Oldfield - South Carolina - USA

Oldfield Golf Club,
9 Oldfield Way,
Okatie,
South Carolina (SC),
USA


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Greg Norman has created a number of courses in the South Carolina lowcountry, stretching from Myrtle Beach in the north to Hilton Head in the south, but the first of these layouts came at the Oldfield Club, a course located slightly inland of the latter island.

The property is broken into two distinct portions: The first occurring on the proper mainland, with another collection of holes looping across and through a virtual island surrounded by the Okatee River. Both sets of property offer the salt marshland that such lowcountry settings are popular for.

Norman uses the outskirts of the latter to craft holes that blend the schools of penal and strategic. No. 12 is a short par four where the wise move is to play an iron out to the fairway before traveling perpendicular across an inlet to the green. Norman, of course, gives the option for big hitters to carry the inlet and thread a large bunker on their way to the green.

The following par three features a long green snug against the same body of water, but with plenty of bailout area right. We’re sure that members have tried both routes on both holes during their time at the club; after all, variety is the spice of life.

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Description: The course at Oldfield Golf Club occupies a wetlands-flanked tract of land adjacent to the Okatie River. Opened in 2002, it was Greg Norman’s first Lowcountry design. Rating: 6.5 out of 10 Reviews: 2
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John Sabino

Oldfield Golf Club is tucked behind a security gate in an affluent community in the Bluffton area and thus doesn’t get as much exposure as some of the other courses in the Hilton Head area. The course is spectacularly maintained with true and fast greens. One of the defining features of the course is that almost all the greens are skinny (many at an angle to the fairway) making holding them a challenge. The greens also have very subtle breaks, which puts a premium on green reading skills. The course is quite idyllic, set in a beautiful lowcountry setting along the river. It is no wonder the club’s logo features a live oak tree since they are a dominant feature of the environment, most dripping with Spanish moss, adding such a charming effect.

When Greg Norman designed the course he left some of the oak trees overhanging and blocking out greens and approach shots if you don’t position yourself accurately. In the same way that nearby Harbour Town is a shot makers course, so is Oldfield. The fairways can typically be hit unless you are wildly off line, but the approaches require precision. The back nine has a particularly challenging set of par threes that play over water: the 13th and 16th, and they play as the #8 and #6 handicap holes respectively, a validation of their difficult.

The par four 12th is interesting, with a long, forced carry over water off the tee. If you make the heroic shot you are rewarded with a short wedge to the green. Alternatively, you can lay up to the left with a shot of roughly 150-160 yards, although you still face a relatively difficult shot to a hard to hit green. The best hole on the course is the par five 18th, which is a double dogleg, a design you rarely see used by golf architects, and Norman did a really good job with it. The day I played it was into a stiff wind and hitting the long narrow green on the finishing hole, even with a short iron proved challenging. It is a really good golf hole.

The club puts a premium on making sure the course is maintained to a high standard and it shows from tee to green. Oldfield is charming; some of the holes play near their horse/equestrian center and it has beautiful views of the Okatee river and the lowcountry marshes. A nice play to play golf with a laid-back authentic southern vibe.

December 07, 2021
7 / 10
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Doug Roberts

Oldfield was our first round of 5 in Hilton Head. The course was quite nice and typical of a course in the Hilton Head area. It meanders in and out of the marsh areas and presents a solid playing field. There are an abundance of very good courses in HHI and Oldfield holds it own with that test. It is private and you should take the opportunity to play it if you get an invite. It is referred to as one of or maybe the best of Arnold Palmer in the area. The greens were some of the best we played in HHI.

March 18, 2021
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Bill Vostniak
July 22, 2022

My review is currently unfinished, however I want to point out that this is a *Greg Norman* design (So indicated ^^ above). That's a turn-off to many who fancy themselves critics, however - this is a very well-designed course save 1-3 holes being a bit suspect in design or at least misunderstood. I happen to like this course and hope to have a full opinion posted soon, this is as good of a Norman Course as I have seen and worth the drive.

Doug Roberts
July 25, 2022

Bill, Thanks pointing out my shanked Arnold thoughts. Hope all well, Doug