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George Fazio course

Architect George Fazio
Director of Golf Clark Sinclair
Spring Aeration April 20 - 24, 2020
August Aeration Aug 24 - 26, 2020
2019 Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor

Tough to beat. Impossible not to enjoy.

Hilton Head Island’s only par-70 public golf course, the George Fazio course at Palmetto Dunes is one of the island’s most distinctive and challenging layouts. Many golfers regard it as the most challenging public course on the island, but don’t let that intimidate you. It is designed to be a true but fair test for golfers of all skill levels.

One of the youngest golf courses to be featured on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Best, it was also recently named South Carolina Golf Course of the Year by the SC Golf Course Owners Association. With only two par 5s, the heart of the course lies in a series of long par 4s, beginning with the 432-yard first hole and ending with the 462-yard 18th. With new state-of-the-art Diamond Zoysia greens, the Fazio Course delivers a peak golf experience you’re sure to remember.

Course features

  • Golf Bikes
  • Clubhouse & Fazio Grill
  • Diamond Zoyzia greens
  • Exclusive “Birdie Ball” practice facility
  • Golf Carts with Visage™ GPS Mobile Golf System
  • On-site golf shop with apparel & accessories
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Course and slope ratings

Tee (Men) USGA Slope
Gold 74.7 144
Blue 73.0 139
White 70.8 130
Green 67.6 117
Red 65.5 114
Tee (Women) USGA Slope
White 76.1 135
Green 71.6 121
Red 69.2 120

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Long but forgiving off the tee, the opening hole favors a drive down the right side. The approach to this long, narrow green, flanked on the left by out-of-bounds, can play even longer into the wind.

Yards

Gold Blue White Green Black Red
432 393 385 365 355 181

Stay right off this tee. Don't go for the green in two; water short right, a bunker short left and a tall tree guard this green. The smart play is to lay up to 150-100 yards out. The shallow, one-club green is raised in the middle.

Yards

Gold Blue White Green Red Black
562 522 487 453 412 268

A long bunker on the right and a small bunker on the left guard this fairway. Play to the 150-yard post. This deep, elevated green is guarded on the right by two deep bunkers. A back pin placement may require an additional 2-3 clubs on your approach.

Yards

Gold Blue White Green Red Black
412 412 396 351 282 192

This par 3 requires an exacting shot to an elevated, two-tiered green with two bunkers short left. Make sure you have enough club and be wary of a back left pin placement. Out-of-bounds lurks just to the left of the green.

Yards

Gold Blue White Green Red Black
205 195 190 164 137 137

Tee shots to the left of the 150-yard post may be blocked by trees, so stay to the right and leave yourself an open shot to the green. Elevated, small and protected on the right by a large bunker, this green can be tough to hit. Choose your club wisely.

Yards

Gold Blue White Green Red Black
389 372 364 289 295 185

Check the wind; being short is not an option. A front left pin placement can be tricky. Long or anything left are good bailouts here.

Yards

Gold Blue White Green Red Black
180 167 156 130 100 100

This wide fairway runs downhill past the 15-yard post toward the lagoon. Do not miss this long narrow green to the left. Pin placement on this elevated green can make a 2-3 club difference on your approach shot, especially into the wind.

Yards

Gold Blue White Green Red Black
414 374 359 332 320 203

This demanding, uphill tee shot is to a crowned fairway and requires commitment and precision. A well-bunkered, elevated green makes the approach play long. Take plenty of club and check the wind.

Yards

Gold Blue White Green Red Black
431 422 421 346 342 90

Getting past the fairway bunkers opens up the left side; otherwise, it's a narrow landing area between them. The 45-yard deep green is only 20 paces wide. Large bunkers protect its entire left side; the only bailout is on the right.

Yards

Gold Blue White Green Red Black
421 409 385 356 321 195

A tee shot down the right side is good here, but pay attention to the right fairway bunker. A smart lay-up to 100 yards leaves a wedge to a wide, shallow green. Don't miss a front left pin long, as out-of- bounds lurks just beyond the left side of the green.

Yards

Gold Blue White Green Red Black
513 513 485 446 438 316

A long tee shot at the water tower can cut the corner or you can play between the bunkers. This elevated green has a valley running through the middle that runs off the back. A long approach here can find water... and alligators. A back right pin placement may require an extra club.

Yards

Gold Blue White Green Red Black
394 376 364 304 278 191

This slight dog-leg left narrows past the 150-yard post, making placement off the tee critical. Trees to the left can block your approach so favor the right side. The wind can be tricky here. Another small, elevated green, guarded in the front by two large bunkers, runs very close to out-of-bounds long and left.

Yards

Gold Blue White Green Red Black
387 364 319 300 275 217

A tee shot to the left of the 150-yard post on this dogleg left may get blocked by trees. Stay straight and you'll have less than 150 yards for your approach. A small, two-tiered green, high on the left side and low on the right, requires precise iron play.

Yards

Gold Blue White Green Red Black
386 366 354 272 263 167

Attention to wind direction is crucial for proper club selection here. Trouble is short and left, and the tree on the right can come into play. Be smart and take an extra club.

Yards

Gold Blue White Green Red Black
185 164 150 141 123 123

This long par 4 opens up past the mound down the right side; the only trouble is the bunker on the left. A good approach shot must clear the front bunkers to find this small green. A back right pin placement can be tough to find, so play to the middle of the green.

Yards

Gold Blue White Green Red Black
445 414 410 377 342 175

Our Fazio Signature Hole. This fairway is flanked by large bunkers, making accuracy a must. Anything beyond the right bunkers can find water. The approach to this long, narrow green can play very long into the wind. With a bunker left and water right, there's no bail out. Choose your club and go for it.

Yards

Gold Blue White Green Red Black
425 416 403 351 349 230

This is one of the finest par 3 holes on Hilton Head Island. Wind is important because a shot that is short will find the water. The only smart play is to the middle of the green. If you're lucky enough to find the putting surface, take your two putts and move on.

Yards

Gold Blue White Green Red Black
230 210 187 126 122 122
Only straignt tee shots will find the fairway. Cut the corner on the right and you may get blocked by trees. This elevated green is guarded by two large bunkers right and one left, with out-of-bounds long and left. Check the wind and be sure you have enough club for your approach.

Yards

Gold Blue White Green Red Black
462 445 424 375 350 292

Dining at Palmetto Dunes

When you’re ready to take a break for a quick bite or a relaxing meal, choose from southern favorites at Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza, or enjoy Hilton Head’s best fish tacos at The Dunes House - one of the island’s favorite beachfront destinations. Alexander’s Restaurant and Wine Bar is also available for fine dining every evening.

Stucco vacation rental home with pool

A vacation home to call your own

Golf at Palmetto Dunes is destination golf. That’s why we make staying at the resort easy. With private home and villa rentals available in a variety of sizes right on the course, accommodating any size group is a pleasure. And staying on the resort property gives you exclusive perks and privileges.