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Getting To Know: Oyster Reef Golf Club


Getting To Know: Oyster Reef Golf Club

An Insightful Interview With Tom Kern, General Manager

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 Tom Kern 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
This is a Rees Jones designed course that has been voted one of the top 20 courses in the Carolinas and enjoys a reputation as a favorite among Hilton head Island golfers. This championship course offers 66 bunkers which are well placed off the elevated tees and guard undulating 2 and 3 tiered greens. Numerous dogleg fairways, accented by strategically-located mounds and fairway bunkers call for well-planned tee shots.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Choosing from the 4 sets of tees makes this a ideal course for about any type of golfer. It can be a challenging as you want or can play very player friendly.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
2008 Lowcountry Golf Course of the Year

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
The signature hole is our Par 3 6th hole. This Par 3 looks out over the Port Royal Sound and Paris Island. Their is a deep bunker facing the green, so selecting enough club is a must to hit the shallow and sloping green.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole is the Par 3 16th hole. It is a long par 3 that has a large pond the extends from the tee box to the green. Baling out on this hole is not a option.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
The Oyster Reef Grill room is a ideal place to discuss your round of golf over drink after playing this Rees Jones design.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 7018
Slope: 134
Rating: 74.5

More Information
Oyster Reef Golf Club
155 High Bluff Road
Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, 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 In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and 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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