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Callawassie Island turns No. 9 fairway into (temporary) tennis courts

These Lowcountry women are playing tennis on a golf course fairway. This time lapse shows the 2-hour conversion.

Watch as the fairway of No. 9 of Callawassie Island’s Dogwood Course is converted into two grass tennis courts in just over two hours under the direction of Ryan Watson, Golf Course Superintendent to allow tennis enthusiasts to get the feel for pl
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Watch as the fairway of No. 9 of Callawassie Island’s Dogwood Course is converted into two grass tennis courts in just over two hours under the direction of Ryan Watson, Golf Course Superintendent to allow tennis enthusiasts to get the feel for pl

As Wimbledon nears for tennis fans, Callawassie Island tennis enthusiasts are getting to experience what it’s like to play on grass courts.

On Friday morning Ryan Watson, golf course superintendent, and his staff dug holes and sprayed paint on Number 9’s fairway of the Dogwood Course to create two grass tennis courts for the annual Callawassie Island Wimbledon.

The community has six clay courts.

Billy Bagwell took this drone footage of residents playing tennis on No. 9 of Callawassie Island’s Dogwood Course. Ryan Watson, golf course superintendent, oversaw and completed the conversion in just over two hours.

Bill Hoppe, USTA and PTR certified professional at the private community, says it gives residents a feel for Wimbledon.

“They’ll (residents) probably have to volley more” Hoppe said, referring to last night’s heavy rain made which made the ground soft.

The fairway will be returned to normal soon after play, although the lines for the court will remain visible for a mowing or two.

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