The 3 Most Underrated Hilton Head Golf Courses

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, has subtly evolved into one of North America’s most alluring golf meccas, primarily because of the lush landscape, sugary sand, and desired exclusivity. Sunset Rentals of Hilton Head, home to the isle’s largest selection of vacation homes and villas, has properties strategically located near many of the grandest Hilton Head golf courses. As you can imagine, tee times dry up during peak seasons at the most prestigious clubs. Therefore, we thought it would be beneficial to shine a light on three local staples that are equally scenic, accommodating, and, yes, vastly underrated.

Hilton Head Golf Courses: An Idyllic Pace of Play

Our worldly concierge team fields many Hilton Head Island golf-related requests and questions. There’s always a shared curiosity about the island’s most undervalued clubs. Now more than ever, golfers are looking for a swift pace of play, flexible availability, affordable rates, and supreme hospitality. That’s where this trio of underrated Hilton Head golf courses comes into the fold.

Country Club of Hilton Head

Very few Hilton Head golf courses utilize the picturesque Intracoastal Waterway to their advantage quite like this 18-hole treasure. All but two of the holes feature water, so you better bring your A-game. The marshland itself snugs the eastern shoreline of Skull Creek, where lush, diverse forestry thrives. The course is widely celebrated for its sugar-white bunkers, pristine greens, semi-challenging tee shots, and well-groomed rough. Golfers will instantly notice the dazzling curb appeal upon arrival, including Colonial architecture, vibrant flowers, and attentive staff.

Oyster Reef Golf Club

Oyster Reef remains one of the most underrated, yet undeniably picturesque Hilton Head golf courses. The Rees Jones design, much like the aforementioned Country Club of Hilton Head, instantly garnered high praise when it opened in 1982. Often regarded as a classic Carolina masterpiece, Oyster Reef takes full advantage of that sprawling Lowcountry terrain, including dense vegetation, meandering lagoons, and faraway ocean vistas. The club recently underwent some crowd-pleasing alterations, which adds to the appeal. Because Oyster Reef shares property lines with several other Hilton Head public golf courses, Jones needed to be clever with his design.

Golden Bear Golf Club

As its name suggests, Golden Bear Golf Club was masterfully designed by none other than Jack Nicklaus, arguably the best golfer of all time. Because this immaculate, 18-hole jewel rests in the heart of the island, most fairways are walled in by tall pines and oaks. It’s no picnic in the park. A quality score takes skill, patience, and creativity. The course’s length is much shorter than its competitors, which adds several elements of strategy and artistry. Golden Bear is often touted as one of the country’s top 100 courses under $100.

Golf and Luxury: Hilton Head Condo Rentals

After 18 holes at one of the finest Hilton Head Island golf courses, return to your private, tropical paradise for an evening to remember. Sunset Rentals’ inventory includes a vast array of beachfront property, much of which is equipped with full kitchens, modern furnishings, private balconies, and swift access to swimming pools and the warm sand. Hilton Head beach life is just as relevant as the isle’s golf scene, so don’t forget your swimwear, sand bucket set, beach reads, and plenty of sunscreen. Please give us a call today at 800-276-8991 (or check availability online) to get matched with a heavenly property that suits your group’s size, style, and budget. And don’t forget that we gleefully accommodate monthly rentals!