What are the most scenic golf courses along South Carolina’s Hammock Coast?
South Carolina’s Hammock Coast is home to 13 golf courses, ranging from premier private clubs and top 100 public layouts to the hidden gems players love to discover.
Playing through Georgetown County’s stunning Lowcountry landscape, the Hammock Coast courses are among the golf-rich Palmetto State’s best and most memorable. Be it a short guys’ golf retreat or just part of your beach vacation, a golf outing is sure to be a perfect choice here. National publications routinely name Hammock Coast golf courses some of the best in the nation, and a book highlighting America’s best courses found inspiration here.
Each course has several holes worthy of a spot in your Instagram feed but to make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of the most scenic hole on each course.
Caledonia Golf & Fish Club – A consensus top 100 public course, Caledonia is renowned for its beauty but this was an easy choice. The par 4 18th is one of the area’s iconic challenges. The dogleg right requires players to carry water on the approach to a green that resides in the shadow of an antebellum style clubhouse. This is a bucket list experience.
DeBordieu Colony Golf Course – The private Pete and P.B. Dye design is one of the area’s most difficult tee times, but if you have the opportunity to play, bring your camera to the tee on the par 4, 17th hole. With water running along the right side, it’s an unforgettable challenge – just don’t slice the ball!
Founders Club – The par 5 12th features dual fairways divided by a succession of bunkers and mounding. Throw in a carry over water and you have a hole that is both scenic and strategic.
Heritage Club – There are no shortage of choices on this Dan Maples classic but the par 5 18th provides a dramatic conclusion, requiring a carry over water to a green with significant undulation.
Litchfield Country Club – The fourth hole at Litchfield plays a stern 202 yards to a green ringed by three bunkers. Water in front of the tee adds beauty but shouldn’t come into play on this unforgettable par 3.
Pawleys Plantation – The par 3 13th hole, which features a peninsula green exposed to a saltwater marsh and the wind off the nearby Atlantic Ocean, is one of the most recognizable holes in all of South Carolina. Playing less than 100 yards, it’s as beautiful as it is treacherous.
River Club – The par 5 18th offers an unforgettable risk-reward decision, allowing players to go for the green in two, but it takes a daring shot over water all the way. Regardless of how you play the hole, it’s the perfect cap to a day at River Club.
Tradition Club – Playing 201 yards from the tips, the second hole provides players with an early test of skill and nerve. A waste bunker and water on the left attract all the cameras and it won’t take you long to figure out why.
True Blue – This Mike Strantz beauty offers a lot of choices, but No. 4 is tough to beat. The 548-yard par 5 is a button hook that plays around a lake the entire way. This hole is as scenic as it is memorable.
Wachesaw Plantation – The Tom Fazio design is private, but if you find your way on you won’t forget the par 5 18th hole, which plays to the edge of the Waccamaw River. It’s a stunning finish to the round.
Wachesaw Plantation East – Golfers expect the finishing hole on a course that has hosted three LPGA tournaments to be a keeper and No. 18 at Wachesaw’s East course certainly is. With water encroaching to the left of a green that is surrounded on three sides by sand, it’s a picturesque finish.
Wedgefield Plantation – The par 5 17th is Wedgefield’s most memorable challenge. At just 482 yards, birdie is a real possibility and the scenic Black River serves as a backdrop for the course’s penultimate hole.
Willbrook – The bruising 383-yard fifth hole is both beauty and beast. Water is everywhere, creating the visuals players love while collecting errant shots. Throw in the possibility of an alligator sunning itself on the bank of the pond and it’s not hard to see why No. 5 is Willbrook’s most photographed.
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