Sea Trail Golf Resort – Your questions answered!

November 3, 2023Update: FAQs

As we shared in our announcement Wednesday, we are creating a “Frequently Asked Questions” webpage to begin to answer questions we anticipate  you may have and ones that we have already received. This FAQ is just a start, and we will continue to add to it, releasing another comprehensive round of FAQs and even more exciting updates early next week!We can’t wait for you to visit; however, the Convention Center is still receiving it’s final touches and is an active construction site and not open for visitors at this time. In coming updates, we will share plans for welcoming you in to see the results of our hard work. We appreciate your patience as we prepare for your visit!

November 1, 2023 A Promise Kept- Introducing Sea Trail Golf Resort

We take great pride in announcing that it’s official—today, Sea Trail Investments–partnered by Riptide Builders owners, Robert Hill and Donald Bean, and Golf-Trek owner Parker Smith–closed on all remaining golf and commercial property formerly owned by Chinaway Corporation. In totality, with the March 2023 acquisition by Sea Trail Investments, we now collectively own the entire golf and commercial operations, Convention Center, VAC, and the adjacent 15-acre tract of land which will feature several key resort components, all of which will be anchored by Sea Trail Golf Resort’s future approved hotel site directly adjacent to the Convention Center.


As promised, we ‘ve created a team integral in taking Sea Trail Golf Resort to the next level. We are happy to announce that we have hired a professional leading golf management team, East Coast Golf Management, who contributes decades of proven success in golf, food and beverage, and retail operations. Mike Buccarone, President, and Rob Mosser, Executive VP lead this well-oiled machine which will spearhead all day-to-day operations for the golf courses, clubhouses, the newly renovated Convention Center and the VAC. East Coast Golf will ensure that Sea Trail Golf operations will transform and flourish, realizing the vision of our ownership team to provide members and guests top-notch courses, facilities, and supporting operations worthy of resort status.  We have provided East Coast Golf an operating budget that allows them to not only retain the current Sea Trail staff, but to a hire additional key personnel to guarantee the necessary outfitting of golf and commercial operations required to deliver results. This includes the purchase of new maintenance and operational equipment. Additionally, we have provided a multi-million-dollar capital improvement budget for massive improvements to the courses, clubhouses, and facilities. We are particularly excited to share that the Jones Byrd Clubhouse will straight away undergo a complete redesign and renovation that will provide our golf resort with one of the most premier—if not the premier—golf clubhouse establishment within the Carolinas encompassing top-ranking food, beverage, and other full-service golf amenities. Our ownership team is committed to accomplishing this major feat in record time, with a March completion date to ready us for this upcoming golf season. We will share further details this week on how members and visitors can continue to access golf operations and services during the transition and ensuing renovations.  While only temporary in nature, you can anticipate that these services will represent a significant step up from those you experienced prior to this transition.


We at Sea Trail Investments are thrilled to announce our new partner, Sandesh Sharda. Sea Trail Investments and Sharda have combined forces to form Sea Trail Golf Resort, LLC. Sharda has amassed an impressive golf portfolio recently with his purchase of Rivers Edge Golf Course in Shallotte and his pending closing on The International Club of Myrtle Beach. With this portfolio, he becomes a major factor and positive addition to the golf industry within the Carolinas. Sharda is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded Miracle Systems, a global technology and consulting firm. He built Miracle Systems from the ground up to a company of 500 strong, establishing it as a leader in delivering cutting-edge IT to businesses worldwide. Under his leadership, Miracle Systems further diversified into various sectors, most notably, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and data analytics which led to contracts with the US Department of Defense and other governmental agencies, where the technologies his company delivered were instrumental in contributing to homeland security. Sharda has successfully invested in and co-founded other ventures, ranging from fintech startups to sustainable energy initiatives, all of which reflect his commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology and sustainability. He is also the driving force behind The Sharda Family Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged communities through education, healthcare, and social development initiatives.With the combined talents of our ownership team representing decades of success within their respective industries, a shared commitment to the short and long game required to bring a project of this magnitude to fruition, and the “boots-on-the ground” skilled day-to-day leadership of East Coast Golf,  all the pieces are in place to make Sea Trail Golf Resort a juggernaut of golf in the Carolinas.


