There are few places in the world that rival the championship golf on Hilton Head Island. This semi-tropical sheltered barrier Island is located off the Atlantic Coast between Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia. Hilton Head has grown over the years to be one of the most awarded travel destinations in the world and the accolades keep coming for a host of reasons. Lying on the Intracoastal Waterway, Hilton Head Island encompasses 42 square miles of semi-tropical, Lowcountry geography. The Island’s pristine natural environment offers a relaxing, hospitable atmosphere with subtle signage and no neon lights. Fertile salt marshes, networks of lagoons and creeks, forests of moss-draped oaks, magnolias, pines, palmettos and 12 miles of sandy beaches are interspersed with championship golf courses, tennis courts, fine restaurants, and luxurious hotels, resorts, and private villa accommodations.
There are “Bucket List” courses to play, then there are “Bucket List” destinations – Hilton Head boasts 24 championship golf courses on the Island and over 40 in the region. Many of which are ranked in the “Top 100” in the nation by numerous sources. If you are part of the tennis crowd, you’ll find over 300 tennis courts featuring the very best in tennis facilities right here as well. Hilton Head Island has an array of accommodations, from luxurious resorts and full- service hotels to exclusive beachfront homes and villas equipped with private swimming pools and tennis courts. Accommodation options include more than 6,000 villas; 3,000 hotel/motel rooms; 1,000 timeshare units; 22 properties offering meetings and convention facilities. This small island of just under 40,000 year-round residents plays the perfect host to over 2.5 million visitors a year. In Hilton Head the pace is slower, the Island is pristine, and the ambiance is only outdone by overflowing hospitality and cool island breezes. The attention given to preserving the environment here on Hilton Head Island has become the blueprint for other sustainability efforts around the country. During your island retreat, notice the absence of bright street lights, tall business signs, and brightly-painted buildings. It’s quite simply about letting things be and respecting this precious place.
The Sea Pines Resort , the “First and still the Best” says it all. With three of the most breathtaking course designs you’ll find anywhere, it is one of the premier worldwide golf destinations. In 1967 Pete and Alice Dye with the help of Jack Nicklaus designed the Harbour Town Golf Links. In 2004 Pete also designed and built Heron Point at Sea Pines. The original Ocean Course, the first course on Hilton Head was designed by George Cobb in 1962. Davis Love, in 2016, transformed the historic course into the newest course at Sea Pines, Atlantic Dunes.
For the last 50 years, Harbour Town Golf Links plays host to the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing – South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR event. The Sea Pines Resort offers a broad range of accommodations which cater to every imaginable taste. From, The Inn & Club at Harbour Town, to luxurious vacation homes for two to 12 guests, ensuring your utmost comfort.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is a 2,000-acre resort destination located in the middle of Hilton Head Island, S.C., bounded by 3 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach on one side and a sheltered Intracoastal Waterway marina on the other. The Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers three championship courses, uniquely designed and challenging to all levels. The Robert Trent Jones Course is ranked as one of the best golf courses in the southeast. The George Fazio Course is considered one of the most challenging on the island and is ranked among the nation’s top 100 courses.
The Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa is a beautiful oceanfront resort with extensive amenities and now part of the Marriott collection of properties. Golf is available through the Heritage Golf Group at The Port Royal Barony Course designed by George W. Cobb. The Robber’s Row Course is built on historic Civil War grounds and the award-winning Rees Jones masterpiece, Oyster Reef, was voted one of the Carolina’s top courses. The Westin is centrally located on the island close to everything.
Hilton Head is truly a very special destination and continues to be one of the finest golf travel destinations in the country. The golf, the food, the culture and the unmistakable beauty of this place brings a sense of calm and relaxation to the soul. There is a good reason so many chose to buy homes here for vacations and retirement, it is just a wonderful place to be for golf, for life and forever.
Two airports service the island – Hilton Head Airport, which is local and Savannah/ Hilton Head International Airport. For more information visit www.HiltonHeadGolfIsland.com