October 22nd, 2021

Nearly 1,000 residences slated for former Waterway Hills golf course in North Myrtle Beach

Original article by Richard Caines for The Post and Courier >

Major development is close to coming to a former golf course on the west side of the Intercoastal Waterway that has sat vacant since six years.

The North Myrtle Beach Planning Commission gave preliminary approval Oct. 19 to turn a part of the former Waterway Hills Golf Club into a development with close to 1,000 residences.

The club, famous for its aerial gondola ride that carried golfers over the waterway from the course’s parking lot off U.S. 17 South in the Restaurant Row area of Myrtle Beach, closed in 2015 after 40 years.

The proposed 94-acre development, Grande Dunes North, already has approval from North Myrtle Beach City Council, but the project needs the blessing from the city’s planning commission to get started.

The owners of the 94-ace project, NGD Properties II, will have to submit a set of final plans to the commission for approval before construction can start, North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling said. The project builder, Freehold Communities, plans to open the development in 2022.

The development will have 998 single-family estates, cottages, villas and townhomes along with a clubhouse, a fitness center, a resort-style pool and a park that overlooks the Intercoastal Waterway.

The course was annexed into North Myrtle Beach in 2008 as part of a 1,363-acre Planned Development District called the Parkway Group PDD, created by the owners of six parcels of land.

The former golf course is expected to become numerous neighborhoods, Dowling said

Dowling said the city to add police and fire stations off Water Tower Road not far from the proposed development. Until it’s built, the city will use the Barefoot Resort Station and has a public safety assistance agreement with Horry County.

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