TPC of Myrtle Beach is hosting a Rally for the Cure® Golf Tournament on October 20, 2013. Rally for the Cure is a grass roots program that was created to empower people to take action in the fight against breast cancer by educating women about the disease and reminding them to get their annual breast cancer screening to ensure early detection through volunteer organized golf, tennis and social events. More than 2 million people have participated in Rally events across the nation since its inception in 1996.

 TPC of Myrtle Beach welcomes golfers to register for the Rally event and invites the public to take part. The day will begin with a shotgun start at 11:00 am. There will be food and beverages on course as well as many fun prizes, including a prize for the best dressed team! Payment will be due at the time of registration. The deadline to register is Sunday, October 13 (please call or drop by the Pro Shop to register). Prizes will be awarded to the winner of the event and each participant will receive a goody bag with important breast health information and other Rally items plus a subscription to a select Condé Nast magazine such as SELF, Golf Digest and Bon Appétit.

“We are proud to host a Rally for the Cure event. The event is a fun way for us to bring together our members and the community to support an important cause while playing a sport they are passionate about,” states Casey Cook, Head Professional at TPC of Myrtle Beach.

Since its start in 1996, the Rally program has touched over 2 million people with the important message that early detection saves lives. In addition to mobilizing people behind the promise to end breast cancer, Rally events have generated over $70 million for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

“The success of Rally is attributed to volunteer ambassadors like, TPC of Myrtle Beach owners Danny Young and Chip Smith who have said ‘Yes we can have a Rally at our club’. It is their enthusiasm, energy and support we value in our commitment to support Susan G. Komen,” says Diane Perillo, Program Manager, Rally for the Cure.

Since 1996 Komen has received over $70 million from fundraising activities at Rally events to help fund life-saving breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs. Rally for the Cure® is run by Condé Nast and is based in Wilton, Connecticut. For further information about TPC of Myrtle Beach’s Rally event, contact the Clubhouse at 843.357.3399 or like us on Facebook “TPC Myrtle Beach”. To host a Rally event of your own call 1.800.327.6811 or visit the website:

Contact TPC of Myrtle Beach for more information:

1199 TPC Boulevard, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Phone: 843.357.3399

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2013 World Amateur Handicap Championship – Golfalyzer Golf Gift and BAC-Home

2013 World Amateur Handicap Championship – Golfalyzer Golf Gift and BAC-Home

The makers of Golfalyzer, personal golf gift breathalyzer, will be debuting a brand new product at their booth a the 19th hole for the 2013 World Amateur Handicap Championship. Their new product is called BAC-Home. BAC, of course stands  for “blood alcohol content” and BAC-Home also plays on the inference of “returning home” safely after consuming alcohol. BAC-Home is yet another personal breathalyzer.

The buzz around Golflayzer (no pun intended) lead the co-founders, Brent Pauley and Chuck Stump to the realization that non-golfers may miss the opportunity to obtain their personal breathalyzer simply due to the golf branding. Thus, the idea for BAC-Home was born and is intended to be marketed to anyone as a gift and or useful tool.

The intent with Golfalyzer and BAC-Home is to make social athletes (and anyone else who might consume alcohol) to learn exactly what  their buzzed feeling equates to in terms of blood alcohol content. Most people do not have the opportunity to check their BAC, unless they are in the presence of a low officer…standing in the glow of flashing blue lights. Most are surprised that they may have been driving in an over-the-limit condition an compromised sobriety.

The current .08 BAC limit is, according to many, much to liberal. There is consideration by lawmakers to lower that limit to .05. Golflayzer co-founder, Chuck Stump says he definitely agrees that the legal limit should be lowered. “Since I’ve become familiar with my sobriety via Goflayzer, I know I’m impaired at .06,” says Stump. “There is now doubt the roads would be safer if the limit was lowered to .05.”

The use of the original Golfalyzer  product was two-fold. Users have a lot of fun determining the BAC at which they play their best golf. They also learn the BAC point of no return. According to experienced Golfalyzer users, once a social athletes cross the tipping point, it is rare if not impossible, to return to preferred comfort zone. Since alcohol takes a while to completely get into one’s blood system after consumption…by the time the tipping point is reached, there’s normally more impairment to come. Several things can affect the rate of impairment after consumption, such as body mass, food intake, and physical conditioning.

