The Briars golf club has a great history to it and I am listening to the owner whose great grandfather built this resort and how he had been on St Helena Island when Napoleon was imprisoned at the Briars Pavilion and decided to build his own resort in that same style at Jacksons Point.
The club was originally a nine-hole course designed in 1922 by Stanley Thompson and extended to 18 holes in 1972. As I tee up on the first hole looking down the tight fairway you can see the course is well bedded in. To say it is a typical members course would be doing The Briars a disservice, it really is a great test of your strategic skills, with its narrow fairways and subtle breaks on the green.
The 426-yard, 1st is a beautiful opening hole and the tee shot is played from a tee that is surrounded by tall well-maintained hedges. As I get deeper in to my round I love the way the course sits in the trees, it's like youíre firing your drives down narrow avenues, but it is an optical illusion and there is more room than you think so donít be scared of taking a driver. I love all the par 3s but the best has to be the 5th hole, 112-yards from the back tee. I hit a chopped 9-iron over the pond to a sloping green where you need to let the ball run up to the hole.
The 10th starts the back nine similarly to the first with its tall hedges surrounding the tee. Standing on the 11th tee you can see how the rest of the back nine opens out and gives you more room, but the design of the holes on the back nine really complement the front nine well.
There really isnít a weak hole on The Briars, it maybe only 6,286-yards long from the back tees, but it really is a treat to play and as I sit on the veranda that over looks the 18th green enjoying the cold beer that I had just won, I reflect on what a great little course the Briars is and how much I enjoyed playing here today. You can only play the course if you are a member or are a resident of the resort, but those who like me have been lucky enough to tee it up here will all testify how much they enjoyed playing here and no matter how you get to play The Briars, you definitely have to.
Top is the stunning like par 3, 5th hole and above is the 18th with the clubhouse just beyond
The little beutiful 6th holeLooking down to the 11th A surprise at the 14th hole