River Hills Golf Club, long regarded as one of the Myrtle Beach area’s hidden gems, reopened to the public August 29, following a summer greens renovation project.
The course closed on June 20 for the installation of new TifEagle ultradwarf bermudagrass greens. Founders Group International, River Hills’ parent company, worked with Tom Jackson, the course’s original architect, to develop the renovation plan, which saw the restoration of the layout’s greens to their original size, expanding the putting surfaces by 40 percent.
The expanded greens will lead to greater playability with an increase in pinnable areas, particularly on holes 5, 9, 10 and 18. The front of 10 green is more than twice as wide as it was pre-renovation, a boon for players and the course.
“TifEagle bermudagrass is an ideal putting surface for River Hills and that will be immediately obvious to golfers,” said Founders Group International President Steve Mays. “The greens at River Hills will be outstanding this fall, and we look forward to welcoming players back to a course that is going to be better than ever.”
Jackson’s role as a consultant helped ensure the greens were restored to the proper specifications, ensuring the integrity of an outstanding design for years to come.
“We will have a heck of a golf course this fall,” said Jason Dalton, the head golf professional at River Hills. “You will not find another golf course in Myrtle Beach with the elevation change we have here at River Hills and conditions will be outstanding.”
Playing along a rolling piece of property, River Hills is a favorite of traveling golfers in search of a challenging layout, superb conditions, and a commitment to customer service. In 324 Google reviews, River Hills averages 4.3 stars, a number sure to rise even further with the new greens.
This project comes just three years after FGI invested in a transformative clubhouse renovation at River Hills that included a revamped pro shop, grille room and upstairs banquet facility. That project, especially the revitalized grille room, which took on the feel of a full-service restaurant, turned the River Hills clubhouse into a gathering spot for golfers and the surrounding community.
The work at River Hills is one of two major capital improvement projects FGI is undertaking this summer. The Grande Dunes Resort Course, one of Myrtle Beach’s premier layouts, is undergoing a greens, bunkers and clubhouse renovation effort as well.