Relaxation Nation: Coastal Resorts, Golf Courses Back Open for Business After Hurricane

“Relaxation Nation” is Rick Limpert’s monthly column on recreation, sports technology and travel that can be exclusively found on Modern Life Discussions.

Just a few weeks after the devastating blow Hurricane Matthew delivered to parts of the Southeast, in most areas you would hard pressed to tell a powerful storm has recently shut down the region. That would include recreational activities and resorts in the quadrant and all through the Carolinas.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, named a Top 20 Best Resort in the South by Conde Nast Traveler, is open and both booking and hosting guests after Hurricane Matthew passed over in early October. While some resort operations are still undergoing clean-up, most functionality is already back to normal.

The team at Palmetto Dunes has been working hard to get the award-winning property up and running as soon as possible. Most of the damage is in the form of fallen trees and landscaping on the golf courses with very little impact on buildings or structures.

“While there is still some clearing and clean-up to be done, the storm is past, and in fact, we have seen some glorious warm and sunny days here on Hilton Head Island,” says Brad Marra, vice president of resort operations at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. “We want our guests to know Palmetto Dunes has weathered the storm and is ready to welcome our friends back to their home away from home. On the upside, it has produced some great shelling on our beautiful beaches!”

Here is a status of various resort operations:

Homes & Villas rentals managed by Palmetto Dunes – Open to guests and accepting reservations.

Palmetto Dunes Tennis & Pickleball Center – Open for court times, lessons, clinics and tournaments.

Hilton Head Outfitters – Bike rentals open, annual Warehouse Sale moved to November 5 from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Golf Courses – Due to damage from fallen trees, all three award-winning golf courses are scheduled for a late November or early December opening.

Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza – Reopened Monday, October 24 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily.

Dunes House Bar & Grill – Reopened Monday, October 24 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina – Restaurants that are open include Bucci’s Italian Cuisine, Mediterranean Harbour Bar & Grill, San Miguel’s, ELA’s Blu Water Grille and Bistro 17. Plus all shops are open, as well.

The cleanup went extremely well for another hard hit area in the golf MECCA of Myrtle Beach.

Almost every Myrtle Beach golf course has reopened along the Grand Strand and nearly every area layout is enjoying glorious fall weather.

Check the status of every Myrtle Beach area golf course with this link.

A 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline, the Grand Strand endured high winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Matthew, but area golf courses emerged without major structural damage. Course closures were primarily a result of fallen trees and debris that needed to be cleaned up.

“We are happy to welcome golfers back to Myrtle Beach and all the credit goes to the golf course staffs that have worked tirelessly to get their property ready to reopen,” said Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday president. “While we look forward to having full tee sheets (and) our thoughts will certainly be with our friends throughout North and South Carolina who are still battling the impact of the storm.”

High temperatures this fall are forecast to be in the upper 70s and will be accompanied by a slight breeze, which will help further aide courses in drying out.

There has never been a better time to hit Myrtle Beach for golf and more.

Other updates:

Talamore Resort, Pinehurst, N.C.

The New Course at Talamore and the Mid South Club are open in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. All club facilities at The Mid South Club and the Talamore Clubhouse are fully operational.

Outer Banks, N.C.

An outstanding selection of fun and affordable yet quality golf courses are helping transform the Outer Banks into a mini-Mecca sportsman’s paradise. The three OBX courses on the Currituck mainland, including The Carolina Club, Kilmarlic Golf Club and The Pointe, are open. On the barrier island, the Currituck Club and Nags Head Golf Links experienced more flooding so check for updates.

McConnell Golf, N.C./S.C.

McConnell Golf owns a dozen 18-hole, private golf courses plus one nine-hole course around the southeast. Impacted courses experienced some downed trees, debris and heavy rain. Raleigh Country Club, TPC Wakefield Plantation and Brook Valley Country Club in Greenville, N.C. — which are normally closed on Mondays — are open.

Santee, S.C.

There are eight reasonably priced gems within 20 minutes of Santee and another 10 courses within 40 minutes. Lake Marion Golf Club has reopened, Santee National will open 9 holes and Santee Cooper Country Club is also welcoming play.