Hilton Head National - Where Playability and Value Never Take a Round Off

Hilton Head National - Where Playability and Value Never Take a Round OffWhether it’s the clubs they swing, the balls they play or the clothes they wear, golfers are inherently creatures of habit; we find something we like and that works for us and we stick with it. Nowhere is this truer than in the golf courses we play, as familiarity, comfort and confidence can
breed better than average rounds.

While we appreciate and choose to play golf courses for different reasons, certain elements are always front and center – playability, conditioning and value. For more than two decades, Hilton Head National has consistently delivered all three of those attributes on its way to becoming one of the most popular and played daily-fee courses in the Hilton Head Island area.

Located a mile from the bridge to Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head National is 27-hole facility that features 18 holes designed by the legendary Gary Player and another 9 crafted by the acclaimed Bobby Weed. 

More than golf, Hilton Head National is “core golf” as all three nines run unencumbered by housing developments or commercial areas. It’s just you, the course and an abundance of wildlife that exemplifies its surroundings. In other words, it’s golf the way it was meant to be played.

Hilton Head National

That quality and value is going to be improved upon this summer when the course shuts down the National nine for a makeover. At the core of the work, which is expected to take about three months, all nine greens will be rebuilt and re-surfaced with TifEagle grass, the same used on the adjacent Weed nine.

While the National will be closed essentially the entire summer, the combination of the Player and Weed nines still provides golfers with a stern but enjoyable 18-hole test of golf. The newer of the two, the Weed nine is the perfect complement to the Player and is notable for the variety in its par 4s, highlighted by the 300-yard par-4 sixth, which is vintage Weed.

Hilton Head NationalThe short but tight hole is a gambler’s dream as driving the green could net an eagle, but also brings water on the right and deep bunkers on the left into play. Guaranteed this hole will be among the most memorable of the round.

The Player, perhaps the most challenging of the three nines, isn’t without its own memorable holes. The 294-yard par-4 second is another one of those risk/reward holes, where a well-struck driver brings eagle into play, but a wayward one into the protected area left or the woods right can result in a double-bogey or worse.

The Player features two of the most challenging par-3s you’ll find in the area, including the 175-yard par-3 eighth that requires a full carry over a large lake that fronts the main entryway onto Hilton Head Island.

Even with the National on hiatus, Hilton Head National remains one of the most enjoyable golf experiences in Hilton Head, and with a number of summer specials and re-play programs, it’s also among the best values in the area. For current specials, visit www.golfhiltonheadnational.com or call the course directly at 843.842.5900, you’ll be glad you did.


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