Hole #1 Par 4

Hawk
397 Yards
Mallard
376 Yards
Osprey
356 Yards
Egret
345 Yards
Finch
318 Yards
Heron
318 Yards

Atypical of most opening holes, the first of Ocean Winds requires a decision to be made off the tee. A medium length par 4 with a tight landing area, the bunker and large live oak guarding the left side of this dogleg left take cutting the corner with a driver out of the equation for most. Out of bounds to the right and on the far side of the fairway make one cautious about being overly aggressive, but a conservative play will leave a long approach to a well guarded green.

Hole #2 Par 4

Hawk
393 Yards
Mallard
376 Yards
Osprey
360 Yards
Egret
347 Yards
Finch
327 Yards
Heron
251 Yards

Staying farther left than right is the play, though the view from the tee may tell a different story. Bunkers and overhanging tree limbs down the right side of the fairway are cause for concern from the tee. Experienced players take a route left to left-center off the tee and allow the slope of the fairway to add more yards to their drive. From there, it’s clear this hole is more about the approach than the drive, as this wide but shallow green is guarded in front by a large bunker.

Hole #3 Par 5

Hawk
544 Yards
Mallard
520 Yards
Osprey
502 Yards
Egret
486 Yards
Finch
470 Yards
Heron
400 Yards

Snaking its way through strands of palmettos and live oaks, the first par 5 of the day puts a premium on accuracy, especially off of the tee. One may be more aggressive with the second shot, but to err right could prove to be tragic, as large trees and bunkering on the right side of the green make a wedge to the green from this angle very difficult. Staying a wee left with the second makes for an open wedge shot to a green that slopes directly toward the player.

Hole #4 Par 4

Hawk
406 Yards
Mallard
389 Yards
Osprey
373 Yards
Egret
357 Yards
Finch
341 Yards
Heron
261 Yards

Well known for the rookery in the lake that follows the hole down the left, the right fairway bunker challenges the player to make a decision regarding how aggressive they want to be. A shot the finds the fairway bunker is nearly a full stroke penalty, as advancing the ball forward is difficult with many palmettos found between the player and the green.

Hole #5 Par 5

Hawk
193 Yards
Mallard
177 Yards
Osprey
157 Yards
Egret
142 Yards
Finch
125 Yards
Heron
125 Yards

The obvious challenge to the opening par 3 is the water and the bunkers that surround the large green. That’s really all that can be said. Good luck.

Hole #6 Par 5

Hawk
523 Yards
Mallard
503 Yards
Osprey
484 Yards
Egret
474 Yards
Finch
455 Yards
Heron
455 Yards

One of the widest fairways on the course, the sixth is a par 5 with a slight bend at the closing one hundred yards of the hole. As with many par 5’s the second shot is the key. If played too far left, a live oak will block a short iron or wedge approach, while a shot down the right offers the best angle to attack the pin, though a small bunker guards the corner about 100 yards short of the green.

Hole #7 Par 4

Hawk
383 Yards
Mallard
368 Yards
Osprey
353 Yards
Egret
333 Yards
Finch
314 Yards
Heron
314 Yards

This dogleg right par 4 requires a tee shot to the left of the tall live oak. The approach is to a large green that is receptive to most any iron.

Hole #8 Par 3

Hawk
199 Yards
Mallard
184 Yards
Osprey
169 Yards
Egret
162 Yards
Finch
148 Yards
Heron
108 Yards

You’ll feel the ocean breezes on the long par 3 eighth, as the closing two holes on the front nine head directly back toward the ocean. The green is narrow and trouble is found on three sides. Playing short and left and allowing your short game to make your par is the wise strategy.

Hole #9 Par 4

Hawk
417 Yards
Mallard
410 Yards
Osprey
391 Yards
Egret
387 Yards
Finch
364 Yards
Heron
268 Yards

Don’t judge the ninth solely by the openness and the yardage. You’ll find a headwind the vast majority of the time that is more than willing to help your mid/long iron approach find the water on the left or right. Choose your approach club carefully, as the green quickly slopes away from the player and feeds a narrow bunker behind the green that is hidden from the fairway.

Hole #10 Par 4

Hawk
395 Yards
Mallard
383 Yards
Osprey
351 Yards
Egret
333 Yards
Finch
314 Yards
Heron
314 Yards

The tenth turns hard to the right and follows the dunes down to the green. The right corner can be cut and can shave as many as 75 yards off of the approach, compared to a more conservative play down the left, but the corner is known to hide many balls. The approach should be played below the hole, leaving an uphill putt. Above the hole, combined with the sea breezes can result in a challenging two putt.

