MYRTLE BEACH — Two influential businessmen who foresaw Myrtle Beach becoming a worldwide golf destination in the 1960s and ’70s and worked to develop that vision are the newest inductees into the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame.
J. Egerton Burroughs and J. Bryan Floyd will join 10 past honorees on Aug. 26 when the two will be inducted at a dinner celebration at Pine Lakes Country Club, where the Hall of Fame Garden resides in a courtyard behind to the historic clubhouse.
“It is because of the great contributions of people like Egerton Burroughs and J. Bryan Floyd that Myrtle Beach enjoys the rich designation as the Golf Capital of the World,” said Bob Mauragas, Hall of Fame executive director. Floyd died in 2004 at the age of 68 and Burroughs, 65, will be at the induction ceremony.
Burroughs is best known for being chairman of the board of Burroughs & Chapin Co., from 1990 until his retirement in May, and he was a major influence in the company during much of its significant Strand golf ventures.
B&C has built four courses, leased land to other course developers and operators, contributed to the building of The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in 1948, and had a golf course management company that grew to 10 courses before merging this year into the 22-course National Golf Management.
Through an early incarnation of B&C called Myrtle Beach Farms, the company supplied land for the building of The Dunes Club and developed the lots around it, built its first course at Myrtlewood Golf Club in 1966 and added a second course there in 1973, and participated in the early days of golf packages, which are credited with building the Strand golf market.
B&C built the Grande Dunes Resort Course and private Members Club at Grande Dunes in the past 11 years, and the resort course was named the 2009 national course of the year by the National Golf Course Owners Association. The company also restored both the clubhouse and course at Pine Lakes in the mid-2000s.
“It’s quite an honor and very unexpected being in such great company, but I’m accepting this on behalf of Burroughs & Chapin,” Burroughs said. “They’ve certainly been a big part of golf at the beach. I just happen to be the one going in on their behalf.
“And it’s great to be going in with Bryan Floyd. I knew him pretty well and had much respect for him. He was just a great person.”
Floyd was a golf course developer who was a partner and developer of Bay Tree Plantation, which was the first 54-hole golf facility in the area when it opened in 1972 and is believed to be the first facility in the U.S. to open three courses simultaneously. He then worked for more than 30 years to market the area nationally as a year-round golf destination.
In addition to the trio of courses at Bay Tree, which hosted a PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament and an LPGA Championship on its “Green Monster” layout, Floyd was a developer of the Robbers Roost and Possum Trot courses in the late 1960s.
He was a founder of the marketing cooperative Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday in the 1960s, along with current Hall of Fame members Clay Brittain Jr., Cecil Brandon and George “Buster” Bryan, and served on its board of directors from 1986-2001. He was president of the organization from 1990-1994.
“I’m mighty proud of that guy,” said Bryan’s younger brother by six years, Charlie Floyd, who has been a partner in four Strand courses and still has a stake in Arrowhead Country Club. “He was a special brother and a special man in our community, especially our golf community. … He touched a lot of lives and he had a big heart for the golfing community.”
Floyd lived in North Myrtle Beach from 1958 until his death in 2004. He served on the City Council for 22 years and was mayor of North Myrtle Beach from 1974-80. He was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor in the state of South Carolina, in 2001.
The Hall of Fame was formed in 2009 with the enshrinement of six charter members: Brandon, Brittain, Carolyn Cudone, Jimmy D’Angelo, General James Hackler Jr., and Robert White. Bryan, Charlie Byers, Paul Himmelsbach and Gary Schaal were inducted in the last two years.
The Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame is now a partnership between National Golf Management, the Myrtle Beach Golf Course Owners Association and Golf Holiday, and its board is responsible for the selections.
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