Hilton Head/Sea Pines trip

My family will be taking a trip to Hilton Head and staying at the Sea Pines Resort towards the end of July. We will be playing all three courses at the resort. I was wondering if anyone had any tips/places to eat/things to do other than golf/places to shop or whatever…thanks!

Fish Camp on Broad is a good spot. Anywhere near Coligny is fun at night

My wife and I spent a week of our honeymoon on HHI. We ate at Low Country Backyard on Palmetto Bay Road which we loved; can be quite busy though. We also ate at The Old Oyster Factory Restaurant on Marshland Road which was great; the location was superb.

I played the Ocean Course at Sea Pines, as it was then. Would be keen to hear about what its like now that its had the Davis Love III treatment and is ‘Atlantic Dunes’.

I was just there last weekend. Im a big fan of HHI/Sea Pines. Nice community.

Played May River which is 40 minutes away. easy drive. Super legit place and a cool spot. I think its semi-private. Regardless, I bet you can get on and its worth it. nice course. Also, bluffton and palmetto bluff are cool places to explore and eat lunch what not. Cool little towns. You coudl also boat over there from Sea Pines.
Atlantic dunes is solid.
The 3 SeaPines courses:
Harbour Town. Gets all the hype. expensive. But you might as well play it once so you check that box. I dont dislike it, just not that eager to go spend $300 to play ti again.
Heron Point. in sea pines. solid course. half the price of Harbor town.
Reality is, in late July all the courses are gonna be little burned out and tired looking, they peak in the spring/fall. But that should stop you from playing or enjoying them. It’s still good golf. Bring your bugspray!

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How’d you get on May River? They’ve told me a stay is required.

My buddies parents live in Sea Pines and his father is a member (apparently his dad also has a lot inside the May River area) so that’s how we played.

But I wasn’t sure how private it really was as golf digest shows it as a public course and the website makes it looks fairly public.

Anyways - I enjoyed the course. Cool place.

Was just there in March and can recommend One Hot Mama restaurant. The bbq was excellent. I also played Harbourtown in 25+ mph wind which was the only good thing about having a forecaddie with the group.

Yeah, it still requires a stay. Even on the public lists they will list some courses where you can’t just call up to book a tee time. I may have another avenue for it though, so hoping I get to play it this year. Glad you enjoyed it.

I gotcha. That makes sense - like any other “resort”.
I didn’t realize you could “stay on property”. I didn’t see any lodging other than what I thought were privately owned homes.

Yeah they have an inn associated with it, but I’m not sure if it is at the same location.

Great stuff. All 3 courses are good. they’ll be pretty baked, and it’ll be hotter than hell, but you’ll have a great time. Atlantic Dunes is :ok_hand: Make sure you get the picture on 18 at Harbor Town with the lighthouse in the back. Frame it.

My parents have retired down there, their home is on the opposite side of the island, so my recommendations may not be geographically great.

Breakfast: Southern Coney (near Coligny in a shopping center next to Bi Lo). Best pancakes on the island, somewhat not as well known as the highway diners. Island bagel company has great NY style bagels. Duck Donuts is surprisingly good

Lunch: if you like counter serve mexican go to Fiesta Fresh (also by a Bi Lo, but other side of island). Also clubhouse that Herron / Atlantic share has a nice grill room, pricey though.

Casual Dinner: Holy Tequila for nicer mexican, Jane’s bistro on thursday nights does a 2/3 burger night starting at $8 plus toppings. Charbar is great too

nicer dinner: Wise guys / Frankie bones. Other side of island, more of a local crowd but great food. Lucky Rooster is a really popular spot. Salty Dog if you want to fight the crowd, their Pimiento cheese dip is awesome

Other: skullcreek boathouse, dockside, hickory tavern has about 1,000 TVs if there’s a game you want to watch. If you want to cook in, Hudson’s Seafood has the best catches on the Island…again it’s a drive but you can get some great variety there. Fat Baby’s pizza is good, so is Guiseppe’s.

If you don’t have beach access in Seapines (you should), Coligny is your closest, but if you go further up the island Burkes beach is also public and may be less crowded. Tiki hut at the beach house resort is fun at night, their drinks are half water though.

Enjoy, HHI is a great place.

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wanted to give this thread a bump as I am headed to Hilton Head for 4 days at the end of march. Biggest question is, is Harbour town worth the price? Looks like 370 for a round there.

If anyone else has any good tips or places other than the great info already on this thread, much appreciated!

Cant answer if worth it since we passed on the hefty price tag.

Went 2 years ago at the beginning of March, we looked off the island for one day in Bluffton. Played 2 pretty shit kept courses Crescent Pointe and Eagle’s Pointe(better condition than Crescent) but we played 36 holes in 6.5 hours since tourists rarely look off the island to play. We played Oyster Reef and RTJ Golf Course on the 2 other days.

Nice! HHI is great.

