Myrtle Beach golf lovers got a renovation update from the The Dunes Club head PGA Professional, Dennis Nicholl on TGD Radio’s Tee It Up Grand Strand this week. Earlier in the summer TGD Radio had Dennis in the studio to outline the planned course renovation, we were privileged to get a mid-summer update.
The Dunes Club has been closed since early June for some serious updates including replacement of the (A1-A4) bent grass greens with a new (Champions) ultra-dwarf Bermuda. In addition to the greens, the Dunes is getting several new tee box additions and renovations as well. Some of the new tee box locations at length and interest to the classic 1949 golf course with careful consideration to preserve its character. Taking advantage of the downtime, the club decided to update the practice facility, increasing the size of the hitting area by approximately 30% and adding a new chipping area.
Even with all the extraordinary (record) rainfall in the area, progress on the renovation is going well. The club personnel have a few extra days built into the schedule for the unexpected , but the scheduled reopen date is September 1st. Club membership will hopefully get an opportunity to play the course before it opens for public play. Other area courses have accommodated Dunes Club members during the closing to offset the any inconvenience they may have experienced.
The first true test of the newly updated facility will come in June 2014 when the (312 player) PGA Professional National Championship (PNC) tournament comes to Myrtle Beach. Early rounds of the PGA PNC will be played at The Grande Dunes and The Dunes Club respectively, with final rounds at The Dunes Club. Several of the changes in the course were designed to create new challenges for the professional level players. It will be interesting to get get the course reviews after this prestigious annual championship event.
You can listen to TGD Radio’s interview with Dennis Nicholl in its entirety HERE. In the interview Dennis outlines the changes to the course in detail along with the reasons behind each change. The club consulted Reese Jones, son of course designer, Robert Trent Jones Sr, for recommendations to update the facility. As stated earlier in this article, careful consideration was taken to preserve the character of this jewel of Myrtle Beach golf which hosted the Senior Tour Championship – now Champions Tour Championship – from 1994-99
We will have another update on the facility on or before the re-opening.
The Golfalyzer golf gift breathalyzer now gives a donation to the Folds of Honor Foundation for all Golfalyzers ordered with the promo code “PATRIOT”. Not only does this handy personal breathalyzer help you to play better golf by knowing your tipping point, but also keeps you safer by knowing your blood alcohol content (BAC) before you ever leave the course. Combine this with a donation of $5 per unit going to the great organization the Folds of Honor Foundation and the price tag of $24.95 becomes an even better value. It helps keep you safe AND helps those who have kept our freedoms safe by making the ultimate sacrifice.
Creators Brent Pauley and Chuck Stump came up with the idea of the Golfalyzer when one went on a 4 birdie tear and proclaimed, “I wish I knew by BAC”. As social athletes have been known to enjoy a few adult beverages on the course or lanes, or during other social activities, they know there is a definite tipping point where that relaxed feeling moves them from keeping focused and relaxed to a bit too relaxed and their game suffers. Brent and Chuck’s theory was that if we all could know what our tipping point is and could stay just this side of it, we would not only play better but ultimately enjoy ourselves more by scoring better and getting home safely. Golfers seem to agree as these have become extremely popular and they even won the Best New Product at the 2013 ING Conference this year in Florida.
The Folds of Honor Foundation supports families of fallen soldiers and those disabled soldiers when they return with financial scholarships. It all started with one man asking one course to donate $1 per round on Labor Day in 2007, it has grown to participation of over 4600 golf courses with multiple events not only in golf but in fishing and bowling as well, also other great social sports. With the support of Major Ed Pulido and Major Dan Rooney (that one who started it all) telling the story of these heros and their families, The Folds of Honor Foundation has already given over 3800 post secondary scholarships and 250 children’s scholarships. Their mission of no one left behind keeps them fighting day after day for all of our heros from today and the past.
Help support this great organization and improve your golf game at the same time. Get your Golfalyzer by clicking here and using the promo code “PATRIOT”. Say thank you just one more way to those who have sacrificed some and all for our freedoms.
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