Hilton Head National

Legendary Hall of Famer Gary Player might be just as accomplished as a story teller. Asked once about his incredible energy and lust for life, he said, “because once you sit on your backside, you die. I’ve got to keep active, it’s what keeps me young ” With an attitude like that, it’s easy to believe him when he first saw the site for Hilton Head National Golf Club

“Imagine the thrill of being handed 300 acres of beautifully treed, rich Carolina bottom land and being told to ‘Give it your best shot!’ As you'll see, we did just that. Now it's your turn.”

Your turn indeed, to be tested by a course that is Pure Player. First of all, there’s a lot of it, 27-holes on three unique, yet equally challenging nines. But it is the sounds of silence that will at first surprise you, then capture you, then likely be a reason for your return. Though just off busy Highway 278 within a mile of the Hilton Head bridges, Hilton Head National is stunningly quiet.

There are no homes, no construction noise, just an occasional screech from a member of the abundant wildlife that co-habitate quite nicely with birdie-hunters of a different kind. You’ll hear the call of the birdie-hunter too, on a course that’s not long, but is challenging in a Player-friendly way.

Player’s original 18, the “Player” and “National” nines were joined in 1999 when up-and-coming Pete Dye protégé Bobby Weed wove a third nine through the pines, just after his remarkable collaboration with Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen on The Slammer and Squire at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL. The three nines create three distinct 18-hole combinations, or even a great day of golf by playing all 27!
Many courses love to brag about their “improvements” and “upgrades”, but in the case of Hilton Head National, there’s not much to improve upon. The courses continue to be meticulously maintained, and the layout, with very few forced carries and many opportunities to play run-up shots into receptive greens, actually helps with pace-of-play.

Like many Player designs, accuracy is more important than distance and imagination rules over all. All three nines play around 3000 yards from the middle tees, and you can still hit driver on most of the par-4s and par-5s, but a little course knowledge might lead you to try to play smarter rather than longer. Most of the holes have fairly generous landing areas, but tighten considerably around the greens.

Two of the course’s most well-known holes are the potentially driveable par-4s, Player #2 and Weed #6, but both are treacherously narrow. The Player hole is bordered by wetlands on both sides, the Weed test with the largest lake on the entire course running down the entire right side, then wrapping around the green.

Hilton Head National Golf Club has the kind of friendly customer service and attention to detail you’d expect from Gary Player. And while Player once said, “Golf is a puzzle with no answer,” Hilton Head National has on staff not one, or two, but five different PGA professionals to help you solve those riddles.

For more information and the latest specials (particularly their popular extra-play or re-plays), visit online at www.golfhiltonheadnational.com or call them at (843) 842-5900.



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