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Charleston National Country Club

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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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Conditions
4.1
Value
3.9
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.0
Pace
1.8
Amenities
3.6
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7100 yards
Slope 136
Rating 74.6

Marshland and natural lagoons make Charleston National a real gem to play. Architect Rees Jones and Greg Muirhead strategically placed wooden bridges over the natural areas which sometimes range from tee to green. Once tree laden, it's now a little more open, which may be to your advantage. A trip to Charleston National should be considered by any serious golfer visiting the Charleston area.

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7100 yards 74.6 136
Green 72 6934 yards 72.6 130
White 72 6507 yards 69.9 124
Gold 72 5620 yards 68.0 117
Red (W) 72 5086 yards 70.4 121
Scorecard for Charleston National
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Tour M: 75.1/142 435 155 428 360 530 360 218 471 564 3521 553 450 550 458 190 391 325 438 188 3543 7064
Champion M: 72.9/133 410 152 405 350 510 345 202 460 545 3379 540 432 536 439 165 372 310 420 152 3366 6745
Member M: 70.3/129 380 138 387 340 490 336 180 445 525 3221 510 413 510 411 152 360 300 400 135 3191 6412
Senior M: 68.3/117 328 115 325 240 440 296 157 425 450 2776 457 385 479 369 112 320 279 341 122 2864 5640
Red W: 70.8/126 328 75 325 240 422 267 135 385 426 2603 418 365 451 369 100 120 249 301 110 2483 5086
Handicap 3 17 5 11 13 15 9 1 7 10 2 12 4 14 8 18 6 16
Par 4 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 36 5 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 3 36 72
Handicap (W) 5 17 1 9 7 11 13 15 3 8 4 6 2 16 12 14 10 18

Course Details

Year Built 1987
Golf Season Year round
Architect Rees Jones (1987) Greg Muirhead (1987)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole No

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Reviews

4.0
143

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 12
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 22
Forced Carries 19
Bunkers 17
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 16
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 14
A Weekend Splurge 11
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 18
Worth the Drive 8
In the 'Burbs 6

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course

This course was quite a pleasant surprise. The staff were friendly. The course layout was really nice...Rees Jones. I love the Carolina low country lay outs with marshland and old oak trees. Carolina low country can be relatively flat but Jones is a master and has created a fun and challenging course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played
Used cart

Could be good

The course is in rough shape at the moment. Our cart was on it's death bed.

I want to like it here, but I cannot come back until the conditions improve. She could be a gem.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

No walking? ITS GOLF!

It's obvious that the staff is just trying to pump as many people through the first tee as possible. No walking policy is unbelievable. I even offered to pay their high cart fee. On top of it the staff was rude to our party for even asking the question. Will not come back ever. Do not recommend.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Meh

Honestly this course was pretty brutal. Lost balls just off the fairway (why are the roughs cut sooo long?). We started 15 minutes behind our scheduled Tee time. Nothing special about the clubhouse. Sorry but I don't know that I'd recommend this course amongst all of the beautiful golf in South Carolina!

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Great course, disorganized staff

I made a three-day golf trip to the Charleston area recently and I have to say Charleston National stole my heart. Every now and then you find a course that captures your imagination and makes you want to go back. This one fits the bill.
The way the layout stretches through the marshes, the forced carries over creeks, the setup of the greens, and the spectacular views made for an enjoyable round.
The day started and ended however, with some of the worst customer service I've ever experienced at a golf course. I'm not sure how you book someone for a 6:40 a.m. tee time and not show up to open the pro shop until 6:45. I ended up pairing up with another guy who had a tee time at 6:48, and we made it to the first tee just before 7:00. We waited for the greens to be mowed on the first three holes, and sprinted ahead on #4 to leave the mower behind us. Despite playing at breakneck speed we enjoyed those next few holes. I'd rather play fast than slow.
While many of the holes skirted residential areas, I never felt the homes were encroaching on the course. I counted just a couple of vanilla holes, but those were compensated for by awesome views on the holes that meander through the marshes on Copahee Sound. My only real complaint about the layout is having to end on a par 3, hundreds of yards from the clubhouse. It just seems a bit anti-climactic. Maybe that's nit-picking. After all, they didn't have much dry land to work with in the marsh, so kudos to the designer.
The poor customer service to start the day was becoming a distant memory until the 17th hole, when a ranger approached us on the tee box and told us they had a standing members tournament every Sunday morning at 10:00 and we had 8 minutes to finish our round. Not the way I wanted to end things.
I'm going to give the staff the benefit of the doubt and just assume they were having a bad day. It happens to all of us. We did air our grievance to the pro shop and were given discount vouchers for a future round (which expire July 31 so basically useless for a tourist like me ).
Regardless, I will be back. It's a good course. Not a swanky club or resort, but a solid track that keeps you engaged and on your toes. I would recommend it for anyone visiting Charleston. Just don't play before 10:00 on a Sunday morning.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Used cart

