Hurricane Isaias took a slightly more easterly track on final approach and spared the Myrtle Beach area a direct hit from the fast-moving storm, which came ashore in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.
As a result of the geography of the northeast South Carolina coast, Myrtle Beach sits in a small cove and those few miles kept the worst of Isaias’ impact offshore.
Founders Group International, Myrtle Beach’s largest golf course ownership group, will resume normal operations at 19 courses Wednesday morning and the vast majority opened for play Tuesday.
“We are extremely fortunate to have only minor debris to clean up in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaias,” said Justin Binke, Director of Marketing and Sales for Founders Group International. “We are delighted to welcome golfers back with no significant disruption to play, and courses should continue to be in outstanding condition as we look forward to the fall season.”
The Founders Group family of courses include Aberdeen Country Club, Burning Ridge, Colonial Charters, Grande Dunes Resort Club, Litchfield Country Club, Long Bay, West Course, SouthCreek and King’s North at Myrtle Beach National, PineHills and Palmetto Courses at Myrtlewood, Pawleys Plantation, Pine Lakes Country Club, River Club, River Hills, TPC Myrtle Beach, Tradition, Wild Wing, Willbrook and World Tour.
Mercifully, the experience of FGI’s courses was reflective of the market in general. Even the courses on the North Carolina side of the state line emerged largely unscathed, and the four Big Cat layouts at Ocean Ridge Plantation were open Tuesday morning.
Below are pictures taken Tuesday, Aug. 6 in the storm’s aftermath.