Pawleys Plantation rated elite venue by Golf Business magazine

(04/24/07) PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island, S.C., is one of Myrtle Beach’s elite venues, according to Golf Business magazine. Pawleys Plantation was recently spotlighted in the April issue of the national publication in an article entitled “Back in the Game.” The article focused on Pawleys Plantation’s ongoing multi-phase, comprehensive, five-year renovation plan. Pawleys Plantation worked closely with their golf course maintenance company, ValleyCrest, to undertake restorations while keeping the facility open to members and guests.

Phase one of the project began in winter 2005. A chronic problem of excessive shade was first addressed, followed by tree removal. Pawleys Plantation’s management team focused on putting surfaces by implementing an aggressive greens management program, followed by a greenside bunker renovation program. By removing unwanted grasses and scrub trees, ValleyCrest enhanced the aesthetics of the course, creating more expansive views of the fairways and surrounding marshland. In addition, flags and tee markers were also replaced, and in late 2006, improvements focused on areas adjacent to the course. To date, Pawleys Plantation’s golf course renovations are right on schedule with approximately half of the renovations completed.

“We are very pleased with our results so far and several reviewers from prominent rating panels have complimented us on the course conditioning,” said Laura Rippy, general manager of Pawleys Plantation. “We have been able to maintain the delicate balance of undergoing a major renovation project without closing the course or disrupting play. Our goal is to exceed golfers expectations of the course, and to do this, we’re working hard to deliver pristine conditioning. Our proactive approach has enabled Pawleys Plantation to maintain its position as one of Myrtle Beach’s elite venues.”

About Pawleys Plantation

Pawleys Plantation, a 582-acre resort and golf course community in Pawleys Island, S.C., is nestled among moss-draped oaks, natural wetlands and salt marshes. Pawleys Plantation is the South Carolina Lowcountry’s finest property providing visitors first-class accommodations and amenities, an award winning Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, catering, and an elegant 4,500 square foot ballroom, perfect for banquets.

Pawleys Plantation has been recognized as one of South Carolina’s best sites for corporate meetings, private vacations and golf getaways. It also offers one of the Grand Strand’s premier meeting facilities, a 6,500 square foot conference center. In 2006, readers of Meetings South magazine judged it “Best of the South,” one of the top 15 meeting facilities in the Southern U.S., Caribbean and Yucatan Peninsula. Golf Digest has applauded Pawleys Plantation’s “spacious and private villa accommodations … along with fine clubhouse dining and after-round relaxation in the Palmetto Pub.” Black Meetings & Tourism magazine reported, “Pawleys Plantation is the ideal destination [for those] in search of a tranquil meeting site, and golfers seeking an upscale resort experience.” And, Pawleys Plantation’s signature Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course is rated a four star facility in Fodor’s Golf Digest Best Places To Play guide.

Conveniently located near a wide variety of cultural and recreational amenities, Pawleys Plantation is approximately one hour from Charleston, S.C., a city well known for its Southern grace and charm; the historic port of Georgetown, S.C., is less than 15 minutes south on U.S. 17. More than 100 golf courses and 1,000 restaurants are in nearby Myrtle Beach.

More information is available online at or by calling Pawleys Plantation at (800) 367-9959.

Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club

Planning Pawleys Plantation began with Jack Nicklaus. In October, 1986 the legendary golfer and prominent course designer stood in the middle of 582 acres and began designing a new course…

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