Wild Dunes Resort

5881 Palmetto Drive,

Isle of Palms, South Carolina SC 29451

  • Office

    +1 (888) 778 1876
  • Pro shop

    +1 (843) 886 2301
  • Golf pro

    Several
  • Academy

    Wild Dunes Golf School

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Links-style. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk (although long green-to-tee walks between holes 4 & 5, and 12 & 13).

  • Surroundings:

    Residential, riverside and marshland.

  • Designer:

    Tom Fazio's first solo design golf course.
Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
6359
5900
4689
Par
70
70
70
SSS or slope
71.0
69.2
68.1

At the same location:

Above distances are for the Harbor course. Also at Wild Dunes is the 18-hole Links course (par-72; 6709 yards from back tees; rating 73.2).

Location

Latitude:

32.806484

Longitude:

-79.740400

How to get there:

12 miles E 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 1.8 miles turn right at traffic lights onto the 517, direction Isle of Palms. After approx 3.7 miles turn left onto the 703 East (Palm Blvd). After o.3 miles follow the 703 which doglegs to the right then left. After 1.3 miles, Palm Blvd turns left into 41st Ave, then after 100 yards turn right (continuation of Palm Blvd). After o.3 miles turn left into Wild Dunes gatehouse. Follow Palmetto Drive approx 1 mile to Wild Dunes (Harbor course) clubhouse, which is on your left (opposite the Boardwalk Inn on your right).

Wild Dunes Resort (Harbor course)

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

Est. 1986

Wild Dunes Resort (Harbor course): Although shorter than the signature Links course at Wild Dunes, the Tom Fazio designed Harbor course is also going to test every facet of your game, and most especially your ability to hit straight rather than long.

Rarely on the well maintained Harbor layout is there much room for your golf ball to "breath". Water is in play on every hole, in the form of either ponds, small lagoons, saltwater marshes or the Intracoastal Waterway. The tight slivers of fairway are home to excellent bunkering, making this is a layout that will not let you off lightly if you are wayward. So, a potentially tough round in prospect, even with six par-3s in the mix, but also an immensely scenic one.

The opening two holes will get you acclimatised; both are flanked on the leftside by Palmetto Lake, a small ribbon-like lagoon that will deftly swallow up anything hit too far left. Go too far right and you are into sand dunes, thick vegetation or maybe some pastel painted seaside houses. Between the 4th and 5th holes there is quite a drive as you move to the other side of 41st Ave, and the other half of the Harbor links. After four more testing holes, you make the turn at the par-5 9th and start the inward journey, commencing with three glorious holes right alongside the Intracoastal Waterway. At least for these three holes you will feel less constrained and the driver can at last be pulled from the bag, although lengthwise you really won't need it.

As you cross back over 41st Ave and rejoin the eastern end of the course at the par-3 13th, you can look forward to further testing tee-shots, and a terrific closing stretch alongside Morgan Creek. Some amazing real estate seemingly sits in the middle of the vast marshlands. A memorable course ... absolutely; tough and testing ... you bet!

Stay & Play at Wild Dunes: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.
List of courses: Charleston / Kiawah

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes, peak rate in high season: $125.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Golf carts compulsory. Golf carts are fitted with GPS.

Practice facilities

Limited; main practice facilities are 1 mile away at Wild Dunes' Links course.

Did you know?

Wild Dunes' Harbor course is effectively divided into two sections. On the eastern side of Morgan Creek and 41st Avenue you will find holes 1 thru' 4 and 13 thru' 18. On the western side lie holes 5 thru' 12. At the top of 41st Avenue next to Morgan Creek, you may want to consider a visit to the highly recommended Morgan Creek Grill restaurant.

Wild Dunes' Harbor course has its own clubhouse, located opposite the resort's main accommodation centre, the Boardwalk Inn. The clubhouse for the Links course is located about a mile further east along Palmetto Drive.

Where2Stay

  • Boardwalk Inn at Wild DunesAAA 4-Diamond

    5757 Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms, SC 29451.

    +1 (843) 886 6000

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    The Wild Dunes resort offers a choice of hotel, condos, cottages and vacation home rentals. The Boardwalk Inn is the resort's ocean front hotel, located directly opposite the Harbor Golf Course pro shop. In addition to two championship golf courses, the resort also features a Top 10 tennis centre and a nationally recognised family recreation programme. Wild Dunes is a member of the Destination Hotels group.
    • Golf at this hotel:

      Wild Dunes (Harbor course)

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Wild Dunes (Links course) (1.3 mi).

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Patriots Point; Shadowmoss Plantation; Rivertowne; Dunes West; Charleston National.

  • Seaside Inn3-star

    1004 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms, South Carolina SC 29451.

    +1 (843) 886 7000

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    Pleasant seaside hotel on the Isle of Palms within close proximity of several excellent golf courses. No restaurant, but a good selection in the area.
    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Wild Dunes (Harbor & Links courses)

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Patriots Point; Shadowmoss Plantation; Rivertowne; Dunes West; Charleston National.

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