Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Review of Shadowmoss Golf Course

When staying on Kiawah or Seabrook, one is not forced to play the pricey courses offered nearby. There are cheaper alternatives with one such course such as Shadowmoss being just a short drive (17 miles) away from the islands. Shadowmoss is located off highway 61 at 20 Dunevegan Drive (off Bees Ferry Road). The course is really easy to pass if you are not looking carefully when driving down Bees Ferry.
The course rates for the am hours are $42 during the weekdays and climb to $52 on the weekends. The afternoon rates begin at 11:00 am and are $37 on the weekdays and $43 on the weekends. Inquire with the pro shop about senior rates as my father in law had is rate reduced to about $28 during a weekday round when we played spring of 2009. The prices at Shadowmoss seem like a steal when compared to the Kiawah and Seabrook courses, but the quality of course is much lesser and is more likely to be compared to the Charleston Muncipal course that you pass by on the way to the islands.
The course is pretty, but seems to always be under construction every year we visit the Charleston area. Maybe it is poor timing on my part. I do credit the course design for creating some challenging holes. There doesn’t seem to be consistency throughout the course with respect to quality of fairways and greens. I always seem to find a few holes on the front and back nine that are in need of some re-sodding or seeding. The practice range and chipping area are also pretty shoddy and could use some work.
The staff at the pro-shop and snack counter are always friendly and welcome customers with tremendous hospitality and a warm smile. I always look forward to starting my morning round with a tasty egg sandwich from the snack counter then circling back for a cold beer at the bar around noon. They treat you well here.
If you plan on staying in the Charleston or Kiawah area for a week or so, I would consider playing your first round at Shadowmoss to work out the bugs or kinks, and then plan on playing a little bit better course such as Stono Ferry, Patriots Point or one of the Island courses if you have money to burn.

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