Island West Golf Club

3.2604000000 3.3 stars from 5 (367)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6803 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 73.2
  • Layout

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 | Full Scorecard

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

GA Rating Index 3.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 367 Reviews
5 stars:
43
4 stars:
170
3 stars:
95
2 stars:
39
1 stars:
20

recommend this course

299 out of 367 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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Miguel8592302's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/19/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Fair course for good price"


waking01's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is showing seasonal wear and tear. Cart paths are in bad shape. Greens and fairways were decent. Rough was a bit deep. Lost ball or 2 just off the fairways. Ok course for the price. Wasn't busy but had a slow foursome in front of us.


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


"Great value"


joe2179158's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course for the money and the staff is very friendly


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



10moonglow's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course was fun to play and the staff was excellent. The bunkers could use some help and the cart paths have some rough spots. I always have had a good experience here and the price is right.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Coming along"


Tony9908320's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Fairways in great shape looks like they are working hard to get the greens back in shape they are coming along


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Needs work"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a good layout -- Zoeller design -- that needs work around the edges. Good fairway grass...but the rough was out of control. Very wet from recent rains, but the course does not drain well...lots of "mud." Some of that is due to the rain, but also lack of care. Lots of weeds growing in flower beds...cart paths are virtually destroyed in many, many places.

Greens were actually fairly quick and true...except in a few spots where they were burned out. Not a problem today.

Staff are friendly -- but no beverage cart or ranger.

This course gives you the impression they are on the economic edge.

Great price, though! I would recommend as a place to work on your game.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u964188292's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Island West Golf Club – Fuzzy Zoeller Makes It Fun and Challenging"


TheGolfinGuy's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

As a player on the PGA Tour, Fuzzy Zoeller always seemed to have a smile on his face. Whether he was in the lead or missing the cut he was always having fun. So, it makes sense that in creating a golf course, a Fuzzy Zoeller design is going to be fun to play.

That’s what you get at Island West Golf Club in Bluffton, SC, a fun yet challenging golf course that plays 6,803 yards from the back tees. Back here, the course rating is 73.2 with a slope rating of 140 and a par of 72. The White Tees (6,208/70.3/128) offer the majority of golfers a good challenge. Ladies will enjoy the course from 4,856 yards (67.8/123). Clyde Johnson, who has done many courses in the Lowcountry area, co-designed Island West

For a Lowcountry golf course, the fairways at Island West have a lot of roll and undulation to them. The course winds its way through naturally preserved marshlands and strands of live oak trees, creating a beautiful setting. Water comes in to play in one form or another on 10 holes, creating many risk-reward opportunities. Bunkers have been strategically placed along the edges of the fairways and all around the greens.

Memorable Holes

The two par 5s on the front nine are quite challenging, especially when one of them is your first hole of the day. Number 1 is a 477-yard (White Tees) par 5 that has plenty of room off the tee, so bomb away. Just be sure to avoid the fairway bunker on the left. A good drive will leave you with a decision to go for the green or not. Just know that, because of the large bunker in front, you’ll need to fly it onto the green, which is wider than it is deep. There’s more sand behind the green in case you go too deep.

Number 4 is the other par 5 on the front; it’s also the course’s #1 handicap. From the White Tees, the hole plays 498 yards. It’s a very narrow driving hole with trees on the left and water on the right. It doesn’t get any easier on your layup shot as the fairway slopes toward the pond that guards the right side of the green. If you’ve kept the ball in play this far, you’ll have a pitch shot into a small triangular green. Play down the left side from tee to green and you’ll be in good shape.

Number 8 is a par 3 that plays 158 yards from the White Tees, and shares a green with the 13th hole, another par 3. You’ll need to carry your tee shot over water to a long narrow green, protected on the left by a large, deep bunker. A tree on the right side hangs over into the fairway and can be a problem with a front right pin placement.

It’s probably a good idea to leave driver in the bag on the short dogleg right par 4 10th hole, which plays 341 yards from the White Tees. That will leave you short of the marsh area that crosses the fairway and a short pitch into a small, triangular green with a lone bunker in the back. Long is better than short; shots that don’t quite make it to the green are likely to roll back in to the marsh.