$370 for me is personally steep for Harbor Town. It’s overall a cool course but the first 16 holes kind of blend together within the narrow trees chutes. The price tag for me was for 17 and 18 and the pictures there. Look into what the other Sea Pines courses are asking because I think they are of comparable (if not equal) condition. Heron Point (Dye) is a little tamer than HT but still notably challenging greens, and Atlantic Dunes is fantastic after the renovation by DLIII. Plus those share a club and range that are awesome.

You may be fine with daylight since DST passed before end of March, but traffic is a material issue if you are doing 36, sometimes I’ve been squeezed going across the island for my second round and had to shove a sandwich down on the putting green.

Outside Sea Pines, RTJ / Arthur Hills courses at Palmetto Dunes are great staples (RTJ has the famous ocean hole par 5), avoid the Fazio course there, too penal for vacation. Port Royal has 36 and one of them is open always for public play. Those are fun, easy going courses. Robber’s Row is the harder of the two, Barony is a blast. Oyster Reef is great, also, hole 5 is a super Par 3 with the ocean as a backdrop.

One thing to check is to perhaps not fully book your rounds and look into Last Minute Tee Times. they wholesale next day greens fees for Hilton Head and can get you some good deals, but you have to be flexible on tee time, and can only call after 7pm the night before (I think). Also call Sea Pines the night before, I’ve gotten a sweetheart deal on those courses, and they sometimes will give you a Harbor Town twilight time for super cheap (<$200, may be fighting daylight though).

Not sure about your nightlife as people vary on their interests, but by Coligny beach there’s a beach baron the back of a hotel that is a fun seaside vibe at night, lots of live music though I dont know about march. One thing to look for is there’s a GREAT jazz / party band called Deez Guys…normally they are booked for private events or the Jazz Corner which is a little swanky for a guys golf trip, but they sometime go to more low key places…their webstie has a really up to date calendar.

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I’m a huge fan of Harbour Town. We’ve been going to HHI for a long time, and I have played it 10-12 times. You’ll hear mixed reviews among any group you ask, and I am on the very high side.

Having said that, I actually recommend against it for $370, unless you are really into Pete Dye architecture and/or checking boxes on a top 100 list. Again, I love it, but not at that price.

I like Heron Point and Atlantic Dunes is pretty good, but honestly, both are also a bit overpriced (will cost roughly half of the current rate of Harbour Town, so $180-$200 each). They do offer 3 round packages sometimes, which gets you one round on each course, and it usually saves you somewhere close to a full round (so it would be like getting to play Heron Point for free, or alternatively, like paying $200 per course). If you are interested in the Sea Pines courses, I would look into this.

The most underrated course in the area is Old South, just off the island. Usually among the more reasonably priced, and I always enjoy it. Oyster Reef is very nice, Palmetto Dunes RTJ is solid, and CC of Hilton Head is also good. I also really like the Davis Love designed course just off the island (Eagle Point?). Beyond that, I find virtually all of the courses (Port Royal, Palmetto Hall, Golden Bear, et al) in the area are of similar quality, with varying conditioning levels. In March, everything should be as good as ever in that area, so don’t hesitate to try someplace out if you can find a good rate.


I guess one thing to consider is end of march will probably have a lot of the Heritage infrastructure up and the course maybe getting close to tournament condition…if you are into that. My Mom played it maybe 2 years ago with the grandstands up and said it was pretty cool to see that.

great info @anon846171 @2trickpony! Looks like there are plenty of great options down there

This is good info, I’ll tag onto this. I used to go down to HHI every year with my family and have played almost everywhere by now.

In Sea Pines I’ve played Heron Point and the Ocean Course (currently known as Atlantic Dunes). I personally enjoyed the Ocean Course more than Heron Point. Even post-reconstruction, as Atlantic Dunes now, it certainly carries some interesting history as the first course built on the island.

I don’t really like the Port Royal courses, would consider it classic resort golf and pretty repetitive sometimes. The Fazio course at palmetto dunes is a little too harsh I would say. Oyster Reef is a ton of fun and has some iconic holes, and Golden Bear is pretty friendly setup if you need a cool-down round. Palmetto Hall is a solid course but right next to the airport – not sure if that’s a dealbreaker, but definitely something to consider.

If you’re willing to venture off the island, I couldn’t recommend Eagle’s Pointe more. It’s a beautiful course that’s well thought out and in great condition typically. Its sister course Crescent Pointe is good but a little more penal. I will also co-sign Old South as a great experience for most of the same reasons as Eagle’s Pointe. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions.


You will also have to fork over for a fore caddie. As I mentioned earlier I played there last March in a wind storm. Was the second time i played it and frankly twice was enough at that price.

I started this thread and went on the trip. One thing I would note that hasn’t already been noted: the food recommendations from much earlier in the thread were great… Can’t play golf on an empty stomach!

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