The Golf Club at Sanctuary Cove

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4.6
266
5 Stars
100
4 Stars
113
3 Stars
30
2 Stars
11
1 Stars
12
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.8
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.1
91.3%
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236 out of 266 reviews
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5.0
1
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
5.0
Layout
5.0
Pace
5.0
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.0
100.0%
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1 out of 1 reviews
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5.0
1
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1
4 Stars
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3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.0
Value
5.0
Layout
5.0
Pace
5.0
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.0
100.0%
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 7003
Slope 127
Rating 71.3
Type Semi-Private
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 7003 yards 71.3 127
White 71 6410 yards 69.5 122
White (W) 71 6410 yards 74.9 132
Yellow 71 5840 yards 74.9 116
Yellow (W) 71 5840 yards 71.6 125
Red (W) 71 5387 yards 68.9 116
Scorecard for Sanctuary
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 73.2/133 424 405 596 200 389 388 544 191 424 3561 451 393 544 195 438 330 185 463 443 3442 7003
Blue M: 71.2/128 391 376 566 191 382 371 518 168 400 3363 419 389 531 175 400 322 175 444 422 3277 6640
White M: 69.6/122 W: 74.8/132 367 351 545 166 363 365 508 160 370 3195 391 356 505 151 374 308 156 404 400 3045 6240
Yellow M: 66.8/113 W: 71.8/124 341 327 525 144 274 339 463 126 342 2881 366 332 480 114 347 289 146 335 370 2779 5660
Red W: 69.2/116 310 304 500 122 249 280 432 121 315 2633 330 299 454 105 318 263 114 330 335 2548 5181
Handicap 13 7 1 15 11 5 9 17 3 4 12 10 14 6 18 16 2 8
Par 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 36 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4 35 71

Course Details

Year Built 2006
Golf Season Year round
Architect Fred Couples Love Golf Design (2006)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No

Reviews

4.6
266

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 23
Brunch 10
Watching the Game 9
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 40
Water Hazards 38
Forced Carries 32
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 53
Locals 41
Advanced Golfers 36
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 42
Convenient to the City 19
In the 'Burbs 11

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Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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A hidden gem by Georgia's Golden Isles

Many modern golf courses suffer because they seem to have been built in willful ignorance of history. Sanctuary Golf Club (formerly Sanctuary Cove) is a rare blend of modern land-planning and classical respect for golf course craft.

The course was conceived as a real estate play at precisely the wrong time - right before the late-2000s recession - and struggled for years. Now under new ownership and benefiting from better economic times, it appears to be finally hitting its stride. Rounds are trending upward, and the design, inspired by both Donald Ross and Seth Raynor in places, is in very good shape. Still, though, the course is a relative bargain. Play it if you're hauling up or down I-95 and/or as an add-on to a trip to Sea Island or Jekyll Island. You'll love the low-key feel and considerable bang for your buck.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Major Improvement!

Played the front 9 today and was pleasantly surprised at the shaowbthe course was in. I’d heard it had gotten a lot better and it was verified today. The greens were a little slow but soft and easy to spin on. The tee boxes are in excellent shape and the fairways are good as well. Bunkers had plenty of and in them and the fringe was puttable. Overall I can’t wait to get a full round in.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played

Greens and fairways need work

The layout of the course is very nice, with some picturesque holes. Has a nice restaurant, but may close early afternoon based upon number of golfers on course.

Asked when making reservations condition of course and was told in excellent condition. Also saw advertisements about being in best shape in years. Sorry to say this is not so. More than half the greens were in serious need of repair with many spots that have died out. Also the greens were very slow. Fairways are thin and do not provide a good lie to hit from. I know it's winter time but with the weather conditions being moderate so far this year course should be in better shape. Have played this course in the past and definitely had better conditions previously. Not sure why recent reviews are as positive as they are? I have nothing against course or staff but was definitely disappointed. Hope conditions improve since it is such a nice layout.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great value for the money....I play here somewhat often

My friend in North Florida and I meet up fairly often and this is the only place we meet at to play golf....that has to stand for something. It's a great deal at a soon to be private course once all the homes are built on it. I will be back in a week or so !!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

DLIII design

This was a great layout and a good challenge. It was a little windy. Would like to see a map of the course on the score card on the tee box. The cafe was closed at 2 p.m. so no hot dog.

