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Vir­ginia might be for lovers, but the Com­mon­wealth is shap­ing up nicely for golfers as well in 2019. Po­plar Grove Golf Club, leg­endary Sam Snead’s fi­nal de­sign col­lab­o­ra­tion be­fore his pass­ing in 2002, is be­ing com­pletely over­hauled and up­dated by its new D.C.-area based own­ers. Vir­ginia’s own Ed Car­ton, who worked with Snead on the orig­i­nal lay­out, is over­see­ing the restora­tion.

Have-clubs-will-travel types would be wise to put Po­plar Grove on their col­lec­tive hit list for next sea­son. It is lo­cated just 20 min­utes from hip and his­toric Lynch­burg, 45 min­utes from sto­ried Char­lottesville and around three hours from the D.C. area. De­spite record pre­cip­i­ta­tion through­out the East Coast, the new-look Po­plar Grove is pac­ing nicely for com­ple­tion just ahead of the up­com­ing golf sea­son.

“Po­plar Grove was one of the best cour­ses in Vir­ginia, if not the coun­try, when it opened in 2005,” says Frank Mur­phy, CEO of Po­plar Grove. “With Car­ton’s lead­er­ship, he will re­turn the course to what he and Snead en­vi­sioned years ago.”

The $3 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion in­cludes re­build­ing bunkers, tee­ing grounds and green com­plexes, up­dat­ing drainage, clear­ing trees, re­mod­el­ing prac­tice ar­eas, and ren­o­vat­ing cart paths with a new fleet of golf carts. The course will re­main open for play dur­ing the pro­ject, with com­ple­tion of Phase I pro­jected for early spring 2019.

Phase I of the pro­ject is mak­ing swift progress as bunkers have been cleared and pre­pared for drainage re­place­ments. Seven new tee boxes will add length to the course, re­turn­ing it to a for­mi­da­ble test, de­signed to stand up to golf’s elite play­ers while pro­vid­ing playa­bil­ity for the every­day am­a­teur.

Se­lect tree re­moval will pro­vide golfers with more strate­gic op­tions and bet­ter views. Snead, a mem­ber of the World Golf Hall of Fame, was in­spired by cour­ses he played dur­ing his ca­reer – a ca­reer that ac­cu­mu­lated a record 82 PGA Tour wins, in­clud­ing seven ma­jors. As a re­sult, Po­plar Grove will con­tinue to fea­ture el­e­vated tee shots on 15 of its 18 holes.

The his­toric Manor House, the prop­erty’s sto­ried cen­ter­piece built in the 1700s, will also be re­stored and ex­panded to pro­vide for larger groups and events. A 100-seat in­doorout­door din­ing space, lux­ury mem­ber, sev­eral mem­ber-ex­clu­sive ar­eas and overnight ac­com­mo­da­tions are among the planned ad­di­tions for Phase II of the pro­ject.

The two also teamed up to de­sign nearby Spring Creek in Char­lottesville, one of Golf Di­gest’s “100 Great­est Pub­lic Cour­ses in Amer­ica.” Po­plar Grove, a Golf Di­gest “Best New Up­scale Pub­lic Course” in 2005, is poised to re­turn to its hey­day un­der the close watch of Car­ton, the man who ini­tially brought Snead’s blue­print to life.

Lo­cated in Amherst, Vir­ginia, Po­plar Grove is 20 and 45 min­utes from Lynch­burg and Char­lottesville, re­spec­tively. The sur­round­ing Blue Ridge foothills are alive with brew­eries, dis­til­leries and winer­ies, con­sti­tut­ing the per­fect get­away for cou­ples and buddy groups.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit http://www. poplargrove­g­olf.com.

Led by Tide­wa­ter Golf Club, Spring Elite Pack­age is One of Myr­tle Beach’s Best Of­fers

CHERRY GROVE, SC – As golfers be­gin mak­ing prepa­ra­tions for their next trip to Myr­tle Beach, group lead­ers are in­creas­ingly turn­ing to the Spring Elite pack­age, a deal an­chored by Tide­wa­ter Golf Club, one of the area’s premier lay­outs.

