Dataw Island earns top 50 ranking from the South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel for Cotton Dike Course

(Photo taken from the front tee of Cotton Dike #9)

(Photo taken from the front tee of Cotton Dike #9)

Dataw Island earns top 50 ranking from the South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel for Cotton Dike Course

The South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel has announced “South Carolina’s 50 Best Courses,” a comprehensive list of painstakingly ranked golf courses throughout the state. For the first time ever, Dataw Island’s Cotton Dike Course was reviewed has made the list.

Every two years, a panel of industry, media and golfing professionals, representing a diverse range of occupations, handicaps and backgrounds travel all over South Carolina identifying the best of the 474 golf courses. Rankings are divined from a number of factors including routing, variety, strategy, equity, memorability, aesthetics and the experience panel members had playing the courses and enjoying the surrounding amenities. To obtain a rating, Dataw Island was required to solicit 15 panel members to come out and play both the Cotton Dike and Morgan River courses – a deliberate process that has taken nearly two years to complete.

“We reached out to the SC Golf Course Ratings Panel in 2014 and have been working ever since to try and achieve a ranking,” Ted Bartlett, Dataw Island General Manager said.

Dataw Island’s Cotton Dike course is a recently renovated Tom Fazio design that has hosted the 2015 CGA Senior Amateur, the 2015 South Carolina Open and is slated to host the 2016 South Carolina Open this year, along with many other amateur and professional events. The course is lushly appointed with Live Oak trees, impeccable landscaping and stunning marsh views that give it a uniquely LowCountry feel.

“Dataw was pleased to make the list at number 50 and looks forward to the chance to improve our ranking going forward,” Bartlett said. “Now that we have achieved a rating for Cotton Dike our hope is that we will be able to receive a rating for our Morgan River course as well.”

Dataw Island is a gated golf community fifteen minutes outside of downtown Beaufort. The island features two recently renovated Tom Fazio and Arthur Hills golf courses, a tennis center, a Community Center with workout /massage facilities, two restaurants and croquet lawns. The community has also been ranked the number one best retirement destination in South Carolina for the past ten months by

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