The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes makes the most of a second chance in Hardeeville, South Carolina
HARDEEVILLE, S.C. -- The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes has been through a lot of turmoil since opening in 2007. It's gone through an ownership change, a name change and survived a six-month closure in that process, reopening in February 2011.
Most golfers don't know that history and frankly don't care. They're more concerned about how the 7,300-yard course looks when they tee it up. The only hint of the past struggles is the makeshift clubhouse. Otherwise, the Tommy Fazio course and its impressive practice facility look and play great.
The club works overtime at customer service, too. "I like this course a lot," said Bo Madeo, who was practicing on the range in December. "The fairways are wide in most places. It's important that your short game be pretty solid."
Fazio propped up most greens, creating pockets and falloffs that make getting up and down a challenge. "You can allow your imagination to run wild (around the greens)," said David Wilding, the club's director of golf. "You can play any type of shot."
The practice facility sprawls across 36 acres with multiple practice greens and a six-hole, par-3 short course ranging from 70 to 180 yards.