Thursday, January 05, 2017

New employee profile-Makenna H.

It's been a while since we featured an employee, but 2017 is a new year. Carolina National Golf Club is gearing up for our best spring season in the past several years. Budgets are finalized, mower blades are sharpened, and we are preparing to add some staff to take care of our incoming spring golfers. One of the latest additions to our staff is Makenna Hammer. She has only been here for a few months, but she has learned the Myrtle Beach golf market rather quickly.

More about Makenna:
She is originally from Columbus, Ohio but spent most of her life in Raleigh, North Carolina. Makenna began playing golf at four years old and started playing in tournaments shortly after. She was introduced to the game by her father. She gives him, as well as her mother, all the credit for shaping her into the player she is today. One of her favorite childhood memories is going to the indoor driving range in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio with her brother. Makenna went to Neuse Charter High School in Smithfield, North Carolina where she played on the varsity golf team. During high school she also played on multiple amateur tours, such as Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour, Tarheel Youth Golf Association, and Carolina Golf Association. Throughout high school, she placed Top 3 in over 25 amateur events. Following high school, her passion for golf urged her to become a PGA Apprentice through the PGA PGM 2.0 program. She passed her PAT within the first month of starting her apprenticeship. While beginning her apprenticeship she interned at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. She currently plays on the Suncoast/National Women’s Golf Association mini tour. Within 5 years she hopes to complete her PGA apprenticeship and afterwards advance through Qualifying School to obtain her LPGA Tour card.

When you book your next tee time at Carolina National, be sure to ask for Makenna and welcome her to the family!

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Steve Lee-Director of Sales and Marketing Carolina National Golf Club


Friday, June 17, 2016

Feature employee of the month-Joey K.

Look who's at the course!

It's time again for you, our customers, to get to know us a little better. 


JoeyKronenwetter is a true born and raised local, spending all 20 of his years growing up just down the road in Southport, North Carolina. A graduate of South Brunswick High School, he is now a junior at North Carolina State University pursuing a degree in Sports Management.

His interest in golf was sparked when he was 16 thanks to his friends on the high school golf team. Over the last 4 years that interest has grown to an infatuation. With a self-taught, still developing game, Joey hopes to sharpen his skills over the next two years and upon graduation take his PAT in order to start his apprenticeship in pursuit of one day becoming a golf professional.

He obtained his first job as a cart attendant in February of this year at MacGregor Downs, a private country club in Cary, NC. In a matter of four short months he has already worked his way up to being a Pro Shop Assistant at Carolina National as well as helping out outside.  

It was a position he was ecstatic to take due to the opportunity to learn first hand the in’s and outs of the business and to be able to use his outgoing personality to charm membersand guests alike. 

His favorite golf memory is playing in what was dubbed the Niagara Falls Open at Magnolia Greens with his best friends the day before graduation in 2014. 

Just in case you were wondering which of the five in the picture is Joey...This might help.

The Next time you are playing Fred Couples' only signature course in Myrtle Beach, be sure to say hi to Joey.   

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Don't forget JUNIORS PLAY FREE! with a paid adult

Steve Lee 2016


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Featured employee of the month- Marc M.

Look who's at the course!

It's time again for you, our customers, to get to know us a little better. 

Marc began playing golf at the age of 9. His grandfather bought him his first set of clubs, Wilson ProStaff Jr. irons. From the beginning he had a unique love for the game. It was something special that only he could do with his grandfather. They used to sit in the den and watch golf on tv, they talked about the game, and they just enjoyed each others company. He remembers saying that he couldn’t wait to get out on the course and play real golf.

Marc’s family would visit his grandparents in Florida every February. When Marc was finally old enough and ready, his grandfather took him to his first “real golf” game. It was only a par 3 course, but at the time, he didn’t know any better. When Marc was about 12, his father started to pick up the game again. Now, he looks forward to his father's trips to Myrtle Beach from his home in Massachusetts to play golf with his son.

Marc played on his High School Golf team in the 1 or 2 spot. He won a number of matches in his 4 years and qualified for the Massachusetts State Finals in his senior year. When Marc was about 16, on their yearly trip to Florida, his grandfather took him to play a golf course called Turtle Bay. This would turn out to be a special course to Marc, as it would be the last course he played with his grandfather.

After years of playing golf recreationally, Marc finally made the decision to make it his career. He decided to attend the Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach, SC. At the Golf Academy, Marc studied the fundamentals of the game, the history of the game, and most importantly how a golf course is run inside and out. He excelled in all of his classes earning top honors and graduating second in his class. While in school, he earned multiple certifications and improved his handicap from 19.9 to 7.6 at the time of his graduation.

After his time at the Golf Academy, Marc obtained a job at the PGA Tour Superstore in Myrtle Beach. While working there as a club sales associate and teaching professional, he was still trying to achieve his goal of working on a golf course. He finally got a job as a bag drop/cart attendant at the Members Club at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach. Now, having first hand knowledge of how a golf course functions, the next step was to become an assistant golf professional. This dream came true this past October when Marc was offered that position at Carolina National Golf Club in Bolivia, NC.

