Carved out of 190 acres of breathtaking low country terrain, Oyster Reef Golf Club’s spectacular 18-hole championship course is surrounded by winding lagoons, lush vegetation, and scenic views of the Island. Golf course architect Rees Jones used the natural landscape to create an inspiring course that combines challenge with a sense of fair play. Ranging from 7,018 yards from the championship tees, to 5,288 yards from the forward tees, the course rewards and tests golfers of all skill levels.
Oyster Reef Golf Club is home to one of the most spectacular golf holes on the entire island—the Par 3 #6 plays 192 yards from the championship tees to a green that is set against the backdrop of the beautiful Port Royal Sound. To customize your experience, our onsite concierge will assist you with virtually any request. A simple phone call or text and your concierge will answer questions, rake a bunker, deliver food and beverage, or provide you with general guidance for your visit.
Oyster Reef Golf Club has been voted one of the Top 20 courses in the Carolinas and awarded Low Country Golf Course Owners Association “Golf Club of the Year”. It was also named one of the “Top 75 U.S. Golf Resorts” by Golf Digest and the “Favorite Course of Hilton Head Island Golfers” by The Island Packet. And, it ranked No. 3 in “The Best 18 – The Greatest Holes Hilton Head and Bluffton” by Hilton Head Monthly.
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
Architect: Rees Jones
General Manager: Rick Shoemaker
Head Golf Professional: Brian Crum
This par 4 is a solid opening hole. The tee shot should be placed in the left center of the fairway to open up the green for a mid-to-short-iron approach. A ridge that runs across the center of the green will create problems if you are putting from the opposite side.
Positioning is key on this par 5. A good tee shot will end up to the right of two deep fairway bunkers on the left. The second shot should be played straight to the green, avoiding more fairway bunkers down the left side. The short approach is to a small, well-bunkered and elevated green.
Number three is a straightforward medium-length par 3. There are bunkers guarding each corner of this large green that slopes from back to front. Make sure to locate the pin position before choosing a club on this par 3.
This is an excellent short par 4. The tee shot should be placed in the right center of the fairway, avoiding a clump of trees on the left and fairway bunkers to the right. The approach will be played into the prevailing wind to a well-bunkered green.
This demanding par 4 requires a long accurate tee shot to the right center of the fairway, avoiding the mounds on the left. A long approach to a large flat green remains.
Rees Jones Signature Hole features the Port Royal Sound as a backdrop. Selecting enough club is a must on this medium-length par 3. The green is very shallow and slopes away on the right side. Avoid the deep bunker that fronts the green.
The ideal tee shot on the medium-length par 4 is to the center of the fairway and long enough to avoid being blocked by the trees on the right. A small green flanked by bunkers makes for a challenging target.
On this very demanding par 4, the tee shot should be placed to the right of the fairway bunker at the corner of the dogleg. From there, you face a medium-length approach to a two-tiered green.
The ideal drive on this long, difficult par 5 will avoid the bunkers in the landing area. The second shot should be played short of the bunkers that begin 100 yards from the green. The third shot plays slightly uphill to a large, undulated green. Pay close attention to pin position on your approach.
This is a gentle dogleg left par 4 with OB tight along the left side. A good drive in any part of the fairway will leave a medium to short iron approach. The depth of this three-tiered green (40 yards) requires you to calculate the right yardage.
This is a short, but testy par 3. The deep green plays smaller due to a large ridge that divides it in half. The prevailing wind is usually against you, so be sure to choose plenty of club. Your lag putting skill will be tested if you have to putt over the ridge.
Twelve bunkers guard this short par 5. Play the drive along the right side and follow that with a straight second shot toward the green. Approach shots are more difficult to a pin located on the back of this two-tiered green.
Strategically-positioned fairway bunkers on top of mounding requires you to play your drive carefully. There is plenty of room on the left side. This green is slightly elevated, well-guarded and is difficult to putt. Breaking putts are common on this hole.
Oyster Reef's closing stretch is challenging and it begins here with the tightest driving hole on the course. A water conservancy (lateral hazard) runs along the entire right side. Any tee shot to the left quarter of the fairway will force you to play a low, curving shot to the green.
This double dogleg par 5 is a true game changer. Short hitters should favor the right side from the tee. A careful second shot will set up and approach that is usually into the wind. The green slopes from back to front.
A solid, well hit tee shot is necessary here. Use one more club than usual to carry both hazards onto a large green (40 yards wide). This green can produce some of the longest breaking putts at Oyster Reef.
Normally into the wind, this par 4 can be a lengthy and demanding hole. Aim down the left side off the tee. With the green being slightly elevated and narrow, both bunkers are very much in play. Smart golfers will lay-up if necessary.
Oyster Reef's finishing hole is a sharp dogleg left that is protected on the left by bunkers. The wider than normal fairway makes this hole seem easier than it is. The putting surface appears very short from the fairway. Bunkers on the right and rear closely guard pin positions located in those areas of the green.
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