THE Heritage Club boasts over 600 acres of giant magnolias (Augusta isn’t the only course with them!), freshwater lakes and marshes and is built on two of South Carolina’s historic plantations along the Waccamaw River.
The drive into the club is one of the most breathtaking I have ever enjoyed as the road is enshrined in oak trees which lead to the Southern Colonial clubhouse which looks over the river.
The course meanders through the natural contours of the land and it sits next to the abandoned rice fields which provide outstanding views.
It’s a narrow course so you will need to be straight off the tee in order to score well. Fairways are either lined by trees or water and well-placed bunkers come into play on almost every hole.
It’s a long course, which in conjunction with the narrow landing areas provides the biggest test. It’s asking a lot to reach the par 5s in two so you will have to rely on accurate approach play to pick up shots.
The front nine plays slightly easier than the back nine so players need to play well before the turn. The back nine features more water, more doglegs and has some long holes.
The course was in fantastic condition when I played, with pristine fairways, fluffy bunkers and well-kept rough.
The greens are some of the biggest I have ever played on and a number of them have multiple levels. You will be left with a number of long, undulating putts so you will need to be hot with your flat stick.
The greens were in fantastic condition and were playing fast so good putters will enjoy the challenge while those who struggle on the dance floor may have a day to forget.
The outstanding course I complemented by a clubhouse which serves excellent food and the service is second to none. Friendly staff will bend over backwards to your every need and you will not leave hungry.
The club has a welcoming atmosphere and you will be welcomed by the members for a post-round drink on the 19th hole.
Length: 7,118 (yellows) 6,656 (blues) 6,310 (whites) 5,701 (greens)
Architect: Dan Maples