Marc’s lowest round is 76. He has had 2 holes-in-one, his most recent coming on Feb 1st of this year at his course at Carolina National. His 5 year goal is to enroll in the PGA Apprentice program and complete it to obtain membership into the PGA of America. Following this, his dream is to earn enough in his career and purchase the Turtle Bay golf course and rename it after his grandfather who started this whole thing many years ago.

The Next time you are playing Fred Couples' only signature course in Myrtle Beach, be sure to say hi to Marc. 

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Feature employee of the month-Bryan V.

Look who's at the course!
Carolina National Golf Club invites you to get to know us a little better.  








Bryan Vance is the assistant golf professional/outside supervisor at Carolina National Golf Club. Originally from Ashland, Kentucky, Bryan moved to the area to attend the Golf Academy of America. Previously working as a manager at Certified Oil in Kentucky, Bryan was encouraged by his friends and family to go to the Golf Academy of America, knowing of his long time dream of becoming a golf professional. 

Bryan has loved the game of golf since childhood, and was introduced to the game after watching his dad play. Then as he got older, his now late Uncle Hermie influenced him most with golf. Bryan loved taking trips to Mansfield, Ohio, to his aunt and uncle's home in the summer time because he knew his uncle would take him golfing everyday! He taught Bryan not only the rules of golf, but etiquette as well.  Bryan said he could only imagine the conversations he would be having with his Uncle Hermie if he was still here, seeing Bryan pursuing his dream!

Bryan was self taught until he received a few lessons from the Golf Academy of America and then lessons from the head golf professional of Carolina National, Phil Smiley. 
He also has fine taste in clothing (As you can see from the picture in his dashing blue logo shirt).  Bryan's lowest round is a 73.  
Bryan's ideal foursome would be his dad Delbert, his uncle Hermie, and his good friend Joe Romer.  
His fantasy foursome would be Jack Nicklaus, Fred Couples, and Tiger Woods. 

So next time you are playing the only Fred Couples course in Myrtle Beach, be sure to look for Bryan either at bag drop or in the pro shop.  He would gladly say hey!  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Steve Lee 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Which ball should I use?


Golfers of all skill levels often find themselves facing the same problem. What golf ball is right for my game? In this blog we will break down some of the simple differences in golf balls to help you better understand which ball you should be playing. 

The first thing you should know about golf balls is that they are made up from 2 different polymers to form the shell of the ball and that plays a big role on how the ball will travel. There are 2 major polymers used to form golf balls. 

First is a surlyn ionomer. It is inexpensive and very durable. This  makes it an ideal cover for lower cost golf balls. These are typically made of 2 or 3 pieces or layers. The surlyn cover helps produce high flights with less spin to help golfers with slower swing speeds get the ball airborne. Some examples of these types of golf balls would include: Taylormade Project A, Bridgestone e5 e6 e7, and Titleist NXT.

Golf balls at the higher price points are made of Urethane. This is a softer polymer and is much thinner than surlyn. Both of these qualities lead to these balls flying lower with more spin for players that can control it. These balls are typically made up of 3 or 4 layers sometimes even as many as 5. Examples of these types of golf balls would be: Titleist ProV1 & Prov1x, Bridgestone B330 & B330s, Taylormade Tour Prefered.  

A lot of talk and emphasis is placed on distance but what it comes down to is optimal spin. You don’t want a ball that you are unable to spin properly and thus won’t be able to get the ball into the air or stop on the green. At the same time you don't want a ball that spins too much, balloons and amplifies your worse shots off the tee. You need that right amount of spin from a ball to get proper lift and carry but also run out when it hits the fairway. 

So if a higher handicap player plays a golf ball such as a Titleist ProV1 or the Taylormade Tour Prefered the ball will spin more and cause it to go further off-line than say a Bridgestone e6. And if you’re a lower handicap player and you use ball such as the Titleist NXT you won’t be able to have the same control as a higher spinning softer golf ball.


This Week On Tour:

PGA Tour:

The Career Builder Championship needed extra holes to decide the winner. Jason Dufner and David Lingmerth finished at (-25) par on 18. They then went back and played the hole twice more to determine the winner. Lingmerth hit his approach shot on the second playoff hole to leaving Dufner 2 putts to win his first tournament since the PGA Championship in 2013.


European Tour:

The Abu Dhabi Championship was delayed every morning due to fog, but that didn’t hold back the best players on the European Tour. Rickie Fowler held on to win at (-16) par, one shot ahead of Thomas Peters. Peters missed his eagle putt on 18 by just an inch to give Fowler 2 putts on 18 to seal up his first win of the 2016 season. 


Champions Tour:

The Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai was exciting until the final hole. Duffy Waldorf and Tom Lehman came to the par 4 18th tied at (-17) par. On the green Waldorf had an outside look at birdie from about 25 feet, and in dramatic fashion, holed the putt. The pressure was then on Lehman, who had a much closer look around 12 feet. He proceed to leave it short in the heart to make Duffy Waldorf the champion at (-18) par.


Fred Couples had a great showing posting rounds of 70, 67, 66(-13). Finishing his final round with birdies on 2 of the last 3 holes. He finished the championship in a tie for 6th.  



                                                                                                                                             Chandlir Pinkham and Steve Lee

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