Seven Myrtle Beach golf courses, including several high profile layouts, used the summer months to install new greens and the results have been met with rave reviews.
The Dye and Love courses at Barefoot Resort, Grande Dunes, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National, World Tour Golf Links, Meadowlands and Prestwick Country Club all converted to one of the progressive new strands of bermudagrass and each reopened in advance of the fall golf season.
Many Myrtle Beach golf courses have made the transition to the new hybrid bermudagrasses in recent years. The new strains are able to replicate the speed and quality of bentgrass while thriving during the warm, South Carolina summers.
Four of the courses that installed new greens – Dye Club, Love Course, King’s North and Grande Dunes – have been ranked among America’s Top 100 public courses in recent years.
The Dye Club began work in late May and reopened in the middle of July. The Love Course, ranked No. 87 on Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 You Can Play, immediately followed the Dye Course.
“The reaction has been positive by both membership and guests,” Dave Genevro, Barefoot's general manager said. “The transition to Champion bermuda on all four of courses assures players a better, more consistent putting surface throughout the year.”
Grande Dunes, with seven holes playing along the Intracoastal, is ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest and it installed Champion bermuda.
King’s North, a bedrock layout on the Myrtle Beach golf scene, made the conversion to Champion as well and reopened in late August. The Arnold Palmer design has long been regarded as one of the area’s best and most creative designs.
World Tour, a 27-hole facility that replicates many of golf’s most famous holes, including Amen Corner, has been a favorite of area visitors who want a taste of what it would be like to play some of the game’s most prominent layouts. The International 9 made a smooth conversion to MiniVerde last summer, and the Open and Championship 9s followed suit this year.
Meadowlands underwent the most substantial renovation, installing new greens and revamping two holes to improve an already friendly layout’s playability.
Prestwick, a 4.5-star course, according to Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play guide, is one of the area’s most underrated layouts, and the new TifEagle greens will only enhance its quality. Prestwick reopened in August and the new putting surfaces are nearly impeccable.
Myrtle Beach Golf Couress Boasting New Greens as of Summer 2012:
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