Chip Smith, managing partner at Brunswick Plantation Resort & Golf, discusses the recent changes and work put into the resort that have elevated it as a strong stay-and-play option along the North Strand.
Chip Smith: It looks totally different than a year ago. We took over March 1st and it was just tired and needed some TLC, so we came in and started doing a lot of renovations, both to the golf course and to the facility and so, we’ve been able to accomplish a lot in a year with the golf course getting in the condition that you see today, which we’re very proud of and that’s a big accomplishment in the first year.
We’ve also gone into the clubhouse facilities and re-carpeted, re-tiled and re-painted, done a lot of work to the clubhouse and that’s really meant a big difference because that first impression means so much. That alone, with our on-site villa rentals, we’ve done a lot of upgrades there with new phone and Internet system, new digital locking system and a lot of upgrades to the units themselves.
We think we have an opportunity to provide guests a great experience here now. We do a lot of packaging business where you can stay here at Brunswick Plantation, play here and then also play courses around us. That is a big plus and there’s not a lot of that in our (North Strand) area. We provide a great opportunity to come and stay in Brunswick County in the Calabash area and play here as well as other courses.
We have six sets of tees, so depending on your ability or where you want to play from, but the golf course, it has some tough holes, but it also is a golf course you can relax and have fun on as well.
I would say number four on our Azalea Course is a par three that is a really challenging hole. It’s really a peninsula green surrounded by water and with us being in Calabash, all the banks are oyster shells and it gives a good look to it, but it’s a pretty hole there.