Driving into Belfair Country Club through the Avenue of the Oaks makes one feel like they are entering Augusta National on Magnolia Drive. Beauty and elegance always gives you a special feeling inside.
Both golf courses were designed by Tom Fazio. His architectural team’s objective was to build golf courses that are playable for players of all ages and handicap levels and still be challenging to the scratch golfer. He achieves this by having five sets of tees and bunkers well placed to catch the errant drive or shot to the green. Fazio was quoted as saying, ”I honestly think the Belfair courses represent my best work.” Having played a number of Fazio designs, I would have to agree that Belfair is exceptional. Both courses have beautiful oaks and magnolias throughout the designs. The fairway bunkers are perfectly sculpted with trees growing in many of them. Water comes into play on over half of the holes on both designs. The wildlife is abundant making for a unique “low country” experience.
The West Course was opened in 1996 and is the more challenging of the two courses. The par 3’s and par 5’s are very demanding. The rolling fairways, undulating and elevated greens, water and bunkers all make for an awesome golf design. One of the par four holes, No. 6, is unique in having two different greens. You can accept the challenge of hitting to the green to the right side of the fairway and have the water come into play.
The East course was designed in 1999. It is distinctly different and an easier layout than the West Course. The East side has five par 3’s which makes it a Par 71 design. There are a number of holes with lakes and lagoons. Because the holes are close together you can enjoy walking this course. Hole No.5 is a true risk-reward hole. It is the most fun hole to play on the course. It is bordered by water all along the left side and long hitters can go for the green. Hole No.6 is the East Courses most difficult hole. There is OB on the left and a huge bunker bordering the right side of the fairway. Water also surrounds the right side of the green. A bogey is a good score on this number one handicap hole.
The Learning Center is one of the best practice and teaching facilities in America. The Center has multiple tees and various greens that can be used for putting, chipping, pitching, and bunker practice. There are covered stalls with state of-the-art video equipment. They have lasers available on the tee so you know how far each of the targets are located. Practice at this learning center and you can bring those skills to the course.
Belfair is a private golf community. You can visit their website at www.belfair1811.com for more information or call (843) 757-0700.