Itinerary: A Winning Fall Golf Weekend on Hilton Head Island
Planning a golfing trip to Hilton Head Island? We don’t blame you. With more than 30 world-class championship courses, Hilton Head Island is a golfer’s paradise. And, let’s not forget to mention the Island’s “#1 Island in the Continental U.S.” designation this year by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine in their annual World’s Best poll.
We’re going to let you in on a little secret while you plan your trip: While spring brings golfers to Hilton Head Island in droves—the PGA Tour’s only stop in South Carolina is for the annual RBC Heritage tournament—fall is prime golfing time on Hilton Head Island. The weather’s a little cooler, our seafood is especially fresh, and the summer crowd has returned home. Whether you’re a beginner golfer or a seasoned pro, we want you to have the best golf weekend ever when you visit, so we’ve built you an itinerary to follow when you visit.
Friday: Arrive & Get Settled
Today’s all about getting to the Island and setting up for a great weekend. Fly into the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport for a warm, Southern welcome and enjoy the scenic drive to Hilton Head Island.
Check-in and unwind at your home base: The Inn & Club at Harbour Town. Recently named one of Travel + Leisure’s Top 10 Resort Hotels in the South in 2018’s World's Best Awards, the hotel’s legendary service and proximity to some of the Island’s finest courses at the Sea Pines Resort mean you can relax, recharge, and indulge while being just a short trip from the green.
Depending on your arrival time, you may already have some free time to check-in with the hotel about securing equipment, caddies, or any other questions about the courses you may have—they’ll be happy to help. If you want to take a swing already—go for it! If you’d rather get a full day in, spend a leisurely afternoon in the hotel’s boutique pool, or venture to Harbour Town to see the shops and the legendary Harbour Town Lighthouse.
Friday Evening: Dinner on the Docks
No matter how you spend your afternoon, you’ll have worked up an appetite come evening. For your first dinner on Hilton Head Island, we recommend venturing to the north of the Island for a change of scenery and a quintessential classic: Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks. You simply can’t visit Hilton Head Island without sampling the hush puppies, fresh shrimp, oysters, and other local delights from the sea. Plus, the sunset views with dinner can’t be compared.
Saturday Morning: Breakfast at Inn & Club at Harbour Town
36 holes of golf are calling your name and you can’t beat personal records without breakfast first thing. This morning, pick from a delicious selection of breakfast delights on the hotel’s celebrated menu before you hit the links.
Saturday Morning: Harbour Town Golf Links
This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. You’ll be spending the day on one of Hilton Head Island’s most treasured courses: The Harbour Town Golf Links. Here, each spring, the PGA tour stops for the annual RBC Heritage classic. Swing and tee off like a champion on one of the only courses that provides caddies to non-club members so you don’t have to worry about navigating the course.
Saturday Afternoon: Heron Point
Now that you’ve warmed up on a Hilton Head Island treasure, it’s time to test your skills on Heron Point. Between swings, inhale Hilton Head Island’s salty air and take in the beauty of the Lowcountry’s natural splendor: palmettos, marsh grasses, and Spanish moss. Even if your ball ends up in one of Pete Dye’s bunkers, who can stay frustrated when you’re surrounded by some of the greatest outdoors?
Saturday Evening: Dinner at Quarterdeck
After 36 holes, it’s time to refuel. You can’t leave Hilton Head Island without grabbing a bite at Quaterdeck Waterfront Dining. Enjoy pristine views of the Calibogue Sound and the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse while you sample some of the Island’s freshest seafood.
How you spend your evening after dinner is up to you! There is no shortage of entertainment in the restaurants and bars that line the Harbour Town Marina. We encourage you to grab a pint or a cocktail (or two!) and indulge in a slice of #LowcountryLife.
Sunday Morning: Brunch at Coast
Sunday brunch is a Southern staple. And, since you can’t leave Hilton Head Island before spending some time at the beach, you’ll be brunching seaside. Located at the world-class Sea Pines Beach Club, Coast Oceanfront Dining is where you’ll dig into Lowcountry delights with some of the best beach views around.
Once you’ve tasted the chef’s eggs benedict or the delicious crab cake sliders, make sure you take a stroll seaside on the beach. From there, it’s time to check-out and make your way home.
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