The SCGCOA selects its course of the year based on criteria established by the National Golf Course Owners Associations (NGCOA): exceptional course quality, exceptional quality of management, outstanding contribution to the community, and significant contribution to the game. This distinction for Atlantic Dunes automatically nominates it for the NGCOA “National Course of the Year” award.
The Links Course at Wild Dunes in Charleston and Man-O-War Golf Club in Myrtle Beach were also finalists in the annual competition. The “Golf Course of the Year” honor has been previously awarded to the resort’s Harbour Town Golf Links (2004) and Heron Point by Pete Dye (2015). Harbour Town was additionally bestowed the Jemsek Award for Golf Course Excellence from the NGCOA in 2005 exalting the world’s best courses.
Earning rave reviews since opening last October, Atlantic Dunes debuted at No. 7 in Golfweek’s “Best Courses You Can Play in South Carolina.” The work of Love Golf Design, Atlantic Dunes is a complete reconstruction and recreation of the resort’s historic Ocean Course, the first on Hilton Head. Love, the victorious 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain, lead architect Scot Sherman and Mark Love fashioned entirely rebuilt holes to accommodate modern shot values and frame scenic corridors.
Most notably, Atlantic Dunes now features a pronounced seaside ambience and Lowcountry feel accented by coquina shells and seaside grasses. The project’s goal to incorporate elements of the surrounding beachfront along with native pines and oaks lining the fairways was realized with stunning results. The course benefits both visually and strategically from restoration of natural sand dunes as well as the creation of new dunes blending seamlessly into the design.
The Sea Pines Resort has just unveiled its trio of “Ultimate Golf Buddy Trip” packages, which include play on its three courses and premier accommodations as well as numerous extras. The offer starts at $383 (per player, per night) from Sept. 9, 2017 to May 24, 2018. Please call Klinton Talmadge at 843.842.1864 to book or customize any of the offers.
For more information: www.seapines.com/golf, 866.561.8802.