Hurricane Matthew blew through the Grand Strand nearly six months ago and is but a distant memory.
For most, the storm was a hassle, but at Aberdeen Country Club, Matthew created an opportunity.
The waters from nearby Buck Creek backed up onto the course at Aberdeen, bringing water into the clubhouse. The flooded clubhouse would’ve kept Aberdeen closed longer than most area layouts, but the course was ready to reopen at the end of last fall.
But Aberdeen’s ownership - Founders Group International, the area’s largest management company – had other ideas, deciding instead to build what amounts to a brand-new clubhouse.
The work on the clubhouse is complete and the course, which is in pristine condition, will reopen on March 29, much to the delight of golfers looking to return to the venerable layout.
As the 27-hole facility prepares to reopen, here are some frequently asked questions and answers:
What kind of condition is the course in?
Yes, Aberdeen was closed for nearly six months, but that had NOTHING to do with the layout. The course could’ve opened months ago. Instead, the maintenance staff has worked full-time hours grooming Aberdeen as if it were hosting the golfers.
As a result of that care, the course is in better shape than it has ever been. No divots in the fairway and no marks on the smooth, fast greens.
All three nines at Aberdeen – Highlands, Meadows and Woodlands – are ready to welcome golfers.
If you want to play a course in great shape this spring – Aberdeen needs to be on your agenda.
How has the clubhouse changed?
The original foundation remains, but the clubhouse was otherwise completely renovated as everything was gutted and replaced. The pro shop and restaurant, which were aging, are now the area’s newest.
You will notice the changes most in the restaurant where a long, wooden bar and table tops have modernized the facility and provided a sports bar type feel, an aesthetic the HD televisions contribute to.
In years past, golfers may have passed through the Aberdeen clubhouse without giving it much thought, now it invites you in.
How are the three nines at Aberdeen?
At a Scottish-inspired facility, the Highlands nine is the linksiest of the Aberdeen’s offerings. It’s also the most popular.
The greens are Aberdeen’s largest and most undulating, challenging players to hit the proper spots. While it does offer a links feel, there are plenty of tree-lined fairways that reward a combination of power and precision.
The Meadows Nine features rolling fairways that are also among the facility’s widest. The opening holes play parallel to the river and natural wetlands, bringing a memorable combination of beauty and challenge.
The Woodlands Nine is the toughest of Aberdeen’s trio, rewarding great shot-making and challenging players to think their way around the layout. Playing 3,345 yards from the tips, the Woodlands, which is devoid of housing, winds through a series of wetlands that bring water into play on every hole.
What golf package is best to play Aberdeen as a part of?
Your options are many, but the vote here is for the Prime Times Rewards Package, which allows you to choose between 20+ courses and provides everyone in your group a $100 gift card for use in the pro shop, restaurant or beverage cart. The only thing better than playing Aberdeen is getting to enjoy the new clubhouse restaurant on someone else’s dime.