Local residents purchase closed golf course

Volunteers from Wyboo Plantation and shareholders of The Players Course at Wyboo have taken it upon themselves to spruce up the course to get it ready for reopening Oct. 1. Here, Al Colclough volunteers to mow the fairway leading to the 12th hole.
Volunteers from Wyboo Plantation and shareholders of The Players Course at Wyboo have taken it upon themselves to spruce up the course to get it ready for reopening Oct. 1. Here, Al Colclough volunteers to mow the fairway leading to the 12th hole.
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Less than three years after the owner shuttered the Players Course at Wyboo, a group of local residents have formed a company to buy the golf course and open it by Oct. 1.

Thirty-four families, most of whom live in the Wyboo Plantation development or Manning area, purchased shares of ownership in The Players Course at Wyboo LLC and bought the Ernie Wallace-designed course, according to Jeannie Neal, secretary of the LLC board.

The group finalized the deal in March and has been working to restore the course after more than two years of neglect.

According to a statement by Ron Ecker, one of five management team members, volunteers have worked to spruce it up by picking up debris, mowing grass on the fairways and roughs, trimming trees, clearing weeds around ponds and renovating the club house.

Ecker said a contractor has stripped and sanded all of the greens and will sprig the greens, which involves planting stems and roots in spaces that will eventually grow together. The contractor will begin sprigging on July 10, and the greens are expected to grow for eight weeks before they are completely grown and ready for play, according to Ecker's statement.

At the same time, another contractor is restoring and replacing parts of the irrigation system, which had numerous leaks and breaks.

Once completed, the forward tee boxes will have a course length of 5,000 yards while the back tees will have 6,969 yards.

The management team has hired Grayson Clark as the course superintendent. He has been a senior assistant superintendent at The Cliffs Club at Mountain Park in Marietta.

The Players Course at Wyboo will waive initiation fees for the first two months and will then begin charging a $1,000 initiation fee. Green fees will range from $20 to $40 with carts depending on seasons.

The Players Course at Wyboo is about 10 miles south of Manning off State Highway 260 South on Players Course Drive.