Under New Ownership

Frequently Asked Questions


There are no plans to close any of the courses. There is not any intent to develop the golf courses. To the contrary, we will be investing millions of dollars into the courses. Our only intent is to improve the golf courses, operation, clubhouses, and the entire resort experience. Read Here

We have plans for a new practice facility that will include a driving range. We are hoping to begin the construction process soon and hope to complete the project in late summer or early fall of this year. 

We are currently renovating the Jones / Byrd clubhouse and hope to have the project completed this summer. Here are the design renderings. 

Not all plans have been finalized; however, we are heavily involved in the process of determining the exact schedules for working on all three courses. Current renovation plans include closing the Byrd course at the beginning of summer for the renovation of cart paths, tee boxes, bunkers, and greens all spearheaded by golf course architect, Tim Cate. Other renovation plans include the remodel and refresh of all on-course restroom facilities. Here is a summary of current golf course renovation plans. 

The complete renovation of the Jones / Byrd Clubhouse is progressing well. We are expecting to complete the project near the middle of this summer. We will continue to provide updates as more information is obtained. 

Current golf operations are taking place in the convention center until the completion of the Jones / Byrd Clubhouse is completed. We have designed a fantastic temporary golf shop, filled with brand-new Sea Trail Golf gear and merchandise. Golfers can also enjoy our new onsite dining enterprise— 55 Bistro Bar & Sunset Slice, which features a full-service bar, full menu restaurant, lounge, and entertainment systems. 

You can make a Tee Time the same way you always have via the golf course by selecting Book Tee Time or by calling the Pro Shop 910.287.1100

Please check-in by entering under the portico at the Convention Center entrance through the main doors and heading to the golf shop. Signage is displayed throughout the facility for clarity. 

The bag drop is temporarily located under the portico at the main Convention Center entrance. 

We are currently in the planning stage of building a brand new practice facility that will include a driving range, putting green, and chipping area. The current estimated date of completion is early fall. 

The Maples Course is open and normal operations are in effect. Maples will also receive renovations, but plans for this will be released at a later date as the Jones Byrd renovation and the extensive effort it will take to complete it in time for the upcoming golf season is our single focus and main priority at the present.

Please park your vehicle at the Convention Center

Food & Beverage

Food and Beverage is currently available in the new 55 Bistro Bar & Sunset Slice located inside the Convention Center. Click here to view the menu or the hours. 

Yes, 55 Bistro Bar is a full-service bar with liquor, beer, and wine available for purchase. Golfers may use 55 Bistro Bar to buy beverages for the golf course or buy from the beverage cart attendant on the course.

Yes, 55 Bistro Bar is currently offering curbside take out. Click here to place an order. 

The old “Houses Place” located at the VAC is currently being renovated. We are excited to share that the old tiki bar and restaurant will now be named “Sunset Tiki” and feature delicious cocktails, poolside eats, and more! A date of completion is not set yet, but we can’t wait to provide an amazing poolside experience to patrons in the future!

Business Plans

Sea Trail Golf Resort. We also have many subsidaries that will be part of, and affiliated with, this parent company that will be indentified in the near future.

There is joint ownership across the multi-faceted Sea Trail Resort operation. This includes: golf, hotel, convention, short terms rentals, and future businesses to be created. The ownership team is comprised of Robert Hill, Donald Bean, Parker Smith, and Sandesh Sharda.

The golf courses, convention center, clubhouses and the VAC are privately owned. All other commercial property or businesses that come to Sea Trail will be the same. There is absolutley NO funding or co-mingling between the STMA and Commercial Operations. These are entirely different. It is just like other locations that have commercial and residential. Think of Market Commons or Brunswick Forest. Residential Associations and Commercial Businesses are entirely seperate even though they are in the same community.

Yes, there are new logos for the golf operation and there will be more logos for other operations/business soon to be released. We have new ownership and a new vision of restoring the property back to a true resort destination. We will go through a rebranding and marketing campaign to share all Sea Trail and Sunset Beach has to offer. It is our intent to keep some continuity from old to new with enough change to mark the “new.” The STMA will continue to utilize the branding as you see now on the entry walls. The changes we make are purely to the private commercial property located within Sea Trail.

