Myrtle Beach, S.C. – The Moorland Course at Legends Resort has been named Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association Course of the Year.
The MBAGCOA evaluates Golf Course of the Year nominees on four criteria: exceptional quality of the golf course, exceptional quality of the ownership and management, outstanding contribution to the community, and significant contribution to the game. By virtue of winning the award, Moorland becomes a candidate for state and potentially national honors. ??
“Congratulations to Moorland and Legends Resorts on being voted Course of the Year, one of the area’s highest honors,” said Tracy Conner, Executive Director of the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association. “Moorland is one of Myrtle Beach’s best and most popular courses, and Legends has always been at the forefront of the area’s grow the game and charitable initiatives.”
??A 4.5-star course, according to Golf Digest’s prestigious Best Places to Play Guide, Moorland has long been one of the area’s most critically acclaimed and challenging designs. Architect P.B. Dye utilized waste bunkers, pot bunkers, water and significant elevation change to create a layout that is both visually stunning and enjoyable to play. Moorland has been ranked among America’s 50 toughest courses by Golf Digest and players have embraced the challenge.
Along with its sister courses at Legends Resort – Heathland and Parkland, Moorland is owned and operated by Arnold Palmer Golf Management and has been instrumental in raising money for local charities. Legends donated hundreds of rounds of golf valued at more than $30,000 that benefitted the likes of the Alzheimer’s Association, Habitat for Humanity and Toys for Tots, among many others, in 2013.
Additionally, Moorland and Legends offers complimentary instructional clinics twice a week, allows kids to play for free, and is the host facility for the First Tee of Myrtle Beach and Golf Academy of America.
Moorland was named one of the “Top 5 New Courses in America” by Golf Digest upon its opening, beginning a stream of honors that still continues. Most recently, Moorland was No. 6 on Golfweek’s list of the “Best Courses You Can Play” in South Carolina, a ranking of the Palmetto state’s premier public courses.
Moorland succeeds the Dye Club as the MBAGCOA Course of the Year. ??The National Golf Course Owners Association implemented the award in 1996 and the MBAGCOA has since nominated courses from the Myrtle Beach area. Past recipients of the award include Dye Club (2013), Dunes Club (2012), Founders Club (2011), Sandpiper Bay (2010) Shaftesbury Glen (2009), Grande Dunes (2008), Wachesaw Plantation East (2007), Burning Ridge (2006), TPC of Myrtle Beach (2005), Indian Wells Golf Club (2004), World Tour Golf Links (2003), Wild Wing Plantation (2002), Blackmoor (2001), Tradition Golf Club (2000), Bay Tree Golf Plantation (1999), Arrowhead Country Club (1998) and Myrtle Beach National’s King’s North (1996). Five of the Myrtle Beach regional winners – Burning Ridge, TPC, Wild Wing, Tradition, Arrowhead and King’s North – also captured the state award. World Tour was named as the national “Golf Course of the Year.”