Dunes West Golf Club
|White (W)||72||5424 yards||71.8||126|
|Red (W)||72||5129 yards||69.6||120|
|Black M: 73.4/135||405||383||357||489||409||168||497||197||381||3286||396||531||173||360||470||561||412||214||456||3573||6859|
|Gold M: 71.3/131||384||364||348||476||389||150||488||175||372||3146||374||518||156||344||436||519||399||198||418||3362||6508|
|Blue M: 69.4/126||360||345||322||446||372||135||452||162||351||2945||358||496||152||324||423||481||369||169||383||3155||6100|
|White M: 66.3/117 W: 72.1/129||299||330||290||396||331||109||442||129||299||2625||313||476||135||258||389||429||319||144||336||2799||5424|
|Red W: 69.8/123||290||300||255||392||311||107||420||126||295||2496||310||442||122||256||379||427||262||109||326||2633||5129|
Dunes West is a very nice course. Even though they are on temporary greens, while the real greens are being replaced, they have done a fantastic job keeping the course in great playing condition. You aren’t going to get much practice putting but working out your irons and chip shots are going to be fun. I’ve played twice in the past week and look forward to playing some more throughout the summer. Pace was kind of slow but I really don’t mind as long as the group behind slows down as well, nobody like being pushed into the next group.
Fine course, but greens have been lost
Played nine holes in league play. Price is right, and now costs less as greens are being renewed and temp greens installed. Course usually is a favorite and not overly long or difficult. Good amenities and friendly staff.
Open fairways, basic course layout
The layout, Course conditions, staff, were all decent. Nothing to beam over, but not bad either. I enjoyed it enough to suggest it to others but not enough to be impressed either.
An Arthur Hills Lowcountry Masterpiece
Dunes West Golf and River Club is ideally situated along Wagner Creek and the Wando River, offering up some spectacular views of the surrounding aquatic life. The course itself was designed by renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills and is a “must play” for any golfer traveling in or around Charleston, SC. Dunes West has been proclaimed by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as a “Top 10 Resort Course”.
The course plays 6,859 yards from the back tees, with a course rating of 73.0 and a slope of 134. Most golfers will find that the Blue Tees (6,100/69.0/122) will give them all they can handle and still maintain a little dignity.
Hills took full advantage of both the Wando River and Wagner Creek when he built this masterpiece. As you make your way around the course, you’ll see saltwater marshes and coastal tidelands; all commonplace for those who live in the South Carolina’s lowcountry, but visually stunning for those who don’t.
Like most Arthur Hills, there’s a lot of mounding in the peripheries of the fairways and around the green complexes. Grass bunkers and swales are every bit as challenging as the light, fluffy sand you’ll find in any of the traps. Greens come in all shapes and sizes, most have subtle undulation and all roll true.
There were several challenging holes on the front nine at Dunes West, but none more memorable than the four finishing holes. Number 15 is a Par 5 that has two sets of four fairway bunkers that challenge players off the tee and in the layup landing zones. The first set are on the edge of the fairway and shouldn’t cause much trouble; the second set bisect the fairway and catch a good deal of layup attempts. A long drive up the left side sets up a good opportunity to get home in two and go for broke.
Number 16 is the toughest hole on the inward nine. Water come into play over the trio of fairway bunkers on the right off the tee, but is more in play on your approach shot. The green is small with subtle undulations.
Number 17 is a par 3 that is by far the most challenging par 3 at Dunes West. With water on the right side and sand left and long, there is no room for error off the tee. Miss the left fairway bunker long and you’re facing a tough lie in a grass swale. The green is small and slopes left to right. Best of luck!
Number 18 is a great finishing hole. With no bunkers on the hole your biggest challenge is to control your drive off the tee. Keep it in the short grass and leave yourself a clear shot into the green and you’ll finish strong; just be sure to avoid the marsh area short left.
In addition to a superb golf course, Dunes West also has a 6000-square foot clubhouse with full service dining. One of the specialties at The Grille are the tacos, which come in several varieties, and the burgers are outstanding. On Thursdays, The Grille is open for dinner with delectable entrees of beef, chicken and fish. There’s also a full array of country club amenities including swim and tennis.
Because of its location, Dunes West is a picturesque and memorable location for weddings. Their experienced event and culinary staff can help you put together your special occasion. It’s also a great venue to host your next tournament or golf outing.
Good course. Wide open
Not the tightest course and has wide fairways, but a good layout lots of fun with some really well thought out holes
Greens are gone
I'll tell you, I was looking forward to playing this course for a while, so I was pretty disappointed when I was told the greens had just been aerated. As a golfer that's something you prepare for in the summer in the South, so I sucked it up.
Besides, they gave an "aeration special" for $39.50 which sounded like a steal.
That feeling didn't last long once I realized the greens hadn't been aerated, they were dead. I don't mean dormant, I mean lost. Very little grass on most greens and none on some others. What a shame. The course layout was really nice. Not top shelf, but much better than average. And the condition of the fairways and tee boxes was great. On the bright side, I got paired up with some locals who were lots of fun and great to play with. It was nice having someone give you inside info on the various holes.
