Spring Island, SC (March 28, 2014) – Golfweek magazine ranked Spring Island/Old Tabby Links #67 on its Best Modern Courses list in the recently released 18th annual “Best Courses” issue. This is a massive jump for Old Tabby after ranking #157 in 2013.
The improved position can be attributed to the 2012 course restoration project lead by the Arnold Palmer Design Company, the course’s original firm, and MacCurrach Golf Construction. In an effort to enhance and restore the natural character of the course, the restoration included a new state-of-the-art irrigation system and redesigned greens/greens surrounds that heightened the strategic interest of each hole via targeted contour, bunker, tee, fairway and treeline modifications. Golfweek also named Spring Island/Old Tabby the #43 Residential Course in America.
"Old Tabby Links has always been a special place for the Arnold Palmer Design Company, and we are extremely happy for the club and its members,” says Brandon Johnson Vice President and Senior Golf Course Architect with the Arnold Palmer Design Company. “We were humbled and honored to be trusted with such an important restoration project. It is very rewarding to see the passion, commitment and hard work, from everyone involved being recognized by Golfweek and its raters.”
To produce Golfweek's Best Courses lists, an expert team of more than 725 course raters uses a 10-point ranking system to identify the best layouts from two distinctly different eras: pre-1960 and 1960-present.
“It’s always an honor to be recognized by a reputable publication like Golfweek,” said Spring Island’s General Manager Tom Noyes. “Spring Island is an extraordinary place with so much to offer---one of the best golf courses in the country, world class fishing and nature preserves, top notch equestrian facilities and shooting sports, renowned nature center and programs, a superb sports complex and vibrant social activities.”
Golfweek is not the only media outlet to recognize Spring Island in recent months. Golf Digest named Old Tabby Links to its Best New Courses 2013 list noting, “Greens were given more flow and unfashionable mounds eliminated, turf was reduced around and in front of tees (restoring patches of packed sand), new irrigation was added (with twice the heads applying half as much water) and trees were chopped away to open river views.” . In years past, Spring Island was named one of Golf Connoisseur magazine's Top 40 Golf Communities in America and ranked #23 on Travel + Leisure Golf's Top 100 Golf Communities.
About Spring Island
Spring Island is a 3,000-acre island community in the South Carolina Lowcountry 35 minutes from Hilton Head and Savannah, and 30 minutes by boat from Port Royal Sound and the open Atlantic Ocean. Spring Island is limited to no more than 410 families on the 3,000 acres with 1,200 acres protected as nature preserve. Spring Island offers the finest amenities man and nature can offer: championship golf, world class fresh and salt water fishing, equestrian, tennis, croquet, quail hunting, nature center, fine and casual dining options, and a wide variety of educational and cultural pursuits.