If you’re planning to attend the 2013 World Amateur Handicap Championship check out Golflayzer and BAC-Home at their booth in the 19th Hole. They’ll be in booth # 518 right next to the bar. How’s that for good planning? Golflayzer hopes to have some fun  demonstrating the golf gift breathalyzer to the more than 3000 golfers and their guests expected to attend the festivities at the World’s Largest 19th hole.  But more than anything, they expect to educate them as to the BAC their buzz equates. For more information about Golflayzer go to


Days at the Springs

Days at the Springs

In a small hospital room, I stand bedside with my hand grasping the relaxed knee of the man that brought me and siblings into this world.  Strangely I returned in thought back to my youth and those moments that I and this man of 80 years shared together but apart at another small almost unaware golf course.  Growing up in North Central Georgia, being a male meant your parental steering was toward those junior athletic sports most accepted within the peer pressure circles of the time.  The little white ball with dimples was rarely seen especially if you did not have a town named after you or your dad was not able to take every Wednesday afternoon off from work.  Looking into the face of the aged man lying there in the hospital bed, I fondly remember the one day that he felt a pressured urge to learn a game played on open fields of grasses while whaling swords with grips and taking aggression on a little round object that seems to have a mind of it own.  It was then that he returned home that faithful afternoon for which I was anxiously awaiting his arrival by standing in the driveway my helmet and shoulder pads in hand in-order to take our routine trip up the road to a different open field of grass that would later become a mud pit.  On this particular afternoon, my dad springs out of the car and from the trunk produces not one but two sets of Sears “Professionals” starter golf clubs.  Each set had a small eight inch diameter leather bag with a “1” wood, “3” wood, and 3,5,7,9 irons and a two way putter with the red painted bulls-eye on either side of the face.  Being of somewhat smaller statue than my dad, I thought it was cool, at first, that my set was the same “size” as his.  I would later learn the negatives of learning the game with standard clubs.  Getting over the initial excitement and bewilderment of getting golf clubs, we left for the grid-iron and I heard a brief explanation as to why dad spent some of the little hard earned monies he had to purchase the shiny components of steel with hard rubber grips.  Never did I think on that afternoon that his purchase would become a lifelong love and obsession for me.

The argued purchased sets of clubs sat calmly but obvious in the garage for several weeks until my responsibilities on the grid-iron had been met.  Then out of the blue, Senior decides one brisk but sunny Saturday morning that he and his only son will start the quest to master the game that seemingly was simple, with little rules, requiring no special body protection, plus the little round ball just laid there and you were not being tackled for holding it or was it being hurled at you from other people at vast speeds and curvatures.  In our late 1950’s vehicle, this Father/Son took the 30 plus mile quest toward what I believed was the coolest place that maybe I had ever seen before.  Named after the small creek that ran into some natural spring, “never really seen”, Clifton Springs Par 3 Golf Club and Water Park just outside of Atlanta was our destination to begin our golfing education.  Now just pulling into the pillared gates of Clifton Springs Golf Club/Water Park was intimidating itself as you looked out over the rolling hills of grass seeing the front nine holes on your right and the tree lined back nine on your left.  Once parked by the small but rugged Club House, you could look down the hill and see in amazement the painted all white “cement pond” with diving boards, life guard chairs, pavilions, and small sand “beach” area’s – all astounding and spellbinding for any youngster in the late 1960’s.  Dad slinked his new set of clubs telling me to do the same and we bravely entered into what may have been my first introduction into what could have been described as a “smoke filled – historical site” complete with self-titled golf pro, dining counter, golf specific clothing and a couple of pair of those fancy 8 pound spiked golfing shoes.  Having not been to a golf course club house before, I wondered if they all were this dark and the people inside acting as if we were interrupting their morning coffee and fat back & egg sandwich.  My Dad being an aspiring new sales manager, immediately took control and promptly introduced himself (as if it mattered to the rough counter clerk), and then began looking at all the golfing materials being sold behind the darken glass counter.  Balls, tee’s, half-finger gloves (left-hand), full finger gloves, spikes for those special golfing shoes, hats with company names on them like Spalding, Amana, Wilson, etc. and then over in the corner, these weird long handle wheeled contraptions were just stacked on top of one another.  Dad, always looking for the best deal, inquired about the rate to play nine holes versus all of them and how much for the motorized golf cart.  Yes, motorized!  It seems that Clifton Springs had two maybe three center console drive-single front wheel-gas motor golf carts.  Just like the ones we would see Bing Crosby or Bob Hope driving on the black and white back home.  Once Senior was directed to the stain covered price list wedged between the glass counter and the corner of the cash register, he determined that nine holes was a good start and we could walk with our clubs but we would splurge and get two of those pull-carts.  Just getting two of the pull-carts from the corner stack seemed an effort in itself; however, Senior directed one of the large handles in my direction and told me to load my bag on it.  You had to go back down the several concrete steps leading from the opulent club house down through the parking lot then across the busy entrance road to reach the first tee concrete hitting station.  Yes, Clifton Springs came equipped with raised concrete tee boxes having some green carpet like material on them and a rubber tube sticking up for you to tee your ball on.  Beside the tee platforms was a dry ball washer with a little hole description just below announcing the distance from where you are now to the target green.  Having zero experience or lessons of any sort, both Senior and I began our warm-up by trying to think and emulate what we had briefly seen on the television.  Of course, with my ball experience, I firmly grasp the hard rubber grips much like a baseball bat and just pictured swinging as hard as possible.

