Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Legend Oaks Golf Club in Summerville South Carolina: A Review

Summerville is a long drive from Kiawah and Seabrook (approximately one hour) but a scenic drive nonetheless. Within this pleasant community west of Charleston, lies Legend Oaks Golf Club located at 118 Legend Oaks Way in Summerville which is a straight shot down SC-61.
Course was designed by team of Scott Pool and Pete Dye and features a few typical Pete Dye challenges (especially on back nine). Good old Pete likes to throw a trick at you here and there. The yardage measures 6,974 with a slope rating of 135. I played this course back in March of 2011 which made for a chilly round (upper 40’s/low 50’s rainy day) that forced us into the clubhouse for some coffee (too warm our hands) and a breakfast sandwich. The pro shop and snack bar people could not have been any nicer and the food was really decent.

The course is abound with plenty of rather ancient looking oak trees with no shortage of water hazards that appear teeming with egrets and gators. That being said, don’t bother retrieving that errant tee shot into the marshes or ponds. The rates range between thirty and fifty bucks from what I remember (depending upon residency, day of the week, etc). The price was right and the course was in tip top shape with respect to greens and fairways. My only hang-up with this course is the absence of a driving range to warm up which is really important when coming into a round rusty as I traveled from the cold northern climate of Chicago and had not played in about four months. It was not too surprising that my opening tee shot was wicked and required a mulligan.

The long trek to Legend Oaks from the Kiawah area makes it hard for me to give this course a high ranking as the roundtrip trek takes two hours. I am probably being unfair to this course because of my accommodations being so far away, but that is two vacation hours lost! Anyway the fact that I am saving quite a bit of money on greens fees compared to playing on a Kiawah course eases the driving distance inconvenience. I also have to give this course kudos for equipping the carts with GPS navigation system. How many times do you play a course and have a tough time finding a yardage marker? Problem solved here. When visiting the Charleston area, I would recommend a trip out to Legend Oaks Plantation for a round.

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