Three Hilton Head Golf Island Golf Packages for This Fall
Here on The Golf Island, fall is peak golf season. Daytime highs are in the 70s and 80s, there’s plenty of “cold beer and sunshine,” to borrow a line from our native son, Darius Rucker. Our 33 golf courses are in sublime condition as many transition to their winter rye grass overseed. Off the course, our world-class restaurants and local eateries shine October through December, with locally-sourced seafood, produce and meats adorning tables from Beaufort to Hilton Head Island.
Just in time for planning that autumn golf getaway, golfers and golf groups of all sizes can experience pure Lowcountry golf this fall with three packages from The Sea Pines Resort, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and the Heritage Golf Collection. Here’s the skinny on each offering, along with our recommended course lineup for maximizing your golf experience.
- The Sea Pines Resort
Host of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage and home of Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus’ famed Harbour Town Golf Links, The Sea Pines Resort’s Villa Golf Package can be tailored to golf groups of all sizes. Starting at $255 per night, per golfer, packages include a three-night stay in a fully-appointed resort villa, three rounds of golf – one each on Harbour Town, Heron Point by Pete Dye, and Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III – and same day, same course replays for $50 on Heron Point and Atlantic Dunes.
There are those who would argue that Heron Point by Pete Dye is one of the most challenging tracks on the island, much less at The Sea Pines Resort. But with Harbour Town Golf Links presenting a TOUR-level challenge right out of the gate, and Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III playing to a formidable slope rating of 143 from the tips, Heron Point is the de facto lead-off course at the “resort that Charles Fraser built.”
Atlantic Dunes slots in perfectly for the second round, preparing golfers for the final day’s crescendo at Harbour Town with its demanding shot values and pure Lowcountry scenery. And for the grand finale, Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus’ masterpiece awaits. The longtime RBC host site is the ultimate closer. And from the live oak-lined opening hole to the 18th along the Calibogue Sound, the famed layout delivers an unforgettable experience.
- Palmetto Dunes
For groups of 12 or more, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is offering a Golf Group Stay and Play Premier Package with two or three rounds on its George Fazio, Arthur Hills or renowned Robert Trent Jones Course. The package includes resort villa accommodations, green and cart fees, pro shop merchandise and dining discounts at Big Jim’s, the Dunes House and Alexander’s Restaurant and Wine Bar. Golf vacation planners are available to customize any trip.
Whereas golfers should save the marquee offering for last at The Sea Pines Resort, the flagship Robert Trent Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes is the ideal venue for kicking off your fall golf package at this oceanfront property. Widely considered the No. 2 course in the island behind Harbour Town, the “RTJ” Course features one of the island’s iconic holes in the par-5 10th, with its views of the Atlantic Ocean.
From there, it’s on to the George Fazio Course, the area’s only par-70. Sporting a slope of 144 from the 6,873-yard back tees, it’s considered by many to be the most challenging track on the island. With just two par 5s and a series of meaty par 4s, scoring opportunities are few and far between. Cap off the Golf Group Stay and Play Premier Package with 18 holes on the Arthur Hills Course, a languid layout routed over natural dune lines and around native lagoons.
- The Heritage Collection
The Heritage Golf Collection’s Birdies, Beaches and Brews is a wildly popular, all-inclusive experience featuring three nights’ accommodations at the Hampton Inn Hilton Head, three rounds of golf, free replays and range balls, breakfast, a complimentary beer, and one $100 gift card per golfer to be used on merchandise and food. The Heritage Collection includes Oyster Reef, designed by Rees Jones, Shipyard’s Clipper, Galleon and Brigatine courses and Port Royal’s Robber’s Row and Barony courses.
Logistically, and experientially, Oyster Reef is the natural place to begin your group’s Birdies, Beaches and Brews golf package. Located just pitching-wedge from Hilton Head Island Airport, this Rees Jones design plays over 7,000 yards from the back tees with a respectable 139-slope. Jones returned in 2018 to lead a full-scale bunker renovation project, restoring the course to its original splendor.
Next up is Robber’s Row at Port Royal Golf and Racquet Cub, a compelling collaboration by George Cobb and Willard Byrd that was later updated and modernized by Pete Dye. Finally, mix and match from among the three nines at Shipyard Golf Club. The Brigantine Nine pairs with either the Clipper or the Galleon to form a triumvirate of fun golf experiences.
The Bottom Line
Collectively, the Hilton Head Golf Island fall golf packages showcase several of South Carolina’s most vaunted venues while also introducing golfers to a bevy of lesser known but outstanding tracks. Few golf destinations can offer courses designed by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Rees Jones, Arthur Hills, George Fazio, George Cobb and Willard Byrd all within 15 minutes of each other.
For more information on Hilton Head Golf Island golf packages, courses, golf schools and events, visit www.hiltonheadgolfisland.com.
Perfect for “on-island” golf trips, American Airlines offers nonstop and one-stop service from multiple hub cities and connections to Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH) on the island’s north end. Seasonal Saturday flights to/from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) are also offered, as is year-round service from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) and seasonal service from Washington Reagan Airport (DCA), Chicago (ORD), Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) and Philadelphia (PHL).
Delta Air Lines Airlines also offers nonstop and one-stop service to HHI via its Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) hub with connections from 200+ cities worldwide. Golfers can also utilize Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV), with direct flights from numerous East Coast, Midwest and Texas airports. Additionally, Southwest Airlines service began in March with six flights from five markets.
For golfers who prefer to hit the open road, major metro areas in the Carolinas, Georgia and north Florida are under a half-day’s drive, while several Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern cities are seven to nine hours away.
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