Hilton Head Golf Island: Easily Accessible by Car, Plane, and Boat

The last thing you want to worry about when planning a golf getaway is how you’re going to reach your vacation destination. While Hilton Head Golf Island may feel like it’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is surprisingly accessible.

Situated in the southernmost part of South Carolina, “Golf Island” is an easy drive from North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Check out the infographic below for details on mileage and average drive times from nearby cities.

Hilton Head Island driving distance infographic

Keep reading for a sample weekend golf getaway itinerary.  

Friday: Take the day off of work and make the leisurely drive to Hilton Head in the morning. Before you reach the island, stop off at Island West Golf Club in Bluffton for an early afternoon round. Designed by Fuzzy Zoeller, this track is just what you’d expect from the Major Champion: fun and entertaining. The rolling, tree-lined course was built around marshland giving you a lovely welcome to the natural beauty of the Lowcountry.

As you make your way to Hilton Head, you’ll notice it feels like you’ve entered a different world from the moment you drive over the bridge. Enjoy the short trip to the east side of the island and check into your accommodations at the expansive Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. You’ll likely want to make a game plan for the non-golf activities you want to enjoy at the resort. Tennis, kayaking and biking on the beach are just a few of the many options. After you’ve finished planning your weekend, reward yourself with a trip to Shelter Cove Harbour for dinner.

Saturday: Wake up early to prepare for your tee time at Palmetto Dunes’ George Fazio course. Hilton Head’s only public par-70 layout, the Fazio course was named the 2014 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year by the S.C. Golf Course Owners’ Association. This stimulating course is known for its challenging four finishing holes: three well-bunkered par 4s and the par-3 17th over water with out-of-bounds creeping in from the left.

After lunch – there are many great restaurants at Palmetto Dunes – why not head to The Sea Pines Resort to play the 2017 S.C. Golf Course of the Year, Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III? (Fun Fact: The 2016 Course of the Year, Heron Point by Pete Dye, shares a clubhouse with Atlantic Dunes.) A complete reconstruction of the Ocean Course – the first layout on Hilton Head – Atlantic Dunes features a pronounced seaside ambience accented by coquina shells and seaside grass.

Following your round, continue with the ocean theme by enjoying dinner and drinks at the Sea Pines Beach Club.

Sunday: Fully embrace the area’s natural beauty with a round at Oyster Reef Golf Club. Carved out of 190 acres of breathtaking Lowcountry terrain, this championship course is surrounded by winding lagoons, lush vegetation and scenic views of the Island.

Take as many photos as you can to remember your wonderful golf getaway to Hilton Head before driving back home.  

For those not based in the southeast, direct flights to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) are available year-round from 14 cities including Boston, New York, Cleveland, Chicago and Dallas. Nonstop flights from a handful of other cities including Toronto, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh, are available seasonally.

Check out our Father’s Day itinerary for inspiration for your trip.

Hilton Head Airport (HHH) offers limited American Airlines flights and also features a private side. Additionally, those traveling by boat have plenty of docking options including Harbour Town Yacht Basin and Shelter Cove Harbour.

Whether you prefer to travel by car, plane or boat, Hilton Head is easy to reach. With wonderful weather and fewer crowds than in summer, autumn is an ideal time to visit. Why not plan a fall golf vacation to Hilton Head today?