Golf-themed restaurant to open in Myrtle Beach area this spring

dbryant@thesunnews.comFebruary 15, 2013 

— A golf-themed restaurant is planning to open this spring in Carolina Forest.

Sam Snead’s Tavern plans to move into the former Max and Erma’s restaurant in the Forest Square Shopping Center at the intersection of U.S. 501and Carolina Forest Boulevard.

The restaurant, which will be decorated with golf memorabilia, will serve certified Angus beef, chicken and seafood dishes, as well as soups, salads and desserts.

The restaurant aims to open in late April or mid-May, said Pat Casey, president of The Pike Corp., which handles licensing for the chain.

This will be a return of a Sam Snead restaurant to the Grand Strand. Sam Snead’s Grille, also operated through The Pike Corp., opened in the mid-1990s along Restaurant Row but closed after the franchisee opted not to renew, Casey said.

The Grand Strand, with nearly 100 golf courses and throngs of local and visiting golfers, is a perfect spot for a Sam Snead’s restaurant, Casey said.

“We’ve always liked the area and did well there,” he said.

Snead, who died in 2002, was one of the top players in the world for most of four decades. He won a record 82 PGA Tour events including seven majors and is in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The new restaurant will be decorated with some of his memorabilia, including pictures with presidents and celebrities.

There will be about 15 Sam Snead’s once the one here and a couple of others in the works open. This is the only one in South Carolina. Florida boasts more than a half-dozen locations, and there are locations in Savannah, Ga., and on Sam Snead Highway in Hot Springs, Va., near where Snead was born, according to the restaurant’s website.

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