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"2009 Golfweek's
Best Resort Courses."

Golfweek Magazine

MESA, Arizona – In the 11th annual Golfweek's Best Courses, the editors of Golfweek magazine named Longbow Golf Club to its list of "2009 Golfweek's Best Resort Courses."

"We are thrilled and honored to receive recognition from Golfweek," said Jay Larscheid, General Manager. "I think we all knew that Longbow would garner accolades such as this, and it's truly gratifying to have agreement from one of the golf world's most influential publications. We've simply stayed focused on our pledge to our guests to provide the highest standards in terms of service and playing conditions. It's obvious that this formula has paid off."

Longbow was ranked 89 out of 100, which, at first glance may seem a bit dubious. However, when one considers the caliber of golf clubs placed further up the list – Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Whistling Straits, to name a few – it's clear that Longbow has earned a place among golf's elite resort courses.

Longbow Business Park and Golf Club is a 330-acre, mixed-use development, being developed by Daedalus Real Estate Advisors, that incorporates office, light industrial, retail and hotel uses surrounded by desert vegetation and a main street transportation design and features the award-winning Longbow Golf Club. Daedalus is a Phoenix-based commercial real estate services company that provides investment, development and communications consulting to corporate real estate clients. To learn more about Longbow Golf Club or to book a tee time call 480.807.5400 or visit

Longbow Golf Club is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success. OB Sports currently manages 31 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. For more information about OB Sports Golf Management visit

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3779 Members Club Blvd.
Southport, NC
USA 28461


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27 holes at the members club

Located about 40 miles north of North Myrtle Beach, SC and about 30 miles south of Wilmington, NC, on what once was a former pine plantation is now a 6,000 acre gated residential community. Featuring acres of natural preserves, a full service marina and four excellent golf courses designed by some of the best names in the game of golf.

Hale Irwin's only design on the Grand Strand has the characteristics of a course that would be built for its members. It's a decent and fair layout that has a lot of variety and is well-manicured, won't overpower you with either length or hazards, and throws few surprises at you.

The course has 27 holes - an original 18 by Irwin that opened in 1996 and an additional nine by Tim Cate that opened in 2000. Located almost an hour north of Myrtle Beach at St. James Plantation in the fishing village of Southport, North Carolina, the track consists of the Irwin Front 9, the Irwin Back 9 and The Tim Cate 9. The essence of this tract is its 200-acres of natural terrain, uncommon elevation changes, wide fairways, medium-size, well-bunkered greens and lots of water and sand wandering amid the Carolina pines.

The Verdict: The Members Club was recognized in 1998 by Golf Digest's Places to Play. The Members Course, while not the marquee track of St. James Plantation, is the cornerstone of the facility. Irwin's design is more player friendly and more wide open than the Players Club, and also utilizes Bermuda greens that lead to slower rolls.

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    The CLUBS
          at St. James Plantation:

    • The Founders Club (P.B. Dye)
    • The Members Club (Hale Irwin)
    • The Players Club (Tim Cates)
    • The Reserve Club
         (Nicklaus Design)

    Package Rates 2011:
    Jan 20 – Feb 16
    Feb 17 26 – Mar 2
    Mar 3 – 16
    Mar 17 – Apr 24
    Apr 25 – May 8
    May 9 – May 22
    May 23 – Sep 7

course notes

Irwin Front / Back Irwin
18 holes, 6,887 yards,
par 72, 73.1 rating, slope 130

Irwin Front / Cate Nine
18 holes, 6,816 yards,
par 72, 72.6 rating, slope 129

Irwin Back / Cate Nine
18 holes, 6,901 yards,
par 72, 73.1 rating, slope 132

Designed by:
Hale Irwin / Tim Cate

Course Opened:
Course Type/Style:
Number of Tee Boxes:
5 sets
Total Number of Sand Bunkers:
Number of Water Hazards:
19 of 27 holes
Most Challenging Hole:
Irwin back No. 2
Most Memorable Hole:
Irwin back No. 7
Signature Hole:
Irwin back No. 6
Acreage of Course:
200 acres
Average Size of Greens:
6,400 sq. ft.

Primary Grasses
Bermuda grass
Bermuda grass
Tifdwarf Bermuda

Months Open:
January – December
High Season:

March – May

Aerification: May 23 – 26
Green Aerification: Aug 1 – 2
Overseeding: Oct 3 – 9
Rounds per year: 50,000

Walking Options:
Mandatory Cart

Director of Golf:
Dave Kjome, PGA
Head Pro:
Anthony Pagliari, PGA
Jason Young, GCSAA

Golf Digest 4 stars rating

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