Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes

The Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes is one of three golf courses on the resort. Palmetto Dunes’ Arthur Hills design offers a spectacular layout, but unfortunately that’s about it. With narrow tee shots, doglegs and plenty of water in play, the Hills course is a test for all skill levels. The course is not long at 6,651 yards from the tips, but still plays tough due to most of the holes requiring accuracy off the tee. While primarily a tight course, there are a handful of wide open fairways that provide for great scoring opportunities. I was most disappointed in the course conditions. The greens, tee boxes snd fairways had some spotty dead spots, which is never something a golfer wants to see on a resort course. What frustrated me the most was the green side bunkers. I’ve never played green side bunkers with that much sand in them, which created plugged lies in the middle of the bunkers and should never happen. Myself and another gentleman in my group had plugged lies in the flattest point of the bunker, which is just inexcusable. Pouring more sand into a bunker does not solve any problems and just creates new ones. Unfortunately, not even the par 4 17th hole, which is arguably my favorite golf hole on the island, cannot save this course and it’s horrible conditions. At a $125 – $163 online price point I would say the Arthur Hills course at Palmetto Dunes is by far the worst value on Hilton Head Island. Even at a discounted rate of $104, the course is still over priced for the horrible conditions. The conditions must be the reason the rates were reduced. To market themselves as a resort course that prices competitively to Sea Pines, I am extremely disappointed in the clear lack of effort and resources Palmetto Dunes puts into the Arthur Hills course, especially when their other courses are in good shape. I cannot recommend the Arthur Hills course until Palmetto Dunes takes care of and addresses the issue in course condition.

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