Island West GC: #7Island West Golf Club

Island West Golf Club
40 Island W Dr
Bluffton, South Carolina 29910
Beaufort County

Phone(s): (843) 689-6660
Fax: (843) 815-7077

The 18-hole Island West Golf Club in Bluffton, SC is a public golf course that opened in 1992. Designed by Clyde Johnston and Fuzzy Zoeller, Island West Golf Club measures 6803 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 129 and a 72.1 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.

Island West Golf Club
4 stars out of 5 (based on 1 reviews)
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View from #7 at Island West Golf ClubA view from a fairway at Island West Golf ClubA view of a hole at Island West Golf Club

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Clyde Johnston, Fuzzy Zoeller
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Year opened: 1992
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways:
  • Greens:


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes - included in green fees

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: Proper golf attire.
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Blue 72 6803 140 73.2
Silver 72 5454 108 67.2
White 72 6208 128 70.5
Red (W) 72 4856 123 69.5

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Island West Golf Club
    4 stars out of 5
    by David Theoret
    on August 02nd, 2017 14:38
    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.
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