Course Review and Comments
Some courses set up well for my game, and this is one of them. I lose very few balls, if any, when I play this course. When I hit into trouble, it is real trouble and I take my safety shot and simply get back in play. On most other courses, I am tempted to advance the ball from trouble and that leads to more trouble. Taking the safety shots keeps my head straight and I recover quickly and it reflects in better scoring on this particular course over all others. The front nine is typical core golf within the golf community neighborhood of Colleton River, but Dye weaves around the majestic Live Oaks masterfully and created what can only be referred to as "artistic landscapes" for each and every hole. The back nine is typical links style overlooking from every hole the Port Royal Sound. The saltwater marshes wrap the shoreline and envelope a three hole island that offers one of the hardest holes on the course with double carry over marshes, and a seemingly easy "hole-in-one" potential par 3 on the tip of the island, and then a reachable, 305 yard Par 4 requiring all carry to clear a high mounded bunker protecting the front. When the wind is right, there is always the chance for a miracle and a double eagle, just once Dear Lord! The final four holes are as good as any finishing holes anywhere. It is world class golf. Yes, the scenery is still there, but the focus is on navigating it back to the clubhouse and holding it all together. In the annual U.S. Amateur Open Qualifiers held here each summer, the classic 17th and 18th carry all of the drama of The Players Club's final two holes. And when all is done, and the libations are poured on the extra large, southern style back porches of the Dye Clubhouse, you can view all of the holes of the back nine, and know that you have experienced the best of the personally handcrafted courses designed by Pete Dye.
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