Personal Favorite

Been in CHS now 2 years, coming from San Diego and NYC. Over the years, have played MANY hundreds of courses in and out of states. Charleston National is a fun course, moderately challenging (which adds to the fun factor) with relatively easily gettable Par 5s and fun Par 4s. Par 3s are good too.
One of my favorite golf courses for the fun factor and course design.
Some may call this course gimmicky and I thought so too the first time I played it, but over time, I've 'explored' different ways to play the same hole, hence not gimmicky.
Today was no different than previous times - fun and bit of wind added to the challenge. I won't dwell much on the condition of the course as it's that time of the year and all courses are suffering from the rain/drainage/colder temps - some more than others but Charleston National fairs better than others.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

Charleston National

Excellent course with all the amenities that you would expect of a championship course. Large practice facility and decent pro shop. Staff was very friendly from the moment I parked my car. I was barely out of the vehicle and there was a cart by my trunk with an attendant waiting to load my bag.

Course has a challenging layout with many forced carries over marshes. Much like other Rees Jones courses, his use of the natural layout of the land really shines. The greens and fairways were in great condition. I would call this a must play course in the Charleston area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Pretty good layout

First time player here. Layout was very enjoyable with 1 hole a little tricky due to layup off of tee on par 4. Greens were all bermuda and were extremely difficult to putt if you did not read grain. A couple of local golfers did not know how to read grain, so their round was a little more challanging. Fairways were in good shape. Bunkers were properly raked. I believe it was a little overpriced. Probably would go back if price were reduced a little more.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

BBV 2015

We had a family outing and everyone had fun. There were a few not so nice members who thought they should be allowed to play ahead of us. Staff did not allow this. The pro shop staff was very inflexible with some changes requested.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Nice course

Played from the senior tees. Several forced carries, lots of mounding. The course was in great shape.

The down side was the $20+ fees and taxes needed to book the Hot Deal. The $38 special rate when you add in the taxes and fees made the hot deal not so hot.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good value in Charleston

This course was cheaper than Patriots Point. Very tough course, $65 for non residents. Lots of houses, marsh, and hazards. Make sure your sand game is good. Had nice clubhouse and great selection of beers. Friendly folks working there, I would recommend it if you are around isle of Palms

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Real nice course that was in great condition. Some very challenging holes that make you really think about the next shot. Very nice practice facility and pro shop. Definitely one of the must visit courses for golfers coming to the charleston area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Worth the drive

We elected to make the 40 mile trip from Kiawah Island to Charleston National as we had played this course 2 years ago while attending another wedding in Charleston
Great course and the only reason I gave less thank four stars for the course conditions is the greens were recently aerated and still bumpy.
Terrific value for the price
Food ok, facilities are dated but in good condition with some staff very friendly and others below average
Would go back and definitely recommend.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Tough course, quick pace

My brother and I played Charleston National on a Saturday Morning at 8:40am. It was not crowded and we were not paired up with anyone else, so the pace was quite fast. We finished the course in 3:45. Tough course and was is great condition but unfortunately, they were airating the greens. So putting was a little tough. I'd there again using the GolfNow discount of $45 like I did this time

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

I liked this course a lot! It was challenging but it was very fair. The fairways and greens were in great shape! There is plenty of water and swamps all around. I look forward to my return to this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Local Knowledge

This course could have been a lot more fun, if someone would have provided us some Local Knowledge about playing the course before we started. Several of the holes on this course were blind from the tees and one could not determine where to send the tee ball, and/or how long to hit the tee ball. Flags did not have reflectors, so the range finders did not work. There we several holes where there was no landing location for shorter hitters. The greens were extremely slow but this was most likely due to the sever slopes of the greens.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

1st Rees Jones Design/Cool Layout

Showed up late for my tee time so had zero warmup swings but probably was a good thing. Had no time to think about my swing only about placement of tee shots. This course was very much a position golf course. Hit the wrong club off the tee and get out of position "good luck"! If you don't like having to carry marsh areas then please stay away. There was lots of that but this added to the beauty of the golf course. The back 9 was a beast from the Championship tees. Lots of tight tee shots into the wind! The greens were outstanding and not flat so bring your good putter:) Shot my lowest round here on the trip so I will be back in the future. Will play again in the future when I return.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

George G

Now remember why I liked playing this course after not playing it for several years.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Must play if in Mt Pleasant area

Course was in good condition considering the time of year. Greens were in very good condition although I don't remember having a flat putt all day. Beautiful views with many holes having marsh views. Only issue was the range is not near the clubhouse.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

aewsome views

fun course to play, greens in nice conditions for this time of year

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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