Zaxby's restaurant planned for Hilton Head; Sea Pines to present designs for new clubhouse

tbarton@islandpacket.comOctober 21, 2013 

Zaxby's restaurant hopes to open its third location in Beaufort County on Hilton Head Island.

The new restaurant and drive-thru would be at 4 Marina Side Drive at the southwest intersection of William Hilton Parkway and Yacht Cove Drive, according to designs submitted to the Town of Hilton Head Island.

"Unfortunately, there isn't any information available at this time, until plans for construction are confirmed," Zaxby's spokeswoman Alexa Orndoff said Monday in an email.

The new location would be the 78th in the Palmetto State, according to the company's website.

The restaurant touts itself as an alternative to fast food and offers prepared-at-order chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches, salads and milkshakes. The company operates more than 585 locations in 13 states, mostly in the Southeast.

The Hilton Head Island Zaxby's would be built on 1.34 acres of vacant land between the Hilton Head Diner and Verizon Wireless store. The property is zoned for commercial use, and a special exception was granted in January for a drive-thru window, according to town records.

The town's Design Review Board meets Tuesday to review the restaurant's architectural design.

Board members will also review conceptual plans submitted by Sea Pines Resort for a new clubhouse at Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA Tour's RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.

The clubhouse -- built in 1969, the same year the golf tournament began on Hilton Head -- has one of the smaller locker rooms on the PGA Tour.

During the first 31 years of the tournament, players were separated by name into the men's and women's locker rooms in the lobby of the clubhouse. In 2001, the players moved into a new facility built along with the new conference center. But even then, the locker rooms still do not meet the needs of the PGA Tour and its players, according to the resort.

The clubhouse also does not have men's and women's locker rooms for daily play.

Resort officials want to replace the 11,000-square-foot clubhouse with an 18,000-square-foot, three-story facility with locker facilities for tournament players and regular guests, according to drawings.

Should plans be approved, demolition would begin after the 2014 RBC Heritage, with a new clubhouse completed in time for the following year's tournament, said Cary Corbitt, vice president of sports and operations for Sea Pines Resort.

The course would remain open during construction, Corbitt said. Golf operations would move into a temporary trailer in the clubhouse parking lot, he said.

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