Davis Love III is hardly an unknown, but he went up against Pete Dye, Tom Fazio and Greg Norman – the best and brightest of American golf design – at this mega-facility, and surprised everybody by emerging with the best layout.
Of course, Love had the best piece of property to work with at the sprawling resort, and he took advantage of it. Love is a Carolina native and his love for the area comes alive in this 7,000-yard homage to the lowcountry: elevated greens, tree-lined fairways, challenging par 4s and the recreated ruins of an old, plantation home that runs along holes 3-7. The greens bring Donald Ross and Pinehurst No. 2 to mind.
In addition to the scenery, it’s a fun course to play off the tee, with its wide-open fairways and easy-to-hit landing areas. It was voted the sixth-best new course in the country in 2000 by Golf Digest.