Now before we get deep into the nine hole spectacle that was Senior’s and I first attempt at golf, I must spotlight a special treat that Dad had purchased inside the pro-shop without my knowing.  They had in an old cigar box on top of the counter “better than new” golf balls with blue dots on them just like the pro’s use.  Now it is good that Dad got the balls for me seeing that when I did go into each of the several pockets of the new leather bag, I only found three “plastic” balls that evidently came with the set.  Now that we have all the gear, we are on the first tee “box”, and the course has provided a tee for me (did not have any in bag either), Senior elects to hit first.  With a mighty swashbuckling slash – Senior catches his blue dot just above the equator and somewhere on the bottom of the club versus the face, he sent the first ever struck ball with his new clubs about 30 yards hard right and peeling further right.  Although it barely missed some other golfers playing the parallel hole, Senior seemed un-phased even somewhat proud of getting the ball airborne.  Now it’s my turn!  Taking the much watched approach to the swing that my Dad had just demonstrated, I firmly grip the club and calmly hovered the hitting end above the perched ball and quickly coiled and then stepped aggressively into the hitting zone.  Well it worked with baseball but not for golf.  After several failed attempts, I shortened up on the bat and limited my back swing to finally dribble my blue dot off the front end of the concrete tee box and into the three inch plus weeds Clifton called fairway.  A passion of the heart and mind is born!

Over the next few years, Senior and I would visit Clifton Springs about once a month during the summer and spring.  I remember two holes at Clifton as being nemesis’s for me; number 4 and number 9.  These two holes required long 1 wood drives and accurate approaches to raised platform greens.  Both holes measured 185 yards and were uphill.  Funny now is the length and perceived severity of those holes; oh but how they were monsters to this 10 year old beginner.  I do remember Senior getting skilled enough to reach both with his three iron although he could never hold his tee shot on the postage stamp clay based greens.

I have stepped away from Dad’s hospital room and went into family waiting so to collect my thoughts and reminisce on those Father/Son times that we shared.  Dad has never really taken to the game of golf except to critique my game through the years.  Clifton Springs Golf Club & Water Park was our time and although he spent several of those hours shouting that I needed to do this or that while playing…for him that was his way of saying “I love you Son.

Thanks Dad for those days at the Springs. Welcomes The Pearl East and West as a Featured Courses Welcomes The Pearl East and West as a Featured Courses

Located in the quaint fishing village of Calabash, NC The Pearl East and West courses have uniqueness all their own. Sitting on a nine hundred acre garden park with Dan Maples designed holes meandering through the low country woodlands and along the scenic marshes caressed by the Calabash River, The Pearl delivers luxury, beauty, and challenge.

Upon arrival at The Pearl you’ll find fast rolling greens and finely manicured fairways. The Pearl East is a traditional course and The Pearl West is a links style course. The Pearl is home to a variety of wildlife. You’ll share the course with herons, egrets, eagles, deer, and our resident gators. The Pearl is as challenging as it is beautiful. In 1988, one year after it opened, The Pearl was nominated “Best New Public Course” by Golf Digest. Both Courses have also been ranked among the top courses in the Carolinas.

The Pearl has a complete practice facility, a professional Golf Shop, Restaurant and Bar. The golf staff at The Pearl offer golf lessons at the practice facility,and assistance with equipment and apparel needs from the golf shop.

Check out the hole-by-hole course breakdown HERE. is a complete digital network dedicated to promoting amateur golf. Be sure to visit the Community for a complete listing of Myrtle Beach area courses as well as the featured courses (like The Pearl) that contain details about each course including score cards and reviews. The community also hosts the most complete tournament calendar available for the Grand Strand Area courses. Will Broadcast Live from 2013 World Am – Presented By Grand Strand Vacations Will Broadcast Live from 2013 World Am – Presented By Grand Strand Vacations radio team will broadcast live from the 2013 World AM 19th Hole with  a program series presented by sponsor, Grand Strand Vacations. It’s billed as the World’s Largest 19th Hole and the nightly event will be host to over 3000 golfers and their guests. This is the 30th annual World Amateur Handicap Tournament and is shaping up to be a spectacular event.

TGD Radio exists to promote amateur golf and hopes to get plenty of interviews with the tournaments competitors. Check out TGD Radio’s podcast library HERE.

