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Myrtle Beach golf industry loses a builder with death of Critt Gore

The late Critt Gore (right) and George Hilliard were both inducted into the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame in 2014.
The late Critt Gore (right) and George Hilliard were both inducted into the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame in 2014. The Sun News staff photo

The Myrtle Beach golf market lost one of its builders and passionate supporters with the death of Critt Gore last weekend at the age of 81.

Gore was inducted into the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame in 2014.

The native of Bradford, Pa., moved to the Grand Strand with his family as a teenager and graduated from Myrtle Beach High in 1954 and Clemson in 1958. After farming and opening Dairy Queens in the area, his career in the golf business began in 1980 as a partner in a small group that purchased Possum Trot Golf Club. He became the course’s managing partner.

He and partners that included Paul and Jack Himmelsbach built Heather Glen Golf Links in 1987 and Glen Dornoch Golf Links in 1996, and he operated those as well.

He was a president of the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association and of The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, where he was a two-time club champion. He was also on the boards of marketing cooperative Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and the Grand Strand Tee Time Network.

Gore was still regularly working at Possum Trot through his 70s.

On the night of his Hall of Fame induction in 2014, Gore said: “Golf has been our life for I don't know how many years. I've loved every bit of it. It's a bunch of fun. I've had a very enjoyable time and I've had good people.”

Alan Blondin: 843-626-0284, @alanblondin

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