Founders Group International Partners With Nicklaus Design For Restoration of Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club | Sports Destination Management

Founders Group International Partners With Nicklaus Design For Restoration of Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club

Oct 24, 2023

Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, a Jack Nicklaus signature design renowned for its beauty and challenge, which closed May 22 for a greens and bunkers restoration and a clubhouse redesign, has now reopened, according to Founders Group International. 

FGI contracted with Nicklaus Design and their Design Associate, Troy Vincent spearheaded the four-month project. Pawleys, which features six back nine holes that play along a stunning tidal marsh, is now open, allowing golfers to enjoy one of Myrtle Beach’s most popular courses during the heart of the fall season. 

The restoration modernized Pawleys Plantation, reinvigorating a layout that has delighted players since its opening in 1988, while maintaining the integrity of Nicklaus’ original layout. Among the project’s highlights are:

– Every greens complex and the surrounding fringe were stripped, tilled and restored to its original specifications. Pawleys has has 117,000 square feet of putting surface, an increase of 48 percent. 

– The new greens feature TifEagle Bermudagrass, an ultradwarf strain that has performed exceedingly well at other FGI layouts, including the Grande Dunes Resort Course. 

– In addition to the greens restoration, all bunkers were reconstructed and the sprawling bunkers on holes 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 12, 16 and 18 were replaced by smaller fairway bunkers, native areas and expanded fairways, enhancing the course’s playability for mid to high handicappers without reducing the challenge for more skilled players. 

– In addition to upwards of a dozen new native areas, there was an emphasis on strategic tree removal that enhances course conditioning. 

– The project included the clubhouse, where the enhancements were no less substantial. Pawleys Pub is roomier, providing an expansive view of the 18th hole and the marsh, making it an ideal spot to enjoy lunch and a cold drink following a round. Plans also call for outdoor seating, allowing golfers the opportunity to enjoy the area’s idyllic weather and those unforgettable views. 

Founders Group International owns 21 Myrtle Beach golf courses, making it one of the largest management companies in the Southeast, and FGI has aggressively reinvested in its courses in recent years. FGI has also undertaken significant capital improvement projects at Grande Dunes Resort Course, TPC Myrtle Beach, Pine Lakes, Aberdeen Country Club, River Hills, Tradition Club and the PineHills and Palmetto courses at Myrtlewood over the last five years.
With additional capital improvement projects on the horizon, FGI is reinforcing its commitment to providing golfers with the best golf vacation experience possible.
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