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Georgetown County announces new disc golf course in Pawleys Island

Nov. 15, 2017

Thanks to a generous donation from three local residents, Georgetown County Parks and Recreation will soon be able to offer a second disc golf course for area residents to enjoy.

The first course, located in East Bay Park in Georgetown, has been open for several years. This new course, located at Stables Park in the area between the Waccamaw Regional Tennis Center and the park’s field complex, was made possible thanks to the efforts of local residents Jonathan Poole, Tom Housner and Blaine Harvey.

Poole, who served as the course’s primary designer, said that Stables Park was an ideal spot to host a course he hopes newcomers, families, and seasoned disc golf veterans will enjoy.

“Disc golf is a great form of outdoor recreation that is also very affordable. Most people already own Frisbees they can use,” Poole said. “From a construction standpoint, it’s been pretty easy because the property is so open. We showcase the beautiful live oaks that are out there, and there are three ponds on the course, so there are a variety of different shots that bring the water into play. There’s a lot of people in this area who have never played disc golf, so the course needed to be accommodating for them as well as challenging for advanced players. That’s what we tried to create.”

Poole is a long-time veteran of the disc golf industry, having worked for Innova Champion Discs for 21 years. Housner helped Poole with the majority of the “heavy lifting” during construction, moving downed branches and tree limbs while also assisting with pouring cement to help anchor the goals. Harvey has been primarily responsible for assisting with finding sponsorships to help with the costs involved with constructing the course. So far, Pawleys Island Lumber, Pawleys Island Pharmacy and New South Brewery have each made significant contributions.

Beth Goodale, Director of Georgetown County’s Parks and Recreation department, said she is very impressed with their work.

“We are so thankful to Tom, Jonathan and Blaine for not only donating the resources for this project, but also for so generously donating their time and effort in designing and constructing the course,” Goodale said. “The amount of hard work these gentlemen put into this project is evident from the moment you set foot out there, and I hope all of Georgetown County’s residents will come and take advantage of this addition.”

Information regarding a grand opening ceremony will be announced soon.


Restaurant, community outreach programs included in new airport plan
Sept. 9, 2017

The important role the Georgetown County Airport plays in the area’s tourism and economic development is too often overlooked and uncredited, say members of the County’s Airport Commission.

That group, along with other leaders in the field and county staff, recently completed a master plan to correct that. The plan was adopted this month by Georgetown County Council. It was crafted during a series of work sessions over the last year — including a flight to tour the Greenville Downtown Airport and Donaldson Field.

What the group came up with is a long-range guide for the airport's future that includes making people (locals as well as potential visitors) more aware of the airport, introducing youth to career possibilities in aviation, and growing the business community around the airport. This includes taking steps to make it easier for economic development staff to attract appropriate businesses to property near the airport and opening a restaurant on the airport campus to cater to pilots as well as attract local residents to visit the airport.

It is expected to take about 10 years for all aspects of the plan to be executed. But some components will start to be carried out as early as this year. Among the first goals to be tackled will be community outreach. Airport Commission members will reach out to the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Alliance and local schools to form partnerships and find ways they can help each other.

Committee members said they see a great need to reach out to local schools, expanding and creating programs that allow students to visit the airport and, in some cases, even take their first flight. There is a huge number of students in the county who have never been on an airplane or even to a regional airport. 

“We have a lack of demand here for flight training and also for mechanical engineering programs up at PIA [Pittsburgh Institute for Aeronautics] in Myrtle Beach,” said said Doug Decker, a pilot and tenant at the airport who led the planning process. “We just haven’t built that demand from the bottom up. We have to reach out to schools at the high school and college level with robust programs and let them know what kinds of opportunities there are for people with those skills. There is good pay and a demand for people in those jobs.”

PIA has a facility use agreement with Horry-Georgetown Technical College, and thus could offer satellite courses on HGTC property in Georgetown.

 The S.C. Aeronautics Commission already has a high school curriculum developed and ready for use that local schools could put in place.

James Stephens, executive director of the state commission, was part of the Georgetown planning group and said he applauds the county’s vision for the airport and is enthusiastic about seeing their goals become reality.

“The development of a business plan will enhance the airport and ultimately the economic viability of the community,” he said. “Airports are a vital part of the transportation infrastructure within their respective communities, and without this critical infrastructure component, economic development efforts are often inhibited.”

Aerospace is the second largest industry in South Carolina, and the coastal region leads in aerospace jobs and services, he added. 

“The strategic efforts that are currently underway will enable Georgetown County to be part of the growth, and doing so at the airport will facilitate further aviation/aerospace opportunities for the state and the county,” Stephens said. “I look forward to the completion of the project, and I believe that the end product will be something that can be replicated across South Carolina at many of our other airports.”

View the long-range airport plan


2nd phase of road resurfacing plan under way
Aug. 29, 2017

Georgetown County residents will see more than 60 road resurfacing projects completed by July 2018, thanks to the 1 percent Capital Project Sales Tax voters approved in 2014. This is in addition to more than 40 road projects completed last year during the first phase of work. 

The contract was awarded this spring and crews began paving in mid-July on roads that don’t require concrete work. For roadways with concrete elements, such as sidewalks, driveways and curbs, concrete work must be completed before paving can begin. SCDOT is working closely with the county on the projects. However, dates for completion of specific roadways within the plan are not available, as the order in which roads are completed is up to the contractor. 

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