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Hampton Hall Golf Course : Bluffton, South Carolina

The Golf Course In The Residential community of Hampton Hall in Bluffton, South Carolina, is challenging for even the most proficient players.

The course was created by the legendary Pete Dye, well-known in the Lowcountry for award-winning courses such as Harbour Town Golf Links, the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, Long Cove Club and the Dye Course at Colleton River Plantation.

Hampton Hall fea­tures an open, links-type design with wide fairways, expansive landing areas, large, undulating greens and a few forced carries, all framed by cascading live oaks dripping with Spanish moss.

"Our course is differ­ent because it challenges players in a different way than most other courses in the area," explains Bryan Rhame, golf pro at Hampton Hall. "The challenge is taken out of the driving and placed in the well-bunkered greens."

This course is playable for the average golfer, with less pressure on the tee shots while more seasoned golfers are challenged around the greens and on the putting surface.

Players can choose from five sets of tees, ranging from 5,329 yards to more than 7,500 yards. Hampton Hall has an extensive practice facility, including a driving range, a huge putting green, a chipping green and practice bunkers that give players a chance to sharpen their game before taking to the course.

Every hole has its own distinctive character. For example, the opening hole is a medium-length par 4 that appears fairly harmless at first glance. However, players must watch out for the fairway bunkers that sneak into play on the left and then must avoid the bunkers that attract errant shots on either side of the green.

The uniqueness of the course con­tinues with the difficult par 4 fifth hole, which challenges players from tee to green, and the par 5 ninth offers a tempting birdie opportunity. Then, to finish, Dye saved the best for last with the 18th tee box. The "Dye-abolical" architect used the first 17 holes simply as an appetizer for the extreme accuracy, pure power and delicate touch needed to con­quer the par 4 finishing hole.

South Carolina Magazine and South Carolina Golf Today voted Hampton Hall runner-up for Best New Course of the Year in 2005. The clubhouse features a golf shop, men-s and women-s locker facilities, and a bar and grill. The club also offers 24 cottages that can be rented by the weekend, week or month.

For more information on Hampton Hall, call (843) 815-8720 or visit www.HamptonHallSC.com.

By Rebecca Walters

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