Since it opened in 1987 as an 18-hole design, Heather Glen Golf Links has given plenty of publications reasons to sing its praises. The addition of a third nine the following year and nearly three decades later, nothing has changed. Heather Glen has been a repeat honoree for Golf World’s top-30 courses, and GolfStyles’ top-100 for the Carolinas.
Still, head professional Adam Snead called the course a bit of an “unknown.” Whether it’s Heather Glen’s location off the beaten path or something else, it should be considered a hidden gem. And with time, age has added another aspect to its original draw.
“We’ve got a little bit of elevation changes,” Snead said. “Don’t get me wrong - it’s no West Virginia Hills. But the trees are pretty mature. You see the hole you’re on, and that’s it.”
The three nines hold their own against each other, but the original 18th hole - “The Home Hole”, as it’s labeled - is still a fantastic way to end a round. The 587-yard plays straightforward off the tee, only to force players into a second-shot decision. Lay up in front of a large pond or go for the green in two.
by Ted - 02/22/2017
Tee Boxes & Greens are in good shape but the fairways were very thin & bare in some areas. Overall conditions were below average which is unusual for this course. Hopefully with spring approaching the course will improve. Staff is always very friendly here.
by Ted - 10/26/2016
Overall condition of course was good but could have used some more clean up on the fairways & greens. Lots of small debris everywhere. Pace of play was very slow 4hrs 45mins. Starter did apologize for pace of play & tried to move our foursome to another nine after we mad the turn but it was backed up on all 3 nines. I appreciate the concern from the starter but I think there should be rangers on the course doing their job & keeping pace of play reasonable. I would recommend playing here but be prepared for a slow round during the busy seasons.
by Richard (Irmo, SC) - 07/27/2016
The staff was very helpful and allowed us to play Best Ball for the 5 of us which was not only great fun, but saved us wear and tear in the extreme heat!!
by Ted - 07/27/2016
Tee Boxes & Fairways are in great shape. Greens were recently aerified but are doing rather well. Staff was very accommodating except no beverage cart due to heat....
by Ron (Baden, PA) - 07/23/2016
Have played Heather Glen many times, always had a great experience.
by Steve - 07/18/2016
Nice layout, but greens were not in good shape.
by Joshua - 07/13/2016
I love this course. The greens were a little beat-up with ball marks, but that's more on players than the course management. There are a bunch of interesting holes on this course and its a blast to play.
by Ted - 06/17/2016
Haven't played here in about 10 years. Course is in great shape. Lots of unique holes. Lots of rain the day before but carts were allowed on the fairways. Staff was very friendly & played 18 holes in less than 4 hours.
by Tobin - 06/13/2016
This course has gone very down hill. The greens were very spotty and it was difficult to find yardages just about on every hole.
Be it locations near the Intracoastal Waterway, area rivers or overflow zones, or simply a creative touch when it came to the architecture, certain tracks can’t help but to be defined by the water-heavy hazards throughout their acreage.
To get a taste of the game in the British Isles, you can go to Myrtle Beach. You may not get the cold wind off the Atlantic, and the Guinness might not be as authentic after the round, but it doesn’t take much to imagine you’re traversing the linksland where the game came of age at places like these Grand Strand designs.