On this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand, host Shan Coughlin joins PGA Head Golf Professional Patrick Wilkinson at his home course Black Bear Golf Club in Longs, SC.  

Black Bear Golf Club picIn preparation for fall golf season, a time when golfers can enjoy the sunshine, great temperatures and light breeze along the Grand Strand area , Black Bear Golf Club is up and running with new Champion Bermuda greens, and according to Wilkinson, “Everything is just great right now!”  The greens are rolling smooth and holding up well, explained Wilkinson, adding that the course has received a lot of great reviews on the greens, so far.  

Coughlin adds that the greens are not only smooth, they’re also “pretty darn quick!” Running around a nine or 10 right now on the meter.  The greens are mowed down and seem to be cooperating this year as Myrtle Beach heads into their fall golf season and what should be a more temperate winter as compared to the last two.  Coughlin said that on the drive to Longs, which is only about 20 minutes west of coastal areas, visitors will enjoy a beautiful drive, and maybe see some things they wouldn’t normally get to see.

Black Bear Golf Pic“You’re right,” Wilkinson said. “It’s a nice drive out. It feels like it takes you forever, but it’s really only 11 miles from the [Intracoastal] Waterway bridge.” Wilkinson said because the course is back in nature and there are no homes on property, golfers are likely to encounter wildlife on the course, including deer and bald eagles in the summer and early fall.  

Despite its name, the Black Bear Golf Club has only seen one black bear on the course in 15 years – aside from the large carved black bear guests will meet at the entrance of the clubhouse, which has become a great photo op location over the years for locals and visitors alike.  Black Bear Golf Club really caters to local golfers, but is a great option for people traveling in and out of town, with easy access from SC Highway 9.

As a part of the PGA 4, 5 & 6 programs, organized by East Coast Golf Management (ECGM), Wilkinson said Black Bear Golf Club – a Tom Jackson signature designed course – is usually a final stop for many golfers who are concluding their golf package and using up the rest of their gift card – up to $200 with the PGA 6 package, which Wilkinson expressed is an “unbelievable deal.”  It’s also a great first round for those driving into the area, especially if they are getting here too early to check in.  

In addition to great golfing conditions, Black Bear Golf Club contributes a great deal to the community and hosts several local charity events. To see a calendar of events, or to book a tee time online, visit www.playblackbeargolf.com, or give Wilkinson a call at (843) 756-0550.

“We look forward to seeing you the next time you’re in the area,” he said. “Come out and give us a try.”

Black Bear Golf Club is located at 2650 Highway 9 W in Longs. For more information, visit their feature page at www.TheGolfDirector.com.