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LEOPARD’S CHASE GOLF CLUB TO OPEN FEBRUARY 15TH
Newest Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday Member is First Grand Strand Public Golf Course to Open in Six Years
January 10, 2007, Sunset Beach, N.C.– The newest addition to the Ocean Ridge Plantation “Big Cat” Family, Leopard’s Chase Golf Club will open for play on February 15, 2007, just in time for the spring golf season. The third Tim Cate course in the 72-hole Ocean Ridge Plantation community, Leopard’s Chase is the first Grand Strand public golf course to open in six years, since Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club, Farmstead Golf Links, Grande Dunes Resort Course and Crown Park Golf Club debuted in 2001.
Located just minutes from North Myrtle Beach in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, Leopard’s Chase complements the area’s natural coastal beauty with subtle elevation changes, undulating fairways and greens, undisturbed wetlands areas and native vegetation. The par 72, 7,200-yard layout is spread out among 220 acres and features TifSport Bermudagrass fairways and bentgrass greens. One of the many distinguishing features of Leopard’s Chase is the significant number of holes which require short carries over both water and wetlands and the numerous bunkers strategically placed throughout the 18 holes.
“Leopard’s Chase Golf Club is an exciting and highly-anticipated new addition to the family of Big-Cat courses,” stated Becky Noble, president of Ocean Ridge Golf. “It is another dazzling Tim Cate design which will contribute to the perfect golf experience here at Ocean Ridge Plantation.”
“We are fortunate to have a course the caliber of Leopard’s Chase added to our Grand Strand golf family,” said Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s vice president and director of marketing. “Golfers coming to the Myrtle Beach area have yet another world-class golf course to choose from.”
About Ocean Ridge Plantation
Located in Sunset Beach, one of North Carolina's most beautiful barrier islands, Ocean Ridge Plantation is a 2,200 acre residential community featuring 72 holes of championship golf, a pristine nature preserve and a beautiful choice of homes and home sites. Designed by architect Willard Byrd, Lion's Paw Golf Links offers some of the most picturesque and challenging golf holes on the Grand Strand. Panther’s Run is a design by architect Tim Cate and made Golf Digest's list of “Best New Course” when it opened in 1995. Tiger’s Eye, also designed by Cate, was ranked one of Golf Digest's “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses”, Golf Digest's list of the "Best in State,” and ranked No. 6 in North Carolina by Golfweek magazine. Leopard’s Chase Golf Club, the third Tim Cate course in the 72-hole community, opens February 15, 2007 with another Ocean Ridge course, Jaguar’s Den slated for a Spring 2008 debut. For more information on Ocean Ridge golf, contact Ocean Ridge Plantation at (800) 233-1801, or visit their web site at www.tigerseye.com, www.panthersrun.com, www.lionspaw.com or www.big-cats.com.
About Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is a non-profit trade association of 77 championship golf courses, 72 golf package providers and five golf schools in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Founded in 1967, the organization has been and continues to be the driving force behind the growth of the Myrtle Beach area golf market. The originator of the “Golf Package,” Golf Holiday provides non-biased information about the area accommodations and golf courses to assist golfers in making the most informed decisions when planning for their next vacation. Golf Holiday also hosts seven events and tournaments annually to help grow the game of golf and attract golfers to the Grand Strand during slower times of year. In addition to hosting the Hootie and the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament each spring, Golf Holiday also manages the PGA TOUR Superstore World Amateur Handicap Championship – the world's largest on-site golf tournament, the Summer Family Golf Tournaments, the Spring and Fall Palmetto High School Golf Championships, the Veterans Golf Classic and the FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing. For more information, call Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday at 1-800-833-8798 or visit www.GolfHoliday.com.