Barefoot Resort & Golf, home to courses designed by Davis Love III, Tom Fazio, Greg Norman and Pete Dye, turned 20 last year and saw its planned year-long birthday party derailed by Covid-19, but there is still plenty of celebrate as one of South Carolina’s premier facilities.
As you weigh options for a 2021 golf trip, here are 10 fun facts about Barefoot Resort:
1. Three of Barefoot’s four courses – Love, Fazio (top photo)and Dye – have been ranked among America’s top 100 public courses by Golf Digest and/or Golf Magazine. Only the Norman Course has failed to crack the top 100, and the Shark’s design has been ranked the Palmetto State’s best.
2. Barefoot remains the only North American resort to open four courses simultaneously.
3. The Dye Club has hosted the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am for 17 years, helping one of America’s most popular bands raise millions of dollars to benefit education and junior golf in South Carolina. The Dye Club (pictured right)has also served as the long-time home of the World Amateur Handicap Championship’s Flight Winner’s Playoff.
4. Barefoot was the host facility when Golf Channel’s hit show Big Break came to Myrtle Beach. The 10-episode series concluded with the championship match on the Fazio Course.
5. The fourth hole on the Love Course, which plays just 294 yards from the tips and only 265 from the white tees, is Myrtle Beach’s shortest par 4. If you are ever going to make eagle, this is your chance.
6. On the other end of the spectrum is the par 4 5th hole on the Fazio Course, which plays a staggering 499 yards from the tips (it’s 440 from the whites!). Did I mention it’s uphill? This is the hardest par 4 at the beach.
7. The Norman Course (pictured right) is one of only six in Myrtle Beach that bring the Intracoastal Waterway into play, highlighted by the par 3 10th hole, which plays from an elevated tee box to a green that abuts the waterway on its right side.
8. The Dye Course is Pete’s only solo design in Myrtle Beach.
9. When Barefoot opened, people wondered how Love’s work would compare to the higher profile architects he was sharing the property with, but the Love Course put Davis on the architectural map and continues to be one of Myrtle Beach’s most popular designs.
10. Speaking to the quality of golf Barefoot provides, the property was once the winter home for PGA Tour Canada.
The Resort is also home to one of Myrtle Beach’s most popular golf packages – the Barefoot Experience.