Greens were in fair to good, looked like winter kill in some spots. Also the fairways looked to need watering, kinda of brown in some areas.

But otherwise a nice course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bargain for the Money

Just a superb value, especially through Golf Now. You are not surrounded by homes, though there are some near. On most of the holes, you see only the beauty of the southern flora and fauna. Very peaceful and conducive to a good round. The course was dry and if you take divots as I do, can make shots more difficult. Great layout, interesting holes not back and forth as many courses. Some of the greens were in pretty poor shape though.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens

The course is in very good shape but the greens have not totally recovered from the problems they had a couple of years ago.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A gem of a course

Played week after hurricane Mathew so some clean up was underway. Course layout is interesting and fun. Not overly punitive. Greens were slow and a little spotty likely from the storm. Overall the course was in good shape. Friendly staff and fellow players on the course. This course is a gem.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Keep this course alive!!

Sanctuary cove is still a great layout, just going thru some tough times... Keep playing there until somebody buys it and brings it back to the course it was.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Very nice layout - horrible greens/bunkers

Played a quick 18 on Thu afternoon - staff very friendly and enjoyed the round - no one else on the course but me!! Tee boxes were starting to lose the grass but the greens were terrible - hardly any grass on them and the grass that was there was so thick the ball stopped like it was on Velcro when putting. Missing parts to the greens - definitely need to have the greens redone. Bunkers also lacking sand - there is enough sand in the area - put it in the bunkers!!!

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Rough

Greens were still pretty bad but looks like they're getting better. Girl behind the bar and the dude in the pro shop are great. Old guy on the tractor was a completely rude a--!

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

don't waste your money unless you get it for 20.00 or less

course has gone down hill was a good course but no upkeep all greens are dirt have been all year no pride in course

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Average weather
Used cart

Greens Shot

Greens dead or awful. Some temporary greens. A disaster.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Horrible

Website stated greens had gone through aerification. Should have said the course had completely lost the greens. Most were solid dirt. Quit after 9.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Poor shape. Sad to see it this way.

Hope conditions improve. I really like the overall layout.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Ok for a $30

I was expecting a very, very nice course. Although I got a cheaper rate the normal rate on GN was at $125. There is NO WAY this course comes close to that. It's a $30-45 course, at best.

The fairways were tired and often spotty. The Tees lacked a lot, too.

Now the greens were quite decent but running a bit slow.

All in all , I had a good time because of the twosome I was paired with. Very nice gentlemen and a real pleasure to talk too.

Don't dare pay full rate for this course. Leastwise, not until they bring it back up to higher standards.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Had no greens!!

Great course to play.. But when came time to putt , there were no greens to hit on. The greens were nothing but dirt..service was great and price was good.

Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
1.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

DONT PLAY THIS COURSE/ GREENS ARE GONE

To my surprise all of the greens are gone! Not a few but ALL greens are gone.

I'm not sure what happened but would have liked to know about losing all the greens from the pro shop. Not a word and to my surprise it was all of them 1 thru 18.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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SeamusMaccDuff
Commented On 06/03/2016

The comments show a steady degradation of the greens since the start of the year. Sanctuary Cove: You responded to favorable comments in the past. How about a comment on your course conditions and when they might impove?

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

No Greens!! Dirt on every hole!

We played this course expecting a reasonable day of golf. When we checked in, we were not told that the greens were essentially gone! Every hole was dirt-putting only. It was extremely disappointing. The layout is nice and we would have liked to play this course with putting greens. The only reason we did not quit was because we drove several hours to play. A very disappointing day of golf. We were told by one staff member at the end of play that the greens had suffered damage from a late frost. This was difficult to believe given the fact that we played Heritage Oaks the day before which is not far from this course and found their greens to be perfect! Do not waste your money going to this course this year! it will take at least six months to a year to get their greens back.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Great layout and fun course, but greens are unplayable.

It is a shame. This has always been one of our favorites to play while on vacation at Jekyll Island, but the course is in bad shape. The grass on the greens were killed this weather due to freak weather and they have let the rest of the course go down as well. Friendly staff and nice facility, I hope they can resolve their issues, but until they do don't waste your time.

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