Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame

Robert J. LeComte

Myrtle Beach Golf Ambassador 2017

Robert J. LeComte was born in Brooklyn, NY, moved to Wilmington, DE in 1955, and enjoyed a productive 37-year career in marketing at E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. Upon retiring from DuPont, LeComte brought his expertise and business acumen to Myrtle Beach, where he joined Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. Over the course of his career, LeComte created the two most significant title sponsorships in the destination’s history. He brought in DuPont as a sponsor to the World Amateur Handicap Championship, leading to one of the longest title-sponsor relationships in all of sports. >> View Profile

Vernon P. Brake

Myrtle Beach Golf Pioneer 2017

In 1965, Vernon Brake entered the hotel business on the Grand Strand. He quickly realized that to be successful as a hotel owner, he also needed to be involved in the golf packaging business. In 1970, he and several friends purchased The Breakers Hotel and, as managing partner for 34 years, Brake saw the property grow from its original 71 units to 667 units. Golf was a large contributor to this growth. As a result, The Breakers joined with other partners to form Myrtle Beach National Golf Club (MBN), which built three golf courses designed by the Arnold Palmer Group. MBN ultimately developed 10 courses and became one of the driving forces behind the area’s growth. >> View Profile

Edward Burroughs

Golf Course Developer 2016

Edward Burroughs hails from one of the most significant families in Myrtle Beach’s history, and his unerring vision and leadership were instrumental to the area’s growth throughout the 20th century. Burroughs was the guiding force behind decisions that led to the donation of land that is now Myrtle Beach State Park, helped found Coastal Carolina University, and was vital to the development of Highway 17 Bypass. >> View Profile

Kelly Tilghman

Golf Media Trailblazer 2016

One of the most decorated junior golfers in Grand Strand history, the game has been a vital part of Kelly Tilghman’s life. She lived on the third hole at the Surf Club, one of Myrtle Beach golf’s most venerable layouts, and her family owned Gator Hole Golf Club, where Tilghman worked every job imaginable and honed a game that earned her a scholarship to Duke University. >> View Profile

Phillip Goings

“Welcoming all to the Dunes Golf and Beach Club with South Hospitality” 2015

Just as important as architects and golf course owners are the people on the ground greeting players and providing Southern hospitality that has served as one of Myrtle Beach's primary assets. No one brought a smile and unquestioned expertise to his job longer and better than Phillip Goings, the longtime caddy master at the Dunes Club. Goings was employed at the Dunes Club from 1952-2005. >> View Profile

Sandy Miles

“The Granddaddy – the Birthplace of Myrtle Beach Golf” 2015

Big ideas and an equally big personality made Sandy Miles an instrumental part of Myrtle Beach's growth into the game's premier golf destination. After serving in the Army, including a tour in Germany, Miles returned to manage Pine Lakes International Country Club. >> View Profile

Critt Gore

Founding Father of the Myrtle Beach Golf Community 2014

Critt Gore A tireless work ethic has made Critt Gore a cornerstone of the Myrtle Beach golf community. Gore, along with a group of investors, bought Possum Trot in 1980 and he has been an integral part of the community ever since. With Gore’s hard work setting the tone, Possum Trot built its reputation as the Grand Strand’s friendliest golf course, but he was just getting started. >> View Profile

Russell “Doc” Burgess

Golf Pioneer and Myrtle Beach Visionary 2014

Russell “Doc” Burgess A man of uncommon vision, Doc Burgess is truly one of the giants of the Myrtle Beach golf community. His combination of a keen intellect and strong work ethic made him one of the driving forces behind the area’s emergence as a world-class golf destination. >> View Profile

George Hilliard III

First Executive Director - Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association 2014

George Hilliard III After 26 years of service in the U.S. Air Force as a highly decorated officer awarded the Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, and 11 Air Medals, in 1988, Hilliard became the first Executive Director of the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association. >> View Profile

Edward W. Jerdon

A Visionary for the Growth of Golf in Myrtle Beach 2013

Edward W. Jerdon Myrtle Beach was home to just 10 golf courses in the mid-1960s, but visionary builder Edward Jerdon saw a prosperous future for the sleepy beach community. >> View Profile