This course wasn't overly difficult, although there were some hazards that could jump up and bite you if you lost focus. Dunes West isn't quite as scenic as its neighbor RiverTowne, but it's certainly worth a visit if you're looking for a solid course in the Charleston area. Some forgettable holes, but overall good setup. Definitely call ahead and get the status of the greens before you head up there.
Worth leaving the beaten path of Route 17
I played the Dunes West Golf and River Club outside of Charleston, South Carolina, on 12/3/15 while driving from Clearwater to Myrtle Beach. The par 72 semi-private course is located in a housing community a few miles northeast of Charleston off Routes 41 and 17 east of Charleston. The course was relatively easy to find.
The course is advertised as an Arthur Hills design. I had initially planned on playing somewhere closer to Myrtle Beach, but while staying in Charleston found a discount card in the hotel lobby for Dunes West and researched the course on the internet.
On the day I played, there had been a lot of rain the day before and carts were restricted to cart paths. Some of the holes were quite wide and resulted in very long walks from the cart path because of course we don’t always hit the ball where we aim it.
I played the Gold tees which is one of four sets of tees available. The Gold tees play to 6,508 yards with a rating of 70.9 and slope of 127. The various tees play from 6,859 yards for the Black tees to the Red tees of 5,129 yards with a rating of 69.6 and slope of 120.
The design is the centerpiece of an upscale riverside community. The course had wide fairways and seemed to be playable for players of all abilities if they play the right set of tee boxes. The website offers a flyover of the holes.
The course looked to be very walkable and I did see what I assume were members walking the course.
I had my Sky Caddie which of course helped when playing an unfamiliar course. Most of the holes were different from each other and presented some unique challenges because some of the greens were well-guarded by water. I took pictures of a few holes. Because the many of the holes had wide landing areas, I felt comfortable trying to cut loose off some of the tees.
The course has par four finishing holes on the 9th and 18th holes with a forced carry on #9 and the long 18th running alongside the river. Both holes were very nice and picturesque finishing holes. From the 18th tee, you see the beautiful clubhouse just to the right rear of the 18th green.
I called the course the day I played and was encouraged to come up and play. Everybody was very friendly and encouraged coming back. Due to heavier traffic, and the fact that the course was farther from where I was staying than I realized, I was late for my tee time, but that was no problem.
There was drinking water on four holes. I did notice two bathroom facilities on the 5th, 7th, and 13th holes. There are a lot of houses around the course, but they are set well back of the playing area. There was a girl driving a beverage cart and I saw her on three different occasions.
I was taken by surprise when I was putting on the 18th green and someone got into my cart, and moved it closer to the green. It startled me in the middle of the putt because I thought someone was taking my clubs, but he was cleaning my clubs when I walked over to the cart.
The course was in very good condition throughout all eighteen holes. All of the fairways and roughs were in very good shape, and the conditioning was what one would expect of an upscale community. The greens had undulations were fairly quick, but held shots well. All greens seemed to putt true.
This course has a restaurant in the clubhouse and advertises itself as an upscale venue for weddings and other types of social events. I didn’t get to utilize any of the practice facilities due to time constraints, but there was a nice driving range and practice green area there.
I played the course at 11:30 AM at a rate of $48 plus tax with the 20% discount coupon from the hotel. I forgot to ask if they had a senior rate.
In summation, I was very glad that I decided to play Dunes West instead of one of the courses up near the Myrtle Beach/Pawleys Island area. I have played many courses in the Myrtle Beach area over the years but none in the Charleston area, and Dunes West was a really nice surprise.
Thanks for the detail. I wish everyone would put this much thought into their review.
Great Mt Pleasant option for plublic option
greens consistent not quick. Bunkers w sand and raked. Tee boxes great. Fairways good. Good solid layout no pushover. I love this place, great QPR. Good customer service. Good food and beverage. Cannot go wrong at Dunes West, been playing here for years. Solid B public option.
Dunes West Golf Club
The Good: Upscale public facility just east of Charleston is built within a large housing community. Interesting course design has an "Augusta" feel with large trees and pine straw areas. Strong Par 5's and nice variety in Par 4's. Very good course conditions and large, undulating greens that putt pretty true. Excellent "old-style" clubhouse with full restaurant and bar, nice on-course restroom areas, and good service. Strong practice area includes excellent driving range and good short area. Decent value at under $100 during peak season.
The Bad: The Par 3's are moderately lackluster compared to the rest of the course. Lack of GPS is a negative. Off-season and twilight rates aren't much lower than peak rates.
The Verdict: Dunes West is one of the best public courses in the Charleston area. Good course for all skill levels and a country club feel, especially the "Masters" style entrance.
Best Hole: The short Par 5 #4 requires a hook around trees and an approach to a long green guarded by a pond left and bunkers right.
Golf course was in great shape. Clubhouse staff friendly, as was the starter , and other members of the course that we met while playing. The greens were narrow some smallish while others were good size,they rolled nicely. For the most part fairly roomy, will play again.