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: Eric Boberg
Head Golf Professional: Brian Crum
Golf Course Superintendent: Mike Reeves
Tee shots that avoid the bunkers on the right leave a short-iron approach to this very accessible green. Pin position will dictate how aggressively to play your second shot as trouble guards the front and right sides of the green. Birdie should be your goal on this hole.
A strategically-placed bunker at the dogleg tempts you to cut the corner on the par 5. Big hitters can go for the green in two; others should lay up short of the pond to a comfortable yardage. Bunkers protect this green to the left and short.
A drive placed right of center on this dogleg left will open the green to a relatively easy mid-to short-iron approach. This par 4 should give you another opportunity to make birdie. If you stray from the fairway however, bogey is likely.
This solid par 4 has a hidden hazard all the way down the right side. A left of center tee shot will leave you with an open approach angle. Aim for the middle of the large green.
On this par 3, only a badly misplayed iron shot will find the pond fronting the green. The wind will determine if you should go with a mid or long-iron. Avoid the deep greenside bunkers; getting up and down from any of them is very difficult.
Keep it on the short grass on this long par 5. We don’t recommend going for the green in two because the large fronting bunker blocks your access. A precise lay-up left of center will leave you in a good position for your approach to this large green.
This is one of the shortest par 4s on the course. A well-placed tee shot over the water to the left center of the fairway sets up an opportunity for birdie with a short-iron approach. The front half of the green is framed by bunkers.
This par 3 plays longer than the posted yardage, so you may want to take and extra club. The deep green, completely surrounded by sand, slopes from back to front; stay below the hole for and uphill putt – if you can.
A tee shot to the left center of the fairway on this dogleg right is perfect. A relatively easy, mid-to short-iron approach should leave you with a chance to make birdie. Stray from the fairway however and double bogey is likely.
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