NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Over the last 36 hours, I’ve been brainwashed by the best of the Barefoot Resort & Golf.
First came the really fun day yesterday at The Dye Club for the 19th annual Monday after The Masters, hosted by Hootie & The Blowfish. The pro-am felt like one big party. The fans drink plenty and have a good time. The PGA TOUR pros let their hair down, so to speak. They’re wearing shorts, and just hanging out, chilling with the celebrities and corporate clients. The celebrity athletes – such as Dan Marino, Bruce Smith and Jim McMahon – were very friendly with their time, signing autographs and posing for photos.
My V.I.P. pass allowed access to the sprawling clubhouse. Inside were free drinks and food. The crew from Greg Norman’s Australian Grille served some awesome catered beef. It was a first-class event, partly due to the dedicated staff and top-notch facilities of Barefoot.
Today I went back to play golf at Barefoot. Rounds on the Love Course (designed by Davis Love III) and The Dye Club reinforced just how good the resort’s golf really is. (I played Barefoot’s Tom Fazio Course and Greg Norman Course in 2011). Barefoot isn’t quite up to par with golf’s greatest 72-hole resorts – think Pebble Beach and The American Club – but it’s pretty close. Both the Love and Dye Courses are treats to play and easily rank among the best courses in the Myrtle Beach. The fake ruins of the Love course are actually quite fantastic (see the picture above). The Dye Club, with its separate clubhouse from the other three courses, provides the best service and private club feel of the four.
Simply put, Barefoot’s the best.