Old South Golf Links

4.3985529412 4.4 stars from 5 (821)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6772 yards
  • Slope: 138
  • Rating: 72.7
  • Layout

  • 50 Buckingham Plantation Dr, Bluffton, South Carolina 29910, Beaufort County
  • (800) 275-8997, (843) 785-5353
  • (843) 837-7375
  • www.oldsouthgolf.com
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Year built: 1991
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
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
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 821 Reviews
5 stars:
371
4 stars:
372
3 stars:
58
2 stars:
13
1 stars:
7

recommend this course

784 out of 817 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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"Great course just off the island"


rzitnik's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Traveling with family I only could escape to play one or two rounds for the week I was here. Thanks to golfnow.com I found this great deal and filled out a foursome.

Course overall was in great condition. There were only a few greens that had some bad spots but they didn't affect the game based on where they located the pin position.

I would play this course again!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Old South Hilton Head"


ronh1951's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice layout, fairly good condition, round was enjoyable.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/16/2018

We appreciate your 4-star review and hope you play again when you visit the low-country.


"Old south"


Michaelbond123456's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Got a hot deal time. Was paired with another single player and a twosome. Course was in ok shape. Fairways were very well maintained a couple of the greens were damaged pretty bad. But only mattered if you hit it there. Other than that great time.


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 07/16/2018

Thanks for your review. We do have two greens that were being re-sodded and apologize for the inconvenience but it needed to be done. We hope you get to play again.


"Low Country Gem!"


u000005210751's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Challenging course with beautiful and serene low country scenery. Great golf experience!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/12/2018

We are glad you enjoyed the golf course and the beautiful scenery surrounding it. Be sure to play again when in the low-country.



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/12/2018

Thanks for the 4 star review.



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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 07/11/2018

We appreciate the 5-star review and hope to see you back for another round.


"Great place"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff is great and the pace of play is awesome


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/11/2018

We are glad you enjoyed Old South Golf Links. We are proud of our friendly staff and try our best to maintain a reasonable pace of play for everyone. Be sure to play again!


"Stunning Course!"


u000007594353's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We thoroughly enjoyed this course! First time to Hilton Head and we found this gem of a course. Would play this course again.


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 07/09/2018

We are so glad you found Old South Golf Links! Thanks for the 5 star review and be sure to play again on your next trip to Hilton Head.


"Great layout and value"


cecurtis97's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played mid afternoon in 3 1/2 hours. Great design and layout.... Had a few patchy spots in fairways, but the greens were pretty smooth and not too fast.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/02/2018

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your day at Old South. Be sure to come back!


"Need strategy, not resort golf"


u794134940's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

The course is fair and playing it twice will be fun because it does challenge your course management skills.

We played while the grass was being changed on the greens so the we’re slow.

The only change I would make at this point would be the traps. They need better sand or they need to declare traps as waste areas.

Looking forward to planning it in october when we vacation here again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/25/2018

We are glad you enjoyed your day at Old South. Bunkers are on the list for maintenance and replenishment so should be improved when you return. We do hope to see you in the fall.


"Course conditions not communicated"


robtres's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

I played Old South on 6/17 and enjoyed my round. I came back on 6/20 and found that the greens were significantly top dressed. There was no course condition alert on GolfNow, so after my round I spoke with the pro shop employee to express my displeasure with the course's lack of communication with players about conditions. I am fully aware that top dressing needs to be done, however I would expect a quality course to make players aware that their short game conditions for all 18 holes will not be what they would expect to experience. The pro shop employee did not seem to understand my concern and was unapologetic. I would have played another golf course on 6/20 if course conditions were communicated properly to me.

I book many rounds on GolfNow and expect golf courses to provide the same information to players as if they had called the course themselves. Unfortunately, this may be my last time playing a typically enjoyable golf course simply because I cannot trust that the golf course is providing accurate course condition information to GolfNow.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/25/2018

We apologize that your experience was less than great. Top dressing maintenance must be done and cannot always be planned in advance or may need to be rescheduled for the next day due to summer weather issue such as thunderstorms. We do regret and apologize that that the staff member you spoke with was not sympathetic to your concerns. You can always book through GolfNow and call the golf shop to see if any maintenance is going on that day. We will be completely closed for aerification maintenance on 8/14 & 8/15/18.


"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


Response from Old South on 06/19/2018:

Thank you for the 4-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback regarding our course conditions, especially after the weather we have received. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.

"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


Response from Old South on 06/19/2018:

Thank you for your honest review, we apologize if you did not enjoy your round at Old South. The course can be very challenging as it winds its way through the marshlands, so we do have some unique holes. Thank you for coming out and we hope that you will give us another try in the near future.

"Most scenic course in Hilton Head area"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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.



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