Sandpiper Bay is the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course of the YearThe 2010 Course of the Year is Sandpiper Bay Golf Club. It was chosen by the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association during their July meeting.
Course conditions, contributions to the community, quality of ownership and management, and efforts to improve the growth of the game are all factors that go into selecting the course of the year.
Sandpiper Bay has undertaken several renovations over the past three years including the changing of all 27 greens to Mini-Verde Bermudagrass and work on the clubhouse, cart paths and drainage.
General Manager Tim Tilma has a Master's degree and won the Carolinas PGA's Bill Strausbaugh Award for distinguished service in mentoring other PGA Professionals, integrity, character, and outstanding involvement in charity and community service.
Head pro Richard Kascsak was mentored by Rick Murphy, the 2008 CPGA Professional of the Year and a two-time CPGA Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Jay Varallo has grown in several courses including the Maples Course at Sea Trail Resort, Aberdeen Country Club and the Bay nine at Sandpiper Bay.
Sandpiper is a neighborhood country club with more than 350 members with multiple events in the clubhouse and on the course for members, and including dinner-dances and innovative ideas such as a Murder Mystery tour on the course. The club has a volunteer activities director.
Head pro Richard Kascsak runs complimentary instruction for juniors from 5-7 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays in July. More than $20,000 worth of golf rounds at Sandpiper Bay were donated for charitable golf events last year, and the course hosts several charity events, including the Susan G. Komen Rally for a Cure Tournament with a pairings party and auction. The event has raised $28,000 in the past two years, and they hope to raise more than $20,000 Sept. 29-30, 2010, aided by the addition of a men's division this year.