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Conway's Taylor Reaves circles the green in a round at River Oaks Golf Plantation on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. Photo by Janet Morgan/Myrtle Beach Herald janet.morgan@myhorrynews.com

The owner of River Oaks Golf Plantation wants to convert nearly 60 acres of the course into a neighborhood of single-family homes, according to public records.

Horry County’s planning commission will consider a rezoning request for the 58-acre tract, part of the nine-hole Bear section, when the panel meets in December, said David Schwerd, the county’s interim director of planning and zoning. The commission will give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down recommendation to county council, which has the final say on whether the rezoning is approved.

The project calls for adding 220 single-family lots on the property, according to a document filed with the county’s planning department. The development would also have sidewalks, a community garden and open space.

The property already has a residential zoning, but the proposed change would allow for smaller lots, meaning more homes could be built there.

Wayne Gray, whose has family has owned the course since it opened in the mid-1980s, said just this section would be developed. The rest of the course will continue to operate. 

“It’s already zoned residential, but we’re seeking a more appropriate zoning that the county recommends for the urban corridors,” he said. “That’s a part of our business strategy."

Contact Charles D. Perry at 843-488-7236

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