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The Top 5 Golf Courses In South Carolina 2017

Are you looking for a great Golf Course in South Carolina? Take the pain out of researching and instead take a look at our list. Feel free to rate the courses using the up/down button at the bottom of each course.

#1 The Ocean Course

The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA is one of 5 golf courses at The Kiawah Island Golf Resort. It opened in 1991 and was designed by Pete and Alice Dye

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort hosted the 2007 Senior PGA and the 2012 PGA Championships. It will also host the 2021 PGA. The Ocean Course is the fourth course to have hosted each of the PGA of America’s major championships.

Probably no other golf course in the world outside of the United Kingdom and Ireland is affected as much by the wind. From one round to the next, a player can experience up to an 8-club difference on holes depending upon the direction and strength of the wind. Built in 1991 by Pete Dye, there are no prevailing winds on the course. Dye took this into account when designing the course. In fact, he designed two courses into one – one for an easterly wind and one for a westerly wind.

Located on the eastern-most end of Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course has more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere – 10 right along the Atlantic with the other 8 running parallel to those. Although it was originally designed to sit behind the dunes, Dye’s wife, Alice, suggested raising the entire course to allow players unobstructed views of Kiawah’s beautiful Atlantic coastline from every hole. This improved view, however, made the course substantially more demanding as it also exposed it to the area’s brisk and unpredictable sea breezes.
It is one of only 17 “5-star” courses in North America in Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” reader’s poll. GOLF Magazine has rated it #4 in its “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” list.

The Ocean Course has achieved the designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” by the Audubon Sanctuary System, and has recently been named “Golf Course of the Year” by the National Golf Course Owners Association.

Golf Digest named The Ocean Course:

“#3 Public Golf Course in U.S.”

"#20 among “America’s Greatest Courses” and

“America’s Toughest Resort Course.”

Website: www.kiawahresort.com

Address: 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island, SC 29455, USA
Phone: +1 843-768-2121

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#2 Yeamans Hall Course

Yeamans Hall Course is a private Golf Course in Hanahan, SC, USA. Designed by Seth Raynor & Charles Banks in 1926 and later restored by Tom Doak .

Here you'll find a great use of marshes, especially in visuals. The stunning oaks make magnificent framing and give the course it's unique character.

Website: www.yeamanshallclub.com

Address: Naval Weapons Station, Charleston, 900 Yeamans Hall Rd, Hanahan, SC 29410, USA
Phone: +1 843-744-3351

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#3 Harbour Town Golf Links

Harbour Town Golf Links is a public Golf Course, designed by Pete Dye and design consultant Jack Nicklaus -a perennial favorite among PGA TOUR players, as it places a premium on finesse, imagination and shot making, rather than strength.

Featuring a collection of par threes ranked amongst the world's finest and a par-4 18th hole considered one of the most feared in all of golf, Harbour Town Golf Links has undergone many recent enhancements, including new Celebration Bermuda grass for the fairways, new TifEagle Bermuda grass for the greens and a new irrigation system.

This award-winning course is consistently rated one of the best in the U.S.

Website: www.seapines.com

Address: 11 Lighthouse Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
Phone: +1 843-363-8385

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#4 Sage Valley Golf Club

Sage Valley Golf Club is a private, national membership golf club, located just outside Augusta, Georgia. Opened in 2001 and designed by Tom Fazio, Sage Valley is extra special and it's set to become a Top 100 high flyer. With significant elevation changes and stately pines, not to mention thousands of azaleas, streams and plenty of water, this course is aiming to become the 21st century Augusta.

The Sage Valley Members and their guests have access to a 7344 yard pristinely maintained golf course along with three practice “Dormie” holes, a learning center and practice facilities, a 35,000 square foot clubhouse, full service spa and 16 well appointed cottages to accommodate the member’s overnight lodging needs.

Access to Sage Valley is restricted to Sage Valley Members and their invited guests.

Website: www.sagevalleygolf.com

Address: 2240 Sage Valley Dr, Graniteville, SC 29829, USA
Phone: +1 803-663-0900

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#5 Turtle Point Golf Course at Kiawah Island Club

Turtle Point Golf Course at Kiawah Island Club is a members and non-member Golf Course set in South Carolina, USA.

Jack Nicklaus  is the designer behind this course and in 2016 completed his renovation of the course to rave reviews. Renovations included refurbishing green complexes, re-grassing the greens, tees and fairways with Paspalum (the same salt-tolerant strain of grass that is on The Ocean Course, Osprey Point and Oak Point), rebuilding all bunkers, laser leveling all tee boxes, including the range and reestablish irrigation throughout the course.

Turtle Point is a low-profile golf course that delivers a high caliber golfing experience. Players from the Carolina Amateur, the Carolina PGA, the South Carolina Amateur and the 1990 PGA Cup Matches will all agree that the Turtle Point Golf Course is a true test for strategy and accuracy.

Jack Nicklaus once said that his number one goal in golf course design was to “make the player use his mind ahead of his muscles – to control his emotions sufficiently to really think through his options before drawing a club from the bag.” To that we say, welcome to Turtle Point Golf Club at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, one of Jack’s early designs and steeped in the finest traditions of classic golf course architecture.

Because of its traditional design, many of the better players visiting Kiawah Island Golf Resort would rather play Turtle Point than any of the other courses on the island. With narrow fairway corridors, small greens, strategically placed water hazards and plenty of out-of-bounds, Turtle Point calls for great accuracy and intelligent strategies. Players not driving the ball well will struggle for par. Since it is one of the longest courses on the island, proficiency with fairway woods and long irons is a must. So is the ability to scramble.

Turtle Point experiences a lot of wind, as do all of the courses on Kiawah Island. The wind blows in different directions throughout the day. Trees protect many areas at Turtle Point so players won’t always sense how the wind might affect their shots. Local knowledge is very important in dealing with these phantom winds.

This exciting course was selected to hold many important championships including the Carolinas’ Amateur, the Carolinas’ PGA, the South Carolina Amateur and the 1990 PGA Cup Matches, the club professionals version of the Ryder Cup. When players go down the list of what makes a great golf course, whether it’s shot values, memorability, design variety, resistance to scoring, aesthetics or any other criteria they may use, Turtle Point is sure to score high.

Website: www.kiawahresort.com

Address: 10 River Course Ln, Johns Island, SC 29455, USA
Phone: +1 843-768-6120

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