Links Course to get makeover

During an upcoming renovation project, Wild Dunes Resort will try to come up with a solution to the erosion that has caused issues on the 18th hole at the Links Course. File/Wade Spees

The Links Course at Wild Dunes Resort is about to get some much deserved love.

The resort has announced that the course will be closing May 4 for a project that will include resurfacing the greens, replacing the asphalt cart paths with concrete and renovating the irrigation system. There also will be changes to some of the green complexes.

Director of golf Jeff Minton said greens will be brought back to their original size and several greens, including those on holes 10-13, will be enlarged and softened because they have too much contour for modern-day grasses such as the Champion Bermuda.

Resort officials, working with architect Tom Fazio, also hope to come up with the best solution for the erosion-plagued 18th hole. Originally designed as a par-5, the resort in recent years has been forced to convert it to a par-3.

“We are still not exactly sure what the best solution would be for that hole,” Minton said. He said the resort would love to bring it back as a par-5, but the beach erosion has not stabilized enough to make a final decision.

Having a par-3 finishing hole isn’t unheard of. U.S. courses ending with par-3s that serve or have served as PGA Tour venues include East Lake in Atlanta, Congressional in Bethesda, Md., and The Greenbrier Old White in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

When the Links Course opened in 1980, it was well received and consistently ranked among the country’s top 100 courses, occupying a spot in the rankings through 1995-96.

Minton said the last renovation probably took place in 1989 when the resort was pretty much in Hurricane Hugo’s bullseye. The re-opening is planned for October.

After winning the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate by 11 shots on Tuesday, the University of South Carolina men’s golf team has moved up to No. 4 in the Golfstat Relative Rankings. The Gamecocks trail Florida State, Texas and Arizona State.

PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) will be coming to Charleston with PGA of America professionals offering complimentary lessons to disabled veterans. The process of recruiting participants for the program has begun. All veterans interested in participating in the PGA HOPE Program should contact John McAfee at (317) 523-5159 for more information and a referral.

South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame members Lea Anne Brown of Bulls Bay and Karen Ferree of Long Cove Club won Flight 1 in the Women’s South Carolina Golf Association Team Championship played at Dataw Island. Victoria Tsurutis of Charleston Municipal and Cass Manley of Bulls Bay finished third in Flight 2. Frankie Garber of the Country Club of Charleston and Deckie Jones of Sunset Country Club finished third in Flight 3. Laura Rawl of Shadowmoss and Teddy Stockwell of Yeamans Hall finished first in Flight 4. Betty Poore and Arlene Southerland of Wild Dunes finished first in Flight 6.

Charles Frost of Kiawah Island Club’s River Course finished in a tie for seventh at 147 while Greg Boyette of Bulls Bay Golf Club tied for ninth at 148 in the Carolinas PGA Head Professional Championship played at Berkeley Hall in Bluffton. Brooks Blackburn of Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken won the title with a score of 140.

Friday: Lowcountry Crush 12U travel baseball team golf tournament, Crowfield Golf Club, $70 per player or $250 per team, contact Dan Medved at (843) 847-7881 or visit lowcountrycrushbaseball.com.

April 17: Trident Health Golf Tournament to benefit the American Heart Association, Crowfield Golf Club, contact Jim Parker at (843) 452-5861.

April 28: East Cooper Habitat for Humanity Golf Tees to House Keys tournament, Beresford Creek-Daniel Island Club, $225 per player or $850 per team, Contact Trish at (843) 881-2600.

May 14: Kiwanis Club of Moncks Corner tournament benefiting youth in the Berkeley community, Berkeley Country Club, $60 per player, contact Lynn at (843) 312-0621, email smithsc@homesc.com or visit kiwanisinmonckscorner.org.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5

Cartter Lupton, Yeamans Hall Club, No. 3, 135 yards, 8-iron. Witness: George Hill.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27

Ron Wheet, Dunes West Golf Club, No. 6, 133 yards, pitching wedge. Witnesses: Tom Hawkins, Andrew Smith, Roy Flannagan.

SUNDAY, MARCH 29

Steve Auerbach, Harbor Course-Wild Dunes Resort, No. 7, 137 yards, 6-iron. Witness: Bob Bishop.

Bob Connor, Legend Oaks Golf Club, No. 11, 132 yards, 8-iron. Witnesses: Kevin Fitzgerald, Bill Richardson, Terry Fitzgerald.

TUESDAY, MARCH 31

Ron Barclay, Pine Forest Country Club, No. 13, 115 yards, gap wedge. Witness: Rich Ottmar.

Jamie Gaabo, Plantation Course at Edisto, No. 16, 127 yards, 3-wood. Witness: Wayne Gaabo.

Betty Poore, Links Course-Wild Dunes Resort, No. 4, 97 yards, 9-iron. Witnesses: Chris Trainor, Arlene Southerland.

THURSDAY, APRIL 2

Lynn Hodge, Snee Farm Country Club, No. 11, 180 yards, 5-iron. Witnesses: Dennis Slezak, Mike Hepner, Earl Richter.

FRIDAY, APRIL 3

Jim Crane, Legend Oaks Golf Club, No. 8, 95 yards, 9-iron. Witnesses: Bob Begley, Roger Harshbarger.

A hole-in-one should be reported by the golf course. Contact Tommy Braswell at (843) 937-5591, fax (843) 937-5579 or email braswell@postandcourier.com.