Hilton Head is a semi-tropical barrier island that is known as a vacation play land. The place is abundant with white sand beaches as well as the highly acclaimed golf courses that offer the majestic views of the Atlantic Ocean. With the lush green and scenic fairways complimented by the sunny skies, the island serves as the haven for the finest year-round tee times. Voted as #10 by the readers of Golf Digest as being one of the best golf vacation resort destinations in the world, Hilton Head boasts of its Jones, Rees, Dye, Nicklaus, Fazio, Palmer, Byrd, Zoeller, Cobb, Hills, and Player masterpieces that have been attracting golfers from around the world. Some of the finest golf courses in the island include the Harbor Town Golf Links at The Sea Pines Resort, the Oyster Reef Golf Club, the Golden Bear Golf Club, the Shipyard Golf Club, and the Robber’s Row Golf Club.
Harbor Town Golf Links at the Sea Pines Resort
Based on the modern standards of golf courses, the Harbor Town Golf Links at the Sea Pines Resort is deceptively short. But with the old Scottish heritage, the layout still requires every golfer’s unwavering consistency, perfectly positioned shots, and the arrow-straight accuracy. This par-71 6,973 yards stretch stay and play facility also features the thick rough, tight fairways, deep bunkers, and the postage-stamp greens.
The Oyster Reef Golf Club is a highly acclaimed 18-hole course designed by the renowned Rees Jones. The layout has been voted as one of Carolina’s “Top 20 Courses”, a recipient of the “2006 Golf Club of the Year” by the Low Country Golf Course Owners Association, and among the “Top 75 U.S. Golf Resorts” as cited by Golf Digest. The Island Packet also named Oyster Reef as “The Favorite Course of Hilton Head Island”.
The Golden Bear Golf Club is a Nicklaus masterpiece that is considered as one of the island’s top-rated layouts. The course winds through the majestic landscape of pine woodlands and oaks that would require finesse and strategy rather than sheer power on the part of the golfers. As being flocked by local and foreign golfers, the layout was awarded with “America’s Top 100 Courses Priced Under $100” in 2002 by the Travel and Leisure Magazine.
Beauty and character is what the Shipyard Golf Club is all about. This 27-hole championship golf course features the large and well bunkered greens and the undulating surfaces that run through lagoons and ponds-rich area. Golfers will be challenged to take well-measured approaches as well as the accurate tee shots in order to succeed and allow optimal scoring opportunities.
Named among Golf Digest’s “Top 75 U.S. Golf Resorts”, the Robber’s Row Golf Club offers the island’s unrivaled golf experience. This scenic course was redesigned by the famed golf course architect Pete Dye and now features the beautiful stands of live oaks and magnolias as well as the generous landing areas. Nevertheless, golfers are still required to take accurate approach shots toward the well-bunkered greens.