MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The summer season is coming to a close, as the golf season is about to get back into full swing. Condos and homes will soon be filled with golfers looking to hit the links.
Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals Inc. said that they projected this summer season to be better than the past previous three seasons, a 16 percent increase from last year.
"We see a lot of families, children, you know obviously schools out," explained Bobby Bruecken, Manager of Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals.
This rental company is used to seeing nearly all of their 230 properties rented but this weekend was a different story.
"This weekend is a slight drop off from what we had, but nothing out of the ordinary," Bruecken said.
That's because many kids will be heading back to school this week. Now it's time for tourism based companies to switch gears to golfers.
Bruecken explained, "You're not going to see those Saturday to Saturday stays we're accustomed to throughout the course of the summer. You'll start to see more three to four night stays."
The shoulder season might be looking better for local golf courses. There's been a lot of national headlines about Myrtle Beach golf lately.
Barefoot Resort Golf Pro Dave Genevro said, "You know the old saying if you're staying the same you're getting worse is true. You always have to look at better quality and great customer service and I think not only us but the enter Myrtle Beach community has realized that and I think as a whole we are all trying to do the same thing."
Barefoot Resort was ranked again, among the top 100 golf courses in the country, but it's other national exposure they're hoping will add an extra boost to tee times.
Over this summer the Golf Channel filmed the reality golf show, Big Break. At this end of this month, the contestants from the show will be announced.
Genevro said, "Right now the numbers for the fall are looking good, we're hoping with all the exposure with Big Break Myrtle, it'll help all of us. You know we were very fortunate to have them filming here on our golf courses."
Local golf leaders said people are waiting to book their tee times later on in the season. It's still too soon to say exactly how course capacity is looking for the fall but so far, numbers are on track for at least the same as last year.