Most resort courses try to make the first hole one that's neither too long nor too difficult. The biggest obstacle with No. 1 is that it plays into the prevailing wind. Many shots that miss this green right and long will find themselves in the collection area, a characteristic of many of the holes on the course. Pintail Pond borders the left side of the hole from tee to green. There is also a fairway bunker and a greenside bunker on the left side.
The drive features a forced carry from the Tournament tee but not so from the Osprey, Fazio, Kiawah or Carolina tees. From the back tees, it's a risk/reward tee shot. The more water carried, the shorter the route to the hole. The fairway is generous in the landing area but narrows abruptly as it nears the green making for a challenging lay-up shot. A new fairway bunker and an extended approach bunker were added in 2014. The lay-up bunker creeps out into the right side of the fairway. This is a good chance for a birdie since it plays down the prevailing wind.
3rd Hole Par 3
Tee shots from the Tournament, Osprey, Fazio tees must carry a salt marsh area. It is one of the most photographed and painted holes on the Island with withered cedars and oaks that make it very visually dramatic. Local knowledge dictates a right to left crosswind down the marsh that can't be felt from the protected teeing area. In addition, a ridge bisects the relatively large green that is fronted by a wide bunker positioned between the marsh and green. This makes club selection challenging for the player to be on the proper half of the green.
No. 4 is a fairly long par 4 that usually plays downwind. The fairway bunker was reshaped in 2014 during the renovation. Into the wind, players are looking at a mid- to long-iron into a fairly narrow green protected by bunkers left and right.
This dogleg to the right features a green side bunker on the right that greatly enhances the hole's esthetic quality. Drives generally should be played to the left-middle of the fairway. Too far right and trees block the second shot.
This is probably one of the best par-3s on the Island. It's long with a deep, narrow green. There is a pond and a bunker guarding the left side of the green and a collection area to the right. The bunker extending the length of the pond should only come into play near the green, however this considerably enhances the esthetics of the hole.
One of the best risk/reward par 4s in the Lowcountry! This short par 4 features a mound, incorporating a fairway bunker that players must negotiate. When a player stands on the tee, they have two choices: Try to fly the mound/bunker and get close to the green (or on if you're playing with the prevailing downwind) or play out to the left of the mound/bunker leaving a short iron into a green protected by a big green side bunker on the left and depressions on the right. If you opt for the safe route, short left, be sure to stay short of the target fairway bunker added in the 2014 renovation.
This is absolutely a three shot par 5 for all but the longest hitters. The fairway doglegs left near the green, so to reach it in two, players need to favor the right side of the fairway off the tee to set-up a clear shot to the green. For the more strategic players, hitting their second shot to the left side of the fairway gives them the best angle into the green. Laying up on the right side of the fairway means players must hit over an oak tree protecting the right side of the green.
The longest and most demanding of the par-4s on the course, No. 9 is also one of the most beautiful. It's a dogleg left with forced carry over water from the back tees to a fairway split by a pot bunker. This leaves players with a choice of going left to cut the distance to the hole for their second shot, bringing Pintail Pond into play. Or, they can aim right of the bunker into a wide fairway but leaving themselves a long iron or wood into the green guarded by Pintail Pond on the left. The green is two-tiered and very large. It sits in front of a large mound that is covered in sweetgrass and other native grasses making it one of the more picturesque and photographed holes on the course.
This hole is played in the opposite direction of No. 1, so if a player was into the prevailing wind on No. 1, they're downwind on No. 10. Since it plays 421 yards from the back tees, the wind-assist if often needed to reach it in regulation. Canvasback Pond and fairway bunkers guard the left side of the fairway leaving a demanding second shot to a slightly elevated green. From the fairway, the bottom of the flagstick is hidden making the second shot even more difficult. Two pot bunkers guard the right side of the green. Par is very difficult if the green is missed to the right.
This is the longest of the par 3's at 223 yds. from the back tees. Players face a forced carry over water to a very large green that is running diagonally away from them. A bunker guards the left front of the green and comes into play with a back left hole location. Additionally, a back left hole location allows the player to use a natural "backboard" with the green severely sloping from back to front. Balls going past the hole will often roll back. Since the green is so large, club selection can vary as much as four clubs depending on the hole location.
No. 12 plays as the layouts only dogleg right par 5. This hole was lengthened considerably in 1997, now requiring two very good shots to reach the green in two. Prior to 1997, better players could hit their drive over the crest of the hill in the landing area and the ball would roll for a considerable amount of added yardage. With the tees moved back, drives generally land on the upslope, reducing roll and making the hole play longer. In 2014, a bunker guarding the left side approach to the green was removed and a bunker was added to the back right of the green.
This hole was completely reworked in 1997. Prior to 1997, drives would land on a down slope and get substantial added roll distance. The fairway was also devoid of bunkers. In 1997, the hole was lengthened and the fairway was reshaped, sloping to the right causing tee shots to kick toward a new fairway bunker running almost the entire length of the right side of the hole. The best tee shot is played down the left side of the fairway. However, too far left and the ball will find another bunker guarding the left side. The green is elevated and well-guarded with a large bunker on the left. This hole requires two well-placed shots if a player wants to post a good score.
This short par 4 saw the most significant change during the 2014 renovation. The bunker crossing the fairway was removed and replaced by two bunkers on the left and one on the right, framing a fairway that narrows between them. The fairway was also lowered and reshaped, causing balls to kick back to the middle. The added benefit is that players can now see all the way to the green from the tee. The prudent play is still a lay-up short of the bunkers from the tee, allowing for a full swing into this shallow green that slopes away from you and is set tight to the pond beyond the green.
This is a very picturesque hole with a bunker running from tee to green. Golfers will generally hit middle irons into a large green bisected by a ridge running diagonally through the green, right to left. Back hole locations make for a very demanding hole since the ridge obstructs the view to the back half of the putting surface.
This mid length par 4 is the beginning of the closing, three-hole stretch that plays into the prevailing wind. The tee shot is slightly uphill to a plateau around the 150 yd. mark which leads to a downhill approach shot. A wide fairway is guarded by a pond right of the fairway that is not visible from the tee. Players will be hitting mid-to long-irons into this deep, narrow green. A large oak tree guards the right-front of the green. Additionally, a green side bunker also guards the right side. The approach shot to this green is one of the toughest on the course. This is a tough but extremely fair par 4.
This hole, like No. 16 and No. 18, plays into the prevailing wind. This makes for three exceedingly strong finishing holes. The most striking feature of No. 17 is Canvasback Pond that runs the length of the left side. The presence of the pond makes this possibly the most demanding tee shot on the course. The fairway is fairly narrow but the further you can hit the drive, the wider the fairway becomes. Most players will be left with a mid-iron to a fairly large green. Two deep bunkers protect the right side of the green. Collection area are also in play to the right and rear of the green.
This hole is a "signature" Fazio finishing hole. Usually a three-shot par-5, if the hole is playing downwind, a drive down the left side of the fairway shortens the hole making it reachable in two. This strategy, however, may result in being blocked out by trees on the left, resulting in having to lay-up well short of the green. Canvasback Pond guards the entire left side of the hole, especially near the green. Many adventurous souls, with eagles in their mind, have found Canvasback Pond and double bogeys on their cards. For the more conservative, the second shot will be to a wide lay-up area. The third shot will be a short iron or wedge over two bunkers in the middle of the approach to a green protected left and right by bunkers. A high risk/reward par 5 that is an impressive, beautiful and tough finishing hole.