Fall Golf Getaway to Hilton Head ‘Golf Island’


For years, it has been ranked by Conde Nast and Travel + Leisure as one of the top islands in the U.S. More importantly for golfers, however, Hilton Head has been recognized by the National Golf Course Owners Association, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators and other “in the know” organizations as one of the top golf destinations in the U.S.

And “Golf Island,” as the 26 courses spanning Beaufort, Bluffton and Jasper Counties is known, comes into its own during the peak fall golf season. It’s “big three” golf players, The Sea Pines Resort, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and the Heritage Golf Collection, just announced their fall golf packages, scalable to any size group.

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.

18th Hole at Harbour Town (Rob Tipton)

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.

George Fazio Course, Palmetto Dunes
George Fazio Course, Palmetto Dunes

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.

Oyster Reef, Heritage Golf

“With high temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to the low 80s, autumn is prime time for a golf trip to Hilton Head Golf Island,” says Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association President Brad Mara. “Our courses are in peak condition this time of year and fall is our sunniest, driest season.”

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.

“Hilton Head Island is one of the world’s iconic golf destinations and we can’t wait to welcome golfers to ‘Golf Island’ this fall,” adds Mara. “Off the course, they’ll enjoy fresh seafood and world-class cuisine prepared by many of the Southeast’s culinary rock stars. And when it comes to water sports like boating, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, you can’t beat our combination of Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterways”

For more information on Hilton Head Golf Island golf packages, courses, golf schools and events, visit www.hiltonheadgolfisland.com.

Getting to Golf Island

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.

Shane Sharp

Shane Sharp is a longtime golf writer based in Greenville, S.C. In addition to running his content marketing business, Southbound 4, he's a regular contributor to GOLF Magazine, Golf Inc., Club Management and other golf magazines and websites.

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