The community at Wexford Plantation did not take too long before bringing in new blood to revamp their golf course. The original 18 had been laid out by Williard Byrd during 1983, but Arnold Palmer arrived less than 30 years later to give the course a total redesign.
As part of this process, Palmer looked for inspiration in both the course’s natural habitat — views across salt marshes and the Broad Creek River are tough to deny — and classic designs from the courses of yore. This includes a few template holes, as well as dramatic spins off of templates as imagined by Palmer.
Although Nos. 12 and 13 play as traditional Road and Redan holes, respectively, No. 16 is a very untraditional Biarritz. The origins for the hole lie in a very long par three, but Palmer incorporates its long swale of a putting surface into a mid-length par four (415 yards), leaving all areas open to pins.
The name of the back tees ("Palmer"), playing to 6,900 yards, is no surprise. More mysterious is the name of the 5,900-yard tee set, which is “Zorro.” Interesting.
The course is very underrated in my opinion. An Arnold Palmer design that has a few template greens, great conditions, and a wide variety of golf holes. In the middle of the round, you play up along an inland harbor for the members' boats, then cross over the lock system to the back 9 which has a fantastic finishing stretch where 16 has biarritz green, and holes 17/18 overlook broad creek which runs through the center of Hilton Head Island. Do not pass up an opportunity to play here as they do not come around often.
Wexford surprised me a bit. I played here last week and didn't know what to expect. The greens were fabulous. The green complexes were very good. A few template greens which shocked me. Overall the course was in fine shape and they are trying hard to improve conditions as they are currently replacing the irrigation lines. The complex exudes money. The houses are the grandest of any plantation on Hilton Head. The waters meander in and massive boats and a lock system are present. It may be a boaters complex first. But the golf course is quite nice and worthy of a play. It is very private so if you get the chance, take it.