Old South Golf Links has been a Lowcountry tradition since 1992. Architect Clyde Johnston predicted that this great layout would become a favorite in the golf mecca of Hilton Head and Bluffton due to its location just before the bridge to the island.
Tourists who come to the island consider it a “must play.” It has been named as a “favorite public course” every year since 2008.
From the time you drive into the parking lot you feel that the golf experience is similar to a country club. The bag drop area is the best in the Lowcountry, with attendants who have been there for years and always seem to remember you.
The pro shop is well equipped with golf clothes, balls, shoes, and Lowcountry souvenirs. Jim Uremovich, director of golf, has been at Old South since 2005 and speaks highly of his great staff. “We have created a family environment here,” he said.
Golfers who play can get some nutritional snacks at the turn. After play the restaurant has a good lunch menu and bar. There is also a beverage cart that makes it around the course several times during play.
Once out on the golf course, you are treated to a great golfing experience. The course is always in excellent condition. The greens are consistent to putt and the tees, fairways and bunkers are well kept.
The course weaves through live oaks and well placed lakes and bunkers. The fact that there are very few houses on the course makes for a more natural setting.
For a Lowcountry course there are no hidden hazards. The marshland and lakes you have to navigate are reasonable to deal with. You are rewarded for good shot making.
There are some narrow driving holes that call for a fairway wood or hybrid off the tee. Hole No. 6 has water on the left and trees to the right with an undulating green. Keep your driver in your bag on holes like this.
Holes Nos. 7 and 8 have a great view of the marshland and island greens. Hitting a high shot into these greens is a must. You will see the marshland again on the backside on the finishing holes, which again calls more for accuracy instead of distance.
For more information or reservations, call 843-785-5353 or visit their website at www.oldsouthgolf.com.
Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at Brown Golf Management courses. jean.golfdoctor.harris @gmail.com; www.golfdoctorjean.com