Long Bay resurfaces and restores size of greens

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    The par-four ninth at Long Bay

By Laura Hyde

Long Bay Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has reopened following a project to resurface and restore the size of its greens to their original specifications. 

The 1988 Jack Nicklaus design closed for the $200,000 project in May 2023, with TifEagle bermudagrass installed on greens and Tahoma 419 on collars. The surfaces on the practice and chipping greens were also re-laid. 

Before the project, Long Bay had approximately 70,000 square feet of putting surface. Now it has almost 110,000 square feet. 

“We are so excited to welcome golfers back to Long Bay,” said the club’s head pro, Brandon Mensinger. “Our new greens are in outstanding condition, and we have reclaimed more than 30,000-square feet of putting surface, dramatically increasing the number of pinnable areas on each green. We are ready to go, and golfers can look forward to a smooth, fast roll this fall.” 

TifEagle’s resistance to mutation and ability to produce high quality surfaces has seen it emerge as the grass of choice for several of Myrtle Beach’s best-known courses, including another Nicklaus design from the late 1980s, Pawleys Plantation, and Roger Rulewich’s Grande Dunes.