The Golf Center
PGA MemberAbout Us


The Golf Center was established in 1988 by PGA Life Member Dave Philo who, with his wife and sister-in-law, formed DPA Inc. We are a fully equipped full service golf shop located in Pawleys Island SC. We offer major club brands, apparel, shoes, bags, and accessories. We provide club fitting and club repair. The shop is professionally managed, with service being one of our top priorities. Lessons are available on our Outdoor Learning Center, and all clubs are available to demo outside as well. Stop by, call, or send us an email to let us know how we may help you with all your golfing needs!

Our Staff

Penny Philo

Penny Philo

Penny has been in the golf business for over 30 years. She is knowledgeable about golf equipment and gets the most pleasure from finding the right set of clubs for her customer, especially for the new golfer. She is also Finance Officer for the business.

Chris Whittaker

Chris Whittaker

Chris is originally from Richmond, KY and attended Eastern Kentucky University where he majored in Horticulture & Turf Grass Management. In 1994 he moved to the South Strand, working at Caledonia and True Blue, both on the course and in the shop. He has managed The Golf Center since 2005. He has a strong background in club fitting, with certification from Mizuno and Callaway, and also is well versed in Club Repair. He has an extensive knowledge of equipment.

Amie & David

Amie Philo

Amie played golf for and received her degree from Coastal Carolina University. She worked at Caledonia before becoming Merchandiser at the DeBordieu Club. While at DeBordieu she entered the PGA apprentice program and was elected to PGA Class A membership in April of 2013. She returned to The Golf Center in 2015 where she specializes in merchandising and sales, as well as club fitting, and has been certified as a club fitter by Mizuno and Callaway. She teaches all aspects of the games to individuals of all skill levels. She particularly enjoys introducing people to the game, and has spent time volunteering for First Tee.