Swing into Spring on Hilton Head Island
As my regular readers know, I am a huge fan of Hilton Head Island, one of our country’s most treasured golf destinations. I have lost count of the number of times I’ve visited Hilton Head, and every year around this time, my thoughts turn to this stunningly beautiful Lowcountry atoll and its amazing golf courses. Where else can you play layouts designed by the likes of Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Tom and George Fazio, Robert Cupp and other esteemed designers? I can’t think of even one, and as it turns out, there are now even more options – and reasons – for a visit than ever before. You don’t believe me? Read on:
It’s now even easier to get there: JetBlue Airways is currently running 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 (subject to seasonal availability). Fourteen other airports offer non-stop service to SAV including Chicago, Detroit, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. (Reagan).
The destination was recently named a “Dream Golf Destination” by readers of GOLF Magazine, and “North American Golf Destination of the Year” by IAGTO. In fact, greater Hilton Head “Golf Island” boasts more than 30 golf courses tailored to every golfer’s taste and budget. While a collection of “off-island” courses in neighboring Bluffton and Beaufort offers an even bigger bang for the buck, on-island, resort golf dominates the landscape with multi-track venues such as Palmetto Dunes, Palmetto Hall, Port Royal, Shipyard and of course, The Sea Pines Resort – home of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage.
Island-wide, the grand resorts have invested more than $200 million in their golf courses, accommodations, dining and amenities. The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort recently completed a $30 million renovation, while the two on-site hotels at Palmetto Dunes – the Omni Hilton Head Oceanside Resort and the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa – underwent a multi-million dollar rejuvenation. At the iconic Sea Pines Resort, two new clubhouses (Plantation Golf Club and Harbour Town) have opened in as many years, Harbour Town Golf Links was completely re-turfed, and the Ocean Course reopens later this year after a total makeover by Love Golf Design. Wow!
Oh, I almost forgot one of the most important reasons to visit and play Hilton Head Golf Island: The weather. Golf Island is the warmest of South Carolina’s great golf destinations. Average high temperatures hover around 60 in January, while the mercury can jump into the 70s in February and March, on par with northern Florida. What’s more, golfers can expect pristine conditions as courses island-wide often sport lush rye grass over-seeding.
Now for the good stuff. Here are a few spring golf packages to whet the appetite. After all, The Masters is only a couple months away:
- The Inn & Club at Harbour Town Package – Perfect for couples, The Inn & Club at Harbour Town Golf Package begins at $375 (per person, per night) and features a stay at The Sea Pines Resort’s boutique hotel with daily breakfast for each guest. Overlooking famed Harbour Town Golf Links, the inn is the only Forbes Four-Star rated property on Hilton Head Island. Play on both Harbour Town and Heron Point is available. Afternoon replays on Heron Point (cart fee only) are offered subject to availability. Complimentary warm-up range balls, wireless Internet and use of The Sea Pines Fitness Center are included.
- The Heritage Golf Collection “Grand Slam” Golf Package – Starting at $175 per person per night (based on quad occupancy), the getaway includes four nights in villa accommodations and three rounds of golf at The Heritage Golf Collection courses (Port Royal, Shipyard, Palmetto Hall Plantation and Oyster Reef). Daily breakfast and lunch at the golf clubs are included, as are range balls and a Heritage Golf Collection VIP Discount Card. Valid through April 30, the Grand Slam includes all taxes and fees. Availability of accommodations and courses are subject to change, and some restrictions apply.
- Palmetto Dunes “Birdies and Beer Getaway” – Guests enjoy four days/three nights in a two-bedroom villa at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, and three rounds of golf on the resort’s three championship courses: Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront, Arthur Hills and George Fazio. Starting at $180 per golfer/per night, the promotion features breakfast and beers via a resort gift card. Also offered: two hours of court time per day per villa at the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, range balls, dining and pro shop discounts, and preferred rates and priority access to all resort activities and amenities.
For additional information about rates, restrictions and other package inclusions, or to receive a quote, you can visit the Hilton Head Golf Island website, or call 800.523.3373.
So, there you have it. I could go on, but I think by now you have the idea. Golfer or not, Hilton Head is a very special place and offers something for just about everyone. Only on Hilton Head Golf Island will you find such a diversity of golf courses and resorts to choose from. I highly recommend you consider it for your spring golf getaway.
Looking for more ideas? How about these? Scotland, Florida, the American Southwest, Bermuda, the Bahamas, all over the Caribbean and Mexico and many more. For up-to-date golf travel news and information, be sure to Subscribe to my weekly Newsletter.