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Crown Park Golf Club

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Longs, South Carolina 29568




Come experience "A Touch of Royalty." Imagine 18 beautiful holes carved through a peaceful pine forest - no houses or condos. Extensive mounding, rolling terrain, and large contoured TifEagle greens complete the unique design. Our graceful clubhouse welcomes you with an upscale Pro Shop, snacks, and your favorite beverage. Relax and have a drink after your round. Although challenging, Crown Park is especially popular with seniors and ladies.

Give Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio or some other "big name" architectural firm one year and a couple million dollars and you'll have one heck of a golf course by ribbon cutting time.

Give a rookie course designer a tight project schedule and a shoestring budget and you're asking for trouble.

That's exactly what happened at Crown Park three years ago when owner Charles Byers Jr. handed the design keys to his son Robbie. Both Byers' intentions were good - build a playable, straightforward golf course on the cheap and pass the savings along to the customer.

"You know what, Robbie actually did a pretty good job," says Skip Corn, general manager of Classic Golf Group, Crown Park's management company. "Everybody was under a deadline to get the doors open and the cash flow going. They opened too early and the greens hadn't been grown in completely. That got things off on a bad foot."

Byers was still determined to put his best foot forward, however. The long-time Myrtle Beach area developer asked Corn to help find a superintendent capable of restoring and growing grass on Crown Park's 27-holes. Byers was so impressed with Corn's consulting skills, he ultimately approached the Classic Golf Group about managing the course.

"He asked me to re-evaluate the course and it was really bad," Corn says. "We had a wet, cold winter and the Bermuda grass just didn't come back. Everything that could have gone wrong for them, weatherwise, had gone wrong. We went to Mr. Byers and told him it would be painful, but here's what we need to do. He was awesome. He said let's do what we have to do."

The green-light provided, Corn and his crew rolled up their sleeves and went to work. They took the best two sets of nines and converted Crown Park into an 18-hole facility. They blew up a series of greens and rebuilt them, and sprigged the remaining greens with Tif Eagle Bermuda. Finally, they improved the course's drainage and irrigation and expanded the practice area.

The entire project took about nine weeks. Crown Park reopened in mid-September to rave reviews from local players and golf directors.

"It is amazing what they've done out there," says Derek O'Neill, director of marketing and sales for GVI Golf Links, a local golf package provider. "They've made it a good golf course at a great price and that's what this market needs."

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