Golfing in Seabrook Island, SC

Seabrook Island Golf

Seabrook Island Golf offers a special thrill with the spectacular scenery and special challenges offered by the natural surroundings that make up this spectacular community.  Two courses with 36 holes of tournament play are certified with the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.  Acquiring this award is a huge distinction for Seabrook Island, as they were the first in South Carolina to achieve it, 75th in the United States.  Each course is unique and challenges players to experience the game in what can be demanding conditions.  Being a private club, the golf courses are typically uncrowded.  Golfers may enjoy a leisurely game and have replay rounds without being rushed to the next hole.  PGA professionals are available for individual or group lessons, and the club is available for tournament planning. Contact the Golf Pro Shop to learn more about golf packages at 843-768-2529.

The dress code for golfing at either course is simple.  Women must wear shirts with shorts, slacks or skirts.  Disallowed are tank and bikini tops, jeans or cut-offs.  Men must have collared shirts. or mock necks, with sleeves and slacks or golf shorts no shorter than 4 inches above the knee.  Men are also not allowed to wear jeans or cut-offs on the greens.  Shoes must be soft spike golf shoes or flat soled golf/tennis shoes.  The Golf Shop offers, for $10 per pair of shoes, a spike changing service.  Shoes worn in Bohicket’s Lounge may contain spikes.  However, the Island House requires flat soled shoes.  All hats must be removed in any of the lounge areas.

Seabrook Island Golf Courses

Ocean Winds Golf Course

The Ocean Winds Golf Course, designed by Willard C Byrd, opened in 1982.  The course runs 6,675 yards and has a USGA rating of 73.1.  The slope is 144, which is 11.6% higher than the average for all golf courses.  Players’ skills are tested by the par 72 and tight course that opens with the first 9 holes forged into a densely forested environment.  Navigating the twisting arms of huge oak trees while also avoiding the spindly pine trees can prove difficult for even the most seasoned golfers.

The second half of the course opens up a little as you turn toward the ocean.  As you wind your way through each hole, you will find yourself battling less against the woodlands and have more wind drift coming from the ocean.  Being so close to the ocean with only a few dunes and marshy grass to separate you from the water, it is easy to understand how the course’s name was coined, “Ocean Winds”.  Upgrades to the facility were made in 2004 when Champion Ultra Dwarf Bermuda grass was installed.  The play is open year round on this meticulous course.

Crooked Oaks Golf Course

Crooked Oaks Golf Course is the only course in the Lowcountry to be designed by the infamous Robert Trent Jones, Sr.  His artistry and masterful creations are located in 43 of 50 states and in 35 countries.  Jones designed this course at 6754 yards long.  It currently has a USGA rating of 73, and the slope is 139 with a par of 72.  Sculpting this intricate landscape of 18 holes and adding in several waterways, Jones was able to create an extraordinarily striking course that appeals to all skill levels.  Progressing through each hole, you’ll notice the spectacular view of magnificent oak trees guiding you through to the following hole.  You’ll note on the 4th hole the live oaks guarding the landing area as you make your approach.

Rates to play the courses at Seabrook Island vary by season.  During the low season, running from January 1-March 10 and December 1-31, guests may play 18 holes for $115 or 9 for $77.  Juniors may play 18 holes for just $70 or 9 for $50.  Throughout the Mid-Season, which runs from May 13-September 5, rates for adults run $140 for 18 holes or $97 for 9.  Juniors rates are $93 and $63 respectively.  High season, from March 11-May 12 and September 16-November 30, the rates are $170 for 18 holes and $117 for 9.  Juniors may play 18 for $120 and 9 for just $83.

Golf Equipment & Accessories

The Golf Pro Shop, located in the Island House, is open and available to guests to shop for anything needed to play.  Clothing, accessories, golf clubs, balls, shoes and other items include brand names like Nike, Adidas, UnderArmor, Greg Norman, Tail and other popular styles.  Stop by anytime to get your supplies on the way to your favorite course.

Golf Events, Groups and Outings

Golf pros are available for questions at the Seabrook Island Club, and trainers are ready to schedule an appointment for a personal training session.  Help is available to set up charity events as well.  Contact Brian Thelan at 843-768-7539 to learn how to organize a tournament for your friends, coworkers, and/or fundraiser.  Organized golf outings are regularly scheduled for members to keep up their game.  MGA, Men’s Golf Association, meets on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8:30am for Tee Times and Thursdays at 9am for Shotgun.  SILGA, the Seabrook Island Ladies Golf Association, meets every 2nd and 4th  Wednesdays at 9am for Shotgun and every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 9am for Tee Time.  Mixed Groups meet on Sundays at 1pm (Daylight Savings Time) for Shotgun and 12pm (Standard).  Joining a group is recommended as it keeps you on your toes and encourages you to meet others with similar interests and skills.  Friendly competition with a nominal fee for participation results in shop credit prizes.

Clinics

Weekly clinics for adults are held on Tuesdays for adults from 10-11am and cost $15 for members.  Guests can join in for $18.  On Thursdays from 10-11 and Saturdays from 11-12, Pro golf trainers provide clinics focusing on the full swing.  All skill levels benefit from honing their swing and improving their posture and follow through.  The rates are $15 for members and $18 for guests.  Kids clinics are offered only in the summer.

The Club also provides players with a 40,000 square foot practice facility that includes a practice tee with a fairway bunker and 5 target greens.  Two putting greens, over 18,000 square feet, allow you to refine your putting skills.  There is also a short game area providing you a chance to with 3 bunkers, a 3,000 square foot green, and a short fairway.

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