Hole #11 Par 5

Hawk
535 Yards
Mallard
530 Yards
Osprey
498 Yards
Egret
473 Yards
Finch
442 Yards
Heron
442 Yards

A straightforward par 5 the eleventh appears, at first glance, to be gracious with a relatively wide fairway from tee to green, however the fairway narrows as you near the back to front sloping green.

Hole #12 Par 3

Hawk
193 Yards
Mallard
175 Yards
Osprey
157 Yards
Egret
148 Yards
Finch
130 Yards
Heron
130 Yards

A severely sloping green, back to front and right to left, guarded by a large bunker leads one to consider laying up on a par 3. However, if confident in club selection and able to carry the greenside trap, the green is receptive and funnels many shots toward the more popular pin placements.

Hole #13 Par 4

Hawk
373 Yards
Mallard
358 Yards
Osprey
343 Yards
Egret
335 Yards
Finch
320 Yards
Heron
283 Yards

Heading out to sea, the view from the thirteenth tee box can be misleading. Two dunes give an illusion of a narrow path of fairway that gently climbs uphill toward the green. However, just beyond the right dune the fairway quickly widens offering a wider than expected landing area, contrary to the left, which does not widen at all.

Hole #14 Par 4

Hawk
333 Yards
Mallard
321 Yards
Osprey
297 Yards
Egret
292 Yards
Finch
260 Yards
Heron
260 Yards

A short par 4, greedy players looking to prove their mettle may elect a driver off the tee, leaving them a short wedge to a small, severely sloping, well-guarded green. However, bunkers on the left and hazard and out of bounds on the right call for a very accurate tee shot, thus prompting consideration of a fairway wood, rescue club or even long iron.

Hole #15 Par 3

Hawk
177 Yards
Mallard
161 Yards
Osprey
145 Yards
Egret
117 Yards
Finch
80 Yards
Heron
80 Yards

The signature hole of Ocean Winds, this par 3 offers spectacular views of the marshland that makes golf and life on Seabrook so special. A picturesque live oak on the right may cause the eye and alignment to err slightly more left, but accuracy of all kinds is key to hit this small, well protected, intimidating target.

Hole #16 Par 5

Hawk
497 Yards
Mallard
472 Yards
Osprey
451 Yards
Egret
433 Yards
Finch
395 Yards
Heron
395 Yards

The landing area of the drive is crowned, though you may not notice it. Built across a marsh, the short par 5 sixteenth hosts a fairway that is deceivingly difficult to hit and hold as balls hit slightly left or right will tumble unforgivingly toward the protected natural areas that bookend the fairway. Long hitters may be able to carry much of the crowned traditional landing area, but the landing area of the second shot is narrow. A short iron to a beautifully shaded green completes the challenge.

Hole #17 Par 4

Hawk
396 Yards
Mallard
380 Yards
Osprey
365 Yards
Egret
357 Yards
Finch
345 Yards
Heron
267 Yards

This double dogleg par 4 is considered to be the most challenging of all 36 on Seabrook Island. Requiring a fairway wood or rescue club off the tee, the same club may have to be considered on the second. Cutting the left corner from the tee is an option, but the carry to a sliver of fairway is nearly 100% over protected wetlands. The second shot will be long and to a well bunkered green that slopes severely from back to front.

Hole #18 Par 4

Hawk
411 Yards
Mallard
390 Yards
Osprey
368 Yards
Egret
342 Yards
Finch
320 Yards
Heron
275 Yards

The finale to the adventure on Ocean Winds is a sharp dogleg left par 4 with a pond providing protection from any aggressors who attempt to shave yards off of their approach with an aggressive line to the left. The second is to a small green with a small bailout area, long and left, but little margin for error is given on the right.

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Hole Numbers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Totals
Hawk 397 393 544 406 193 523 383 199 417 395 535 193 373 333 177 497 396 411 6765
Mallard 376 376 520 389 177 503 368 184 410 383 530 175 358 321 161 472 380 390 6473
Osprey 356 360 502 373 157 484 353 169 391 351 498 157 343 297 145 451 365 368 6120
Egret 345 347 486 357 142 474 333 162 387 333 473 148 335 292 117 433 357 342 5863
Finch 318 327 470 341 125 455 314 148 364 314 442 130 320 260 80 395 345 320 5468
Heron 318 251 400 261 125 455 314 108 268 314 442 130 283 260 80 395 267 275 4946
Par 4 4 5 4 5 5 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 5 4 4 72

Hole #1 Par 4

Hawk
397 Yards
Mallard
376 Yards
Osprey
356 Yards
Egret
345 Yards
Finch
318 Yards
Heron
318 Yards

Fly over this hole.

