Myrtle Beach’s Grande Dunes Golf Course to Close for Major Renovations | Sports in Myrtle Beach
MYRTLE BEACH – For those who want to play Grande Dunes this spring, they should do so soon.
The Grande Dunes Resort Club in Myrtle Beach will undergo an extensive greens, bunker and clubhouse renovation project this summer, led by architect John Harvey, who worked with Roger Rulewich on the design and the original construction of the golf course.
Grande Dunes, which features five holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway, will close May 16 and is scheduled to reopen September 15.
“Grande Dunes is one of the jewels in Myrtle Beach’s crown, and this renovation project will ensure the course continues to deliver the type of experience golfers have come to expect,” said Steve Mays, president of Founders. Group International, the parent company of Grande Dunes. “John Harvey, who worked side-by-side with Roger Rulewich to open Grande Dunes in 2001, is the perfect person to lead this project and, after a great spring season, we can’t wait to get started.
The greens, already among the largest in the region, will be renovated and restored to their original size, reclaiming nearly 40,000 square feet of putting surface that has been lost over time, a 33% increase.
Grande Dunes is also installing new TifEagle ultradwarf Bermuda grass greens, a strain of grass that performed well in the subtropical climate of Myrtle Beach.
Each bunker on the course will be renovated and a capillary concrete bunker liner will be installed, eliminating washout and significantly improving drainage. Premium bunker sand will also be installed.
As part of the clubhouse effort, the pro shop will expand 400 feet, an indoor/outdoor bar will be added, and the outdoor course seating area will be expanded.
“Two of the most common things people talk about on a course are greens and bunkers,” Harvey said. “People will notice right away that the putting surfaces will be bigger and more diverse with the pinning areas, allowing for more variety and strategy. The remodeling of the bunkers will add to the visual appeal of the course and the new sand will significantly improve playability.
Founders Group International owns 21 golf courses in Myrtle Beach, making it one of the largest management companies in the Southeast, and FGI has reinvested in its land in recent years. FGI has also undertaken major capital improvement projects at Pine Lakes, Aberdeen Country Club, River Hills, Tradition Club and the PineHills and Palmetto courses in Myrtlewood over the past four years.