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: Rick Shoemaker
Lead Golf Associate: David Crosby
Golf Course Superintendent: Mike Reeves
On this long par 4, play your tee shot to the left center of the fairway. Aim second shots at the middle of the green between the bunker on the left and the sand and water on the right.
This long, three-shot par 5 emphasizes proper position over great length. Trees and bunkers protect the green. Approach shots should come in from the left side of the fairway.
This is a good, solid, straight par 4. The water on the right is within the reach of many drivers, so linger hitters should lay back a bit. Aim your approach for the middle of the large green.
The intimidating tee shot on this par 3 is all carry over a water hazard that runs from tee to green. The only bail out area is left of the green as three bunkers guard the front of the green.
A drive just left of center on this dogleg right sets up the best approach shot angle. A mid-to short-iron to this green is relatively easy and you should be putting for birdie. Stray from the fairway however and bogey is likely.
Even Tiger Woods might have trouble with this hole. Hit it hard and straight off the tee. Bunkers flanking the green make the approach shot very deceptive. There is bail out room short and right of the green. Par is a great score!
Hole location will determine how this long par 3 should be played. When the pin is back right or back left, play to the middle of the green. However, you can be more aggressive with a front of middle pin location. Deep bunkers flank both sides of the green.
On this slight dogleg right, your tee shot should favor the left side of the fairway to open up the approach shot. The green is framed by bunkers and water sneaks in on the left side as well.
This par 5 is a long dogleg left with trouble everywhere; play it as a three-shot hole. After an accurate tee shot, lay up to a comfortable yardage. The approach shot is to a large green surrounded by three bunkers.
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