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Litchfield Country Club Celebrates 50 Years in Myrtle Beach Golf

It opened in 1966 as one of the Grand Strand’s “Original Five” – and the first golf course built on the beautiful Pawleys Island mainland between the Atlantic Ocean and the Waccamaw River. A half century later, Litchfield Country Club endures as a timeless classic.

As it has since Day One, Litchfield exudes Southern charm, teeming with beautiful live oaks, Spanish moss and a spectacular array of seasonal colors. And in 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.

Its design integrity has remained intact throughout the years. Improvements made in 2008 were subtle but strategic, elevating Litchfield Country Club's status from timeless gem to award-winning design.

Its longevity is a trait shared by its leader. As Litchfield’s head golf professional for 15 years, Christa Bodensteiner has focused on providing exceptional customer service - always with a warm smile, and a heartfelt desire to make each visitor’s experience truly special.

That longevity, professionalism and enthusiasm carry over to Litchfield’s entire staff.

And after getting their start at Litchfield, and learning from one of the Grand Strand’s most respected head professionals, two former assistants now lead other Myrtle Beach golf courses as head professionals themselves.

Christa has also served for years as the head professional at nearby River Club, and her leadership at both courses has helped their parent companies transition successfully to what serves the Myrtle Beach golf industry today as Founders Group International.

Litchfield Country Club is an active contributor to community initiatives in the Pawleys Island area.

Its tennis venue, Litchfield Racquet Club, hosts an annual event to benefit Teach My People, in support of local youth development programs. These efforts have even yielded prestigious accolades.

And as a major creator of jobs in the Pawleys Island area, Litchfield’s impact on the local economy cannot be overlooked.

Few courses in the Myrtle Beach area can claim 50 years of service in the golf industry. Even fewer have helped to promote and grow the game for so long.

The opening day of Litchfield Country Club in November 1966 was seen by many as the start of something truly special. The Georgetown Times offered a compelling take:

“Several reporters observed that if golf course construction continues along the Grand Strand, from Myrtle Beach to Georgetown, a new year-round golfing capital of the country will result.  Coupled with beach resorts, fishing, hunting, and historic attractions, the area has the potential of being a real tourist mecca.”

As the Grand Strand grew to become the “Golf Capital of the World,” Litchfield Country Club kept its focus on meeting the growing demand for its services – while also helping the next generation get onboard.

Litchfield Country Club is proud of its impact on the Grand Strand golf scene over the course of five decades. We look forward to the next 50 years of providing exceptional golf experiences for our valued guests.

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