Representatives from the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association (MBAGCOA) announced today that the organization has donated $50,000 to The Grand Strand Senior Center pursuant to an agreement reached between the two organizations in 2013 to merge the Grand Strand Senior Center’s VIP Golf Book into the Myrtle Beach Golf Passport program managed by the MBAGCOA. The donation is the first of five planned annual donations of $50,000 for a total of $250,000.
The Grand Strand Senior Center is located on 21st Ave. North in Myrtle Beach and is operated by the Horry County Council on Aging. Founded in 1975 to provide senior care services throughout Horry County, the Horry County Council on Aging provides home-based services to seniors in the county including meals, house cleaning, transportation assistance, basic health checks, employment opportunities and more.
“This donation and the ones to come are vital to our ability to serve our areas seniors,” said Ray Fontaine, executive director of the Horry County Council on Aging. “By joining forces with the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association and their Passport program, we can still offer our members discount golf privileges without getting tied up in trying to administer a complex program. This money will help us better serve the senior citizens of Horry County.”
“The Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owner’s association is very pleased to make this substantial contribution to the Senior Center,” said Tracy Conner, general manager of MBAGCOA. “The Passport members and their guests will play more than 300,000 rounds of golf this year on member courses and this program plays a vital role in the success of our industry.”
About Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association
The Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association (MBAGCOA) serves as the operational focal point to help standardize policies, develop programs, and coordinate projects for Grand Strand golf course owners. Its span of coverage is approximately a 50-mile radius of Myrtle Beach from Georgetown, S.C. to Southport, N.C.. The MBAGCOA is comprised of approximately 90 golf courses and 300 hotels/motels/property management agencies and third party providers. The MBAGCOA first offered the Myrtle Beach Golf Passport in 1993 enabling eligible North Carolina/South Carolina residents, as well as those who own second homes along the Grand Strand, the opportunity to enjoy reduced golf fees during all seasons of the year.