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Sea Trail Golf Resort plans a $1.3 million renovation this summer

The three-course Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center in Sunset Beach, N.C., will be undergoing an estimated $1.3 million in renovations this summer, highlighted by the installation of new greens on its Jones Course and renovation of its Magnolias Restaurant.

More renovations are planned in the next couple years, as well.

The Jones Course is scheduled to close on June 27 and reopen on Sept. 6, and the restaurant will likely be closed about the same dates.

The 6,761-yard Rees Jones design that opened in 1989 has L93 bentgrass on its greens but will be receiving Champion ultradwarf Bermudagrass, which is already featured on the resort’s Byrd Course. The Jones Course received cart path and bunker renovations last year.

Resort operators hope to implement a renovation project on the Byrd Course next year and the Maples Course, which still has bentgrass greens, might undergo a green-changing renovation project in a couple years.

To help oversee and implement the improvements, Sea Trail hired Raymond Crabb in January. Crabb has been involved in hotel and resort management on the Grand Strand since 1985. He worked 12 years at the Landmark Hotel, a few years at Ocean Drive Resorts in North Myrtle Beach and most recently spent 16 years as the director of regional operations for Myrtle Beach National at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort.

“I think over the next three to five years there is a lot we can get done here,” Crabb said. “We have a plan, we just have to execute the plan year after year.”

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