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Renovations begin at Sea Pines Resort

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

Major renovations at Hilton Head Island's Sea Pines resort are underway.

Crews are getting ready to knock down the Harbour Town Golf Links Club House and Conference Center, but they will working to build it back bigger and better.

The demolition was originally scheduled for last week, but weather got in the way.

Crews have gotten a lot of work done so far, and construction crews were out on the course the day after the RBC Heritage golf tournament ended, and they've been busy ever since.

While the demolition was postponed a week because of rain, crews said they are still on schedule.

"Progress is what it looks like," said Sea Pines head golf professional John Farrell.

The putting green has been ripped up, the back porch of the clubhouse is gone and the inside of the clubhouse has been gutted. Doors have been taken off and some windows have been knocked out.

The shell of the club house is the only thing left, and that too will be gone soon.

"It's a pretty exciting time here," said Farrell. "I don't know if there's ever been as an exciting time in the resort's history."

The reason for the excitement is because of the brand new clubhouse that will replace the old one. It will be bigger and better.

"A new building, new classy state of the art stuff that we're really excited about as a company," said Farrell.

According to Farrell, the new club house will be 26,000 square feet, up from the previous 20,000 square foot clubhouse. The new clubhouse will also house a living room lounge, a 2,000 square foot indoor and outdoor restaurant and bar, a 1,900 square foot signature pro shop, a brand new banquet room and a 4,000 square foot locker room for golfers.

The new locker room is triple the size of the old one.

"We really left nothing to chance with this building," said Farrell. "It's going to be a very comprehensive, pretty cool place for our guests and members to come and enjoy."

Most of the people who work in the clubhouse are excited about the new building, but they can't wait for the construction to end so things can get back to normal.

"It's pretty historic," said Harbour Town caddy Anthony Grasso. "This building has been here a long time, so you know, we're ready for new changes and we're all excited. It's been pretty crazy around here."

It's supposed to get even crazier around the course as crews said they are going to start demolition on the clubhouse on Wednesday or Thursday.

Once the old club house is torn down, crews will begin constructing the new one. They say construction will completed just in time for the 2015 RBC Heritage golf tournament.

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