As we focus our efforts on the transition, we understand that you will have questions. This announcement marks the first of many to come. While it was important for us as new owners to share the good news of the purchase with you as quickly as possible, we also want to be sure to take the time needed to be thoughtful, detailed, and comprehensive. To that end, we will continue to share additional communications that will outline timelines and key dates, and to convey information in a FAQ format that we feel will be the most accessible to the majority, the first of which we will release by the end of the week.


We cannot wait to welcome you to the newly renovated Convention Center! Shortly we will share how you can take advantage of the opportunity to come and tour so we can tell you what has happened so far, what we can all look forward to, and to elaborate on these plans.


This purchase marks a major milestone for us and the Sea Trail community. We are grateful for the support and enthusiasm you continue to express, and we recognize that without the support of the Town of Sunset Beach, its leadership and staff, the residents of Sea Trail, our teams behind-the team (Riptide Builders and Golf Trek), and countless others, we would not be where we are now—closing on the remainder of Sea Trail Golf Resort. A special thanks to Chinaway Corporation, who collaborated with us these past few years to create a path forward to the opportunity realized today. Our team remains committed to the town, to the community, and to putting Sea Trail Golf Resort on the map as a leading sought-after resort destination and a vibrant, amenity-rich community to call home!

Copyright © 2023 Riptide Builders, All rights reserved.Our mailing address is:Riptide Builders279 Clubhouse RdSunset Beach, NC 28468-4339

 

A Promise Kept – Introducing Sea Trail Golf Resort

We take great pride in announcing that it’s official—today, Sea Trail Investments–partnered by Riptide Builders owners, Robert Hill and Donald Bean, and Golf-Trek owner Parker Smith–closed on all remaining golf and commercial property formerly owned by Chinaway Corporation. In totality, with the March 2023 acquisition by Sea Trail Investments, we now collectively own the entire golf and commercial operations, Convention Center, VAC, and the adjacent 15-acre tract of land which will feature several key resort components, all of which will be anchored by Sea Trail Golf Resort’s future approved hotel site directly adjacent to the Convention Center.


As promised, we ‘ve created a team integral in taking Sea Trail Golf Resort to the next level. We are happy to announce that we have hired a professional leading golf management team, East Coast Golf Management, who contributes decades of proven success in golf, food and beverage, and retail operations. Mike Buccarone, President, and Rob Mosser, Executive VP lead this well-oiled machine which will spearhead all day-to-day operations for the golf courses, clubhouses, the newly renovated Convention Center and the VAC. East Coast Golf will ensure that Sea Trail Golf operations will transform and flourish, realizing the vision of our ownership team to provide members and guests top-notch courses, facilities, and supporting operations worthy of resort status.  We have provided East Coast Golf an operating budget that allows them to not only retain the current Sea Trail staff, but to a hire additional key personnel to guarantee the necessary outfitting of golf and commercial operations required to deliver results. This includes the purchase of new maintenance and operational equipment. Additionally, we have provided a multi-million-dollar capital improvement budget for massive improvements to the courses, clubhouses, and facilities. We are particularly excited to share that the Jones Byrd Clubhouse will straight away undergo a complete redesign and renovation that will provide our golf resort with one of the most premier—if not the premier—golf clubhouse establishment within the Carolinas encompassing top-ranking food, beverage, and other full-service golf amenities. Our ownership team is committed to accomplishing this major feat in record time, with a March completion date to ready us for this upcoming golf season. We will share further details this week on how members and visitors can continue to access golf operations and services during the transition and ensuing renovations.  While only temporary in nature, you can anticipate that these services will represent a significant step up from those you experienced prior to this transition.


