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Best golf courses near Bluffton, SC

Below, you’ll find a list of courses near Bluffton, SC. There are 57 courses within a 15-mile radius of Bluffton, 33 of which are public courses and 20 are private courses. There are 49 18-hole courses and 4 nine-hole layouts.

The above has been curated through Golf Digest’s Places to Play course database, where we have collected star ratings and reviews from our 1,900 course-ranking panelists. Join our community by signing up for Golf Digest+ and rate the courses you’ve visited recently.

Belfair: West
Private
Belfair: West
Bluffton, SC
4.3
60 Panelists
Belfair's West course in Bluffton is one of the best courses in South Carolina. Discover our experts' reviews and where Belfair ranks in our rankings
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Colleton River Club: Jack Nicklaus Course
4.3
63 Panelists
The Jack Nicklaus course at Colleton River Club in Bluffton is one of the best courses in South Carolina. Discover our experts' reviews and where Colleton River Club ranks in our rankings
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May River Golf Club At Palmetto Bluff
Built some 35 years after nearby Harbour Town Golf Links, May River is an interesting contrast in Jack Nicklaus's portfolio (Nicklaus was co-designer of Harbour Town with Pete Dye). It's an equally low-profile layout with a number of bump-and-run approach shots but with several Pine Valley-like waste areas and with larger, bolder greens. The classic routing has the front nine turning clockwise through forest while the back nine circles counter-clockwise, and each touch repeatedly on the wetlands of namesake May River. Gorgeous and mysterious at every turn, the course is at its best when it gets players thinking, like at the short par-4 seventh where they must decide to either lay up to an island of fairway or take a swipe at a shallow green situated on another small isthmus of land along the marsh, and the par-5 10th where a wetland crossing the fairway and several small centrally arranged pot bunkers put indecision into the second and third shots toward a green backed up against the river.
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Berkeley Hall: North Course
Private
Berkeley Hall: North Course
Bluffton, SC
4.2
89 Panelists
Berkeley Hall's North Course is one of the best golf courses in South Carolina. Discover our experts reviews and where Berkeley Hall ranks in our latest rankings.
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Colleton River Club: Pete Dye Course
4.1
75 Panelists
The Pete Dye course at Colleton River Club in Bluffton is one of the best courses in South Carolina. Discover our experts' reviews and where Colleton River Club ranks in our rankings
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Belfair: East
Private
Belfair: East
Bluffton, SC
4
55 Panelists
Belfair's East course in Georgetown is one of the best courses in South Carolina. Discover our experts' reviews and where Belfair ranks in our rankings
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Berkeley Hall: South Course
Private
Berkeley Hall: South Course
Bluffton, SC
3.9
77 Panelists
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Secession Golf Club
Private
Secession Golf Club
Beaufort, SC
Pete Dye and his son P.B. did the early routing of Secession, but when they left in a dispute with the developer, Bruce Devlin, a PGA Tour veteran who’d previously designed courses with Robert von Hagge, stepped in and finished something much in keeping with the then-prevailing Dye philosophy of low profile architecture. Greens were set at ground grade, protected by low humps and pot bunkers with vertical stacked-sod faces. Still, Devlin invariably left open the fronts of greens for running approach shots. The site itself is a peninsula in marsh, with several holes on individual islands. Secession demands a complete game, both aerial and ground, particularly in steady ocean breezes.
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Long Cove Club
Private
Long Cove Club
Hilton Head Island, SC
Long Cove was originally routed by Frank Duane and his then-partner Arnold Palmer in the early 1970s. Then Pete Dye was offered the job, but turned it down in order to concentrate on construction of No. 52 TPC Sawgrass. Once TPC was finished, Dye was persuaded to build Long Cove. Having previously done No. 142 Harbour Town just down the road, Dye wanted to do something different, so he installed knobs and mounds and framing berms, shaped some remarkably large greens and built two holes skirting the Colleton River. His construction crew contained half a dozen youngsters who would ultimately became golf architects, including construction supervisor Bobby Weed, Tom Doak, David Savic, Ron Farris, Scott Pool and Pete’s younger son, P.B. In 2018, Weed, author of No. 107 Olde Farm, was picked to restore Pete’s original design, which had grown shaggy around the edges. Now golfers can again run the ball onto 16 of the 18 greens.
