Public Golf Courses

7 Palmetto Dunes Golf Course
Palmetto Dunes has three 18-hole courses to offer, and each of them poses its own combination of challenges and beautiful scenery. Long hitters in particular enjoy the George Fazio course, which features narrow, tree-lined fairways and undulating greens. Lagoons flank the long trek, so bring a few extra balls. Robert Trent Jones and Roger Rulewich combined to design a second course, whose greens are well-trapped and test even the most accurate hitters. Number 17 is the gem of the Arthur Hills course, meanwhile, as it requires an accurate tee shot in order to carry the canyon-like lagoon on the left of the fairway. (843-785-1130, 800-827-3006)

6 Harbour Town Golf Links Course at Sea Pines Resort
This championship resort has three 18-hole courses to offer its guests. The Harbour Town Golf Links course is perennially considered one of top courses in the USA and is one of Southeast's true must-play courses. If the name sounds familiar, that's because Harbour Town is home to the PGA Tour's Heritage Classic. This long trek is demanding and features flat terrain and small, sloping greens. The finishing hole is the signature, a 458-yard par 4, with a long tee shot customarily aimed at the lighthouse. (843-842-8484, 800-955-8337)

5 Ocean Course at Sea Pines Resort
This championship resort has three 18-hole courses to offer its guests. The Ocean Course was recently redesigned in 1995, and is said to be longer and tougher than the old Ocean Course. Water hazards, including great scenic views of the ocean scattered throughout, make this a skill tester and lots of fun. (800-925-4653)

4 Okatie Creek Golf Club
With five sets of tees, Okatie is one course sure to accommodate all skill levels. Bring an extra set of balls if you plan on finishing your game, because water hazards are located on 13 holes, and you are sure to lose a few along the way. The tree-lined fairways are large, and lead to greens tough for even the best putters. Hole #6 will challenge you, a 549-yard par 5, with a double dogleg left fairway. (843-705-4653)

3 Old Carolina Golf Club
Despite its name, Old Carolina opened in 1996, and was built through wetlands and oak forests. You will find narrow fairways and large, fast, tiered greens on this hazard filled trek. The finishing hole is the signature, a 405-yard par 4, which will finish you with a challenging and scenic layout. (843-785-6363, 888-785-7274)

2 Old South Golf Links
Old South is not a course to be reckoned with. The design, incorporates marsh, oak trees, and rolling terrain. Hole #16 is its signature, a 417-yard par 4 featuring one of the course's three island greens. Bring your best game if you plan on leaving with a low score, as your course management will make or break the day. (843-785-5353, 800-257-8997)

1 Port Royal Golf Club
Located by the Westin Resort, this prestigious golf club features three courses — The Barony, Planter's Row and Robber's Row. The Barony is a short but difficult trek designed by George Cobb; meanwhile, William Byrd's Planter's Row is distinguished by its large greens and attractive appearance. For the toughest game, opt for Robber's Row, from the creative team of Peter Dye and George Cobb. (843-689-4653, 800-234-6318)


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