Old South Golf Links

4.3956705882 4.4 stars from 5 (810)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6772 yards
  • Slope: 138
  • Rating: 72.7
  • Layout

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  • 50 Buckingham Plantation Dr, Bluffton, South Carolina 29910, Beaufort County
  • 1 (800) 275-8997, (843) 785-5353
  • (843) 837-7375
  • www.oldsouthgolf.com
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Year built: 1991
Architect(s): Clyde Johnston
Type: Public
Style: Links
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: Yes
Singles 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.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 810 Reviews
5 stars:
366
4 stars:
367
3 stars:
58
2 stars:
12
1 stars:
7

recommend this course

774 out of 806 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near local attractions worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers locals   Challenges include water hazards forced carries bunkers   Great for drinks brunch 19th hole scenic views  

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"Wet"


wgvrmusketeer's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Unfortunately, I played on a day after a thunderstorm; “cart paths only”.

Tees were sparse in areas. Traps were raked. Fairways manicured.

Greens very slow and sparse in several ares filled with sand.

Staff not inviting; seemed overworked.

Two gimmicky holes.

Nice practice range. Putting green marginal.

Overall nice layout but too much water typical of Hilton Head courses.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Old south quirky but will go back"


padraig9148291's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Strange course some unusual holes and green slopes , several doglegs that make you pay attention to club off tee, I really enjoyed it but greens are a bit tired and need aeration soon


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Most scenic course in Hilton Head area"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
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Reviewed on

Beautiful intercostal Water way views on 4 holes. Very scenic. Course in great condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/11/2018

We appreciate the 5-star review and are glad you enjoyed Old South Golf Links. We hope you return to play again soon.


"Avoid Green Side Bunkers"


PAT9826923's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great scenery and good track. My only issue was that the green side bunkers had no sand to speak of or to get out of (need to to avoid these anyway). Base mixture was like concrete. Fairway bunkers had sand. Staff was very attentive and made my introduction and exit enjoyable. Greens receptive, when I hit them and ran fairly true. Had a good time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/11/2018

Thanks for your 4-star review and we your positive comments on the view, staff and general conditions. Green side bunkers are on the maintenance schedule but the huge down pour the other day compacted the sand. They will be better soon and we hope to see you again at Old South.


"Gma takes grandkids golfing"


u000003875198's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Unfortunately it has been a few years since playing Old South. But the fond memories I had proved to be exactly that... a great experience on a fun course to play and a staff dedicated to making it that way... Wow!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/11/2018

We appreciate your comments and the 5-stars. Don't wait to come back. We have excellent programs and rates for the grand kids!


"Great course but tuffback 9"


u000006343944's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A very enjoyable round of golf . It is quite tough though on the back nine small greens Tough hazards to play around. Worth a visit .


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/04/2018

We appreciate your 4-star review. The back 9 can be a challenge so be sure to play the set of tees that suits your game. The views over the intra-coastal waterway make Old South one of the most scenic courses in the area. We hope to see you again soon.


"Too much target golf"


lborko's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The front nine was very nice a bit tight for my liking. The back nine was way to much target golf. 90 degree doglegs to a small landing area. The greens we tiny on the back so it was not that enjoyable to play.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/04/2018

We appreciate your comments. Playing the set of tees that suits your game makes the entire course more enjoyable. We do hope you give us another try.



sparadine's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Old South on 06/07/2018:

Thank you for the 4-Star review!


u246660666's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From the magnificent views to the strategical

layups.This golf course will challenge any handicap golfer. Can be very forgiving but demands accurate shots on the back 9. Old South overall was a great course.

My first time playing this course and I was impressed. The customer service from the staff was top notch.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/29/2018

We are so glad you gave Old South an opportunity to prove what a great facility this is from the conditions and views to the staff. We hope to see you back often.


"Front Nine Excellent"


ChattRiverCPR's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Front Nine Excellent. Back Nine not necessary especially if you have a long day planned for Hilton Head Island.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/31/2018

We appreciate your comments but are surprised that you did not enjoy the entire course. Most players prefer the back 9 because of the beautiful views along the intra-coastal. Please play here again - you may change your mind.


