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.
Boasting magnificent views of the water, this dynamic private course features an 18-hole championship course located on Calibogue Sound. Eleven additional holes create a second course, designed for recreational use. The ferry for Haig Point departs from Hilton Head at the Welcome Center on Helmsman Way (843-686-9224).
Designed by Jack Nicklaus, this difficult golf course is situated on Daufuskie Island and is characterized by small, elevated greens and surrounding marshes. The 18th hole extends right over the ocean and onto a narrow peninsula. The ferry for Daufuskie departs from 421 Squire Pope Road on Hilton Head (call 843-341-4870 for ferry rates, reservations and schedules).
This private country club is home to two courses. The award-winning Jack Nicklaus Course extends through a several varied landscapes, from forests dotted with oaks, pines and magnolias to grassy meadows to marshes lined with palmettos. In contrast to this strategy-driven course, the strenuous Pete Dye Course is characterized by a challenging array of bunkers, sand and water obstacles and landscaping gimmicks.
Overlooking the Intercoastal Waterway, this golf club is a tribute to tradition and heritage. The clubhouse features a full plantation-style porch lined with rocking chairs, and each hole is named for a Civil War battle. Natural barriers such as marsh and wind enhance the course's difficulty, and walking is required. Course designed by Bruce Devlin.
This hazard-laden course is situated on a lagoon and follows the water through a semicircular path. Numerous natural and architectural barriers create a challenging game, even for the seasoned golfer.
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.
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.
Sea Pines Country Club is home to the Club, Ocean and Sea Marsh Courses, as well as the famous Harbour Town Golf Links. Reserved for Sea Pines Country Club members, the Club Course was designed by Arnold Palmer and Frank Duane. In 2001, the course was renovated by Clyde Johnston and bunkers and other hazards were added to enhance the game's difficulty. With the strengths of female players in mind, Johnston also made improvements to the Sea Marsh Course in 1990. George Cobb's Ocean Course (1960) has also been revamped and offers spectacular views of the Atlantic.