Old South Golf Links

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4.4
867
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386
4 Stars
392
3 Stars
68
2 Stars
14
1 Stars
7
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
95.2%
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4.1
73
5 Stars
26
4 Stars
32
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.0
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.3
84.9%
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62 out of 73 reviews
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4.4
185
5 Stars
90
4 Stars
76
3 Stars
16
2 Stars
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
93.5%
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173 out of 185 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6772
Slope 138
Rating 72.7
Type Public
The 18-hole Old South Golf Links in Bluffton, S.C. is a public course that opened in 1991. Designed by Clyde Johnston, Old South Golf Links measures 6,772 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 129 and a 72.4 USGA rating. The course features four sets of tees for different skill levels. Johnston designed Old South Golf Links in keeping with the beautiful Lowcountry's natural landscape. "Old South Golf Links was designed not only to provide an enjoyable yet challenging golf game, but also to preserve the natural beauty of the land," he said. "I felt that this was an opportunity to allow the golfer to experience up close the uniqueness of the site, its natural amenities and spectacular views." The variety of the setting from oak forest to open pasture to tidal salt marsh, provided an opportunity to vary the design elements and strategy of play. Old South Golf Links is open to the public seven days a week. There is a clubhouse, restaurant and full-line pro shop on site.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6772 yards 72.7 138
Blue 72 6354 yards 70.4 132
White 72 5779 yards 68.6 116
Red (W) 71 4776 yards 68.2 117
Scorecard for Old South Golf Links
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 72.7/138 383 415 530 167 533 397 370 160 400 3355 403 185 390 353 555 384 417 180 550 3417 6772
Blue M: 70.4/132 365 390 502 155 513 370 353 140 368 3156 381 170 370 335 535 354 383 165 505 3198 6354
White M: 68.6/116 330 355 455 140 450 340 315 112 308 2805 343 158 332 320 515 330 355 153 468 2974 5779
Green M: 65.6/108 280 355 415 125 450 295 315 112 278 2625 300 136 286 320 407 283 275 132 371 2510 5135
Red W: 68.2/117 280 305 415 125 411 295 270 75 278 2454 300 136 286 272 407 283 135 132 371 2322 4776
Handicap 11 13 9 17 7 1 3 15 5 12 18 10 8 2 14 4 16 6
Par 4 4 5 3 5 4 4 3 4 36 4 3 4 4 5 4 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 11 5 3 15 1 7 13 17 9 4 18 10 2 6 8 14 16 12

Course Details

Year Built 1991
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire. No cutoffs, gym or jogging shorts, bathing suits, tank tops, halter or tube tops, tee shirts and blue jeans or any other denim.

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4.4
867

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 37
Brunch 19
19th Hole Scenic Views 15
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 97
Forced Carries 88
Bunkers 69
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 86
Advanced Golfers 69
Locals 45
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 62
Near Local Attractions 51
Worth the Drive 45

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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Fun Time

The course has an interesting layout I found refreshing. Very scenic with abundant wildlife. The course was pretty wet from heavy rain during the week, but appeared to hold up well. Some of the greens have some sandy patches, which detract some from play. The staff were very friendly. The in house grill was pretty impressive as well.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Response from Old South Golf Links on 11/12/2018:
Thank you for the 5-Star review!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from Old South Golf Links on 11/12/2018:
Thank you for the 4-Star review!
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Commented On 11/13/2018

Thank you for the 4-Star review!

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Scolars

I play Old South everytime I come down to Hilton Head. It is one of my favourite courses. The prices have increased lately but that did not deter. We had an earlier time and the weather was comfortable. The greens and course were a little soggy in spots and some greens were showing signs of fatigue but all was still good. I enjoy the layout and the scenery and pleasantness of the staff. It is easily accessible and close to the Island. If there is an opening on golf Now , I will certainly be back.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Response from Old South Golf Links on 11/12/2018:
Thank you for the 5-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback regarding the value of our course. Thank you for visiting us, please come back and see us again when your back on the Island!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 11/13/2018

Thank you for the 5-Star review!

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Commented On 11/07/2018

Thanks for your 5-star review. We hope to see you again soon.

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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

A must play golf course

We always play old south when we are in the area.

Course is in great condition and the greens are running true.

Definitely recommend this course, great value and one of the best in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 11/06/2018

We appreciate your loyalty and the 5 star review!

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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good Challenge

The variety of challenges was excellent I was a single player placed with three others. I really enjoyed meeting and playing with the others (Dean, Mark and Ann). Would definitely do it again. Great value.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from Old South Golf Links on 11/12/2018:
Thank you for the 4-Star review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your challenging round today. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Some improvments required

The greens were a little tough to read due to being top dressed. We were not informed about this from GolfNow.

