The Active Traveler’s Guide to Hilton Head Golf Island

‘Tis the season of delicious desserts (pumpkin pie, anyone?), pot lucks and buffet dinners, and indoor activities to avoid the cold. If you’ve overindulged in holiday goodies—or simply want a fun place to engage in outdoor activities without putting on 14 layers—we’ve got just the spot: Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI).

An active traveler’s dream, HHGI has something for everyone. Keep reading for some of our favorite activities.

  1. Play golf.

With a vast assortment of courses in and around Hilton Head Island, golf is a great way to see the area and to bond with your fellow travelers. Experience the charm of the Lowcountry including the natural landscape of live oaks, palmetto trees and wildlife – don’t be frightened if you encounter a gator or two. Check out this blog, “Five Fun Facts About Hilton Head Wildlife” for more on this topic. Plus, did you know walking 18 holes can burn up to 2,000 calories? Check out the infographic below from this year’s National Golf Day for more info on golf’s (many) fitness benefits. 

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If you stay at The Sea Pines Resort or Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, you’ll have access to three championship courses on-site. However, we would recommend venturing out beyond your accommodations, as well. For those who want to take a day trip, why not visit The Legends Golf Course at Parris Island, Sanctuary Golf Club at Cat Island or one of Fripp Island’s two courses?  

  1. Ride bikes.

There’s no better way to explore Hilton Head Island than on two wheels. Did you know Hilton Head has six miles of bike lanes and over 60 miles of paved shared-use paths? Check out this infographic for “The Biker’s Guide to Hilton Head Island.” In addition to being a wonderful (and healthy!) way to experience the island, biking is also great for the environment. An important part of Hilton Head’s culture, biking significantly reduces congestion and vehicular traffic. Take a leisurely ride along the beach, or easily bike to dinner and shopping. Combine the top two items on our list by renting a Golf Bike at Palmetto Dunes!

  1. Do watersports.

There’s certainly no shortage of watersports around Hilton Head Island. Jet skiing, kayaking, waterskiing, standup paddle boarding (SUP), windsurfing and parasailing are just a few of the many available activities. You might even be lucky enough to get up close to one of the many dolphins that call the waters surrounding Hilton Head home.

  1. Work out on the beach.

Something about the ocean breeze instantly makes any workout better. Run, walk, bike or do yoga by the water. Hilton Head’s wide, firm beach is perfect for pickup soccer games, paddle ball and fun with the entire family. Looking for more? Check out our the Lowcountry Life blog, “How to Stay in Shape on Vacation.” 

  1. Hike.

What Hilton Head lacks in elevation, it makes up for in flora and fauna. The island is home to numerous trails, each of which leads to a point of interest and is accessible from sunrise to sunset. Also, just over the bridge is Pinckney Island, home to a 3.5 mile trail completely bordered by water that will make you feel as if you have been transported back in time.