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Bill Augustine Is New Owner Of Carolina Sands Golf Course


The new owner of Carolina Sands Golf Course is a man who wants to get things done right now.

If you ride by Carolina Sands you will see numerous vehicles in the parking lot and 20-30 workers doing everything from mowing grass, picking up debris, spraying greens and working around the pro shop. Although Bill Augustine has only been on the scene for about 2 weeks there have been drastic changes to the landscape at Bladen's only golf course. Marvin Tatum, a 50 year member and resident of the course stated “ The golf course is as pristine as I have ever seen it. We are so happy that the new owner is showing such great interest in Carolina Sands. Bill Augustine is doing things right and we look forward to the day when it re-opens.”


Bill Augustine is a dual resident of Bay Tree Lakes and Hammonton, New Jersey. He is known up and down the east coast as “The Donald Trump of blueberries.” His farms, located in North Carolina and New Jersey, have around 1,200 acres of blueberries in production. His company, Winners Circle Blueberries, is the largest single-family-owned and operated blueberry production packing enterprise on the east coast.


Bill Augustine is also into harness racing in New Jersey. He is co-owner of the 2012  Hambletonian Harness Racing Champion, a horse named Market Share.  Augustine and his family have been active in the harness racing business for many years. When it came to picking a name for his blueberry operation Augustine decided to promote harness racing with his company. To do this he designed his blueberry package label to read WINNERS CIRCLE BLUEBERRIES, Hammonton, New Jersey and White Lake, N.C.


At the present the course is awaiting the arrival of their new greens. The course, for the first 36 years, had bermuda greens and the reputation for always having the best greens in the area. The course switched to bent greens in 2000. It is almost impossible to operate with bent greens in eastern North Carolina due to the heat and humidity. In the heat of the summer courses tend to have their bent grass greens burn out. Bermuda greens can withstand the heat and humidity and provide a good putting surface year around.


An opening date has not been determined at this time, but the way things are going with Bill Augustine, it will be sooner rather than later.



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