The three courses, Brigantine, Clipper and Galleon, offer four tee positions to accommodate all levels of play, and there are ample risk and reward situations to allow optimal scoring opportunities. Accurate tee shots and well-measured approaches are a must on this championship course. The greens are large and well bunkered, and their undulating surfaces demand a delicate, yet determined touch. All 27 greens were converted to Diamond Zoysia in 2008 and 2009, one of the first courses in the Southeast to do so.
With plenty of sand and water hazards, the Clipper Course may be the most difficult of the nines. This George W. Cobb design, built in 1970, requires a good long game and a soft touch around the greens.
The Galleon course Designed by George W. Cobb and built in 1970. These original nine holes of Shipyard Golf Club meander through large oaks and tall pines. Accurate placement of approach shots into heavily guarded greens is necessary on the Galleon course.
The Brigantine course was designed by Willard C. Byrd and built in 1982. Alligators sun themselves along these scenic, water hazard filled nine holes of the Brigantine course. With slight dog-legs and well-placed bunkers, this course requires shot-making and a good short game.
The course designers inter‐connected two of the three nine-hole courses for a unique and challenging 18‐hole round. The original Clipper and Galleon courses create and exciting combination of long fairways and perilous hazards, while the Brigantine course winds its way around lagoons and breathtaking terrain. The former home of the Hilton Head Senior International form 1982 to 1984, Shipyard Golf Club was rated as one of the finest layouts on the CHAMPIONS TOUR.
The Clipper/Brigantine Course accommodates different levels of play. Brigantine is the shortest of the three, but still requires accuracy. The Clipper is the longest and provides the toughest test.
On the Shipyard’s Galleon/Clipper combination, nearly all holes are lined with towering oaks and you just might find a few alligators sunning themselves near its many lagoons and ponds.
Holes: 27 | Par: 36 (each nine)
Architect: George W. Cobb and Willard C. Byrd (Brigantine)
General Manager: Jay Rusch
Head Golf Professional: Brian Crum
Golf Course Superintendent: Grant Backus
On this dogleg right, your tee shot should favor the left side of the fairway to open up your approach shot. Bunkers guard the left and right sides of the green.
This par 4 is the toughest hole on the course. Tee shots require both proper distance and direction to safely carry the water. Club selection on the second shots, also over water, may vary by as much as three clubs depending on the pin location and wind.
Long hitters can reach this par 5 in two. A solid drive will leave a long-iron or fairway wood to the deep, well protected green. If you lay up, avoid the fairway bunker on the right. Staying in the fairway gives you the best chance to hit a wedge close.
It doesn’t get much easier than this hole, the shortest par 4 on the golf course. The prudent play is a long-iron or fairway wood from the tee to the center of the fairway. A short iron to a large green framed by bunkers remains.
On this very fair par 3, trust the yardage, but you must factor in the wind as it can send your ball to a watery grave. Play for the center of this deep green, away from the sand on the left and water on the right.
This tough par 4 is framed by water along the entire left side and out of bounds on the right. Bunkers further narrow the tee shot landing area. If your drive finds the fairway, your reward will be an easy second shot to a large green..
This difficult par 4 is a dogleg right. A good tee shot down the right side of the fairway will keep you from having to play an approach shot over the trees on the left. Bunkers surround the green.
This is the longest par 3 on the course and requires a long-iron or fairway wood from the tee, making it even more difficult. The huge green is guarded by two bunkers on the right and one on the left.
Even though it is relatively short, play this par 5 as a three-shot hole. Only an accurate tee shot will find the tree-lined fairway. Second and third shots must be accurate as well. Lay up right of center for the best approach angle.
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