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6542Golf
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I hate the sound of this a great course. And no signs of any new courses ever being built. with all the new comers moving to MB.

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ArtMBGolf
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It is so. I rec'vd the email directly from them on it. 

I found the Facebook group.  They don't say much more than this topic. 
 
Can you post the email content?   
 
A couple in the FB Group thought the Rt 31 extension might play a role 
in closing Farmstead, but that would play a equal or worse role if it's
next to the new development.   

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While package golfers and locals like courses like Farmstead, Witch,
etc, the closings probably affect locals more, regarding tee times
during peak seasons.   Package golfers play there once a year, while
locals play there regularly. 
 
If a course has been transitioning from a high %% of package play
to a high %% of passport play, it's not going to be as profitable as 
it once was.   
 
You can wonder if resident golfers in MB is increasing, while available 
tee times are decreasing.   Or is that evening out with a decrease in 
package play?               

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Posted by: @artmbgolf
Posted by: @yellolab

It is so. I rec'vd the email directly from them on it. 

I found the Facebook group.  They don't say much more than this topic. 
 
Can you post the email content?   
 
A couple in the FB Group thought the Rt 31 extension might play a role 
in closing Farmstead, but that would play a equal or worse role if it's
next to the new development.   

Here it is:

Dear Members,

 

Yesterday we had an informational meeting for the members.

 

This is what was discussed.

 

 

The McLamb family has decided to close Farmstead Golf Links. We have sold the land and will be closing on October 31st.

 

Leading up to that date we are extending the member booking window to 14 days.

 

We will offer refunds for the last two months of the year based on what your membership dues were when you joined.

 


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yellolab
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Posted by: @artmbgolf

While package golfers and locals like courses like Farmstead, Witch,
etc, the closings probably affect locals more, regarding tee times
during peak seasons.   Package golfers play there once a year, while
locals play there regularly. 
 
If a course has been transitioning from a high %% of package play
to a high %% of passport play, it's not going to be as profitable as 
it once was.   
 
You can wonder if resident golfers in MB is increasing, while available 
tee times are decreasing.   Or is that evening out with a decrease in 
package play?               

You’re overthinking it.,big builder gave them a boat load of money. So they sold it. Pretty simple.


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@yellolab 

In 2001 there were 120 courses between Georgetown and Southport, N.C. That number is now below 90. Many have been sold and closed in favor of residential development.

“That’s the industry,” McLamb, the owner, said. “We all overbuilt back in the 1990s and it had to change. It couldn’t continue like it was.”

Sad but just the reality. 

''It's just golf, let's have fun''


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Peter
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Posted by: @artmbgolf

While package golfers and locals like courses like Farmstead, Witch,
etc, the closings probably affect locals more, regarding tee times
during peak seasons.   Package golfers play there once a year, while
locals play there regularly. 
 
If a course has been transitioning from a high %% of package play
to a high %% of passport play, it's not going to be as profitable as 
it once was.   
 
You can wonder if resident golfers in MB is increasing, while available 
tee times are decreasing.   Or is that evening out with a decrease in 
package play?               

I can't help but think the trend negatively effects us local golfers.

It's a shame we lose another (good) golf course but I don't blame the owners for finally selling.

 


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Very surprised by Farmstead closing but the $$$ they tossed to the owner looks to be worth it for him.  Sadly I can see the fees to play the courses slightly going up, that said still better to pay a buck or two more then shovel snow.


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S***H
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@leftygar1 

With the residential development around Myrtle Beach, since the last five years, we can expect higher rates in a near future. Many americans coming from the north of the USA choosed Myrtle Beach as a place for their retirement. Frankly, i would do the same. The weather is  a lot more friendly during the winter months.

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@artmbgolf Easier and cheaper to develop golf courses because less earth to clear and move and a lot of times they already have some development so at least some infrastructure is already in place.


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Peter
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Playing Farmstead on Monday the 20th.

Never thought it was anything extraordinary but always well maintained and managed.

Hopefully, I'll have the time to take a few pictures.

Full disclosure: I try to play courses before they NLE just for the history but I just realized I don't have a hat from Farmstead (the one thing I collect from the courses I play) so I GOTTA get there.


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@say8pet Was at Farmstead Thursday and most of the stuff in the Pro Shop is gone however I heard there is more on order due to the demand.


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Farmstead's closing is another blow to north end golf experiences.  In recent years, this course has been wonderful; great conditions, unique design features (#18), and courteous staff.  I wonder what will become of the superintendent... the thoughtfulness of cart traffic patterns, the attention to access points throughout the course, closely mown chipping areas, etc., all of these touches added significantly to the experience.  Plus, the dual membership with Meadowlands Golf Club is difficult to pass up.  I hope to get one or two more rounds in before its all buttoned up.


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Apparently, my memory has declined as much as my golf game these past couple of years. Played Farmstead for the first time in three years on Monday. I have no recollection of why I have not been there more often. What a great golf course/experience!

GO PLAY Farmstead while you still can! Conditions were fantastic-especially the green collars (an area I have an affinity for). Within twenty yards of the green I played 8 iron, 7 wood, PW, SW, and putter. So many options. Holes are much wider than I remembered and while getting around the course you feel how enormous the property is.

Loved the trifecta of holes 5/6/7.

Was paired with a recent MB transplant (who has golfed in the area for years on visits) and he was blown away by Farmstead.

One thing I DID recall about Farmstead was the staff. The "bag guys" and starter were exceptional. Any Myrtle Beach golf operator should look for candidates with Farmstead on their resume. POP was a reasonable 4:15 but we did wait on a few holes and had a hunch the group ahead was a little bit behind. When the marshal (termed "ambassadors" at Farmstead) came upon our group, he just checked in with us and chatted. Soon after, we noticed the group ahead of us had picked up their pace. Clearly, he "nudged" them a little with no theatrics or anything. So good to see that.

@DCH-the staff seemed upbeat that some/most(?) would find a place at Meadowlands.

@Ziggy-you scared me with your warning. I ended up with a great hat and some other stuff...including a yardage book for some insane reason. The Farmstead/Meadowlands towel was bought by at least 8 players while I was there.

STOP READING THIS THREAD. GO PLAY FARMSTEAD.

 


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