Even in 2020, There Are Reasons to be Thankful

It’s easy to look at 2020 and wish the year away. By almost any measure, the new decade isn’t off to a good start, but hopefully the challenges we’ve faced have provided us with a greater appreciation of the things we do have.

That’s certainly been the case here in Myrtle Beach, where we, like everyone else in America, have battled the COVID-19 pandemic. While we recognize the hardships the virus has wrought, particularly for families who have lost loved ones, as we look forward to what will be a different type of Thanksgiving, here are five (mostly) golf-related things we are more thankful for than ever before.

— This year has been a sobering reminder of the fragility of life. While we all pay lip service to being grateful for our health, I think we are all a little more thankful for each day because it’s a gift not to be taken for granted.

— Golf. The game – played outside and socially distant by nature – is seemingly a safe harbor from the virus and we’ve never been more thankful for being able to spend time on the course.

— Golf is an essential part of the fabric of the community here in Myrtle Beach and the absence of traveling players last spring was a reminder of the vitality they bring. Of course, we are equally appreciative of the locals who helped keep tee sheets hopping. Golfers are the lifeblood of the Myrtle Beach community and that’s been more obvious than ever throughout 2020.

— This time a year ago, we thought nothing of giving a family member a hug, going to happy hour with friends, or eating in a crowded restaurant. We all now have a much greater appreciation of the benefits of human interaction and the type of camaraderie golf fosters.

— Lastly, I’m not complaining about the opportunity to watch the Masters, under any circumstances, but the atmosphere provided by fans certainly enhances the viewing experience. I have a much greater appreciation for what fans bring to the course, even the guys screaming get in the hole. Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to be thankful for the roars echoing through the pines in April!