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Myrtle Beach Golf During Covid-19

GOLF  DURING  COVID-19

 

Why Play Golf and How To Do It Safely During These Covid-19 Times

Golf for some is a get-a-way.  It is a release from a hectic week at work or from life’s demands.  It’s like an outdoor man’s cave, an escape from all of life’s pressures and worries.  A place you can go to block out the rest of the world, breathe in the fresh air, enjoy company of friends and forget about everything else.  It is your escape from reality.   The moment you step onto those greens, nothing else in life exists.  You are now in a new world… no stress, no worries, no woes.

Many people, during this time of Covid restrictions, are locked in the confines of their homes or work spaces with no way to release their frustrations and stress.  Golfers, however, have an escape.  The video above shows you “how” you can still get out and play the game safely, while the story below tells you “why” you can do it and how it can save your life; both physically and mentally.  Jaime Costanzo shares her story and how it has had a life-altering impact for her via PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com .

 

How Golf  Saved Me In A Chaotic, Covid-19 World

By Jaime Costanzo

                                                                                      (photo credit: Playgolfmyrtlebeach.com)

 

2020 was a challenging year for most. Life as we know it was shut down and turned inside out. In March, I worked for the public school system in New Jersey that went from “all in” to “all out” in 12 hours. Shortly after that, the state shut down everything, and the only people on the roads were delivery trucks from online purchases at food stores and Amazon.

After two months of the shutdown, some states began to open their golf courses. Our neighboring state of New York was one of them. A group of us would drive more than 200 miles round trip to play golf.

Golf was the only thing we could, and wanted, to do. Why, you ask? Here’s why.

For most, golf helps to forget the hard stuff. It cures the pain. Where some people need alcohol or drugs, golfers need golf. Don’t get me wrong. A cocktail after the round helps to get past the bad shots and laugh it off. But that’s just a post-game component for some.

Your mind can only have one thought at a time. It is impossible to have two. We can juggle our thoughts and toggle between many, but only one idea at one time can take place in our brain. And golf is a fantastic sport to divert your attention from COVID-19 and other realities.

It starts with the smell and quiet sounds of the course. The freshly cut grass, birds singing, leaves rustling among the trees, and the small wildlife roaming the course. There are many lakes, streams, rivers, and oceans that reflect and frame the green grass and paint a surreal scenery. Many courses put you in a state of meditation. When standing to take my shot, I look at my surroundings, and I am thankful to see such beauty. As Ben Hogan once said in delivering my favorite quote, “As you walk down the fairway of life, you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.”

We then go to the actual art of playing the game. Golf is where our thoughts are focused on just golf, and not the outside world. We think about the target and what type of shot will get us there. We all have different ideas and thoughts on how to execute that, but we all have the same goal: to hit good shots and get the ball in the hole.

Some may argue this point, but all golfers are competitive. Whether you’re competing against others, against yourself and your lowest score, or the course, you are competitive. We always want to do better and achieve our personal best, which is a competitive thought process. My point is, playing “competitive” golf is an excellent diversion. It creates a hyper-focused action for 18 holes, and when it’s over, we want to do it all over again like an addiction.

Perhaps golf is an addiction that soothes the pain of reality.

Since the world of COVID-19 began and the stress it created, I’ve since been fortunate enough to be able to quit my job and move to Myrtle Beach, “The Golf Capital of the World.” I now play a minimum of three times per week, sometimes five. I play in groups from four to 164. We wear masks around the clubhouse and cart staging area and remove them once we get to the first tee. The pin stays in the hole, we touch our own equipment, and we no longer shake hands on 18.

I’ve endured this new world we now live in, and golf has been a great diversion and vehicle to afford me my sanity. Had I been the one to sit home and not change my thought process or way of life, I may be in a different place.

My advice, if you’ve never played the game:

Now is the time to learn.

 

Take Jaime’s advice.  Book your golf package now.

Myrtle Beach Golf Directors

Tom, Billy, Wrenn or Tracy

(843) 249-5800

email: info@myrtlebeachgolfdirectors.com

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Myrtle Beach Welcomes “The Beast” Sean Fister

Myrtle Beach Welcomes

Sean “The Beast” Fister.

Sean Fister joins the team at Dustin Johnson’s Golf School in Murrells Inlet, SC

Sean “The Beast” Fister joins the Dustin Johnson Golf School after an illustrious career of competing in the World Long Drive Championships, which he did 33 times. He remains to this day the only American competitor to win the long drive world championship three times (1995, 2001 and 2005), and was the first-ever golfer to eclipse the 400-yard barrier in the finals of this event when he accomplished the feat in 1997. Sean is also the oldest competitor to win the World Long Drive Championships when he did so at 43 years, 4 months.

In addition to his aforementioned long drive achievements, Sean’s list of accolades also includes:

  • 13 RE/MAX World Championship records
  • 13 top 10 finishes in World Championships
  • Longest official drive 450 yards (twice; unofficial 515 yards)
  • Longest carry in a World Championship (394 yards; unofficial 466 yards)
  • Fastest recorded club head speed of 171.2 mph (extended club)
  • Fastest recorded ball speed of 218 mph
  • Author of “The Long Drive Bible,” a New York Times Best Seller
  • President at World Long Drive Hall of Fame
  • 2,000-plus exhibitions and appearances worldwide

Sean said:     “I have had my eye on Myrtle Beach for some time, and wanted to be where the action is in golf,” said Fister. “This was an opportunity that was simply too good to pass up. To be a part of such a great facility and team at the Dustin Johnson Golf School is a dream come true for me! I hope to make a positive impact in the community that is already ‘The Golf Capital of the World.’”

