Hilton Head Island...A True Golfer's Paradise
Hilton Head Island is one of the most popular golf destinations in the U.S., with more than 25 premier golf courses situated on Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Lowcountry area including Bluffton, Daufuskie Island & Fripp Island.
A golfer's paradise, the Island's appeal is due to a combination of the beautiful year-round weather, high quality resort and hotel accommodations, as well as an abundance of world class championship caliber golf courses. In fact, Hilton Head area courses have ranked in both the "World's Top 100" as well as "America's Top 100 Resort and Public Courses."
So, if you love golf (really outstanding golf) played on some of the world's best golf courses - you've come to the right place. Welcome to Hilton Head Island's Official Golf Website!
Golf - A Lowcountry Tradition
The game of golf has been a South Carolina Lowcountry tradition since Scottish immigrants in Charleston organized America's first golf club in 1786. From the day the first course was born on Hilton Head in 1961 to today, the Island golf community has always valued quality over quantity – a belief that has earned Hilton Head the reputation as “The Golf Island.”
Hilton Head, which truly began its journey to a treasured golf destination with the 1969 opening of Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA Heritage Golf Classic, boasts more than 24 public golf courses featuring the works of great architects/golfers such as Arnold Palmer, Arthur Hills, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus.
But Hilton Head has never been about the number of courses it hosts, but rather the quality of those courses. From design, to conditioning to service, Hilton Head Island’s golf community has always strived for, and often reached, perfection. Traditional parkland courses with tree-lined fairways and challenging water hazards; breathtaking Lowcountry layouts with marsh and wetlands creeping close on numerous holes; and even links-style courses reminiscent of the Old World are among the variety of courses a golf lover has to choose from when playing on Hilton Head Island.
Though forever tied to its past, Hilton Head and its golf courses have never been afraid to embrace change. A few years ago, Sea Pines' Harbour Town Golf Links underwent an extensive multi-million-dollar renovation to ensure the future of the celebrated Pete Dye-designed course.
In addition to Harbour Town, Sea Pines offers two other resort courses, including the Ocean Course, which, along with Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront, offers the only views of the Atlantic Ocean. Indigo Run Plantation offers the Jack Nicklaus-designed Golden Bear Golf Course, one of many Lowcountry courses created by this golf legend.
Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront at Palmetto Dunes also underwent some extensive renovations. Popular architect Roger Rulewich, who helped on the original construction of the course more than 30 years ago, returned to make the improvements to the resort course. The renovations, which included drainage improvements, slight routing changes, rebuilt greens, the addition of several water hazards and improved views of the Atlantic Ocean on the 10th and 11th holes, have made this a “must play” on the island for sure. In addition to the Trent Jones course, Palmetto Dunes offer 2 other layouts, including George Fazio and Arthur Hills designed courses, which golfers annually rate among the finest on Hilton Head.
Palmetto Hall Plantation offers two of the best layouts on the island. The Robert Cupp and Arthur Hills courses, now owned and managed by the Heritage Golf Group, specialize in outstanding customer service and course conditions. Both are beautiful and unique courses and in fact, the Authur Hills course is rated among America’s Top 10 New Courses.
Great Courses on the Mainland - Bluffton, SC
Great golf neither ends nor begins at the bridge to the island, as the mainland offers a number of unforgettable layouts as well. Old South Golf Links offers offers breathtaking views of the Intra-coastal Waterway and many "island" greens. Similarly, Eagle's Pointe and Crescent Pointe, two of the newest additions to the Hilton Head golf scene, have brought the first Davis Love III and Arnold Palmer creations to the area.
With the addition of a new nine designed by Bobby Weed, Hilton Head National now boasts 27 holes of championship golf, including 18 designed by the legendary Gary Player.
These are the jewels of Hilton Head Island, where the quality of the golf rather than the quantity of the courses is something to experience. With just a little time spent on an area course, you'll see why folks come from all over the world to enjoy the game of golf on Hilton Head Island!