Bob Gillespie



Nicklaus’ finest: May River Golf Club to host USC Beaufort fundraiser

Posted 3/18/2013 2:27:00 PM

Hall of Fame golfer Jack Nicklaus has designed a handful of courses in South Carolina – Kiawah Island’s Turtle Point, Daufuskie Island’s Melrose Club and Long Bay Club near Myrtle Beach – and all are considered top-notch tests in the spirit of the greatest player in the history of golf.

But the Golden Bear’s premier S.C. design, according to recent rankings by Golf Digest, Golf and others, is his newest: May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton. The 7,200-yard Lowcountry beauty, built along the banks of the May River, features wide fairways winding through stands of ancient live oaks and palmetto trees and marshlands.

Typical of his attention to detail, the bunkers use sand specially imported from Nicklaus’ native Ohio, because the sand’s angular grain better adheres to the bunkers’ steep slopes.

For tourists and the general public, access to May River is limited to those staying as guests at the club’s high-end inn. That is, except for May 20, when the course will play host to a fundraising golf event to benefit athletics at the University of South Carolina’s Beaufort campus.

The one-day, four-person scramble tournament kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with registration, practice and a buffet lunch, followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. After completion of play, the day extends to dinner, awards and a silent auction, with all proceeds going to provide athletics scholarships for USC Beaufort’s Sand Sharks.

Cost of the tournament is $350/person or $1,400/team. For information and/or to register, click here or contact Kelly T. Ard at (843) 208-8067. Also, checks can be made out to USCB Athletics and mailed to One University Blvd., Bluffton, S.C. 29909.