Dr. Jean Harris and her rating team visited Berkeley Hall and played both the North and South courses. These two Tom Fazio courses located in the Berkeley Hall facility are located in the heart of the low country and have more than a mile of scenic views of the Okatie River. They are self contained in a natural setting and are not disturbed by streets, homes or long walks between greens and tees.
The North course has many elevation changes throughout the course. The rolling fairways are not typical of a “low country” course. Krista Dunton, senior instructor at the Learning Center, states that the course feels just as it is named. “Like a northern course it is wove beautifully amongst large pines with sculptured white sand bunkers. The bent grass greens are the best greens in the Hilton Head area”. The par 3 eighth hole is one of the highest elevations in Beaufort County at 54 feet above sea level. The North course has open landscaping with beautiful water holes and bunkers strategically placed throughout the course. The rating team gave the North course a rating of 97.
The South course is a different setting than the North course with tree-lined fairways. Dunton stated that “the South course has large greens and a fair amount of water on the course. The Bermuda greens and thick rough around them make the short game very tricky.” Club Champion Karen Feree prefers the South course. “I like the feel of the course as one plays through the pines. I prefer target golf to a wide open space.” The par 4 seventh hole is a slight dogleg with bunkers placed strategically along the hole. The green is well bunkered and is 120 feet deep. This can cause many golfers to three-putt. The rating team enjoyed the South course and gave it a rating of 98.
One of the great amenities of Berkeley Hall is their practice facility and Learning Center. The 30 acre practice facility was given a rating of 100. It features four large target practice greens, practice putting green, and bunkers. They have a 2,000 square foot building with four climate-controlled hitting bays with state-of-the art video equipment. The practice facility also features a lounge and bar with a large fireplace, leather couches and chairs, and large flat-screened TV.
The Colonial style clubhouse features views of four holes on the North Course. The clubhouse includes a pro shop stocked with merchandise from many of the top distributers. There are several ballrooms with a mixed grill, separate bar/tap room, and a private wine cellar. The locker rooms are very spacious with breath taking views.
“I have been fortunate to not only work, but travel to some wonderful clubs across the country and the amenities at Berkeley Hall are second to none…from the clubhouse to the 30 acre practice facility to the fitness center”, says Evan Belcher, general manager.
To tour the facility, you can call (843)815-8494 or visit their website at www.berkeleyhallclub.com.