The Coast is Clear Hilton Head Golf Island Winter Stay-and-Plays

Hole 3 at Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
••• Hole 3 at Palmetto Dunes, Arthur Hills Course, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Photo Courtesy of Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

As they do every year, Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI) has just unveiled a slate of winter stay-and-play packages. Recently ranked among the top three islands in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler readers, Hilton Head’s  award-winning golf courses and resorts… well, most of them have opened, or will re-open in the next few weeks, for the coming winter season, and what’s on offer is a plethora of golfing goodies for us to take advantage of.

For instance, at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, the “Winter Golf Package” delivers the perfect warm-weather golf getaway for groups of 12 or more. Starting at $133 (per person, per night based on quadruple occupancy), it includes three nights in a two-bedroom villa, three rounds of golf on the acclaimed Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront, Arthur Hills and George Fazio courses, range balls, dining and pro shop discounts, two hours of tennis court time, and preferred rates and priority access to all other resort activities. For reservations and more information, call 877.567.6513.

The Heritage Golf Group – we’ve all heard of them, right? - offer “Hilton Head Island Winter Challenge,” a package that provides an ultimate winter wonderland for larger groups, and it’s a biggie. Starting at $160 (per person, per night based on 12 players), it offers three nights’ accommodations, personalized bag tag, tee gift, logoed golf balls and unlimited golf on any of its seven courses.

If playing at Oyster Reef Golf Club or Robber’s Row, the best individual score of the group will receive a $100 merchandise card. Heritage is also offering monthly “Unlimited” or “10 Round” cards through February. Additional packages include a “Couples Weekend Retreat” and “All You Can Play Golf Getaway.” For more information and reservations call 843.681.1709.

Sea Pines Resort get’s into the act with its “Villa Golf Package.” An offering that provides golfers with the chance to tee it up on The Sea Pines Resort‘s three acclaimed courses. Starting at $154 (per person, per night, based on quadruple occupancy), guests can enjoy three nights’ accommodations in a private villa with a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room and up to four bedrooms. Also included are three rounds on iconic Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point by Pete Dye and new Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III plus complimentary afternoon replays, range balls and access to the fitness center. For more information call 843.842.1488.

“We’ve worked tirelessly to get our golf courses back up to par following the storm and are excited to re-open them on a daily basis,” says Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association. “We want to assure our loyal guests there’s no need to alter travel plans; by the end of November nearly all operations will be back to normal if they aren’t already.”

It’s true. The crews have been working around the clock to fix landscaping damage and clear fallen trees and other debris from golf courses. Buildings and other structures experienced very little impact and have been open since Hurricane Matthew passed earlier this month, so all is well on Hilton Head Island, but I’m not finished yet, and neither are the vaule-packed offerings.

At the nearby Fripp Island Resort, nearly all resort amenities including dining, tennis, pools, activity center, marina and Ocean Creek Golf Club have been open since Oct. 27, and plans to re-open the acclaimed Ocean Point Golf Links by January 1, 2017 seem to be on schedule. What’s in it for us? Starting at $110 per person, per night (based on eight-or-more players, taxes and fees not included) the Stay and Play Package includes nightly accommodations, 18 holes with cart on Ocean Creek and complimentary replay round based on availability. Not bad, huh?

With numerous courses that cater for players of all abilities, exceptional value, pleasant year-round weather and direct flights from more than 20 major cities, Hilton Head Island is being acclaimed as one of the world’s premier golf destinations.

In addition to being named the “No. 1 Island in the Continental U.S.” by Travel + Leisure magazine readers, Hilton Head has also received accolades from Golfweek, Golf Channel’s Golf Advisor and the South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel.

How to Get There:

Getting to “Golf Island” has always been easy. Now it’s even easier than ever. Fly in from East Coast and Midwest population centers with a variety of carriers. JetBlue Airways operates non-stop flights from Boston (BOS) and New York City (LGA / JFK) to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Allegiant Air also flies non-stop from Indianapolis (IND), Cincinnati (CVG), Baltimore (BWI) and Pittsburgh (PIT), among others cities.  Fourteen other locales offer non-stop service to SAV including Chicago, Detroit, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

For more information on the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ 2016 North American “Golf Destination of the Year,” visit the HHGI Website or call 800-523-3373.