Briar’s Creek is situated on St.John’s Island, South Carolina and was opened in 2002 as a private club. The course architect was Rees Jones (who has left his mark on more than a dozen US Open and PGA Championship venues over the years) so a pedigree was established here right from the beginning.
Set in 900 acres, Briar’s Creek was constructed with minimal tree removal by using open spaces that already existed. Farmland, woodland and wetland were all preserved to ensure the golf course is barely in view from adjacent properties. Wildlife, and in particular, birds like the white ibis, wood stork and bald eagle continue to prosper in their natural habitat in and around the course.
The course features many Carolina Low country landforms - wandering rivers, creeks, marshes and saltwater estuaries. Both sets of nine holes play beside a saltwater marsh which is both an obstacle and an avenue to sensational views of Briar's Creek and the Kiawah River. The inland holes border fresh and salt-water wetlands, weaving their way through oak tree woodlands.
Personal service is all-important at Briar’s Creek where you play when you are ready, not when a tee time dictates - as there are no tee times! And if you feel as if you have the golf course to yourself as you play, you just might be correct, as membership is limited to only 300.
The signature hole at Briar’s Creek is the par four, 447-yard, hole 16. Bunkers threaten the tee shot on both sides of the fairway. The Bermuda grass putting surface is protected on the left by more sand – which actually keeps you out of the marsh further left! Towering oak trees provide a backdrop to a green at a hole which can often be the card wrecker of a medal round.