Hilton Head National

Hilton Head National is a wonderful course located just outside of Hilton Head Island in Bluffton. Originally 27 holes, 3 of the holes were lost due to eminent domain, the course today incorporates 9 holes of the Gary Player design and 9 holes of the Bobby Weed design. The Hilton Head National website summarizes the course perfectly, “Hilton Head National is a course that’s challenging but not punishing.” While the course is not too long, 6,730 from the tips, it requires accuracy off the tee as the fairways are tree lined leaving little room for error. The course offers a lot of risk reward opportunities, allowing players to be aggressive but with the risk of finding the water or woods. No hole exemplifies this more than par 4 6th, which is drivable and features water all along right and pot bunkers in the middle of the fairway. The greens are large and relatively flat, but do not let that fool you as the greens run fairly fast and true. Hilton Head National will not blow you away with its course design, what you see is what you get. It offers a fun design for players but does not have the views and a bunch of doglegs other lowcountry courses have. While lacking in views, the course provides for some incredible foliage and nature. The value in Hilton Head National is in the condition of the course relative to other public tracks in the area. The course is in great shape, with well manicured fairways, flush bunkers, and well groomed greens and tee boxes. The practice area is large with a driving range and putting green. Staff was very accommodating as well. The rates are on par with the courses in the area and very fair for the quality of the golf course. Definitely the best public course in Bluffton.

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