(Note: This is the fourth of a series of reviews of public golf courses in the Lowcountry.)
When Old South Golf Links opened in 1991, golf architect Clyde Johnston predicted that his course would become a favorite to all golfers with or without memberships to private clubs.
Due to its Bluffton location just before the bridge over Mackay Creek, it has become a favorite of tourists who visit our great community. Approximately 80% of the course’s play comes from visitors to Hilton Head Island.
The course has been voted the People’s Choice by Monthly magazine nine of the past 10 years.
From the time you drive into the facility, you feel an experience similar to that of a country club. The bag drop area is by far the best in the Lowcountry. Jim Uremovich, the director of golf who has been at Old South for 15 years, speaks highly of his great staff. “We have several employees who have been with us for 20 or 25 years. We have created a family environment here.”
The pro shop is excellent, with Lowcountry souvenirs, an extensive selection of women’s clothes, animal headcovers, shoes, balls and more. It is not unusual to see non-golfers come to shop there.
Once out on the course, golfers are treated to a great playing experience. The course is always in excellent condition. The greens are consistent and in good shape. The tees, fairways and bunkers are well kept.
There are five sets of tees so you can choose the challenge you want for the day.
There are very few homes lining the course, so you have a feeling of being in a natural setting with the rolling terrain and live oaks surrounding the fairways. Wildlife is abundant, so you might see storks, fox squirrels, deer and alligators throughout the course. Playing Old South will give you the ultimate Lowcountry experience.
The most picturesque hole is No. 7. From the fairway and green you can see Mackey Creek and beyond to Calibogue Sound. This view helps to lighten the difficulty of this hole.
The par 3 No. 8 hole has a similar view, and you need a high shot to hold this green. On the back nine, you will experience similar breathtaking views on several of the finishing holes.
The rates are reasonable and residents can get a tee time 48 hours in advance. For more information and tee time, call the pro shop at 843-785-5353.
Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at local courses. firstname.lastname@example.org; golfdoctorjean.com