Sneak inside the private Oldfield Golf Club near Bluffton, S.C.
OKATIE, S.C. -- Limited public play is allowed at Oldfield Golf Club, a 7,142-yard private club that is among the best in the Bluffton area.
Oldfield's Greg Norman design can hold its own with some of the Lowcountry's other top private playgrounds like the Colleton River Plantation Club, Berkley Hall and Belfair Plantation.
A secluded natural setting meshes with the Okatie River to create a stirring experience for public players looking to enjoy the spoils of the club life within the community's white equestrian fencing.
Oldfield was the first real estate development to earn the Audubon International's Neighborhood for Nature Award. The course, designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2002, rolls firm and fast, where tee shots run long and approaches can skip up open entrances onto interesting greens.
The back nine flirts with the river and wetlands, creating unforgettable risk-reward holes. The 12th hole might be the best short par 4 in South Carolina. It thoughtfully asks players, "Do you have the guts and skill to bomb a driver over water to the edge of the green or will you take the easy way out?"
"It is a gambler's delight," Oldfield Head Professional Jon Hundley said.
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