Carolinas Golf Magazine

Winter 2018

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W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 | | 11 L O CA L K N OW L E D G E Club at 12 Oaks getting upgrades A nother Carolinas club receiving an infusion of money and upgrades is the Club at 12 Oaks in Holly Springs, N.C. The facility has been purchased by Concert Golf Partners, which plans to invest $1 million into the property for new capital projects on and off the course. The Nicklaus Design Group course at the Club at 12 Oaks will see improvements to the green complexes, tee boxes and irrigation system, while clubhouse remodeling will include a renovated member bar and grill. Concert Golf also owns MacGregor Downs Country Club in nearby Cary, N.C., another Research Triangle-area club that has been reinvigorated in recent years. ● Youth on Course partners with Pinehurst Resort and Country Club The Summer 2018 issue of Carolinas Golf featured a cover story on the Youth on Course program that helps young people get into the game of golf at an affordable rate. The program has now spread to Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, where Youth on Course members can play courses No. 1, 3 and 5 for a rate of just $5. More than 900 courses around the country are now participating in the Youth on Course initiative. ● Royal New Kent GC restoration has a Carolinas feel R enowned South Carolina archi- tect Mike Strantz designed just nine courses before his untimely death at age 50. Five of them, including Caledonia Golf and Fish Club and True Blue in Myrtle Beachand Tobacco Road in North Carolina, are in the Carolinas. Another, Royal New Kent outside Rich- mond, Va., is now being revived by a Caroli- nas-based company. Wingfield Golf of Greenville, S.C., is investing $2 million to restore Royal Kent, which closed in late 2017. The goal is to reopen the course next spring after rebuild- ing the course's bunkers, converting the greens to Bermuda grass and upgrading the irrigation system. Strantz's original design opened to rave reviews in 1996, but neglect in recent years took a toll. Wingfield is bringing in mem- bers of Strantz's team to help on the proj- ect, and a clubhouse update is also planned. Strantz, who passed away in 2005 after bat- tling cancer, said his work at Royal New Kent was inspired the classic links courses of Ireland. ● Legendary Pinehurst caddie Willie McCrae passes The game of golf lost a legend when longtime Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae recently passed away at age 85. McRae, who retired from caddying just last year, spent more than 70 years guiding golfers around Pinehurst – from everyday players and club members to greats such as Sam Snead, Bobby Jones and Gene Sarazen. Pinehurst commemorated his passing by placing a golf bag with his caddie badge behind the 18th green on the famed No. 2 course. ●

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