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|The eighth hole at Wescott Plantation in North Charleston is a short par 3 playing over water. (Brandon Tucker/TravelGolf)|
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- One of the Charleston area's newest golf courses has steadily gained a reputation as a solid play among locals and visitors looking for a quick round of golf near their airport hotel or before they hit the skies.
The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation offers a suitable mix of positives: a convenient location in North Charleston, solid golf course conditions and a playable design for any handicap, with just enough tricks to keep things interesting for everyone -- enough so to be a favorite of corporate golf outings and local players.
"It's well groomed for $50," said local 18-handicapper Billy Mitchell, who plays here regularly and takes advantage of the discounted rate for South Carolina residents. "It's not overly difficult either. I'm a 100 shooter, and I know when I come out here I have a shot at breaking 100."
That doesn't make Wescott Plantation a gimmie course by any means for lower handicaps.
The course opened in 2001 and features a long, modern yardage. There are five sets of tees, and the blacks can play as long as 7,200 yards, depending on the combination you play. There isn't a great deal of visible land moving, many of the holes take on their natural contouring and several have almost no contour.
Michael Hurdzan designed all three nines, and the Black Robin sets itself apart from Burn Kill and Oak Forest. It's the tightest and most difficult of the nines, though its yardage is comparable to its neighbors.
The Black Robin's difficulty is in its many opportunities for high numbers. Most holes are lined on either side by woods or wetlands, and doglegs around landing zones mean alignment and distance control are key. One member of our foursome watched an otherwise solid nine-hole score go down the drain after carding a 10 on the par-5 fifth hole, thanks to three shots that found the woods.
The par-5 ninth hole is another sneaky-tough hole. Its yardage, 486-532 yards, tempts longer hitters to go for it in two, but the fairway bottles up the further it goes, and hitting driver is a risky play.
Back-to-back solid holes on the Oak Forest make for some of the most memorable holes at Wescott. The seventh is a sharp dogleg right par 5 that requires two near-perfect shots to reach the elevated green. The shorter par-3 eighth hole plays with a small lake running along the left, but a tree guards a right-hand side bailout.
The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation is a serviceable, well maintained option in the North Charleston area just minutes from the airport. It won't blow you away like Charleston's top golf courses on Kiawah Island or Wild Dunes, but mid-to-high handicappers will enjoy its wide fairways, straightforward playability and modest pricing. Low handicappers will appreciate good course conditions tee to green and a championship yardage.
The club has facilities that can especially cater to big events, with three separate nines, large practice grounds and a spacious, banquet-ready clubhouse.
Be sure to stay in downtown Charleston, about 20 minutes from North Charleston, so you can be in the heart of all the action. This historic and vibrant city is regarded as one of America's friendliest, and there's no shortage of shops, world-class seafood restaurants and hopping bars at night. The Renaissance Hotel is within walking distance of it all on Wentworth Street. It's the newest upscale hotel in the historic district but captures the charm of Old Charleston. Rooms feature spacious bathrooms with exceptional showers, and there is a hearty breakfast served each morning. A workout facility and pool is on site, and valet parking is available to all guests.
If you're looking to stay near the airport, the North Charleston Inn provides easy access to the major freeways and is just around the corner from the airport. It also features a hot breakfast and a pretty courtyard with plenty of plant life and an outdoor pool.
October 26, 2007
Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Channel Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours.
Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.
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