In my last blog, I let you know about my typical work day at the Charleston National golf club. Today I’m going to give you a review the Charleston National course. Located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, it was designed by Reese Jones and opened in 1989. Shortly after opening, Hurricane Hugo decided to make some renovations of its own. After a few years of cleaning and removing trees, the Charleston National golf course opened back up for play.
Lets head to the first tee. The first, second, third and fourth holes start off by challenging you off the tee box with water and marsh coming into play. The second is a scenic par three with 150 yds of carry to the green and surrounded by marsh. You need a good tee shot here.
The fifth, a straight par five, and the sixth, a short par four, are good scoring opportunities. You need to take advantage of these two because the next two are when the course starts to fight back.
The seventh is a 172 yard par three with water on the right and trees on the left. Depending on the tee placement, it could be a long carry to the green, but the eighth is a long par four, made easier a few years ago with the removal of a waste area. With water on the right you need to hit the fairway due to the right rough sloping to the water.
The ninth and tenth are par fives and good scoring opportunities, but not easy to reach in two, while the eleventh is a straight par four. The twelfth is a par five where a good long tee shot is a must to reach this hole in two, but with marsh and a huge sand trap in front, you might think twice.
The thirteenth is a straight par four. This is not a hard hole, but it plays long.
The fourteenth is where Charleston National starts to show off all her beauty. A short par three but all carry to the green. Come up short here and to the drop area you go.
Number fifteen is a tricky par four. You need to carry your tee shot at least 160 yards but no longer than 225. Marsh comes into play off the tee and on the second shot.
The sixteenth is a short par four with 170 yards of marsh to carry off the tee box. If you you find the fairway, it should be a wedge to the green. Its followed by the straight away par four seventeenth.
The eighteenth is a short par three with 130 yards to carry to, you guessed it, the marsh. It’s not a hard hole but, if you have a good round going up to this hole, it could put some bad swing thoughts in your head.
The course is always in great shape from tee to green, thanks to Wayne Sellers and his crew. There is also a great practice facility with two practice greens, a full driving range and a short game range. It is one of my favorites! Be sure to visit their website for the most up to date list of Charleson National golf tee times.
Terry Brobisky lives on Wadmalaw Island outside of Charleston, South Carolina. He has been working at Charleston National Golf Course since 1998 and also currently works for a golf ball retrieval company. When he’s not dodging gators on the course while he is working, he enjoys playing as well, and is always trying to improve his game.