Davis Love III will make another mark on Hilton Head Island's Sea Pines Resort.
And he has free rein, so buckle up.
The five-time Heritage champion's Love Golf Design firm has been hired to renovate Sea Pines' Ocean Course, the island's first golf course. The course will close for play next October and reopen in September 2016.
Cary Corbitt, the resort's vice president of sports and operations, said the renovation could be as extensive as architect Pete Dye's Heron Point makeover, which reopened with the new name in 2007.
"The corridors stayed in place, but the integrity of the golf course was totally changed," Corbitt said. "And so we potentially could go that dramatic. But the underlying goal and objective of the golf course is to have a player-friendly golf course that meets the needs of our members, property owners and resort guests."
The Monday announcement means more activity for a resort seemingly always under some degree of construction.
A new 23,000-square-foot clubhouse and golf learning center at Heron Point and the Ocean Course opened this year. At Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, more than $20 million is going into a new clubhouse -- a three-story building with an art gallery, a restaurant, and men's and women's locker rooms.
The Ocean Course project follows enhancements to Heron Point's design, which reopened Sept. 22. MacCurrach Golf Construction, working for Dye, softened the green surroundings and contours, enlarged several greens and added landscaping. The putting surfaces were changed to Tif-Eagle bermuda grass.
After the 2015 RBC Heritage, Harbour Town will close to sprig fresh Tif-Eagle bermuda on the greens and replant Celebration bermuda on the fairways. The irrigation system also will be replaced.
MacCurrach Golf Construction will also conduct the work on the Ocean Course next year. The company, headed by CEO Allan MacCurrach, has worked extensively with Sea Pines.
MacCurrach is also working with Dye on a new course north of Indianapolis and one in Florida.
"We are booked for next year already," MacCurrach said last week at the grand reopening of Dye's Ford Plantation course in Richmond Hill, Ga. "The industry has really become healthy again."
The revamped Ocean Course will receive the same newer grass strains as Heron Point and Harbour Town. Better drainage and new cart paths are also planned.
As for the design, Corbitt said the only thing certain is that the signature par-3 15th hole would continue to extend out with the ocean on the horizon.
Corbitt said several architects were interviewed about the job. He expects Love III to play a key role.
"He has definitely said that he will be here every step of the way," Corbitt said.
The Ocean Course was built in 1962 by architect George Cobb. PGA Tour player Mark McCumber remodeled the original design in 1995.
Love III is a partner in his firm with his brother, Mark. The team also designed Fripp Island's Ocean Creek course and Eagle's Point Golf Club in greater Bluffton.
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