Atypical of most opening holes, the first of Ocean Winds requires a decision to be made off the tee. A medium length par 4 with a tight landing area, the bunker and large live oak guarding the left side of this dogleg left take cutting the corner with a driver out of the equation for most. Out of bounds to the right and on the far side of the fairway make one cautious about being overly aggressive, but a conservative play will leave a long approach to a well guarded green.

Hole #2 Par 4

Hawk
393 Yards
Mallard
376 Yards
Osprey
360 Yards
Egret
347 Yards
Finch
327 Yards
Heron
251 Yards

Fly over this hole.

Staying farther left than right is the play, though the view from the tee may tell a different story. Bunkers and overhanging tree limbs down the right side of the fairway are cause for concern from the tee. Experienced players take a route left to left-center off the tee and allow the slope of the fairway to add more yards to their drive. From there, it’s clear this hole is more about the approach than the drive, as this wide but shallow green is guarded in front by a large bunker.

Hole #3 Par 5

Hawk
544 Yards
Mallard
520 Yards
Osprey
502 Yards
Egret
486 Yards
Finch
470 Yards
Heron
400 Yards

Fly over this hole.

Snaking its way through strands of palmettos and live oaks, the first par 5 of the day puts a premium on accuracy, especially off of the tee. One may be more aggressive with the second shot, but to err right could prove to be tragic, as large trees and bunkering on the right side of the green make a wedge to the green from this angle very difficult. Staying a wee left with the second makes for an open wedge shot to a green that slopes directly toward the player.

Hole #4 Par 4

Hawk
406 Yards
Mallard
389 Yards
Osprey
373 Yards
Egret
357 Yards
Finch
341 Yards
Heron
261 Yards

Fly over this hole.

Well known for the rookery in the lake that follows the hole down the left, the right fairway bunker challenges the player to make a decision regarding how aggressive they want to be. A shot the finds the fairway bunker is nearly a full stroke penalty, as advancing the ball forward is difficult with many palmettos found between the player and the green.

Hole #5 Par 5

Hawk
193 Yards
Mallard
177 Yards
Osprey
157 Yards
Egret
142 Yards
Finch
125 Yards
Heron
125 Yards

Fly over this hole.

The obvious challenge to the opening par 3 is the water and the bunkers that surround the large green. That’s really all that can be said. Good luck.

Hole #6 Par 5

Hawk
523 Yards
Mallard
503 Yards
Osprey
484 Yards
Egret
474 Yards
Finch
455 Yards
Heron
455 Yards

Fly over this hole.

One of the widest fairways on the course, the sixth is a par 5 with a slight bend at the closing one hundred yards of the hole. As with many par 5’s the second shot is the key. If played too far left, a live oak will block a short iron or wedge approach, while a shot down the right offers the best angle to attack the pin, though a small bunker guards the corner about 100 yards short of the green.

Hole #7 Par 4

Hawk
383 Yards
Mallard
368 Yards
Osprey
353 Yards
Egret
333 Yards
Finch
314 Yards
Heron
314 Yards

Fly over this hole.

This dogleg right par 4 requires a tee shot to the left of the tall live oak. The approach is to a large green that is receptive to most any iron.

Hole #8 Par 3

Hawk
199 Yards
Mallard
184 Yards
Osprey
169 Yards
Egret
162 Yards
Finch
148 Yards
Heron
108 Yards

Fly over this hole.

You’ll feel the ocean breezes on the long par 3 eighth, as the closing two holes on the front nine head directly back toward the ocean. The green is narrow and trouble is found on three sides. Playing short and left and allowing your short game to make your par is the wise strategy.

Hole #9 Par 4

Hawk
417 Yards
Mallard
410 Yards
Osprey
391 Yards
Egret
387 Yards
Finch
364 Yards
Heron
268 Yards

Fly over this hole.

Don’t judge the ninth solely by the openness and the yardage. You’ll find a headwind the vast majority of the time that is more than willing to help your mid/long iron approach find the water on the left or right. Choose your approach club carefully, as the green quickly slopes away from the player and feeds a narrow bunker behind the green that is hidden from the fairway.