We at Sea Trail Investments are thrilled to announce our new partner, Sandesh Sharda. Sea Trail Investments and Sharda have combined forces to form Sea Trail Golf Resort, LLC. Sharda has amassed an impressive golf portfolio recently with his purchase of Rivers Edge Golf Course in Shallotte and his pending closing on The International Club of Myrtle Beach. With this portfolio, he becomes a major factor and positive addition to the golf industry within the Carolinas. Sharda is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded Miracle Systems, a global technology and consulting firm. He built Miracle Systems from the ground up to a company of 500 strong, establishing it as a leader in delivering cutting-edge IT to businesses worldwide. Under his leadership, Miracle Systems further diversified into various sectors, most notably, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and data analytics which led to contracts with the US Department of Defense and other governmental agencies, where the technologies his company delivered were instrumental in contributing to homeland security. Sharda has successfully invested in and co-founded other ventures, ranging from fintech startups to sustainable energy initiatives, all of which reflect his commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology and sustainability. He is also the driving force behind The Sharda Family Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged communities through education, healthcare, and social development initiatives.With the combined talents of our ownership team representing decades of success within their respective industries, a shared commitment to the short and long game required to bring a project of this magnitude to fruition, and the “boots-on-the ground” skilled day-to-day leadership of East Coast Golf,  all the pieces are in place to make Sea Trail Golf Resort a juggernaut of golf in the Carolinas.


As we focus our efforts on the transition, we understand that you will have questions. This announcement marks the first of many to come. While it was important for us as new owners to share the good news of the purchase with you as quickly as possible, we also want to be sure to take the time needed to be thoughtful, detailed, and comprehensive. To that end, we will continue to share additional communications that will outline timelines and key dates, and to convey information in a FAQ format that we feel will be the most accessible to the majority, the first of which we will release by the end of the week.


We cannot wait to welcome you to the newly renovated Convention Center! Shortly we will share how you can take advantage of the opportunity to come and tour so we can tell you what has happened so far, what we can all look forward to, and to elaborate on these plans.


This purchase marks a major milestone for us and the Sea Trail community. We are grateful for the support and enthusiasm you continue to express, and we recognize that without the support of the Town of Sunset Beach, its leadership and staff, the residents of Sea Trail, our teams behind-the team (Riptide Builders and Golf Trek), and countless others, we would not be where we are now—closing on the remainder of Sea Trail Golf Resort. A special thanks to Chinaway Corporation, who collaborated with us these past few years to create a path forward to the opportunity realized today. Our team remains committed to the town, to the community, and to putting Sea Trail Golf Resort on the map as a leading sought-after resort destination and a vibrant, amenity-rich community to call home!

Copyright © 2023 Riptide Builders, All rights reserved.Our mailing address is:Riptide Builders279 Clubhouse RdSunset Beach, NC 28468-4339

Important Riptide Updates

Dear Neighbors, Sea Trail Residents, and Community Members of Sunset Beach,

 

Yesterday marked the beginning of a new era for Sea Trail.

The journey to this point has been long and was by no means a small undertaking to accomplish. To that end, our first priority is to express our sincerest gratitude to those whose leadership, diligence, hard work, and support sustained us on this journey with the ultimate end goal being the revitalization of Sea Trail. This process has been a true testament to the power of collaboration. Amazing things can be accomplished when good people with common goals and a commitment to their community can work side by side in forging a path forward. The path forward allows this place we all call home to not just survive but thrive!

The Mayor, Town Council, Planning Board, Staff, Attorneys, Riptide Team, and the comments/input from involved citizens resulted in the collaboration needed to craft a development plan even better than that originally proposed and possible only as a direct result of their deliberation, discourse, and ability to compromise.

The culmination of this process was realized yesterday when the Town formally approved all the sites in our application. This was no small feat and represents a win for all parties involved, but most especially for Sea Trail itself.  We are truly grateful.

These approvals open the doors for us to move forward on the delivery of some wonderful assets to the residents of the Sea Trail and Sunset Beach community! That collaboration will be even more essential as we will look to involve the Sea Trail community, even more, to obtain much-needed feedback and discussion as we progress forward. The lines of communication will remain open for the duration as we look to continue to build on the relationships we’ve developed throughout this journey and that have gotten us to this point.

Let’s all take some time to enjoy this feeling of positive momentum and progress and the knowledge that our community, the Sea Trail community, will thrive for years to come and be the premiere resort community that was envisioned so many years ago!

