Oyster Reef Golf Course

4.0732352941 4.1 stars from 5 (137)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7018 yards
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 74.7
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7018 yards 74.7 137
Blue 72 6440 yards 72.2 124
White 72 6071 yards 70.5 119
Green (W) 72 5288 yards 71.1 120

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 137 Reviews
5 stars:
45
4 stars:
66
3 stars:
20
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

119 out of 137 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport at a resort   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views playing multiple courses   Challenges include bunkers water hazards narrow fairways   Great for drinks  

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3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice Surprise"


Amariana6's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/04/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course - picturesque.

Challenging holes - lots of sand!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"First Timer"


Matthew3739791's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course, greens were perfect. Will definitely return.


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



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/20/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Wide fairways, challenging greens"


Francis2975474's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course with excellent conditions for late Fall. Greens challenge the best putters with some very tough pin positions. Bunkers didn’t have much sand and was the only fault I could find.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



RandyandLynne's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Pat M."


normac417's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/13/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice course. Everyone was very helpful/friendly. Were paired with two very nice people. Had fun. Bring your sand wedge!!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Levayl's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"It Does Not Get Any Better Than This on HHI"


Bobemac's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Texas Advisor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/07/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This golf course has been around since the 1980s, is one of the most popular courses on Hilton Head Island, has very satisfied members, and cheerful employees, and is in great condition.

We had an 8:28 tee time and were paired up with a veteran HHI visitor and a fellow Viet Nam Vet.

Our greeting from the cart guys was helpful and friendly, the pro shop was outstanding and Tom the starter was helpful and amusing especially after The disappointing Buckeyes beatdown.

They even have a Ranger Richard who patrols this course with dedication. He introduces himself as our Golf Concierge and offers to help. He gave us updates as we moved quickly

through our four hour round.

The fairways here are smooth and cut short with nice speed.

The greens are full and well formed with many tricky undulations.

This is a challenging but not tricked out golf course.

Holes #6 and 16 are tough par three holes that require an extra club or two.

Hole #6 is the signature hole and #16 is the second toughest on the course.

Sand bunkers are the signature hazard the designer Rees Jones has used throughout this

significant golf course. Both par 3 holes are dominated be monster bunkers lurking. In order to score well here by avoiding the bunkers should be the objective.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great track"


mark5874881's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Loved it. A little slow(5h) round but beautiful day. Had to

Start on back. Greens super. Not a beginners course. I’m 63. Hcapp 5 played 6100 yrds would play ove and over if I could


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Nice course, but difficult for the average golfer"


richsanders1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Oyster Reef is a nice course with a beautiful view of the sound from the signature hole. Overall, the course is rather difficult playing there for the first time. Once you play it you'll understand the layout better. Keep the driver in the bag on holes with hard dog-legs as it's easy to find the woods. The average golfer will have to get used to playing from the bunkers as they are numerous. This is really a precision golf course. Play was slower than average, but the weather was nice which brought our a lot of players. The only complaint was paying $60 for a beat up set of Titleist rental clubs.My advice for travelers is to use Shipstix to ship your clubs. You'll shoot better and save money if you play more than one round in Hilton Head.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


golfbobl's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/31/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has a nice layout. Fairways are in good condition and greens are fast. The only issue was the afternoon round took almost 5 hrs.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good course but popularity hinders pace"


pford100455's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/31/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Reception by staff fabulous! Golf course and greens particularly in great shape. Starter and concierge said course busy and likely to be 4.5 hours which was discouraging. Played B9 first which they said was common practice. I had to leave with 3 holes to play after having been on the course for 3.75 hours. Very nice course to play but you need lots of time and patience.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Loved the course condition"


u573243606's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/30/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Paled this course in the spring with warmer temps and it was in really good shape. Thought by now the course would have been beaten up with all its play. Everything was in great shape especially the greens that rolled very smoothly and definitely above average speed which I prefer.

There were more dog legs on this course than normal which made the course more challenging with your club selection. Water was minimal (2 holes on the par three's), but many well placed sand traps that again made it important to be more accurate off the tee and for your shot into the green. The bunkers however were in great shape with plenty of sand.

The staff was excellent - friendly and willing to share tips for having a good round. Overall a great experience and would not hesitate to recommend playing the course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Slow Play"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2017
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Reviewed on

3 hours for front nine. 2:25 for back. Staff said it was because they had 200 on course. Play even slower than at Palmetto Hall the previous day which is hard to imagine.

Unacceptable. Greens, fairways were in very good condition.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Busy but good."


u384656201's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

course design is great. Good bunker and water traps. Pace of play was very slow. About 2:35 per 9 holes. I played late and just hit the back 9 twice.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Excellent golf course but almost 6 hours to play 18 holes made the experience painful"


u128141126's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff and golf course were excellent but it took us 5 3/4 hours to play 18 holes. Called the pro shop from the 5th tee when there were 3 foursomes on that tee but the pace of play did not improve at all. Thankfully we played with another couple from Pittsburgh and enjoyed their company very much. Would highly recommend the restaurant for happy hour or a meal. Service was good and food was excellent.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Oyster Reef golf"


u00000770849's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/18/2017
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Reviewed on

Challenging course with 96 bunkers. Greens putt great - like a country club. Multiple tees are great for all levels of play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Very nice track on HHI"


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

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

Reviewed on

Play Oyster Reef about every other year when I am in Hilton Head in early October. Course was in very good condition. There were two of us and we played in 3 3/4 hours which is great for early October. If you like dog legs this course has many and there is no shortage of fairway and green side bunkers. Staff was friendly. Think I will play every year instead of every other year.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/13/2017

Thank you for the kind review.

We are glad that you enjoyed your golfing experience here at Oyster Reef and look forward to seeing you every year now.

Sincerely,

Oyster Reef Golf Staff



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