The greens and bunkers restoration project at Pine Lakes Country Club, Myrtle Beach’s first golf course, continues to progress, and the “Granddaddy” is on pace to reopen in mid-July.
The Craig Schreiner-led effort is highlighted by the installation of new Sunday bermudagrass greens, a conversion that is expected to significantly enhance the putting surfaces at Pine Lakes. The greens are also being restored to their original sizes, expanding the total putting surface area from 103,000 square feet to 124,000 square feet, an increase of 20 percent.
Schreiner is also restoring every bunker on the course with an eye on improving drainage, playability and returning Pine Lakes to the more natural look architect Robert White intended.
“We’ve enjoyed near perfect weather and the bunkers project has been seamless,’’ said Steve Mays, president of Founders Group International. “The more work we do on the bunkers, the more we like them. We can’t wait to welcome golfers back to the Granddaddy.”
Nearly every bunker on the course, Mays said, will be smaller, with high-faces being replaced by grass that rolls more gently into the sand. The changes are expected to reduce the number of times players are faced with near-vertical bunker shots, in addition to improving access into and out of sand and maintenance.
Myrtle Beach traces its origins as a golf destination to the opening of Pine Lakes in 1927, and the course, designed by White, a native of St. Andrews, Scotland and the first president of the PGA of America, continues to hold a special place in the market.
Built along natural dunes less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean, Pine Lakes features elevation change and a classic design that has long made it one of the Myrtle Beach area’s more popular courses.
Founded in 2014 through various purchases and the 2015 acquisition of National Golf Management, Founders Group International owns and operates 21 golf courses (405 holes) in and around Myrtle Beach, S.C., including Pine Lakes, TPC Myrtle Beach and Grande Dunes Resort Club.
Feature Photo: Pine Lakes Country Club (Founders Group International)