Valentine’s Day Massacre at the Dye ClubThe Author: Garrett Fonvielle
Published: March 26th, 2014
Last Updated: April 19th, 2016
The annual Valentine’s Day Massacre at the Dye Club had to be postponed due to icy weather conditions to the 25th of February.
You may be asking yourself “what is the Valentine’s Day Massacre?”. Well it’s when the Superintendent of the golf course gets revenge on the golfers!
The Dye course, which was voted South Carolina’s “Golf Course of the Year” for 2013 already is one of the toughest tracks along the Grand Strand. From the Platinum, or the back tees, this course measures well over 7300 yards — but that did not stop Duane Whittle, the Superintendent of the Dye Club at Barefoot Golf Resort. He stretched the course out to close to 7800 yards, by creating new teeing areas for a select few golfers that wanted to punish themselves on a windy day in February.
The format for the tournament is a 2-man scramble, with groups playing in 4-somes. Each of the groups swapping scorecards to make sure no one got pencil-whipped. Some of the groups had to take their scorecards with them to the greens, using a tally system, to make sure the other players were accurately keeping track of their puts.inflatable slide
I can tell you first hand, it’s harder than you think.
My 2-man team consisted of myself and Hugh Royer III. Hugh played professionally for 14 years, which included 4 wins on the Web.com tour, 1 win on the South African Tour, and 4 years on the PGA Tour.
After 2 great shots, we were putting for eagle and ended up making a 10. This may give you an indication of the pin placements on some of these swift greens! The greens that day were rolling around a 14 on the stimpmeter and the pin placements, if there was a pin in the hole at all, were in some of the most vicious places. Two of the holes had the cup cut on the front of the green with the pin located off of the back of the green. Certain holes had no pins, only holes cut so when approaching the green you had no idea where to hit the ball. To top it all off, the wind was gusting up to 20-mph which always seemed to be in our face. On the other hand it was a beautiful sunny day in Myrtle Beach with the temperatures reaching 72 degrees that day.
By the way, we finished in 4th place carding a 92 for the day.
If you would like to play in this event feel free to come down in February and try your luck. The event is open to the public.
If you would just like to play the course normally, we can accommodate that as well. You can play a single round at the Dye Club if you like with the best pricing given on Wednesday’s of each week with the “Thank Barefoot It’s Wednesday” deal. You may also play the Dye Club along with its sister courses.. the Love, Norman, and Fazio discounted in our Barefoot 4-round Special.