(Editor’s note: During the next six months, Dr. Jean Harris will showcase local golf courses of interest.)
I went out to The Legends Golf Course at Parris Island last month to help with the Adaptive Golf Clinic they have once a month. What a great experience to help golfers with physical limitations enjoy the game. After the clinic I went out to play golf with a friend.
The course is a super layout. We were very impressed with the shape of the greens, fairways and tees for a course that gets a lot of play from the military, locals and tourists.
The course has beautiful marsh views, and the fairways are lined with magnificent live oaks. It’s nice to play a course that isn’t surrounded with homes lining the fairways.
The fairways are flat, which makes the course very walkable, which is something that most courses in the Lowcountry don’t allow. More than half of the players on the course were walking, which is how golf is meant to be played.
There’s a lot of history about this course. Each hole is named after a legendary U.S. Marine who made contributions or excelled in service. The course was built by Fred Findley and George Cobb in 1947, making it one of the oldest in the area.
There was a redesign in 2000 by local architect Clyde Johnston. The course is ranked in the Top 10 military courses worldwide.
Golf professional Andy Hinson has been at Parris Island since 2006 and has seen tremendous growth and improvements to the course. “Our focus is on providing a quality golf course for Marines and Sailors as well as their families and friends. Our goal is to provide a great product for all our patrons,” he said.
The course has five sets of tees, ranging from 4,969 yards from the front to 6,898 yards from the tips. This gives the beginner a chance to score well and also challenges the advanced player from the tips.
At each tee there is a pictured sign showing the hole’s layout, with bunkers, water and green position. The scorecard and carts have a pin placement sheet that helps the golfer with the distance to the green. It also shows the depth of the green. This is great information when hitting to the green.
The pro shop is well stocked with plenty of golf equipment. The golf professionals have fitting carts from most of the major companies, including U.S. Kids Golf for fittings for junior golfers. They also have Mitchell Club Fit that gives the pros the ability to change shafts and grips.
To make a starting time, call 843-228-2240. For more information, visit www.thelegendspi.com.
Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at Brown Golf Management courses. jean.golfdoctor. firstname.lastname@example.org; www.golfdoctorjean.com