Links at Wild Dunes Golf Links

4.3627058824 4.4 stars from 5 (22)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6709 yards
  • Slope: 131
  • Rating: 73.2
  • Layout

  • 5881 Palmetto Dr, Isle of Palms, South Carolina 29451, Charleston County
  • (855) 998-5351, (843) 886-2164
  • (843) 886-2203
  • www.wilddunes.com
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Year built: 1980
Architect(s): Tom Fazio (1980), Tom Fazio (2015)
Type: Resort
Greens: Champion Bermuda grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: No
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6709 yards 73.2 131
White 72 6193 yards 70.4 128
Gold 72 5536 yards 67.3 118
Red (W) 72 4907 yards 70.4 120

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 22 Reviews
5 stars:
9
4 stars:
11
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

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"Very nice track"


u4860302's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

In the Charleston area and got a day to play. This was a wonderful experience. Nicely conditioned for late spring, smooth greens, tight fairways.

Lots of treachery to avoid.

Really enjoyed the company of a retured couple from Atlanta and would look forward to returning to this course again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Windy fun at Isle of Palms"


Lawrence4220251's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing the Wild Dunes Links course. A Fazio course that I believe he designed with better golfers in mind. There are some really funky holes like no 10, a short par 4 that is guaranteed to bamboozle even the best golfer with its elevation and sloped fairway.

17 and 18 are the only two ocean holes but were playing really hard on Sunday due to high wind off the ocean.

I will definitely play there again given the opportnity


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u000005686369's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2018
First time playing 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



rp000001's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2018
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: Average


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


realasudxgift's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Played last week at the Links Course at Wild Dunes. With the extremely cold weather in the southeast this winter I was very surprised to find the course in excellent shape. The fairways were overseeded and full of rye. The greens were in excellent shape and rolled smooth and at a very nice speed. The starter was a nice gentlemen, the pace of play was decent, not great. The course is alot of fun to play, and is pretty challenging without killing you. The wind itself is a huge defense for the course. There are not a ton of forced carries. Most of the water in play (marsh and ocean) are on the sides. Most of the fairways are rather forgiving, however, most approach shots tighten up around the greens due to either bunkers or marsh. The greens are rather undulating and its rather easy to 3 putt and hard to get up and down when you miss.

All in all if you can get a deal its worth a play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging but fair"


u880964807's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/30/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played in late December fairways and greens were in great shape. Someone must have made the greens keeper mad that morning the pin positions for the weather conditions were beyond tough. Overall the course is challenging and fair not many shots that aren't right in front of you to see. I recommend anyone in the area go oit and play it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u0000022702's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A bit overpriced for the area and the competition

Nice course, a fair amount of trouble and nice green complexes. They did not change the cups from the day prior which was not a nice impression.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course, Still too Expensive"


JR0941's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

This course is great to play. It's short, but the wind comes into play and knocks down the distance on a good amount of shots. Everything was great, from staff to pace of play. The only drawback is that this course is very overpriced. It's worth paying $85 bucks for the prime tee times and about $60 for twilight rates. All that being said, I would definitely play this course over the Harbor course if in Wild Dunes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"God course but Too expensive"


DavidXu's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

The course condition is good, both fairway and green. But if you have paid the full rack rate and expecting spectacular views then thou will be disappointed. There are some water views at the end but very average view. For me it turned out a great round. I booked a 4pm game at $75 and was able to start the game at 3pm. Finishing at 730pm, way before sunset.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/09/2017

Good course but Too expensive



u00000494238's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Low Country Resort Golf at its Best"


KielChristianson's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Tom Fazio's first solo design. It's been renovated recently, with greatly expanded greens. 6503 yards from the tips, but plays longer due to sea-level elevation and ocean winds. Final two holes are the climax -- both right on the beach. 18th is a pretty par 3; used to be a par 5 before hurricane washed it out. A bit pricey at the top-end rack rate, but if you can get a deal, well worth it. Lots of OB/hazards (and gators), but very fun to play. Pace of play rating is low due to a bad foursome in front of us -- non-golfers comped a round by another resort because of a screw-up. Still, it was a very long round.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



