Coughlin named Myrtle Beach area golf employee of year, Dye Club takes course honor

ablondin@thesunnews.comJuly 12, 2013 

National Golf Management gave Frank Coughlin’s management and leadership qualities an endorsement when it promoted him in April to the position of regional operations manager overseeing eight courses.

The Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association Board of Directors seconded that motion on Thursday, naming Coughlin the association’s 2013 Employee of the Year.

Barefoot Resort’s Dye Club was named the 2013 Course of the Year.

Coughlin and the Dye Club will advance to compete for South Carolina Golf Course Owners Association employee and course of the year honors, which are expected to be announced in early August, and the Dye Club has a chance to advance and compete for regional and national honors.

Coughlin oversees day-to-day golf, merchandising, and food and beverage operations at eight of National Golf Management’s 22 area courses: Aberdeen Country Club, Arcadian Shores Golf Club, Grande Dunes Resort Course, Long Bay Club, Waterway Hills Golf Club and the three courses at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club.

He has worked in the Myrtle Beach market since 2002, when he was named head pro at the Grande Dunes Resort Course. He took over head pro and general manager duties at the new private Members Club at Grande Dunes in 2005, and since February 2008 has served as GM for both clubs.

Coughlin received the Carolinas PGA Section’s Bill Strausbaugh Award in 2008, recognizing his mentoring of assistant pros, character and integrity, service to the section and involvement in community and charitable activities.

He is the president of the Grand Strand Golf Directors Association and has served on the board of the Carolinas Section of the PGA of America.

While at Grande Dunes, Coughlin has hosted numerous CPGA events and will be a host professional next summer for the PGA Professional National Championship, which is being played at Grande Dunes and The Dunes Golf and Beach Club.

He has helped organize Make-A-Wish Foundation events at Grande Dunes in recent years that raised more than $300,000, and he joins a few colleagues to play 100 or more holes as a fundraiser on “Patriot Golf Day.” With Coughlin at the helm, the Resort Course at Grande Dunes was named the 2009 National Golf Course of The Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association.

The Dye Club has been the host site of the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday after the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am – the largest single-day charity golf tournament in South Carolina – for the past 11 years.

The 7,343-yard Pete Dye design that opened in 2000 is regarded as one of the more challenging courses on the Strand, and was named to the list of the Best You Can Play on the Strand in 2013 by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel.

“We are confident we will only further enhance Myrtle Beach’s image as the Golf Capital of the World and are looking onward to the state and national levels,” Barefoot Resort director of marketing Rich Bartram said.

Criteria for the course of the year award include the quality of the course, facilities and staff, and contributions to the community and game of golf.

Contact ALAN BLONDIN at 626-0284.

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