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‘You can’t let go’: How a Myrtle Beach resident surpassed goal of 367 golf rounds in 2020

JANUARY 01, 2021 11:13 AM, 
 
Myrtle Beach senior plays 376 rounds of golf in 2020!
 
Jimmy Dean, a 75-year-old Myrtle Beach resident played his 373rd round of golf for the year at Pine Lakes Country Club on Dec. 14. Dean, who hoped to play a round of golf for every day of the year 2020, finished with 376 rounds. 
Jimmy Dean is a man of routines.

The 75-year-old Myrtle Beach resident exercises every morning, and says he has for multiple years totaling thousands of consecutive days.

This past year he set out to read the entire Bible, outlined how he was going to do it and stuck to the script, and scripture. It’s not the first time he accomplished that feat.

“I have certain things I do,” Dean said. “I’m one of those guys if you were a hit man I’d be very easy to get because I do the same thing over and over and over again. I’m kind of like a routine guy.”

But in 2020, Dean became obsessed with an undertaking that seemed unrealistic even for his compulsive nature.

The member of Pine Lakes Country Club set out to average more than an 18-hole round of golf per day for the year, and he actually hit the mark in early December with his 367th round. It was a leap year so there were 366 days in 2020. He finished the year with 376 rounds played.
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Jimmy Dean received a golf bag and set of clubs from other club members to commemorate reaching his goal of playing 367 rounds in 2020. 

“Once you get into it you just can’t let go of it,” Dean said. “At my age, the biggest thing I wanted to do was complete it, so if I dropped dead the next day at least I did what I said I was going to do.”

Dean would have added more rounds late in the year but he tested positive for the coronavirus on Dec. 22 and his last round was on Dec. 19. He has had a mild case of the virus and hopes to next play on Jan. 5 if he tests negative beforehand.

“I have never been overly sick, the real pain is being cooped up,” Dean said.

A GOAL IS BORN

Dean has become a golf junkie in Myrtle Beach.

The Pittsburgh native moved to the area in 1991 after buying a small motel and convenience store with his wife, April, called the Sunset Inn, which he owned and operated until 2000 and leased to another operator until 2005.

What has he done since then? “Play golf,” Dean said. “I’ve played a lot of golf.”

In 2001 he became a member at Arcadian Shores Golf Club and bought a golf cart cover and heater, and he played 320 rounds that year despite not playing more than 18 holes per day. “I’d be out there a lot by myself. It was just nice. You can kind of relax from having a job,” he said.

He has regularly been playing 270 to 280 rounds per year for the past several years, and played a lot of golf this past January and February because it was a mild and largely dry winter, often playing 36 holes and a couple times playing 45 in one day.

When the coronavirus arrived in March he applied to fill in as a substitute teacher, which he had done earlier in life, but was not accepted.

“After that I thought, ‘Gee, what am I going to do?’ Well the days were nice and everybody got their own carts and you could play really fast,” he said.

“I keep it on the calendar and once I got to maybe May or June, my wife said, ‘You play golf almost every day, and some days you’re playing twice.’ That’s when I started figuring out, ‘You know what, I’m going to see if I can do 321.’ Once I figured I was going to get there easily, I said, ‘You know what, I’m going to see if I can do one day more than there are days in the year.”

Between May and October, Dean played approximately 40 rounds per month, and that generally included a day off per week, usually a Tuesday. So he had to play 36 holes per day about 14 days per month. To keep his pace, he had to play in inclement weather.

“After a while I don’t think there is such a thing as an impossible day to play golf,” Dean said with a hearty laugh. “I played in the rain, I played in two tornado warnings, and I played in a hurricane warning. We were dedicated to getting the rounds in.

“The craziest ones would always be when it rained real hard. Many times I was the only person out there.”

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Jimmy Dean, a 75-year-old Myrtle Beach resident played his 373rd round of golf for the year at Pine Lakes Country Club on Monday. Dean, who hoped to play a round of golf for every day of the year 2020, has already surpassed his goal and expects to top the 380 round mark. 

THE ACHIEVEMENT

Dean’s body held up incredibly well to the endeavor, and he believes his dedicated exercise regimen played a large role. He has an exercise bike at his home.

“The most amazing thing to me was I went through this whole thing and never got hurt,” Dean said. “I never had to take an aspirin, never had to take an Aleve or anything like that. I think it was kind of like a brick layer, you know, you keep doing it all the time and finally toward the end you don’t even get tired from doing it. It’s almost like a job, you’re going, ‘Hey, I’ve got to get up and go to work today.’ ”

That mentality allowed him to push through days when he wasn’t excited about playing another round.

