Island West Golf Club

Bluffton, South Carolina | 18 holes | Par: 72 | 6803 yards

View from #7 at Island West Golf Club
View from #7 at Island West Golf Club

Designed by Clyde Johnston and popular PGA Tour star Fuzzy Zoeller, the Island West Golf Club is a course built around natural marshland and follows the landscape presenting a rolling, tree-lined course.

As one would imagine a course with Zoeller's fingerprints, Island West in Bluffton was built to be a fun, entertaining play, and has succeeded in its mission. Playing to 6,803 with a 129 slope rating from the tips, it's a solid test for the skillful yet playable for the not-so skillful.

Water comes in to play on 10 holes here, so the bold will have many risk-reward opportunities. Accuracy off the tee is a must on many of the tree-lined holes, yet other holes feature wide fairways. Island West is exactly the type of course you'd imagine Zoeller being a part of, but Johnston's expertise also shines through.

Par, yardages and course ratings

Tee Par Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 72 6803 73.3 140
Silver 72 5454 67.2 108
White 72 6208 70.1 127
Red (W) 72 4856 69.5 123


At a glance

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Brad Bartell, Clyde Johnston, Fuzzy Zoeller
  • Type: Public
  • Built in: 1992
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Visitor Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Search tee times

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: Yes



A view of a hole at Island West Golf ClubA view from a fairway at Island West Golf Club.A view from a tee at Island West Golf Club.A view from a fairway at Island West Golf Club

40 Island W Dr
Bluffton, South Carolina 29910
Beaufort County
P: (843) 689-6660
F: (843) 815-7077

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • 3 stars out of 5
    by John
    on June 20th, 2022 06:27
    The new fairways are in great shape. The greens are struggling. They need to lower their rates to the public.
  • 4 stars out of 5
    by David Theoret
    on August 02nd, 2017 14:27
    As a player on the PGA Tour, Fuzzy Zoeller always seemed to have a smile on his face. Whether he was in the lead or missing the cut he was always having fun. So, it makes sense that in creating a golf course, a Fuzzy Zoeller design is going to be fun to play.
    That’s what you get at Island West Golf Club in Bluffton, SC, a fun yet challenging golf course that plays 6,803 yards from the back tees. Back here, the course rating is 73.2 with a slope rating of 140 and a par of 72. The White Tees (6,208/70.3/128) offer the majority of golfers a good challenge. Ladies will enjoy the course from 4,856 yards (67.8/123). Clyde Johnson, who has done many courses in the Lowcountry area, co-designed Island West
    For a Lowcountry golf course, the fairways at Island West have a lot of roll and undulation to them. The course winds its way through naturally preserved marshlands and strands of live oak trees, creating a beautiful setting. Water comes in to play in one form or another on 10 holes, creating many risk-reward opportunities. Bunkers have been strategically placed along the edges of the fairways and all around the greens.
    The two par 5s on the front nine are quite challenging, especially when one of them is your first hole of the day. Number 1 is a 477-yard (White Tees) par 5 that has plenty of room off the tee, so bomb away. Just be sure to avoid the fairway bunker on the left. A good drive will leave you with a decision to go for the green or not. Just know that, because of the large bunker in front, you’ll need to fly it onto the green, which is wider than it is deep. There’s more sand behind the green in case you go too deep.
    Before your round, be sure to take full advantage of the practice facility. There’s a full-length driving range where you can hit every club in the bag, a short game area and practice putting green. If your game’s not up to par, or way over par, talk to one of the PGA professionals at Island West and schedule a lesson. Or better yet, become a member and lessons are free. I’ll explain more in a bit. While you’re in the pro shop, browse around at all of the latest golf equipment and logoed golf apparel from the game’s top designers.
    Island West is a challenging course that makes you think and requires accuracy in order to score well, especially on the narrow, tree-lined holes. It’s a course where new golfers won’t be overwhelmed and skilled players will be challenged. Island West is exactly what Fuzzy Zoeller wanted it to be: fun!
    Islands West also has the service part down. Upon arrival, an attendant will meet you at the bag drop, load your clubs onto a cart and then take it back to a “staging” area. After your round, they will clean up your sticks, hop on the back of the cart, and follow you out to your car. The staff is always smiling and willing to answer any questions you might have about the course or facility.
    Brown Golf Management is offering a great membership program that includes unlimited golf at all 7 of their Bluffton/Hilton Head area courses, unlimited use of the practice facility and range balls, discounts for guests’ greens fees and in the pro shop and something that makes the whole package worthwhile: free, unlimited golf lessons.
  • 2.5 stars out of 5
    by Matt
    on July 27th, 2016 06:41
    Greens were in very rough shape, tough putting. Decent challenge and some open fairways. Went with my 6yr old and had a good time for the price.
  • 5 stars out of 5
    by james
    on April 08th, 2013 08:43
    This is a great course.Great prices and GPS on the carts.Can't beat it.
Submit your rating of the course: