New and Improved

by Nov 21, 2023Current, Online Exclusives, South Brunswick

Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center in Sunset Beach will see course updates, clubhouse renovations and new townhomes in 2024.

Thanks to new owners and a new management company, Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center is seeing major improvements.

Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center in Sunset Beach offers three exceptional golf courses, a newly updated Convention Center and a wide range of amenities for golf enthusiasts and event planners. The resort provides a unique blend of natural beauty, Southern hospitality and recreational excellence, making it a preferred destination for those seeking a relaxing escape or planning a memorable event. The Convention Center is approximately 40,000 square feet boasting a 1,580 event seating capacity.

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Sea Trail Investments, LLC, whose partners include Robert Hill and Donald Bean, co-owners of Riptide Builders, and Parker Smith, owner of Golf Trek, have completed their acquisition of all remaining golf and commercial property in Sea Trail. Additionally, the owners of Sea Trail Investments have joined forces with Sandesh Sharda to form Sea Trail Golf Resort, LLC. Sharda recently purchased Rivers Edge Golf Course in Shallotte and is in the final phases of acquiring The International Club of Myrtle Beach.

“My family and the partners at Riptide Builders live in Sunset Beach, and we’re committed to improving our community,” says Robert Hill, co-owner of Riptide Builders. “When we acquired the remaining undeveloped land in Sea Trail in July 2020, we outlined a vision to rejuvenate Sea Trail and ensure that it remains both a great place to live and a great place to vacation. The convention center is set to officially re-open in early December, and bringing the golf courses under local ownership is the next phase in making Sea Trail Golf Resort a juggernaut in the Carolinas.”

The Convention Center at Sea Trail has already undergone significant updates, boasting state-of-the-art facilities that will be open for reservations for corporate events, weddings and other events in December, just in time for the holidays.

The adjacent 15-acre tract, which will feature several key resort components, will be anchored by Sea Trail Golf Resort’s future approved hotel site directly adjacent to the Convention Center.

The Sunset Beach Town Council unanimously approved the conditional zoning application on July 10, 2023, allowing for revitalization of the Sea Trail community through development of new commercial, residential and recreational uses.

Sea Trail Convention Center Upgrade

“We appreciate the time and effort that went into this conditional zoning application,” Hill says. “The collaboration with the town staff, planning board and the town council allowed for the revitalization plan to come out better in the end than how it was originally submitted. We remain grateful for their dedication to this process. The approval of this conditional zoning request by the Town of Sunset Beach, which was completed in record time given the scope of the property, is evidence of the thoroughness of the application and the collaborative efforts of all parties to work through concerns and arrive at solutions that all agreed upon and felt confident approving.”

East Coast Golf Management has been hired to manage all aspects of golf course operations, including food and beverage, and they will play a key role in managing the convention center.

“With East Coast managing the golf courses and related amenities, golfers can expect an elevated experience thanks to high-level maintenance, improved course conditions and enhanced customer service,” Hill says.

East Coast Golf Management is a professional golf management company with a strong track record of operating and enhancing golf courses along the East Coast. According to Hill, the new ownership group has given East Coast Golf Management the budget they need to hire additional key personnel and purchase new maintenance and operational equipment to provide golfers with an upgraded experience. Additionally, the new owners are making a multi-million-dollar investment in updating and improving the courses and facilities and fully renovating the Jones Byrd Clubhouse.

Sea Trail Convention Center Upfit

“We are putting all hands on deck to have this amazing renovation complete for the upcoming golf season,” said Donald Bean, who co-owns Riptide Builders with Robert Hill. Riptide plans to complete the clubhouse renovations by early March 2024.

Additionally, 27 new townhomes loaded with amenities and features will be available for golf packages and resort rentals starting January 1, 2024.

“We are confident that the new owners will make Sea Trail one of the premier golf destinations in our area, and we’re excited to be part of the team,” said Rob Mosser, co-owner of East Coast Golf Management. “At East Coast Golf, we have a deep commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, and we’re committed to providing golfers who play Sea Trail an exceptional experience playing a top-notch course with supporting operations that are worthy of resort status.”

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Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center
75A Clubhouse Road, Sunset Beach
(910) 287-1100