Hilton Head Golf Courses
Hilton Head Island Golf
There is no more beautiful spot for golf than Hilton Head Island. The courses were designed to optimize the magnificent natural beauty of the ocean, lagoons and abundant semi-tropical landscaping. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned golfer, the 30 area courses will far exceed your expectations.
One of your vacation challenges will be picking from the list of great courses. Your choices will range from the convenient island courses to some first class courses off-island, just a short drive away. One of your choices is the famed Harbour Town Golf Links, home to the nationally televised PGA tournament - The Heritage of Golf.
Famous golf architects such as Jack Nicklaus, George Fazio, and Robert Trent Jones have designed some of the spectacular Hilton Head Island are courses. All of the courses listed below are open to the public.
Arthur Hills Course
2 Leamington Lane, Hilton Head, SC 29928 800-516-1277
Opened for play in the spring of 1986, the Arthur Hills Course is one of the most distinctive layouts in the area. The Hills site was blessed with continuous lines of dunes and thick stands of palmettos. Arthur Hills took full advantage of the natural dunes and created an extremely rolling layout with dramatic elevation changes. The Hills Course has a unique seaside character, with rough and fairway bunkers notably absent. The dune lines continue into the greens, thus creating undulating surfaces. Off-balance lies and ocean breezes are a constant challenge, and lagoons come into play on 10 holes.
The Hills Course greens were extensively renovated during the Summer of 1995. As a result, the course now offers superior, tournament-quality putting surfaces year-round. These improvements have solidified the Hills Course as one of the island's best golf experiences.
Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Hall
108 Fort Howell Road, Hilton Head, SC 29926 843-681-7717
Opened for play in March 1991, Palmetto Hall's Arthur Hills Course is a sculpted beauty with subtle contouring, a distinctive layout and a rare touch of genius. Created by renowned designer Arthur Hills, this par-72, 6,918-yard course is a graceful masterpiece that gently flows across the land's naturally rolling curves, winding through deep thickets of moss-draped oaks and towering pines punctuated with sparkling lakes.
The course is seamlessly integrated into the natural landscape. Along with the designer's trademark undulating fairways, this heavily treed course features protected greens, many edged with bunkers, as well as strategic water hazards. Most memorable is the large lake bordering the difficult dogleg-left finishing hole. Four different tee positions comfortably accommodate any golfer and offer four distinct, yet always challenging, golfing experiences.
10 Clubhouse Drive, Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head, SC 29928 843-681-1700
The Barony Course constitutes 18 of Port Royal's 54 holes. The resort has recently been recognized as a "Silver Medal" Resort by Golf magazine.
From the tee, many of the holes on Barony appear to be relatively open. But as you approach the green the real challenge of the course becomes clear. The greens are small and protected by deep bunkers and Bermuda rough, demanding a deft touch with the medium and short irons. Indeed, this is a course where accuracy, not length, is paramount.
Playing to just 5,962 yards from the middle tees, Barony is a very enjoyable course for all skill levels. The back nine in particular is a fine mix of long and short holes. Like its sister courses at Port Royal, Barony begins and ends at the club's beautiful Antebellum-style clubhouse. Three day packages available with any combination of Port Royal, Shipyard and Oyster Reef.
56 Fuskie Lane, Daufuskie Island, SC 29915 843-341-3030
This Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish-designed course, situated along the Mungen River, winds through Daufuskie's coastal marshes and dark-water lagoons. Its name may sound menacing; however, its layout is very playable and perfect for golfers of any level.
Country Club of Hilton Head
70 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 843-681-2582
Variety and beauty best describe the golf course at the Country Club of Hilton Head. It rambles over a variety of terrain, including rolling, open expanses, pine and oak woodlands and freshwater ponds and marshlands. Each hole is distinctive, as a golfer must negotiate water hazards, boldly contoured fairways, pot bunkers and sculpted bunkers, and grass hollows. Constant elevation changes are encountered with elevated tees, landing areas and greens, as well as the only punchbowl-shaped green in the area. The solitude of Hilton Head Plantation offers a quiet backdrop to an enjoyable round.
The Country Club of Hilton Head layout also features 13 doglegs, undulating and tiered greens and two par-5s that stretch more than 575 yards in length.
Crescent Pointe Golf Club
1 Crescent Pointe, Bluffton, SC 29910 843-706-2600
Arnie is back! Crescent Pointe Golf Club, designed by living legend Arnold Palmer, is now open. Located minutes west of the bridge to Hilton Head Island, this world-class Arnold Palmer "Signature Course" is situated on a spectacular piece of property that highlights the scenic beauty of the Lowcountry.
