Dataw Island - Cotton Dike

Saint Helena Island, South Carolina | 18 holes | Par: 72 | 6787 yards

A view of the 18th green at Cotton Dike from Dataw Island Golf Course
A view of the 18th green at Cotton Dike from Dataw Island Golf Course

Cotton Dike was the first golf course created at Dataw Island. Designed by the ever artful hand of Tom Fazio, the golf course is built over terrain, which was coaxed from the marshes by a series of dikes, intended to create more land for cotton fields during the great plantation days of Dataw Island.

The 18 holes of Cotton Dike require strategy and accuracy and, in return, provide a tireless golfing experience with a variety of interesting challenges. Almost half of the 18 holes lie along the marsh and Jenkins Creek, a wonderful contrast of the natural beauty of the low country and the precision design of the Cotton Dike course.

Cotton Dike, which opened in 1985, is 6,787 yards from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.9, with a slope rating of 136, on Bermuda grass.

Par, yardages and course ratings

Tee Par Yardage Rating Slope
Black 72 6787 72.9 136
White (W) 72 5091 69.1 120
Gold 72 6219 70.3 130
Blue 72 5707 68.1 118

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At a glance

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Billy Fuller, Tom Fazio
  • Type: Private
  • Built in: 1985
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Visitor Policy: With member only/Reciprocal
  • Tee times welcomed:

Practice facilities

  • Driving range: Yes
  • Putting green: Yes


  • Teaching pro: Yes
  • Golf school / golf academy: Yes


  • Pro: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes - included in green fees
  • Pull carts:


  • Week days: $67 - $85
  • Weekends: $67 - $85


A view from a green at Dataw Island Golf CourseA view from Cotton Dike at Dataw Island Golf CourseThe first green on Dataw Island's Cotton Dike golf course has a couple of nasty bunkers front left.Trying to get to Cotton Dike's 10th green from the right is nearly a lost cause.The 13th hole on Dataw Island's Cotton Dike course is a 537-yard par 5 from the tips that serves up some mega bunkers and lots of water.Cotton Dike's No. 16 par 3 offers little latitude.The awesome 18th hole at Cotton Dike on Dataw Island is a hole that will stay in your permanent golf memory bank. Cotton Dike's No. 18 from the tee lays out bunkers right, trees and marsh left, and many mounds and swales in the fairway.The third hole of the Cotton Dike golf course is a dogleg left to a narrow opening onto the green.The fifth hole on Dataw Island's Cotton Dike course is a par 3 that starts with an interesting palmetto trunk-lined path to the tee boxes.

100 Dataw Club Rd
Saint Helena Island, South Carolina 29920
Beaufort County
P: (843) 838-8250, (843) 838-3838
F: (843) 838-8204

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