Carolina National Golf Club - Heron Nine: #5
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4.2
369 Reviews (369)
5 Stars
143
4 Stars
152
3 Stars
46
2 Stars
14
1 Stars
14
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.0
90.9%
Recommend this course
328 out of 369 reviews
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4.2
57 Reviews (57)
5 Stars
27
4 Stars
21
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.6
89.5%
Recommend this course
51 out of 57 reviews
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4.2
113 Reviews (113)
5 Stars
51
4 Stars
45
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.5
91.2%
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103 out of 113 reviews
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About

Holes 9
Type Public
Par 36
Length 3517 yards
Slope 139
Rating 37.0

Situated along the banks of the Lockwood Folly River, Carolina National Golf Club takes advantage of the scenic low country landscape. The 27-hole course was designed by Fred Couples, whose preservation of the terrain earned the course the certification as an Audubon Sanctuary. The golf course is divided into three nines that are played in 18-hole combinations. The Heron, Egret, and Ibis are named after the birds that call the course home. Each nine offers a different set of challenges. The Heron is both the most scenic and the longest nine. The three par 4s all measure over 400 yards and the final hole is a par 5 that is 587 yards long. The layout has a few holes that play along the river, including the par-3 fifth, which has a green that is almost entirely surrounded by water. This nine will reward strong mid-to-long iron play.

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Course Details

Year Built 1998
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Champion Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Fred Couples (1998) Gene Bates Kipp Schulties (1998)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Proper golf attire is required. No denim.

Food & Beverage

Food & Beverage

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Most Improved U.S. Golf Courses (2019 #20)

Reviews

4.2
369 Reviews (369)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 7
Forced Carries 6
Water Hazards 6
This course/club is great for:
Locals 7
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Worth the Drive 6

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Commented on 11/24/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine!

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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 11/02/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine!

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Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Always a pleasure

I have played here many times. Course was in very good condition. Today, greens had a layer of sand down. But, they still putted very true and we’re consistent. Plenty of teeing choices. Recommend!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/27/2021

Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine.

Played On
Reviews 41
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Commented on 10/26/2021

Thank you for visiting us at Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 10/25/2021

Thank you for visiting us at Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

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Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Pace of Play

To continue, today was similar to most other days, slow play with no attempt to correct it. My 3 groups played the first 9 holes in 1'50" each as we were the first groups out. The 2nd 9 holes took 2 1/2 hrs. Women members who were first out on a different 9, quit after 15 holes that took 4 1/2 hrs. There was a severe backup with 3 holes to play. Can you imagine how long those holes would have taken to play?

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/25/2021

Hello. Thank you for reviewing the course. We apologize for the delay of play during your round. This is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We work hard to accommodate everyone who visits our course and to best control pace allowing everyone to finish in a reasonable amount of time. We will continue to look for ways to improve, and we are glad to see you rated the course conditions to be great during your game. Thank you for playing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Perfect weather
Used cart

Slow Play!!

So, my recent Facebook page post appears to have been taken down. Carolina National management doesn't like negative posts. It basically said, if you don't mind playing at a snail's pace and with no care by management to address slow play, this is the course for you. CN's expectations for a round is 4 1/2 hours. For most courses, this is totally unacceptable. But, even with this acceptance, rounds typically take nearly 5 hours. And, that is OK with management. They just care about selling tee times. If I weren't an 18 year member and live in the community, I would go somewhere else.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/25/2021

Hello. Thank you for reviewing the course. We apologize for the delay of play during your round. This is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We work hard to accommodate everyone who visits our course and to best control pace allowing everyone to finish in a reasonable amount of time. We will continue to look for ways to improve, and we are glad to see you rated the course conditions to be great during your game. Thank you for playing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 28
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Blind golf

If you did not play this course with someone who knew their way around you would waste a lot of shots
Beautiful course .... Great day

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 10/19/2021

Thank you for visiting us at Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 181
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 25 Contributor
First Time Playing

Awesome. Great shape. Fun layout. Treated very well..

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/18/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine!

Played On
Reviews 27
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/25/2021

Thank you for visiting us at Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Nice Course

Played here yesterday. Good course with fairways and greens in excellent condition.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/08/2021

Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course

Enjoyed this course. Great shape. Greens firm and fast. Really fun layout

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/01/2021

Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine.

Played On
Reviews 76
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Fun at the beach

Played Egret and Herren for the first time.Pace of play was great and tees and fairways perfect.Greens were a little bumpy on Herren and greens rolled around a 10. The course has a lot of character and makes you think before hitting a shot. I would definitely play here again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 09/27/2021

Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/14/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine!

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 09/08/2021

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine!

Played On
Reviews 56
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good but...work to be done

I brought 2 friends and my brother who lives in St. James to play at Carolina National. Great course, good people, etc. Very nice practice facility. Greens were hard and fast, well taken care of. Pace was pretty good and the fairways were nice though there were a few wet areas. Bunkers were in awful shape and need lots of work. I was surprised that very little had been done to them and it had not rained in several days. The rough was a bit high and made finding balls there a bit of a hassle and time consuming as the ball would disappear. They could easily have cut it down a bit and still be penalizing but the top of the ball could show.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 09/08/2021

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine and we hope to see you again in the future!

Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Value

Enjoyed the course and friendliness of the staff. Greens in great shape.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 08/31/2021

Thank you for visiting us at Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

long day

It seems the starter staff is huge on controlling the flow, but we ended up spending 5.5 hours. poor management of start times. they all mean well, and this stuff isn
t the end of the world but if the starting staff was a little less authoritarian, our attitude would be different.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 08/12/2021

Hello EGoldberg! We always strive to improve. Do you recall the name of the starter, or the date you played at Carolina National? We appreciate the feedback very much, as well as the potential to enhance our customers experience. Warm regards, and thanks again.

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Commented on 08/12/2021

Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back at Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/09/2021

Thank you for visiting us at Carolina National Golf Club - Ibis Nine. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

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