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Hilton Head Island Golf

Known for its gorgeous beaches, fantastic recreation, and exceptional dining, Hilton Head Island captivates the heart of nearly every visitor. For many of us, our heart lies in that picture perfect green! Golf is one of Hilton Head’s greatest recreational pursuits. Beginning with the opening of the first course in 1961, the island’s amazing selection draws enthusiasts from around the globe. As noted in the winter issue of Atlanta Social Season, “over one million rounds of golf are played annually on Hilton Head Island and Golf Digest readers named the Island number ten on it’s list of “World’s Best Golf Resorts”.”

The map of Hilton Head and the surrounding Bluffton community is dotted with spectacular courses which provide the perfect backdrop for a fun-filled family vacation or a relaxing getaway. This includes Sea Pines Resort, whose Harbour Town Golf Links is home to the PGA’s Verizon Heritage Tournament and the Pete Dye Course, Heron Point, is brand new for 2008’s returning visitors. One cannot forget Palmetto Dunes’ three courses designed by the well known Arthur Hills, George Fazio, and Robert Trent Jones. For many visitors, their trip to the island is not complete without the pilgrimage to hole #10 overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the Robert-Trent Jones course or walking in the footsteps of the PGA Senior Tour in Shipyard Plantation.

Other favorites of visitors and locals alike include the Arthur Hills and Robert Cupp Courses in Palmetto Hall Plantation and the Oyster Reef Course in Hilton Head Plantation. While the setting, history, and challenges of each course are as unique as the island itself, one factor never changes: the enjoyable experiences which will always await you at every first tee box. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the low country and the distinct flavor of Hilton Head Island, these courses envelope your soul and speak to the true athlete inside every player.

The bags are packed and the trunk is shut. You are on the way to Hilton Head for spring break fun with the family! It never fails, though, as you near that exit off I-95. That ominous sound from the back seat – “We wanna play golf this week!” While that would normally be a melodious tone to any vacationer’s ear, it has a certain screech to it when you realize what “golf” really means. That’s right, putt-putt! Waiting in line to hit a pink ball wedged between, well, a rock and a hard place. Why not, instead, get your family out on the real course for a vacation they will all remember. 

Hilton Head Island is known, worldwide, as a premier vacation destination. However, did you know that many of their golf courses have also made it possible for the whole family to enjoy the island’s famed links as well? This includes discounted play at top courses for certain ages, the availability of children’s rental clubs, and even coaching and instructional clinics that cater to vacationing youngsters. 

Two locations with this well-known reputation for kid-friendly golf are Palmetto Dunes and Sea Pines Resorts. The three courses within Palmetto Dunes all offer special pricing for your younger players. Children ten years and younger play free after Noon and juniors under fifteen receive a discounted rate. Junior clubs are also readily available and only require a short reservation. Sea Pines Resort, located on the south end of the island, offers all golfers under the age of seventeen a rate of one half the price of an adult round. This is available any time during the day and includes their newest course for 2008, Heron Point. With all of these choices, only one obvious question stands in your child’s way. “When can I drive the cart?” 

 Hilton Head Island Golf Courses

Public Access Golf Courses
 
 
Course Name
Architect
Plantation
Telephone (843)
 
 
 
 
Hilton Head Island
 
 
 
Country Club of Hilton Head
Rees Jones
Hilton Head Plantation
681-4653
Oyster Reef*
Rees Jones
Hilton Head Plantation
681-7717
The Golden Bear
Bruce Borland
Indigo Run Plantation
689-2200
Arthur Hills
Arthur Hills
Palmetto Dunes
785-1138
George Fazio
George Fazio
Palmetto Dunes
785-1138
Robert Trent Jones
Robert Trent Jones
Palmetto Dunes
785-1138
Robert Cupp Course*
Robert Cupp
Palmetto Hall
689-4100
Arthur Hills Course*
Arthur Hills
Palmetto Hall
689-4100
Robber's Row*
George Cobb / Pete Dye
Port Royal Plantation
681-1760
Planter's Row*
William Byrd
Port Royal Plantation
681-1760
Barony*
George Cobb
Port Royal Plantation
681-1760
Harbour Town
Pete Dye / Jack Nicklaus
Sea Pines Resort
842-8484
Ocean Course
George Cobb
Sea Pines Resort
842-8484
Heron Point
Pete Dye
Sea Pines Resort
842-8484
Shipyard Golf Club*
George Cobb / William Byrd
Shipyard Plantation
681-1760
Bluffton
 
 
 
Crescent Point Golf Club
Arnold Palmer
The Crescent
341-2500
Hilton Head National
Gary Player
Off Plantation
842-5900
Old Carolina
Clyde Johnson
Off Plantation
785-6363
Rose Hill Golf Club
Jean Hamm
Rose Hill
757-9030
Eagle's Pointe Golf Club
Davis Love III
Eagle's Pointe
757-5900
Island West Golf Club
Zoeller / Johnson
Island West
689-6660
Okatie Creek Golf Club
Mark McCumber
Sun City
705-4653
Hidden Cypress
Mark McCumber
Sun CIty
705-4999
Old South Golf Links
Clyde Johnson
Old South
785-5353
 
 
 
 
 
Private Golf Courses
 
 
 
Course Name
Architect
Plantation
Telephone (843)
Hilton Head Island
 
 
 
Bear Creek
Rees Jones
Hilton Head Plantation
681-2667
Dolphin Head
Gary Player
Hilton Head Plantation
681-5550
Golf Club at Indigo Run
Jack & Jack Jr. Nicklaus
Indigo Run
689-5666
Long Cove Club
Pete Dye
Long Cove
686-1020
The Club Course
Arnold Palmer
Sea Pines Resort
671-4417
Wexford Club
William Byrd
Wexford Plantation
686-8812
Spanish Wells Course
George Cobb
Spanish Wells
681-2819
Bluffton
 
 
 
Belfair East
Tom Fazio
Belfair
757-0700
Belfair West
Tom Fazio
Belfair
757-0700
North Course
Tom Fazio
Berkeley Hall
815-8444
South Course
Tom Fazio
Berkeley Hall
815-8444
Dye Course
Pete Dye
Colleton River
837-3010
Nicklaus Course
Jack Nicklaus
Colleton River
837-3131
Devil's Elbow South
George & Tom Fazio
Moss Creek
785-6182
Devil's Elbow North
George & Tom Fazio
Moss Creek
785-6182
Oldfield Golf Club
Greg Norman
Oldfield
645-4601
Daufuskie
 
 
 
Bloody Pointe
Weiskopf / Morrish
Daufuskie Resort
341-4875
Melrose Club
Jack Nicklaus
Daufuskie Resort
341-8675
Haig Point
Rees Jones
Haig Point Golf Club
686-9202
Other
 
 
 
Chechessee Creek Club
Crenshaw / Coore
Beaufort
987-7070
Secession Golf Club
Pete Dye
Beaufort
522-4610
Callawassie Island Club
Tom Fazio
Callawasie Island
987-2161