The Golf Club at Berkeley Hall offers three world-class — and quite unique — touchpoints for comparison in its approach: Winged Foot, Seminole, and Riviera. Well then! Tom Fazio must have felt some incredible pressure when constructing two 18-hole loops for the project, the North and the South.
Fazio had been working on the North Course and South simultaneously and would eventually open the latter a year after the celebrated North course opened. The newer 18 offered a rather distinct take on lowcountry golf, with tighter fairways and a routing through the forest where the North features a more open concept.
Although finding the fairways won’t be a terrible challenge for players, finding the correct portion of fairway will be the difference between red and black numbers on the scorecard. Fazio employs dramatic greens that will offer those with the best approach angle the best chance for a one-putt as well.
As an area resident, Berkeley Hall is an interesting development. Fazio designed (For the same developer as Belfair's 36 diverse and memorable holes and the Nicklaus portion of Colleton River Club) 36 holes of so-called "Core" golf. That is taken to mean contiguous property for a course without housing interspersed. Let's say - old school golf course. That almost happens, but I have also found it entertaining that moats were constructed such that building lots overlook the course but do not front it.
Berkeley Hall South is generally in spectacular condition and is utterly fair - very modern if you will, but memorability of the holes is challenging, I find that the flaw of both go the courses at this community, but it is good grounds for golf. I've heard the terminology of Pasture Pool used for courses such as these.
Given the blandness of design here - I am confused as to the mention of Seminole, Winged Foot and the magnificent Riviera in this site's forward/introduction to this course.
If fairness with superb conditioning is for you than BH is your place.
Not great copywriting but, having looked into these courses before, I can confirm that the Berkely Hall website describes itself as being like the three you mentioned.