South Carolina's Best Golf Courses for Women, As Selected By Women

By:Bob Gillespie


Golf courses in South Carolina are perfect for girlfriend getaways!
Some golf courses in South Carolina get high marks from women golfers for amenities, course conditions and other considerations.

To determine the best golf courses in South Carolina for women, who should you ask for input? Why, women players, of course – especially those with deep knowledge of the state’s courses.

Kiawah Island Resort’s Sara Youngner, who serves as assistant to Kiawah president Roger Warren and Governor’s Club director, and a group of other female experts in SC golf helped come up with a list of favorite courses. They also determined a list of guidelines that women players look for in the courses they love.

What women look for in a golf course:

Limited forced carries: This includes carries from tees to fairways and carries onto greens. Lines of play should be available to skirt hazards while not affecting lines to the green; greens should have run-up approaches; and forward tees should maintain the holes’ integrity.

Aesthetically pleasing: This includes placement of bunkers, undulation of fairways and greens, decorative grasses throughout a course, hole shapes and a natural-looking layout.

Placement, condition and maintenance of forward tees: Tees should be level, with clear sight to landing areas; maintained well; and close to cart paths.

Overall layout: Larger greens and wider fairways, not-too-high rough, and risk-reward plays primarily around greens are preferred.

Availability of restrooms on the course: Always important.

With these ideals in mind, the following are rated as S.C.’s top public-access courses for women:

Links at Stono Ferry, Hollywood – “Just fun to play.”

Kiawah Island Resort/Osprey Point – “Short compared to the resort’s other courses.”

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Pawleys Island – “Beautiful and challenging.”

Kiawah Island Resort/Ocean Course – “Manageable from the correct tees, stresses short-game skills.”

Kiawah Island Resort/Cougar Point – “Another relatively short course, resort amenities.”

May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton – “Jack Nicklaus design is a classic Lowcountry course.”

Heron Point by Pete Dye, Hilton Head – “Renovation softened greens and approaches.”

Hilton Head National – “Always in really good condition.”

Crescent Pointe, Bluffton – “If in good condition, enjoyable to play.”

Eagles Pointe, Bluffton – “Same as Crescent Pointe.”

Bear Creek Golf Club, Hilton Head – “Now public, recommended depending on conditioning.”

Dolphin Head Golf Club, Hilton Head – “Same as Bear Creek; newly public.”

Blackmoor Golf Club, Myrtle Beach – “Gary Player design, favored by women club members.”

Three Pines Country Club, Woodruff – “Recommended by local traveling women golfers.”

Farmstead Golf Links, Calabash, NC (straddles state line) – “Women friendly, great shape, reasonable prices.”

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