Oyster Reef Golf Course

4.1122882353 4.1 stars from 5 (298)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7018 yards
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 74.7
  • Layout

  • 155 High Bluff Rd, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29926, Beaufort County
  • (843) 681-1703, (843) 681-1706
  • (843) 689-2035
  • oysterreefgolfclub.com
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Year built: 1982
Architect(s): Rees Jones (1982), Keith Evans (1982)
Type: Semi-Private
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7018 yards 74.7 137
Blue 72 6440 yards 72.2 124
White 72 6071 yards 70.5 119
Green (W) 72 5288 yards 71.1 120

Oyster Reef features elevated tees and lush fairways lined by thick stands of live oak and pine. Numerous doglegs accented by strategically located mounds and fairway bunkers, call for well-planned tee shots. Varying sizes of greens with well-defined tiers place a premium on precise approach shots.

The par-3 sixth hole, which plays 192 yards from the back tees to a green set against a backdrop of Port Royal Sound, is one of the most visually spectacular holes on Hilton Head. Oyster Reef is now a semi-private member-owned club with a limited number of tee times for guest play,

The carefully-maintained facility, designed by noted course architect Rees Jones, continues to be a favorite destination for serious golfers as well as a favorite with locals.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 298 Reviews
5 stars:
99
4 stars:
148
3 stars:
37
2 stars:
10
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

261 out of 298 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport at a resort   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views playing multiple courses   Challenges include bunkers water hazards narrow fairways   Great for drinks  

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"Loooong but lovely course"


zawitoski's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course, at more than 5300 yards from the forward tees, is way too long for all but the best women golfers and our pace of play was very slow today. But the course was in excellent condition and the people who work there are extremely nice. I would definitely play here again even if I can’t hope to score well.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



RKH39's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Great Course-Fun to play"


etalbot7's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had a great time playing. Worth the time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



"Oyster Reef"


KEnneth4413796's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of the best on HHI. First played OR in 1990. Still love it! Played with another single and finished 18 in 3h 13m, awesome.....


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"You're never getting off this beach!!!!!!"


sinclairh31's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

This is a second shot course with all the bunkers in play around the greens. If you don't have much experience with sand play you will be guaranteed some practice hitting out of it on this course! Greens are in great shape but a little slow. I will recommend this course but will say it would be tough for an amateur.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Not good"


WilsonStaff's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I’m from Ohio and I am used to green fairways and tee boxes. I have never golfed SC and I do not like the hard, dry sparse fairways and tees. The greens looked nice however I couldn’t get used to how slow they were. If this course was in Ohio with the same conditions it would be considered terrible and would not hardly get play from anyone. I play a public course in Ohio that has very playable green fairways, nice tee boxes, and greens that have a pace of roll that does not require a full backswing to get the ball to the hole if you have a putt of any length. I guess SC golf is not for me.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



Commented on 05/30/2019

Thank you for the review. We apologize that we did not meet your expectations when you played.

With the recent heat wave of temperatures in the triple digits, and not having any rain in over twenty-five days the course is dry. That being said, in order to alleviate stress on the greens we can not mow them as tight as we normally would.

We would love to have you back the next time you are in Hilton Head to experience Oyster Reef at its best.


"Ok"


Wfekeci's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great staff. Average layout. Average practice facilities.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/30/2019

We appreciate you taking the time to leave us with 3 stars. We always strive for a 5 star experience, so all of your feedback is appreciated. Please feel free to contact the club directly if you feel that there are specifics we can improve on. We hope to have you back at the course in the future.


Commented on 05/30/2019

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting Oyster Reef Golf Course. We hope to see you again in the future.


Commented on 05/30/2019

Thank you for the review.


"Great course"


u000005430066's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had a great time and the pace was great. Course in great shape but the greens were slow


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/30/2019

Thank you for the review.

Due to our greens being just a few months old, we realize that they are slower than we generally like them to be. As they mature, they will pick up speed. We would love to have you back when they are at their best in the mid summer time frame.


