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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 6 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 26 New Grasses On the Greens The three-course Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center in Sunset Beach, N.C., completed a $1.3 million renovation during the summer of 2016, highlighted by the installation of new greens on its Jones Course and the renovation of its Magnolias Restaurant. Additional renovations are planned over the next several years. Bentgrass greens on the 6,761-yard Jones Course, designed by Rees Jones and opened in 1989, were replaced with Champion Bermuda Ultra-Dwarf grass, which is featured on the resort's Byrd Course. The Jones Course also received cart-path and bunker renovations over the past year. To help oversee and implement the improvements, Sea Trail hired Raymond Crabb in January. Crabb recently spent 16 years as the director of regional operations for Myrtle Beach National at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort. "I think over the next three to five years, there is a lot we can get done here," Crabb said. "We have a plan, we just have to execute the plan year after year." In addition to its three courses, Sea Trail includes two clubhouses, accommodations in more than 300 suites and villas, and the 50,000-square-foot Sea Trail Convention Center. With 40,000 square feet of meeting facilities, Renovated Courses, Recreational Team Building & Creative Tournaments By Sabe Fink IN WITH THE NEW: Meeting planners frequently consider the golf amenities as seriously as they rate the meeting facilities themselves because golf is often an important part of a meeting, either as recreation or as a networking opportunity. Golf venues, in turn, are reaching out to groups and offering classes and clinics, tournament ideas, team-building options and unique places to gather. Additionally, a number of golfing facilities throughout the South have undergone extensive renovations and upgrades, and others have plans in the works to make their courses new and exciting again. Here's a look at some of the latest developments in golf and meetings throughout the South. Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, W.V., has four golf courses and a variety of tournament options for groups. Oglebay Resort & Conference Center