Getting To Know: The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation
An Insightful Interview With Steven S. Rudd, PGA, Head Golf Professional
By Brian Weis
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Steven S. Rudd, PGA who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Wescott Golf Club is located in the heart of the lowcountry just minutes from the Charleston International Airport, historic plantations and gardens, and beautiful beaches.
Course architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan designed this 27-hole course with his trademark environmental sensitivity. Set among centuries old live oaks and built on one of the lowcountries oldest plantations, the design captures the traditional flavor of low flowing earthworks and classic bunkering. Each hole is separated and framed by vegetation and natural wetlands. The three 9-hole courses are Oak Forest, Burn Kill, and Black Robin. Each presents players with a different feel and look. Oak Forest offers wide fairways and subtle greens, and only the occasional hazard or penal bunker. Burn Kill requires a slightly more accurate tee shot for the best angle into the immense and most undulating greens. Black Robin is a shot makers paradise with a premium on accuracy and the ability to shape your shots through tree lined fairways to well guarded greens.
Wescott is one of only a handful of South Carolina courses to maintain TifEagle putting surfaces and TifSport fairways. These new generations of Bermuda grass offer up exceptional playing conditions year round and the areas fastest and most consistent putting conditions. Play from any of 5 sets of tees ranging from 5000 yards at our forward tees to 7200 yards from our championship tees.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
As we are the only 27-hole facility in the Greater Charleston Area, players can enjoy a feeling of having their own golf course most days. Also, each nine hole course has it's own unique character and it is rare that a player will experience the same two nines on consecutive days. This provides the player with the sense that they are playing a totally different course.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
The course is player friendly from tee to green, there are no blind shots. While the greens do not have a major undulations, they do have subtle breaks that will challenge the best of putters.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Perry Green, PGA Director of Instruction, was named the Carolinas Section "Junior Golf Leader" award in 2010 for his work with junior golf. Perry runs The First Tee program at Wescott as well as many other junior camps, adult lessons and clinics.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Oak Forest #8 is generally considered to be the signature hole at Wescott. It is a par three measuring 200 yards with a pond in front and two large bunkers framing the hole behind the green.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My personal favorite is Black Robin #2. This dogleg right hole only measures 355 yards from the back tee but it requires two precise shots. The tee shot can be played with anywhere from a 3-iron to a driver depending on the wind. The drive must be played over a small lake to an area with bunkers left and right as well as one bunker located at the far end of the landing area. Once the player is safely in the fairway, the danger does not subside. The approach must be played with a wedge to a small green with another small pond to the right of the green and a hazard to the left and behind the green. If the player does manage to hit the green, they are usually rewarded with a reasonably good chance at a birdie.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Enjoy great food, cold drinks and friendly conversation after your round. Wescott Golf Club has all of the finest amenities including our 6000 square foot antebellum style clubhouse which houses our full service restaurant and bar. Offering a variety of freshly prepared items you can enjoy in our dinning room complete with vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, and twin fireplaces or dine al fresco while taking in the scenery from our elevated wraparound porch. Activities continue after the sun goes down with live music, DJs, Shag, Trivia, and more.
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Rob Johnson holds the course record of 63. He shot 31 on Burn Kill followed by 32 on Black Robin during the Hooters Tour event on September 22, 2007.
Back Tee Stats
Yardage: Burn Kill & Black Robin nines - 7210
Slope: Burn Kill & Black Robin nines - 138
Rating: Burn Kill & Black Robin nines - 74.3
The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation
5000 Wescott Club Drive
Summerville, South Carolina,
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Written By: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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