While today’s rain dampened a few spirits on the golf course, it was a welcome relief to the golf course itself and a few tired souls. We’ve worked on golf course drainage during the winter months and today’s downpour was just a little too much too fast; overall, we cheered the rain as a gift that it is.
Where has June gone already? It seems like just yesterday we cut the ribbon on the golf course and Marines were flying overhead in a celebration of Memorial Day at the Grand Opening of the golf course.
A celebration is defined as a special and enjoyable event that people organize because something pleasant has happened. I’m not sure if the word “pleasant” accurately captures all of the blood, sweat and tears that...
You know, restoring a golf course is not for the faint of heart. In fact, it’s challenging in ways that you can’t imagine. But I’m not here to look back, I’m here to talk about the rewards of restoring this golf course and club.
Last week’s sneak peek of the golf course wasn’t exactly a secret; since last weekend, the news has spread like wildfire. The members who enjoyed the golf course last weekend have left rave reviews for the restoration work that has been done to date on our course.
Last week, a there was a “leak” that the golf course was opening to members this weekend. Well, I’m here to confirm that rumor; starting tomorrow, Cat Island Club members will be able to take a sneak peek of the golf course starting at 9:00 AM.
For those of you who have been faithful readers of the weekly update, you are well aware that we’ve set a goal for a soft opening for the golf course during mid-April. In order to reach that goal, there are a few things that need to happen.
There are many steps necessary to take a golf club that had been closed for some time to a point where members can enjoy the club again. There have been highs and lows, with some of those steps being more noticeable than others.
To say that we’re now moving at warp speed would be an understatement. I mentioned several weeks ago that the pace of activity had increased considerably. Well, that was apparently just a ‘pace lap’ on this race to the finish.
Todays’ rain is as welcome as a long putt made after a poor pitch shot. While irrigation is good, there is nothing like a little shower from above to bring 100% coverage to the entire golf course, and our lawns!
When we watch a golf tournament on television, we all know that the last three or four holes are the most exciting and not to be missed; the same goes for racing when watching the last lap at Daytona or the 4th quarter in a football game.
Spring comes early in the Lowcountry; based on the long-range forecast, it looks as if the winter of 2023 is in our rearview mirror. Pollen season has officially begun with watering eyes, scratchy throats, a few sniffles and, of course, we all drive the same color cars these days.
We’ve been keeping our fingers crossed for warm weather and, more specifically, warm nights. It seems as though that is working! The last week started with a colder than usual Super Bowl party; however, during the week, I saw an amazing transformation of color on the golf course from day to day—and in some cases, morning to afternoon.
What a great time of year! It’s Super Bowl weekend, Valentine’s Day next week and soon the pollen will give our homes that special yellowish tint that we all know and love. Ahhh, Spring is indeed in the air.
It seems that “Fake News” Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter yesterday. Well, that may be the case for Pennsylvania, but here in Beaufort, South Carolina; Groundhog day saw mid-70s and sunshine.
Another week has come and gone. This means that we’re one step closer to opening the Cat Island Club golf course for member play. Last week, I touched on the subject that’s on everyone’s mind—when will we open?
Happy Friday everyone! It’s that awkward time of year when we instinctively write 2022 on many of our notes, then write a three over the two, and wonder when we can quit saying Happy New Year to everyone.
When Resort Development Partners purchased Cat Island Club back in June, we dove headfirst into the process of restoring the golf course, renovating the clubhouse, and building relationships with the people in Beaufort and Cat Island.
Since Resort Development Partners purchased Cat Island Club back in June, we’ve had quite a few milestones along the way. Restoring this golf course is quite a task unto itself and when you throw in changes to the clubhouse and other amenities that we’ve opened to date, you can start to see that this is not for the weak of heart.
We are knee deep in the holiday season and it’s my favorite time of year, with the possible exception of March Madness—but that’s for another time. This time of year is a time when our Greens Agro team puts a major focus on the landscaping around the clubhouse.
Each week we get to check off boxes for completed projects, which allows us to add several more to our never-ending list. At this time in the process of restoring Cat Island Club, the projects take several weeks and sometimes longer. Eventually, the projects will become “tasks” and will require less time to complete.
What a great night at the Cabana Bar last night. It was a fantastic night to count of blessings from the near miss of Hurricane Ian and reconnect with friends and neighbors while listening to a great band--Reboot! Rest assured, these Happy Hours will be the norm for Cat Island Club as we head into the fall season.
I know that this note will not be very newsworthy to many of you who live on Cat Island and the general Beaufort area, but this is more intended for our many National Members and any members who may be traveling away from home.
Obviously, the typical Friday night update is coming to you a bit earlier this week. While I try to always under promise and over deliver, we all know that tomorrow will be a bit rough in the Lowcountry. Accordingly, a Thursday afternoon update is the call to order.
Well either autumn has arrived, or someone left the refrigerator door open overnight. However, based on the forecast, it looks like the fall season will be short lived and summer returns by Sunday. Thank goodness, as we’re still wearing white pants and growing Bermuda grass.
Last week, I made some jokes and complaints regarding the weather forecast. Well, that worked for a brief time—but now, the joke is on me as the weather pattern has quickly reverted back to weather better suited for ducks than golf course construction.
Last week I reported that both the front and back nine greens had been sprigged and were progressing well. I also reported that the August heat was a welcome element, as is the water that we add to keep them damp and happy.
As we continue to restore Cat Island Club and provide social events for our membership, today was a day where we paused to say thank you to our team who have been working in various capacities over the past few weeks and months. We’re so proud of our Agronomic Team for the work that they are accomplishing on the golf course and today we hosted a luncheon for them at the Cabana Bar.
It’s official! Our group, Resort Development Partners, has officially closed on the purchase of the Cat Island Club effective June 2, 2022. As General Manager, this is truly an exciting time for all of us.
The Beaufort, S.C. property has changed hands several times, and the course, which has fallen into a state of disrepair, has been closed since 2019. New owners Resort Development Partners have shortened the name to Cat Island Club and plan to renovate the George W. Cobb-designed course first—with a tentative opening in Fall 2022—and then focus on updating the clubhouse.
First allow me to say how pleased and excited I am to lead this club into a new future. I have had my eye on Cat Island for some time and now that we’re within days of closing on this property, it is indeed a blessing and dream come true that we are going to bring this vision to reality.
Ownership and/or the General Manager, (“General Manager” or “Manager”) of the Club, or their designee, shall have full and complete charge of the Clubhouse, pool and grounds at all times. The hours of operation of the various Club rooms shall be determined by Ownership and/or the General Manager and may be adjusted seasonally as dictated by members’ use.