Seven Myrtle Beach golf courses installed new greens last summer, but Meadowlands Golf Club took its refurbishment work a step further. Meadowlands closed for three months to install new TifEagle Bermuda grass greens and redesign two holes on the front nine.
The motivation for installing TifEagle was obvious. Its sister course, Farmstead, has the hybrid Bermuda grass and is renowned for the speed and smooth roll of its greens.
"The new strands of Bermuda work great and are more drought tolerant," said Ricky Lyons, Meadowlands' director of golf. "They are faster, and they putt more like bentgrass."
Along with the new grass, the third and sixth holes at Meadowlands underwent design modifications designed to benefit the majority of its players – including many of the female players who have gotten Meadowlands ranked among the "Top 100 Women-Friendly Courses" in America by "Golf for Women."
The Willard Byrd-designed course’s signature hole, No. 3, has a lake that many mid to high handicappers were able to reach off the tee, leaving an approach shot that was a little long for their skill level. With that in mind, part of the lake was filled in, allowing players more room to drive the ball, which in turn sets up a more manageable approach.
The sixth hole went from being one of the most visually intimidating holes on the course, courtesy of a narrow, elevated fairway, to being more scenic and playable. The dirt removed from the fairway was used to fill in the pond on No. 3, and it opened up the fairway and made the hole less daunting.
"The course looks great and people are having a great time playing," Lyons said. "All of our players, including our members, are just ecstatic with the changes we have made. The greens have been perfect."
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