Dunes West Golf & River Club

3535 Wando Plantation Way,

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina SC 29466

  • Office

    +1 (843) 856 9000
  • Pro shop

    +1 (843) 856 9000
  • Fax

    +1 (843) 884 7779
  • Golf pro

    Kevin Zemnickas (Head Golf Professional).
  • Academy

    Frank Moore Golf Academy

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk (although some long green-to-tee walks).

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland, residential and marshland.

  • Designer:

    Arthur Hills

SSS or slope






How to get there:

13 miles NE of Charleston

From the centre of Charleston take US-17 east, direction Mt Pleasant, approx 6 miles to the junction with I-529 East. Continue along US-17, direction Georgetown. After 4 miles turn left onto Hwy 41, direction Jamestown. After approx 3 miles the entrance to Dunes West is on your right (opposite entrance to RiverTowne on your left). Follow Dunes West Blvd for approx o.7 miles then turn left into Wando Plantation Way. Follow road for 1 mile to golf clubhouse.

Dunes West Golf & River Club

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1991

Dunes West Golf & River Club has long been a favourite with visitors to the Charleston area. It may not be the most dramatic golf course in the Lowcountry, but its appeal lies in a solid layout that occupies a natural environment (where real estate is not at all intrusive). The pleasantly tree-lined aspect combines with more open areas that are found on the back-nine, especially those holes played on either side of Wando Plantation Way.

The gently rippling fairways are often generously wide and not too aggressively bunkered, although the par-5 7th and 15th holes both have menacing cross-bunkers lurking on the fairways. From time-to-time you'll also need to be aware of fairway-lining and greenside water hazards, which come in the form of ponds, large and small.

Always nicely maintained, there is an easy-going southern charm about Dunes West, but don't let that fool you into thinking it lacks any real challenges. The rough can be quite penal during the summer. In addition to the occasional water hazards, sandy waste areas, dotted with clumps of longer wire grass, also line some fairways.

The well-contoured greens are often slightly elevated and well-protected at the front by earthmounding and bunkering, requiring a high-flighted shot into them. Both nines finish in style alongside Wagner Creek, which flows into the Wando River just a few hundred yards further north.

List of courses: Charleston / Kiawah


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Contact club for golf rates.

Other information

Golf carts compulsory.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Evidence of the first inhabitants of this area dates back at least 8,000 years. Native Americans harvested the rich resources of the rivers and streams, particularly oysters and other shellfish. European settlers referred to the Indians of the Wando Neck as the "Sewee" and the "Wando." The seagoing Sewee may have built a fortified village along the Wando not far from this site.

In 1712, the land was purchased by Captain John Vanderhorst, Joseph Vanderhorst and Thomas Lynch. Lynch was the grandfather of Thomas Lynch Jr., a signatory of the Declaration of Independence. During this time, the property was known as "Four Men's Ramble." The Vanderhorst family also owned a great deal of Kiawah Island.

Lexington, as this plantation area became known, changed hands several times until 1930. In that year it was purchased by Henrietta Hartford, one of the nation's wealthiest women, who proceeded to develop an elaborate estate.

Hartford's development included the addition of a row of oaks on either side of the main road leading to the estate (Wando Plantation Way), a saltwater swimming pool, tennis courts, nine-hole golf course and gardens - some of these additions remain today. Scratch Golf Company acquired the property in 1991 to operate and develop Dunes West Golf Club.


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