Sanctuary Golf Club

3.9064117647 3.9 stars from 5 (212)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6673 yards
  • Slope: 138
  • Rating: 72.6
  • Layout

  • 8 Waveland Ave, Beaufort, South Carolina 29902, Beaufort County
  • (843) 524-0300
  • (843) 524-4722
  • www.sanctuarygolfcatisland.com

Year built: 1985
Architect(s): George Cobb (1985), Jeff Brauer (2008)
Type: Semi-Private
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No jeans or cut-offs are permitted. Men must wear collared shirts.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6673 yards 72.6 138
White 71 6194 yards 70.0 134
Gold 71 5686 yards 67.6 125
Gold (W) 71 5686 yards 73.6 131
Red (W) 71 4974 yards 69.2 118

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 212 Reviews
5 stars:
69
4 stars:
102
3 stars:
28
2 stars:
7
1 stars:
6

recommend this course

199 out of 210 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city in the 'burbs   Great for wildlife/ scenic views locals advanced golfers   Challenges include water hazards forced carries bunkers   Great for drinks patio dining dinner  

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"great layout"


jdspwf's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Really great layout with several memorable holes. First course we played since Florida that wasn't thin hard fairways. Had new deep sand, some dead spots where carts congregate. Greens were great except for a few spots. Very friendly and helpful. Worth the drive.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great price and condition"


u558665325's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Everything great except stopped at club to get drinks and no one around. Cook said he didn't know where bartender was and he couldn't serve us.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"seaside"


u1626185926's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

play was slow and group in front would not let us thru


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/20/2016

Thank you for your feedback on your experience at the course. We're sorry to hear that the pace of play was not up to par. We assure that this is not the standard we strive for.


"Awesome Greens"


paul9401289's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had a great experience playing the Sanctuary. Coarse was in great shape and the Greens were a 10


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/15/2016

Hey "paul9401289" thank you so much for the 5* review! We are glad you were happy with the green conditions and we hope to see you again soon!


"Great value"


u338979225's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This course has recently been purchased by a new local owner. He is doing all of the right things to improve playability and condition.

The clubhouse is under renovation- soon to be completed. Once open, it will provide a nice option for after golf dining and drinking.

The greens had recently been aerated but have come back nicely. Once they are cut, they should roll perfectly. They did hold the ball nicely when you hit into them. Just putt harder as they are shaggy.

The fairways were a bit scortched due to a prolonged period of hot and dry weather but the irrigation system is back up and running and should be able to correct the issues on a few of the fairways that were most affected.

The course was abuzz with maintenance workers attending to some of the deferred issues which was a good sign but none of them got in the way of our round.

We were able to play at a leisurely pace and enjoyed the wildlife and lowcountry water views on almost every hole. Still managed to complete the round in under 4 hours.

You should play here. Great place- terrific value.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/20/2016

Thank you for your kind review! We are happy to hear that you have noticed improvement in our course. We hope you come back and join us for another round soon!


"Beautiful golf course"


u000002703682's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

This is an excellent layout and well maintained. The greens were a little slower than I'm used to but not bumpy. The marsh views and the wildlife were memorable. This course compares favorably to the courses at Kiawah and Seabrook without the high price.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/20/2016

Thank you for you 5 star review! We are glad you enjoyed the layout and conditions of our course. Please come back and play again soon!


"Great Cobb design"


Boglejrgolf's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

The last course George Cobb designed is great. First 5 holes are all you want with water and views. Great routing with many tee choices. Management is changing so not sure what will happen. fairways being cut when they needed instead to be watered and greens were slow from recent aeration but no question of a great design. Reminded me of Surf Club with outstanding views. Great pace of play. Thanks to the pro shop for working a single into a great group of guys. Will be back again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/20/2016

Thank you for your review! We are glad you enjoyed the design of our course and are looking forward to having you back in the future.


"Nice course"


louisdiaz's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a really nice layout. The greens were recently aerated so I couldn't have the full experience. Could be challenging. Will play again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/08/2016

Hey "louisdiaz" thanks for the review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our course layout. We look forward to seeing you back again soon.


"Great Value"


eric4611790's avatar
Age:  35-44

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Course was in decent shape, greens were a bit bumpy but playable. Really fun place to play. thanks


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/01/2016

Hey "eric4611790" thanks for the review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your round. Come back and see us again soon.


"The course is a keeper"


u000006334330's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have golfed a lot of courses in the Beaufort/Hilton Head Area. I always enjoy the Sanctuary the best. I have a 20 handicap. The course does not beat me up while at the same time offers a good challenge every time I play it. It is a great home town type course.

