Sea Pines Resort announced its new Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III golf course will open in October. The layout is a complete reconstruction and recreation of the resort's historic Ocean Course, the first built on Hilton Head Island. Love Golf Design, the firm founded by Davis and his brother Mark, has done numerous course designs and renovations in the region including Retreat at Sea Island in Sea Island, Georgia; Laurel Island Golf Club in Kingsland, Georgia; and the Love Course at Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach.
Love and lead architect Scot Sherman have fashioned entirely rebuilt holes to accommodate modern shot values and to frame scenic corridors. Atlantic Dunes features a pronounced seaside ambience and Lowcountry feel, accented by coquina shells and seaside grasses. The project's goal was to incorporate elements of the surrounding beachfront along with the area's bounty of native pines and oaks lining the fairways. The course will benefit both visually and strategically from restoration of natural sand dunes as well as the creation of new dunes blending seamlessly into the design. Tens of thousands of indigenous plants have been installed in these areas to complete the seaside feel. Atlantic Dunes playing surface is a blend of cutting-edge grasses matching the superior strains at the resort's acclaimed Harbour Town Golf Links and Heron Point by Pete Dye.