Expect These Conditions At Myrtle Beach Golf Courses In February And March
Heading south for a much-needed golf course vacation in the next 75 days? Expecting to play on lush green courses?
Before you book, ask what you can expect in the way of course conditions at every course you’ll be playing. You may be surprised at the answers.
While most golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area overseed their Bermuda grass with cool-weather rye, the degree to which they overseed has changed over the years. As budgets tightened, changes in overseeding strategies started to emerge, as course owners looked for ways to cut costs.
In addition, new theories about overseeding offered both cost savings and the promise that springtime Bermuda would return stronger than ever if the grass didn’t have to compete with rye to re-establish itself.
There are now a variety of looks and playing experiences at courses throughout Myrtle Beach during February and March. Tee through green overseeding — once the customary method of keeping courses lush for visiting winter golfers — is no longer the norm.
Some Myrtle golf courses overseed selectively. Some have gone to painting the dormant Bermuda on their putting surfaces.
Many now overseed only their tees, fairways or greens. The Bermuda grass in the rough is allowed to go dormant, often resulting in cart restrictions. Because carts traveling across brown, crusty Bermuda can kill the grass and leave bare patches and bad lies, some courses have resorted to putting out the “cart paths only” sign for the entire winter season. While they preserve the life of their Bermuda, golfers playing such courses can expect play to be slow.
Courses that restrict their overseeding have a very different look because the grasses differ in color. Expect the brown rough to be a dominant part of your visual field from the tee. Expect dry rough that includes bare spots and little cushion for your ball to sit on.
Some course owners have maintained the tradition of overseeding completely from tees, to fairways, to greens and in the rough.
For example, the Glens Golf Group courses — Heather Glen, Glen Dornoch, Shaftesbury Glen and Possum Trot — are entirely overseeded. For the visiting golfer, this provides the opportunity to enjoy a lush green landscape and to experience that fresh, supple grass beneath your feet.
And, isn’t that really why you travel south for winter golf?
Posted on February 14, 2012