Look at what we have accomplished together thus far and just imagine the potential for what we will be able to accomplish together moving forward!

Thank you for your continued support!

-The Riptide Team

We will circulate in the coming weeks the final site plans once they are updated to reflect the council’s rulings. Below are the links to the YouTube recordings of yesterday’s meetings where the final rulings on a site-by-site basis can be viewed.

Click to Watch The Sunset Beach Morning Meeting- July 10th, 2023
Click to Watch The Sunset Beach Evening Meeting- July 10th, 2023

Original Vision for Sea Trail Plantation

We found this article published in the North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry (NCCBI – published around 2000).  Visions for Sea Trail are quoted by Miller Pope, one of Sea Trail’s four owners, throughout this article:

Sea Trail at Sunset Beach:  The golf enclave is the story of four local boys who made good

By Bill F. Hensley

Sea Trail Plantation at Sunset Beach has been one of my prime travel destinations for more than a decade, and it has been a thrill to see the resort grow from its modest beginnings into a cozy home for more than 400 families and thousands of tourists. Founded by four Brunswick County business men in 1977, Sea Trail, at North Carolina’s most southern beach, has become a swanky, self-contained year-round resort for the traveling public.  Spread about the 2,000-acre complex, which is a short walk from Sunset Beach’s quaint swinging bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway, are enough rental condos and villas to accommodate nearly a thousand guests.

There are three 18-hole golf courses, two restaurants, two clubhouses, a large conference complex, tennis courts, swimming pools, a shopping center and a medical center. On the drawing board are a planetarium and an assisted living center. Last year the three courses — designed by Dan Maples, Rees Jones and Willard Byrd — hosted 128,000 rounds of golf.

“I never dreamed the development would be this big and this successful,” said Miller Pope, one of Sea Trail’s four owners.

I asked Pope, a longtime friend who lives just up the beach at Ocean Isle, to tell me the story of this unusual property. He said that in 1976 he had just sold some property in Texas and was looking for a local investment. “I mentioned that to John Williams, a local realtor, and he asked me to consider joining Ed Gore, Paul Dennis and himself in a project they were considering developing. He said it would center around golf and resort-style living and would be a badly-needed facility for this area.”

The four purchased 625 acres from International Paper Co. as a starter. More land was acquired after Sea Trail began construction.

“Because of the golf craze in nearby Myrtle Beach,” Pope said, “we thought that golf would be an attractive feature.” Sea Trail’s first course was designed by Dan Maples and opened in October 1986. The Jones course followed in 1988 and the Byrd course a year later. The 54-hole complex is open all year. If golfers want to test their skills at other courses, there are 20 within five or six miles of Sea Trail. In the past decade, Brunswick County has become one of the state’s major golf hubs with more than 30 courses.

As the demand for permanent homes and more rental condos increased, the development company added to its inventory. And that meant more recreational facilities such as tennis courts, swimming pools and restaurants. And it also necessitated the medical center and shopping center.

In order to keep up with its Myrtle Beach competition, Sea Trail completed a 30,000-square-foot conference center at the end of 1999 that is attracting large and small groups. A 10,000-square-foot ballroom can seat more than 700 at a banquet, and there are numerous “break-out” rooms for smaller meetings. Sea Trail now has more than 70,000 square feet of meeting and function space.

“This, along with our other facilities, puts us in the big leagues as a full-service resort,” said Pope. “I’m told that we are now the largest meeting facility on the North Carolina coast. And we can compete successfully with resorts in the Piedmont and mountains, too.”

Pope is still active in Sea Trails’ management, as well as his own popular hotel, The Winds, at Ocean Isle Beach. Paul Dennis, one of the original partners, died recently.

“We look back with pride at Sea Trail,” Pope said, “yet we know the project probably will never be completed in our lifetime. Our planetarium, enlarged shopping mall and assisted living center will keep us busy. And we also have plans for a couple of small hotels or inns.”

For more information, call Sea Trail Plantation at Sunset Beach, at 800-408-7245.