Evidence of that commitment is everywhere.
With insight from some of Rees Jones’ associates, the bunkers were overhauled on the Jones Course last year and a comprehensive cart path renovation project was completed at the end of April.
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“Mr. Pan (Sea Trail’s new owner) is dedicated to the beautification of all three courses,” said Ray Reyes, Sea Trail’s general manager. “He is committed to course upgrades and has a vision for much more to come at Sea Trail over the years. His commitment is reflected in what’s going on now.”
Work at the 4-star Jones Course is just the beginning and Reyes and his staff are mapping out plans for future projects, beginning almost immediately with the Byrd Course.
The Byrd Course will receive new cart paths and undergo a bunker renovation project that will see some of its sandy hazards eliminated, enlarged or reduced in size depending on design value. The Maples Course, which has a stand-alone clubhouse and restaurant, will get a similar facelift.
The three courses at Sea Trail have all received 4 stars in Golf Digest’s prestigious Best Places to Play Guide, which means they are worthy of planning a vacation around, according to the venerable magazine.
The Jones Course is a player-friendly layout, open off the tee with few forced carries, but there is significant challenge on and around the greens, creating a test low-handicappers thrive on.
The Byrd Course is favored by shot-makers who enjoy the variety of the design’s challenges, highlighted by an outstanding collection of par 3s. The Maples Course is Sea Trail’s most scenic with five holes playing along Calabash Creek. The layout is framed by sprawling oak trees and the area’s native Carolina pine trees.
Sea Trail is a familiar name to savvy Myrtle Beach area golfers, and with Mr. Pan’s commitment to the facility, it should remain popular long into the future.