Every summer the tiny island of Hilton Head in South Carolina hosts over 1 million visitors who invariably come to spend a week enjoying the beach, relaxing, fishing and a round or two of great golf. If you plan to play some Hilton Head golf this summer, or any time of the year for that matter, here is a quick run down of the top courses:
- Harbourtown Golf Links - If you have saved your golf dedicated dollars and want to treat yourself there is nothing better on the island than this gem. Don't forget to take your camera and collect a sample of the reeds that led to Brian Davis' demise
- Palmetto Dunes - this resort features three courses and is known for quality conditioning and good value. The courses are designed by Robert Trent Jones, George Fazio and Arthur Hills.
There are also numerous solid courses open to visitors just off the island in Bluffton. I would recommend Crescent Point (designed by Palmer), which has perhaps the most visually stunning (and difficult) hole in the area - the 215 yard par three 9th hole (pictured below). I would also recommend the Gary Player designed Hilton Head National for its interesting holes and consistent conditioning.
If you know the right people or have an inside connection then you might be able to gain access to one of the many stellar private tracks in the area. Here is my line up of the top five:
- Chechessee Creek (Coore/Crenshaw)
- May River Golf Club (Nicklaus)
- Berkeley Hall - North (Fazio)
- Colleton River - Nicklaus (Nicklaus)
- Long Cove (Dye)
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