Holes: 18
Par: 72
Designer: Clyde Johnston

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Oak Point Golf Course

Completely renovated in 2015, Oak Point delivers a superior playing surface with its regrassing in Paspalum and greater strategic challenges through a refreshed design. Originally conceived by Clyde Johnston, a noted Southeastern golf course architect, Oak Point sits by the Kiawah River and Haulover Creek, surrounded by maritime forest.

A true shotmaker’s course, Oak Point showcases undulating fairways and challenging greens on a meticulously maintained course that favors a thinking approach over raw power.

1
Par 5
  • Yardage: 535
    Handicap: 7
  • Yardage: 520
    Handicap: 7
  • Yardage: 510
    Handicap: 7
  • Yardage: 473
    Handicap: 3
  • Yardage: 438
    Handicap: 3

Oak Point opens up with this dogleg left par 5. It delivers an excellent risk-reward second shot with water on the left and plenty of room on the right to leave a short approach shot. Favor the right side of the fairway to avoid the trees on the left that can block your second shot.

2
Par 3
  • Yardage: 181
    Handicap: 17
  • Yardage: 168
    Handicap: 17
  • Yardage: 143
    Handicap: 17
  • Yardage: 108
    Handicap: 17
  • Yardage: 104
    Handicap: 17

A magnificent oak tree sets the backdrop to this challenging par 3 with a lagoon running down the left-hand side and a large green complex guarded by bunkers on both the left and right sides.

3
Par 4
  • Yardage: 415
    Handicap: 9
  • Yardage: 380
    Handicap: 9
  • Yardage: 352
    Handicap: 9
  • Yardage: 300
    Handicap: 11
  • Yardage: 254
    Handicap: 11

This short par 4 has newly contoured fairways as well as two added fairway bunkers down the left side to guard against hitting the ball in the hazard. A well-played tee shot can leave you a short iron to the green with possibility of birdie.

4
Par 5
  • Yardage: 520
    Handicap: 3
  • Yardage: 510
    Handicap: 3
  • Yardage: 502
    Handicap: 3
  • Yardage: 460
    Handicap: 5
  • Yardage: 415
    Handicap: 5

Standing on this tee, players can now see the water that runs down the left side of the hole. The ideal tee shot will favor the right side of the fairway. Players must consider the water that cuts across the fairway 135 yards from the green when deciding how to play their second shot. This green is large enough and very receptive for those that wish to go for the green in two.

5
Par 4
  • Yardage: 394
    Handicap: 11
  • Yardage: 378
    Handicap: 11
  • Yardage: 368
    Handicap: 11
  • Yardage: 339
    Handicap: 7
  • Yardage: 299
    Handicap: 7

The ideal tee shot here is a right-to-left shot starting at the cluster of trees down the right side and working back to the middle of the fairway. This will leave you with a mid-iron into a two-tiered green where long brings the water behind the green into play.

6
Par 4
  • Yardage: 430
    Handicap: 1
  • Yardage: 419
    Handicap: 1
  • Yardage: 394
    Handicap: 1
  • Yardage: 380
    Handicap: 9
  • Yardage: 330
    Handicap: 9

This 430-yard par 4 is beautifully framed by live oaks. A left-to-right tee shot will leave you a mid-to-long iron into a slightly elevated green. A left side pin location can be very difficult to attack due to the two left bunkers guarding the green. Aim for the middle right of the green. A two-putt par is a good score on this hole.

7
Par 3
  • Yardage: 168
    Handicap: 15
  • Yardage: 158
    Handicap: 15
  • Yardage: 149
    Handicap: 15
  • Yardage: 134
    Handicap: 13
  • Yardage: 128
    Handicap: 13

Club selection is critical to this par 3 that has a long, narrow green sloping left to right, which is guarded by a large oak on the right-hand side and a new bunker on the left. Missing the green makes for a difficult up and down.

8
Par 5
  • Yardage: 523
    Handicap: 5
  • Yardage: 515
    Handicap: 5
  • Yardage: 500
    Handicap: 5
  • Yardage: 447
    Handicap: 1
  • Yardage: 424
    Handicap: 1

Oak Point’s third par 5 on the front side has a generous landing area off the tee. A well-struck second shot offers a great opportunity to land the ball near or on this right-to-left sloping green bringing birdie into play.

9
Par 3
  • Yardage: 152
    Handicap: 13
  • Yardage: 141
    Handicap: 13
  • Yardage: 135
    Handicap: 13
  • Yardage: 102
    Handicap: 15
  • Yardage: 92
    Handicap: 15

This picturesque closing hole on the front side is a strong par 3 with a dramatic view of Haulover Creek as a backdrop. Do not be fooled by the relative shortness of this hole—the wind generally plays off the creek into you. This wide green can also leave an extremely long putt if you’re not accurate on the tee shot.

