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Best golf courses near Hilton Head, SC

Below, you’ll find a list of courses near Hilton Head, SC. There are 56 courses within a 15-mile radius of Hilton Head, 30 of which are public courses and 22 are private courses. There are 48 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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Oldfield
Private
Oldfield
Okatie, SC
4
25 Panelists
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Wexford
Private
Wexford
Hilton Head Island, SC
3.9
72 Panelists
Wexford in Hilton Head Island is one of the best courses in South Carolina. Discover our experts' reviews and where Wexford ranks in our rankings
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Private
Berkeley Hall: South Course
Bluffton, SC
3.9
77 Panelists
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Riverton Pointe Golf and Country Club
Private
Riverton Pointe Golf and Country Club
Hardeeville, SC
3.8
46 Panelists
Formerly known as Hampton Pointe, this property was renovated and rebranded in 2021 as an upscale residential community called Riverton Pointe, with a golf course completely overhauled by Nicklaus Design. The layout shows off the Lowcountry setting with holes that twist through forests of native pine and oak and bend around lagoons, studded by large, ornately sculptured bunkers and rippling greens with short-grass runoffs.
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The Sea Pines Resort: Heron Point
Public
The Sea Pines Resort: Heron Point
Hilton Head Island, SC
3.7
79 Panelists
With the goal of making the course more playable for an average golfer, Pete Dye modified this Hilton Head course by adding several tee boxes and enlarging a handful of the greens. However, Heron Point still maintains a tough test with its risk-reward holes, Dye-signature mounding and water-guarded greens. Additionally, the Sea Pines resort course conserves and protects its natural landscape, which led to its certification as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
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Palmetto Dunes Resort: Arthur Hills
Public
Palmetto Dunes Resort: Arthur Hills
Hilton Head Island, SC
3.5
68 Panelists
When the Arthur Hills course at Palmetto Dunes Resort opened in the mid-1980s, there was no rough. Instead, the holes were protected by the natural mounding and contouring of the landing areas. They have since added rough, but with less than 20 bunkers in play on the entire course, the prominent mounding remains the distinctive feature. Live oaks frame many of the landing areas, which are occasionally quite narrow and semi-blind from the tees. The course is one of three layouts at this Hilton Head Island resort.
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Oyster Reef Golf Club
Public
Oyster Reef Golf Club
Hilton Head Island, SC
Situated on the north end of Hilton Head Island, Oyster Reef is a Rees Jones design that plays on 190 acres of South Carolina lowcountry, weaving through lagoons, live oaks and pines. With plenty of doglegs through tree-lined corridors, the course demands accuracy off the tee to set up clear approach shots to the greens. There are some sprawling bunkers with jagged tongues that enhance the aesthetics and strategic value of the course. The par-3 sixth is the standout hole at Oyster Reef, as it plays to a green set against the Port Royal Sound, offering a serene ocean view.
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