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Chechessee Creek Club Review

Hilton Head SC

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 08:26 AM

Played the course at the Chechessee Creek Club 6/1 and 6/2 as part of their "Discovery package."  I have mentioned this earlier, and there is a link on the CCC webpage.  My deal was $199 for two nights in the lodge, two rounds of golf (excluding caddy fees).

A quick primer on the club:

-Previously opened as part of a 41 lot real estate development in Okatie, SC.  About 35 minutes from Hilton Head.
-Club is associated with the Outpost Club, a national golf membership with access to many private courses (google it).
-Club was bought out by a member last December, and is now divorced from the real estate development.  Club is being groomed as a national membership, similar to Secession in Beaufort.
-Used to be around a $30k initiation, now down to around $2k.  Dues are around $4500 per year, junior dues until 41st birthday are $2500 per year.  If you join this year, they will refund 50% of 2012 dues back into your account for club related expenses, excluding future dues or caddy fees.

-There is a 12 room lodge, see pics, for use by members at around $129 per night.  Very nice, equivalent to a 4 star hotel.  Common gathering room and large screened porch are great for hanging out.
-9000 sq ft clubhouse contains golf shop, restaurant, and locker rooms.  Very nice, not overly fancy, very fitting with lowcountry location.
- Caddy program currently on F,Sa,Su.  Must take a caddy before noon on those days, $70-90 standard fee.  otherwise you may walk as a member carrying your own bag, or take a cart.  really best suited to walking based on the design.

-Classic Coore/Crenshaw design.  Easily walkable, lots of subtleties in the bermuda greens.  Typically elevated greens with tucked pins.  Do not short side yourself on misses.
-Only 6,600 yards from the tips, but it is a par 70 with 5 par 3's.  Three par 3's longer than 200 (including a 245 yard monster).
-Even with the short yardage on the card, you can hit driver on 11 of the 13 non-par 3's.  Lots of strategy with lines of approach, many subtle doglegs, and some risk/reward par 4's.

All in all, this was a very enjoyable course.  Not overly penal, but not too easy.  The ownership situation is still new, so it will be interesting to see how it goes.  It seems they are stressing all of the right things to ake a great golf club (this is definitely NOT a country club, no other amenities).

Staff was very accommodating.  They are proud of their club and like to show it off.  the caddies were very knowledgeable and helpful, especially with the extreme grain on these bermuda greens!  I would recommend checking it out if you can.  they are going for 500 members, and are at around 400  now.  take advantage of a chance to go and look around.

Link to pics:

https://plus.google....660297216773953


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