Melrose Club Golf Course, The
Editor's Note: Course closed for business.
The Jack Nicklaus designed Melrose Course at Daufuskie Island Resort in Hilton Head, S.C., comes in as one of the longer (more than 7,000 yards from the tips) courses in the area.
The course's final three holes, played alongside the Atlantic Ocean, are Melrose's strong point, but the first 15 holes do little to disappoint, as well.
While the course plays long, the greens are small enough to earn its 139-slope rating. Still, the toughness of play is eased with a run that is part scenery -- on the finishing three on this course, you can look view Savannah, or the mighty Atlantic -- and part target golf.
"When you combine the peace and quiet with the beauty of the surrounding landscape, Melrose offers quite a complete golf outing," said Travelgolf.com writer Jeffrey A. Rendell. "The beauty and challenge aren't the only things you'll notice. Targets are clearly defined for you."
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|Blue M: 72.4/130||380||412||522||395||186||412||373||127||561||3368||396||355||513||168||431||390||170||371||526||3320||6688|
|White M: 70.3/121||363||389||488||372||162||385||352||112||498||3121||375||339||480||151||412||374||148||350||495||3124||6245|
|Red W: 72.3/126||334||366||471||336||140||321||249||73||463||2753||334||318||443||86||381||347||128||333||452||2822||5575|
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World Class Layout in Muni Course Condition
My first visit to Hilton Head Island and I was excited to add a trip to Dafuskie Island and a round of golf to the itinerary. It doesn't come cheap -- for my wife and I we paid $90 plus $20 tip for round trip ride on an H20 Sports zodiac ride from Harbour Town, and $128 for 2 greens fees plus ample tips for the one poor soul who was our chauffeur, cart boy, and manned the pro shop by himself. On balance, I would say it was worth it.
Riding a boat to play a round of golf is in itself a unique experience. The course is also routed through some of the most beautiful surroundings I have been in. The carts have GPS monitors built in which help alot. And it is an excellent Jack Nicklaus Signature design. Classic Nicklaus risk/reward decisions have to be made on almost every hole. Take the shorter route on a hole to make birdie a possibility and you also bring danger into the picture. Take the longer route and you are safer but have a much longer approach and could make a bogey anyway. Of course, Melrose also favors someone who can hit towering left to right approach shots - like Nicklaus and unlike myself!
The course itself is a world class layout in municipal course shape. The course is part of a struggling beach resort that is trying to turn itself around, so I don't know how they can do much better with the grounds on 10-20 rounds a day.
I fear that the course is not long for this world. Bloody Point Golf Course on Dafuskie Island was already moth balled for several years. So I am glad I had the chance to play Melrose when I did.