The best courses you can play in Hilton Head Island
Despite being one of the smaller states in the country, South Carolina has plenty of distinct golf destinations. For those looking for an affordable buddies trip with stay-and-play deals, there’s Myrtle Beach. Kiawah Island provides a high-end resort getaway, while nearby Charleston has some decent golf to go along with a charming downtown filled with great food.
And then there’s Hilton Head Island, which in many ways is a fusion of all the other Palmetto State golf destinations. Situated on the southern coast about an hour from Savannah, Ga., Hilton Head makes for a quick weekend getaway for East Coasters. The island is best known for its luxury Sea Pines Resort, with its three top courses including Harbour Town, host of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage. You can also find courses with decent value on the island and just off, in the neighboring town of Bluffton. Combine the solid golf with the island’s relaxing vibe, great seafood and miles of beaches, and it's worthy of a trip.
To help you plan your next golf trip to Hilton Head, we’ve selected the best courses you can play on the island and in the surrounding area. This collection has something for every itinerary, from 100 Greatest Public courses, to stay-and-play resorts, to affordable off-island tracks.
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Hilton Head Island, SC
Built some 35 years after nearby Harbour Town Golf Links, May River is an interesting contrast in Jack Nicklaus' portfolio. It's an equally low-profile layout with a number of bump-and-run approach shots but with several Pine Valley-like waste areas and with larger, bolder greens. The classic routing has the front nine turning clockwise through forest while the back nine circles counter-clockwise. Both touch repeatedly on the wetlands of namesake May River.