Myrtle Beach would be a great place to grow up if your likes are playing golf, surfing, fishing and hunting. That is certainly the case for George Gore.
George is the General Manager for Heather Glen, Glen Dornoch and Possum Trot golf courses. The golf courses are part of The Glens Group. The Gore family has deep roots in the Myrtle Beach area, dating back for generations. Originally the family was involved in farming, owning an icehouse and Dairy Queen restaurants. In 1980 George’s father, Critt Gore sold his three Dairy Queens and got involved in the golf business when he and three other investors purchased Possum Trot Golf Club in North Myrtle Beach.
George graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Hotel & Tourism and continued his education at Horry Georgetown Technical College where studied turf-grass management. In 1986 he became the assistant greens superintendent at Heather Glen Golf Club in Little River and was named the head superintendent in 1988.
George is married to Lucia and they have two children Carolyn (19) who is a freshman at Clemson University and George (15).
One very interesting thing about George is the fact that he graduated from South Carolina but he is a die- hard Clemson fan. That is not something you see very often, but he loves his Tigers.
George also serves on the Board of Directors at the Dunes Golf & Beach Club where he is head of the greens committee.
Of course managing three golf courses takes up a huge portion of George’s time, but he still finds time for his passions of boating, fishing, hunting and the occasional surfing. When dining out, he lists his two favorite restaurants as CIAO and Sun City in Myrtle Beach.
George’s father, Critt Gore was elected to the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame in 2014.
Some facts about the three golf courses that George manages are:
- Named among the top 22 golf courses in South Carolina by Golf World in 2008
- Places to Play “4 Star” Rating — Golf Digest 2005
- Top 5 courses in South Carolina – Golf Digest 1995
- Top 50 Public Courses in America – Golf Digest 1990
- #1 New Public Course in America – Golf Digest 1987
- Named among the Best 30 Courses You Can Play in S.C. – SC Golf Rating Panel, April 2009
- Named among the top 22 Courses in South Carolina – Golf World, October 2008
- Top 20 Course in South Carolina, Top 10 in Myrtle Beach – Golf Magazine 2008
- Top 10 Course in South Carolina – Zagat’s 2008 America’s Top Golf Courses
- Places to Play 4 ½ Star Rating – Golf Digest 2005
- Named 2009 Myrtle Beach Golf Course of the Year – Myrtle Beach Golf Course Owners Association
- Named the #34 Golf Resort Course in the United States – Golf World, October 2008
- Named among the Top 22 Golf Courses in South Carolina – Golf World 2008
- “4 Star” Rating – Golf Digest 2005
- Nominated Best New Public Course in America – Golf Digest 2001
George has had a large impact on the Myrtle Beach golf scene, which is very evident when you play one of his courses. I really enjoy visiting with George. He has so many great stories to tell about growing up in Myrtle Beach and the golf industry on the Grand Strand.
The contributions, not only to the golf business, but the entire Myrtle Beach by the Gore family are to be commended and they have our gratitude.