General Manager – Tim Tilma, PGA
Head Professional – Brett Thomaswick, PGA
800 N. Sandpiper Club Dr
Sunset Beach, NC 28468
Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club
Being awarded ‘Best Golf Course of the Year’ in Myrtle Beach is like winning a prize for outstanding contribution in the field plastic surgery in Southern California. In both markets, the competition is fierce and the customers know what they like.
This year, the coveted distinction of Myrtle Beach Golf Course Owners Asso- ciation Course of the Year went to Sunset Beach’s Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club.
The course was selected from a list of more than 100 contenders, and evaluated on the following criteria: Exceptional Quality of the Golf Course, Exceptional Quality of the Ownership and Management, Outstanding Contribution to the Community and Signifi- cant Contribution to the Game. A three-year renovation project com- pleted this summer elevated the quality of the facility to a truly exceptional level. In ad- dition to cosmetic changes to the clubhouse and pro shop, each of the Sandpiper Bay’s 27 greens was converted to MiniVerde Bermuda. “We made a serious business decision in a very difficult economic time in the golf industry to spend the last three years investing in the major improvements you see today at Sandpiper Bay,” said Tim Tilma, Sandpiper’s general manager and recent recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh Award for the Carolinas PGA Section.
“Despite the economic conditions, the ownership remained committed to the reinvestment plan to improve this facility. This award and recognition is just one step in the overall master plan and vision we have for this community and the golf course. We hope everyone living in, or visiting the Myrtle Beach area comes to experience the best 27 holes of golf we have to offer.” The Dan Maples-designed golf course is the centerpiece of a residential neighbor- hood, and gathering place for a thriving membership of more than 400.
Many members are permanent residents of Sunset Beach, and the numbers speak to that. The course hosts 55,000 rounds per year, and in its 19 years of operation, Sandpiper Bay has seen nearly 1 million rounds. In an effort to grow the game, junior golfers can play free with a paying adult, and members and guests can enhance their skills through golf clinics throughout the ear. At the end of the day, you’ll agree that the difference at Sandpiper Bay is attitude. “Sandpiper stands out for the primary reason that the entire staff, from the Pipers Restaurant to the cart staff and Richard Kas- cak’s golf shop staff has always been exceptionally accommodating and pleasant,” wrote Hank Kerfoot, president of Modern Turf, which oversaw the club’s greens renovations.