Casper Leon Benton

A Pioneer of Myrtle Beach Golf Course Construction 2013

Casper Leon Benton A true pioneer, Casper Benton left Myrtle Beach in the 1920s for New York to learn the business of golf course instruction. He returned to build the foundation of the world's most popular golf destination. >> View Profile

J. Bryan Floyd

North Myrtle Beach Course Developer and Marketer 2012

J. Bryan Floyd J. Bryan Floyd helped develop the first 54-hole golf facility in the Myrtle Beach area and then worked for more than 30 years to market the area nationally as a year around golf destination serving as a founder of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday (1967) and a founder of Tee Time Network. >> View Profile

J. Egerton Burroughs

Envisioned a World-Class Golf Destination 2012

J. Egerton Burroughs As Chairman of the Board for Burroughs & Chapin, Inc. from 1990-2012, Egerton Burroughs led efforts to establish one of the area's top golf management companies, develop a central reservation option for golf packages, and hire world-renowned golf course architects to design courses that would draw national attention to Myrtle Beach. >> View Profile

Charles W. Byers, Jr.

Grand Strand Growth Champion 2011

Charles W. Byers, Jr. Charles “Charlie” W. Byers moved to North Myrtle Beach in 1947. A founding member of the Dunes Golf and Beach Club, he is widely recognized as the smiling golfer in the front center of the famous July 8, 1961 cover of the Saturday Evening Post. >> View Profile

Paul Himmelsbach

Myrtle Beach’s Marketing Innovator 2011

Paul Himmelsbach Paul Himmelsbach moved from New York in 1977 to join the Grand Strand golf industry. He leveraged his relationships with national media to position Myrtle Beach among the world's premier golf vacation destinations. >> View Profile

Gary L. Schaal

PGA of America – Spotlight on Myrtle Beach 2010

Gary L. Schaal Gary L. Schaal, a golf industry leader for more than 30 years, began his career in 1973 as an assistant golf professional in Myrtle Beach. Within 2 years, he was a head professional. >> View Profile

George W. “Buster” Bryan

Myrtle Beach Golf Package Innovator 2010

George W. “Buster” Bryan George W. “Buster” Bryan was one of the founding fathers of the golf package business. >> View Profile

W. Cecil Brandon, Jr.

Mr. Golf of Myrtle Beach 2009

W. Cecil Brandon, Jr. W. Cecil Brandon, Jr. has long been credited as the mastermind behind Myrtle Beach’s booming golf industry. >> View Profile

Clay Brittain, Jr.

Myrtle Beach's Tourism Advocate 2009

Clay Brittain, Jr. A 40-year veteran of the golf industry, Clay Brittain, Jr. played an instrumental role in uniting the golf and tourism industries in Myrtle Beach. >> View Profile

Carolyn Cassidy Cudone

Myrtle Beach’s Junior Golf Pioneer 2009

Carolyn Cassidy Cudone Carolyn Cassidy Cudone will always be remembered as the pioneer of the Myrtle Beach Junior Golf Association. >> View Profile

Jimmy D’Angelo

Myrtle Beach Golf Ambassador 2009

Jimmy D’Angelo Jimmy D’Angelo’s most significant contribution to the Myrtle Beach golf industry was not limited to his play on the course, but also his marketing acumen in promoting Myrtle Beach golf and The Dunes Club. >> View Profile

Robert White

Original Architect of Myrtle Beach's First Golf Course 2009

Robert White One of the most renowned golf course architects of his time, Robert White was the original architect of Myrtle Beach’s first golf course, the Ocean Forest Country Club, that opened in that 1927, and is now known as Pine Lakes Country Club. >> View Profile

General James (Jim) F. Hackler, Jr.

Myrtle Beach Golf Visionary 2009

General James (Jim) F. Hackler, Jr. While on a golf vacation, General James (Jim) Hackler, Jr. revolutionized the Myrtle Beach golf industry with the concept of combining tee times and accommodations to form the first golf package – an idea that would make Myrtle Beach synonymous with the ultimate golf destination. >> View Profile