"Old South"


u000008206186's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good course for the value. Course was in great shape. Greens a little slow, but in good condition. If you like hitting over water and playing target golf, this is your course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/25/2018

Thanks for taking the time to give us a good review. We are glad you found value and challenge at Old South Golf Links.


"Can’t wait to play it again"


Brideidea's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

The reviews were all true. The staff was very helpful and personable. The course was great for all levels of golfers.. What separates this course from any other course is the great views of the marsh and the wild life. I also enjoyed a good selection of beers while we played.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/23/2018

We appreciate the 5-star review. The views are spectacular especially at high tide. We hope to see you again soon!


"Fun course, will be back!"


capardo's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Had a great time. Staff was extremely friendly and very helpful. Course was in great shape. Front nine is wide open and very forgiving. Back nine is more strategic with spectacular marsh views!

Did I mention the extremely friendly staff.....

Well worth the visit . We will be back!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/23/2018

We are so pleased you enjoyed your day at Old South and appreciate the 5 - star review. We look forward to seeing you and your friends again soon.


"Nice course, watch out for GATORS!"


u000005439331's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From the back tees, the course has some demanding tee shots and some risk reward holes. The greens were slower than the looked with a lot of grain. The green were pleasantly receptive to all types of approach shots. The staff was friendly and helpful and the beverage cart rode the course frequently.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/23/2018

We appreciate your 4-star review. We do share the course with an abundance of wildlife including alligators. Just view them from a distance and enjoy the natural surroundings with almost no homes to break your view. We hope to see you back at Old South.


"Always a pleasure"


scolars's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We always try to play Old South when down in HH. Although the prices have seemed to rise more than most course in the area, we managed to get a reasonable price on Golf Now. The company, course and weather were perfect. It is a course that has many excellent vistas and challenges. We look forward to returning on our next trip.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/25/2018

We sincerely appreciate your repeat business and that you plan to return. We actually have not raised our published rack rate in over 6 years but sometimes larger discounts can be had based upon availability of tee times. GolfNow is the best place to check as you did. See you next trip!


"Must play on Hilton head!"


u000005431793's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful scenic and challenging course was lots of marshland, several water carries, abundance of water fowl. The course is in great shape and the pace of play was excellent when we played, way under four hours. The marshals and all the staff was very friendly and helpful .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/15/2018

We appreciate your 5-star review. Conditions are great and our staff strives to accommodating. We hope you return for another round at Old South. soon.


"Excellent day"


ScottDov123's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

From the moment we arrived til when we left the course it was an excellent day. The staff at the bag drop and pro shop were great. The starter went out of his way to be helpful and informative. The course was in great condition. The price through golf now was very reasonable and fair. Planning to return to Hilton Head in late June and hope to play again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/15/2018

We are so glad you are planning to come back. There will be no aerification in June unlike many other courses. Our staff appreciates your comments and the 5 star rating.



RomeoSierra's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/15/2018

We appreciate your 4-star review and hope you return to play again.


"A must visit course"


u245816047's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

This was my first time at Old South. A very nice experience for $50. The course was in very nice shape. The greens were a little soft but only when you hit higher shots. The greens were a little slow but they were very true. They reflected what the practice green was like so you knew what was out there.

The folks working there were great. Depending on the weather this week, I hope to visit them again. In my opinion, a must play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/15/2018

Thanks for the 5 star rating and we are pleased you enjoyed your first round at Old South Golf Links.


"Love the Old South!!!!"


panuthos's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Listen- frankly this golf course just might have the best views for the value of any course I've ever played!!! If you are looking for low-country scenery and fantastic golf- and dont want to spend big $- just go play Old South & thank me after! Loved it there- from start to finish!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/15/2018

We love that you loved Old South. The views are spectacular especially at high tide and the staff strives to make everyone welcome. We hope to see you again.



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