Category Recreation

Sandness Designed Golf Courses Make Florida’s Top 75

Kurt Sandness & Tom Lehman

Kurt Sandness & Tom Lehman

In a previous incarnation, our Director of Strategic Land Development, Kurt Sandness, ran his own successful, internationally-recognized golf course architecture firm, Sandness Design Group.

In fact, it was during the design of a couple of golf course residential developments—Regent Park in York County, SC and at StillWaters Golf Club in Dadeville, Alabama—that SW+ and Kurt became acquainted and founded the relationship that 20+ years later has Kurt at the helm of our Construction Administration/Land Development department. It is in his role as golf course architect that Kurt has gained his most recent recognition.

The January 2015 issue of Golf Digest magazine contains a list of the Top 75 golf courses open to the public in Florida. Two of the courses designed by the Sandness Design Group, the Lake Jovita South Course (#41) and the Lake Jovita North Course (#55) in Dade City, Florida, have made the list. Working with pro-golfer Tom Lehman, Kurt completed the multiple-award winning South Course in 1999 and then followed up that success with the North Course in 2005. One of the more interesting and challenging aspects of the South Course is the 94-ft drop at the Par 5, 11th hole. It is the largest natural elevation change for a golf hole in Florida.

Many thanks to Golf Digest magazine for some well-deserved recognition for our friend and colleague and for a fantastic start to 2015!

Third Year GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail Study Shows Recreation Projects Do Pay


All too often, municipal parks and recreation projects are viewed as nothing more than a non-revenue producing amenity for local residents; a point of view that the National Recreation and Park Association has long been working to change. A new study released this month by the Greenville Recreation District shows that the 14 mile Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail brought in $6.7 million to the Greenville area during the June 2013-2014 period. A healthy increase over the previous two years for both usage and economic impact.

DSC03061The report, completed by Furman University Associate Professor of Health Sciences, Dr. Julian Reed, tracked the impacts that the trail has had on economic, health and fitness, and real property values in along the Greenville – Traveler’s Rest corridor as well as the greater Greenville area. At least seven new businesses with a direct connection to trail users have opened along the route including restaurants, bike rentals, B&Bs, and grocery ‘corner store’ retailers.

SeamonWhiteside worked with the Greenville Recreation District to design and engineer the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail. The project completed in 2010 was constructed for $6.2 million. The three annual survey reports are available on the Greenville County Parks, Recreation and Tourism website.

Think Warm Thoughts Cuz Baby It’s Cold Out There


Being part of the Deep South, South Carolina is not known for freezing rain, sleet, and snow but that is what’s in store for us this week. One of the best ways to survive this atypical weather (other than snuggly blankets and hot chocolate), is to bask in memories of lazy hours around the pool or out on the lake with a rod and reel. SW+ has built a portfolio of amenity centers, playgrounds, and athletic fields, all of which are fantastic places to enjoy the blue skies and warm temps.

Carolina Park Amenity Complex
Carolina Park Development, LLCcarolinaParkAmenity

Designed for the residential mixed use neighborhood, the amenity complex at Carolina Park in Mount Pleasant
offers residents quite a few leisure activities. In addition to the gorgeous 25-meter, 6-lane swimming pool, the
amenities complex features an outdoor kitchen and pavilion, a community fire pit, a large pool deck, tennis courts and a tot-lot. A well-appointed bathhouse/changing room facility is also on site. SW+ has been a part of the Carolina Park development for more than 20 years.

Green Pond Landing Event Center, Lake Hartwell
Anderson County, SC

Anglers Rejoice! Bassmasters Classic is on its way back to South Carolina for the 2015 tournament. Lake Hartwell played host to the premier fishing even in 2008 and we are stoked that once again, Anderson County and the City of Greenville will have that honor. SW+ worked alongside county staff, and marine engineering consultant, Applied Technology & Management to renovate and expand the site into a facility that can support a large event and that can be used by everyone.

Essex Community Amenity Center at Carolina Bay
Pulte Homes

The SW+ designed upscale yet warm and inviting space that is the Essex amenity center offers the best in Lowcountry living. The community recreation area is composed of a 4,200 sq. ft. swimming pool, oyster pit, covered picnic area, patio seating, and playground. The facility is a natural venue for parties and family gatherings and is very popular among residents.