Island West Golf Club

3.4894000000 3.5 stars from 5 (331)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6803 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 73.2
  • Layout

  • 40 Island W Dr, Bluffton, South Carolina 29910, Beaufort County
  • (843) 689-6660
  • (843) 815-7077
  • www.islandwestgolf.net
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Year built: 1992
Type: Public
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6803 yards 73.2 140
White 72 6208 yards 70.5 128
Silver 72 5454 yards 67.2 108
Red (W) 72 4856 yards 69.5 123

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 331 Reviews
5 stars:
39
4 stars:
158
3 stars:
79
2 stars:
36
1 stars:
19

recommend this course

269 out of 331 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for locals seniors advanced golfers   Challenges include bunkers water hazards forced carries   Great for drinks brunch patio dining  

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sharken47's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2017
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Sorry, We were forced to cancel due to injury of my playing partner on the first hoe,


I recommend this course


"WORST GOLF COURSE EVER!"


Carey4433464's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

This is the worst golf course I have ever played. The greens were in terrible shape and appeared to be painted green. We visit the Hilton Head area frequently and have played most of the local courses. Do yourself a favor and avoid this one! The locals refer to the course as "Island Worse". The entire course felt like you were playing on a solid rock. I would not recommend this course to anybody.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course



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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

C ourse is ok if want to go,out and play if your coming off the north winter . Right now fairways are hard and dry. grens very bumpy, hard.. If you haven't played and you don't want to spend a lot of money this course might be for you. At this point and time would only recommend for above reasons


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good Layout But Greens and Tee Boxes Need Help"


Kencavanaugh's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Island West can be a great course. The layout has many challenging holes. Staff is courteous and efficient.

Some greens have many burned out patches and many tee boxes are dried out and without grass.

Most sand traps have insufficient sand and are "hard-panned".

BUT, this course can be an excellent course with a little more investment.

Hopefully, being early in the season (we played in mid-March), these issues will be addressed.

Great value for the money!!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"This course is not what it used to be"


dmd1213's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played this course many times over the years and have always enjoyed the layout and found the conditions very good for the price. Last time was March 2016. What a difference a year makes. Condition of greens was very poor. Tee boxes and fairways were sparse, hard and dry. And to top it off, pace of play was horrible. No ranger to be found on the course, no starter.

Food inside the clubhouse was good for the money and the few staff people we found were very friendly. If not for the super low price we paid to play it would have horrible. I guess you get what you pay for.......


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"average course"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2017
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

good course for the price. Greens not in great condition. Brown needs to put some money into more regular maintenance


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course




3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Do Not Play Here"


trevor5903506's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

I have been in the Bluffton area for a week and have played 5 courses, all of them aside from Island West have been in excellent shape for this time of year. The greens have been rolling really good until we got to Island West. They do not even have grass on them. It is dirt that is painted green to make the course look appealing from the road. Don't waste your time. Spend the extra $10 and play at Pinecrest.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"worst course in south carolina"


u000007343807's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Do not your time or money we played 20 dollars I would have rather wadded up a 20 dollar bill and throwed it off a bridge at least that wouldn't have been a waste of time


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Greens and tee boxes need work"


dawgs912's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

i have always liked this course, unless it is wet or in bad condition. It was not wet but greens were worst i have seen them, so much so that it effected the results of the chips and putts.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Rough greens"


Dana6217129's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Course was challenging, I played from the white tees, but mostly it was difficult due to the course conditions. especially the greens that were hard and bumpy like putting on rough concrete. The course layout was great - tee shots required accuracy and forced you to think about your club selection.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Needs A Lot Of Work!"


Frogislander's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

What could be a nice course needs a lot of work in all areas. Allowing for the time of year, the greens were in terrible shape, the fairways not much better, and the tee boxes were simply put, more dirt than grass but did see several traps that actually had sand in them. Based on the shape the course is in now one has to doubt that it will get much better in the spring or later.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Good Day"


ballhawk46's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course itself is good and fairways aren't too bad. You get a few very close lies in the fairway. Greens had been very recently sanded so a few of them were pretty rough but most were good. Good course for the money.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff and value unbeatable. Course is not in best condition but you will have a great day of golf.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u000005687980's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"not bad"


tonyg001's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2017
Previously played Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This a relatively difficult course-there are some difficult carries and you need to be straight.Unfortunately some of the greens were quite sandy and so the speed varied a lot.The course needs some work and the staff could smile more but the price is fair and I would golf there again


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Not the right time to review"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2017
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

After the hurrican in October and the dry spring it is not a fair time to review this course. Under the circumstances I think Island West was not bad at all


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Island West - Needs a Face Lift"


u419734874's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We did enjoy our round of golf at Island West and it is a nicely designed course. However, the course conditions are poor. The tee boxes are weeds and dirt, there is worn walking paths to and from the cart paths to the greens, the greens need attention, the cart paths are in poor condition and overall the landscaping needs attention. This potentially nice course needs a face lift.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



u404322775's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is looking a little haggard . Needs some updates


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course



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