Hilton Head Island is a premier destination for all golf enthusiasts. In 2016, it was included in the top five golf havens for retirees by Golf Magazine.
It was also ranked seven in the eight top categories for golf destinations in Digest’s “Top 10 Best Courses” listing and recognized as the 2017 Sustainable Golf Destination of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).
If you are looking into retiring in Hilton Head Island and spending your days playing golf in our world-class golf courses, you will need a new home. Charles Sampson Group of Charter One Realty is the expert when it comes to finding the best properties on the island.
Top 5 Hilton Head Golf Courses
Hilton Head Island has 33 world-class courses as of the writing of this blog. This list includes the top public courses:
1) Harbour Town Golf Links
This legendary course is one of the most revered courses in the world. It is responsible for putting Hilton Head Island on the map.
Home to the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing—South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR event—this renowned course by Pete Dye values finesse, imagination, and shot-making above strength. Adding to a collection of famed par threes is the par four 18th hole with its famous view of the Calibogue Sound and iconic candy-striped lighthouse.
2) Heron Point by Pete Dye
Heron Point was also created by Pete Dye. He and his associates dramatically reshaped the fairways of the original course: Mounds and hillocks now constantly keep players off-balance through dramatic angles and shifting elevations.
At 7,035 yards from the back tees, Heron Point can play considerably shorter if needed, with seven sets of tees on each hole (including tees for juniors). Golfers are challenged by risk-reward long and short holes, fairways that move toward and away from hazards, and Dye’s mounds and swales that frame target areas. It all adds up to the 18-holer being considered one of the Lowcountry’s most exciting and exhilarating golf experiences.
3) Atlantic Dunes
Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III is Hilton Head Island’s newest course. It is a complete reconstruction and recreation of the historic Ocean Course.
They installed tens of thousands of indigenous plants in these areas to complete the seaside feel. The course features a playing surface that blends cutting-edge grasses to match the superior strains at Sea Pines Resort’s Harbour Town Golf Links and Heron Point.
4) Robert Trent Jones Course
Robert Trent Jones Course’s par-5 10th hole is a Palmetto Dunes favorite. It features wide fairways, expansive greens, and subtle elevation changes—all garnished with lakes and bunkers—making it one of the few courses in Hilton Head featuring waterfront views.
The most wide open of the three Palmetto Dunes courses, Jones changes with breezes rolling in from the Atlantic to make every hole play differently whenever the wind changes.
5) George Fazio Course
Hilton Head Island’s only par-70 public golf course, Palmetto Dunes’ George Fazio Course offers an exhilarating experience with small greens and undulating fairways. With only two par-5 holes, the heart of the course lies in a series of long par 4s that roll out from the 432-yard first hole and end with the 462-yard 18th.
The tree-lined fairways roll gently on the front nine, while the back nine offers tighter shots that require strategic positioning off the tee. Golfers especially enjoy the challenge of the final four holes; they encompass three well-bunkered par 4s and the great par-3 17th over water with out-of-bounds creeping in from the left.
Top Hilton Head Island Real Estate Agency
Now that you know the top golf courses in Hilton Head, you should also learn about the island’s top real estate agency—Charles Sampson Group of Charter One Realty. We are an award-winning real estate agency that has years of experience working with first-time, permanent, second-home, and retired consumers seeking the property to enjoy your type of lifestyle.
We guarantee that we will help you find the perfect home, close to the golf courses that you love.