There are nearly 100 golf courses in our area and the majority of those courses are open to the public. That's unlike many communities where public play is limited to one or two municipal courses and in some cases membership in a country club is the only option for a round of golf.
The city of Myrtle Beach is trying to decide what to do with its Whispering Pines golf facility. Since taking over the course from the Air Force it has struggled and has been a drain on city resources. However, there was hope that the improved visibility and access from the extension of Harrleson Boulevard and the new airport would help turn things around. It hasn't happened.
Since the Grand Strand is not like most areas with few public play options, it's time for the city to use the land for something more productive. And that doesn't mean reducing the size of the facility to 9 holes and opening a lighted driving range. In fact, re-purposing the entire operation will actually improve the golf economy as a whole because most of those rounds will shift to other facilities. Closing the course and redeveloping the land to grow other areas of sports tourism is the right thing to do.
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