The Robert Trent Jones golf course at Palmetto Dunes is considered to be one of the best golf courses in the Southeast. Take advantage of available packages and book a golf trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina to play on this beautiful course!Learn More
by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel
Arthur Hills took full advantage of the Lowcountry’s dramatic coastal beauty when he designed this award-winning course at Palmetto Dunes. Tucked within the serene enclave of Leamington, this shot-maker’s favorite offers continuous lines of dunes, a rolling layout, numerous water hazards and thick stands of palmettos. This course emphasizes accuracy and precision over distance, providing formidable challenges at every turn.
The picture-perfect setting of this mature course stands apart as a time-honored favorite with golfers and attracts dozens of species of birds as well as alligators and deer. In addition, the course is home to one of the Lowcountry’s most historic lighthouses, the Hilton Head Range Light Station, which guided ships into Port Royal Sound beginning in the late 1800’s.
The Hills course offers off-balance lies and ocean breezes as well as an extensive network of lagoons winding through 10 different holes. This popular layout has earned a much-deserved reputation as one the island’s best golf experiences. For precision play and natural beauty, this layout simply can’t be beat.
Your round begins on the medium-length par 4. Favor the right center of the fairway off the tee and be careful with club selection on the second shot. The wind and a shallow green can make this approach difficult.
This short par 4 is a preview of things to come. Favor placement over length off the tee here; right center of the fairway is the ideal position. A deep green, with out of bounds left and water right, requires that you plan an exacting approach shot.
On this short par 3 over water, check the wind before making your club selection. Aim for the center of the green.
Time for your driver. The tee shot should favor the right center of the fairway to avoid out of bounds on the left. Club selection on the approach to this deep green will vary depending on the hole location.
Put the driver away. Aim for the 150-yard post from the tee; this fairway narrows considerably as you approach the green. The second shot plays slightly longer to an elevated green.
Favor the right-center of the fairway off the tee; the tall grass to the left will show you anything but "love". Position the second shot to the right for a better approach angle to this sloping green.
Grab the driver and let it rip; the fairway is open and inviting. Though downhill, the second shot is usually into the wind and plays longer than the yardage. The center of the green is a good target.
This tricky par 3 plays longer than it appears and is usually into the wind. Take note of the pin placement; the further right it is, the more club you'll need.
On this tight driving hole, going with driver is not always the wise play as it is difficult to get home in two. Lay up near the 150-yard marker to avoid the water that fronts the left side of the green. The slightly downhill approach plays somewhat shorter.
Favor the right side off the tee on this dogleg left. There's considerable trouble around the green, so aim for the center.
This is a pretty, downhill par 3. It plays from an elevated tee to a deep, well-bunkered green.
To paraphrase Arthur Hills, "The fun starts here". Water guards the entire right side of this hole. Line up left of the 150-yard post off the tee. The fairway narrows as you near the green. Take plenty of club on the approach shot.
On this long par 5, you face a forced carry over water off the tee and more water fronts the green. Favor the left side off the tee and be careful on the second shot as the landing area narrows beyond the 150-yard post. The approach shot is short, but treacherous.
Favor the right side off the tee for a clear view of the green. But pay attention to the pin placement on this two-tiered green before you play your approach shot.
On this short par 3, judging the pin placement can be surprisingly tricky. The very deep green is divided in two by a swale in the middle. Hilton Head Island's first and oldest lighthouse privides a scenic backdrop.
This short par 4 is filled with trouble. Favor the left side off the tee and keep your guard up on the approach. Pin placements on this deep green can vary by as much as 20 yards.
Take plenty of club off the tee; the landing area is deeper than it appears. The difficult approach is to a green guarded by water in front, out of bounds to the left and woods to the rear. The green is angled away from you, so take plenty of club to a right side pin placement.