Melrose Club Golf Course, The
|Gold M: 74.2/138||395||435||554||411||215||430||398||136||584||3558||419||383||525||184||460||405||187||400||560||3523||7081|
|Blue M: 72.4/130||380||412||522||395||186||412||373||127||561||3368||396||355||513||168||431||390||170||371||526||3320||6688|
|White M: 70.3/121||363||389||488||372||162||385||352||112||498||3121||375||339||480||151||412||374||148||350||495||3124||6245|
|Red W: 72.3/126||334||366||471||336||140||321||249||73||463||2753||334||318||443||86||381||347||128||333||452||2822||5575|
World Class Layout in Muni Course Condition
My first visit to Hilton Head Island and I was excited to add a trip to Dafuskie Island and a round of golf to the itinerary. It doesn't come cheap -- for my wife and I we paid $90 plus $20 tip for round trip ride on an H20 Sports zodiac ride from Harbour Town, and $128 for 2 greens fees plus ample tips for the one poor soul who was our chauffeur, cart boy, and manned the pro shop by himself. On balance, I would say it was worth it.
Riding a boat to play a round of golf is in itself a unique experience. The course is also routed through some of the most beautiful surroundings I have been in. The carts have GPS monitors built in which help alot. And it is an excellent Jack Nicklaus Signature design. Classic Nicklaus risk/reward decisions have to be made on almost every hole. Take the shorter route on a hole to make birdie a possibility and you also bring danger into the picture. Take the longer route and you are safer but have a much longer approach and could make a bogey anyway. Of course, Melrose also favors someone who can hit towering left to right approach shots - like Nicklaus and unlike myself!
The course itself is a world class layout in municipal course shape. The course is part of a struggling beach resort that is trying to turn itself around, so I don't know how they can do much better with the grounds on 10-20 rounds a day.
I fear that the course is not long for this world. Bloody Point Golf Course on Dafuskie Island was already moth balled for several years. So I am glad I had the chance to play Melrose when I did.