Oyster Reef Golf Club

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina | 18 holes | Par: 72 | 7014 yards

Oyster Reef
Oyster Reef

When Oyster Reef Golf Club on Hilton Head Island opened in 1982, it was recognized by many golf experts as one of the best new courses in the U.S., because of its fortunate location, a well-known designer in Rees Jones and a clever layout.

After a failed attempt at changing the golf course from Bermuda to bent grass, Oyster Reef has rebounded, and more than 20 years after its opening, it is beginning to get the same acclaim it once garnered.

"The layout, on the other hand, always has been and will continue to be top notch," said former TravelGolf.com writer Shane Sharp.

"True, the course winds its way through a number of houses that sit right off the fairways and greens, but Jones' clever use of dogleg holes, elevated greens and oyster shell-shaped bunkers makes the course one of the most fun on the island."

Playing to more than 7,000 yards with a 139-slope rating from the tips, Oyster Reef continues to be a place where golfers go to look for a challenge, as well as one of the most visually appealing courses in the entire Hilton Head region.

Par, yardages and course ratings

Tee Par Yardage Rating Slope
other 72 6071 70.5 119
middle 72 6463 72.2 124
forward 72 5288 71.1 120
championship 72 7014 74.7 137


At a glance

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Rees Jones
  • Type: Semi-Private
  • Built in: 1982
  • Golf Season: year round
  • Visitor Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes

Practice facilities

  • Driving range: Yes
  • Putting green:


  • Teaching pro:
  • Golf school / golf academy:


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


  • Week days: $50 - $100
  • Weekends: $50 - $100


A bird sanctuary runs along the entire right side of the 14th and 15th (shown here) holes at Oyster Reef Golf Club.Oyster Reef Golf Club embodies golf on Hilton Head Island.Nos. 17 and 18 (shown here) at Oyster Reef golf Club are long par 4s in the 400-yard range.Oyster Reef Golf Club's 11th hole, a par 3, is a short shot over water to a large green.Oyster Reef Golf Club's third hole sits amid a ring of bunkers. Fortunately, it's a large green. Oyster Reef Golf Club's signature sixth hole is a fierce par 3 with bunkers surrounding the green. And there's a sharp drop on the right side, the direction a prevailing winds will push your shot.Oyster Reef Golf Club offers a complete practice area to hone your game.Rees Jones made artwork of his bunkers at Oyster Reef Golf Club.A typical tee shot at Oyster Reef Golf Club must thread through the trees.The par-3 16th par presents an intimidating approach over water and sand at Oyster Reef Golf Club.

155 High Bluff Rd
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29926
P: 1-866-870-4653, (843-842-2401)

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • 2 stars out of 5
    by James Mitchell
    on March 20th, 2015 12:55
    for 75$ it wasn't worth it. Fairways were spotty at best and the greens didn't compare at all to Hilton head national or golden bear for a lot less money.
    $45 to $55 would have been a lot. you can't rest on what condition it normal is..I bring 24 golfer down in Feb won't bring my group to your course.
  • 2.5 stars out of 5
    by Cippel
    on May 08th, 2013 04:36
    Recently played Oyster Reef on short notice. Called on a rainy morning for a late afternoon tee time, showed up with 8 players and had a nice round. Found the course to be interesting, fair and greens in nice shape.

    Will play there again this summer for sure.
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