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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Links
Par 72
Length 6911 yards
Slope 134
Rating 73.0
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tournament 72 6911 yards 73.0 134
Turtle 72 6510 yards 71.3 132
Nicklaus 72 6162 yards 69.9 129
Kiawah (W) 72 5746 yards 73.7 131
Kiawah 72 5746 yards 68.1 125
Governors 72 5310 yards 65.6 115
Governors (W) 72 5310 yards 70.8 123
Carolina 72 5064 yards 64.4 112
Carolina (W) 72 5064 yards 69.3 120
Scorecard for Turtle Point
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Tournament M: 73.0/134 403 523 395 206 533 387 178 474 417 3516 530 392 440 520 171 375 177 364 426 3395 6911
Turtle M: 71.3/132 372 501 369 189 510 375 158 444 376 3294 512 362 422 503 160 342 164 348 403 3216 6510
Nicklaus M: 69.9/129 341 489 349 180 504 361 129 415 342 3110 501 343 410 477 148 328 143 316 386 3052 6162
Kiawah M: 68.1/125 W: 73.7/131 327 469 325 174 450 322 111 365 320 2863 467 319 390 462 133 313 125 302 372 2883 5746
Governors M: 65.6/115 W: 70.8/123 327 398 325 129 413 322 93 308 320 2635 434 319 345 405 118 313 107 302 332 2675 5310
Carolina M: 64.4/112 W: 69.3/120 277 398 295 129 413 264 93 308 299 2476 434 263 345 405 118 306 107 278 332 2588 5064
Handicap 9 5 15 13 7 11 17 1 3 12 6 4 10 16 8 14 18 2
Par 4 5 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 36 5 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 11 1 9 17 3 13 15 7 5 8 4 10 2 16 12 18 14 6

Course Details

Year Built 1981
Fairways Paspalum Grass
Greens Paspalum Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus (1981) Jack Nicklaus (2016)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $30
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire.

Reviews

4.0
5 Reviews (5)
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Handicap 15-19
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4.0
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Perfect weather
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Missed My Target

A nice course but not worth the rate. The layout is fair - and the three ocean holes were fun - but after trekking out to Kiawah Island I had hoped for a little better experience.

The fairways were in great shape and the greens were too, with a few minor exceptions. However, a number of tee box areas and areas around greens were in rough shape.

My biggest complaint was the number of distractions. A group teeing off from the family tees and cackling and laughing while I was putting; a car alarm blaring; kids riding bikes through the course right in my line to the hole; people in the house across the pond from the 11th green with a screaming and crying toddler; leaf blowers; nail gun popping off the 10th fairway; people walking by the 13th green yelling to their friends during my putting stroke; people wandering down the path on the 15th, oblivious that they were right in the line from the tee box; a gaggle of young girls having a group photo by the 17th green; and other similar distractions.

I'm no elitist - I play courses that wend through communities regularly and am used to occasional distractions - but Turtle Point was plainly the worst that I have seen in this regard, even more so than the average muni.

Finally, I was not impressed with the staff with whom I interacted. I generally got the sense that they could have cared less that I was there.

I would not play this course again.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

More ocean golf at Kiawah

There is only one Ocean Course at Kiawah, but there are two courses on the ocean. Nicklaus' Turtle Point has a unique stretch of holes from Nos. 14-16 that are tucked between the ocean dunes and some prized real estate. The remainder of the course is much flatter and winds through shady corridors. Turtle Point was the recipient of far more fairway thanks to the recent renovation, so if you haven't played it since 2015, you can expect much more playability off the tee.

Greens are generally raised with a lot of runoff areas that are shaved. I found that most of my approach shots that missed ended up on grass as opposed to bunkers.

The clubhouse F&B is excellent, including a bar with an expanded outdoor back deck with a great menu for both food and cocktails. It is a happening scene there especially on the busy spring morning I was there. Tomasso is also on sight for dinner that is a little more formal.

All in all, Turtle has spectacular views and exemplary facilities but I actually liked the 18 holes at Cougar Point a little more in totality.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
California Advisor
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Nice course

It's easy to compare one golf course to another when there are five great public courses to choose from. I think it would be unfair to compare this course to the Ocean course. They're designed differently, and they play very different, and in fact you rarely see the ocean while on this course.

Course was in great shape and all the amenities and services that Kiawah does well are still true of this course. I didn't think the layout was that interesting. Some courses have very memorable holes that stay with you forever. Turtle really didn't have that for me. 7 was a nice par 3 over water, 14-16 are on the ocean, but on the whole I'll remember Turtle as a nice course, and a very good course, but not an all time great course. It plays very honest too - smaller greens require accurate iron play, but I felt you could get away with some lousy tee shots here.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Forgetable Layout

The layout of this course is very bland. Many of the holes are very similar. The last few holes near the ocean are very good, most of the others are forgettable.

The course is in nice condition, but this is my least favorite of the Kiawah resort courses.

Go play Oak Point, Osprey or the Ocean Course, don't waste your time playing this course.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
New Jersey Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

Straight Off the Tee is the Key!

I really enjoyed this course which surprised me because I met some golfers the day before I played that said "it was too narrow, unfair, too hard, etc."
I had a great time while playing from the forward tees. Yes, some fairways are narrow but not all of them are "too narrow."
The one hole that was really narrow was the 16th hole (see photo) but it was a lot of fun to play!
I would say if you have a really bad hook or slice you will have a hard time but if you are normally straight off the tee, have a mild fade, or mild draw, you will love this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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wriles
Commented On 03/18/2015

the picture looks more like hole #14 on Turtle Point.

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