Originally designed in 1988 by John Simpson, Colonial Charters Golf Club enjoyed more than a decade of success. After declining for several years under different ownership as an entity called Palmetto Greens, the facility was purchased in 2013 by a new owner, rejuvenated, and reopened in August of that year under its original name, Colonial Charters. Happily, Colonial Charters now boasts a large membership and has been reinstated as a course worth playing in the Myrtle Beach area. The Colonial Charters history includes:
1988 – Opened under the name of Colonial Charters, designed by John Simpson, as a long 6,780-yard golf course with a driving range down the middle.
2005 – Closed.
2008 – Reopened with new ownership under the name Palmetto Greens. Redesign by Rick Robbins into a shorter 6,427-yard par-71 layout.
July 2013 –The Pace Group, a development company headed by Myrtle Beach resident Van Watts, entered into a lease-purchase agreement with the former owner and brought in East Coast Golf Management to operate the course. Approximately $250,000 was spent on renovations to the course and clubhouse.
August 2013 – Reopened under its original name of Colonial Charters as a completely new facility, with new employees. The members have happily returned to their home course! (The name Palmetto Greens now refers only to a nearby housing development.)
November 2013 – The Pace Group, headed by Van Watts, gained final ownership of Colonial Charters.
2014 – Colonial Charters was purchased by Yiqian Funding, which has formed Founders Group International.