Today's housing market may be in a slump, but one amenity continues to lure buyers in search of resort style living — golf courses. Golfing communities continue to sprout up, and a new course designed by a PGA legend is on its way to the Hilton Head area.
NewCourse Golf, a full-service course construction company headquartered in Carthage, North Carolina, is currently working on a Nicklaus Design course in the gated Hampton Pointe community 10 miles outside of Hilton Head. The course, designed by golfing great Jack Nicklaus, will be the anchor amenity on the 850-acre site that is currently being developed.
NewCourse Golf has completed golf courses up and down the east coast from Raleigh to Pennsylvania, but this project is a bit different. Unlike most projects, this course is being developed in two phases, the first of which began in August of 2006.
"Typically an entire project is done from start to finish," said NewCourse Golf president Bob Richard. "This one has been unique and somewhat of a challenge because it's being completed in two phases, but by doing it this way, potential home buyers get a glimpse of what is to come."
The first phase, which was completed in November 2006, resulted in the completion of the first three holes. Now, a crew of about 35 is hard at work on the final phase.
In order to build the course, the land was first cleared of trees. Then grubbing took place, which involved removing several inches off the ground and getting rid of debris before the earthwork began.
Constructing a top-notch course takes not only a great deal of time and manpower, but also reliable equipment. NewCourse Golf has been using John Deere equipment from R.W. Moore. A 270 excavator, two off-road dump trucks, a 200 excavator, a 750 crawler-dozer, and an 850 crawler-dozer have all been on the job.
The Hampton Pointe golf course is expected to be complete by the summer of 2008.