Hilton Head Island golf – one of the best in the nation

Hilton Head Island in South Carolina is rated one of the top ten family beaches in the country and is also known as one of the most family friendly vacation destinations in the country. There’s over 250 restaurants, 200 stores in which to find your perfect island souvenir, plenty of accommodations to fit any budget and more outdoor excursions than you can shake a stick at. Excursions like parasailing, hang gliding, kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding, canoeing, fishing, surfing, as well as over 50 miles of biking and hiking trails.

Although only12 miles long and five miles wide, this little island promises a vacation packed full of adventure.

For those kindred spirits who enjoy chasing the little white ball, there’s over 24 Hilton Head golf courses to test your mettle with.

Hilton Head Island was listed by Golf Digest as the #10 golf destination in the world. With this many courses, it’s hard to go wrong if you’re on the hunt for a good family and golf vacation destination.

A variety of designers can be found in the Hilton Head golf courses, names like Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus , Arthur Hills, and one of my favorites, Reese Jones.

The course that really intrigues me is the Arthur Hills Course out at  Palmetto Hall Plantation Club. This Par 72 course opened it’s doors in 1991 and from the tips, it measures out to 6918 yards. The course rating is 74 and the slope is 140, meaning this course is no slouch. In 1991, it was listed on Golf Magazines “Top 10 New Courses” and Hilton Heads top three layouts.

It’s an Arthur Hills design and he has a reputation of creating difficult courses that demand accuracy. He also puts an emphasis on creating environmentally friendly courses, which is pretty awesome. On this course in particular, there’s a trouble spot or two on every hole, many of which are understated and if found, will leave you begging for mercy.

The really cool part of this course is the fact that it was built on an old Civil War garrison. When the war started in 1861, Hilton Head was an early victory for the Union, they sent 77 ships from Virginia. On board were 13,000 troops, 1500 horses, 500 surf boats, and 1,000 laborers to build a town and fortress for the blockade of the South. A couple months later on Hilton Head, they established the headquarters for the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. The squadrons mission was to prevent the Confederacy from exporting cotton and importing supplies from Europe. The Island became the transfer point for prisoners of war and the wounded as well as Union Soldiers on their way to battle and tons of supplies.

I imagine you could stumble upon some pretty cool stuff whilst searching for a stray ball or two. I wouldn’t search too hard on the 18th hole however, it’s home to “the alligator,” whose become something of a landmark on the hole.

With some many golf courses in such close proximity, cheap hilton head tee times is another benefit of golfing on Hilton Head Island.

What are your thoughts on golf in Hilton Head, S.C?

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