“There were times I certainly wouldn’t have [played] if I wasn’t trying to get this [mark],” he said. “I wouldn’t have been that stupid to keep going out. But it’s like one of those things you can’t let go.”

His wife may be one of the few people who isn’t surprised he played nearly 400 rounds of golf in 2020. “I think my wife has been with me long enough to know this is something I’d be stupid enough to do,” he quipped.

His handicap has gone up from a 9.5 to a 10.5 with the marathon year of golf. “I think playing in weather I wouldn’t usually play in and just losing distance as I get older, but mostly lack of talent,” he joked.

Despite catching COVID-19 and its presence throughout most of the year, Dean considers 2020 to be possibly the second best year of his life because of his accomplishments. “It sounds crazy with all this stuff going on, but I was in this little bubble over here,” he said.

It’s second only to 1965 when he was enlisted in the Navy and was involved in bringing troops to the first military landing in Vietnam. “That was something special to me and still is to this day,” Dean said.

Golf was one of the few things that remained a consistent activity in South Carolina that wasn’t limited by the state government, and because the virus deterred travel by visiting golfers, courses during the spring and fall golf seasons weren’t overrun by tourists as they normally are.

“Personally it was terrific because we got to play at really the nicest times of the year,” Dean said.

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FINDING AN OBSESSION What about golf has drawn Dean to it?

“The amazing thing about golf is every shot is a new adventure, and in a day’s worth you make two or three good ones. That’s kind of what will make a day for you,” Dean said.

He enjoys the comradeship of playing with other golfers, but he has also found he enjoys what the game provides to a single player, including playing more at your own pace, practicing during a round and multi-tasking, which in his case includes dabbling in the stock market during the day, which he is want to do.

“Usually you run into somebody that’s fun to play with,” he said. “For me, I had not played golf by myself before I came down here. It was nice for me. You’d be out there by yourself and you could think real clearly, and you’ve got a phone so you can make all kinds of things like [stock trades]. And if you have trouble putting like I always do you can sit there and putt for 20 minutes if nobody’s out there.”

Playing alone also allows Dean to play in any weather conditions.

He is a member at Myrtlewood Golf Club as well as Pine Lakes, and played the great majority of his rounds in 2020 at Pine Lakes.

Some of Dean’s friends at the club presented him with a new set of clubs and golf bag once he hit the initial goal of 367, with his name and “367” stitched below it. “The whole thing turned into something extremely special for me,” Dean said.

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Jimmy Dean sits in the Pine Lakes Country Club pro shop after receiving a golf bag and set of clubs from other club members to commemorate reaching his goal of playing 367 rounds in 2020. 
 

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Congrats to Jimmy job well done!

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Posted by: @6542golf

Congrats to Jimmy job well done!

Bandit - the gauntlet has been thrown and you as the reigning champ of the most golf played yearly within the MBGT - we're all looking to you to pass Jimmy in rounds played in a year. Get to it!

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Thanks for posting the story. 

That is a tough job

Wonder what kind of clubs he received.

 

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Wow!  That is almost unbelievable.  He must be in really good shape.  No way I could play that much.


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Hum... I'm a bit "disappointed" that we're not talking about our friend @UGP here!!! 😉

More seriously, this is quite a feat!

Congratulations to this gentleman and wishing him a ton of golf still in his "gaz tank"!

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Am i the only one to think that is too much golf? 😊 

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Thanks for posting the story. 

That is a tough job

Wonder what kind of clubs he received.

 

Look at the 2nd post for photo of the clubs.  They are Callaway.     

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Am i the only one to think that is too much golf? 😊 

The problem with that much golf, is forcing yourself to play in bad weather.   
 
Since he is a member, his average cost per round would be way down.    

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@undercover-golf-pro That would be a tuff job! I did post 300 rounds in 2018.

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That's just it - golf became a job for him - not interested in having to play golf, interested in wanting to play golf

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Posted by: @undercover-golf-pro

That's just it - golf became a job for him - not interested in having to play golf, interested in wanting to play golf

This 100%


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Great article on this golfer, he is living his dream. WTG Jimmy. 🍾 


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Good for him, but I agree with others that if you are forcing yourself to play in inclement weather just to reach an artificial goal, it takes away one of the major reasons I play. Although I see he generally took a day off per week, I might have saved those days--yes, I'm doing it--for a rainy day. . .


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