Golf

Myrtle Beach loses a pair of decades-old par-3 golf facilities

jlee@thesunnews.com

A pair of par 3 golf facilities that have been Myrtle Beach family attractions for about four decades have closed.

Burroughs & Chapin Co. has closed Cane Patch Par 3 and Midway Par 3. Cane Patch Driving Range remains open, but the entire Midway facility is closed.

B&C had no comment on the closings Thursday. So whether the properties will someday reopen, or the company’s plans for both properties, high traffic areas on Kings Highway, are unknown.

Cane Patch opened in 1980 and had 27 holes, while Midway opened in 1974 and was rebuilt in 2012 into a “situational tee” par 3 with tee boxes featuring uphill, downhill and sidehill lies, and other features.

The Midway property once had 27 holes and a driving range, but the driving range was closed to build condos in the 1990s and nine holes have been closed for several years.

The facilities, particularly Cane Patch, have been popular with families because the short lengths of the holes are ideal for young children and golf novices.

The properties have been used in recent years by The First Tee of the Grand Strand youth development organization, which is still seeking a permanent home property and facility.

The organization will continue to use the Cane Patch driving range for its after school and Saturday programs, though it had summer Play Days for its youth on both par 3 courses. Cane Patch was also used for Miracle League golf and by Special Olympics golf competitors.

“They’ve been great to us,” said First Tee of the Grand Strand executive director Rich Abraham. “We’ve got a lot of partners and we’ll shift gears and move our programs around, and as long as we’re able to use the [Cane Patch] driving range that’s where our programs take place.”

In addition to Cane Patch, the First Tee has programs this fall at six golf courses between Pawleys Island and Little River, and also uses par 3 facilities at Tupelo Bay in Garden City and Harbour View in Little River. “We like to use the par 3s because it gives the younger kids a chance to play on the golf course instead of just sitting on the range,” Abraham said.

B&C, whose holdings include Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing, also has other family attractions including five miniature golf courses in Captain Hook’s, Dragon’s Lair, Jungle Safari, Jurassic Golf and Shipwreck Island.

Alan Blondin: 843-626-0284, @alanblondin

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