Old South Golf Links

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4.3
908
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398
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415
3 Stars
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2 Stars
14
1 Stars
7
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
95.0%
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860 out of 908 reviews
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4.1
81
5 Stars
25
4 Stars
40
3 Stars
15
2 Stars
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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72 out of 81 reviews
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4.3
195
5 Stars
83
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
3
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Conditions
4.0
Value
4.3
Layout
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Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.0
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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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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
First Time Playing

Needs attention to detail and staff training

This course has so much going for it.....amazing views, very nice fairways, and a very challenging layout.

That’s what got my rating to an overall “3”.

I knew that the course was just aerated which I saw routine, but there’s so much more that needs fixing. Greens were lgood added with sand that’s there wasn’t much green To be seen.

1. The starter seemed to be bothered because I took him away from his phone to get the 2 bags of balls I purchased in the shop. He got me the balls and went right back to his phone.

2. We had a tee time around 1pm, saw the beverage cart once on the 2nd hole. SHe informed us that we needed to get beverages at that time as she’d be done for the day at 3pm. It was 95 degrees humid and the sign on the course read, “ABSOLUTELY NO outside beverages permitted on the course”. If that’s the case, why was the cart service stopping at 3pm.?

3. Tee boxes we’re in very poor shape.

4. Course workers should be trained to slow their equipment, stop cutting, and to yield to players. Nope. In fact the supervisor riding around in a cart, stopped and had a loud conversation and a distraction to our game.

5. At the driving range, there was a sign that’s read....”.No Five-somes permitted.......DONT EVEN ASK”.......just not “guest Friendly”

I’ve been in the hospitality industry for 30 years and hire, recruit, and train.

I really liked the course, but got to play it On the wrong day.

Service team and culture needs to step up it’s game.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
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OldSouthGolfMGT
Commented On 2018-08-23T13:35:22.000+00:00

We regret you were less than satisfied with your day at Old South. No employee should be on a cellphone while serving customers and unfortunately that set the tone for your day. We do provide drinking water on every 3 holes and the clubhouse is accessible after #5 and #9 for additional beverage purchases. You are able to have those beverages in a cooler with ice provided by Old South. Heavy rains the afternoon before you played set back the maintenance crew trying to get the course ready for play and we apologize for the interruption it caused in your game.

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
North Carolina Advisor
Previously Played

Very disappointed

This is about the sixth or seventh time I’ve played this course, and I keep telling myself I won’t come back, but I do. This will be the last time.

The tees and greens were horrible. I chose to play here, because the conditions are almost always good, but barren tee boxes, and burnt out greens abounded. The fairways were fine, but that was about it.

The layout is what always makes me not want to come back, and that hasn’t changed. Too much “goofy golf” for my tastes. There are some good holes, but there are 4-5 holes that should be completely redone, imo.

Paid almost $50 per person for an afternoon hot deal, and even that price is no value. Rather spend the money to play the better courses on island. Better golf, better value for me.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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OldSouthGolfMGT
Commented On 2018-08-23T13:40:55.000+00:00

We are sorry you did not enjoy your day. By August the greens are in need of aerification which was done 8/14 & 8/15 . Once healed they will be faster. Tee boxes are on the schedule for maintenance so please try us again next year.

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

Great layout and nice conditions

Fairways very good from tee to green. Plenty of trouble...need to hit good shots. Greens need to be faster. Will play again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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OldSouthGolfMGT
Commented On 2018-08-08T18:00:31.000+00:00

We are glad you plan to play again. Greens are a little slow now but will speed up after they heal from aerification next week.

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Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

very slow greens

Some of the greens were in repair mode. All the greens were very slow and none of the people in the group were able to adapt to how slow they were. The greens are the only reason I would not recommend the course to someone. Other than the greens, I enjoyed the course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
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OldSouthGolfMGT
Commented On 2018-08-06T12:56:58.000+00:00

Thanks for your comments. We are scheduled for aerification next week which will certainly make the greens faster when they completely recover. We hope to see you again when the greens are rolling at a better pace.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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OldSouthGolfMGT
Commented On 2018-07-30T13:35:40.000+00:00

We appreciate your 5-star review and hope to see you at Old South again.

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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OldSouthGolfMGT
Commented On 2018-07-30T13:36:35.000+00:00

Thanks for taking the time to give us your opinion and we are glad it rated 5 stars!

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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Slow greens

Course was excellent condition with exception to the greens which had a few bad areas and was really slow. Only problem was the fact that it was cart path only from rain the previous night but after 9 holes the fairways were not wet in which maintenance continue to run fairways with mowers, blowers and miscellaneous equipment with no problems. Would have courteous to allow customers to 90 in the fairways especially with temperatures realfeel reaching 105F.

Still recommend course which has a nice layout and some beautiful views.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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OldSouthGolfMGT
Commented On 2018-07-23T13:17:05.000+00:00

We appreciate your 4-star rating and we are glad you enjoyed your day. Heavy down-pours for several days in a row necessitated cart path only restrictions. Our maintenance crew must continue to work and know all the areas that need to be avoided when it rains for days unlike players that may be unfamiliar with the areas to avoid. We hope for dryer weather soon!

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

Great course just off the island

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!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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OldSouthGolfMGT
Commented On 2018-07-20T17:34:19.000+00:00

Thanks for the 5 stars...we hope to see you here again soon.

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Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Old South Hilton Head

Nice layout, fairly good condition, round was enjoyable.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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OldSouthGolfMGT
Commented On 2018-07-16T15:10:31.000+00:00

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

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Old south

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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OldSouthGolfMGT
Commented On 2018-07-16T15:12:11.000+00:00

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.

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

Low Country Gem!

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

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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OldSouthGolfMGT
Commented On 2018-07-12T13:15:19.000+00:00

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

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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OldSouthGolfMGT
Commented On 2018-07-12T13:15:49.000+00:00

Thanks for the 4 star review.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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OldSouthGolfMGT
Commented On 2018-07-11T13:03:18.000+00:00

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

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I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great place

The staff is great and the pace of play is awesome

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OldSouthGolfMGT
Commented On 2018-07-11T13:04:58.000+00:00

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!

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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Stunning Course!

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

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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OldSouthGolfMGT
Commented On 2018-07-09T16:48:17.000+00:00

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.

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

Great layout and value

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.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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OldSouthGolfMGT
Commented On 2018-07-02T13:35:48.000+00:00

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

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Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Need strategy, not resort golf

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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OldSouthGolfMGT
Commented On 2018-06-25T13:32:46.000+00:00

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.

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Course conditions not communicated

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.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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OldSouthGolfMGT
Commented On 2018-06-25T13:41:00.000+00:00

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.

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

Wet

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.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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.
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Old south quirky but will go back

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

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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.
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