We had an unpleasant experience at this course recently.
I should hasten to say that we understand that golf courses suffer when play is too slow and reasonable expectations of speed of play are desirable for everyone. We felt, however, that the expectations at this course were anything but reasonable, and our treatment on the course precluded any enjoyment we might have had from a round of golf in this beautiful setting.
We were a foursome that included a couple of inexperienced players, and we did take too long on the front nine. We switched to best ball on the back nine and were playing bogey golf. We also caught up to the twosome in front of us a couple of times and waited a couple of minutes. In spite of our increased speed, a ranger was constantly with us and watching with a stop watch in his hand.
We told him what we were doing and that it seemed reasonable that 4 players should be able to hit the ball, find the best ball (picking up every other ball) and hit again. He seemed to agree but said that was fine as long as it was "bang, bang, bang." Still...he was constantly there. We virtually quit playing half way through. There was no suggestion that we might let groups behind us play through, which we were more than willing to do, and so offered.
I suppose that there are many who would consider us unreasonable, but my advice to high handicap golfers is to avoid this course. Many have said that it's a bargain, and by Hilton Head area standards, that's true. However....it isn't small change, really, and to be harassed off the course after what might be considered a pretty good investment seems a bit much.
For what it's worth, I had a good conversation with the pro in the shop afterwards. It was a very civil on both sides and he promised to "address the problem." That, I think, is as far as that might go.
As I said, a gorgeous place well maintained, but not for average folks, evidently.
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