Sea Pines Set to Unveil New Dye-licious Layout

“New” Sea Marsh Course to Complement Dye’s Famed Harbour Town Links

Pete DyeThe Sea Pines Resort brought Pete Dye in to do a little trim work, and he may be creating the Sistine Chapel. Dye came back to Sea Pines last fall, where his legendary Harour Town Golf Links stands as a beacon, literally, to the Lowcountry design signatures of dramatic angles, waste bunkers, narrow approaches and small greens, to renovate Harbour Town’s older sister, the George Cobb-designed Sea Marsh course. But the project has become something far more significant.

Call it a transformation, a reconstruction, or even a brand new course, the “new” Sea Marsh (which may end up with a new name, too) is far more than a redesign. It might actually usher in a new era of golf course architecture, taking an existing routing and building a completely different test of golf.

As Sea Pines director of sports and golf operations, Cary Corbitt, said, “There will be no resemblance to the former course. It is a total reconstruction, no different than taking a virgin piece of land and sculpting a new golf course. The only difference is that the corridors were there already, between the footprint of the houses, but we have changed as much of that footprint as we could within the corridors.” 

The new, $9-million course, expected to open this fall (just a year after the project began) will be 6,900-yards from the back tees with a wonderful mixture of short and long holes. It can play considerably shorter if needed as there will be five sets of tees on each hole, but
length will have little to do with the difficulty of the new course.

“The general customer who is coming to resorts and playing resort golf today doesn’t want to see ‘resort friendly,’” Corbitt said. “The days of ‘resort friendly’ are out the window. People want a challenge. Look around the nation; PGA West is still getting a huge amount of play and is still one of the hardest golf courses for the average golfer to play. The customers want those types of challenges.”

There will be specific landing areas, plenty of mounding and movement in the fairways, and serious penalties for those who miss a fairway or one of the new mini-verde greens, the same sturdy hybrid used in the redesign at another
Dye masterpiece, TPC Sawgrass.

“We went into the project not expecting to move a lot of dirt, but we’re moving an awful lot of it now,” Corbitt said. “Pete likes to scallop it out to give the impression that you have changed elevations, when actually you aren’t higher or lower, you’ve just transformed the surface to give that perception.”

Dye has also added ponds and changed the contours of many existing bodies of water on the course. And, just as he did at Harbour Town and other courses in the region like Long Cove Club and Colleton River, Dye will add a mixture of sand, shell, and limestone surfaces with differing types of grasses which offer a kaleidoscope of appealing color changes.

In the master’s words, “We think a lot of the holes will have more shot-value than they did before, all the way around. There will be some talk about this golf course.” To join in the fun at Sea Marsh, visit www.seapines.com or call 866-561-8802 toll free.

 

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