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Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.0
92.0%
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4.3
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Value
4.3
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.1
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4.7
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4.1
168 Reviews (168)
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Conditions
3.8
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Layout
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.0
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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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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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4.2
1059 Reviews (1059)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 39
Brunch 20
19th Hole Scenic Views 15
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 100
Forced Carries 91
Bunkers 72
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 89
Advanced Golfers 71
Locals 48
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 62
Near Local Attractions 53
Worth the Drive 47

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Would be a nice course if not for the greens

Wish we were informed prior to showing up that day that the greens had been recently aerated. Putting was very difficult. Rest of the course was nice and I found it challenging.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
f2b03fe9-afd6-5abc-a0db-15edb9b3018d
Commented on 07/01/2019

We are glad you found the course challenging and hope you get to play again. We did have an aerification notice posted at the front desk and on-line.. Aerification occurs at most courses here in June as a necessary procedure to keep the greens in great condition for the rest of the year.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Not worth it.

If we knew we were going to be charged full rates for burned out greens, we would have played a different course. Fairways were fine. Greens sucked. If they charged half rates, it might have been worth it.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
f2b03fe9-afd6-5abc-a0db-15edb9b3018d
Commented on 06/20/2019

We regret you were disappointed. There is a notice at the counter informing guests that their is work being done on the greens. This is a necessity in the summer (especially June & August) to keep the greens in good condition the rest of the year.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great layout, greens hurting

Love this course but it really won’t be peaking until Mid Sept. The greens are semi-shot and need precious time to grow back in, rolled flat and cut tight. I’ll check it out again in the Fall of 2019.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
f2b03fe9-afd6-5abc-a0db-15edb9b3018d
Commented on 06/18/2019

Thanks for the 4-stars. Our maintenance crew is doing everything possible to get our greens back to great but some of it depends on Mother Nature who won't be rushed. Please play again to see the improvement.

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

Great Course

The course is an absolute beautiful layout. Especially the 16th par 4. You tee off to an island fairway then hit to an island green. The course istelf was not in the best of conditions but that was do more to the weather we have had lately than course management. It was very soggy from all the rain this past week and there is some dead grass/bare pacthes from the 100 degree heat the week before. The staff was very friendly and they have a nice little clubhouse with a good sized pro shop. There is also a restaurant but I did not try them.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
f2b03fe9-afd6-5abc-a0db-15edb9b3018d
Commented on 06/18/2019

We appreciate your 5-star review and hope to see you back soon. Be sure to try our restaurant either for breakfast or lunch - both are great!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/07/2019

Thank you for the 5-Star review!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice property

This course has deteriorated over the past 13 months since we last played. Not sure if weather or disease has hit the greens. Some tee boxes in poor shape as well.

Still enjoyed our outing and quick pace of play. Got the weekend kicked off!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/07/2019

Thank you for your honest 4-Star review, we appreciate the feedback and your patience as the course is transitioning into the Summer months. Thanks for coming out and we hope that you will give us another try in the near future.

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Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course in Bad Shape

We have played this course hundreds of times. We like the course layout and the staff is always great. That being said, the course is in the worst shape we have seen in 15+ years. The greens are muni course bad and so are many of the tee boxes. The staff will blame the lack of rain - which is true - but there are many other courses in the area that we play whose greens are in far, far better shape and who have managed without the rainfall. Disappointed, as this course usually has been one of the better courses conditions-wise throughout the year. Now among the very worst.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
f2b03fe9-afd6-5abc-a0db-15edb9b3018d
Commented on 06/03/2019

We are sorry you were disappointed. Our greens are transitioning from winter to summer grass at a much slower pace than normal partly due to the wet winter and partly due to the extreme heat in May. Other factors also come into play and are being addressed. The greens may not look very green but they due roll true and procedures are being done to improve the appearance. We are certain you will see a noticeable improvement over the next few weeks.

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Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/07/2019

We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. Thank you for coming out and we hope you'll give us another try so that we can increase your overall star rating.

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Played On
1.0
Previously Played

Worst course played

Started back nine came around turn then got yelled at for playing too fast. Course conditions are awful. Many complaints

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
f2b03fe9-afd6-5abc-a0db-15edb9b3018d
Commented on 06/03/2019

We do double tees in the summer to accommodate all golfers that want to play during the coolest time of day. Since you played faster than instructed by the starter the tee for your second nine was not open for you to immediately tee off. You were asked to wait while those with tee times on #1 finished teeing off. It's very important to maintain the correct pace of play to insure everyone's enjoyment. Our greens are transitioning from winter to summer grass and although they won't appear very green for a few more weeks due to the recent extreme heat, they do roll true.

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

Tough test on a great course

This is one of our favorite courses. Beautiful views, challenging holes, and very good conditions. We played in the heat of the afternoon and had a 3.5 hour round. Nice!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
f2b03fe9-afd6-5abc-a0db-15edb9b3018d
Commented on 05/28/2019

Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed your round at Old South. We hope to see you here again soon.

