Heather Glen
Little River, SC
Landscape Architecture
land planning

The defunct Heather Glen Golf Links in Little River, South Carolina was purchased by DR Horton, Inc. and underwent a rezoning process for the construction of 1,000 new homes. Thomas & Hutton provided survey, land planning, civil engineering design, landscape architecture, permitting, and construction oversight for the redevelopment of the former golf course property into a master-planned residential neighborhood. Our services included the planning, surveying, design, and construction oversight for the redevelopment of an existing clubhouse and associated amenities, as well as the renovation of the entryway including signalization and entry monument signage on US-17.

The redevelopment of the 27-hole golf course called for a rezoning of the 420-acre property. On behalf of DR Horton, Inc., Thomas & Hutton petitioned the Horry County Planning Commission to rezone Heather Glen from SF10 to MRD2. The previous zoning restricted uses to residential property with minimum lot sizes of 10,000 square feet. MDR2 allows for a mix of residential development that includes smaller lots and increased open space with sustainable development criteria. The zoning was amended in 2021 to add an additional 100 single-family homes. Protecting the massive grand live oak trees at the community entrance and throughout the old golf course was a priority during the planning process. Additional steps were taken to preserve the existing streams and wetlands as a part of the approval process. The natural topography and mature landscape established excellent scenery for the development. Changing the zoning classification and the subsequent development of 1,100 single-family homes and duplex units, responded to a demand for diverse housing options in the region.

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    The existing clubhouse was renovated into a central gathering place with split-level access. Situated on a high point of the site, a grand staircase at the main entrance invites residents to explore the surrounding outdoor amenities including a resort pool, playground, dog park, and large garden. An existing drainage ditch has been regraded and landscaped to create a brook and faux bridge accessible from the redesigned parking area (auto, golf cart, cycling), as well as all homes in the community via sidewalk connections.

    The impressive entry signage on Highway 17 includes a tiered waterfall with a complementary landscape and hardscape. A planted berm on the back of the sign was designed to accommodate a grade change for the waterfall and to conceal the equipment room for the waterfall. The streetscape at the entrance includes accentuating trees and under plantings, low walls, and fencing. The waterfall entrance feature augments a canopy of grand live oak trees located at the main entrance to one of the most desired neighborhoods along the Grand Strand.