Hilton Head Golf Courses
Hilton Head Golf Courses
For many people, the name Hilton Head is synonymous with golf courses. The famous red and white striped lighthouse which is a familiar backdrop for Harbour Town – a PGA landmark, is just the gateway to the rich diversity and variety of golf that there is to be played in Hilton Head. There are numerous golf courses to choose from, ranging from excellent, high-quality, world-famous courses to the more affordable and less well-known ones.
So with such a wide choice, which golf course should you be choosing?
Harbour Town Golf Links
This is Hilton Head’s most famous course and is of the highest quality. It is ranked in 9th place in Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play. Its design takes you through forest, alongside lagoons, strangely shaped greens and waste bunkers, while remaining as flat and smooth as a mirror.
It is a firm favorite among professionals and amateurs, and the 18th hole is perhaps the most famous – which is a 460 yard, par 4, with the Calbogue Sound to the left, trees and condos to the right, and that famous lighthouse signalling the entrance to the harbour in the backdrop.
May River at Palmetto Bluff
This course is ranked number 51 in the same Top 100 Courses You Can Play list. It is much well known – which is both unfair, but a bonus for those who have discovered this gem. This course is only available to those who are staying here, but it is well worth the cost. With holes balanced on the edge of the river, wetlands and sand splashes keep this course as interesting as it gets; and soft contouring, as well as mandatory caddies, keep the pace of play up.
This is no course for beginners, but for those who have a game, this is an interesting and fun make-over of a traditional 1960s course. There are an array of sand and water hazards, and the mix of greens sections means that precision is the order of the day. For a fun and challenging round, look no further than Heron Point.
The Country Club of Hilton Head
Despite its grand name, The Country Club of Hilton Head is open to the public and perhaps one of the island’s most accessible courses. It was built in the 1980s and has retained that 80’s feel. The 12th hole – at 575 yards, par five, you are 28 feet above sea level at Hilton Head’s highest point and can get a breath-taking view of some of the rest of the course, the Intracoastal Waterway and Skull Creek.
When to Go
Thanks to the mild climate, you can go to Hilton Head all year round. However, in the mid-summer, the courses can get very hot, and of course, with the heat comes insects nearer the end of the day.
The winter is also playable, just make sure that you take an extra sweater, but the best time to go is during the spring or fall, when the temperatures are perfect and the tourist numbers are lower than in the summer.
When it comes to golfing, there aren’t many places with such a variety of courses, among beautiful nature. So why not give Hilton Head a go, start practising those swings and have the time of your life?