Myrtle Beach, SC is about to get a new golf training facility that is set to open in April. Here is a excerpt from a great article from The Sun News discussing the new development:
With his playing career encore behind him, former PGA Tour member Hugh Royer III of Myrtle Beach is fully immersed in teaching again, to the point of building a comprehensive learning facility on the east side of Conway.
Royer and a few investors plan to build the South Carolina Golf Center, a driving range, practice facility and learning center on approximately 13.5 acres, with the clubhouse entrance off East Cox Ferry Road in Conway between U.S. 501 and S.C. 90.
Royer and primary investor Al Hogan are in the process of receiving the necessary zoning from Horry County and permits for the approximate $500,000 project. They hope to have them by late January to facilitate a possible opening by early April when the property’s warm-weather Bermuda grows in with the rising temperatures.
Royer and Hogan will lease the property from owner Jimmy Jordan of both J.P. Jordan & Associates and Landmax Real Estate in Conway.
“It’s something I think will work,” Royer said. “I want to create a place that gives you the best of what’s available around here practice-wise.”
A permanent 3,000-square-foot clubhouse will include a pro shop, snack bar, lounge with TVs, bathrooms, three hitting bays with TrackMan launch monitors and V1 video swing analysis software, and a swing simulator.
The pro shop will likely feature predominantly Nike merchandise. The company sponsored Royer for more than a decade of playing and teaching through 2009.
The driving range will be close to 150 yards wide and up to 375 yards deep with tees that can be moved back or forward up to 45 yards. Royer is considering lights to stay open until 10 p.m.
The range will have up to 10 covered stations with mats for use in inclement weather, and Royer plans to leave a few trees on the range for effect. A par-3 hole over a retention pond at the back of the range is being considered.
There will be a 4,000-square-foot putting green featuring Champion Bermudagrass and a pair of chipping greens with bunkers. Royer plans a number of demo days and clinics.
He said he’ll hire clubfitter and repairman Al Cloyd, formerly of the Bogeys to Birdies Golf Shop in North Myrtle Beach, and he has already chosen an assistant teaching pro. The center will have various memberships for sale.
Royer doesn’t plan to have a beer or liquor license at first. “I [eventually] want to create an atmosphere that’s comfortable,” Royer said. “[Golfers] will have every amenity they need but I also want them to feel it’s a place they can feel comfortable to come and watch a football game.”
Royer has been teaching at Burning Ridge Golf Club and intends to remain there until the center opens. His students include National Golf Association Tour – formerly Hooters Tour – members Patrick Lundy of Little River and Paul Cormack of Scotland, and he wants to help produce stronger pro and amateur players from the area. “I want to create better players from Myrtle Beach,” he said.
He also wants the facility to be a base for younger players for a minimal cost. He said he’s spoken to Aynor golf coach Patrick Wilkinson about his team using the facility, and intends to speak to Myrtle Beach and Conway coaches and representatives of the Coastal Carolina University Professional Golf Management Program.
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