My travel group recently played Caledonia Golf Course which is located in Pawleys Island, SC and is managed by Caledonia Golf Vacations along with its sister course, True Blue. Caledonia sits on a wonderful piece of property which is actually an old rice plantation and has many spectacular views and is beautifully appointed with many charms of the old south. While not terribly long (6,526 yards from the back tees), the superb conditioning and well maintained grounds make for a very enjoyable afternoon of golf.
Value (3.5 out of 5.0)
Greens fees range from a low of $110 during the summer to a high of $200 in the spring for morning tee times. Technically, range balls are included, but there is no driving range at Caledonia and it’s not practical to shuttle back and forth to True Blue to hit balls before a round. Also, at these first class prices, you need to have a yardage guide, extra towels, and mini cooler provided with each golf cart, but at Caledonia you get none (just a cart with a scorecard), which we found disappointing. These minor inconveniences need to be balanced against the sheer beauty and conditioning that the golf course provides.
Facilities (3.5 out of 5.0)
There is a bit of a cramped feeling around the bad drop and cart staging area as it’s apparent that Caledonia was built on a limited amount of real estate. With no room for a driving range, they’ve created a smallish practice area with about four or five separate greens, complete with bunkers and mowed approaches to warm up on. Want to hit balls? You need to drive to True Blue which is a couple of minutes away by car. The practice putting green is very small and barely had room for our group of two foresomes. You felt congested when several players were trying to warm up in the practice area because the practice greens are tightly interwoven and shots were being struck from several different directions (watch your head!) The morning we were playing they were double teeing off #1 and #10 and the practice area was crowded. Additionally, there was little room to maneuver carts around the staging area to get to the practice greens. However, once on the golf course, you no longer felt squeezed and could relax. Finally, the clubhouse, while on the smallish side, exudes southern charm with it’s wonderful wrap around porch outfitted with rocking chairs overlooking the 18th green and is a wonderful place to watch groups concluding play for the day.
Customer Experience (4.0 out of 5.0)
I’d like to see the course minimize the distractions and crowding by eliminating the practice of double teeing. Once away from the confusion associated with staging and warm-up, the customer can relax and enjoy the beauty and challenges of a great golf course, which is pretty much what you remember at the end of the day. Tee boxes, fairways, greens, and bunkers are all immaculate and the landscaping a true marvel.
Finally, you can enjoy an excellent lunch in the grill room with very tasty menu selections, good service, and reasonable prices. I will be back to Caledonia.