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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My own course gets a touch-up

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The par 3 17th at Pawleys Plantation plays from the dike over the marsh to a green that is only about 40 feet deep.  It is tough enough when the wind doesn't blow.    


    The quality of the turf at Pawleys Plantation, my vacation course in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, has  been somewhat inconsistent in the nine years since we bought our home there.  But after hundreds of thousands of dollars in renovations, things are looking much better.
    In late June, during my last visit, the practice range was closed for an expansion of about 25%, from 8,000 to 10,000 square feet.  The tees on the unique dike, which once served to control water flow to the rice plantation that preceded the golf community, had been built up and re-sodded. Two great par 3s, the all-carry #13 and #17, play from the dike over the marsh to greens not very deep (and much less so when the wind blows, which is just about always).  And the fairways were in about the finest condition I recall.  Even the Tif-Bermuda greens, usually a little thin, seemed to have sprouted some extra green.
    In recent months, owners of the Jack Nicklaus Signature course, which caters both to members and resort guests, have also brought in a boatload of sod to smooth out areas alongside the fairways and cart paths.  The course is really being spiffed up, and I can't wait to get down there in the coming months to give it another go.

    As for golf real estate in the community, prices have eroded a little, but much less than 40 miles north in Myrtle Beach with its higher inventory.  Vacation condos in Pawleys Plantation that were selling for around $225,000 and up a couple of years ago have settled back about 10%.  More houses are on the market in Pawleys Plantation than at any time we have owned over the last nine years, but prices for single family homes seem to be holding up as well. 

    Obviously, I know the community well so if you would like more information, let me know.  Just use the Contact Us button at the top of the page. 

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Larry Gavrich

This blog was conceived and is published by me, Larry Gavrich, a former corporate communications executive who founded HomeOnTheCourse, LLC, in 2005.  Our firm advises baby boomers and others seeking a lifestyle in which golf is a major component.  My wife Connie and I own a home in Connecticut (not on a golf course) and a condo at Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island, SC, on a Jack Nicklaus layout.  We began our search for our home on the course more than 15 years ago, and the challenges of the search inspired me to research golf communities and write objective reviews of them.


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