Hilton Head Island Golf Scene

  • Shanshan Feng could spark a Chinese golf boom

    By Lance Hanlin When Se Ri Pak won two majors as a rookie in 1998, it sparked a golf revolution in South Korea. Today, women’s golf is dominated by players from the small mountainous country. South Korea’s much larger neighbor to the west is primed to have a similar type of explosion, with 23-year-old professional Shanshan Feng leading the charg ...

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  • Restored and refreshed: Palmer approves renovation of Old Tabby Links

    By Lance Hanlin Arnold Palmer walked off the 18th green at Old Tabby Links and put both thumbs in the air, signaling his approval. “The Tabby Links live on, and it will live on for a long time,” Palmer proclaimed. The Arnold Palmer Design Company first opened the private, marsh-framed layout on Spring Island to much acclaim in 1992. The goal o ...

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  • Free, unlimited private golf lessons for members at Island West, Pinecrest

    At Island West and Pinecrest, membership definitely has its privileges. In the spring and fall of 2011, Brown Golf Management purchased the two popular Bluffton golf courses. Owner John Brown immediately implemented an alluring enrollment program, offering members access to both courses, all practice facilities and complimentary golf lessons. To head up th ...

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  • Focus on Pure Golf Makes Hilton Head National a Local Favorite

    By Lance Hanlin, lhanlin@golfersguide.comWith 58 courses, Hilton Head Island and the surrounding area is considered one of the top golfing destinations in the United States. Many local courses are nationally recognized. One is globally recognized. Some are overrated, some are underrated. Some are for low handicappers, others are for high handicappers. Some ...

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  • Hilton Head Lakes Sees Bright Future Under New Developer

    By Lance Hanlin, lhanlin@golfersguide.com After five years of fighting a down economy, a soft real estate market and a flat golf industry, things are looking up for The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes. The 18-hole championship course survived the failed Tradition Hilton Head development, two brief closures and a court-appointed receiver as new ownership shi ...

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  • Dataw Unveils Renovated Morgan River Course

    By Lance Hanlin, lhanlin@golfersguide.comAfter two years and $5.4 million in renovations, Dataw Island residents now have access to two upgraded championship golf courses. Improvements inside the 870-acre gated community started with the acclaimed Cotton Dike course in 2010 and ended with the unveiling of the new Morgan River course last month. Residents, ...

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  • Argent Lakes Now Offers 18 Holes of Executive Golf

    By Lance Hanlin, lhanlin@golfersguide.com Sun City opened the final six holes of its Argent Lakes course in August, giving the Lowcountry its only 18-hole executive course. It’s the third and final course located inside of the age-restricted master planned community. The first was Okatie Creek, a traditional Parkland layout with lawn-like fairways a ...

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  • Hampton Hall: Unique course with unique history

    Play the course Dye almost didn’t build By Lance Hanlin, lhanlin@golfersguide.com Most Americans remember where they were on Sept. 11, 2001. Golf course architect Pete Dye was in Bluffton the day before, looking at a patch of property John Reed, Gary Rowe and the Toll Brothers wanted to transform into a golf course. Dye wasn’t sure if he w ...

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  • HHIAGA still growing after 29 years

    Association gives local golfers opportunity to meet, play top courses By Lance Hanlin, lhanlin@golfersguide.com The Hilton Head Island Amateur Golf Association was founded back in 1983 as a way to give amateur golfers on island and in the surrounding area a chance to meet fellow players, compete in tournaments and play some the best courses in the Lowc ...

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  • Pete Dye: The Last Living Design Legend

    Legendary architect still going strong at 86 By Lance Hanlin, lhanlin@golfersguide.com Pete Dye became a golf course architect almost by default. At 35, he was running a successful insurance business in Indianapolis when he received a call from a local farmer that wanted to build a course south of the city. “He wanted to know if I could find some ...

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