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Golf Guru Q&A: J.R. McCroskey - Golf Course Superintendent, Harbor Course at Wild Dunes Resort

Welcome to our new golf Q&A series, a chance to meet and greet with the masters, movers and shakers of Wild Dunes Golf. In anticipation of the reopening of the Links, our expert Golf Gurus will share insider knowledge of the game and what to look forward to with the re-designed course. First up, we introduce you to J.R. McCroskey, Superintendent of the Harbor Course

J.R. brings to our facility over 10 years as a Class A Superintendent. After graduating Clemson University in Horticulture, he has worked on some of the finest southeast golf courses including the Colleton River Club’s Dye Course, both the Oconee and Great Waters courses at Reynolds Plantation, the Harbor Club in Greensboro, Georgia, and here at Charleston’s Wild Dunes Harbor Course for three and a half years.

With over 16 years working in the turfgrass industry, J.R. has gained experience with 11 varieties of both cool and warm season turfgrasses and has managed both Bent grass and Bermuda grass putting surfaces. His passion for the game of golf and golf course architecture have shaped his course management philosophies toward a more traditional and sustainable presentation of his courses, staying true to the original design and showcasing each courses’ own authentic personality.

We recently caught with J.R to learn more about his passion, what he loves about Wild Dunes golf and what he’s most looking forward to with the new and improved Tom Fazio Links Course. Read on for the interview…

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Top 5 Can’t-Miss Wild Dunes Resort Events

Every fall, the Resort has a great lineup of events to make your time at Wild Dunes that much more fun! See below for a list we’ve gathered for our top 5 can’t miss events. We will be updating throughout the season, so check back here for more information so you can plan your beach getaway accordingly. We can't wait to see you!

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Swing for the Cure at Wild Dunes Resort’s Isle of Palms, SC Tennis and Golf Fundraiser, October 2-4, 2015

Join us the weekend of October 2-4, 2015 at Wild Dunes Resort for a tennis and golf fundraiser to benefit the Lowcountry Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Vicki Hollingsworth, a longtime resident of Isle of Palms who proudly called Wild Dunes her home, lost a stoic battle with breast cancer in April of 2010. It is in memory of Vicki’s legacy that the Hollingsworth family has generously agreed to partner with Swing for a Cure as the event’s title sponsor.

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Links Renovation Dispatch: August 19, 2015 Update

Hello from the Links! The Links Golf Course and Clubhouse renovations are progressing as the #LinksCountdown continues and we get closer to the mid-October re-opening of the facilities. The putting greens are being mowed and top-dressed on a regular basis and look great!  The irrigation contractor has ONE hole left to finish and the cart paths are complete on all holes except 10-13 and some additional work near the clubhouse. Read on for more updates on the practice facility and clubhouse.

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Resort Event Spotlight: Pop-Up Ice Cream Social featuring JB's PR%F Alcohol Ice Cream

Calling all ice cream lovers! Join us Thursday August 13 from 4 to 8 PM for the ultimate happy hour treat on this hot summer day.

POP-UP ICE CREAM PARLOR on the Village Plaza at Wild Dunes featuring Columbia, South Carolina's JB'S PR%F ALCOHOL ICE CREAM in delicious homemade flavors and non-alcoholic flavors and floats. 

When: Thursday 8/13 from 4-8pm

Where: Village Plaza at Wild Dunes

$4 each: Peach Bourbon, Chocolate Mocha Moonshine, Vanilla Bourbon, Mint Julep, Vanilla Moonshine, coconut Rum, Vanilla Rum & Chocolate Rum 
$6 alcoholic root beer floats
$3 non alcoholic vanilla ice cream
$5 non alcoholic rootbeer floats

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End of Summer + Labor Day Weekend Getaway: Featured Activities and Events in Charleston, SC

With Labor Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect excuse to plan a mini vacation to Charleston’s Island Resort, complete with ample sun and 83-degree waves. Keep scrolling for tips on how to get away for the last weekend of summer at Wild Dunes Resort and of course, what to do once you get here!  

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Links Renovation Dispatch: July 22, 2015 Update

Hole by hole, day by day, the #LinksCountdown renovation progress continues to go well. We have mowed the new greens twice, and there’s even a hint of green grass appearing! The greens will continue to be mowed, rolled and fertilized on a consistent basis moving forward. Read on for latest updates and exciting news about the Links Clubhouse, too!

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Get Your Tickets: Summer Craft Beer Festival, 3rd Annual Island Brews & Chews - July 26

With the summer in full swing at Charleston's Island Resort, there's no better time to sit back in a lounger or the lawn Brews and Chews Craft Beer Festivalwith a cold refreshing beer, dig into delicious southern food, listen to live music and start up a game of cornhole or ping-pong. All that, and more is yours to enjoy at Wild Dunes Resort's 3rd Annual Island Brews & Chews Craft Beer Festival - now happening for the first time in the summertime - July 26, 2015.  

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Links Renovation Dispatch: July 9, 2015 Update

Today is a milestone day for the Links Golf Course renovation project! ”linksThe putting greens are all complete and the Champion Bermuda grass is being installed today. See photo here of the 1st hole sprigged.

The remaining work includes finishing hole by hole fairway and rough irrigation, completing the cart paths and shaping and building the greenside bunkers.

 (Photo: Hole #1 sprigged with Champion Bermuda grass)

Thank you for following along this #LinksCountdown as we share in these exciting course milestones and improvements!  


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Links Renovation Dispatch: July 2, 2015 Update

Happy July! ”linksAs we enter a new month of summer, I'm excited to share that the renovation of the Links Golf Course is nearing the next phase. All of the greens design and shaping are complete, the collars and most of the green surrounds have been sodded. The greens are scheduled to be sprigged next week with Champion Bermuda grass which will be the new and improved putting surfaces. Read on for more new updates as the #LinksCountdown continues...
(Photo: Preparation and placement for greens sprigging on Hole #9) 



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Charleston Event Spotlight: "A Community United" Fundraiser Honoring Mother Emanuel AME

We will be gathering together as A Community United in Charleston, SC for a Culinary Benefit Fundraiser at Belmond Charleston Place Hotel on the evening of July 9, 2015 to honor the victims, families and congregation of the Mother Emanuel AME Church Tragedy. Read on for event details and learn how you can participate from near and far.

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Hot Off the Press: Charleston ranked #1 City in the USA and Canada by Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards for the Third Consecutive Year

For the third year in a row, Charleston leads the pack! Announced today, Charleston, South Carolina, has been voted the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure magazine's 2015 World's Best Awards, and No. 2 City in the World in the overall world rankings. Thank you to all of our guests, friends and fans who shared their love of Charleston with the world! We're thrilled to be a part of this award-winning city and to share it with our fellow community and visitors from near and far.

Read on for more from today's announcement along with local tips on how best to explore Charleston, SC.

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