Pleasant Point residents buy golf course

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Pleasant Point residents buy golf course

By MARTI COVINGTON mcovington@beaufortgazette.com 843-706-8147
Published Sunday, January 3, 2010   |  251 Words  |  news

Residents of the Pleasant Point community on Lady's Island now have an 18-hole golf course, clubhouse and tennis courts to call their own.
The Pleasant Point Property Owner's Association spent $1.15 million to buy the former Country Club of Beaufort at Pleasant Point golf course.
The semi-private course closed in 2006 for renovations. Course manager Epiphany Partners of Savannah had said the club was intended to become private, but it never reopened.
"It's part of the community and always has been, but it was owned separately," association secretary Gerard Smith said. Now "it's really ... under our control."
After it closed, the property fell into neglect, Smith said, with weeds as high as six feet. The association's first focus will be on cleanup and repair.
"We're cutting the grass ... fixing the clubhouse and building a swimming pool," Smith said.
The pool is expected to open in spring and will only be accessible by Pleasant Point residents, as will the 8,500-square-foot clubhouse and tennis courts.
The golf course will reopen when the association finds a professional management company to operate it, Smith said. "We're hoping we will be able to do that," he said. "We're not to that point yet."
Lisa O'Brien, association president, said the purchase of the course will help the community realize its potential.
"Outside interests can never again damage the community," O'Brien said in a statement. "Pleasant Point finally has become the first-class community that it was meant to be."