Rees Jones oversees greens conversion and course alterations at Dunes Club

Rees Jones oversees greens conversion and course alterations at Dunes Club
By Sean Dudley

The Dunes Golf and Beach Club at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has reopened following the introduction of champion bermuda greens, as well as other strategic changes.

Originally designed by Robert Trent Jones, the recent work was overseen by his son, Rees Jones, who believes the Dunes Club to be one of his father’s ‘true masterpieces’.

Bermuda grass was selected for the Dunes Club thanks to the higher year-round quality that can be maintained on the greens, as well as the faster speed.

Other work at the club includes the creation or extension of back tee boxes on eight holes, new or rebuilt bunkers on holes one, seven and eleven, as well as a new brick bridge crossing the water that runs in front of the opening tee and the eighteenth green.

The tees on the dogleg hole two have been relocated, giving players a better opportunity to cut yardage off what can be a tricky par-four. The course now plays 7,370 yards.

“It has been one of the highlights of my career to have had the opportunity to restore and enhance the original design intent,” said Rees Jones. “The course is now positioned for play by today's golfers.”

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