The ris­ing pop­u­lar­ity of the Spring Elite pack­age is based on the strength of its golf course of­fer­ings. In ad­di­tion to Tide­wa­ter, the Spring Elite fea­tures Ar­row­head Coun­try Club, Prest­wick Coun­try Club, Ar­ca­dian Shores and the Jones Course at Sea Trail.

Groups have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the Spring Elite as a three to five-night trip, based upon their needs, and can stay in ac­com­mo­da­tions rang­ing from ocean­front to golf course con­dos

With eight holes play­ing along ei­ther Cherry Grove In­let or the In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way, Tide­wa­ter is the Grand Strand’s most scenic lay­out. The stun­ning vi­su­als are high­lighted by the third and 12th holes, a pair of stun­ning par 3s that play along the in­let, and No. 13, a par 5 that of­fers a dis­tant view of the At­lantic Ocean.

The lay­out has been ranked among Amer­ica’s 100 Great­est Pub­lic Cour­ses, and Tide­wa­ter is a bucket list course in Myr­tle Beach and all of South Carolina.

While a round at Tide­wa­ter may high­light the trip, it’s com­ple­mented by a quar­tet of qual­ity lay­outs. Prest­wick Coun­try Club is among the area’s most un­der­rated cour­ses. The P.B. Dye track pro­vides a stern chal­lenge that leaves play­ers talk­ing long af­ter they re­turn home.

Ar­row­head Coun­try Club, a 27-hole fa­cil­ity, is home to mul­ti­ple holes that play along the In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way, but the Ray­mond Floyd course is most known for its su­pe­rior con­di­tion­ing. Ar­row­head over­seeds wall-to-wall dur­ing the win­ter months, en­sur­ing lush, green grass through­out the year.

Ar­ca­dian Shores is the area’s fastest ris­ing course. Rees Jones’ first de­sign, Ar­ca­dian un­der­went a 2017 ren­o­va­tion that in­cluded the in­stal­la­tion of new greens, cart paths and the con­struc­tion of a new club­house, among other en­hance­ments.

The Jones Course is the premier lay­out at Sea Trail Golf Re­sort, a 54-hole fa­cil­ity just across the state line in Brunswick County, N.C.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Spring Elite pack­age, go to www.Tide­wa­terGolf.com.

Led by Tide­wa­ter Golf Club, Spring Elite Pack­age is One of Myr­tle Beach’s Best Of­fers

Maui, Hawaii (Jan­uary 2, 2019) – Ka­palua Golf’s Plan­ta­tion Course, home of the PGA TOUR’s Sen­try Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons and one of the top 100 golf cour­ses in the world, will close on Fe­bru­ary 11, 2019 to un­dergo a multi-mil­lion dol­lar en­hance­ment pro­ject aimed at re­fin­ing and re­vi­tal­iz­ing the 27-year-old golf course. The pro­ject will be com­pleted in No­vem­ber 2019, in time for the award-win­ning course to host the 2020 Sen­try Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons in early Jan­uary.

Bill Coore and Ben Cren­shaw, the orig­i­nal Plan­ta­tion Course de­sign team, will as­sist with the ex­ten­sive course en­hance­ment pro­ject. Troon’s De­sign/De­vel­op­ment/Agron­omy team, as well as long-time Maui res­i­dent and Golf Chan­nel per­son­al­ity Mark Rolf­ing, will also pro­vide in­put on the pro­ject.

“All of the Plan­ta­tion Course re­fine­ments will be fo­cused on im­prov­ing the playa­bil­ity of the golf course for our guests, while also pro­vid­ing new chal­lenges for PGA TOUR pro­fes­sion­als,” said Alex Naka­jima, gen­eral man­ager, Ka­palua Golf & Ten­nis. “For all of the changes, it’s im­por­tant to note that the over­all Plan­ta­tion Course lay­out and rout­ing will re­main the same.”

“This will be a very thought­ful restora­tion and re­fin­ing process, but it’s not a re­design. We are very happy with the way the course looks and the way it has gone through the past nearly three decades,” said Bill Coore. “It’s like when you have a spe­cial piece of art, or some­thing re­ally spe­cial to you, and you get a chance to dust if off and make it new again.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on Ka­palua Golf, visit www.GolfAtKa­palua.com or call 1-877-KA­PALUA.

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