|Golf bag with the SCGA logo|
The governing body of amateur golf in the Palmetto state is the South Carolina Golf Association. Founded in 1929 and based in Columbia, their mission is to promote and serve the game of golf. They were raising awareness for their 2018 newbie golfer campaign at the Heritage Lawn along the 18th hole at the RBC Heritage, a professional golf event. The recruitment efforts of newcomers to golf will be chronicled in their Palmetto Golfer magazine, on social media, and on golf courses all around the state.
The SCGA lists 270 golf club affiliations in S.C. with 50,000 individual members, but they also see the need to recruit newbie golfers. “Research shows that the vast majority of people who become regular golfers are introduced to the game by a family member or friend,” said SCGA President Ron Swinson. The SCGA wants to hear from golfers who manage to introduce someone new to golf, helping them to clear the hurdles of intimidation and uncertainty about how to visit a golf course and ask simple questions about the equipment required and how to get started.
The SCGA also records scores and handicaps for members from golf courses around the state, and ranks the Best 50 Courses in the Palmetto State. Kiawah Island Golf Resort and their Ocean Course sits at the number one spot and Harbour Town Golf Links is second, but several smaller destination courses round out the list, and would make worthy Lowcountry day trip golf outings. For instance, the Chechessee Creek Club in Okatie ranks #17, the Haig Point Club on DafuskieIsland ranks # 26, and the Callawassie Island Club near Spring Island ranks #49.
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