Several public courses on the Grand Strand are closing this summer to install an ultradwarf Bermudagrass on their greens. Meadowlands, Prestwick Country Club, the King’s North Course at Myrtle Beach National and Barefoot Resort’s Dye Club and Love Course are closing this spring or summer to install ultradwarf Bermuda on greens.
At Meadowlands there will be other changes as well. The top two handicapped holes on the front nine, #3 and #6, are being redesigned. Elsewhere on the course sections of cart path will be rebuilt and repaired, a few new tee boxes may be added, and aesthetics will be improved by adding and improving landscaping.
The course is scheduled to be closed May 24 through approximately Aug. 16. All of the greens will be changed from TifDwarf to the finer-bladed TifEagle Bermuda, which has been used at several Strand courses in the past 10 years.
The changes to holes 3 and 6 are to make them less punishing. The third hole, which measures 408 yards from the white tee – the second tee up from the tips – requires a carry over water on the drive and carry over water to the green, and many can reach the second hazard from the white tee. The hazard will decrease in size to make it harder to reach and to increase the size of the bailout area on the right side of the green.
The dogleg-left sixth hole measures 385 from the white and has an elevated fairway that’s difficult to hold, so the fairway is being lowered and mounding is being added to the right side to shape the hole and keep more drives in play.
The club’s kitchen is being renovated and upgraded with an oven, among other things, to create an expanded menu. Think less snack bar and more of a full-service restaurant.