We will be adding our first two lines of business in early December. One is strictly Food and Beverage. The other is Food & Beverage combined with a Sports Bar, Lounge, and Entertainment. Full plans will be released for this in the very near future. We are looking to conduct a soft opening late this month and are targeting for a full launch in Early December. These businesses will be located in, and operated out of, the Convention Center service hall and serviced by the Jones Byrd Kitchen. The Kitchen is undergoing extensive renovations presently. Once completed and passed inspections by the Health Department, we can schedule specific dates and share them with the community. There will be many more additions to the resort as plans progress.

Riptide Builders is a local builder and developer founded in 2009 and based in Sunset Beach, NC. Co-owners Robert Hill and Donald Bean lead a team of seasoned sales and build experts who work with clients to help them create distinctive homes in a beautiful location that fit each client’s needs and desired lifestyle. Having purchased the remaining 200+ acres of undeveloped land within Sea Trail, they continue to offer luxury new construction homes in subdivisions throughout the community, recently completing Byrd Watch, 49 Single-family homesites, and currently developing: Sawmill Townhomes, 27 units to be completed in late December 2023/late January 2024, The Townhomes on Eastwood Bluff, 80 units with estimated completion Spring 2024, and Gulls Landing, 93 single family homesites, currently in the site work phase. With exciting projects planned, including additional single-family and multi-family development, they continue to be a leading force in the new home construction market in the coastal Carolinas.

East Coast Golf Management is a premier professional local company that provides a full range of services to the best courses in the area. Their team will handle the day-to-day golf operations at Sea Trail Golf Resort including administration, maintenance, food and beverage, sales & marketing, and Guest Services. It is their job to make sure the courses are expertly tended to, operations run smoothly, and guests and members receive top-notch service. In addition to Sea Trail Golf Resort, they also manage Sharda’s other courses–Rivers Edge Golf Club in Shallotte and The International Club in Myrtle Beach, the latter of which he is in the process of finalizing.

Golf Trek, owned by Parker Smith, is the Myrtle Beach area’s largest provider of package golf. They bring golfers from all over to enjoy our golf courses and local area. They are a “one-stop-shop” that expertly coordinates the golf experience whether it’s a tee time at your favorite local course, a quick weekend getaway, or the annual trip–they do it all. Their strong client base of package golfers book well in advance for the prime Spring and Fall months and they represent a tremendous boost for the local economy.

Sandesh Sharda is a partner in Sea Trail Golf Resort, LLC along with Robert Hill, Donald Bean, and Parker Smith. Sharda recently purchased Rivers Edge Golf Course in Shallotte and will soon close 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 who founded Miracle Systems, a global technology and consulting firm that he built from the ground up to a company of 500 strong. Under his leadership, Miracle Systems further diversified most notably, into 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’s passion for developing the value and potential within companies has led to his successful investment in and co-founding of other ventures, and he is committed to bringing these skills to the potential he sees in the local golf community.

There is joint ownership across the multi-faceted Sea Trail Resort operation. This includes: golf, hotel, convention, short terms rentals, and future businesses to be created. The ownership team is comprised of Robert Hill, Donald Bean, Parker Smith, and Sandesh Sharda.

Up to 450 new vacation rentals are approved. That doesn’t mean they will be built, but over time new construction will take place.

The VAC is currently under renovation with an estimated completion of summer 2024. We are working hard to improve the center to provide an updated and refurbished place for the community, residents, and guests all to enjoy. 

We’ve engaged a hotel consulting firm to help us study the market and make the best recommendations for the size, scope, brand, etc. That study is underway and we will continue to provide updates as soon as we know more information. Building a hotel is not a quick endeavor and may take significant time to finalize. 

The management company, East Coast Golf, has brought on several new team members with extensive golf course operational experience whose expertise ranges from the golf course operational side to food & beverage. We lookforward to introducing them!

Yes, everyone has been offered and is in the process of accepting positions for the new company

We will be looking to sit down with the Town of Sunset Beach in the very near future with the goal of exploring potential options for additional beach parking and/or shuttle service, its approval, and ways in which we may be able to assist and/or contribute in bringing this to fruition. No one understands the need for this better than us, and we are committed to working with the town and doing our part in order to arrive at a solution together. This remains a high-priority item on our list, and as our communication with the town thus far has been excellent, we look forward to this continued collaboration for the betterment of Sea Trail and Sunset Beach.

Convention Center

We are very excited already about the success of the newly renovated Convention Center. For more details or to submit an event inquiry click here.