Old Tabby LinksThe award winning Old Tabby Links golf course reopened in the fall of 2012 following the successful completion of a seven-month restoration project. Headed up by the course’s original design firm, Arnold Palmer Design Company, the restoration overwhelmingly succeeded in “refreshing” the original design by restoring the natural character of the course and heightening the strategic interest of each hole.
When Spring Island originally opened to critical acclaim in 1992, its natural aesthetic, environmental stewardship and low impact development philosophy was a harbinger of the modern-day green movement. The main task of the 2012 restoration project was to restore and accent this natural beauty and rugged character. To achieve this goal, a comprehensive restoration took place that included greens, bunkers, fairways and roughs, enhancing the strategic value of each hole.
Brandon Johnson, Senior Golf Course Architect with the Arnold Palmer Design Company summed it up, “The renovated Old Tabby Links has renewed strategic value. Width off the tee now incorporates alternative angles of attack as a way to navigate towards the variety of new pin locations. As a result, the majestic oaks and pines that surround the course may come into play should you be on the wrong side of the widened fairways. Classic risk-reward decisions will be encountered. Heroic shots will entice the player and a myriad of recovery options around the greens will challenge one’s decision making.
The 7135 yard, par 72 Old Tabby Links now stands as a testament to Palmer’s sensitivity and light touch. From the great Live Oak “cathedrals” of the front nine, to the more open feeling of pastures and green fields of the back, Old Tabby Links is a stunning tribute to the beautiful ecosystem known as Spring Island.