Free, unlimited private golf lessons for members at Island West, Pinecrest

At Island West and Pinecrest, membership definitely has its privileges.

In the spring and fall of 2011, Brown Golf Management purchased the two popular Bluffton golf courses. Owner John Brown immediately implemented an alluring enrollment program, offering members access to both courses, all practice facilities and complimentary golf lessons.

To head up the golf lesson program, Brown Golf hired teaching professional Terry Miskolczi. Better known as Canada’s Golf Doctor, Miskolczi is an accomplished tour player with more than 500 published instructional articles. He is a Kinesiology graduate of Boling Green State University of Ohio and has more than 40 years of experience developing golf and fitness programs for professional athletes, business executives and recreational golfers.

“If you want to learn the game of golf or have ‘The Doc’ keep an eye on your game year-round this is a great opportunity,” Miskolczi said.

Brown Golf is offering single memberships at $150 per month and family memberships for $175 a month.

Along with instructing Brown Golf members, Miskolczi is also providing his “Prescriptions for Success” free of charge to the general public. Programs start in 2013. More information is available online at or by calling 843-815-6660.

“Brown Golf is dedicated to growing the game of golf through their ‘Golf is Everyone’s Game’ initiative,” Miskolczi said.


COURSE: Island West Golf Club
LOCATION: 49 Island West Drive, Bluffton
ARCHITECTS: Fuzzy Zoeller, Clyde Johnson
PAR: 72
RATING/SLOPE: 67.0/115 to 73.2/140
YARDAGE: 4856 to 6803
CURRENT LOCAL RATE: $35 morning, $25 afternoon
CONTACT: 843-815-6660,
THE SKINNY: “Playability” is the password at Island West. The course is very tight from the championship tees and a bit more generous as you move forward. All players have the chance to make risk-reward choices with a wide variety of wetland carries and challenging approaches. The course winds through a peaceful neighborhood with vibrant wildlife. Wild turkey and deer are frequently seen. If you haven’t played the course since Brown Golf Management took over in August of 2011 give it a try. Conditions will surprise you, in a good way. It’s a good course at a great price.

COURSE: Pinecrest Golf Club
LOCATION: 1 Pinecrest Way, Bluffton
ARCHITECT: Rocky Roquemore
PAR: 72
RATING/SLOPE: 65.4/116 to 74.7/139
YARDAGE: 5163 to 7089
CURRENT LOCAL RATE: $35 morning, $25 afternoon
CONTACT: 843-757-8960,
THE SKINNY: Home course for the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy and the Professional Golfers Career College, Pinecrest is a busy place. The course winds through oaks, pines and well-placed lagoons. The course offers both the average and accomplished player a well thought out and challenging layout with multiple sets of tees. The 9th and 18th holes are the centerpiece of the layout, doglegging around a large lake. Located directly off Bluffton Parkway, Pinecrest also offers one of the best practice facilities in the area with a double-ended grass driving range, a chipping and bunker area and two putting greens.


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