Marsh views, manicured conditions, and dramatic shotmaking opportunities make this course a "must play." Palmer Design took full advantage of the sensational property adding graceful elevations and rolling terrain not usually found in the Lowcountry area. Add the grand oaks, pines and magnolias, and you have a setting that can't help but inspire!
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Eagle's Pointe Golf Club
1 Eagle Pointe Drive, Bluffton, SC 29909 843-757-5900
Conveniently located on Highway 278 just seven miles west of the bridge to Hilton Head Island, Eagle's Pointe Golf Club has been designed by four-time Heritage Champion, Davis Love III. The hallmarks of Eagle's Pointe are its classic risk-reward design, natural beauty, strategy, variety and superb conditioning, along with outstanding customer service. Winding through stands of moss-draped live oaks and pines and freshwater wetlands and lagoons,
Eagle's Pointe's spacious corridors allow the golfer to keep driver in hand, while its dramatic bunkering, unique green sites and contoured putting surfaces combine to create one of the most exciting venues in the Lowcountry. The Eagle has landed. Prepare yourself for a true test of golf. Eagle's Pointe is proud to feature the ParView GPS electronic caddy system. Pro Tips: 1) Fairways are wide enough to keep driver in hand 2) Notice where pins are located for approach shots 3) Reading greens properly could save some shots 4) Accurate iron shots will save shots
George Fazio Course
2 Carnoustie Court, Hilton Head, SC 29928 800-516-1277
Having appeared on Golf Digest's list of America's 100 best, the George Fazio Course offers a stimulating challenge to avid golfers. With only two par-5s, the heart of the course lies in a series of long par-4s, beginning with the 432-yard first hole and ending with the 462-yard 18th. The fairways are open and roll gently on the front nine, while the back nine becomes tighter and more severe, demanding good position off the tee.
Demanding a combination of length and precision play, the Fazio Course is an exhilarating layout regarded by many as the island's truest championship challenge. Sixteen of the course's tees and greens were rebuilt in the summer of 1994 to help restore its original excellence. In addition, the course is maintained in prime condition, and walking is permitted.
Harbour Town Golf Links
11 Lighthouse Lane, Hilton Head, SC 29928 843-363-8385
Home of the prestigious RBC Heritage of Golf each April, Harbour Town is perennially ranked among the top golf courses in the world. Good scoring depends on finesse and shotmaking rather than strength. Well-placed tee shots and approaches are requisite to good scoring, and the well-protected greens are among the smallest of any tournament course in the country.
Harbour Town's set of par-3s rank among the finest in the world, and its par-4 18th hole is one of the most feared in all of golf, particularly when the wind is blowing off Calibogue Sound. Pete Dye's crowning achievement as a golf course designer, Harbour Town is an innovative masterpiece and a favorite among Tour pros. Dye returned to oversee a complete restoration of Harbour Town Golf Links. The course reopened for play December 18, 2000.
Hilton Head National
60 Hilton Head National Drive, Bluffton, SC 29910 843-842-5900
Named one of "America's Best Golf Courses" by Golfweek magazine, the Gary Player design displays all of the beauty and golf course excellence you have come to expect from the Lowcountry. The "New Nine," designed by Bobby Weed, complements the existing 18 with a style reminiscent of "The Slammer and The Squire" course at World Golf Village. The distinction of being one of the best conditioned courses in the region made Hilton Head National a host site to the Amoco Centel Golf Tournament. Other honors include USA Today's "50 Top-Rated Courses" and "Top 20 Coastal Carolina Courses" by the Coastal Carolina Golf Map.
Hilton Head National offers a certified teaching professional, refurbished full practice and driving range facilities, a fully stocked proshop and a grill room and bar area. Our clubhouse and golf professional staffs are waiting to serve all visitors.
103 Indigo Run Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 843.689.7300
Since its opening in 1992, the Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run has become a "must play" for Hilton Head Island. Owned by ClubCorp, it has rapidly gained a reputation as one of the island's most challenging and enjoyable tests of golf. This Nicklaus-designed course is well known for its Lowcountry beauty and its wide variety of shotmaking requirments. Travel and Leisure Magazine recently awarded the Golden Bear Club one of "America's Top 100 courses priced under for 2002" The Golden Bear is the only course on the island to offer a state-of-the-art ParView GPS Electronic Caddy system on every cart. With many technological features, this system aids the golfer with full color features, such as overviews of each hole, pro tips on how to best play the hole, current pin placement, live scoring for groups and more!
