South Carolina's Hidden Gems - Hole No. 13: The 15th Hole at The Ocean Winds Course

Brian Thelan, PGA Head Professional

Series: Travel Feature

Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 | 1:07 p.m.

Certainly, there are many great golf holes in the Charleston area, so it is truly an honor to be selected for "The Dream 18 of South Carolina". With two outstanding 18 hole courses designed by two of the world's most renowned course architects, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Willard Byrd, selecting one signature hole is almost not fair.

For most, the par 3 15th hole on the Ocean Winds course captures the beauty and feel of Seabrook Island and the Lowcountry in general. As players arrive at the tee, they are greeted by calming marsh views both left and right with a winding tidal creek crossing their view to the green. A large Live Oak tree draped in Spanish moss protects the right front of the green and bunkers can be found front center, back right and left. The hole plays anywhere from 180 yards from the tips to 75 yards from the front of a tee box which follows the natural contours of the creek.

Soft, swirling sea breezes coming off the Atlantic a few hundred yards away add to the challenge of selecting the appropriate club. Players must choose enough club to carry the marsh but not too much or they'll find the brackish water hazard just over the back side of the green.

Once on the putting surface, the green sloping back to front and right to left adds to the excitement and challenge of making a good score on the hole. Certain pin locations can add a stroke to the level of difficulty of this scenic par 3 hole.

About Seabrook Island:

There are few places where the world rarely intrudes and Seabrook Island is one of them. Edged by wide beaches and pristine dunes along the Atlantic coast, Seabrook Island also offers a tennis center, horseback riding, a fitness center, marina and many other world class amenities for the enjoyment of members and guests.

Uncrowded playing conditions offer a refreshing pace of play, outstanding course conditions and world class service in beautiful, undisturbed natural surroundings. The Seabrook Island Club was the first in the state of South Carolina to become a certified member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for golf courses.

We invite you to come visit, stay and play our championship courses, and enjoy a relaxing time on Seabrook Island only 30 minutes from Historic downtown Charleston.