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Hilton Head Island Golf has built a solid reputation as one of the leading destinations for golf in the United States. South Carolina Low Country weather and scenery is the perfect setting for this game of the Scottish lowlands. In fact, the Scottish ancestors of South Carolinians were probably the first people to play golf in the New World, with clubs and balls coming over on ships as early as 1746.

Hilton Head and the surrounding area now boast 25 challenging golf courses, including several ranked in the Top 100 Courses by Golf Digest. The surrounding area hosts more courses if you want to drive. More than 600 holes of golf on the island or in the immediate area. From Beginners to Pros, all the courses offer a variety of tee boxes to make each course play up to the challenge for every level. Spectacular views are for every player, enjoy the Lowcountry scenery.

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The Heritage Golf Tournament has been host to the PGA event in Hilton Head every spring for 30 years, and the island has hosted several national amateur events for those who like to watch excellent golfers play. Wendy's Three Tour Challenge, US Open Qualifiers, Men's and Women's College tournaments and more are hosted in the Hilton Head area every year. The Heritage Classic, one of the foremost events of the PGA Tour, is played here each April. There are numerous other golfing events each year as well, with participants ranging from professionals to top-ranked college athletes to talented local amateurs.

The golf courses of Hilton Head, like the diverse residential and resort communities, have distinct personalities. The breath-taking scenery is their common bond. Hilton Head's list of golf course architect designers is impressive - from Jack Nicklaus, Rees and Robert Trent Jones, Gary Player, Willard Byrd, Pete Dye, George and Tom Fazio, and Arnold Palmer - just to name a few. The wide and scenic fairways, rolling greens and beautiful yet challenging water hazards that they created have earned Hilton Head Island the honor of being the resort with the largest number of courses on the World's Best List.

The diversity of the courses is like the island itself. There are wooded courses dripping with Spanish moss and large Live Oak trees. Others have sweeping ocean vistas and some overlook the Low Country's coastal wetlands, rivers and beaches.

Your visit to Hilton Head could provide the opportunity to improve your golf game by taking lessons from local PGA Professionals. Teachers like Keith Bach at Island Golf School, can arrange for you to bring up the level of your game so you can challenge these local courses. Let locals teach you how to play our courses and you can enjoy your game here in Hilton Head even more.

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Non-private golf courses in the Hilton Head area that are accessible for play are as follows: Arthur Hills/Palmetto Hall, Country Club of Hilton Head/Eagle's Pointe, Fazio, Harbour Town Golf Links, (PGA Golf Tournament Course), Ocean Course, Heron Point, Hilton Head National, Indigo Run, Island West, Old Carolina, Old South, Oyster Reef, Palmetto Hall-Cupp Course, Barony, Planter's Row, Robber's Row, Robert Trent Jones, Rose Hill Country Club and Shipyard.

Depending on the time of year and season, your rounds of golf can range from $45 to over $100, with Harbourtown Golf Links costing more. All pro shops offer a restaurant and pro shop to fill your bag with balls or fill your belly with food and drink. Quality Resort Championship Golf Courses are at your fingertips while you are on Hilton Head Island.

There are few golf resort communities that can compare to Hilton Head when it comes to variety of quality Signature Courses, value and most of all, beauty. Golf is one way to enjoy life on the island. So when you plan to play golf on Hilton Head, it is always a good idea to make tee times as far in advance as possible.