Carolina National Golf Club - Heron Nine

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3.6
98
5 Stars
27
4 Stars
42
3 Stars
12
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
10
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.8
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.7
79.8%
Recommend this course
80 out of 98 reviews
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4.1
12
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.3
Layout
4.4
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.3
91.7%
Recommend this course
11 out of 12 reviews
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Average Rating
3.2
41
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
8
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.5
Layout
4.4
Pace
3.2
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.0
73.2%
Recommend this course
30 out of 41 reviews
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About

Holes 9
Type Public
Par 36
Length 3517 yards
Slope 139
Rating 37.0

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.

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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 36 3517 yards 37.0 139
Gold 36 3202 yards 35.2 132
Blue 36 2998 yards 34.4 128
Blue (W) 36 2998 yards 37.4 133
Teal 36 2678 yards 32.8 115
Teal (W) 36 2678 yards 35.5 121
White (W) 36 2338 yards 33.4 114
Scorecard for Heron/Ibis
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out Total
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
Handicap 5 13 11 15 7 3 1 17 9
Par 4 5 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 7 15 5 11 9 13 1 17 3

Course Details

Year Built 1998
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Fred Couples (1998) Gene Bates Kipp Schulties (1998)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire is required. No denim.

Reviews

3.6
98

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 7
Forced Carries 6
Water Hazards 6
This course/club is great for:
Locals 7
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 6

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Handicap 15-19
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Winter conditioning

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.

Conditions Good
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Handicap 15-19
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5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

great price on sale

Lots of water,sand and need to have accurate shots.

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

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.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great layout

Aside from the sand traps, course is in nice shape. Layout is amazing. Holes are interesting and diverse.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

nice comeback

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

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

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Perfect weather
Used cart

Cart problems

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Not bad at all

They had a rough winter and you can tell on a few greens but overall it was a good experience

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

Hidden gem

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.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

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.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
1.0
Previously Played

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.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

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.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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