Dolphin Head Golf Course

4.3464000000 4.3 stars from 5 (153)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6606 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 72.7
  • Layout

  • 56 High Bluff Rd, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29926, Beaufort County
  • (843) 681-5550
  • (843) 681-2868
  • www.dolphinheadgc.com
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Year built: 1974
Architect(s): Gary Player (1974), Ron Kirby (1974), Clyde Johnston (1993)
Type: Private
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6606 yards 72.7 140
Blue 72 6421 yards 72.0 137
White 72 6174 yards 70.8 130
Gold 72 5513 yards 68.0 123
Gold (W) 72 5513 yards 73.5 126
Red 72 5360 yards 66.8 117
Red (W) 72 5360 yards 71.8 122
Green 72 4760 yards 64.3 112
Green (W) 72 4760 yards 64.8 113

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 153 Reviews
5 stars:
83
4 stars:
48
3 stars:
16
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

140 out of 153 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city at a resort worth the drive   Great for seniors locals advanced golfers   Challenges include water hazards bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks  

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"a fair and enjoyable course"


ctwyvern23's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Dolphin Head. I have been coming to HHI for 20 years but had never played there. The layout is fair, not many forced carries. The water is there only on mishit shots.. I played alone, with a group of four in front that moved right along, until the back nine, when a group in front of them slowed us down. Still, under 4 hours on a beautiful spring day. Greens rolled nicely with some real slope to them.Well worth a visit. nice wildlife, too.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great greens"


Dennidc's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is my 2nd time playing Dolphin Head over the past 2 winters. The thing that's stands out the most to me about this course is how true the greens are if you start it on the right line it will stay there! I have played virtually all the public courses and many of the private courses on the island and in Bluffton and I have not seen greens anywhere that role truer then these do. This course although not very long is a very good test from the Tips. I think the Par 3's and the Par 5's are stand outs on this course with a couple of the 3's being over 200 yards from the back tees and a couple of the Par 5's having forced carry's for your 2nd shot and all of them being reachable for a longer hitter. I would strongly suggest you do your best to stay below the hole all day. The downhill putts are very slippery!! The most severe being the first 2 holes so don't get discouraged it gets a little easier after the first 2 greens if you do happen to get above the hole. This is a wonderful course and a great test I recommend it to all.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



jdebby's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



miketoll69's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very nice layout."


u322255229's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is by far the nicest course that I have played in Hilton Head for the money. Very nice, fun to play course. The greens were very fast and smooth. Bunkers had nice, white, fluffy sand in them. Course layout was challenging and fun to play. I highly recommend this course and look forward to playing it again in the future.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Excellent Course"


wfbcdb's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Had a frost delay, and as the groups started the second hole, the ranger was already prodding slow groups. Kudos to the ranger!!! Played an enjoyable​ round in under 4 hours with 1 person in our group walking.

Course was in excellent condition for this time of year. Greens were fast, and in great shape. Played the ball down and didn't have a bad lie all day. Several tee box options, so will accommodate everyone. Holes 9 and 18 have terrific risk/reward options for those players who choose the correct tee box.

Friendly and helpful staff. One of the better values on the island. Moderate price, even at the full rate. Even better at Golfnow rates. Practice area was good, although they did have mats.

Will definitely play this one again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Best so far on H H I"


HasenohrP's avatar
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Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2017
First time playing Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

Everything went as planed for a nice round of golf. Started with bag drop, club house, staff, putting green, chipping green and driving range. Teed off on time with a nice pace all day long. Signs of Matthew still present along edges of course. This is the best so far of courses I played here on H H I. Booked thru Golf Now under the Hot Deal for only $44.....would not play here if I had to pay what they ask.for other wise. Did i mention the speed of the greens..........FAST but true.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Best course in 3 weeks!"


nickharding's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Booked on the recommendation of a previous playing partner - thanks Les! Great reception, good marshalling and a well maintained, interesting course with fair challenges. The price we paid was ridiculously low in comparison to the value received. This course was not available last time we were here but is now a firm favourite


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



wilsonfc's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The fact that I got A very good hot deal

Is why I played the course. I wouldn't play there if had to pay regular price green fees. Thanks for good deal. Greens were very quick. Overall conditions very good.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/17/2017

I got a Great Hot deal also just $44.00.....They are asking $89.00 regular greens fee the last time I checked. Over priced liked others on H H I.


