Old South Golf Links

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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
95.0%
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860 out of 908 reviews
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4.1
81
5 Stars
25
4 Stars
40
3 Stars
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1
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0
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.2
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
88.9%
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4.3
195
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83
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.0
Value
4.3
Layout
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Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.4
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Links
Par 72
Length 6772 yards
Slope 138
Rating 72.7
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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4.3
908

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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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented On 2019-01-28T15:27:13.000+00:00

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Commented On 2018-10-15T13:29:02.000+00:00

We appreciate your 5-star review!

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Tee to green could not be better. The value for a “hot deal” was really questionable. Overall a nice course with a grumpy staff, the only folks with a smile or kind word were the young men handling the carts.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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Old South Golf Links
Commented On 2019-01-28T15:27:01.000+00:00

We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. We hope you'll give us another try in the near future.

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Commented On 2018-10-12T13:24:28.000+00:00

Thanks for your overall good comments on the course and our apologies if you found some staff less than hospitable. Anxiety over a second major storm in a month headed our way the next day had its affect on staff concerned for their families and homes. We are grateful it missed us again.

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I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Old South

Fairways were great. But the greens were not. I didn’t like some holes that were islands due to the inland marsh’s. Otherwise it was a good value and fun.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Response from Old South Golf Links on 10/22/2018:
Thank you for the honest review, we hope you enjoyed your challenging round with us. Please come back and see us again soon.
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3.0
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First Time Playing

Unfair to high handicap players

Too many holes especially last 4 and the 7th in particular, require golfers to clear protected wet lands which is difficult for higher handicappers. It spoiled an otherwise pleasant experience.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
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Old South Golf Links
Commented On 2019-01-28T15:26:34.000+00:00

We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. We hope you'll give us another try in the near future.

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Commented On 2018-10-08T14:59:56.000+00:00

We regret you did not enjoy your day but most like the challenge of our layout. We do provide a variety of tees so playing the one that will suit your handicap is suggested.

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Gotta Play It!

Great public course...challenging layout...you don't want to miss playing here!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Old South Golf Links
Commented On 2019-01-28T15:26:27.000+00:00

We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

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Commented On 2018-10-08T15:00:55.000+00:00

We appreciate your comments and hope to see you and your friends at Old South again!

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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Challenging course

Interesting course, a little difficult for my game but I will play there next trip to HH. Course condition was good, a little wet in a few places but had little effect on my score.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Old South Golf Links
Commented On 2019-01-28T15:26:20.000+00:00

We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

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Commented On 2018-10-08T15:02:51.000+00:00

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your round at Old South. Your next round may improve now that you are familiar with the course and we hope to see you again.

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Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Fun course to play. I liked the layout a lot. It would have been great but the greens were too slow

Will definitely play again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Old South Golf Links on 10/22/2018:
Thank you for the honest review, we appreciate the feedback and are so glad you enjoyed the layout! Please come back and see us again soon.
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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Previously Played

Different layout

We played this course several years ago. We thought we’d play it again. Several holes on the course were a very odd layout. You weren’t sure where to hit or where the green was. Several shots over a marshy area. Greens didn’t roll very well. Will not play it again.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
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Old South Golf Links
Commented On 2019-01-28T15:26:00.000+00:00

We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. We hope you'll give us another try in the near future.

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Commented On 2018-10-08T15:06:44.000+00:00

We regret you did not pick up a course guide which would have given you the layout that skirts the protected wetlands. We'd like to have you back now that you are familiar with the course.

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Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented On 2018-09-27T13:01:35.000+00:00

Thanks for your 5 star review!

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Moderate difficulty

Has some testing holes but generally moderate.Some of the greens had spots of very little grass and had sand in its place.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 2018-09-25T13:33:06.000+00:00

We appreciate your 4 star review and hope to see you again. There are some areas on the greens that are still recovering and should fill in soon.

