W. Cecil Brandon, Jr.
Mr. Golf of Myrtle Beach 2009
W. Cecil Brandon, Jr. has long been credited as the mastermind behind Myrtle Beach’s booming golf industry. Through his tireless marketing efforts, he brought worldwide recognition to the Myrtle Beach area, and to the state of South Carolina.
In 1967, Brandon helped found Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, a nonprofit alliance of golf courses and accommodation properties, which transformed Myrtle Beach from a three-month-a-year family vacation site into a year-round golf destination. He worked closely with the PGA TOUR to build the Tournament Players Club of Myrtle Beach and helped bring the PGA Senior TOUR Championship to the Grand Strand for six consecutive years.
He was inducted into the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame in 2002, and was honored with the 1996 Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor awarded by the governor of South Carolina. Brandon’s legacy in Myrtle Beach continues with Brandon Advertising, which he founded in 1959.