Date Played: 6/27/2013
Course Name: The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes
Course Website: http://www.hiltonheadlakesgolf.com/
State Course is In: South Carolina
City/County Course is In: Hardeeville
Yardage of Tees Played: 6200
Course and Slope Rating: 70.4/122
What Did You Shoot: 93
Written By: Kris McEwen @KrisMcEwen
I have to be honest; I booked a tee time at Hilton Head Lakes on accident. The fellas I was vacationing with requested Hilton Head National, a course they had played before, but my internal cost restrictions must have taken over and I booked Lakes instead.
In spite of my guys’ initial moaning and groaning over my mistake (even though I saved them $20 each!), we were all pleasantly surprised with the quality of Hilton Head Lakes.
First of all, when they say this is a “new” course, they aren’t kidding. The clubhouse is a trailer and although it’s built in the midst of a “neighborhood”, the neighborhood is roughly fifteen or so houses scattered about the course. So, if you’re looking for land on a golf course, Hilton Head Lakes has some inventory available.
Let’s move to the practice facility. It has everything you could possibly want in a practice facility: driving range, chipping area, putting area and even an area you can practice your up and downs out of a green-side sand bunker.
The course itself is designed by Tommy Fazio, which at the time didn’t mean much to me, but looking at his resume after the fact, it’s kind of a big deal. Fazio has designed more than 120 courses and has more courses ranked among the top 100 in the U.S than any other course architect.
I’ll tell you what I really liked about it though; you know when you’re watching golf on television and the entire hole is white? That’s how these holes were! It sounds insignificant, but it really made me feel like I was playing on a well maintained course. And I was. From tee boxes to fairways to sand traps to greens, the course was beautiful. You may have noticed that I didn’t include the rough in that list of beautiful things. That’s mostly because there really isn’t any. The rough on this course is more like slightly longer fairway grass. I’m not sure if that’s due to the youth of the course or if it’s designed that way. But it made for a much easier day.
The only minor downside to the course was the lack of a beverage cart. Even though we teed off around 8 am, it was hot and we were thirsty. Maybe because the course is so spread out there was a cart and we just never saw it. But I can promise you we were looking.
Overall, a great practice facility, a really nice, very forgiving course and all of us agreed we would come back again, just with a bag of beverages. And in case you’re wondering, I’m still waiting for that thank you from my guys for booking a nice golf course and saving them $20!