Five Aces On Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island seeking a memorable golf experienceGolfer’s come to Hilton Head Island seeking a memorable golf experience. They expect perfect golf conditions, impeccable course conditioning, challenging layouts and friendly service.

While this standard of golf can be found throughout the Hilton Head area, one impressive portfolio of courses is providing such a high quality of challenging, diversified and rewarding golf that visitors to the island need to look no further when making tee time plans for their entire stay.

Robber’s Row, Planter’s Row and Barony Course at Port Royal Golf Club join Shipyard Golf Club and Oyster Reef Golf Club in creating as dynamic, varied and enjoyable a collection of golf courses as there is in the South Carolina Lowcountry. While each course boasts its own unique character and challenges, all five have been expertly designed by some of the biggest names in golf, including Pete Dye, Rees Jones and George Cobb, and enjoy unrivaled course conditioning and customer service.

Port Royal Plantation The portfolio of courses allows for a number of multi-play packages that include golf at all or some of these terrific layouts. And with such a diverse collection of layouts, golfers receive a true taste of the Hilton Head golf experience, experiencing a different course every time out.

Yet no matter which of the five courses golfers choose, they’re sure to find layouts that have enjoyed recent improvements to ensure their playability. Each of the five courses has undergone significant restorations during the past several years, which included work on the greens, tee boxes, bunkers and landscaping.

At Port Royal Plantation, Barony and Robber’s Row have received completely rebuilt greens in the past two years, with the third course – Planter’s Row – schedule to receive new greens in 2004. The same is true at Shipyard Plantation, where all 27 holes have received new state-of-the-art Champion Bermuda greens during the past two years.

Robber’s Row at Port Royal Golf ClubRobber’s Row, perhaps the most challenging of the Port Royal trio, received the biggest facelift last year with the restoration of all its 18 greens. One of only two Pete Dye-designed public courses in the Hilton Head area, the course now features a set of greens that run fast, putt true and offer the most challenging undulations in the area. The longest of the Port Royal courses, Robber’s Row is cut from beautiful stands of magnolias and live oaks and runs through Civil War grounds, which include historical markers throughout the layout. The course is considered among the most women friendly on Hilton Head, largely due to its lack of forced carries.

Planter’s Row, an impressive Willard Byrd design, is perhaps one of the most challenging driving courses on Hilton Head. Known for its tight, tree-lined fairways, Planter’s Row demands the perfect combination of accuracy and distance. Only 50 yards shorter than Robber’s Row, Planter’s Row features numerous hazards, undulating greens and not a single residential neighborhood encroaching on its fairways.

By contrast, the Barony Course offers wide fairways that invite a more aggressive style of play. Perfect for the family outing or beginning golfers, the Barony features open fairways and scenery that is among the finest in the area. Like its sister courses, Barony has received considerable work recently, including new Champion Bermuda green surfaces and extensive bunker work.

Located only a few miles from Port Royal Plantation, Shipyard Golf Club features 27 of the most challenging holes on Hilton Head. The former home of the Hilton Head Seniors Invitational, Shipyard features three interconnecting nine hole layouts designed through a collaboration between Willard Byrd and George Cobb.

Hilton Head PlantationLocated on Hilton Head’s south end, Shipyard’s natural beauty is enhanced by the numerous lagoons and ponds that also serve to provide much of the course’s challenging layout. The layout offers great views of Hilton Head’s wildlife, including the occasional alligator sunning himself on the bank of a lagoon.

Like the Port Royal trio, Shipyard has enjoyed significant improvements during the past several years, including new Champion Bermuda green complexes, extensive bunker work and landscape upgrades.

Located in beautiful Hilton Head Plantation, Oyster Reef Golf Club is among the most popular courses on the island. In fact, in 2002, the course was voted the second most popular public course on the island by readers of Hilton Head Monthly Magazine . The course, which several years ago received new TifEagle greens, has received numerous accolades since opening in 1982, including being named of the Top 25 New Courses in America.

Carved from 190 acres of Lowcountry terrain, Rees Jones created a spectacular course that is highlighted by beautiful lagoons, lush vegetation and unforgettable views of the Port Royal Sound.

For more information on any of these courses and to inquire about a multi-play package including golf and accommodations, call 843 689-GOLF.


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