Dataw Island Club to Remodel Courses

Representatives of Dataw Island Club on St. Helena Island, S.C., have announced a $5.4 million renovation project of the Cotton Dike and Morgan River golf courses within the private, gated community near Beaufort.

The decision to renovate the golf courses was made by a vote of the golf membership. The renovations are set to begin on the Cotton Dike course on April 1. Billy Fuller Golf Course Design of Atlanta, Ga. is overseeing the renovation and A.S. Altum and Associates is handling the irrigation design work. TDI Golf will be responsible for the rebuilding the greens and bunkers while All Green Irrigation has been awarded the irrigation-installation contract.

"This is something the membership at Dataw Island has been considering for quite awhile," said Ted Bartlett, general manager and chief operating officer of the Dataw Island Club. "Our golf courses are already outstanding, but these renovations will simply enhance what we have and improve some of the natural features and playability for our members and guests."

The renovations include: irrigation replacement on both golf courses; straightening and repair of cart paths; coring out and re-contouring of 17 greens on the Cotton Dike course; core out and re-contouring three greens on the Morgan River course and tilling the remaining greens; re-grassing of all greens, including the putting green and chipping areas near the clubhouse with Miniverde ultradwarf Bermuda; improve all bunkering on both courses with new drainage, sand and contouring; lake-bank restoration in numerous areas; tree-pruning on both courses to allow more sunlight on fairways and greens; all teeing areas replaced with Zoysia grass; and golf cart parking improvements at the driving range.

The renovations will begin on the Tom Fazio-designed Cotton Dike course on April 1 before shifting to the Arthur Hills-designed Morgan River course. The 36-hole renovation is expected to take 18 months to complete. The Morgan River portion of the project is scheduled to begin in April 2012 and will reopen for play in September.

"It's a great privilege and honor to work with Dataw Island Club through the renovation of Cotton Dike and Morgan River," said Fuller. "Our intent is to bring the course specifications and strategy to par with modern golf standards and ensure the club remains competitive with the marketplace for the next 20 to 30 years."

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