Carolina National Golf Club - Heron Nine
Situated along the banks of the Lockwood Folly River, Carolina National Golf Club takes advantage of the scenic low country landscape. The 27-hole course was designed by Fred Couples, whose preservation of the terrain earned the course the certification as an Audubon Sanctuary. The golf course is divided into three nines that are played in 18-hole combinations. The Heron, Egret, and Ibis are named after the birds that call the course home. Each nine offers a different set of challenges. The Heron is both the most scenic and the longest nine. The three par 4s all measure over 400 yards and the final hole is a par 5 that is 587 yards long. The layout has a few holes that play along the river, including the par-3 fifth, which has a green that is almost entirely surrounded by water. This nine will reward strong mid-to-long iron play.
|Blue (W)||36||2998 yards||37.4||133|
|Teal (W)||36||2678 yards||35.5||121|
|White (W)||36||2338 yards||33.4||114|
|Black M: 73.7/140||400||530||384||365||203||432||443||173||587||3517||6961|
|Gold M: 70.4/134||378||502||325||328||191||370||401||158||549||3202||6390|
|Blue M: 69.0/123 W: 74.4/136||361||458||312||312||182||350||374||141||508||2998||5953|
|Teal M: 66.0/112 W: 70.9/123||330||420||298||303||162||271||313||112||469||2678||5338|
|White W: 66.0/114||318||393||201||243||121||247||267||105||443||2338||4586|
Great shape overall for winter conditions but would love if overseeded fairways for just some winter contrast.. but good condition overall and the greens were immaculate. If they maintain the greens like that all season would make it a regular stop.
great price on sale
Lots of water,sand and need to have accurate shots.
Not a fan
I’ve played Carolina National many times and generally enjoy it, but not so today. From the first check in at the pro shop to the cart attendant to the starter, none seemed particularly appreciative of our business, nor attentive to our needs. It wasn’t very busy and we got stuck behind several slow 4-somes (none if which offered to let us play through. We just had 2). It would have been nice if they had offered to let us start on another 9. There were no on-course food or beverage offerings and the snack bar at the turn was closed. The course was in pretty good shape for the time of the year and recent weather conditions, but there are a ton of other courses within easy driving distance in just as good shape, and whose staff are a lot more friendly, welcoming, and accommodating. See ya later Carolina National. But probably not.
Perfect Golf Conditions Ruined by Slow Players
I hate to say this after such a perfect day for golf, but the fact that this course had no ranger on it at all completely ruined any chance at playing this course in a decent amount of time. My foursome got stuck behind THE absolute slowest threesome ever. The first 6 holes took 1 hour 45 minutes. We finally just skipped over this group on hole 7 (par 3) since they obviously had no intention of letting us play through. Other than this annoyance, the course was in great shape considering the recent hurricane (Florence) and all the havoc it wreaked. The greens were excellent - very firm and quick. Just a TAD bumpy in some spots, but I'm nitpicking a bit. Layout is nice and the signature holes are gorgeous. Would have gave this place 5 stars if there was a ranger out on the course. For the money it was pretty hard to beat.
Aside from the sand traps, course is in nice shape. Layout is amazing. Holes are interesting and diverse.
after hurricane damage that was extensive in the area - nice to see a course rebound...greens were excellent, fairways very nice - understandable that the bunkers were all still washed out and GUR, but didn't effect the play ability or difficulty for most.
layout and green were good, pace of play slow due to golf school training day before tournament but we have been advise by the starter that the course was full. When your ball is in a banker they said in the pro-shop it's better to dropout your ball beacause no work was done since Florence
Teed off early as a twosome on Egret and Heron, Ibis was still closed. Lots of fallen trees, but course was in good shape and very playable.
Traps were awful, but the greens and fairways were in great shape despite the recent hurricane. Hopefully, these were be cleared soon.
Two carts broke down during round which should not have happened.
Not bad at all
They had a rough winter and you can tell on a few greens but overall it was a good experience
Greens are getting there due to harsh winter.... shotmakers course I hit iron off tee more than driver. Course is Not very long at all. Some really pretty holes on the hering 9.
Course is Recovering Nicely
I heard that Carolina National struggled in the spring because of the long winter, but the course was in pretty good shape today. Greens had the occasional rough patch but rolled pretty well. Fairways were aerated but still in decent shape. It’s always a fun and challenging layout, especially from the longer tees, with some of the most scenic par 3’s in the region. Nice staff, practice facilities, and clubhouse. Feels like a private club, and it’s worth a try if you’ve never played here before.
OVERALL: 7.3/10, potential to be 8.5/10 when the fairways grow in.
Course switched tee time
We arrived early for our confirmed 10:20 tee time for 2 made 6 days before. Checked in and went to first tee before starter told us to return to putting area as they were a "little" delayed. Advised that our time was now 10.36. When questioned, pro shop told that maybe a computer mishap, but a member foursome was playing at 10:20. We joined a 2-some at their 10:36 time. Teed off at 11:00 and played in 5+ hours of very slow play. If they had sent an email to advise of the change, it would have been OK. And the next day I got an ad/offer from the course for another round. No apology.for the 90 minute delay.
3 hour front nine
Didn’t have 6+ hours so left after a 3 hour front nine. I don’t think I have ever played anywhere when it was so slow.
Great layout/pace of play terrible
This course offers 27 holes that will challenge your play, an incredible layout that will require different types of shots, but be prepared to wait up to 20 MINUTES per shot. This is the third time I’ve played this course and never have I played a course that has 27 holes and puts groups off every 8 minutes all on the same 9. A perfect recipe to have you waiting on every tee and between shots. Why they don’t send groups off different 9’s is beyond me. It seems as though they don’t care about the quality of play and would rather just make the most profit off sending a bunch of people out at once. I don’t know about you, But I expect a course to be faster than 3hr front nine while riding. If there are a lot of open tee times definitely play this course, otherwise STAY CLEAR.
Nice course - but...
The staff was friendly and welcoming. Nice Pro Shop. We didn’t eat here, so can’t speak to that. Beautiful layout of the course, but cart paths were in rough shape in a lot of places - you could get jolted out of the cart if you weren’t watching carefully as there were big chunks missing or broken. The greens were not good... most were sand in large part, so balls did not roll true. All that said, it was a fun course to play. We played Egret and Heron. Egret was not as challenging as Heron (or maybe the heat was impacting us more on the 2nd nine - entirely possible!). Pace of play was very good... we didn’t have to wait and didn’t feel “pushed”. Played 18 in 4 hrs total. With a little work on the greens and cart paths, this would be a really enjoyable course.