NORTH MYRTLE BEACH - Good golf has long been associated with the Grand Strand, and for good reason. Locals and tourists alike can virtually play year round. Yet up in North Myrtle Beach, there is one course that's trying to become the gold standard among all courses in the area.
"It's old-styled, old world here...real southern charm," explained Jeff Diehl, head pro at the Dye Course at Barefoot Resort.
Designed by Pete Dye, it contains both the luxury of a nice view from virtually every hole - but an equally tough challenge for the avid golfer, especially on 18 - voted on by our viewers as one of the toughest in all the Grand Strand.
Diehl said, "People get nervous, they grip it too tight. So I tell them, let it go a little bit, and loosen that grip and have some fun."
Water hazards and bunkers aside, Diehl and the rest of his staff have made sure that as of day one, golfers can enjoy the challenge of a hill-heavy course without disruption.
"The experience for me is basically not having the homes and stuff around," said Tony Lovette, an out of town member of the Dye Course. "It's a little more peaceful without the homes and you don't feel like you're hitting it in someone's backyard."
Though perhaps the biggest factor that sets the Dye Course apart is not on the fairways and greens.
"We're going to be here dedicated to making everyone that comes and plays our golf course happy. It's a true dedication from our staff and I can't say enough about them," said Diehl.
"You can call in, they know your name, you know their name, the whole aspect of the membership honestly to me, is more the family feeling," said Lovette.
Just to go hand-in-hand with the scenic landscape, the commitment won't go away either.
"You know, we're like chefs," said Diehl. "We get one day off a year, that's Christmas Day."