Formerly named Midway Par 3, the course sits on 35 acres in a protection zone near the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) International Airport’s runway. In addition to new tees, greens and enhancements to the pro shop, speakers for music have been added throughout the property. “Golf doesn’t always have to be so serious,” said Chip Smith, an owner of Atlantic Golf Management, which will operate the course.
The property near the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) International Airport’s runway that previously housed Midway Par 3 is set to reopen as a new golf course, WMBF reported. Chip Smith, one of Atlantic Golf Management’s owners, said his company has revamped the former course, which has been closed since 2017, and will reopen October 2 as The Aero Club Short Course.
“The idea is for everyone to come and have a good time, enjoy the music and enjoy a drink if you like,” Smith said.
The name was chosen because it’s short for “aeronautics,” the property is still owned by the airport, and the area is the former site of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, Smith told WMBF. He added the course will feature a fighter jets mural. Other renovations, he said, are a new tee, new greens and additions to the pro shop.
“We’ve got something in there [club] that shows the different fighter quadrants in the air force base so just trying to tie a little history back in and give the veterans something to remember,” Smith said.
Smith told WMBF the course is something everyone can enjoy.
“We just felt like there was a market for it,” Smith said. “Golf doesn’t always have to be so serious. This is where you can have a lot of fun with it, but still challenge you a little bit.”
The course sits on nearly 35 acres of land and is directly across the airport to the east, WMBF reported. Under Federal Aviation Administration guidelines, all airports are recommended to own land both in front of and behind runways to provide a safety buffer for when planes take off and land. This area is referred to as “runway protection zones.”
The use of the land was limited due to FAA recommendations, meaning, homes, shopping centers, or any other major structures couldn’t be built, WMBF reported. Airport officials, however, previously said it could still remain a golf course.