The best part of Hilton Head Island is all of the choices: Where to stay, where to golf, where to eat, what to do.
I’ve made several golf trips out of state recently and Hilton Head Island still wins in the options category.
Just do the numbers. There are 6,000 rooms in which to lay your head, 200+ restaurants in which to eat, more than two dozen courses on the 12-mile Island on which to golf and a dozen more just over the bridge. There is biking, fishing, sailing, kayaking, tennis, horseback riding and of course, beachcombing. It has it all and it will most graciously share.
Read this carefully. You can’t go wrong. True, some restaurants are better than others, some accommodations have one or two more stars and only a few courses have ocean views. But those are details, people. Fact: If you are disappointed, tell someone (nicely) and they’ll do whatever they can to fix it. But those instances are rare.
The best part of a vacation on Hilton Head Island or Daufuskie Island or in Bluffton is you can dial in exactly what you want, from the basics to the stratosphere. Now that you understand the rule that you can’t really, truly go wrong, let’s nitpick.
Who has the best 19th hole?
Here are my top three: The nicest pub is at Palmetto Hall. Just sitting in the library makes you feel smarter. The most interesting mix of people is at the clubhouse shared by Heron Point and the Ocean course in The Sea Pines Resort. When I was there, I met an attorney-turned-bartender and a few crusty old golfers who regaled us with stories. The best deck is overlooking the 9th green of Harbour Town Golf Links. I liken it to the balcony of Buckingham Palace only in reverse. You get to see the golf royalty approach you.
Please, before anyone tosses drinks sans containers my way because I left off a favorite, let me reiterate. You can’t go wrong. All the options are just different shades of white, slight distinctions within near perfection. Sitting on the deck at Island West or Eagle’s Pointe is equally awesome. For instance, make sure you check out the furniture at Shipyard’s pub. Really regal. The Country Club of Hilton Head has one of the most welcoming decks. You’ll want to take up residency there. No matter where you go, it’s going to
So, what’s your favorite 19th hole on Hilton Head, Daufuskie or Bluffton? Don’t be shy — remember the rule. There is no wrong answer.