club's status from timeless gem to award-winning design. Golf Digest gave it four and a half stars. Conde Nast Traveler named it one of the “World’s 50 Best.”
“Litchfield Country Club has a rich history that continues to attract and impress golfers,” said Christa Bodensteiner, Litchfield Country Club's head golf professional and general manager. “We have a great team who works to make sure every golfer who comes to Litchfield Country Club has an exceptional experience on and off the course.”
LCC will be presented with its award during the September meeting of MBAGCOA.
“FGI is especially pleased that a traditional golf course like Litchfield has been recognized for its enduring beauty and challenge,” said Nick Dou, president of FGI. “Litchfield Country Club's superintendent, Barry 'Digger' Barthelman and its GM, Christa Bodensteiner, lead a dedicated team of people whose day-to-day contributions helped Litchfield Country Club to receive this honor, and we thank them all for their hard work.”
But be sure to save at least one day on your next Myrtle Beach golf trip to play Litchfield Country Club. We think you'll agree with the 90 members of the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association who voted it the best of the best for 2016.