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Monday, April 14, 2014

Old South Tops Hilton Head Off-Island Golf

One of the most popular courses in the Hilton Head market is Old South, located just a short drive off the island in Bluffton. The gently rolling terrain, moss-draped live oaks, and intra-coastal marshes that wind through the course yield a delightful low country golf experience.

The opening five holes are a good warm up for the tougher tests to come on the par-72 layout. The sixth hole, a 397-yard far four, demands an accurate shot as does the 370-yard seventh. The eighth hole calls for a 160-yard shot to an island green. All the par threes, in fact, have water very much in play, as do most of the other holes on the course. Old South offers five sets of tees ranging from 5,135 to 6,772 yards. The rating/slope from the tips is 72.4/129.

The finishing holes are delightfully challenging. Sixteen requires the precision of a surgeon for both shots over water to reach the green 417 yards away. Seventeen has water all along the right side for its complete 185 yard distance. The final hole is an excellent 550-yard risk-and-reward par five. A wide fairway sets up your choice on the second shot. Do you go for the green over the creek and one of the largest waste bunkers in the Western hemisphere or play it safe for an easy par?

Right now, Old South is offering a "Spring Fling" package with excellent value. The package includes two nights at the Hilton Garden Inn and three rounds of golf including one round each at Old South Golf Links, Hampton Hall Golf Club and the Country Club of Hilton Head. Golfers also enjoy daily breakfast. Starting at $375 per person, price includes sales and accommodations tax. Valid through May 18, 2014. For package and reservation information: (843) 837-2610, bonnie@oldsouthgolf.com.

Among many other books, Dave Donelson is the author of Weird Golf: 18 tales of fantastic, horrific, scientifically impossible, and morally reprehensible golf

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