Here’s your first look at Davis Love III’s renovation of the Ocean Course at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, which will open in October.
It’s now called Atlantic Dunes and the modernization is a huge improvement over the previous layout, which was the island’s first course when it opened in the early ’60s. Love and lead architect Scot Sherman have fashioned entirely rebuilt holes to accommodate modern shot values and frame scenic corridors, according to a press release. Accented by coquina shells and seaside grasses, Atlantic Dunes benefits both visually and strategically from restoration of natural sand dunes as well as the creation of new dunes that blend nicely into the design.
Love’s team also installed tens of thousands of indigenous plants in these areas to complete the seaside feel. The turf is a blend of cutting-edge grasses matching the superior strains at the Harbour Town Golf Links and Heron Point by Pete Dye.
“Sea Pines is one of my all-time favorite places to play and visit so we’re excited the redesign will be in line with the great golf offered by Harbour Town and Heron Point,” says Love, a five-time winner of the RBC Heritage. Adds Cary Corbitt, vice president of sports and operations at Sea Pines: “Once it opens in October, few resorts anywhere in the world will offer 54 holes this good.”