10
Par 4
  • Yardage: 399
    Handicap: 10
  • Yardage: 389
    Handicap: 10
  • Yardage: 364
    Handicap: 10
  • Yardage: 342
    Handicap: 14
  • Yardage: 302
    Handicap: 14

An accurate tee shot is required for this fairway that narrows with a large oak tree on the right and lagoon on the left. Players who miss the fairway to the right may end up in the historical plantation cemetery. (We request you please take a drop if you happen to end up there.) Placement of your second shot is critical to this back-to-front sloped green. Leaving the ball above the hole can lead to a very difficult two-putt.

11
Par 3
  • Yardage: 193
    Handicap: 14
  • Yardage: 179
    Handicap: 14
  • Yardage: 145
    Handicap: 14
  • Yardage: 127
    Handicap: 18
  • Yardage: 100
    Handicap: 18

The addition of a new tee box will allow players a new perspective of this challenging par 3, requiring a mid-to-long iron off the tee and into a tiered green sloping back-to-front. A mid-to-back right pin location on this elevated green guarded by a bunker can be a difficult task. Aim for the middle of the green to ensure a two-putt par.

12
Par 5
  • Yardage: 528
    Handicap: 8
  • Yardage: 520
    Handicap: 8
  • Yardage: 510
    Handicap: 8
  • Yardage: 458
    Handicap: 8
  • Yardage: 438
    Handicap: 8

This lightly uphill straightaway par 5 generally plays downwind, giving players the opportunity to attack the green in two or lay up for a short, challenging wedge shot to an elevated putting surface. The key to success is avoiding the lagoons on both sides of the fairway.

13
Par 4
  • Yardage: 425
    Handicap: 6
  • Yardage: 411
    Handicap: 6
  • Yardage: 400
    Handicap: 6
  • Yardage: 370
    Handicap: 6
  • Yardage: 320
    Handicap: 6

This relatively straightforward par 4 features a pond on the right that narrows the fairway for the longer hitters. Players will have a mid-iron into this green that is guarded by a large bunker left and a smaller bunker front right.

14
Par 4
  • Yardage: 345
    Handicap: 12
  • Yardage: 336
    Handicap: 12
  • Yardage: 326
    Handicap: 12
  • Yardage: 300
    Handicap: 4
  • Yardage: 270
    Handicap: 4

This short par 4 can be the most difficult driving hole on the course. A fairway wood or iron is the smart play off the tee to a narrowing fairway, leaving a short iron over a lagoon into this generous green guarded by back bunkers.

15
Par 3
  • Yardage: 147
    Handicap: 18
  • Yardage: 134
    Handicap: 18
  • Yardage: 118
    Handicap: 18
  • Yardage: 105
    Handicap: 16
  • Yardage: 90
    Handicap: 16

This short, yet challenging, par 3 calls for a short-to-mid iron over water to a wide but not very deep green. The surrounding tree line can make judging the wind difficult at times and the large bunker in front of the green or the three pot bunkers behind the green will make for a difficult up-and-down.

16
Par 4
  • Yardage: 380
    Handicap: 16
  • Yardage: 358
    Handicap: 16
  • Yardage: 344
    Handicap: 16
  • Yardage: 320
    Handicap: 12
  • Yardage: 314
    Handicap: 12

This par 4 is not overly long, making accuracy a premium off the tee. Players will have a mid-to-short iron into this green that is protected by a large bunker on the right.

17
Par 5
  • Yardage: 560
    Handicap: 2
  • Yardage: 544
    Handicap: 2
  • Yardage: 530
    Handicap: 2
  • Yardage: 455
    Handicap: 2
  • Yardage: 419
    Handicap: 2

The final par 5 on the course can play extremely long, especially into the wind. The narrow shoot from the tee makes for an intimidating tee shot. The fairway is actually very wide, with a pond reachable by the longer hitters on the left. An ideal second shot to the left side of the fairway will leave a shot to mid iron into an elevated green that is tiered with a severe drop from middle to front. Ball placement is critical to ensure a birdie or par rather than bogey.

18
Par 4
  • Yardage: 406
    Handicap: 4
  • Yardage: 390
    Handicap: 4
  • Yardage: 315
    Handicap: 4
  • Yardage: 295
    Handicap: 10
  • Yardage: 217
    Handicap: 10

The signature 18th hole at Oak Point offers a spectacular view of Haulover Creek and The Kiawah River. With the new addition of a back elevated tee box, this is a great photo opportunity for this picturesque hole. An ideal tee shot will work left-to-right off the fairway bunker into the center of the fairway, leaving a mid-iron into a deep green that is guarded by the marsh on the front and right side.

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Where Scottish links meet South Carolina's Lowcountry on this near-perfect golf course that earned 4.5 stars in Golf Digest's Best Places to Play.
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“By far, my husband and son-in-law played golf on some of the most beautiful and best groomed golf courses in the United States. The weather was perfect and the ocean views stunning.”
–Kathryn S.

“The Ocean Course is by far my favorite Pete Dye design.”
–Rory McIlroy