A Talk with One of the ‘Fathers of Myrtle Beach’

By Dave Finn

If you are a serious golfer, you have to tick Myrtle Beach off your list of “have to play before I die” destinations. A number of years ago I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of having lunch with Mr. Clay Brittain Jr. at his Sea Captain’s House Restaurant.  Mr. Brittain is one of the “fathers of golf” for Myrtle Beach.

In 1967, he co-founded Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, a marketing co-operative developed to promote golf in the Myrtle Beach area and in 1971 he founded the Myrtle Beach National Company that now owns three resorts and six golf courses and manages another five more.

Clay told me that Myrtle Beach has not always been associated with golf.  Forty years ago Myrtle Beach was little more than a sleepy beach town that was a regional destination, traditionally busiest during the summer, when thousands of families flocked to the beach. More