Winter kill on the greens have left the course unplayable. Nice facility and really nice staff but this comes short of making ng up for the course conditions.
Thank you for taking the time to review Panther's Run. As I'm sure you are aware by now, our area was devastated by the extreme winter conditions of the past several months (the coldest in the last 38 years, including an ice storm that left our greens frozen solid for several days) and golf courses with bermuda greens were especially hard hit. The problem has been so widespread in our region that the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association recently held an emergency seminar, inviting superintendents and course operators to come together and share their experiences and ideas. Top agronomists from NC State and Clemson were present to make recommendations as well. The consensus was there there is little that can be done to prevent some degree of damage to bermuda grass under such extreme conditions. We did come away with some ideas that we will incorporate into our practices, but hopefully it will be another 4 decades before we see weather conditions like this again! In the mean time, we have completely sodded 3 of the most damaged greens and have applied a significant amount of specialized greens grade granulars and liquid fertilizer to all the greens to get them to break dormancy and begin to green up. Most importantly, in the past two weeks, the weather has finally improved and soil temperatures have been consistently warm enough to spur some growth in the bermuda! I very much appreciate your comment about our staff, as they have been working diligently to try to accommodate our guests in the best possible manner during this difficult period. Hopefully you were offered the option of a free replay or the opportunity to move your round to our top tier course, Leopard's Chase (we have bentgrass greens there) at no additional charge. If you don't mind, would you contact me directly at email@example.com to discuss this matter further and I will see what I can do to help. No one was more upset and disappointed by the condition of our bermuda courses than the staff, management and ownership of Ocean Ridge Plantation and we are resolved to take whatever measures possible to satisfy our guests until this difficult period has passed. We are optimistic that all four Big Cats Courses will once again be in excellent condition in the coming weeks. Thank you again for your patience and understanding. Bill Long