Island West Golf Club
40 Island West Drive, Bluffton, SC 29910 843-815-6660
With a design team of former Masters and U.S. Open champion Fuzzy Zoeller and award-winning golf architect Clyde Johnston, Island West is already getting rave reviews from golfers of all skill levels. Not a typical Lowcountry layout, the course offers chances for good scoring in several risk/reward situations. This team has put "fun" back into golf by designing a course that is challenging yet very playable, with safe routes for the cautious. Island West is one of those special courses that you will want to play again and again a scenic layout with beautiful rolling fairways, elevated tees, carefully preserved natural marsh areas and large live oaks, supplemented by strategically located fairway bunkers that test your decision-making prowess as well as your shotmaking ability.
Melrose Golf Course
53 Avenue of Oaks 843-422-6963
This Jack Nicklaus-designed signature course sweeps along the Atlantic Ocean, providing challenging play and stunning views. The three finishing holes hug the ocean, and number 18 seems to lunge straight into it with the beach in play the entire hole.
Ocean Course Golf Course
100 N Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head, SC 29928 843-842-1477
Hilton Head Island's first golf course is now its newest. Mark McCumber has personally redesigned the course with emphasis on the traditional and classic principles of course design. He has built interest, challenge and strategy into the course while preserving the natural beauty of Sea Pines. This course is a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary," only the fourth in South Carolina & 187th in the world to achieve this designation. No matter how many times you've played the Ocean Course, your next round will be a completely new experience. The varying sets of tees and the placement of hazards ensure that the course is challenging but playable for golfers of every skill level. Says McCumber, "Playability and golf strategy are basic to how we design our courses. The challenge is to match these considerations with aesthetics and the natural environment."
Old Carolina Golf Club
89 Old carolina drive, Bluffton, SC 29910 843-757-8311
Nominated for Golf Digest "Best new course of the year".One of the area's newest championship layouts, Old Carolina is hailed as the Lowcountry's finest public golf course. From the oak-lined driveway to the last challenging putt on the heavily guarded 18th green, Old Carolina is truly one of the area's most enjoyable golf experiences.
Award-winning architect Clyde Johnston's "Modern Links Style" strategy at the site was to create a visual sense of movement. To accomplish this goal, Johnston flanked rolling fairways with dramatic mounds and creatively nestled lagoons and bunkers around large sloping greens. The original 15,000 sq. ft. horse barn is now home to an award-winning golf shop, and the restaurant overlooks the original family swimming pool. Old Carolina is located one-half mile off Hwy 278 on Buck Island Road (across from Belfair Plantation) only six miles from the bridge to Hilton Head Island.
Old South Golf Links
50 Buckingham Plantation Drive, Bluffton, SC 29910 843-785-5353
Award-winning golf course architect Clyde Johnston designed Old South Golf Links in keeping with the natural landscape. "Old South Golf Links was created to provide an enjoyable yet challenging golf game, and to preserve the natural beauty of the land," said Johnston. "I felt that this was an opportunity to allow the golfer to experience up close the uniqueness of the site, its natural amenities and spectacular views."
Johnston added,"The variety of the setting, from oak forest to open pasture to tidal salt marsh, provided an opportunity to vary the design elements and strategy of play." Old South Golf Links is open to the public seven days a week. There is a clubhouse, restaurant and full-line pro shop on site to meet all your golfing needs. Old South ... a Golf Digest Places to Play four-star property. 1) 3,200 sq ft. Club House 2) 1,400 sq ft Pro Shop 3) Full Service Restuarant 4) Group/Individual Lessons Available 5) Company Outings 6) Tournament Organizers
Oyster Reef Golf Club
155 High Bluff Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 843-681-1764
Oyster Reef, rated one of the top 25 new courses in America in 1983, features elevated tees and lush fairways lined by thick stands of live oak and pine. Numerous doglegs, accented by strategically located mounds and fairway bunkers, call for well-planned tee shots. Varying sizes of greens with well-defined tiers place a premium on precise approach shots.
The par-3 sixth hole, which plays 192 yards from the championship tees to a green set against a backdrop of Port Royal Sound, is one the most visually spectacular holes on the island. In the summer of 2000, all the greens were successfully converted to state-of-the-art Tif Eagle Bermuda grass, significantly improving the putting surfaces. Tee times should be booked in advance as there are limited tee times available. The course, designed by noted course architect Rees Jones, continues to be a favorite destination for avid golfers.
