At that point we expect to install sod and start lowering the cuts on the fairways. This will also boost the growth of the Bermuda grass. The Paspalum greens that were sprigged last August remained healthy throughout the winter months and are in great shape for the coming spring months. Ben and his team have started lowering the cuts on the putting surfaces and also on many of the tee boxes. This practice promotes more horizontal growth and “thickening” of the surfaces.
As the tees fill in, sod roots down, fairway cuts are lowered, and the green heights are also dropped it can only mean one thing—Golf balls in the air! Based on our projections at this point in the process, we feel that we’ll be able to open the golf course for play with a soft opening for members in April. We define soft opening as limited tee times on limited days initially. The reason for reducing play early on will be to allow our team to continue with many projects associated with opening and the eventual Grand Opening Celebration. Things like installing signage, marking hazards, and continuing to clean up areas outside the fairway corridors will be completed as we host of soft opening. As days turn to weeks, our tee times and available days will increase with more days and a wider window of tee times.
We anticipate that our clubhouse will follow the same plan and schedule. With the limited days and tee times, we’ll start slowly in the clubhouse by offering limited options for lunch and beverages. Then as days turn to weeks, we’ll start bar service and happy hours in the clubhouse.
Based on these plans, we fully expect to host our Grand Opening on Memorial Day weekend for all of the amenities at Cat Island Club. The golf course will be open for member and invited guest play and our dining room and bar will be fully operational. Look forward to joining us for lunch, dinner and many of our Social activities after the Grand Opening!
After the Grand Opening, our golf events will kick into high gear with a variety of weekly and annual competitions. Our social calendars will include events where members and their guests can enjoy countless functions on the Oak Patio, in the Wine Room, or poolside at the Cabana. By June, our members will be able to enjoy this club the way they wish. Whether it be a quiet dinner, a pizza under the stars, or putting the “happy” in “happy hour”, the Cat Island Club will be our members’ favorite place to be!
This week saw Ben and his team continuing to work on drainage issues and cleaning up pond banks. One other very critical element of their work has been to recreate a natural feel for many areas around the golf course. Rebuilding nature is quite the task—ensuring that a particular area is clean of the gallimaufry of overgrowth that we found last summer now looks like a natural area that provides beauty, texture, color and challenge to our golf course. As you’ll see all around the golf course, the native grasses provide exactly that.
Many fairway bunkers have been transformed to waste areas where “wild” is the look and feel. We also refer to these spots as informal bunkers where you’ll be able to ground your club and quickly realize they are not ideal targets but challenging nonetheless. All in all, our golf course will be a balance of challenge, natural beauty, manicured playing surfaces and of course, your favorite place to play!
I want to thank the members who came out last weekend for the Super Bowl pre-game party. It was not exactly chamber of commerce weather, but the fire kept us warm. Mark Turner kept us entertained while the drinks and wings were the perfect way to prepare for the game. We’re so grateful to our members who support our events, even under less than ideal conditions. Fear not—the best is yet to come! Soon, we will all look back at smile at the memories that make a club special.
For those of you who have not joined our membership family yet, we’re inviting you to become a Cat Island Club member, but only if you wish to relax and enjoy your club, your golf game, your friends and family in the spender of the Lowcountry’s newest treasure.
With warmest regards,