riddickbo's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

First time I played here in about 3 years and was amazed by the excellent condition, particularly the greens. Although quite firm, the putting surfaces were absolutely perfect....fast, smooth and true. The last three holes were renovated a couple of years ago (#18 changed to a par 3 from a par 5 due to beach erosion and the green on #16 enlarged), and made for a great finish. This course has a fabulous collection of par 3 holes, and although the overall length of the course is short by today's standards it is still challenging and very fun to play. Wind is typically a factor due to proximity to the ocean. Can't wait to go back real soon.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Links Course"


dmac05's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/21/2016
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Excellent conditions. New carts. Scoreable par 5's. Love holes #5, #13 and #18 in particular. All staff were great!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Worth the trip!"


CookDaddy's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2016

Reviewed on

Loved the last few holes that end along the Ocean. Picture worthy! Very well maintained track. I had a great time here! My only knock was the $150 fee, somewhat expected and I don't like to knock a course on it's price, but felt a little overpriced on the whole.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Must play in Charleston"


u569171624's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Wild Dunes Links was the finale of a four-day golf buddies trip to Charleston. The weather was fantastic, the course was in great shape, especially considering recent heavy rain, and the staff were very friendly and accommodating. It was the perfect course to tie a bow on our trip.

While the group loved the course, none us felt the experience was quite worth the $145+ tax price tag. Consensus was $125, but why split hairs? #17 & #18 are great finishing holes based on the ocean views alone. It was disappointing to finish on a par 3, but understandable given Mother Nature's persistent disregard for the wonderful signature par 5 that once existed and has since been partially reclaimed by the Atlantic Ocean. If you play the course correctly you'll use every club in your bag. If you are a fairly long hitter you won't need your driver much, if at all.

The biggest complaint my group had was the mosquitoes. The mild temperatures and the soggy surroundings created swarms of annoying, Deet-tolerant blood suckers. The starter even sprayed us down before we teed off, but it didn't seem to help much.

I recommend this course as a must play for anyone, at least once. It's more scenic and more enjoyable than the tighter, quirky Harbor Course, but you'll pay the difference.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun Play!"


AlexByrd's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2016
First time playing Used cart Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I really enjoyed playing the Links course. The staff could not have been more friendly or accommodating, and what is not to like about a course that has holes along the marsh and ocean??? The wind made the course play very difficult, but very, very fun!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"A must play Fazio classic"


poehestad's avatar
Gender:  Male

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

We had a great time on a fabulous course. New greens were in excellent shape, the staff went above and beyond to accommodate our group.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great golf course and staff"


Oneilgolf3420's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

New favorite place to get away from the every day hustle 'n bustle. Take family and friends to let loose on a few hundred golf balls. Range is great for the family in the evening. If your coming to Charleston make sure to play this true Tom Fazio links golf course. Last few holes are right on the ocean. Great views on the beach and golf course. Worth every penny. Thank you links staff for a great experience we will be back.


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


"Not worth the money."


tbooker127's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

The course is very scenic and the 17th on the ocean is quite the hole. The problem is the greens. They were way too firm and did not hold any spin. The pins were in ridiculous paces for a weekend. The greens were overseeded with rye grass and we're starting to die off because they weren't watering them. The result was concrete. I tried to repair an old pitch mark and bent my repair tool. I wouldn't play here again until after a heavy rain. The range was mats only for no reason. The course is also shoe horned in and the houses ruin the scenery of the natural dunes.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Great round"


realasudxgift's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/08/2015
First time playing Played as a single Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played the Links at Wild Dunes this afternoon. Payed the afternoon rate of $80 in the offseason. Thought this was a touch much but its Charleston and things are more expensive and it did include range balls. The range was mat only today which I hate but hey they were free. The course is in excellent condition. Tees, fairways, and greens all over seeded and very nice. Greens rolled smooth and were pretty fast. The staff was nice and friendly enough. The front 9 is pretty flat and is the easier of the two nines. It also seemed to have less wind. The back is where the challenge begins with more elevation change and wind really affecting each shot. The ocean side holes are spectacular, however, the par 5 ocean side 18th has been shortened to a 150 yard par 3 due to beach erosion. I would recommend a round here especially with the afternoon rate or any other discounts you might could find.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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