When you drive into Colleton River Plantation you know that you are in for a unique experience because you drive almost five miles before you get to the golf course and clubhouse. Once you get there you are in for a magnificent golf experience. The clubhouse and locker rooms are the nicest I have seen in the Bluffton/Hilton Head area. The views from the clubhouse are visually appealing and breathtaking, thus the “art “ of the Colleton River Plantation.
The rating team played the Nicklaus course which is one of two courses on the Colleton Plantation.
The other course is the Dye course built by renowned architect Pete Dye. They also have a par 3 course designed by Bruce Borland. I personally like Jack Nicklaus golf designs and the Colleton layout is one of his best in the Southeast. The rating team gave the Nicklaus course and the Colleton facility a score of 99. Built in 1992, the Nicklaus course was recognized as the Best New Private Course in America in 1993 by Golf Digest. The course was also named among the Top 100 courses nationally by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, and Golf and Travel. The course has six different sets of tees ranging from 7151 from the tips to 5005 from the forward tees. I suggest choosing a tee by your ability level and not necessarily the tee that the others in your group are playing.
The scenery is spectacular, so bring your camera. The course is a shot maker’s layout and has tree-lined fairways, water hazards and marshland that come into play on 12 of the 18 holes. High sand dunes with tall sea grasses make this course very scenic. Hole number 9 is a short yet difficult hole with marsh surrounding the left side of the fairway. The shot to the green is a challenge since it is an island green. Another spectacular hole is number 17 hole which is a Par 3 alongside the Colleton River.
Colleton River is a private course and the routing of the course was difficult at times since we weren’t playing with a member. If you are fortunate enough to play Colleton Nicklaus course in a tournament, make sure you are on the correct hole when teeing off. Once you find the hole you are playing, the yardage markers on the sprinkler heads are helpful in knowing distances to the green.
Every amenity at Colleton River Plantation is top of the line. There are “comfort stations” located at several places during your round. You will find clean rest rooms, ice, water, and cold towels for the warm days. The half way house is fantastic and includes homemade omelets, sandwiches the way you like them, healthy snacks, and any beverages you want.
And now for the “science” of Colleton River Plantation. The teaching staff at Colleton River Plantation Club is lead by David La Pour, PGA Director of Instruction. La Pour has a staff that must meet a certification program with 42 different tasks. His staff is trained in using video systems when conducting a lesson. Their technology includes state of the art TrackMan launch monitor system and the JC-video system.
La Pour recently hosted a PGA workshop for local PGA and LPGA professionals and trained them in how to use the system. I was amazed at what the TrackMan could do for golf students. As golf professionals know, knowledge is power. The TrackMan measures the full trajectory of any shot, ranging from short pitches to 400 yard drives and measures the landing position with an accuracy of 1 foot at l00 yards. The TrackMan measures clubhead speed, ball speed, club path, face angle, launch spin, maximum height, yards carry, total yards and much more. The TrackMan is used on the PGA tour and can help the amateur golfer by doing the following for their golf game.
Professional club fitting
Distances for each of your clubs
Incorporate skills testing in your lessons
Competitions such as closest to the pin or longest drive