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Colleton River Club Nickalus Course

Colleton River Club Nicklaus Course

Colleton River Club Nicklaus Course is located in the Lowcountry in South Carolina. It is a place where the ebb and flow of the tidal marshes brings to light life along the coast.

Where Spanish moss hangs elegantly from live oaks.

It is also where rivers and their estuaries meet the Atlantic.

And it was on this land that world-renowned golf course architect Jack Nicklaus left an indelible mark on the game of golf with his 18-hole layout at Colleton River Club.

The Colleton River Club Nicklaus Course is often considered by the many knowledgeable experts of the game as one of the finest 18 holes of golf you’ll find anywhere in the Lowcountry.

The Colleton River Club Nicholas Course opened for play in 1991.

The Colleton River Club Nicklaus Course is an intriguing design. In fact, Golf Digest named this layout the best new private course in America in 1993.

In 2017, the Nicholas design team restored the course to its original low country beauty. 

From your first tee shot on through your final putt, Jack Nicklaus takes the golfer on a journey, and along the way, he provides glimpses of the tidal marsh on the front nine.

Then as you make the turn, Nicklaus routes the back nine in dramatic fashion, finishing along the Colleton River.

Off the tee, here on the Colleton River Club Nicklaus Course you’ll find wide fairways, as is the case with most Nicklaus courses.

However, around the greens can get quite challenging.

The greens are fairly large, which if you’re not going to hit it the right spot on the putting surface, then you’re going to be left with some long putts with some movement to them.

For the very gifted player, the back championship tees stretch out to nearly 7,100 yards.

From the blue tees, the mid-level handicap player will find more than enough course at 6,545.

And for the ladies, the red tees play to 5,005 yards.

The Colleton River Nicklaus Course offers seven sets.

Colleton River Club Nicklaus Course, along with the Pete Dye Course at this private Bluffton club, offers its members 36 holes and championship caliber golf.

The Course

Year built: 1991
Architect(s): Jack Nicklaus (1991), Nicklaus Design (2017)
Type: Private
Greens: TiffEagle Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year-round 


Par 72
Length Back Tees: 7085
Slope: 74.3
Rating: 138
Length Forward Tees: 5005
Slope: 68.7
Rating: 114


Colleton River Club
60 Colleton River Drive
Bluffton, SC 29910

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Alan Hunter

Alan Hunter is the Managing Director at Hunter Southwest Productions. Since 2004 the company has provided video production services to the golf industry. HSW also produces several nationally syndicated television programs, including Golf Southwest and Golf America.