The Sea Pines Country Club will unveil its redesigned golf experience on November 1.
Golf architect Phil smith, who created the master plan for the CCPC Arnold palmer– and Clyde Johnston– layout design, collaboration with the general manager / COO Robbie ames and superintendent Tom metzger to complete the improvements. Jacksonville-based MacCurrach Golf has overseen the shaping and construction of the practice facility and the updating of several bunkers along the course.
The tee area of ââthe new driving range is now four times the size and accommodates twice as many golfers with 18 hitting bays. For longer hitters, the range floor has been lengthened by 25 meters, allowing a range of 260 meters. Eight new target pins are set at different strike angles at 70 to 250 yard intervals for fine tuning of distance control. On days when the grassy portion of the range is closed, members can hit new man-made TurfHound starting stations.
“I would place it among the best practice facilities in the region”, golf director James swift noted. âWe were landlocked and limited in what we could offer. We can now accommodate golf schools, clinics and other educational programs. With everything we offer, we are now a club of golf purists.
The short play area is home to a multi-level chipping green that is three times the size of the previous one, and also has two practice bunkers for working on a variety of sand shots. Unique to SPCC, the gold tees and sometimes the blue tees for hole # 1 are located on the east side of the 5,000 square foot practice green, adjacent to the putting surface and featuring the same mowing height.
On the club’s 6,429-yard Lowcountry course, members will experience Celebration Bermudagrass fairways, the turf used on Harbor Town Golf Links and Heron Point by Pete dye at the nearby Sea Pines Resort.
âTom and his team will be able to create visually stunning mowing models like you would see in Harbor Town,â says Swift. âCelebration Bermuda is the gold standard of turf in the Lowcountry. It also stays green longer in the fall and comes back faster in the spring, even as early as March. ”
On the greens, members putt on the latest variety of TifEagle Bermuda grass. The new strands are sturdy and can withstand prolonged cold during the winter months and even frost. In addition, the putting surfaces have been restored to their original dimensions, allowing more pins to be placed and improved responsiveness of approach shots.
MacCurrach Golf has remodeled and enlarged several bunkers to eliminate pinch points that obstruct shots from obstacles. New sand has been added on top of the hair concrete coverings to complete the look. The ninth hole fairway has been redesigned and a new pot bunker has been added on the right side in front of the bunker on the left side of the fairway.