The tee boxes were bad. The top dressing done over the years was only to the centre of the tee box creating a tee box with a hill in the centre no flat place to tee off. in the picture attached you cant see the second tee marker.

Every other course we have played on Hilton Head Island over the past two weeks included practise balls

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented On 11/01/2018

GolfNow is informed of procedures that will close the course but not routine maintenance which is often dependent on weather and staffing. Tee boxes are on the list for improvements over the winter. We do not include range balls to keep our green fee rates competitive.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 11/01/2018

Thanks for the 5 star review. We hope you get to play at Old South again soon.

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Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

This is a Sneaky But Fun to Play Course

Old South is a well-managed and very customer friendly golf course.

Adam was our cart guy and he was helpful and efficient.

Betty in the pro shop was smiling and informative.

Walt, the retired Air Force officer who served in the same part of Nam that I did was a good story teller.

They have almost new practice balls and they give a large bucket to hit. This course is popular and gets plenty of play.

There are lots of hazards here in addition to the Gator who lounges on a rock in front of the clubhouse.

They haven't had rain in awhile and they are quite dry. Several of the fairways and greens have been impacted.

There are a few long challenging long marsh carries on holes #8, #16, and 17. These are 150 yard carries uphill into the wind over a marsh.

Despite the tricky 90 degree holes over marshes, most of the holes

are set up to be fair and with par attainable.

The design is a classic links course with plenty of berms and elevated greens. The green on #11 was a corker. The greens on hole #14, and #18 are in tough shape.

They have a cheerful Ranger on patrol constantly to check on any delays.

Old South is a tough/fun golf course. It's a Keeper.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Response from Old South Golf Links on 11/12/2018:
Thank you for the 4-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback regarding our course conditions, especially with the hot weather we have received. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This course has an interesting layout

Played this course many times, always enjoy the layout. Noticed this time around that some of the teeing areas are in rough shape. Other than that, it was a very enjoyable experience.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 10/31/2018

We appreciate the 4 star review and tee boxes are on the list for improvements over the winter.

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Return visit

It has been a few years since I have played Old South and forgot just how challenging this course is. It was a fun day even with the greens recently being top dressed they were just a little slower but ran just fine. I will definitely be making a quicker return to play Old South in the future.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 10/29/2018

We appreciate the 5 star review. Over-seeding can't be avoided at this time of year but we are glad you still had fun and enjoyed your day. We hope to see you again soon.

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great experience

Old South was on our list to play. It is a nice course. Some tricky holes but overall a fun time. Greens at this time are a bit dicy but the overseeding season just started. There are some greens that are pretty eaten up with fungus. However, as I said is was a great time and we would play it again for the price.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Response from Old South Golf Links on 10/29/2018:
Thank you for the 4-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun course Great staff !

This was my first time playing Old South. 3 guys I golfed with the day before from Canada, New York,and Portland recommend I play this fun course. I was a single player. Jim. the course starter was very welcoming to me. He was most kind to me and put me with a local twosome on the tee now. Will was an on course marshal that day.We saw him many times during the round checking on us that all was moving along. The course top dressed the greens and that made them slow to putt. The layout is not boring and fun to play. I will return here when visting Hilton Head and will also recommend this to other golfers . This is a well run golf course with employees I would want working for me .

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 10/29/2018

We appreciate hearing about our great employees by name! Old South is fun to play and look forward to seeing you again in the future.

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from Old South Golf Links on 10/22/2018:
Thank you for the 4-Star review! We appreciate you coming out and hope to see you again soon.
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented On 10/22/2018

Thanks for your 4-star review. We hope to see you again.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fairways in great shape. Greens seem to have suffered some damage.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Amenities Average
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Commented On 10/15/2018

A few of the greens have an issue our maintenance staff is working to correct. We appreciate your 4 star review as a great comment on your over-all experience at Old South.

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Disappointed in the greens

Have played this course many times since it first opened. Today was the first time I would have to say the condition of the greens was very disappointing. Some really bad places, so much so that we just moved the ball to not have to putt through the bad parts. There are also some tees that have very little flat ground, resulting in that small area being worn out and lacking grass. Love the layout and the nice views along the marsh areas. Cart path only because of rain 2 days earlier was disappointing, especially for us old guys, resulting in a 5 hour round.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Response from Old South Golf Links on 10/22/2018:
We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. We appreciate your patience as the course has received a lot of play this peak season. As the course continues to transitions out of the hot summer months, we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Course

Great course. Would definitely recommend and consider playing again. Back 9 are wider than front 9. Small greens. A great challenging course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 10/15/2018

Thanks for your 5 star review. Both nines at Old South Golf Links are scenic and challenging and we hope you get to play again soon.

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Commented On 10/15/2018

Thanks for your 5 star review. The course can be a challenge and we are glad you enjoyed it. We hope you play Old South again soon.

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented On 10/15/2018

We appreciate your 5-star review!

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