Even if you’re not a golfer, a visit to The Legends Golf Course at Parris Island, should be on your list of Lowcountry must-see destinations. Located within the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island outside Beaufort, visitors are provided an inspiring, one-of-a-kind experience just in reaching the challenging layout after clearing the security gates and driving past the newest members of America’s legendary Marine Corps, training to protect our nation.
The Legends Course was saluted as one of the Top 10 Military Golf Courses in the World following a $4.5-million renovation by one of America’s most imaginative architects, Clyde Johnston from the original George Cobb/Fred Findley layout. The par-72 layout winds its way along salt marsh wetlands and deep-water creeks that border the course on three sides. The freshwater wetlands in the interior of the course also provide a challenge for players of all skill levels, but an even more daunting challenge might prove to be carving your shots through one of the largest concentrations of moss-draped live oaks in all of South Carolina. Placement off the tee, therefore, is a much wiser battle plan than playing bombs away. But beware of the wellbunkered greens and their subtle slopes that will test your navigation skills, not unlike the tests those training Marines are undergoing not too far away.
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