5 SC golf courses among the top 100 in the United States, according to the new rankings of GOLF magazine. here’s why

Recently, GOLF Magazine published a list of its picks for the 2022-2023 season. “Top 100 Courses in the United States” Five of these golf courses were in South Carolina.

The first of the courses chosen in the State of Palmetto was the Kiawah Island course (Ocean)who was ranked 32nd.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Ocean Course

Designed by Pete Dye and built in 1991, The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island has been described as “one of the South’s most memorable gaming experiences” by the magazine.

Last year the 2021 PGA Championship took place at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course.

Next on the list of South Carolina courses and ranked at #44 was Yeamans Hall in Hanahan. Designed by Seth Raynor and built in 1925, this course is located in Berkeley County. This course combined “classic Seth Raynor design with the coastal topography of South Carolina.” Over the decades the course began to fade, but a two-decade renovation based on Raynor’s original property maps, which were discovered in the attic of the clubhouse, restored the course to its original beauty, says GOLF magazine.

Ranked 63rd, Harbor Town Golf Links jumped 10 places from its ranking last year. This Hilton Head Island golf course was built in 1969 and was designed by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus. This course is found at the southern end of the island and has been the annual adventure for the RBC Legacy tournament every spring. “Even more than 50 years after the course opened, Harbor Town’s exemplary holes remain as fascinating and interesting as anything modern architecture has to offer,” the magazine described.

Pete Dye's influence on golf in South Carolina is profound.  Three of its Palmetto State courses - the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island and both Harbor Town Golf Links (pictured) and Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island - hold a spot on any list of great courses.

Pete Dye’s influence on golf in South Carolina is profound. Three of its Palmetto State courses – the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island and both Harbor Town Golf Links (pictured) and Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island – hold a spot on any list of great courses.

This course is not known for its length but rather for its need for precision and “precise iron play” to help golfers get their shots around the live oaks and pines scattered across the course.

The view from behind the No. 3 green at Congaree Golf Club in Ridgeland, South Carolina.

The view from behind the No. 3 green at Congaree Golf Club in Ridgeland, South Carolina.

In 85th place, the Congaree Golf Club, found in Ridgeland, made the list. This new course was designed by Tom Fazio and was built in 2017. Various tournaments are held at Congaree and regardless of its young age has attracted a lot of attention for its beauty, design and playability by golfers.

The Palmetto Golf Club is the oldest golf course in South Carolina and the second oldest course in the country.  Legendary players such as Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Ben Crenshaw have all played Aiken's 18-hole course since joining the US Golf Association in 1896. C. Aluka Berry/caberry@thestate.com

The Palmetto Golf Club is the oldest golf course in South Carolina and the second oldest course in the country. Legendary players such as Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Ben Crenshaw have all played Aiken’s 18-hole course since joining the US Golf Association in 1896. C. Aluka Berry/[email protected]

Finally, in 99th place, Palmetto Golf Club at Aiken made the GOLF magazine list. This course is the oldest of the South Carolina golf courses on this list and one of the oldest among the 100 selected by the magazine. Founded in 1892 by Thomas Hitchcock, Palmetto Golf Club has several rival holes to call your favorite.

“Every green is so good, and no surprise why: Alister MacKenzie lent a hand when he worked in nearby Augusta,” wrote GOLF magazine.

Michael C. Ford