Sanctuary Golf Club
Editor's Note: Course closed for business in 2019.
The 18-hole Sanctuary Golf Club At Cat Island (previously known as South Carolina National Golf Club) in Beaufort, S.C. is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1985. Designed by George Cobb, Sanctuary measures 6,673 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 136 and a 72.6 USGA rating. The course features four sets of tees for different skill levels.
Sanctuary Golf Club may be the Lowcountry's best conditioned golf course. With velvet tiff-dwarf greens, this George Cobb creation sports beautiful views of Port Royal Sound from many holes.
The course is located on a 400+ acre barrier island just a short 45-minute drive from Hilton Head Island. The layout takes full advantage of the wooded interior with centuries-old live oak trees in abundance.
|Gold (W)||72||5686 yards||72.8||131|
|Red (W)||72||5032 yards||69.2||118|
|Blue M: 72.6/136||408||401||357||197||424||561||158||425||568||3499||405||386||396||164||178||350||344||506||445||3174||6673|
|White M: 70.0/129||382||365||340||165||364||539||119||420||551||3245||391||360||390||150||142||316||331||478||391||2949||6194|
|Gold M: 67.7/120 W: 72.8/131||361||343||316||115||315||490||111||341||516||2908||378||280||341||137||126||273||309||447||362||2653||5561|
|Red W: 69.2/118||350||295||268||112||302||452||79||304||464||2626||401||274||300||90||93||222||280||421||325||2406||5032|
Best greens in the area
This course is very challenging and has a great layout. The greens are so beautiful without a blemish and roll perfect. The fairways and tee boxes still need work. The traps are perfect soft white sand.
Overall, play the course and you will be pleased. Roll it over on the fairways and you will have the time of your life.
Great course for a challenge!
Always enjoy this fun challenging course. I am a novice but this course is great and very well maintained! Staff is great!
We had a great time! Peaceful setting with great views of the wildlife areas. Melvin in the pro shop was very helpful and a true gentleman. He gave us some great info concerning the general area and restaurants.
hilton head winter golf
i love this course... views, challenging holes and under new ownership which is putting money into the course. fairways were beginning to come in. the greens were extremely fast, do not be above the pin. more then worth the 50 minute drive from hhi. just a fun course.
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.
Great price and condition
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.
play was slow and group in front would not let us thru
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.
Had a great experience playing the Sanctuary. Coarse was in great shape and the Greens were a 10
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Course was in decent shape, greens were a bit bumpy but playable. Really fun place to play. thanks
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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!