Born in 1947 in North Carolina, Dan Maples came from a family with strong roots in golf course construction that go back to the near birth of golf in the United States. Maples could be described as a golf architect prodigy and had designed his first golf course at the age of six, and was moving earth for golf courses before he could drive.
After getting a degree in Landscape Architecture in 1972, he would go on to join his fathers firm in 1974 and helped to design 17 courses with his father. In 1984, he went on to form his own company called Dan Maples Design Inc. and has since become incredibly successful designing some of the best golf courses in the entire country. Maple has always had the philosophy of ‘From the beginning, one of our goals has been to build courses that players would remember.’ This is true because when you play a Maples-designed course, you are playing a course you will never forget.
Myrtle Beach has several courses designed by Dan Maples and if you golf in Myrtle Beach, you cannot leave until you try one of these legendary courses for yourself.
Pearl East was built on a 900-acre marsh preserve and immediately earned critical praise when it was built, even getting nominated for Best New Public Course by Golf Digest. After being renovated in 1999, it has gone on to be a highlight of the Grand Strand golf experience.
Sandpiper Bay is one of the finest examples of a Grand Strand golf course and is considered one of the best places to golf in Myrtle Beach thanks to its course and its wonderful and caring atmosphere.
The Dan Maples Course at Sea Trail has been described by critics as the masterpiece of Dan Maples and his ultimate achievement. With ancient oaks, Carolina pines and Tifdwarf greens, this par-72 course is also home to nesting pairs of Osprey!
Willbrook is a course that blends natural beauty with challenging golf. In the book ‘The 100 Greatest Holes Along The Grand Strand’, the Willbrook Plantation Golf Club had two holes named to the list. The club also includes a wonderful clubhouse and a golf academy to help people learn the game of golf on one of the greatest courses Myrtle Beach has to offer.
Oyster Bay uses the historical philosophies of golf course architecture and the strategic needs of golfers and creates a golf course that was picked as the Resort Course of the Year in 1983, and was picked as one of the top 50 public courses by Golf Digest.
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