After three years of relative stabilization in rounds played, the Myrtle Beach area golf market saw paid rounds drop nearly 6 percent in 2013 compared to 2012.
Paid rounds dipped in nine months, according to data collected from more than 80 courses in Horry, Georgetown and Brunswick counties by marketing cooperative Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday.
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“The market is definitely a challenge,” said Rick Taylor, general manager of Classic Golf Group, which operates four Grand Strand courses. “I think we all still love the golf business. We’re going to show up for work every day and look for new ways to operate, but it’s definitely a challenge.
“… We can survive, but it’s not the perfect scenario. I’ve seen it much better.”
Weather was a major factor, particularly in the crucial spring golf season, when tee sheets are typically full and rates are at their peak.
Read the full story by The Sun News’ Alan Blondin here.