Best golf courses: Hilton Head, SC

The PGA tour destination and resort island in South Carolina is dotted with spectacular Atlantic Ocean beaches and beautiful golf courses. From water sports to world-class golf courses, Hilton Head is packed with things to see and do! Warm and cozy temperatures make it an ideal destination for golfers. The award winning Hilton Head National Golf Club, designed by Gary Player and Bob Weed located amid the luxurious setting of lush woodlands with no estates nearby, is just 25 minutes away from Savannah. To make the most of your golfing trip, and to help in your planning, you can look up the location of the best courses in Hilton Head on our customised maps.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Hilton Head Island
Hills, Arthur

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Arthur Hills
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Hilton Head Island
Johnston, Clyde

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Clyde Johnston
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
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Hilton Head Island
Johnston, Clyde

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Hilton Head Island

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Clyde Johnston
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Hilton Head Island
Love III, Davis

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Davis Love III (signature course)
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
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Hilton Head Island
Player, Gary

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Gary Player; Bobby Weed designed the Weed 9-holes.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
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Hilton Head Island
Cobb, George

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George C. Cobb
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
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Hilton Head Island
Nicklaus, Jack

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Jack Nicklaus
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Hilton Head Island
Nicklaus, Jack

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Hilton Head Island

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Jack Nicklaus
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
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Hilton Head Island
Dye, Pete

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Hilton Head Island

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Original course design by George C. Cobb and Willard C. Byrd; redesigned Pete Dye (1994).
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
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Hilton Head Island
Palmer, Arnold

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An Arnold Palmer Signature Course.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
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Hilton Head Island
Hills, Arthur

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Arthur Hills

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Hilton Head Island
Cupp, Bob

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Bob Cupp.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Hilton Head Island
Dye, Pete

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Hilton Head Island

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Original layout by George Cobb (1964) with later re-modelling by Clyde Johnston (1990). Completely redesigned by Pete Dye (2007).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Hilton Head Island
Love III, Davis

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Hilton Head Island

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Original layout by George Cobb (1962) with a later redesign by Mark McCumber (1995). Completely redesigned by Davis Love III (2015).

Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Hilton Head Island
Love III, Davis

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Hilton Head Island

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Davis Love III

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Hilton Head Island
Fazio, George

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Hilton Head Island

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George Fazio

Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
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Hilton Head Island
Cobb, George

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George W. Cobb

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
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Dye & Nicklaus

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Husband/wife team of Pete & Alice Dye in collaboration with Jack Nicklaus.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Closed (2017)
Hilton Head Island
Nicklaus, Jack

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Closed (2017)

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Hilton Head Island

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Jack Nicklaus

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Hilton Head Island
Dye, Pete

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Private club

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Hilton Head Island

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Original design by husband/wife team Pete & Alice Dye (1982); modifications by Bobby Weed (2018).

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Hilton Head Island
Weiskopf & Morrish

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Hilton Head Island

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Original design by Tom Weiskopf & Jay Morrish (1991); renovated in 2011 by Davis Love III (of Love Golf Design).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Hilton Head Island
Jones, Rees

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Private club

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Hilton Head Island

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Rees Jones designed the original layout (1986) and subsequent restoration (2007).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Jones Sr, Robert Trent

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Hilton Head Island

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Robert Trent Jones Sr.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Hilton Head Island
Jones, Rees

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Hilton Head Island

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Rees Jones
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Hilton Head Island
Jones, Rees

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Hilton Head Island

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Rees Jones
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Hilton Head Island
Byrd, William

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Hilton Head Island

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William C. Byrd

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