IN THE LOWCOUNTRY & COASTAL GEORGIA
The Lowcountry is home to many of the country’s top golf communities. Our area is ripe with lush greens just waiting for hackers. Here are some of the best public courses.
CRESCENT POINTE Bluffton, SC
Par: 71 | Yardage: 6773
The only public course in the area designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, Crescent Pointe features wide fairways and challenging approaches to elevated green complexes. Gorgeous marsh views and live oak, pine and magnolia stands give the layout a distinctly Lowcountry feel.
843-706-4400 | hallmarkgolf.com
HILTON HEAD PLANTATION Hilton Head, SC
Dolphin Head Golf Club | Par 72 | Yardage 6606
Bear Creek Golf Club | Par 72 | Yardage 6804
Oyster Reef Golf Club | Par 72 | Yardage 7014
Dolphin Head Golf Club is a Gary Player design renovated by local architect Clyde Johnston in 2010. The others are the work of noted designer Rees Jones.
843-681-8800 | hiltonheadplantation.com
HILTON HEAD LAKES Bluffton, SC
Par 72 | Yardage 7300
A newer 18-hole championship course in the Lowcountry, The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes is designed to accommodate players of all experience and skill levels. The Tommy Fazio design plays a whopping 7,300 yards from the tips but has four other sets of tees, as well as a par-3 course and a full-service practice facility.
843-784-5253 | hiltonheadlakes.com
INDIGO RUN Hilton Head, SC
Golden Bear | Par 72 | Yardage 6643
Indigo Run features the Jack Nicklaus-designed semi-private Golden Bear Golf Club, which favors strategy over strength, with ample bunkers and water hazards requiring smart shot-making.
843-689-7300 | clubcorp.com
PALMETTO BLUFF Bluffton, SC
Par 72 | Yardage 7171
May River Golf Club’s Jack Nicklaus signature course is one of the area’s most challenging layouts, thanks to elevated greens that test the short game. The setting is unmatched, winding through centuries-old live oak forests and along the banks of the splendid May River, and the course conditioning is always impeccable.
843-706-6580 | palmettobluffresort.com
PALMETTO DUNES Hilton Head, SC
Arthur Hills | Par 72 | Yardage 6651
George Fazio | Par 70 | Yardage 6873
Robert Trent Jones | Par 72 | Yardage 6710
Palmetto Dunes features three of the area’s finest courses, and all are open to the public but are in top-notch condition usually reserved for private clubs. The Robert Trent Jones Course probably is the most famous, in large part because of the view of the Atlantic Ocean from the par-5 10th. The George Fazio Course is one of the Lowcountry’s most challenging, featuring only two par-5s. The Arthur Hills Course is the community’s best-kept secret, a rolling layout with dramatic elevation changes.
843-785-1136 | palmettodunes.com
PALMETTO HALL Hilton Head, SC
Arthur Hills Course | Par 72 | Yardage 6918
Robert Cupp Course | Par 72 | Yardage 7079
Whether you’re looking for a traditional layout or a modern, quirky course, you can find it at Palmetto Hall. The Arthur Hills Course is classic Lowcountry golf, forcing players to navigate tree-lined fairways and avoid bunkers to reach the greens. The Robert Cupp Course is one of the most unique and innovative designs in the area that provides a fun test for every golfer.
843-342-2582 | palmettohallcc.com
SEA PINES RESORT Hilton Head, SC
Harbour Town Golf Links | Par 71 | Yardage 7099
Atlantic Dunes | Par 72 | Yardage 7065
Heron Point | Par 72 | Yardage 7035
The father of Hilton Head golf, The Sea Pines Resort is still the granddaddy of them all. Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the RBC Heritage, is the highest profile of the four championship courses within the resort, but Pete Dye oversaw a recent renovation to make Heron Point more player-friendly, resulting in South Carolina Course of the Year honors in 2015. Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III was voted the national Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners’ Association in 2017.
843-842-8484 | seapines.com
EAGLE’S POINT Bluffton, SC
Brigantine/Galleon | Par 72 | Yardage 6782
Eagle’s Pointe Golf Club is a signature design of Davis Love III. The course winds through moss-draped live oaks, pines, freshwater wetlands and lagoons. The spacious corridors at Eagle’s Pointe allow golfers to keep driver in hand, but still favor placement over length.
843-757-5900 | hallmarkgolf.com
ISLAND WEST GOLF CLUB Bluffton, SC
Blue Course | Par 72 | Yardage 6803
Designed by PGA Tour standout Fuzzy Zoeller and Clyde Johnston, the course is built around natural marshland. Water is a factor for 10 holes. The course offers rolling fairways and elevated tees.
843-689-6660 | hiltonheadgolf.com
OLD SOUTH GOLF LINKS Bluffton, SC
Gold Course | Par 72 | Yardage 6772
Debuted in 1992, this Clyde Johnston-designed course is amid live oaks. Recognized by Golf Digest as one of the “Top Ten New Public Courses” of 1992 and named by the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association as the Lowcountry Course of the Year in 2011.
843-785-5353 | oldsouthgolf.com
PINE CREST GOLF CLUB Bluffton, SC
Black Course | Par 72 | Yardage 6881
An 18-hole championship golf course with water, trees and sand traps ready to greet you, even on our shortest holes.
843-757-8960 | pinecrestsc.com
PORT ROYAL GOLF & RACQUET CLUB Hilton Head, SC
Barony Course | Par 72 | Yardage 6654
Robber’s Row | Par 72 | Yardage 6657
The Barony Course was designed by George W. Cobb in the early 1960s, one of the first courses on Hilton Head Island. The greens are generous and protected by thick, rough and unforgiving bunkers. Robber’s Row was designed in 1967 by George W. Cobb and Willard C. Byrd and was redesigned in 1994 by Pete Dye. The course sets atop former Civil War grounds and features historical markers, describing events which took place on the Island. Although tee-shots have generous fairways to land in, approach shots require accuracy to the well-protected greens.
843-681-1700 | hiltonheadgolf.net
ROSE HILL GOLF CLUB Bluffton, SC
Gold Course | Par 72 | Yardage 6961
Built in 1982 and designed by legendary Carolina architect Gene Hamm, the 18-hole championship course meanders through Rose Hill Plantation, a beautiful southern community set among live oaks draped in Spanish moss, pine trees, dwarf Bermuda grasses and sleepy lagoons.
843-757-9030 | hallmarkgolf.com
SHIPYARD GOLF COURSE Hilton Head, SC
Galleon/Brigantine Course | Par 72 | Yardage 6735
Clipper/Galleon | Par 72 | Yardage 6878
Brigantine/Galleon | Par 72 | Yardage 6855
Shipyard Golf Club features 27 holes over three nine-hole courses. There are many lagoons and ponds. The three courses can be played in three 18-hole combinations, with 25 water hazards throughout most of the holes. Two of the three inter-connecting nines are combined for a unique and challenging 18-hole round.
843-681-1750 | hiltonheadgolf.net