"Hot Deal"


u3229882's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2019
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played here fairly often a couple of years ago.. Not recently due to price compared to others.Got a Hot Deal. Wide open , minimal water. Lot of traps including fronting gree.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Must Golf"


GhDiQ7FjcQ1b5GD7L1nf's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2019
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

This course is really a must golf. the bunkers have than awesome g-angle sand and although the greens are slower, they are rolling true. The fairways and tee boxes are good; the course as a whole is very well maintained! The conditions and views on holes 6&7 are worth the price you'll pay to play!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Almost perfect in every way"


genehoward's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From the efficient and friendly staff in the pro shop to the excellent conditions of the fairways and greens it made for a very pleasant outing. One which I would do again.

The only negatives were the attitude of the starter. He was very short and abrupt with me because I told him my starting time was 12:53 instead of 12:52. "There is no 12:53 starting time!" Really? Well how about looking at 12:52 and asking my name. Also the waitress in the bar was not the most efficient and friendly person to deal with.

These negatives would not prevent me from playing again, especially considering the great pro shop staff and the condition of the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/30/2019

We are sorry to hear that your experience was less than perfect. If there is anything that we can do to make your next round with us better please feel free to give us a call.


"Great course"


uTFEZ7438TF's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lunch before the game was great and the course challenging and fun


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/30/2019

We are happy that you enjoyed the course. Thank you for coming to Oyster Reef.



lkbrown3's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



Devin1080's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tee boxes were in decent shape. Greens were rough in spots. Overall a good course. Would recommend to anyone visiting the area.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/30/2019

We enjoyed having you here at Oyster Reef and we look forward to seeing you again.


"Great course"


catsagranny's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice course, great layout, friendly staff. I would have given 5 stars except for the very slow greens.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/30/2019

Thank you for the comments.

We would love to see you again.



gregforbes's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/30/2019

Thank you for the review.

We look forward to having you again.


"Golf elsewhere expensive greens are in very poor condition just not worth it for a good golfer"


hondobob's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I won't play this golf course again I played it last year and it was in very good shape I would say that 75% of the greens have some type of sun damage or disease they're just not well maintained


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 04/23/2019

We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the course.

With a little warmer weather and sunshine we will be back to our usual excellent conditions. We would love to have you back with us.


"Mediocre shape"


U00aah01's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love the layout of the course unfortunately it is

In mediocre shape. Fairways are dried out and hard, greens are very bumpy and have many

Brown spots. Tee boxes are also dried out and uneven . At this time it isn’t worth the green fees that they bare charging.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 04/23/2019

We are sorry to hear that you had an average experience.

If you would like to give us a call to go into detail about your day, we would love to discuss how we could make your next round with us excellent.


"Great Design"


stevecurrie46's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really nice course. I’d played it many times in past years, but not since the big storm damage in Nov. ‘16, which was severe. We visited few weeks after that storm, and it was so distressing to see how badly hit. But now, 2.5 years later, the restored course is lovely. If you didn’t know about the ‘16 storm damage, you’d never be able to guess it had happened, the restoration was so well done. The reduction in tree density may have even been beneficial with improved sunlight and air circulation to the greens.

The pace of play was poor on the first nine, with one group holding everyone else up with their 2.5 hour front side. The starter, bless his heart, convinced them that they needed a break and they went in for a free drink and lunch. Pace was good for the back 9.

Conditions were pretty good, but not pristine. The practice green and a couple of greens on course — especially the 9th — were kind of rough and thin turf. Fairways were decent, but could be a bit more lush by mid April. Since the storm, the nines have been reversed, a good decision. The back nine is a far better finishing side now.

But the character of the course shines through with its lovely path through a gorgeous setting and a nice variety of holes and tough but very fair challenges. It’s not a “must play,” but no one should be disappointed. Were conditions at a higher level, the course would easily merit 5 stars.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/18/2019

We really appreciate the kind words. Look forward to seeing you again.



landearl's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/18/2019

Thank you for the review.

Please come back and see us the next time you are in town.



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