The Florence, S.C., property suffered $180,000 in damage last October when Hurricane Matthew passed through, and the club hosted a tournament on January 28 to raise money to cover the repair costs not covered by insurance. Two holes were flooded as a result of the storm and about 50 trees were lost.
When Hurricane Matthew roared up the South Carolina coast in early October, the rain resulted in overflowing rivers, creeks and lakes, flooding hole Nos. 3 and 4 at the Country Club of South Carolina in Florence, S.C., the Florence-based SC Now reported.
“It washed out the tee on No. 4, although we’ve got the white tees open,” said Director of Golf Steve Prueter. “We ended up with about 16 inches of sand covering all of No. 4 and part of No. 3.”
But what resulted wasn’t all bad, Prueter said. No. 3 was a pretty straightforward par-3, about 150 yards of carry with fairway between tee and green. Now, that fairway is basically a waste bunker. The natural path of the floodwater created a creek in front of the green that wasn’t there before. Now players have about a 130-yard carry to get the ball over the creek and onto the green. Anything short is either wet or on shaky ground, SC Now reported.
“I think it’s a better hole than it was, really,” Prueter said.
That’s the silver lining in the cloud, though. The storm did an estimated $180,000 worth of damage to the golf course, of which about $80,000 was covered by insurance, Prueter said. The course is open and playable and “is in good shape,” according to Prueter, but there is still work to be done, SC Now reported.
To raise money to help cover repair cost, the club hosted a tournament on January 28. The format was four-man captain’s choice for $75 per player, which covers lunch, beverages, range balls, cart fees, door prizes—“all that good stuff,” Prueter said.
The course lost approximately 50 trees, Prueter said, and the awning on the veranda blew away. Some bridges throughout the course need to be repaired as well, SC Now reported.
October is generally the best month for the course in terms of golf outings, but the storm wiped that out, Prueter said.
“We lost a tremendous amount of revenue in October, and I had to spend a bunch of money that I didn’t have,” Prueter said. “If that dam hadn’t broken, it wouldn’t have been so bad.”
In the past, the course has hosted Nike Tour (now Web.com Tour) events and NGA Tour events. The Francis Marion University golf team also calls CCSC its home course, SC Now reported.
“The fallen trees have been cleared,” Prueter said. “But we’ve got a bunch of big roots lying around, and I’m not sure how we’re going to do it. We might get the tree guy to stand them back up and grind them down.
“It’s not aesthetically very pleasing right now. But the course is very playable, and all 18 holes are open. There are just some things that still need to be done to get it back the way we want it.”