Seven Myrtle Beach golf courses, including several of the area’s most prominent layouts, will be using the summer months to install new ultradwarf Bermudagrass greens.
The Dye and Love courses at Barefoot Resort, Grande Dunes Resort Course, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National, Prestwick Country Club, World Tour and Meadowlands are all installing new greens this summer.
Work is well underway at the Dye Club, which closed May 20 for the installation of Champion Bermuda grass greens. The Dye Course is scheduled to reopen on July 16. The Love Course will close to receive new Champion ultradwarf greens on July 9, with reopening slated for September 10.
The Resort Course at Grande Dunes, one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses, according to Golf Digest, is slated to close from June 25 through August 20 for the installation of Champion ultradwarf greens.
King’s North, which has also been part of Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Courses, will close on June 25 to receive new Champion ultradwarf greens. King’s North will reopen on August 21.
Prestwick, a popular P.B. Dye design, is closing on June 17 to convert to TifEagle greens. The course will reopen on or before September 15 and should be in prime condition for the fall golf season. Prestwick will use the down time to refurbish bunkers, repair cart paths, and remove a few trees as well.
Meadowlands, which closed on May 24, is undergoing the most substantial facelift. In addition to installing TifEagle greens, the two most difficult holes on the front nine – No. 3 and No. 6 – are being redesigned to make them less penal.
The third hole requires players to carry water off the tee and on the approach, but the second lake was reachable from the 408-yard white tees. The size of the second lake is being reduced, making it harder to reach, and more bailout area on the right is being created.
On the sixth hole, a dogleg left, the previously elevated fairway is being lowered and mounding is being added to the right side to help keep more drives in play. Trees are also being removed on No. 6, allowing players to see the green from the tee box and approach shots from the fairway.
Meadowlands will reopen August 16.
World Tour is installing MiniVerde ultradwarf on its Open and Championship nines this summer. Work is already underway on the Open 9, which will reopen on July 19. The Championship 9 will close to receive its new greens on July 20 and reopen on September 30.