Summerville, South Carolina
Located about a half hour west northwest of Charleston, Legend Oaks Golf Course is a real treat. It's a well-managed beehive of activity and an excellent low country golf facility.
In the interest of full disclosure, I need to reveal that Legend Oaks was designed by my good friend, Scott Pool. Scott was with Pete Dye for 8 years, and managed construction of several legendary Dye courses, including The Island Course at Kiowah, The Honors Course at Ooltewah; Blackwolf Run and more. Along with Legend Oaks, he has designed 4 additional courses. I'd heard very good things about this course, and since it was one of only two public courses that Scott designed, I was very interested in considering it for Hidden Fairways.
Legend Oaks did not disappoint. In fact, though it's public, the facility feels very much like a private club. The clubhouse is the center of activities, and includes a pro shop, a full service bar and a nice restaurant. There is also an active tennis program at the club with a beautiful court complex, as well as a pool. The one thing that is missing at Legend Oaks is a good golf practice facility. That's a reflection of the challenges raised by the low country property. There just was no place to put one. To warm up, you'll hit into a net. Not my idea of a great warmup, but since everything else about the place is so good I'll give them a pass. Jim Chicarello, the owner and GM, keeps the club very active, with events happening all the time. This combination of a wonderful low country golf course, a beautiful clubhouse and a full calendar of scheduled events makes Legend Oaks a real asset to its community, and a Hidden Fairway worth a trip. I also should mention that, in 2010, Legend Oaks was named South Carolina Golf Course of the Year by the Golf Course Owners Association. In short, if you travel to Summerville, South Carolina to visit Legend Oaks, you'll be writing me to say "Thank you".
The course is laid out in two large, lazy loops that wander thru the natural, low country landscape and a residential area. The fairways vary from generous to scary tight, and there are some surprises if you don't pay close attention to the on-board GPS systems in the carts. There is plenty of water, too. And once you get to the green there is still plenty of work to do. Scott Pool's greens are nasty. He has a bit of the Pete Dye curmudgeonly approach to golf. Who says you're supposed to have fun on the golf course? Golf is meant to be a challenge! I'm kidding. You'll genuinely enjoy this course, but I would certainly recommend that you select your tees with your brain and not your ego.
|Number of Holes:||18|
|Length - Slope / Rating|
|From Black Tees:||7011 - 132 / 73.5|
|From Gold Tees:||6672 - 127 / 71.8|
|From Blue Tees:||6209 - 123 / 70.2|
|From White Tees:||5541 - 118 / 67.4|
|From Red Tees:||5011 - 108 / 68.8|
|Hours of Operation:||7am - 8pm|
|Designer:||Scott W. Pool|
|Head Golf Pro:||Joey Bradley|
|General Manager:||Jim Chickarello|
|Address:||118 Legend Oaks Way, Summerville, SC 29485|
|Online Reservations?||Yes. See Web Site.|
|Best Feature:||Best group of par 3’s in the Low country|
Non-residents: $55, Tri-county residents: $25-$39,
|Rates, Weekends:||Non-residents: $65, Tri-county residents: $30-$47,
VIP Players Club: $25-$39, VIP Seniors/Juniors: $25-$39