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Former Sea Gull GC to Undergo Major Transformation


Representatives from Classic Golf Group have announced plans to build Pawleys Island Golf Club on the site of the former Sea Gull Golf Club. The new club will mark first new public golf course in the Myrtle Beach area in almost five years. Designed by Thomas Walker, former lead designer on several Gary Player Design golf course projects, Pawleys Island Golf Club is scheduled to open in late 2006.

The project is expected to cost more than $7 million. Plans call for an entirely different course design and layout than Sea Gull, which opened as the Myrtle Beach area’s 12th public golf course in 1966. A practice facility with a pitching, chipping and putting area will be included in the complex. Plans also include a new entrance to the golf club and a new “Lowcountry”-style clubhouse overlooking the 18th green with a wrap-around porch, dining and meeting facilities and second floor office space.

"This new course will be exactly that – a brand-new course – on the Sea Gull property," said Rowland Thomas, one of the owners of Classic Golf Group. "Our goal is to create 18 distinctively different holes so our guests will come away remembering each hole. Because of the changes in elevation and topography in this Thomas Walker design, everything from reducing our total maintained area and offering stunning visual Pine Valley style vistas to isolating tee areas to changing cart path routing only around tees and greens will result in our guests having a totally different experience from a challenging but fun course that they will want to play again and again."

Based in Palm City, Fla., Walker has more than 30 years experience in golf course design, construction and maintenance. For more than six years, he served as vice president of Gary Player Design Company, where he worked on more than 20 projects. He has served in key positions in design, permitting and engineering integration and construction of 23 golf courses in Florida, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Missouri, Maine, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.

"I am extremely enthusiastic about this project," said Walker. "Every course I design has to be the best and I look forward to everything this project will require to be the best. To have an opportunity to build a visually stunning and challenging but fun and playable course in such a highly competitive market as Myrtle Beach is a tremendous honor. I feel confident that this course will appeal to golfers of all skill levels to truly stand the test of time."

For additional information about Classic Golf Group and its new Pawleys Island Golf Club, call 843/293-8008 or visit www.classicgolfgroup.com.