Pawleys Plantation Hosts Golf Channel’s “Big Break Myrtle Beach”
Golf Channel has announced that "Big Break Myrtle Beach" has completed filming of new series episodes, which begin airing October 7, 2014, 9 p.m. ET on the golf network and will feature four popular Grand Strand golf courses.
Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, the South Strand golf resort whose renowned Jack Nicklaus design opened for play in 1988, joins three courses at Barefoot Resort & Golf in North Myrtle Beach in hosting "Big Break Myrtle Beach" episodes. The three award-winning Barefoot Resort courses include:
- The Dye Course, host of the Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am which has been ranked as one of Golf Digest's top 100 public courses in America;
- The Fazio Course, which has also been ranked as one of America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses by Golf Digest; and
- The Love Course, which has been included among "America's Top 100 You Can Play" by Golf Magazine.
Filming took place in June for the 22nd season of "Big Break," which pits six men and six women in a competition whose prizes include an exemption into a 2015 PGA Tour or LPGA Tour event.
Golf Channel worked closely with Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday to bring "Big Break" to South Carolina for the first time since the series' debut in 2003. Local and state officials were quick to sing the praises of the network's decision to choose Myrtle Beach as this show's next host destination, and remark on the impact they expect it to have on a golf market just recognized this year by USA Today as the world's best.
"It's huge for us," said South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, in an interview with Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman. "It gives us the opportunity to have a bigger audience, and have everyone else see what everyone is talking about – that South Carolina knows their golf.
“Myrtle Beach is great – not just for golf, but also for family vacation,” Gov. Haley continued. “What we hope is that we’ll get some great golfers (to visit the area), but we’ll get them to bring their families as well. Myrtle Beach has always been so hospitable: once everyone goes, they keep coming back … We want everybody to experience what many have experienced for years – and that is, Myrtle Beach is a fantastic vacation destination, but it’s also a wonderful home of over 100 golf courses.”