Reach the Summit at Country Club of Hilton Head

Country Club of Hilton HeadThe final golf course constructed inside the gates of Hilton Head Plantation, the Country Club of Hilton Head, rises above its peers literally and figuratively in a variety of ways.

Opened in 1987, the Rees Jones design is characterized by wide-open fairways that allow for maximum playability, smallish but frequently elevated greens that revert to a more traditional style instead of featuring multiple tiers and mile long putts and a bounty of strategically placed bunkers ready to smother an errant shot.

On the course’s signature hole, the par-5 12th, you’ll be able to make it to the peak of Hilton Head Island rather easily. As the dogleg left bends around the corner, a plaque is positioned on the right side of the fairway marks the highest point above sea level; a paltry 28 feet, 24 inches. It’s not exactly Mt. Kilimanjaro, but it is unique to the Country Club of Hilton Head.

As you approach the green on No. 12, you’ll be inundated with sharp saltwater smells as the breeze blows off of Skull Creek. From the green, golfers are treated to one of the most visually appealing scenes found on an area golf course; a wide panoramic of Skull Creek. 

The back nine is one memorable hole after another, including the 185-yard par-3 14th, and the 402-yard par-4 17th, a microcosm for a course that won’t deter golfers with driving obstacles from the forward tees, but at several points along the way, forces players utilizing the back tees to employ precision drives in order to safely navigate narrow chutes.

Country Club of Hilton HeadThe Country Club of Hilton Head, which is operated by the renowned Club Corp. management company, employs four sets of regulation tees, ranging from 5,600 yards and 6,900 yards, and as a certified U.S. Kids golf course, offers two sets of tees inside of 2,000 yards. This summer, the golf course will host a U.S. Kids Golf world qualifying tournament series that will send its champions to a three-day event in Pinehurst, N.C.
With an eye to the time sensitive nature of golf and an idea of how maintaining a proper rhythm can benefit a player’s game, the Country Club of Hilton Head has made keeping up with the expected pace of play a priority.

“The first thing we emphasize to our starters and rangers is that we want to run the tee on time,” said Gary Otto, head golf professional at the Country Club of Hilton Head. “It’s our goal to really enforce a good pace of play out here.”

One golfer who recently enjoyed a round at the course has this to say, “Finally a course which enforces pace of play! Our group played in four hours and 15 minutes. The rangers were polite and kept play moving.”

While it sounds like an upscale private club closed to the public, the Country Club of Hilton Head is open to everyone and accepts non-member tee times daily. The club also boasts strong, dedicated golf and social memberships. If you’re interested in becoming a member, contact Membership Director Dionne Mallon at 843-681-2582, ext. 123.

This spring, the Country Club of Hilton Head is hosting a number of instructional programs. Juniors ages 5 -15 are invited to participate in the spring season of the Junior Golf Association, which takes an upbeat approach to teaching juniors all aspects of the game. The club is operating programs for all beginners, whether they’re playing for the first time or returning to the game, as well as intermediate golfers who play on a regular basis, yet feel they are unable to break 100 on a consistent basis. For more details, contact Jeff Picus at 843-295-8888.


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