Grande Dunes Resort Club and River Hills have attracted a lot of attention with their planned greens and bunker renovation projects this summer, but they are far from the only Myrtle Beach golf courses reinvesting in their product.
Over the winter, five Myrtle Beach golf courses underwent capital improvement projects, helping ensure they were in the best possible condition for the area’s peak spring season. Here is a quick look at the work done over the winter months:
– Thistle Golf Club, one of the area’s hidden gems, installed new PermaEdge stacked sod bunkers, doubling down on the experience at the Scottish-links inspired facility. The new bunkers will provide players a taste of what it’s like to be in the sand at the game’s historic links courses, adding to the fun at the 27-hole property.
– A stunning Arnold Palmer design, Rivers Edge is in the midst of a multi-stage project that includes a comprehensive bunker renovation effort. Highlighting the work done over the winter months, the bunkers on holes 1, 6, 7, 9, 14 and 18 have been completely renovated, including new shaping, drainage and sand. Rivers Edge has also reshaped the area surrounding the 18th green, adding a rock feature and set of stairs leading to the clubhouse.
– Aspects of True Blue Golf Club (top photo) are being restored to architect Mike Strantz’ original design via scrub and non-feature tree removal. Native grasses are being transplanted to highlight natural areas while improving sightlines. True Blue is also expanding the course’s practice area, making one of the area’s premier courses even better.
– A consensus top 100 course, Caledonia has widened fairways and landing areas via scrub and non-feature tree removal, improving pace of play, sightlines and turf conditions. The $250,000 project, which primarily impacts the course’s inland holes, is another step forward for one of South Carolina’s most popular layouts.
– We’ve previously covered the winter bulkhead project on holes 9, 16 and 18 at Prestwick Country Club, but it’s worth mentioning again. The work improved the appearance of the P.B. Dye design’s most prominent holes – 9 and 18 – and a new bunker on No. 16, has enhanced the par 3s visual appeal while making it slightly easier by keeping some balls out of the water.(Prestwick 9th hole pictured right)
Myrtle Beach is golf’s most popular destination and the commitment to upgrading courses in ways both large and small is a primary reason why.