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Harbour Town Golf Links
Public
Harbour Town Golf Links
Hilton Head Island, SC
In the late 1960s, Jack Nicklaus landed the design contract for Harbour Town, then turned it over to his new partner, Pete Dye, who was determined to distinguish his work from that of rival Robert Trent Jones. Soon after Harbour Town opened in late November 1969 (with a victory by Arnold Palmer in the Heritage Classic), the course debuted on America’s 100 Greatest as one of the Top 10. It was a total departure for golf at the time. No mounds, no elevated tees, no elevated greens—just low-profile and abrupt change. Tiny greens hung atop railroad ties directly over water hazards. Trees blocked direct shots. Harbour Town gave Pete Dye national attention and put Jack Nicklaus, who made more than 100 inspection trips in collaborating with Dye, in the design business. Pete’s wife, Alice, also contributed, instructing workers on the size and shape of the unique 13th green, a sinister one edged by cypress planks.
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Chechessee Creek Club
Private
Chechessee Creek Club
Okatie, SC
4.2
184 Panelists
Chechessee Creek Club in Okatie is one of the best courses in South Carolina. Discover our experts' reviews and where Chechessee Creek Club ranks in our rankings
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Old Tabby Links
Private
Old Tabby Links
Okatie, SC
4.1
56 Panelists
Old Tabby Links in Okatie is one of the best courses in South Carolina. Discover our experts' reviews and where Old Tabby Links ranks in our rankings
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Haig Point: Signature (Calibogue and The Haig)
4.1
64 Panelists
Haig Point's Signature course is one of the best courses in South Carolina. Read our experts reviews and discover how you can book a tee time
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Callawassie Island: Dogwood/Magnolia/Palmetto
Private
Callawassie Island: Dogwood/Magnolia/Palmetto
Callawassie Island, SC
4.1
40 Panelists
Callawassie Island is one of the best courses in South Carolina. Discover our experts' reviews and where Callawassie Island ranks in our rankings
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The Sea Pines Resort: Atlantic Dunes
Public
The Sea Pines Resort: Atlantic Dunes
Hilton Head Island, SC
4
96 Panelists
Overhauled by David Love III, Atlantic Dunes is the reconstruction of The Sea Pines Resort’s Ocean Course, Hilton Head’s first golf course. This lowcountry track features water on almost every hole, beautiful Spanish moss-draped oaks, and lurking gators, if you look close enough. The seaside feel of the course is accentuated by the native grasses and coquina shells scattered throughout.
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Hilton Head National Golf Club
Public
Hilton Head National Golf Club
Bluffton, SC
Hilton Head National is a Gary Player and Bobby Weed design located in Bluffton, a few miles from the bridge to Hilton Head Island. Unlike some nearby courses situated in residential areas, Hilton Head National has no houses on the course, giving it a secluded feel. The fairways are generally forgiving, though there are some tighter tee shots on the back nine. The sixth is a strong drivable par 4 for longer hitters, with a lagoon guarding the entire right side and bunkers on the left for those who bail out.
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Old South Golf Links
Public
Old South Golf Links
Bluffton, SC
Located just down the road from Hilton Head National in Bluffton, Old South has few homes on the course (much like its neighbor), which helps immerse golfers in the lowcountry setting. Though the course is not overly challenging, water or marshes come into play on nearly every hole, often set well back from the line of play. There is a nice mix of holes—some play inland with trees lining the fairways, while there are stretches that run along a large marshland area. There are some forced carries over water, notably at the seventh and 16th, where the tees, fairways and greens are all separated by marshlands. With rates routinely under $100, Old South provides nice value in a region of generally pricey green fees.
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