our guide to top hilton head island golf courses

With the RBC Heritage bringing some of the world’s best golfers to our shores, we thought we’d provide a bit of information to help you hit the links this season.

Hilton Head Island has long been regarded as among the top golfing destinations in the entire country. The island’s 20 championship golf courses amounting to over 400 holes has earned it the much-deserved nickname of “Golf Island”.

The mild South Carolina climate also lends itself well to a long golfing season. Late March and early April mark the start of Hilton Head’s top golfing season, before humid summer conditions make it a less appealing past time.

Although we are barely scratching the surface, here’s our guide to a few of the top golf courses on Hilton Head Island to get you started!

Harbour Town Golf Links - Sea Pines Plantation

Ranked number 12 in Golf Digest’s ranking of top courses in the country, our list would be remiss if we didn’t start off with this heavy hitter. Well-known nationally (and internationally) for the iconic lighthouse that can be glimpsed in the distance. The structure has been a prominent landmark of years of PGA tour broadcasts during the much looked forward to HSBC classic.

This is the course where it all started. The Jack Nicklaus/Pete Dye designed course is highly lauded, and the 18th hole with its expansive views of Calibogue Sound is a “must play”.

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May River at Palmetto Bluffhilton head island golfer, palmetto bluff

Compared to other local courses, May River in Palmetto Bluff has kept a consistently low profile since opening in 2004. The stunning course is dotted by freshwater wetlands, dense live oak groves and surprising land traps, often hidden by the gently rolling course. Some holes even lie right along the river’s edge, helping to add a further level of difficulty.

Access to the course is reserved for guests of the luxurious Inn at Palmetto Bluff. Both the Inn and the golf course are certainly well worth the price of admission.

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Heron Point - Sea Pines Plantation

A sibling to the better known Harbour Town course, Heron Point in Sea Pines Plantation is result of a multi-million dollar reconstruction of Sea Pines’ original course, Sea Marsh. Noted golf course architect Pete Dye had a hand in re-shaping the course into what we see today. The reshaped fairways’ dramatic angles and shifts in elevation help to keep golfers off-balance.

It’s often regarded as one of the lowcountry’s most exciting and exhilarating golf experiences – not to be missed.

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Robbers Row, Port Royal Golf Club – Port Royal Plantation

Building off the George Cobb/William Byrd original, architect Pete Dye brought new life to this historic location. Commonly regarded as among the most scenic golf courses on Hilton Head Island, Robbers Row in Port Royal Plantation boast incredibly beautiful magnolias and live oaks. The course also happens to sit on an important civil war-era landmark.

The course can be found on the marsh side of the Port Royal Plantation. Historic markers can be found throughout the course describing the historic events that took place on the grounds.

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Long Cove Golf Club – Long Cove Club

It’s clear that Pete Dye and golf are synonymous on Hilton Head Island – and here’s another great example. Long Cove Club is a highly regarded club, often mentioned in the same sentence as world-famous courses like Pebble Beach. The stunning course is epitomized by rolling hills and stunning, tree-lined fairways.

Without a doubt one of the more challenging courses on the island, Long Cove’s tee boxes are designed to accommodate golfers of all skill levels, from the beginner to pro! Few courses have earned a similar wealth of accolade.

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Oyster Reef Golf Club - Hilton Head Plantation

At its opening day in 1982, Oyster Reef in Hilton Head Plantation was immediately regarded as among the top 25 golf courses in the United States. The course is lauded for its widely recognized “pure golf experience” on Hilton Head Island.

A local favorite, the course was designed by Rees Jones and is especially well-known for its welcoming staff and an unrivaled concierge program.

Learn more about Oyster Reef Golf Club

Interested in learning more about the Hilton Head Island lifestyle? Take a moment to contact us online or call 1-843-785-9500 to get in touch with a qualified, local Hilton Head Island-area real estate expert.

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