|Course Name::||Rose Hill Golf Club|
|State Course is In::||South Carolina|
|City/County Course is In::||Bluffton|
|Yardage of Tees Played::||6672|
|Course and Slope Rating::||72.9/137|
|What Did You Shoot::||92|
Rose Hill Golf Club was my introduction to South Carolina/Hilton Head golf and is a nice little golf course that is doing its very best to keep up with the others. The locals tell me that just a few years ago this course was abandoned and grown over. There are still signs of it getting its proverbial legs beneath it, some greens are a little burnt, others bumpy, and the bunkers are not the easiest to hit out of at times.
That being said, I really enjoyed playing this course. First, as quickly as I could pop my trunk to pull out my golf clubs, an employee was waiting for me with a “Good morning, Mr. McEwen” and an extended hand to take the clubs and load them into the golf cart. Sure, that kind of greeting and service you would expect at HarbourTown, but not so much at a $30 green fee and cart kind of golf course, so it was much appreciated.
I already mentioned the apparent growing pains the greens and bunkers are going through, but let me talk about the sheer beauty of this course. I golf in the Chicagoland area, and while we have trees, we do not have these trees. They are gorgeous, and most importantly, provide a lot of shade on a gradually warming morning/early afternoon. At the same time, many of these same trees cause the fairways to narrow almost to the point of putting away the driver. I said almost; let us not get carried away. And it is not the trunk of the tree that is the issue most times, it is the branches and the Spanish moss hanging from said branches (curse you, Spanish moss!) that cause you to really think about what you want to do.
I did manage to spend the majority of my round on the fairways, which are immaculate. Again, maybe it is a result of playing most of my rounds in the Midwest, but I loved these fairways. I even enjoyed playing out of the rough when I found myself there due to the different type of grass then what I am used to playing.
Overall, despite the course’s shortcomings here and there, I would recommend this course for the average guy golfer. I imagine in a few years, the secret will be out that this is a great course, not just for the price, but in general. It will challenge you as often as it will cut you a break, the people working there are great, and it sits in a beautiful area.