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

A Nice Course in Hilton Head

Overall, I would recommend the course to anyone going down to Hilton Head. It is off the Island, so keep that in mind with Traffic. The greens on some holes were a bit burnt and had some rough spots but overall, the course itself was in decent shape - and played fair, which is all you can ask for!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 06/09/2019

Thank you for the 4-Star review, we appreciate the great feedback! We are just off the Hilton Head Bridge so the cross island makes us easily accessible to anyone in town. Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you again soon.

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Slow play is back

We were a group of 4. The starter rushed us off to the first tee 10 minutes ahead of our time. We played behind two groups of two and a group of three. We waited on almost every hole. On the 15th tee we saw the ranger. He did nothing to move things along.

After a long round we went in for a cold beer. We came out 20 minutes later to find one of our playing partners set of clubs missing.

Old South needs to monitor slow play and teach the cart guys some customer service.

We did get the clubs back 2.5 hours later. With an offer for a bucket of range balls. I probably won't be back for a while. Sad because we live 8 miles away.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 06/07/2019

We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. We appreciate you pointing out any customer services issues at the course, we will definitely address this issue. Thank you for coming out and we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Beautiful course but unfriendly management

Beautiful course but unfriendly management... The manager at the time I played was totally unfriendly to people using GolfNow and could care less about handicapped veterans ....He made me feel like a second-class citizen and I would never return to this course!!! I will advise all of my friends and associates to avoid this course at all cost!!!

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
f2b03fe9-afd6-5abc-a0db-15edb9b3018d
Commented on 05/28/2019

Our Manager was following procedures implemented by GolfNow. We regret this policy offended you but is a policy for everyone - veterans are not singled out. When you purchase the "hot deal" which is for a specific time and show up an hour early we cannot send you out early.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 05/31/2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Incredible deterioration of greens

Wow...We come down for four months every year...Old South was one of our favorites...hadn’t played there yet this year...Was amazed that the greens are in such bad shape...especially compared to so many other courses in Bluffton where the greens are in great shape right now.

A shame because the course was terrific last year and we played it multiple times...don’t think we’ll be back this year because there are so many other nice courses in the area for even less cost.

We’ll give it another go next year and see if the greens come back.

Sorry...don’t like to write this kind of review...but you asked.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
f2b03fe9-afd6-5abc-a0db-15edb9b3018d
Commented on 05/28/2019

There are several greens with issues that are being addressed by our course superintendent. Unfortunately it is not a quick fix but everything possible is being done to bring those areas back to the kind of surface golfers expect.

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Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Greens need help but I love the Layout

As stated by previous reviewers the greens are not in good shape. I also noticed several divots on some of the tee boxes and some of the fairways were lacking grass in some areas. My wife and I loved the layout. My handicap is around 23 and I didn't have any problems with the force carryovers. The range area and practice putting green were very nice. The guy at the bag drop was very friendly and helpful. The wildlife at this course was incredible. We on;y saw one small alligator but we saw an Egret, Stork, Osprey, Squirrels,. and a big raccoon ran across the fairway as we were teeing off. We only played nine holes during twilight time and we never saw anyone in front of or behind us after the first hole We played another course in the area and we were offered free range balls because we booked through Golf Now but we were disappointed that we were not offered free range balls at Old South. A few tweaks here and there and this is a five star course but there are some areas that need improvement!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
f2b03fe9-afd6-5abc-a0db-15edb9b3018d
Commented on 05/20/2019

We are glad you enjoyed your day at Old South and hope to see you again. The few areas on a couple of greens are being addressed this summer but it will take some time for new grass to take over those areas.

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good times

Staff was very friendly! Restaurant staff was extremely nice and food was great! Course was in good shape, greens a little slow. Lots of gators to take photos of. Always fun!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
f2b03fe9-afd6-5abc-a0db-15edb9b3018d
Commented on 05/20/2019

We strive to be the friendliest course in the area and yes...the food is great! We are glad you enjoyed your day at Old South Golf Links.

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

One of our favourites when in HHI

We actually got to play here twice this visit. It is a great and fun track with some interesting holes. I played the white tees which suited my game.I would suggest this to anyone in the area. golf Now offers the best price. Full price in the morning is too steep for me.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/09/2019

Thank you for the great review, Please come back and see us again soon.

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice Low Country Track

Squeezed in an enjoyable 9 with my son in law in perfect weather. Course in decent shape overall. Several of the greens had some discolored/bare areas and were s-l-o-w -- but they rolled pretty true. This course plays different from every tee: choose wisely.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
f2b03fe9-afd6-5abc-a0db-15edb9b3018d
Commented on 05/16/2019

Thanks for your 4-star review. Those areas on a couple of greens are being addressed over the summer by our maintenance department. We hope you get to play the back 9 too on a future round.

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course great but spotty greens.

The course was in great shape, with the exception that quite a few greens had burned out/diseased spots.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
f2b03fe9-afd6-5abc-a0db-15edb9b3018d
Commented on 05/14/2019

We appreciate hearing from you. We do have a few areas on the greens where the winter grass has receded and the summer Bermuda grass has not transitioned well. These are being addressed by our superintendent. We hope to see you at Old South again soon.

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