Starwood began operations in December 1976 in Darlington, SC. Founded by Dale Locklair after his graduation from Clemson University with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture, he set out to create a full service landscape company. With a loan of $2,000 from his parents, Dale purchased some “essential” equipment ( i.e., an old pickup truck, garden hose, shovels, etc.) and with no other assets or income, he went to work. Knocking on doors, he quickly built an impressive reputation in the Pee Dee area.
The following spring, brothers David and Randy joined the company while still in school at Clemson University. They worked summers and weekends when possible to help grow the company. Soon a Garden Center was opened and mom joined in to answer the phone and keep the books while the grandparents worked the Garden Center. Upon their dad’s retirement from Dupont, he too joined the company and the family business was in full swing.
In 1979, David Locklair graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Civil Engineering and Randy Locklair graduated the next year with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture. Seeking new challenges, the company began to work outside of the Darlington area. The company has successfully completed major landscape projects throughout South Carolina including Hilton Head, Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Columbia and out-of-state projects in Athens and Dalton Georgia and Maryville, Tennessee.
For over 40 years, Starwood Landscaping has installed and maintained some of South Carolina’s premier properties. Starwood has been proud to work with such distinguished architects as Pete Dye at the Ryder Cup Course on Kiawah Island, Robert E. Marvin at Columbia’s Finley Park, and Greg Duckworth at the Grande Dunes Marina Inn in Myrtle Beach.
Since opening it’s office in Myrtle Beach in 1983, Starwood has been involved in such notable projects as Kingston Plantation, Ocean Creek Plantation, Grande Dunes, Litchfield by the Sea, Coastal Grande Mall, the Hard Rock Theme Park and many others. Starwood is looking forward to continuing it’s future with exceptional employees and exceptional clients.