Colonial Charters reopens after reno


Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

The new Colonial Charters Golf Club has reopened following two months of renovations.

Now operating under its original name,having been called Palmetto Greens Golf & Country Club following a 2008 redesign, the course in South Carolina has undergone club-wide renovations, to both the course and the clubhouse.

East Coast Golf Management has been hired to operate the course in its new incarnation, and Mike Buccerone, the firm’s president, closed the course for a week to remove weeds from fairways and greens, which feature TifDwarf bermudagrass.

Ongoing work is been done to improve the course’s drainage system, while bunkers have been reconditioned, with new sand in place.

“We wanted to get in here and get the golf course as healthy as we could get it going into the fall and winter, so when we come out next year we’ll be that much healthier and better,” Buccerone told Myrtle Beach Online. “It will be an ongoing effort to continue to enhance the product.”

David Trout, who is also superintendent at the nearby Azalea Sands Golf Club, has overseen the course’s renovation.

Originally designed by John Simpson and opened in 1988, the Colonial Charters course was redesigned in 2008 by Rick Robbins. The 2008 design featured increased water hazards, more space on the fairways, and greater undulation on the greens.

“It’s a fun project,” Buccerone said. “You’re basically going in on the ground floor and trying to restore something, and seeing the community interest. People have been coming out of their homes and thanking us. It’s a nice feeling.”