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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Oyster Reef a Tough, Short Challenge

If Hilton Head is on your agenda this year, be sure to visit Oyster Reef, a classic Rees Jones design that winds through lagoons and lush low country landscape to deliver stunning views of the inlet to Port Royal Sound as well as some fun but challenging golf. It’s part of the Heritage Collection of courses, which includes three  others (Shipyard, Palmetto Hall, and Port Royal Golf Club) that you can play with very attractive package pricing (see below).

Oyster Reef shouldn’t be played from the tips unless you’re a scratch player or better since it’s 7,108 yards with a 74.5 rating. The blue tees, 6,440 yards 71.9/124 rating/slope presents plenty of difficulty as well as the chance to score. From the blues, all of the par fives are birdie opportunities although there is plenty of trouble to watch for along the way. Eight of the par fours measure 400 yards or less, but all require accuracy off the tee to set up good approach shots.

The par threes are standouts, with two of them, eleven and sixteen, playing over water. The real start of the show, though, is the sixth hole, a 160-yard beauty that is one of the most-photographed holes on Hilton Head. The strongly contoured green is framed by magnificent live oaks with Port Royal Sound in the background and sculptured bunkers in the front. Before you take your tee shot, be sure to pause for some visual nourishment for your soul.

The Heritage Collection courses is offering a “Spring Stay-and-Play” package featuring two nights at The Sonesta Resort with daily breakfast included, two rounds of golf at any of the seven Heritage Collection courses and a 20 percent discount card to be used at Heritage pro shops. Based on double occupancy, packages start at $185 per golfer, per night. Valid through May 22, 2014. For package and reservation information: 843.681.1706 or email vcastaneda@heritagegolfgroup.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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