The Myrtle Beach golf Hall of Fame was started in 2008 by Burroughs and Chapin. In 2009 in conjunction with the re-opening of Pine Lakes Country Club, The Myrtle Beach golf Hall of Fame opened with a ceremony inducting the initial 6 Hall of famers. The courtyard at Pine Lakes is the permanent home of the hall – and each year since 2009 two more deserving people have been inducted into the Myrtle Beach golf Hall of Fame. Those that have been inducted have all met the criteria of helping the game of golf in the Myrtle Beach area and beyond.
The first year of the Myrtle Beach golf Hall of Fame had 6 inductees. Here are three of the exceptional inductees for the first year.
General James (Jim) F. Hackler, Jr. - Myrtle Beach Golf Visionary, Inducted into the Myrtle Beach golf Hall of Fame in 2009. Mr. Hackler was the first person to pair tee times and vacation accommodations, thus creating the Myrtle Beach golf package. He also worked to help open Bay Tree Golf Plantation (which is now no longer) and well as helped to bring the LPGA Championship to the course in 1977. The pinnacle of his accomplishments was as his name suggests was being a 2 star Major General in the Airforce where he was a fighter pilot in WWII, where he received both the Silver Star Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross.
Robert White - Original Architect of Myrtle Beach's First Golf Course, Inducted into the Myrtle Beach golf Hall of Fame in 2009. Mr. White was the original designer of Ocean Forest Country Club in 1927. This golf course has since been renamed as Pine Lakes Country Club. He was also the first president of the US Professional Golf Association of America from 1916 – 1920 and a founding member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.
Jimmy D’Angelo - Myrtle Beach Golf Ambassador, Inducted into the Myrtle Beach golf Hall of Fame in 2009. Mr. D’Angelo became a golf ambassador due to his marketing expertise when promoting both the Grand Strand and The Dunes Club, where he was the first professional golfer from 1948 – 1968.
There are now over 24 Myrtle Beach golf Hall of Famers. If you get the chance to visit the courtyard at Pine Lakes Country Club check out the Myrtle Beach golf Hall of Fame and learn a little about the history of Myrtle Beach golf and Myrtle Beach golf packages.