Old Tabby Links at Spring Island, South Carolina Named Renovation of the Year

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Old Tabby Links golf course in the South Carolina community of Spring Island has earned Golf Inc.’s Renovation of the Year honors.

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Hole #15 on Spring Island South Carolina's Old Tabby Links golf course

“The renovated Old Tabby Links has renewed strategic value. Classic risk-reward decisions will be encountered. Heroic shots will entice the player and a myriad of recovery options around the greens will challenge one’s decision making.

Old Tabby Links golf course in the South Carolina community of Spring Island has earned Golf Inc.’s Renovation of the Year honors. The restoration of Old Tabby overwhelmingly succeeded in “refreshing” the original design by restoring the natural character of the course and heightening the strategic interest of each hole. For more information about Spring Island and the lowcountry of South Carolina visit http://www.springisland.com.

When this South Carolina gated community originally opened to critical acclaim in 1992, the natural aesthetic, environmental stewardship, and low-impact development philosophy of Spring Island was a harbinger to the modern-day green movement. The main task of the 2012 restoration project was to restore and accent this natural beauty and rugged character that had diminished from the golf course over the years. To achieve this goal, a comprehensive restoration took place that included greens and greens surrounds, bunkers, fairways, roughs and enhancing the strategic value of each hole.

Greens were recontoured in the spirit of the old greens with emphasis on new, additional and exciting pin locations while remaining cognizant of recovery options and encroaching shade. Overall square footage of bunkers was significantly reduced while increasing visibility and enhancing the strategic value of the remaining bunkers. The total amount of irrigated turf was actually reduced even while widening fairways to offer more forgiving tee shots and open up alternate angles of play to the greens.

Brandon Johnson, Senior Golf Course Architect with the Arnold Palmer Design Company summed it up, “The renovated Old Tabby Links has renewed strategic value. Width off the tee now incorporates alternative angles of attack as a way to navigate towards the variety of new pin locations. As a result, the majestic oaks and pines that surround the course may come into play should you be on the wrong side of the widened fairways. Classic risk-reward decisions will be encountered. Heroic shots will entice the player and a myriad of recovery options around the greens will challenge one’s decision making. Our intent is that all of this adds up to a fun and interesting golf course full of variety and shot options that will present new challenges and rewards in every round.”

Six private golf courses and three public ones have earned Golf Inc.’s Renovation of the Year honors. Golf Inc. runs the annual contest to highlight architects and contractors who have transformed aging courses, making them more playable, eye-catching and efficient. The makeovers include, among other improvements, adding or removing trees, restoring bunkers, reshaping greens and installing new irrigation systems.

The winners include, in alphabetical order: BackTee New Course at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort in Denmark; The Denver Country Club in Denver, Colo.; the Glaze Meadow Golf Course in Sisters, Ore.; the Luna Vista Golf Course in Dallas, Texas; the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club in Nichol Hills, Okla.; the Old Tabby Links at Spring Island at Spring Island, S.C.; The Richmond Golf Course in Surrey, England; and the Pelican Marsh Golf Course in Naples, Fla.

Spring Island is a 3,000-acre island community in the South Carolina Lowcountry 35 minutes from Hilton Head and Savannah, and 30 minutes by boat from Port Royal Sound and the open Atlantic Ocean. Spring Island is limited to no more than 410 families on the 3,000 acres with 1,200 acres protected as nature preserve. Spring Island offers the finest amenities man and nature can offer: championship golf, world class fresh and salt water fishing, equestrian, tennis, croquet, quail hunting, nature center, fine and casual dining options, and a wide variety of educational and cultural pursuits. http://www.SpringIsland.com.

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