ZealousGolfer.com Travel: Hilton Head Island

For this new installment of ZealousGolfer.com Travel, I turn to one of the nation's few universally loved golf destinations: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Fantastic weather? Check. In fact, the average high in the summer months tends to fall in the mid 80s, and golfers enjoy consistently mild weather in the spring and fall.

Great sights? Check. You probably can instantly recall the image of the lighthouse at Harbour Town Marina from watching the Verizon Heritage on the PGA Tour.

Most importantly, great golf? Definitely.

Golf in Hilton Head:

Although the resorts and ocean are certainly reasons to come to Hilton Head, golf is undoubtedly the most compelling reason to head to South Carolina.

Make sure to check out the complete list of Hilton Head golf courses, but I will talk about a few of the island's very memorable golf opportunities in this article.
No Hilton Head review would be complete without a mention of the famous Harbour Town Golf Links. This course has played host to the PGA Tour when the world's best golfers come to town, and for good reason.

Harbour Town winds around the water forcing advanced players to emphasize accuracy over pure distance on many of the holes. What makes this Jack Nicklaus design even more challenging is the prevalence of small greens. If you are looking to be tested on your golf trip to Hilton Head, Harbour Town is definitely the place to be.

On the other end of the spectrum (as Hilton Head is famous for providing golfers of all skill levels a great experience), the Robert Trent Jones course at Palmetto Dunes is far friendlier.

Don't get me wrong. At the tips, the Robert Trent Jones plays at over 6,700 yards and includes many of the challenging elements of Harbour Town and the other resort courses. That said, RTJ emphasizes the fun of golf while removing some of the more dangerous elements to provide every golfer with a calm, relaxing round.


Hilton Head is unique for a few reasons. For one, the number of golf options available is unmatched by virtually any other golf destination in the United States. This is one of the few places where one could stay for a week without any chance of getting bored.

On top of that, both elite and novice golfers will have the opportunity to have a phenomenal time. For me, this captures the spirit of a great golf vacation that is perfect for families seeking a getaway.

Be sure to check here for Hilton Head tee times, as well as options in dining and accommodations.

Hilton Head earns ZG's seal of approval. This is an experience that no golfer can afford to miss.

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