Dr. Michael Hurdzan of Hurdzan/Fry Golf Course Design
Dr. Hurdzan was selected as the recipient of the 2007 Donald Ross Award from the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA). He joins other ASGCA Past Presidents Robert Trent Jones, Geoffrey Cornish, Pete Dye and members Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer as recipients of the organization’s highest honor.
Number of Holes
27 (3 equal nine hole loops)
Construction of the golf course started in February 1999. The site is much better than the average low country site in that all 27 holes are tree-lined, resulting in an excellent definition of the golf holes. The routing of the golf course, combined with the abundant trees provides a sense of isolation in that you rarely ever see another golf hole other than the one you are playing. Each of the three nines stretches to over 3,550 yards from the back tees, so any combination of nines will result in a back tee length of over 7,100 yards. But with at least five tees on each hole, golfers can choose tees from 5,120 yards up to 7,100 yards depending on their ability, so that they can truly enjoy playing golf at Wescott Plantation.
The golf courses design captures the old traditional flavor of low flowing earthworks, classic bunkering, and each hole separated and framed by the natural vegetation. To this were tied wide landing areas, strategic and offset angles of play from various tees, and fairway landing areas. The course will reward intelligent shot selection as much as skillful shot-making. In keeping with the traditional flavor of the course, the name of the three nines, Oak Forest, Burn Kill, and Black Robin all are derived from the history of the site.
The fairways are planted with the newest generation premium hybrid Bermuda grass called ‘Tifsport’ which offers outstanding playing conditions while being the most environmentally adapted. Any ball in the fairway is rewarded with the perfect lie. Naturally, there is a profusion of natural elements on the courses such as streams, ponds, wetlands, key sentinel trees, as holes play in various directions and lengths around native features.
The average green size is 6,000 square feet, with about 75% relatively fun hole location areas, and 25% competitive locations. The greens were planted with another supergrass called ‘Tifeagle’. The greens have soft contours but when closely mown down will be tricky to read.
There are not an excessive number of bunkers on the course, but each one is well thought out and demands careful shot selection and execution. The bunkers have nearly flat sandy bottoms, but steep grass faces. Each bunker recently underwent careful reconstruction and installed the “Better Billy Bunker” system which is the same system installed at Augusta National.
Every hole has a minimum of five sets of tees and some holes have six or seven to maximize the various angles of play, and minimize the difficult forced carries. The total tee area on each hole is 6,000 – 9,000 square feet.
Besides three great nine holes, Wescott Golf Club features an enlarged practice teeing area of 30,000 square feet in addition to 200 feet of turf mats and six target greens, practice putting green, full service clubhouse, on course shelters and restrooms, with easy access to and from the clubhouse.
6,900 square feet of heated space and 6,000 square wrap-around feet of porch. The clubhouse has a Golf Shop, full service restaurant, and meeting space.
Hole 8, Oak Forest
The signature hole is number 8 on Oak Forest; a beautiful par 3 with a lake running down the left side to the green and strategically placed bunkers. It requires a precise and demanding tee shot from any of the various tee boxes which range from 200-115 yards making par on this hole an excellent score.