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      Four Grand Strand area golf courses get national recognition

      Golf Magazine is out with its biennial ranking of the best public golf courses in America, and this year, four Grand Strand courses made the cut.

      Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is the highest ranked of the four, coming in at No. 27 on the list to be featured in the magazine's September issue.

      True Blue Golf Club, Caledonia's sister course, also made the list this year at No. 77, along with Dunes Golf & Beach Club at No. 42 and Barefoot Resort's Love Course at No. 85.

      It's an achievement that speaks to the quality instead of the quantity of courses along the Grand Strand, according to Brad Dean, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President.

      "We have some of the finest golf courses in America, and now is a great time to come to the Myrtle Beach area for a golf getaway at an affordable price," said Dean.

      That's exactly why Bob Seganti, Caledonia's course director, says the Pawleys Island course nabs a spot on the list when its released every two years.

      "I think most people who haven't been here will be surprised by the quality of the courses and designs here. Similar golf courses in other areas of the country could command twice the green free, so it's really there's a wide scope of design on these golf courses and certainly price points to play in," said Seganti.

      The new rankings come at a good time too.

      "Once we see the kids go back to school, we certainly see the fall golfers come down, and we see a lot of couples and golfers looking for that last getaway before winter," added Seganti.

      It's not just these four courses that are preparing to see more golfers on the greens. Industry leaders hope the new rankings also put a spotlight on the numerous other courses in the Myrtle Beach area.

      "Rising tide lifts all boats, and all golf courses will ultimately benefit from this great publicity," said Dean.

      Dean also says the new rankings are out at the perfect time because a lot of golfers who planned to come play this spring couldn't get here because of the weather, and they hope what they didn't get in the spring will show up this fall.