Players form over 25 countries will be competing on selected Grand Strand courses to be crowned “World Amateur Champion”, a most coveted title. Scoring standards and fair handicaps are a high priority for the this very popular amateur tournament. Creators of the tournament, with the help of Dean Kuth, developed a computerized adjustment system that monitors and regulates equitable strokes during each World Amateur round.

The following Myrtle Beach Golf Courses courses will be participating in this year’s World Am:

  • Aberdeen Country Club
  • Arcadian Shores
  • Arrowhead Country Club
  • Azalea Sands
  • Barefoot Resort, Fazio
  • Barefoot Resort, Love
  • Barefoot Resort, Norman
  • Black Bear Golf Club
  • Blackmoor
  • Burning Ridge Golf
  • Caledonia Golf & Fish Club
  • Carolina National
  • Crow Creek
  • Crown Park Golf Club
  • Diamond Back at Woodland Valley
  • Farmstead Golf Club
  • Founders Club at Pawleys Island
  • Glen Dornoch Golf Links
  • Grande Dunes Golf Club
  • Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina
  • Heather Glen Golf Links
  • Heritage Club
  • Indian Wells Golf Club
  • Indigo Creek
  • International Club
  • Legends Golf Club, Heathland
  • Legends Golf Club, Moorland
  • Legends Golf Club, Parkland
  • Leopards Chase
  • Lion’s Paw Golf Links
  • Litchfield Country Club
  • Long Bay Club
  • Meadowlands Golf Club
  • Myrtle Beach National, Kings North
  • Myrtle Beach National, West
  • Myrtlewood Golf Club, Palmetto
  • Myrtlewood Golf Club, Pine Hills
  • Oyster Bay Golf Links
  • Panther’s Run Golf Links
  • Pawleys Plantation
  • Pearl Golf Links, East
  • Pearl Golf Links, West
  • Pine Lakes
  • Possum Trot
  • Prestwick Country Club
  • River Club
  • River Oaks Golf Plantation
  • Rivers Edge Golf Club
  • Sandpiper Bay Golf & CC
  • Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club
  • Thistle Club
  • Tidewater Golf Club
  • Tiger’s Eye Golf Club
  • Tournament Players Club
  • Tradition Golf Club
  • True Blue Plantation
  • Wachesaw Plantation East
  • Waterway Hills Golf Club
  • Wedgefield Plantation Golf Club
  • Wicked Stick
  • Wild Wing Plantation, Avocet
  • Willbrook Plantation Golf Club
  • World Tour Golf Links

So, if you’re one of the lucky ones to be participating in this year’s 2013 World Am, be sure top stop by the TGD Radio booth for an interview and tell us where you’re from and about your game.

Myrtle Beach Golf – 2013 World Am Practice Round Discounts

Myrtle Beach Golf – 2013 World Am Practice Round Discounts

As we near the date of the 2013 World Am, players are surely looking for practice round discounts from the participating courses. East Coast Golf Management’s A.J. Sawyer pointed out how the Platinum Membership Card can cut the cost of practice rounds in half and offer even more benefits for visiting golfers.

The card’s cost of $55 includes a dozen balls, two free rounds of golf, deep discounts at all (Platinum) participating courses, and their usual play-4-get-1-free feature. Sawyer who is the head professional at Indago Creek used his course’s (Platinum) card membership rates compared to (regular World Am)) discounted rates to demonstrate the savings. Do the math. Six rounds at the normal rate offered to World Am players at $45 would cost $270. Six rounds with all the Platinum card benefits comes to $135. Half price! Indago Creek will host rounds during the World Am on three of the four days.

Listen a recent Platinum Card update on TGD Radio interview with A.J. Sawyer HERE.

The Platinum Card participating courses include:
Myrtle Beach Area Courses
Azalea Sands Golf Club
Beachwood Golf Club
Diamond Back at Woodland Valley C.C.
Eagle Nest Golf Club
Heron Point Golf Club
Indigo Creek Golf Club
River Oaks Golf Plantation
Wicked Stick Golf Links
Brick Landing
Brunswick Plantation
Carolina National Golf Club
Crow Creek Golf Club
Pearl Golf Links East Course
Pearl Golf Links West Course
Rivers Edge Golf Club
Sandpiper Bay Golf and C.C.
Colonial Charters (coming Fall 2013)

Rose Hill Golf Club

NORTH CAROLINA – Fayetteville
King’s Grant Golf & C.C.

NORTH CAROLINA – Jefferson Twp
Jefferson Landing on the New River

NORTH CAROLINA – Wilmington Area
Cape Fear National

Whether you’re coming to Myrtle Beach for the 2013 World Am or for a weekend golf vacation, the Platinum Membership Card is a great deal. Get more information on the Platinum Card HERE..

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