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World Tour Golf Links cutting back on holes to build housing

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CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) – As the golf season unofficially kicks off this weekend with the start of daylight saving time, many courses are busy, but one course is replacing nine holes with new homes.

"We'll close down the International Course on June 1," said Tom Plankers, General Manager at World Tour Golf Links in Carolina Forest.  "We are going to leave one of the holes open and we're going to use that for kind of a warm-up hole, or if you need to break a tie while you're playing golf."

Right now there are 27 holes to play at Would Tour Golf Links, but this summer, the club is going forward with plans to trade the group of holes closest to River Oaks Drive for space to build new housing.

By cutting the club down to just 18 holes, Plankers said adding the new housing properties might bring in more business to the course.

"We've also talked about adding more beautifications to the 18 we have," Plankers said.  "The monies that we'll save on maintaining the land over there we can put into beautification and make what we have even better."

World Tour Golf Links is not the first course on the Grand Strand to trade in holes for space to build homes.  The Island Green Country Club cut its holes back from 27 to 18 a few years ago, Director of Golf at the club Gary Johnson said it was bad timing.

"The economy fell apart and basically all they have over there is about 10 houses and 3 condo units and it went downhill from there," Johnson said.

Johnson said Island Green was bought by a new owner around the turn of the year, and now that there are signs the housing market is turning around, the owner is looking to add more housing to land near the course.

"He feels he can make some development changes over there and catch the economy," Johnson added.

While Island Green CC and World Tour Golf Links continue to go through changes, Johnson thinks other clubs may cut back on the number of holes they have too.

"I think the days of 27 holes are gone from my perspective on the beach and if you can take  nine holes and develop it and make some money I mean I think that's the way to go," Said Johnson.

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