Brunswick Plantation to be Renovated

Brunswick Plantation Golf Resort in Calabash, N.C., has announced plans to renovate its three nine-hole golf courses. The work on the Magnolia, Azalea and Dogwood nines will take place between May 21 and August 1, 2006. During that time all three courses will be closed. But Brunswick Plantation’s lodging facilities and meeting center will remain open and golf package play will be booked on nearby golf courses.

“This renovation is intended to make our courses among the best on the Grand Strand, said Bill Bernier, resort director for Brunswick Plantation Golf Resort. “These improvements are expected to make us one of the most popular golf facilities in the area. From course changes to the landscaping and flowerbeds we are installing, Brunswick Plantation is going to be a feast for the eyes.”

The bentgrass on all 27 greens and the practice green will be replaced with Champion Bermuda to create putting surfaces with greater playability, as well as year-round consistency. The renovation plans also include adding six new tee boxes to increase the length from the back tees to nearly 7,000 yards for each combination of 18 holes.

“Today’s club technology enables recreational golfers to hit the ball much farther,” said Bernier. “By adding length to the back tees, we can increase the resistance to scoring for the long hitters, professionals and low handicappers. We’ve taken great care to ensure that the additional length will not affect the original design, nor the playability for golfers of other skill levels. We’re just making it more interesting with varied placement of hazards, multiple tee box choices and alternative routes. I think low-handicappers, average golfers and even high-handicappers will find that the courses are much more enjoyable after the renovations are completed.”

Other improvements include repaving the cart paths, strategically planting trees around the course to define hazards and fairways, and creating large garden areas that will enhance the beauty of the holes. Reshaping the grass bunkers and removing some of the bunkers is also in the plans.

“We determined that some of the bunkers were unnecessary,” said Bernier. “They don’t come into play for the average player, and they just create an obstacle for shorter hitters. By removing them, we can speed up play, and make the course more enjoyable for high handicap golfers. In addition, we are going to switch from 8 to 10 minute intervals between tee times and this will also be beneficial in improving the pace of play.”

About Brunswick Plantation

Brunswick Plantation is a 1,500-acre residential golf resort located on Highway 17 in Calabash, N.C., on the northern end of Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand. The resort’s golf facilities include 27 holes of golf, a driving range, practice green, and a 14,000-square-foot plantation-style clubhouse with the “19th Hole Lounge” restaurant and a well-stocked pro shop.

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