Video Spotlight: River Club

Tom Jackson’s signature Lowcountry design at River Club has been a Pawleys Island treat for more than three decades. Join us on a memorable aerial tour of this highly rated track, and enjoy a hole-by-hole photo gallery that showcases its most memorable features.



Moss-draped oaks, former rice plantations rich in history and southern hospitality are the hallmarks of the Palmetto State’s Lowcountry region. Quietly nestled in Pawleys Island, River Club Carries on these traditions for visiting golfers to enjoy on a daily basis.

For more than three decades it’s been widely heralded as a ‘must-play’ in the Pawleys Island area, and River Club features everything you’ve come to expect from a facility bearing such high distinction. A one-of-a-kind collection of holes weaves its way through a challenging layout, one long on strong visual appeal, daily pristine conditions and a welcoming staff ready to ensure your experience is nothing less than first-rate.

Along with the consistency and reliability with which River Club delivers these trademark elements, golfers appreciate this signature Tom Jackson design for its playability and enjoyment. You’ll find water along 14 of River Club’s 18 holes, presenting a variety of risk/reward elements that require players to play well in order to score well. Such conditions counter any thought of distance being the biggest challenge here, as River Club plays to a modest length at just under 6,700 yards from the tips.

Built on the site of an historic former rice plantation, River Club opened its doors in 1985 to highly favorable reviews and continues its distinction as a ‘must-play’ course, among its most recent accolades earning 4.5 stars from Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” ratings.

With more than 100 bunkers found throughout the design, this plantation setting offers a truly memorable playing experience. The formidable yet beautiful par-three 14th boasts a bulkheaded island green with bunkering around its perimeter.

From tee to green, the dogleg-right 15th has water coming into play, leading to a green sloping back to front that’s guarded by overhanging trees and the ever-present water hazard.

The par five finisher at No. 18 hole is rated by many as among the best final holes in South Carolina golf, with water coming in play throughout the ultimate risk-reward hole that offers a strong chance at birdie or the ever-elusive eagle to the most daring. This is truly a fitting finish to a stellar par 72 layout.

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