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3.0
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Disappointed

I looked forward to a return engagement at Old South but came away disappointed. The irrigation system was run for too long resulting in balls plugging in many places. The greens were covered in heavy dew for the majority of the round and were very slow.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented On 2018-09-25T13:36:33.000+00:00

We appreciate your comments. There has been very little rain in the past month and some areas that may not drain as well as others after the irrigation has been run. Playing later in the day solves the morning dew issue.

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Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Marsh and wildlife

Love the layout. With the marsh and all the different types of wildlife it was a great experience.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 2018-09-20T13:08:20.000+00:00

We are glad you played Old South and enjoyed the layout and the abundant wildlife. It makes for a fun day.

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Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Old South Golf Links on 10/03/2018:
Thank you for the 4-Star review!
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice course

We play this course every time we come to Hilton Head and it's always a good experience. Nice marsh views on several holes and some challenges as well. Back nine is more difficult for me. Greens are good, a little grainy but that is true with a lot of courses this time of year. Rough is manageable, and fairways are really good. Ball just sits up nicely. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. Will be back again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented On 2018-09-19T13:15:36.000+00:00

We appreciate your great comments and are glad you enjoyed your day at Old South. We love to hear from our loyal supporters and look forward to seeing you again.

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

One of my favorite HHI courses

Played as a twosome on a Sunday afternoon and finished in 3 1/2 hours. Staff is always friendly. It is a nice layout with a couple quirky holes where you can hit too long or too short, with carries over junk on both tee and green shots. (Suggest you go for long and pray.) Greens a little slow due to heat and rain and the areas fronting the greens were very soft, so you can't play for bump and run shots. Practice areas are good. The course is a good value and is the first course on Bluffton off HHI.

Enjoy.

PS: If there is an alligator on the floating putting green behind the clubhouse, it's not a fake.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented On 2018-09-26T13:40:45.000+00:00

Thanks for taking the time to share your comments. We appreciate the 4 star review and hope to be on your list of "must plays" in the Hilton Head area.

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Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Best Views Around

I was pleasantly surprised at how picturesque this course was, there are about a half dozen holes right on the water with views overlooking the wetlands. This course also offers a number of unique holes with 90 degree doglegs requiring the player to hit to a landing area then to the green. I did not get much of "links" feel when playing the course. It would have been nice if the fairways were faster and there were more bunkers dotted around. The greens were in pretty rough shape unfortunately, with large sandy spots on many of them and they were quite slow. I would definitely recommend playing this course, and hopefully the greens with heal and the course with return to excellent condition.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented On 2018-09-17T15:08:31.000+00:00

We appreciate your 4 star review. Old South is very scenic with challenges for all levels. The greens have been slow to recover from aerification but soon should be rolling well as we head into fall. We hope to see you again!

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Skill Advanced
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Response from Old South Golf Links on 10/03/2018:
Thank you for the 4-Star review!
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather

Not a fan of the layout

Second time playing this course and it may just be me but I don't enjoy the design - especially the marsh holes. Course was in decent shape. Stopped at turn to pick something up, the dogs looked like they were spinning on the grill there for a few days. The staff was sweet and apologetic and offered to make a turkey sandwich. Not sure I'll be back but got a good deal so I won't say never.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
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Old South Golf Links
Commented On 2018-11-12T16:41:32.000+00:00

We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again soon.

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Commented On 2018-09-17T15:14:42.000+00:00

We regret you did not enjoy the layout - most golfers do like the variety and challenge. All food is prepared fresh daily and we are well known for great lunches. Perhaps another round will change your mind. We hope to see you again.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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OldSouthGolfMGT
Commented On 2018-08-27T13:39:48.000+00:00

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

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Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
3.0
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First Time Playing

Nice Layout

If the greens hadn’t been punched last week, it might have gotten 4 stars. If I would have known, I probably would have played elsewhere. Great design, however and I would love to play it when it’s in shape.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented On 2018-08-27T13:14:49.000+00:00

We appreciate the feedback. It would be great if we didn't have to do aerification in early to mid-August but it is a neccessity for us and most courses in our area. Our rates reflect the less than perfect conditions until early September. We hope you can play again in the fall when conditions will be great.

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