Mary Taylor lines up her putt on No. 8 at the newly renovated Island West Golf Club.

Island West Golf Club, which had been closed since April 2020, reopened to play last month. The course, which had been purchased by the Island West Homeowners Association in 2021, has undergone extensive renovations after being leased to TGC at Island West, LLC.   

Joe Walters, president and general manager of TGC said, “We are very proud of the improvements made by the Island West community and our company in returning this local favorite to great playing conditions. We will continue to be a work-in-progress in our efforts to become the favorite golf destination for both local residents and visitors to our area.” 

Jon Hundley, who has been a head golf professional in the Lowcountry for 33 years, was named the director of golf and head golf professional.

This challenging course, designed by local golf architect Clyde Johnston, with design consultation by popular PGA Tour professional Fuzzy Zoeller, originally opened in 1992. Prior to the recent reopening, Johnston helped decide on several modifications, including the removal of 14 bunkers, to increase golfing enjoyment and improve pace of play on the course. 

The course features new TifEagle greens, which I thought putted true and will only get better with the proper watering and time.

Island West is a challenge and can be played as long as 6,803 yards from the tips. It is still a challenge from the front tees at 4,856 yards.

One of the most difficult holes is the short par 4 hole No. 3. It has hazards on both sides of the fairway from 120 yards to the green.  Hole No. 5 is a long par 5 with a huge lake bordering the approach to an elevated green. Get a par here and you’ll feel good about yourself and your game. 

No. 16, a par 5, is one of the longest par 5 holes in the Lowcountry (613 yards from the tips). You need three great shots to hit this large green in regulation.

The signature holes are the two par 3 holes, No. 8 and No. 17. They are actually connected in the rear of the green, making it a double green. My favorite hole is No. 8 because of the magnificent live oak on the right side of the hole. It has been estimated to be more than 300 years old.

One of the improvements is the fleet of Yamaha gas carts. They are the quietest gas carts I have played in. The driving range has been improved and will open in the near future, making lessons available by Jon Hundley. 

Memberships are available and the rates are comparable to the other public golf courses in the area. For more information you can contact Joe Walters at islandwest@tgcppp.com.

Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at local courses. jean.golfdoctor.harris@gmail.com; golfdoctorjean.com