When Jimmy D’Angelo first saw Myrtle Beach in November 1937, as winter golf professional at the Ocean Forest Club—the Grand Strand had one golf course. That was it. Ocean Forest.
Now Ocean Forest is called Pine Lakes International; and the Grand Strand, at this time has many more courses.
It’s impossible, of course, to point a finger at any one person and say “This is the man responsible for the golf boom along the Grand Strand.”
But the name of Jimmy D’Angelo would be among those mentioned.
D’Angelo was involved in the creation of The Dunes Club in Myrtle Beach, which is considered one of the nation’s best courses. He was the Dunes Club’s head professional from the club’s inception in 1949 until his retirement in 1968. During that time D’Angelo helped promote and develop Myrtle Beach as a prime golf location.
D’Angelo was the first president of Golf Holiday, an organization that promotes the area to golfers all over the nation. As a result, millions of golfers visit Myrtle Beach every year.
Jimmy D’Angelo was inducted into the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame in 1984 and the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame in 1985.