Eagle's Pointe making comeback as locals' favorite
(Note: This is the fifth of a series of reviews of public golf courses in the Lowcountry.)
Eagle's Pointe Golf Club opened in August 1998 with Davis Love III as the architect. It was his first signature course in the Lowcountry and opened with great acclaim.
The course was very popular with local golfers for many years. However, in the past seven years, Eagle's Pointe has been under three different management companies.
The course got run down and the greens were in dismal shape. The new management group, Hallmark Golf, has promised many renovations and I have seen several of them already happening.
I played the course recently with my friend Sue Howard, who has lived in Eagle's Pointe for 20 years. She was excited to see the course in the best shape it has been in years. "I have always loved the layout of the course," she said. "It has wide fairways and large greens to hit to. It is very user friendly."
There are many changes that have already occurred on the course. They have flipped the nines, so you will be starting on a par 5.
The picturesque par 3 No. 2 is on your left side as you enter the Eagle's Pointe community. It is a forced carry to an elevated green. You end your round on hole No. 18, which I think is one of the most difficult par 4 holes in the Lowcountry. There is a huge tree in the middle of the fairway which seems to block even your best drive. (I wish that Hurricane Matthew had taken care of it in 2016.)
Water comes into play on the right side and you are hitting to an uphill large green that is well bunkered. Love's greens are huge and undulating, so be prepared to three-putt a number of times during your round.
Another renovation is the removal of trees on holes No. 13 and No. 15. This has allowed the sun to get to the greens and have more air flow. These two greens have been vastly improved.
Scott Griffin, the new course superintendent, has worked diligently with his crew to fix some of the drainage problems. They are working on the bunkers and will have the drainage problems fixed in the near future.
There are five sets of tees, so you can pick your challenge. They also have a family tee for juniors and beginners who don't want the challenge of the longer course.
C.J. Johnson, the new head golf professional, is very enthusiastic about the new management group. "We have always been a course that the locals like to play and we want to earn people's trust again," he said. "Give us another shot. Come back out and see us - you won't be disappointed."
Eagle's Pointe Golf Club is located inside the Eagle's Pointe community, at 1 Eagle's Pointe Drive. You can make a starting time up to two weeks in advance. The rates are some of the best around. Call 843-757-5900.
Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at local courses. firstname.lastname@example.org; golfdoctorjean.com