The Golf Channel’s hit reality TV show “Big Break” just finished shooting the 22nd season, which will be dubbed; “Big Break Myrtle Beach”. Barefoot Resort & Golf are honored to have hosted the event on The Dye Course, Love and Fazio courses. The show also traveled to the Lowcountry in at least one episode that was shot at Pawleys Plantation.
“The entire Grand Strand is going to benefit from this in the future once the show runs,” Barefoot Resort & Golf’s general manager Dave Genevro said. “All the properties and resorts they’ve gone to in the past are great destinations, and they came here so we’re going to be associated with a great destination.”
“Big Break” has often been shot at locations that were easily closed to the public. Despite the inherent difficulties of filming at public courses in a resort destination,” Golf Channel’s vice president of original productions and a “Big Break” creator and executive producer Jeff Kossoff stated. “This was unquestionably one of our smoothest seasons. I think we were able to do it pretty seamlessly. We had a facility with multiple golf courses and a ton of space for our staff and production. Logistically it was wonderful.”
The Golf Channel ultimately deemed the Barefoot Resort & Golf as the ‘perfect fit’ because of our central location, infrastructure, quality of product and our history with the Golf Channel. In the early 200’s we played host on several occasions to Canadian Tour events and highlight shows of the annual Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, which were both filmed and broadcasted by the Golf Channel.
The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes accommodated the entire cast and crew, our very own Dye clubhouse served as the production headquarters, and the Greg Norman Champions Academy located at the Barefoot Resort driving range played host the crew and participants.
Several Myrtle Beach attractions will be featured either on the TV show or in web content. Attractions and activities visited by the competitors included; Little River deep sea fishing charter, the SkyWheel, Sharkey’s Beach Bar, a helicopter tour, a Dolphin Adventure cruise, jet skiing, a tour of the New South Brewery, Cinzia Spa at North Beach Plantation, Broadway Grand Prix go-kart racing, and a Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball game. Competitors that were eliminated also had opportunities to play at several area courses.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase the destination,” said Bill Golden, president of marketing cooperative Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. “It’s a reality competition show, but it allows us the opportunity to provide a showcase of the destination within the content of the show and within the story lines of the show.”
Golf Channel became a division of NBC and the NBC Sports Group three years ago, and Golden expects promotions for “Big Break Myrtle Beach” to appear on multiple NBC Sports Group channels, including on NBC coverage of the Ryder Cup in late September.
“This show will be promoted through their family of networks, which is a great platform for us to be on that we couldn’t necessarily purchase individually,” Golden said.
A production crew of more than 90 people, not including the cast, included cameramen, audio technicians, prop builders, set builders, makeup artists, etc.
“We’ve been wanting to get there for awhile,” Kossoff said. “We knew the courses there are fantastic and it was just a matter of time. I’m glad it finally worked out.”
Screening of the cast began with nearly 3,000 applications. The shows cast will be comprised of six men and six women “The golf was terrific and their story lines played out the way we hoped they would. I think we’ve got a real good series on our hands,” Kossoff indicated.
The winner will receive more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, which includes at least one exemption into an upper-echelon tour event. Prior “Big Break” champions have won tournament exemptions into PGA Tour, Champions Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour and Web.com Tour events. Several past “Big Break” competitors have gone on to have successful careers. They include PGA Tour winners Matt Every and Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey of Bishopville, and LPGA members and Solheim Cup competitors Gerina Piller, Ryann O’Toole and Kristy McPherson of Conway, who competed on “Big Break VI Trump National” in 2006.
Joining long-time host Tom Abbott as co-host for Big Break Myrtle Beach will be Golf Channel analyst and LPGA Tour professional Paige Mackenzie. A seven-year veteran of the LPGA Tour who also currently serves as co-host for Morning Drive, Mackenzie will provide analysis from a player’s perspective throughout the series, detailing the pressure the competitors will face with each challenge.
The upcoming “Big Break Myrtle Beach” is set to air for 11 consecutive weeks from Oct. 7 through Dec. 16, and will air at 9 p.m. Tuesdays.
A one-hour Golf Channel special on Sept. 17 will introduce the cast and will re-air several times before the premiere episode. Network executives are considering revealing the cast during the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship on the Grand Strand from Aug. 25-29 during the week’s festivities.
Read the official ‘Big Break’ Myrtle Beach press release here
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