McConnell Golf is reportedly eliminating public play at Members Club. It is one of primary policies to be implemented by McConnell Golf for the Grande Dunes golf.
Since the early quarter of 2011, Members Club has been accepting outside golf from the resort guests, select hotels as well as golf-package providers. Infusion of the revenue has assisted a membership which falls behind those from other private golf clubs across the region to financially back the club.
Members Club spans across an area of 7,029 yard par-71, co-designed by Craig Schreiner and Nick Price. It was a completely private arena since its inauguration in 2005 till 2011. But the private ambience failed to pull in members, especially post housing lump & the recession span in 2007.
“The immediate idea is restoring the club to its original intent”, stated McConnell Golf COO Christian Anastasiadis. “We feel that this property has lost out on its identity and vision. The primary thing you would desire for is reestablishing the very vision of Burroughs and Chapin.”
“….I feel it would be great to get back to the private character of the course in the contemporary market which has got oversaturated with the public courses.”
McConnell now holds a good collection of as many as ten private golf clubs at 8 facilities across Carolinas, including Pawleys Island Reserve Club, with restricted reciprocal playing provisions in between them.
It was LStar Management which hired McConnell Golf to operate Ocean Club, Members Club & Anchor Café. LStar purchased the Grande Dunes 22-acre resort & development on December 20.
Members Club at Grande Dunes is the 1st of 10 courses operated by McConnell Golf, which it does not own. The club has been purchased on a 2-year contract which would get renewed automatically.