Your round at Island West concludes with a par 4, 380-yard hole. Two lakes come into play on Number 18, however if you have trouble getting it past the first one, you may want to consult with one of the PGA professionals on staff and set up a lesson. With water on the right and sand on the left, the landing area is fairly small off the tee. The green is surrounded by sand, so you’ll need to fly it on to the green. Take a par, be happy and head to the 19th hole.

Before your round, be sure to take full advantage of the practice facility. There’s a full-length driving range where you can hit every club in the bag, a short game area and practice putting green. If your game’s not up to par, or way over par, talk to one of the PGA professionals at Island West and schedule a lesson. Or better yet, become a member and lessons are free. I’ll explain more in a bit. While you’re in the pro shop, browse around at all of the latest golf equipment and logoed golf apparel from the game’s top designers.

Last Word: Island West is a challenging course that makes you think and requires accuracy in order to score well, especially on the narrow, tree-lined holes. It’s a course where new golfers won’t be overwhelmed and skilled players will be challenged. Island West is exactly what Fuzzy Zoeller wanted it to be: fun!

Islands West also has the service part down. Upon arrival, an attendant will meet you at the bag drop, load your clubs onto a cart and then take it back to a “staging” area. After your round, they will clean up your sticks, hop on the back of the cart, and follow you out to your car. The staff is always smiling and willing to answer any questions you might have about the course or facility.

Brown Golf Management is offering a great membership program that includes unlimited golf at all 7 of their Bluffton/Hilton Head area courses, unlimited use of the practice facility and range balls, discounts for guests’ greens fees and in the pro shop and something that makes the whole package worthwhile: free, unlimited golf lessons. For more information on Island West Golf Club or to inquire about a Brown Golf Membership, visit their website at https://www.islandwestgolf.net.


Pace of Play: Good

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



"Not first choice but okay"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

IW is closest course to me so it's convenient and usually not crowded. Greens and fairways in good shape. Tee boxes are a little rough and if I recall ball washers weren't all functional. Cart guy not always out there at bag drop. Overall usually a low price option of the Brown courses. The walk up resident rate is often better than the GN rate.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course



u889767521's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I love the course. It's a little inconvenient and off island but well worth getting in your car and going 20 minutes west on 278.


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"lots of risk/reward holes"


u704053670's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is the 1st time I've played this course since 1995. From tee to green the course was in great shape . a few tee boxes need work but not bad. a few greens have some rough spots but overall in good condition. They rolled a little slower than expected.The fairways , for the most part , had very good grass. The sand traps were wet due to heavy rain the past week. i would highly recommend this course and the prices are great.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u9956254's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Tougher than expected"


u768089219's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Course was in good shape. Small greens. Could have been marked better, most sprinkler heads did not have yardages. Staff was friendly. Pace of play was good


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Prepare to get soaked"


u9956254's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had an afternoon tee time and the sprinklers were going on the entire back 9. What a joke! Couldn't even putt any greens. Not that in mattered, cause the greens are an absolute disaster anyway. This happened another time I played this course, but decided to give it another try... NEVER AGAIN!


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



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I thought that this course was in very good shape greens were excellent brown spot here or there did not affect the play at all fairways excellent I would play this course again any day the price you pay was excellent


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


Yumadons's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens have recovered nicely since they were aerated.The bunkers need some attention.Fairways could be a little more lush but were good.Long rough.Overall good course.Will play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Annual Golf Trip"


jersmith1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

The golf course layout and fairways were great. The ONLY problem my group had was the greens were in TERRIBLE conditions. We were never told anything during check in about the green conditions and traveling from Maryland only made the matter worst.

My group was highly upset.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/23/2017

Dear Mr. Smith,

I was so disappointed to read that this was your experience playing Island West. It is our policy to inform golfers of conditions when they book and post advisories on the web. Unfortunately we missed your group. I will work with my staff to improve communications with our guests going forward. Please accept our deepest apologies for the disappointment caused. Thank you for playing with us.

Ron Martin

Head Golf Professional

rmartin@browngolf.net



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