Hole #10 Par 4

Hawk
395 Yards
Mallard
383 Yards
Osprey
351 Yards
Egret
333 Yards
Finch
314 Yards
Heron
314 Yards

Fly over this hole.

The tenth turns hard to the right and follows the dunes down to the green. The right corner can be cut and can shave as many as 75 yards off of the approach, compared to a more conservative play down the left, but the corner is known to hide many balls. The approach should be played below the hole, leaving an uphill putt. Above the hole, combined with the sea breezes can result in a challenging two putt.

Hole #11 Par 5

Hawk
535 Yards
Mallard
530 Yards
Osprey
498 Yards
Egret
473 Yards
Finch
442 Yards
Heron
442 Yards

Fly over this hole.

A straightforward par 5 the eleventh appears, at first glance, to be gracious with a relatively wide fairway from tee to green, however the fairway narrows as you near the back to front sloping green.

Hole #12 Par 3

Hawk
193 Yards
Mallard
175 Yards
Osprey
157 Yards
Egret
148 Yards
Finch
130 Yards
Heron
130 Yards

Fly over this hole.

A severely sloping green, back to front and right to left, guarded by a large bunker leads one to consider laying up on a par 3. However, if confident in club selection and able to carry the greenside trap, the green is receptive and funnels many shots toward the more popular pin placements.

Hole #13 Par 4

Hawk
373 Yards
Mallard
358 Yards
Osprey
343 Yards
Egret
335 Yards
Finch
320 Yards
Heron
283 Yards

Fly over this hole.

Heading out to sea, the view from the thirteenth tee box can be misleading. Two dunes give an illusion of a narrow path of fairway that gently climbs uphill toward the green. However, just beyond the right dune the fairway quickly widens offering a wider than expected landing area, contrary to the left, which does not widen at all.

Hole #14 Par 4

Hawk
333 Yards
Mallard
321 Yards
Osprey
297 Yards
Egret
292 Yards
Finch
260 Yards
Heron
260 Yards

Fly over this hole.

A short par 4, greedy players looking to prove their mettle may elect a driver off the tee, leaving them a short wedge to a small, severely sloping, well-guarded green. However, bunkers on the left and hazard and out of bounds on the right call for a very accurate tee shot, thus prompting consideration of a fairway wood, rescue club or even long iron.

Hole #15 Par 3

Hawk
177 Yards
Mallard
161 Yards
Osprey
145 Yards
Egret
117 Yards
Finch
80 Yards
Heron
80 Yards

Fly over this hole.

The signature hole of Ocean Winds, this par 3 offers spectacular views of the marshland that makes golf and life on Seabrook so special. A picturesque live oak on the right may cause the eye and alignment to err slightly more left, but accuracy of all kinds is key to hit this small, well protected, intimidating target.

Hole #16 Par 5

Hawk
497 Yards
Mallard
472 Yards
Osprey
451 Yards
Egret
433 Yards
Finch
395 Yards
Heron
395 Yards

Fly over this hole.

The landing area of the drive is crowned, though you may not notice it. Built across a marsh, the short par 5 sixteenth hosts a fairway that is deceivingly difficult to hit and hold as balls hit slightly left or right will tumble unforgivingly toward the protected natural areas that bookend the fairway. Long hitters may be able to carry much of the crowned traditional landing area, but the landing area of the second shot is narrow. A short iron to a beautifully shaded green completes the challenge.

Hole #17 Par 4

Hawk
396 Yards
Mallard
380 Yards
Osprey
365 Yards
Egret
357 Yards
Finch
345 Yards
Heron
267 Yards

Fly over this hole.

This double dogleg par 4 is considered to be the most challenging of all 36 on Seabrook Island. Requiring a fairway wood or rescue club off the tee, the same club may have to be considered on the second. Cutting the left corner from the tee is an option, but the carry to a sliver of fairway is nearly 100% over protected wetlands. The second shot will be long and to a well bunkered green that slopes severely from back to front.

Hole #18 Par 4

Hawk
411 Yards
Mallard
390 Yards
Osprey
368 Yards
Egret
342 Yards
Finch
320 Yards
Heron
275 Yards

Fly over this hole.

The finale to the adventure on Ocean Winds is a sharp dogleg left par 4 with a pond providing protection from any aggressors who attempt to shave yards off of their approach with an aggressive line to the left. The second is to a small green with a small bailout area, long and left, but little margin for error is given on the right.