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The Ocean Winds Grand Re-Opening and Tournament

Posted 10/16/2020

The Lowcountry sun was shining, the centuries-old cypress trees standing tall, and lush blades of green grass swaying in the sea breeze, eagerly waiting to be played on once again. This past weekend, Seabrook Islanders christened the newly renovated Ocean Winds golf course during our highly anticipated member tournament.

The Ocean Winds Grand Re-Opening event kicked off a new season of golf on one of Seabrook Island’s signature golf courses, and we hope you are looking forward to it as much as we are! Read on to learn what our Seabrook Island Club members had to say about the new course renovations along with the list of our tournament winners.

Course Renovations History

Though ground was first broken this past spring, the Ocean Winds renovation project began approximately six years ago. The Seabrook Island Club’s team of golf professionals enlisted Rees Jones, Inc., a world-renowned golf course architecture firm, in collaboration with the Master Plan Committee, to bring new life to the course.

Rees’ firm was an obvious choice for the restoration project, with his extensive experience redesigning and renovating courses around the world. Commonly referred to as “The Open Doctor”, Rees and co-designer Bryce Swanson used their unique craftsmanship and respected methodologies to elevate our Ocean Winds course to premier status. Read more about the history of Reese Jones and Bryce Swanson on our blog.

Ocean Winds Grand Reopening

The Ocean Winds Golf Tournament first welcomed eager players with hot breakfast, a bloody mary bar, and beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. Seabrook Island Club members were able to leisurely enjoy the cuisine and beverage stations placed throughout the course for a truly unforgettable experience.

The most noticeable changes to the course include extended and widened fairways, additional bunkers, reshaped traps, and a general refresh from the course’ original 1970s design. Bryce Swanson, lead architect on the project, emphasized how important playability was in the course’s redesign.

The game of golf continues to become more inclusive for women, younger players, and new enthusiasts. With so many new or repositioned tee boxes and opened fairways, Ocean Winds is now positioned as a course that gives a range of players opportunities for an exciting and challenging game.

Click here to check out some pictures from this past weekend!

Seabrook Island Club Member Tournament Winners

After an exciting day, we can now announce the winners of the member tournament are…

How to Play Ocean Winds at Seabrook Island Club

We are thrilled to welcome our Seabrook Island Club members back safely, and cannot wait to see more golfers enjoying the newly renovated Ocean Winds course. The course is now open to all members from Monday to Sunday. To reserve a tee time, please contact the Seabrook Island Golf Pro Shop. If you missed our most recent member tournament, we have plenty of other upcoming events for Seabrook Island Club members and their guests to attend:

In order for our members and guests to play safely, we ask that you please review our policy updates regarding golf carts. We will provide masks for members who are from different households and plan to ride together. For those who are able to do so, we encourage you to walk the course. All fees for walking at any time will be waived, including pushcarts, whether owned by the member or the Club. For players who ride together, please social distance by alternating walking and riding, either alternating holes or nines, with both players keeping their bags on the cart.

During peak times and when carts are available, there will be an additional per player fee of $15 for 18 holes and $10 for 9 holes for players who request a single-rider cart. The pro shop will add a notation at the top of the online tee at least 2 days prior to a day when the fee is expected to be imposed based on the volume of play. A notification will also be sent to all players on the tee sheet by 5 pm of the afternoon prior. This will aid players in determining whether the options mentioned above can be employed or whether a single-rider cart may still be needed.

Interested in becoming a Seabrook Islander? We hope to welcome you to the island soon. Learn more about membership packages here.