        “Everybody wants to hit the ball farther, but that sentence is incomplete,” said Fister. “They want to hit the ball farther, but they want to find the ball. What I can do is help with distance, and accurate distance.”

         “I will definitely find you some yards. There is no question about that,” said Fister. “But, these yards are going to come down the fairway. That’s what I do, and that’s what I am excited to do at the Dustin Johnson Golf School.”

Allen Terrell, 2020 Carolinas PGA Teacher of the Year, who also coaches the worlds top ranked golfer and most recent winner of The Masters, Dustin Johnson looks forward to having Sean Fister join his coaching staff at the Dustin Johnson Golf School.

         “Sean has traveled the world conducting more than 1,000 clinics for people to help improve their game. There is no one more qualified and experienced who can teach our golf clinics and schools,” said Terrell. “Sean has an incredible passion for helping people improve their game, and he is the perfect fit for our goal of adding more opportunities for golfers to improve.”

Fister is a coach in the Dustin Johnson Junior Golf Academy, which offers a developmental roadmap for young golfers ages 5-13 to introduce them to the game and hone their competitive skills along the journey. Terrell noted that Fister will also be leading a new series of teaching clinics at the Dustin Johnson Golf School, which will be scheduled and announced in the near future.

         “From its namesake to its staff, facility, and technology, the Dustin Johnson Golf School is a world-class operation. I can’t imagine a better opportunity for me to pursue my passion for sharing my knowledge to help golfers, from kids to seniors, improve their play in the game I love,” said Fister. “Having raised three kids of my own, I am especially passionate about helping young golfers learn to play a game that also comes with great life lessons that will serve them well beyond the golf course.”

Sean was inducted to the Long Drivers of America Hall of Fame in 2002, the Poplar Bluff Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame in 2008.

About the Dustin Johnson Golf School
The Dustin Johnson Golf School at TPC Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina is a state-of-the-art instructional facility that has earned its place among the game’s best. It includes a 4,000-square-foot indoor complex with three hitting bays to go with a sprawling outdoor complex featuring a 12,000-square-foot practice green, 10,000-square-foot chipping green and 140-yard teeing area. The school features a full suite of the game’s leading teaching technology including TrackMan, Swing Catalyst, SAM Putt Lab and K-VEST 3D. The Dustin Johnson Golf School instructional staff is led by its director of coaching, Allen Terrell, who boasts a long list of accomplishments and accreditations and has mentored many of the game’s top talents including PGA TOUR professional Dustin Johnson, a mainstay at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking. For more information, visit http://www.DustinJohnsonGolfSchool.com.

 

Want to book a Tee-Time?  Call  Tom, Billy, Wrenn or Tracy

Myrtle Beach Golf Directors

(843)249-5800

 

Great Steaks in Myrtle Beach

CAROLINA ROADHOUSE

Carolina Roadhouse has been named Golf Magazine’s choice for ‘Where To Eat With Your Buddies’.

 

Carolina Roadhouse serves some of your most favorite Southern foods, like their mouth watering fall-off-the-bone Baby Back Ribs, giant Seafood platters and the feast of all feasts….Midwestern Beef, Aged a Minimum of 28 Days for Flavor and Prepared “Pittsburgh” Style with a Charred Crusty Exterior.

Large groups welcome.

Mouth Watering, Sizzling Hot… 

Mmm Mmm Good

 

Experience Legends Mooreland Golf Course

 

This par 72 golf course was designed by P.B. Dye for the more experienced player.  If you like sand traps and water views, come experience The Moorlands at Legends Golf Course and Resorts.  Minutes from downtown Myrtle Beach.

This course is guaranteed to challenge and please.

 

To book your tee-times or hotel accommodations please call:

Billy, Tom, Tracy or Wrenn at

MYRTLE BEACH GOLF DIRECTORS

(843) 249-5800

 

Come Discover Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC

Picturesque Low Country Charm…. The true feel of the South.

Pawleys Island and its surrounding areas along the Grand Strand’s southern shores are well known for their Lowcountry charm, sweeping vistas of salt marshland, warm hospitality and seasonably warm weather for enjoying the outdoors on a year-round basis.

Founders Club at Pawleys Island contributes greatly to this region’s charm, with a rich local history going back more than five decades as one of the first four golf courses to come to life in the Myrtle Beach area.

As with most classic designs, Founders Club at Pawleys Island has evolve over the years, including a 2008 redesign and renovation by noted golf course architect Thomas Walker. His efforts brought back natural sandy areas throughout the course that are indigenous to the Southeast coastal region, helping to frame beautiful visuals against a dramatic backdrop of tall, long-leaf pines and centuries-old oaks.

Dramatic shadowing throughout this design is produced by strategic mounding amid the property’s natural setting, and it’s at its most notable during early-morning and late-afternoon rounds. Nowhere at Founders Club is this more evident than at Holes No. 14 and 15. The 14th plays as a dogleg right that produces a steady climb from the fairway to an elevated, narrow green protected by surrounding sandy waste area. The tee shot at No. 15 must steer clear of a long, encroaching finger bunker that longer players may try to carry for a short-iron approach to a small green.

Founders Club at Pawleys Island was touted by the Myrtle Beach Golf Course Owners Association as its 2011 Golf Course of the Year, and provides a memorable coastal-feel playing experience. Come see it for yourself, in a short drive just 15 minutes south of Myrtle Beach in Pawleys Island, South Carolina!

 

To book your Southern Golf Get-A-Way,

call Myrtle Beach Golf Directors 

Tom,  Billy,  Wrenn  or  Tracey 

(843)249-5800