Ocean Ridge Developer and Association Reach Settlement

Mark Saunders and Association Reach Amicable Settlement

Mark Saunders, manager of the Ocean Ridge® development companies, and the Ocean Ridge Master Association, the property owners’ association for the Ocean Ridge Community, announced that they have reached an amicable settlement to resolve the litigation between them pertaining to past assessments.

The issue began in 2010, when the governance of the association was turned over to board members elected by the property owners. The community’s protective covenants called for the developer to be exempt from assessments and its funding obligations ended at the time of turnover. Unfortunately, the exemption provision was apparently overlooked, and the developer paid assessments on exempt home sites for several years until the error was discovered. “We’re confident that the payment of assessments for exempt home sites was an innocent mistake – most likely a simple carryover from prior years. We are pleased that the lawsuit is resolved and extend our gratitude to the association’s board of directors for working with us to settle the issue amicably,” said Saunders. The lawsuit was filed in Superior Court of Brunswick County, NC, last year (16 CVS 2340).

While the terms of the settlement, including the total sum paid, are confidential, the association did refund a portion of the assessments, and contributions also were received from insurance companies who were representing the parties involved. The association’s current and future budgets account for the developer’s recognized dues-exempt status.

“We have always had a cordial and productive working relationship with the association members, who are an important reason that Ocean Ridge Plantation® has thrived,” Saunders said, “and, while the lawsuit was unfortunate, it is good to get the issue resolved. We look forward to continuing to work with the association’s board of directors.”

Ocean Ridge Plantation is a residential beach and golf club community in coastal North Carolina featuring exquisitely designed homes, four championship golf courses and world-class amenities. The moderate North Carolina coastal climate and abundance of coastal activities, including an oceanfront beach club, contribute to Ocean Ridge being a perennial award-winning community. Visit for more information.


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Real Estate Developer Mark Saunders Breaks Down Tiger’s Eye No. 4

mark saundersManaged by real estate developer Mark Saunders, Ocean Ridge Plantation is not only an exquisite residential beach club community with fine homes and world-class amenities, it’s also home to four award-winning Big Cats golf courses that add to its appeal and charm.

As a manager of a major land development company, Mark Saunders has been delivering high quality coastal homes and communities in North Carolina for more than 30 years. With the crown jewel of NC’s Sunset Beach area being Ocean Ridge Plantation.

Each of the properties managed by developer Mark Saunders has its own distinct features and unique charm, and part of Ocean Ridge Plantation’s allure is its four championship-level golf courses that collectively can be considered a golfer’s paradise.

Living the relaxed coastal lifestyle you’ve always wanted is easy at Ocean Ridge Plantation. The property’s atmosphere is facilitated by its golf courses, which have incredible clubhouses and access to a private property owner only beach club on the island of Sunset Beach, North Carolina.

Ever since its inception, golfers from all over have enjoyed playing at Ocean Ridge Plantation’s Tiger’s Eye golf course. That’s because of the course’s beautiful landscape and manicured fairway, not to mention the challenges it presents.

Course architect Tim Cate designed the Tiger’s Eye golf course at Ocean Ridge Plantation to have dramatic elevation changes and plenty of hazards such as a large lake and massive coquina boulders. The challenges this course presents, as well as its beauty, make it a favorite among the Myrtle Beach golf community.

Perhaps the most talked about whole at Tiger’s Eye is No. 4, a hole that makes golfers assess the risks and rewards at hand. To navigate around this hole properly, Ocean Ridge Plantation developer Mark Saunders is here to offer some tips on playing the 422-yard par 4.

Although this isn’t the longest par 4 most golfers have seen, it can be amongst the trickiest. Its fairway makes a sharp dogleg left, which forces golfers to make a decision. Some take the dare and choose to try and cut the corner with a well-placed, long drive. If golfers are able to drive the ball accurately about 250 yards, it can set them up for a manageable shot within 75 yards of the pin. There is a lot of risk involved with this shot, but the reward can be worth it. For those looking to take a more conservative approach, they can aim for the largest part of the fairway, which would set them up with an approach shot of about 140 yards. The green on this whole is large, providing a big target to aim at from there.

There are several ways to approach Tiger’s Eye No. 4, but developer Mark Saunders suggests always going with the strategy that fits your skill level best.




Mark Saunders and Ocean Ridge Spotlight Tiger’s Eye Number Four

Ocean Ridge Plantation is a beautiful Sunset Beach, North Carolina residential golf and beach club community offering exquisitely designed homes, award-winning golf courses, and an ever-expanding list of world-class amenities. Real Estate developer Mark Saunders has been designing and building high-quality homes and beautiful places to live for more than 30 years. More than just a golfer’s paradise Ocean Ridge offers real estate buyers traditional residential neighborhoods, each distinguished by characteristics and charm influenced by lush landscapes, manicured fairways, protected woodlands, tranquil lakes and miles of walking and biking trails.

The elegant country club lifestyle at Ocean Ridge includes already built amenities like four championship golf courses, a private oceanfront beach club, and grand clubhouses. Since developer Mark Saunders first introduced Tiger’s Eye Golf Links it has been known as one of the Grand Strand’s most memorable courses. Dramatic elevation changes, massive coquina boulders and the genius of architect Tim Cate conspired to create a layout that many consider to be among the best Myrtle Beach has to offer.

If you are planning to challenge this legendary Big Cats course at Ocean Ridge Plantation, be sure to highlight hole No. 4 on your scorecard. This spectacular 422-yard, par 4 is the ultimate risk-reward hole!

The fourth isn’t overwhelmingly long, but the sharp dogleg left dares you to cut the corner in an attempt to make birdie. For those who choose to tempt fate (in addition to the large lake and waste bunkers guarding the left side), the brave hearted can try to shortened the hole considerably with a well placed drive that will need to travel as much as 250 yards (from the back tees) to carry the water hazard, but will leave an approach shot inside 75 yards. The potential reward is substantial, but there are ample hazards all around that make this strategy risky. Choose your strategy wisely or you will pay the price!

The conventional play is into the largest part of the fairway, leaving an approach that could be in excess of 140 yards. That’s by no means unmanageable, but a large two-tiered green can make it challenging to get the ball close to the pin.