Designed by renowned golf architects and set in the unparalleled beauty of the Lowcountry, the courses on the Mt. Pleasant side of the Cooper River all make for an outstanding day of golf. What are the pros’ favorite holes? Here are the answers from pros at the best local courses.
DUNES WEST GOLF AND RIVER CLUB: NUMBER 18
A great finishing hole playing 326 yards from the up tees to 456 yards from the back tees. The left side is protected by out of bounds area, and the right side is framed by 300-year-old live oaks draped in Spanish moss. Once you place your drive in the center of the fairway, you are hitting to a green that is protected by marsh in the front left, with the beautiful antebellum-style clubhouse framed as your backdrop. Whether you par it or not, this is a hole you will enjoy telling your friends about.
HARBOR COURSE AT WILD DUNES: NUMBER 17
While it was still under construction, this hole was named “The Marsh Monster” by a golf writer touring the course, because the tee shot must make it over Morgan Creek and the adjoining marsh. Additional marsh hugs the entire left side of the hole all the way to the elevated green. With all of this and more than 460 yards from the back tees, the writer was certainly right. It’s a monster hole, but a par here earns you bragging rights!
“IT’S CONSIDERED GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP NOT TO PICK UP LOST GOLF BALLS WHILE THEY ARE STILL ROLLIN.” — Mark Twain
LINKS COURSE AT WILD DUNES: NUMBER 16
With nearly 200 yards of rolling fairway nestled within the lush landscape of Dewees Inlet, this par 3 is sure to make or break your scorecard. Tee off marsh side and take a swing at pure precision, as you get your first glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean on the Links Course. Surrounded by a set of strategically placed bunkers, pin placement can be every bit as challenging as it is idyllic.
RIVERTOWNE COUNTRY CLUB: NUMBER 9
Picturesque views and high standards abound on this par 5, situated on the marsh with panoramic views of Horlbeck Creek, the Wando River and the Ravenel Bridge. The hole initially seems like a beast, demanding three perfectly placed shots. Upon further inspection, ample room is revealed off the tee and between the bunkers in the landing area. The second shot is made challenging by massive bunkers on the right and water lining the entire left side. Aggressive play or an errant shot quickly spell disaster on this hole, but it offers pars and birdies for those who play it just right.