Old Tabby Links in South Carolina has reopened after a seven month renovation project managed by architect Brandon Johnson of the Arnold Palmer Design Company, which originally built the course back in 1992.
The main aim of Johnson's project was to restore the rugged character that had diminished from the course over the years. Greens have been recontoured to create new pin locations, provide more recovery options and deal with encroaching shade issues.
The total area of bunkers and irrigated turf has been reduced, though fairways have been widened to offer more forgiving tee shots and open up alternate angles of play to the greens.
Johnson said: “The renovated Old Tabby Links has renewed strategic value. Width off the tee now incorporates alternative angles of attack as a way to navigate towards the variety of new pin locations. As a result, the majestic oaks and pines that surround the course may come into play should you be on the wrong side of the widened fairways. Classic risk/reward decisions will be encountered. Heroic shots will entice the player and a myriad of recovery options around the greens will challenge one’s decision making. Our intent is that all of this adds up to a fun and interesting golf course full of variety and shot options that will present new challenges and rewards in every round.”
“This golf course restoration is another step in the continuous improvement of Spring Island to meet the needs and desires of current and future owners. Other recent steps include our state-of-the-art sports and fitness complex and ever-growing arts and nature programming,” said general manager Tom Noyes.