May River Golf Club

350 Mount Pelia Rd,

Bluffton, South Carolina SC 29910

  • Office

    +1 (866) 706 6565
  • Pro shop

    +1 (843) 706 6580
  • Fax

    +1 (843) 706 6550
  • Golf pro

    Greg Wrobel (PGA, Lead Instructor).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland and river wetlands.

  • Designer:

    Jack Nicklaus

SSS or slope






How to get there:

8 miles W of Hilton Head Island

Approx 20 miles north of Savannah, leave I-95 at exit 8 and follow Hwy 278 direction Hilton Head Island. After approx 8 miles turn right onto SC 170 (Okatie Hwy). After approx 4 miles at first stop sign turn left onto SC 46 (May River Road). After approx 2 miles the entrance to Palmetto Bluff will be on your right. Proceed to Welcome Gate.

May River Golf Club

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 2004

Set within the 20,000 acre river-island of Palmetto Bluff, May River Golf Club is home to a highly-rated 18-hole Jack Nicklaus design. Weaving through the May River forest, the layout features several holes that sidle alongside or have you putting out on the banks of the river.

Wide inviting fairways are strategically bunkered and on many occasions feature expansive natural waste areas. Your nerves will be tested on the approach shots; the Bermuda-grassed greens are well guarded by white-sand bunkers and feature gentle undulating slopes to thoroughly challenge your putting skills.

The back-nine features an equal number of par-3s, 4s and 5s, as the layout glides through the wonderfully natural environment. The pick of the holes, like the par-5 10th and par-3 14th, open out onto May River. Golfers are encouraged to walk the course with a caddie, to best appreciate the majesty of the century-old live oaks and the inherent beauty of the South Carolina lowcountry landscape.

Stay&Play on Palmetto Bluff: luxury nearby accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.

List of courses: Hilton Head, SC


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Resort guest fee, 18-holes, peak rate in high season (Apr thru' June; Sept thru' Dec): $315; includes walking caddie or cart with forecaddie.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

Walking caddie or cart + forecaddie are compulsory for visitors.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

May River Golf Club is located on a 20,000-acre tract of land known as Palmetto Bluff. The Bluff extends from the headwaters of the May River near the town of Bluffton; to the east lie Bull and Daufuskie Islands across the Cooper River; ancient freshwater rice fields of the New River lie along its western edge. The land mass defined by these three historic rivers is thus a natural island, and that is surely one of the reasons it remains so pristine today. In addition to being home to the May River Golf Club and Palmetto Bluff Inn & Spa, the area of Palmetto Bluff is home to a thriving residential community with waterfront and golf course homesites.

Published ranking

South Carolina: 11th best course in S.C. (Golf Digest, 2023/24).
USA: 51st best public course in the USA (Golf Digest, 2023).


  • Montage, Palmetto Bluff Inn & Cottages

    477 Mount Pelia Road, Bluffton, SC 29910

    +1 (843) 706 6500

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    Montage Palmetto Bluff is nestled along the May River in the Lowcountry of South Carolina between Hilton Head Island and Savannah. Set within an award winning 20,000 acre community, the resort encompasses an extensive nature preserve, walking trails, a vibrant village, marina, restaurants, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Accommodations include guest rooms and suites in The Inn, spacious cottages and village homes that all pay homage to the region’s rich heritage.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      May River (0.4 mi)

    • Golf within 5 miles:


    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Old South; Hilton Head National; Crescent Pointe; Eagle's Point; Old Carolina.

  • Fairfield Inn - Bluffton

    105 Okatie Center Blvd N, Bluffton, SC 29910

    +1 (843) 705 2300

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    The Fairfield Inn Hilton Head Bluffton is centrally located between Beaufort, Parris Island, historic Savannah and Hilton Head Island (which is 8 miles further on along Hwy 278). DIRECTIONS : From I-95 take exit 8 and head east on Hwy 278, direction Hilton Head Island. After approx 8 miles, turn left onto Hwy 170. At Stop sign, turn left. Hotel is on your left in Okatie Center.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Eagle's Point; Old Carolina.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      May River; Crescent Pointe; Hilton Head Natl.; Old South; Country Club of Hilton Head; Oyster Reef; Palmetto Hall (2 courses); Golden Bear at Indigo Run; Palmetto Dunes (3 courses); Port Royal (3 courses); Sea Pines (2 courses); Harbour Town.

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