The prestigious Kiawah Island Resort, located just south of Charleston, South Carolina, continues to push forward. Their latest upgrade project has been announced and it will take place at their Turtle Point Golf Course. It follows a recent major renovation to their Osprey Point Golf Course that re-opened last fall to rave reviews.
The Jack Nicklaus-designed Turtle Point Golf Course on Kiawah Island Golf Resort will closed on January 4, 2016 for a nine-month renovation. The Nicklaus Design team has been hired to consult on the renovations. Jack Nicklaus surveyed the course in late October with other members of Nicklaus Design and made recommendations for changes.
According to Brian Gerard, Kiawah’s Director of Golf, in addition to the design changes the tees, fairways and greens will be converted to Paspalum, the salt-tolerant strain of grass that is currently in The Ocean Course, Osprey Point and Oak Point on Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Nicklaus has prepared plans for rebuilding all 18 greens including moving five greens due to shade issues and to expand fairway sizes from 20 acres to 34 acres. “We’ll be adding new tees on multiple holes and raise a number of the tee boxes,” said Gerard. “Additionally, we plan to add a pond to the par-3 seventh hole and expand the pond on the par-5 second hole and move the green to the right, behind it to change the second and third shot into that green.” he said. “One of the most exciting change will be on the oceanfront sixteenth hole. On this par-3, the tee box will be moved away from the dunes so the player will be hitting his tee shot with the Atlantic Ocean in the background.” In addition to the course design changes, crews will work around the ponds and wooded areas of the course reclaiming overgrowth, the entire irrigation system on the golf course will be rebuilt and work done on the maintenance building as well as building a new pump house.
Roger Warren, President of Kiawah Island Golf Resort, added, “The goal is to both improve the conditioning of the golf course and make the experience more fun. When we get done people will be excited because it will feel like a totally new golf course.”
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