It is a must play for anyone interested in experiencing what golf is like in the low country.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/20/2016

Hey "u000006334330" we are glad you enjoyed your round here at the Sanctuary Golf Club! We hope you come back soon for your next round!


"Sanctuary Course...Beautiful but challenging"


BobMitzi1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you like a challenge, play this course. The first 5-6 holes require you to place the ball pretty precisely... if you can do that you will have an excellent round. The greens are in fantastic shape and the fairways are pretty good as well. The tee boxes were not as good but apparently had some work done recently...they are still very playable! It is a beautifully scenic course as well... my most recent round was just a pleasure to be there.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/03/2016

Hey "BobMitzi1" we are glad to hear that you find the course very challenging but still enjoyble! Now that golf season is here you will have to come back and visit us soon.


"Cooge hits the Sanctuary"


jimkraynik's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you enjoy great golf tracks with picturesque scenery, fast, sloping greens with huge fairways, play the Sanctuary.

The staff is most friendly and accommodating, ask for the Staff Member from Canfield Ohio.

There is a Grill Room Restaurant for after golf play


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/12/2016

Hi "jimkraynik" thank you so much for the positive review. We appreciate the kind words about the course as well as our staff. Come out and see us again soon!


"Great Course"


lindoug's avatar
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Well maintained course with excellent views.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/12/2016

Hey "lindoug" thank you so much for the 5* review. We are glad you liked the course and the scenery and hope to see you again soon.


"HILTON HEAD VACATION"


OUEA's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

PLAYED ON MAY 1 ON OUR WAY TO HILTON HEAD FROM CHARLESTON

CONDITIONS WERE AVERAGE WITH PRETTY GOOD GREENS

VERY TOUGH LAYOUT (ESPCIALLY THE FIRST TIME AROUND) WITH LOTS OF WILDLIFE

WE WOULD HAVE LIKE BETTER CONDTIONS BUT THEY DO OFFER SOME VERY GOOD DEALS SO IN THE END WE WERE HAPPY WITH OUR CHOICE

A GREAT/FUN LAYOUT IN A VERY PEACEFUL ENVIRONMENT


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/18/2016

Hey "OUEA" thank you so much for the positive review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the layout of the course and hope that you come see us again soon!


"Nice course on Cat Island"


steveb000002's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was nicer than expected, overall in good shape with some interesting holes. Only negative was a 4some in front of us who were slow.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/05/2016

Hey "steveb000002" thank you for the positive review. We appreciate you coming out and playing and hope to see you again soon!


"Great course"


Mdonate3's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I have played this course about 5 times and I just love it. The layout is great, and conditions are good. Worth my drive from Savannah, GA every single time!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/26/2016

Hey "Mdonate3" thank you so much for the 5* review! We are glad that you love the course so much and hope to see you again soon.


"Sanctuary"


Olgamerela's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tee boxes were overgrown. Fairways were ok. The natural beauty of the course is well worth the drive.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/21/2016

Hey "Olgamerela" we are really happy to hear that you enjoyed the scenery and hope to see you again soon!


"Great course"


u998695834's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice challenging course, the greens and fairways for this time of year very good. I of my favorite courses.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/15/2016

Hey "u998695834" thank you for the 5* review! We are glad you were satisfied with the course conditions and hope to see you again soon!


"Tough Course (4 handicap)"


Adam1676235's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Tough golf course. Course knowledge is huge here. I wasn't able to play to my handicap. I shot 6 over and have been playing to about a 4 lately. I thought the course was tougher than the course rating of 72.4 (par 71) from the back tees. The first 3 holes will eat your lunch if you aren't ready. I suggest hitting a small bucket of balls or you can just throw three balls in the water on the first three holes. Your choice. If you have a buddy that out drives you by 40 but can't find the fairway that often then take him to this course and suggest a small wager. Some tight holes mixed in with a few long holes. The greens aren't that small, but were difficult to hit secondary to being firm. The greens were faster than average. The course overall condition is above average for this time of year. The design of the course is difficult. Hope to get to play it again after the grass greens up some. Overall the course drains well. Like may coastal courses you can't always see the trouble that is out there. Buy a yardage book for your group. Make then give you a few bucks each if you're cheap.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 02/26/2016

Thank you so much for your detailed feedback! We're so glad you came out to play and hope to see you back soon!


"This is a great course"


Larrykort's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/10/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Not top of line but this is what the Low Countries is about !!! .You will not get better views . Enjoy


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/27/2016

Thank you very much for coming out and for taking the time fill out a review after! We would have to agree with you that the views are second to none ... but we may be a bit biased. We hope to see you again soon!



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