Don't Just Watch the Ryder Cup, Play Your Own at Hilton Head Island

Hole 4, Robber's Row, Port Royal, Heritage Golf Collection
Photo Courtesy the Heritage Golf Collection

So, once again it’s time for the “Big One.” In just one month, golf's biggest match will take center stage at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, MN. The Ryder Cup -the bi-annual showdown between the game's best players from the United States and Europe - is the ultimate team event. Not able to attend? No problem! Fourteen hundred miles to the southeast, Hilton Head Island is offering groups of golfers the opportunity to not just watch the Ryder Cup on TV, but participate in one of their very own, right there in Hilton Head.

Would you like to know more? Of course you would!

The Ryder Cup Package

Appropriately named the Ryder Cup Package, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort (one of my favorite places to stay and play) is treating golfers to an amazing tournament experience. Starting at $499, groups of 12 or more will enjoy three nights' accommodations, three rounds of golf, daily breakfast, free range balls and yardage books, special discounts in the pro shop and at nearby restaurants and custom team shirts.

Four Day, Three Nights Promo

For slightly less, Palmetto Dunes is also offering a four-day/three-night promotion for large groups that includes accommodations in the luxury resort's two-bedroom villas and three rounds of golf. The package also includes preferred rates and priority access to all resort activities and amenities, and special discounts in the pro shop. And if that isn't enough, they'll even give you a fourth round for free.

Early Bird Fall Special

Just down the road, the Heritage Golf Group (another great favorite of mine) is offering unlimited golf for groups of eight or more with its Early Bird Fall Special. Starting at $560, it includes four nights' accommodations provided by Resort Quest Wyndham Vacation Rentals, a Heritage Collection VIP discounts card and unlimited rounds at Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club, Shipyard Golf club, Palmetto Hall Plantation and Oyster Reef Golf Club.

If your crew exceeds 12 or more players, Heritage Golf Group has you covered too. Another Early Bird Fall Special caters to larger groups. Starting at $495 per person based on 12 people, it includes all greens fees, golf carts, range access and unlimited rounds on Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club, Shipyard Golf club, Palmetto Hall Plantation and Oyster Reef Golf Club.

"There are many reasons why Travel + Leisure Magazine readers named Hilton Head the No. 1 island in the continental U.S.," says Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association. "Our courses, clubs and resorts provide year-round enjoyment and incredible experiences for families and friends searching for the ultimate golf getaway."

Villa Golf Package

There's also a special opportunity for your group to be among the first to tee it up on Hilton Head Island's newest golf course. With its Villa Golf Package starting at $154 the Sea Pines Resort per night, The Sea Pines resort is offering a three-night stay in a private villa equipped with a full kitchen, dining room and living room, and two or three rounds of golf on the famed Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point by Pete Dye or Atlantic Dunes (opening Oct. 3). Now that’s one amazing offering. If you can make it, I highly recommend you give this one serious consideration.

Boasting outstanding courses, exceptional value, pleasant weather and direct flights from major cities, Hilton Head Island is one of the world's premier golf destinations. In addition to the IAGTO honor, Hilton Head Island has received accolades this year from Golfweek, Golf Advisor, and the South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel.

How to Get There

Getting to the "Golf Island" is easier than ever from the East Coast and Midwest population centers. JetBlue Airways operates non-stop flights from Boston and New York City to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Allegiant Air also flies non-stop into Savannah / Hilton Head from Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and other cities. Fourteen other locales offer non-stop service to SAV including Chicago, Detroit, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

For additional information about rates, restrictions and other package inclusions, or to receive a quote, visit the Hilton Head Golf Island website or call 800-523-3373