10 Clubhouse Drive, Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head, SC 29928 843-681-1700
Port Royal Resort has recently been recognized as a "Silver Medal" Resort by Golf magazine. The resort's newest addition, Planter's Row, served as the site of the PGA Senior Tour's Hilton Head Seniors International in 1985. The course offers a different look than its sister courses at Port Royal, with rolling, tree-lined fairways in a park-like setting. Water comes into play on several holes at Planter's Row, and its large and undulating greens require a skilled touch with the putter.
Keeping the ball in play is critical to scoring well on the Planter's Row course. A prime example is the 480-yard, par-5 18th hole. The second shot must find a narrow landing area flanked by woods to the left and water to the right, setting up a short pitch to an elevated, well-bunkered green.
Palmetto Hall (Robert Cupp Course)
108 Fort Howell Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 843-342-2582
Opened in 1993, the Robert Cupp Course at Palmetto Hall redefines conventional golf course architecture, thanks to a boldly original concept from the designer. Named the 1992 Golf Architect of the Year by Golf World, Cupp plotted the course's original design on computer; thus the finished product is characterized by straight lines, sharp angles and unusual shapes.
Still, the Cupp course is extremely flexible with sound strategic values. While its 141 slope rating from the tips ranks it as one of the island's most demanding championship tests, the course is eminently playable from the forward tees. A truly unique experience, the Cupp course is, from a player's standpoint, refreshingly new and great fun to play for all skill levels.
10 Clubhouse Drive, Hilton Head, SC 29928 843-681-1700
Robber's Row, newly redesigned by world-famous architect Pete Dye, has emerged as one of the most exciting new courses on the island. The course is cut through beautiful stands of magnolia and live oak trees. Although tee-shot landing areas are quite generous, approach shots require accuracy to the well-bunkered greens. Robber's Row is a very scenic course highlighted by a challenging quartet of par-3s.
Those looking for a real challenge can move to the back tees and find a very fair but stern test of their golfing skills. Keeping in pace with Pete Dye's designs, the course will require every club in the bag while remaining an enjoyable experience. In the tradition of the Port Royal Plantation courses, Robber's Row is maintained in immaculate condition.
Robert Trent Jones Course
7 Trent Jones Lane, Hilton Head, SC 29928 866-380-1778
An oceanfront classic, the Robert Trent Jones course was the first in Palmetto Dunes, and it remains one of the resort's most popular courses with visitors and residents alike. The wide-open fairways and ample greens make the Jones course a pleasure to play. The natural beauty and challenge of the course are highlighted by Palmetto Dunes' unique, winding 7-mile lagoon system, which comes into play on 11 of the 18 holes. The holes get somewhat shorter on the homeward stretch, but keeping the ball dry on the way back to the clubhouse can be a challenge.
The course's signature hole is the par-5 10th, an intense layout that plays into the ocean breezes and provides a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. When the wind is up, getting home in regulation here is extremely difficult.
Shipyard Golf Club
45 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 843-681-1503
The home of the Hilton Head Seniors International from 1982 to 1984, Shipyard Golf Club was rated as one of the finest layouts on the PGA Senior Tour. This 27-hole layout wanders through tall pines, magnolias and moss-draped oaks. Adding to the beauty and character of the course are many lagoons and ponds which must be negotiated if you are to play to your handicap. The three courses offer four tee positions to accommodate all levels of play, and there are ample risk and reward situations to allow optimal scoring opportunities.
Accurate tee shots and well-measured approaches are a must on this championship course. The greens are large and well-bunkered, and their undulating surfaces demand a delicate, yet determined touch.
Sea Marsh Course
100 N Sea Pines Dr., Hilton Head Island, SC 29928-5803 843-842-8484
The Sea Marsh Course offers a variety of golf holes and beautiful scenery that make it both challenging and enjoyable. Many of the 18 holes traverse picturesque lagoons and marshes. The broad fairways are lined with thick stands of pines, palmettos and moss-draped oaks. The well-bunkered greens are medium sized and generally slope from back to front. Because of this undulation, approach shots must be well-judged to avoid treacherous downhill putts. All of these factors, in tandem with a consistent ocean breeze, combine to characterize the challenge of The Sea Marsh Course. Although not a long course, Sea Marsh is a very interesting test of golf. The original George Cobb design was renovated by award-winning architect Clyde Johnston in 1990 and has been awarede the certified "Audubon Cooperative Santuary" designation.