As we leave the summer season and roll into the beginning of fall this edition of Tee It Up Grand Strand has us checking in on the playing conditions of Sandpiper Bay.  PGA Head Professional, Brett Thomaswick and his staff had a very good summer in Sunset Beach, NC.  This small ocean side village is home to several quality golf courses.  Sandpiper Bay is one of the most popular in the area.  This 27-hole facility was the 2010 Golf Course of the Year for the Myrtle Beach Golf Course Owners Association.

Sandpiper Bay converted all 27 greens to MiniVerde Bermuda, the best of the new ultradwarf bermuda strains last summer.  The grounds staff has worked tirelessly ever since to make sure that the new putting surfaces maintain impeccable condition while they settle in and start to mature.  The results have been fantastic.  The greens are now among some of the best on the Grand Strand.  They are soft and receptive to iron and wedge approach shots as well as firm and fast when it comes to putting.  A combination that is a recipe for success for a golf course that is really gaining traction in the Myrtle Beach area.  Sandpiper is quickly becoming a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

In addition to the new putting surfaces, the golf course competed a major renovation project that included removing 280 trees, sealing the parking lot and updating the cart paths on the Piper Course.  The tree removal was mostly for enhanced play-ability.  The opening of some areas has made the course more player friendly since it widened some landing areas in the fairways and cleared some of the overhang that blocked sight lines to the greens.  The changes took an already golfer friendly course and made it even better.

This Dan Maples design has earned the reputation of being a golfer friendly course that can be enjoyed by golfers of all ages and ability levels.  No matter the order the three nines are played, the Sand, the Piper and the Bay provide golfers with three different experiences.  This is a unique option that most golf courses in the area cannot offer their golfers.  Just one more thing that makes Sandpiper Bay a course that needs to be visited by any golfers that have not played the course to date.

To make a tee time visit the website at or call the golf shop at 800-356-5827.

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