OYSTER REEF Golf Club (843-689-4653)
Hilton Head Golf Course Review
Oyster Reef, known as one of the purest golf experiences on the Island, is part of the Heritage Golf Group, which also features the three courses at Port Royal, 27 holes at shipyard and the 18-hole Oyster Reef design. For more info and to book tee times at any of the 7 courses, visit the Heritage Group website by clicking on www.hiltonheadgolf.net
This Rees Jones layout was voted Course of the Year in 2006 by the low country Golf Course Owner's Association.
The experience here is known to be challenging but fair. From the tips golfers will often face chute like tee shots – with no adjacent fairways to buffer offline shots. Form the 6071 yard white tees however, novices and mid to high handicappers can enjoy a fun and relaxing round. There are 57 soft sand bunkers situated near the landing zones or greenside however, creating the need for proper strategy and a good short game.
There are numerous par fours and fives that bend in one direction or another – doglegs that require careful shot selection. This - mixed in with a variety of holes that allow golfers to let it loose and use driver off the tee. There are 4 sets of tee boxes that play to distances and slopes measuring 7018 yards/137 slope, 124 yards/124 slope, 6071 yards/121 slope and 5288 with a slope of 120 for women using the forward tee areas.
The clubhouse here features a nicely stocked pro shop, restaurant/lounge with outdoor patio – open for lunch items, plus locker rooms with showers. The practice facilities are comprehensive, with a targeted grass range, short game area with sand bunker and putting green. All carts are equipped with coolers and rear weather covers.
Eight holes have water hazards in play in some shape or form. There are 4 sets of tee areas that play to distances and slopes measuring 7018 yards/137 slope, 6440 yards/124 slope, 6071 yards/121 slope and 5288 yards with a slope of 120 for ladies hitting from the forward tees. Golfers will encounter ample tree lined fairways ( with numerous doglegs) that lead to raised green complexes which are soundly protected by large sand traps built into the greenside mounds. The putting surfaces are mild in undulation – land in regulation and good scores can be had.
This course was named as one of the top 25 courses in America when it opened in 1982, and is still considered to be one of the top 20 courses you can play in the Carolinas!
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