Bob Gillespie



Both ends of the Grand Strand: Ritson-Sole Golf School opens Grande Dunes location

Posted 7/8/2012 5:19:00 PM

If a trip to the Myrtle Beach area is incomplete without golf, then it makes sense that a golf trip to the Grand Strand is better with some expert instruction. Since 1991, the choice of many for lessons has been the Ritson-Sole Golf School at Pawleys Plantation, owned and directed by former South African PGA Tour professional Mel Sole and Phil Ritson, former instructor to PGA Hall of Famer Gary Player.

Now, for those spending their vacations on the other end of the Strand, there’s an alternative to making the long drive down U.S. 17: a new Ritson-Sole location at Grande Dunes Resort Club in Myrtle Beach.

The new site is at 82nd Avenue off the U.S. 17 Bypass and features a “private club atmosphere” while also expanding the school’s reach. That, in turn, means more golfers can get their games tweaked (or fixed outright) during their stay at the beach.

And for the remainder of 2012, golfers of all skill levels can enroll for three half-day golf workshops, which include instruction on all phases of the game. One-, two- and three-day programs and private lessons are also available. Cost for the three-day instruction schools ranges from $495-$595 depending on the number of golfers in a group, and the school offers free lessons for children 16-and-younger with a paying adult.

To celebrate the school’s opening, a special two-hour clinic is available at either location, at a cost of $35 person including video instruction. For more information or to register, call (843) 237-4993 or (800) 624-4653, or click here.

Heading up the Grande Dunes’ school is David Olberding, a Class A PGA teaching pro with 30-plus years experience. Sole, with 40 years teaching experience, oversees operations at both locations.

The Ritson-Sole Golf School is one of five such academies nationally, and South Carolina’s only school, to be ranked since 1999 among the “Top 25 USA Golf Schools” by Golf Magazine. Other Ritson-Sole schools are located in Greenville, Ellicottville, N.Y., and Mexico.