Hilton Head Island, known for many things; sun, surf, sand and amazing resorts among them, is famous for its spectacular golf courses. With 24 world class golf courses spread across its 40 square miles, choosing can be quite a chore. From courses designed and played by the masters to great values at public courses, we decided to put together a list including a few of our favorites.
When Jack Nicklaus first dipped his toes into course design in collaboration with the legendary Pete Dye, the result was this must play course. Uniquely shaped greens, a few well-placed bunkers, and plenty of lagoons favor the player who can make all the shots rather than the one with the longest drive. Prices at Harbour Town Golf Links range between $200-$260 and it has a rating of 75.6.
Opened in 2007, with a slight touch up completed over the summer of 2014, the second Pete Dye course on the list is ranked number 11 on the 2014 GOLF Magazine “Best Courses Near You” list. With seven sets of tees, this course can play long, short, and everywhere between, making it a great choice for groups with different skill levels. Prices at Heron Point Range from $90-$160 and it has a rating of 75.2.
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Generous fairways, an inviting layout, and occasionally maddening bunkers led this gem to be named South Carolina’s Best Golf Course of the Year in 2003. Jones puts the Atlantic winds to great use, allowing them to roll across the fairways, changing the course from shot to shot. Prices at the Robert Trent Jones Course range from $95-$195 and it has a rating of 72.6.
While not technically on Hilton Head Island, Old South is well worth the short trip across the bridge. This public course provides a excellent value thanks to its great location along the saltwater marshes of McKay’s Creek. Golfers enjoy the fantastic views and the chance to see plenty of wildlife including birds of prey, deer, and even the occasional alligator. Prices at Old South range from $55-$95 and it has a rating of 72.7.
Located on the land facing side of the island, this Reese Jones designed course embraces the beauty of the South Carolina lowlands it inhabits. Its location along the Intracoastal Waterway and plenty of Live Oaks really give this course a sense of place. The water on nearly every hole, deep pot bunkers, aggressively contoured fairways give players plenty of chances to challenge themselves. Prices at The Country Club of Hilton Head range from $89-$118 and it has a rating of 73.8.
If it’s variety you’re after, the Shipyard Golf Club is a great choice. There are three nine-hole courses, the Clipper, the Galleon, and the Brigantine, that can be played in three different eighteen hole combinations. The well-protected greens demand that the player bring their best short game when Playing Shipyard. Prices at Shipyard Golf Club range from $69-$129 and has ratings ranging from 69.4-73.2.
With these amazing choices, we’re sure you’ll have no problem finding the right course for your foursome the next time you visit Hilton Head.