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Fore the Love of Golf!

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As kids, we like to emulate what our parents and grandparents do. I personally can remember watching my grandfather work a nine-to-five job and then rush home to spend any extra time left in the day to perfect his golf game. His love for the sport and dedication eventually paid off when he was chosen to be a part of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America Tour also known as the PGA Tour. Intrigued by not only my grandfather’s success, but by the sport itself, I eventually caught the “golf bug”.

My golf passion grew over time and it became a full-on hobby. I was active in several after-school golf programs throughout middle school and high school, then continued my journey in college where I was captain of the golf team. One of the perks of the team was we were fortunate to travel nationally and play on some of the most prestigious courses designed by legendary professional golfers. However out of all the courses we played, the one that was forever engraved in my memories was a course in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Designed by the sensational Arnold Palmer, the Wexford exclusive golf course not only challenged my skills, but the views of Broad Creek, marshlands, and the harbor, made this experience one that I would never forget.

I knew I would never be the next Tiger Woods, but after visiting Hilton Head once, I was hooked. After I graduated college it wasn’t long before I decided to uproot my life to the Lowcountry and become a permanent resident on Hilton Head. This island has provided me with an opportunity to have a career and continue to play golf conveniently with the abundance of golf communities and courses it has available.

Living on Hilton Head Island is a golfer’s paradise. The weather is ideal for most of the year, especially now, in October, when there is an ocean breeze in the air and the temperature is in the mid to high 70’s. Whether you’re a tourist just vising for a couple of days or a permanent resident, Hilton Head has a golf course for every skill level. It won’t be long before you too decide to call Hilton Head home.

In the meantime, here are some of the courses we recommend you check out on your next Hilton Head vacation.

Port Royal Golf Club

10 Clubhouse Dr
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Located along the Atlantic coastline on the northwestern point of Hilton Head Island, is the Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club. Designed by prolific golfer, George Cobb, the Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club features 2 different courses, Robber’s Row and Barony Course.

Make sure you stop in Robber’s Row Grille and indulge in their seasonal menu that features all the freshest local ingredients. In those months where the temperature does drop a little, there is a fireplace in the dining area and on the verandah to keep you nice and cozy.

Oyster Reef Club

155 High Bluff Rd
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Oyster Reef Golf Club opened in 1982, was immediately ranked as one of the Top 25 New Courses in America. This Rees Jones design has been voted one of the Top 20 Courses in the Carolinas and enjoys a reputation as a favorite among locals. The course tests golfers’ skills of all levels. Oyster Reef is known in the Hilton Head Island golf community for a warm greeting, and a friendly hand whenever you need it.

After you play a round with your friends, stop in at the LagerHead Tavern for a cold refreshing beer, alongside a tender Grilled Coulotte Steak, smothered with tarragon butter, charred onions, and fresh-cut French fries. A widely popular choice among guests.


Bear Creek Golf Club

237 Whooping Crane Way
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Another north end gem is Bear Creek Golf Club within the gates of Hilton Head Plantation. This Rees Jones-designed golf course stretches over 6,800 yards of the plantation. Surrounded by tall pines and natural areas, it has a set of five different tees that cater to every level of golfer. Grab some lunch, a draft beer or two, and enjoy a day of golfing with friends and family!

Palmetto Hall Plantation

108 Fort Howell Dr
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Palmetto Hall Plantation Club consists of two championship golf courses, the Arthur Hills Course and the Robert Cup Course. In addition to these signature courses, the club offers a variety of amenities including tennis and swimming, making these courses extremely popular for families.


Dolphin Head Golf Club


56 High Bluff Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

This semi-private course opened in 1974 and was professional golfer, Gary Player’s first course in the Hilton Head area. With stunning views at every turn, Dolphin Head Course quickly became a premier golf destination for many. The course layout offers players of all skill levels, an exceptional and challenging golf experience. This is definitely a course you must try!

Don’t pay full price for a round of golf! Vacation fun at an affordable price is a top priority at Hilton Head Guest Services! With our FREE TICKETS and DISCOUNTED VIP PACKAGES, you can indulge in your getaway without spending a lot of money! Get ready to enjoy all that Hilton Head has to offer.


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