MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Changes are on the way for the Myrtle Beach Golf passport and it's not sitting well with snowbirds who frequent the Grand Strand during the winter.
"Most of us are on limited incomes and we save all year to be able to do this," said Irene Boyd.
Boyd and her husband are native West Virginians who have been coming to Myrtle Beach during the winter for the past six years.
The Boyds pay $42.50 for the golf passport, which gets them various discounts at dozens of courses and allows them to bring up to 3 guests for an entire year.
The Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association says after holding meetings and hearing feedback from its 86 golf course members, it will be cutting the year long membership be valid December 1 through March 15.
"I'm really offended by the simple fact that we come down there and spend thousands of dollars on places to stay, we eat out, we golf and we provide money to Myrtle Beach, especially in the winter and it seems our privileges are being taken away from us," she said.
It's a sentiment several viewers who have reached out to WMBF News share.
The new guidelines will only apply to folks who don't own property in Horry County or 13 other surrounding counties.
WMBF News went by the Association's Office on Wednesday where the executive director, Tracy Conner didn't want to go on camera but did provide a detailed explanation.
Conner says all their decisions are driven by the interest of the golf courses. He says it was simply a business decision.
The snowbird membership will end right as the height of the golf season begins. Conner says anytime you make a change, you can't please everyone but that the membership meets the vast majority of snow birds' needs.
Of course not all agree, and that's why the Boyds say moving forward they'll be looking at alternative options.
"It's too late for us not to come because we've already put down deposits on part of our rent, but had we known this was going to happen we would've looked elsewhere," said Boyd.
Another change to the Myrtle Beach Passport program for the coming year is that the PGA Superstore is now sponsoring the program. Those who join will get a $20.00 gift card to that store.