Seabrook Island Club’s New Horizon Plan Coming to Life
“By far, this is the best improvement we never knew we had to do” says Caleb Elledge, CCM, PGA and Chief Operating Officer of Seabrook Island Club on Seabrook Island, South Carolina. He’s referring to the new pool at Seabrook’s Beach Club, the first amenity to open from the $10 million New Horizon Plan that the membership approved in early 2019. This is quite a statement coming from someone who was part of the original Horizon Plan, a 2007 initiative to rebuild the clubhouse and update other amenities that proved to be a turning point in the history of the club.
Like many of the clubs that were able to make improvements during the Great Recession, Seabrook Island outperformed its projections in membership, utilization and debt reduction, making the New Horizon Plan feasible. Along with the pool project, New Horizon will deliver over the next year a renovated Ocean Winds golf course, re-imagined pub and dining spaces in the now 10-year old clubhouse and expansion of Pelican’s Nest, its waterfront grill.
The pool that was replaced was over 40 years old and near the end of its useful life. While that was motivation enough to make changes, the fact that the coastal setbacks were soon to change created additional impetus to act. As seen in the accompanying photos, the plan, designed by Seamon Whiteside a civil engineering and landscape architecture firm based in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, turned the older style complex into something with a resort‐like feel including zones that serve children, families and adults. In addition ,to a new main pool, the project includes a children’s activity zone, a bar and grill on the pool deck, a larger, more attractive deck, sun shelf and other fun features in an environmentally conscious, low-impact design. Seabrook Island Club is an excellent example of how forward planning allows a club to fulfill its mission, which in this case is to be the keystone of a unique island community.