"JD at Dolphin"


johnsgolf1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course is a good value for the money. Course conditions were the best of four courses we have played so far in the HH area on our trip here. The greens were fast but smooth and true. The course design is very nice and has good aesthetics.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Typical tree lined Hilton Head GC"


robmoral's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I found the front nine a bit boring while the back nine some some very nice holes including a very dramatic risk or reward par 5 finishing hole. Over all condition of the course was good although it still shows some signs from the hurricane that came through last year. The starter told us to stay bellow the flags because the greens where fast, Well he has most definitely right as no one in our foursome made anything from above the hole longer than three feet and we all putted of the green at least once. The range is narrow and at this time you need to hit from Mats. It is also very short as the distance to the end of the range is only 235 yds. The grill has a good selection of sandwiches and salads and all employees we came into contact treated us very well. Overall it is a typical Hilton Head golf course.

not the most memorable, but certainly enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it as a good "fill in"


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice round"


Michael9597406's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Dolphin Head is a nice course. Played from the gold tees, which made it interesting and made me hit a lot of different shots. Greens are very fast, which was tough for the first time out in 2017. Amenities were typical for a Hilton Head course. Staff was okay, at the turn the server in the snack bar seemed a little overwhelmed. The ranger gave us a little speech about pace of play which was irritating when we'd played the front nine in almost exactly 2 hours and had no one in front and no one behind. Thought it was slightly overpriced but still a good day of golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good design, fun course"


37756019Hi's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has good variety. Greens are among the fastest on HHI. Most have some undulations, which challenges even lower handicap players. However, they roll well. Pace of play can be a problem. Our round was ruined by a 2.5 hr. back nine. With no sign of a ranger in sight. We waited 10-15 mins on every tee! How about a refund?!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Put this on your must play list."


donbobely's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Playing several times a week, this is my type of course. It is the type of track that makes you think your way around to keep it interesting rather than a wide open boring style of course. Fair though for higher hadicappers, it is one of the nicer places I have played on the island this winter. Fast interesting greens and perfect weather made it a great experience. Would definitely play again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"I won't play here again"


kfowlkes's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Each year my friends and I (as a group of 3) schedule a 4 day golf trip. In the past we have played in Myrtle Beach, SC, Pinehurst, NC, and this year decided to play in Hilton Head. We did our research and found some courses that we thought would be both challenging and fun at the same time. We arrived at the course and just got a bad vibe from the start. We were told(over and over again) that the pace of play is a 4 hour round. There was a twosome in front of us and a foursome behind us. Pace of play was good but after the 3rd hole, the group in front of us took off. At the turn, we were at 2:10 but were warned for being slow because there was an open hole in front of us. However, we weren’t holding anyone up behind us because there was no one there. At the start of hole 10, we were told again to speed it up and when we stated that we weren’t holding anyone up, we were told that we could either speed it up or be given a raincheck. Mysteriously, a golfer appeared WALKING behind us at the start of 12. He had to be a scratch golfer (probably a club pro) because he was hitting his tee shots 270+. (Mind you I am not a hacker and shoot regularly in the mid 80’s to mid 90’s) It forced us to speed up (i.e. not really play the course) but surprisingly at hole 15, he was no longer there; gone. So we know they sent him out for the sole purpose of pushing us faster. The price was good but with the treatment, it’s not worth the return visit. Course is in good shape, is challenging but not too difficult to score well but the management team isn’t interested in people like me playing there. When I visit a course for a golf vacation, I want to enjoy the course, not play speed golf.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



mfmakower's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/24/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course with nice challenging layout"


u000008220729's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good course for all levels #18 ends your round with a memorable layout

Would definitely play this course again.

Staff very friendly


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Not a flat spot on a green"


u037155711's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great layout. Greens were very challenging as I couldn't find a flat spot on any of them.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Course has nice layout"


Pipeline2's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice track. Grass not real green yet but nice layout.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Worth Playing"


u465195712's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is in good condition. The greens are really challenging having significant slope mostly back to front so must stay below pin. Condition of greens is excellent and they are fast.

Good tee selection for all player skills.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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