One week following Hurricane Florence, we can still see a lot of devastating photos of the destruction that it brought across the Carolinas. In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, most of the golf courses as well as resorts have already reopened and started to prepare for October, which is the second busiest golf tourism month of the year for the region. The Grand Strand, which spans sixty miles from Brunswick County, North Carolina to Pawley’s Island South Carolina, was battered by the hurricane, however, the golf courses of the region managed to weather the storm.
According to the Golf Tourism Solutions, which promotes the area, 70 area golf courses opened by September 21. However, five golf courses remained closed. One of them is Long Bay. The course was opened however, it remained inaccessible because the roads remained unpassable. Most hotels have also reopened but as expected, some remained close due to the storm damage.
The CEO of Golf Tourism Solutions, Bill Golden, said they were excited to have golf players flock Myrtle Beach golf courses. He added that visitors can expect sunny skies as well as quality Myrtle Beach golf course conditions. Golden also said that the Myrtle Beach golf community was fortunate after what had happened. They look forward to the golf season this fall but their thoughts remained with those in North and South Carolina who really felt the effect of Hurricane Florence. Golden’s firm also reported that they still had to a lot of cleanup after the storm. But, the golf courses did not suffer major structural damages.
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Last Monday, Dunes Golf & Beach Club closed temporarily. Steve Hamilton, the course superintendent ordered his staff to relocate their heavy machinery, as well as their golf carts on the 14th fairway, where he thought, will be safe from falling trees and flooding.
Hamilton then proceeded to close down the Myrtle Beach golf course, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and told the employees that he will contact them once the Hurricane Florence has died down. Once they receive that call, the staff will rush to prepare the course and make it playable at a time when these places are usually filled with countless golf players.
Hamilton said that it is quite unfortunate that storms usually hit during the fall season. Living near the beach does not have that many drawbacks but that is definitely one of them.
Hurricane Florence, which turned to a category 2 storm, moved slowly toward the North Carolina coast northeast of Myrtle Beach at a pace of 105 miles per hour winds. Although the majority of golf courses within the Myrtle Beach area remained open within the 2 weeks of Hurricane Matthew last 2016, it won’t be the same with Hurricane Florence. The latter has been forecasted to bring a 13-foot ocean surge as well as flooding rains.
The golf courses in Myrtle Beach accounts for 50% of the $2.7 billion in economic output which golf generated for the economy of South Carolina in 2015. The numbers were based on the report of the state’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. In case storm cleanup keeps the Myrtle Beach golf courses closed, it will surely have a significant impact on restaurants, hotels, as well as the tourist economy of the whole area. This would be very painful since cooler temperatures make the month of October the best season for playing golf.
The executive director of the Carolina’s Golf Course Superintendent Association trade group, Tim Kreger, said that hurricanes pose some dangers to golf courses in coastal areas. Myrtle Beach golf courses could be left awash with salt water due to storm surges. They may also be covered with silt and leave the grass damaged or dead. Extensive cleanup may be required for fallen trees as well as freshwater flooding even if these did not cause any problem to other infrastructures like golf clubhouses. South Carolina’s Golf Association executive director Biff Lathrop said it is still a “wait-and-see-moment” for Myrtle Beach golf courses.
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Golf is a sport that is physically challenging and mentally stimulating. Although it is not a physically demanding type of game, one round will require you to move from one place to another, walking for several hours (if you are not using a cart). You also need to use your brain for the mental challenges that you are about to face. Golf offers several health benefits, according to several anecdotal and scientific sources. Let us discuss a few of the health advantages that golf has to offer.
Keeps Your Heart Healthy
Physical exercises, regardless of what type it is, can encourage better blood circulation to your heart. Swinging the golf club, carrying your golf bag, and walking in the golf course can improve your blood flow and increase your heart rate. Your risk of diabetes and stroke are significantly lowered, and there could also be good effects on decreasing harmful cholesterol, especially when coupled with healthy lifestyle and diet. It has been found that a golf player’s heart rate can reach up to 100 beats per minute during an 18-hole round for a period of two to five hours.
Stimulates Your Brain
The memory circuits of your brain can be strengthened through routine daily walking. Alzheimer’s Society’s director of research, Clive Ballard, said that being physically active can keep your brain and heart healthy. It also improves blood circulation to the brain, which is crucial in its overall function and efficiency.
Helps You Lose Weight
You need 10,000 steps per day if you wish to lose weight. You can easily reach and even exceed this recommended figure with an 18-hole round especially if you walk instead of using a golf cart. Recent studies in Japan, Norway, Germany, Sweden, and the US showed that a male golf player can burn up to 2,500 calories throughout an 18-hole round while female golf players can burn up to 1,500 calories.
Being able to walk in fresh air, socializing with other golf players, and the additional mental challenge stimulates the release of endorphins, which are chemicals in your brain that aids in the enhancement of your mood. Endorphins can help you feel more relaxed and happier.
Improves Sleep Quality
Fresh air and exercise are two important factors when it comes to having a good night’s sleep. Walking the Myrtle Beach golf course is an excellent form of workout. Exercising regularly can help you sleep faster and also aid in keeping you in deep sleep much longer. Additionally, a good quality sleep can help you repair and relax your muscles.
Lower Risk Of Injury
If you are looking for a low impact sport then golf should be the first one on your list. Mature players go for golf because they can easily burn calories without having to worry about getting injured while playing.
Helps You Live Longer
A study conducted by the Karolinska Institutet, spearheaded by Professor Anders Ahlbom, revealed that golf players have a 40 percent lower death, which is equivalent to an increase of five years in their life expectancy.
Using golf carts is common and it is very easy to simply ride one rather than go on a stroll. Although these vehicles are quite useful especially for the elderly and those with disabilities, you can still enjoy a good game of golf and exercise at the same time if you walk instead. If possible, play golf without using a golf cart, if you want to enjoy the health rewards of playing the sport.
As you can see, golf offers several health benefits and the ones listed above are only a few of the advantages that golfers get to enjoy. The sport may even have a much broader and greater effect on our well being than we initially thought.
Fall is a great time to enjoy the fresh air and play a round of golf in Myrtle Beach. Now is the time to book a golf package for a weekend or an entire week. The beach crowd has left town and the weather is superb.
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