Dolphin Head Golf Course

4.3122000000 4.3 stars from 5 (189)
  • 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 | Full Scorecard

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: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 189 Reviews
5 stars:
95
4 stars:
67
3 stars:
20
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

173 out of 189 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

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

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"Nice course and well priced"


Grumpy391's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2017
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Nice Gary Player layout with a mix of water and wide fairways. Very playable. Only complaint was the slowness of the greens, but that is typical for a publicish reset course. Would play again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good Experience at Dolphin Head"


Ted9806355's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2017
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Rain had soften the course the day we played. Starter was very cordial and helpful. Finished the round in 3 1/2 hours. Would play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



papsal00's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful facility"


dogsneeze2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2017
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This course was strictly private until a few months ago. It was in excellent condition. The greens were fast and flawless. The fairways were lush and well maintained. The price was moderate and very fair for such a nice fine facility. I hope to be able to play this course again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Good condition but nothing "special ""


u715355715's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2017
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Staff was rather difficult to find on this course- no one to take our bags when we arrived and when we stopped at the turn to purchase a drink, there was no one around!

We played at 8:00am on a weekday and the course was wide open. THAT was great. Relaxed round with no holdup. Re: design, a couple of the par 3's seemed to be an afterthought. Nothing special in design but certainly provides a good round of golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



u000004137777's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



Randal1055137's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



pmlaurin's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"My Favorite Island Course"


ameribrithhi's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I take a few employees/coworkers/friends to HHI every spring for a guys weekend of golf. I booked the round through golf now on April 4th.. My 4some arrived and on May 5th about 25 mins ahead of our tee time. We walked into the proshop to check in and the gentleman became a bit aggravated when I told him that I booked on golfnow. He shook his head & stated "You guys are killing me, we've told golfnow to stop providing noon tee times for today, you're the 3rd person with a noon tee time today; you booked this morning right!?" I was surprised by his attitude, mannerisms & comment because it was totally the opposite of the welcome we received in 2016. I explained that I booked our round on April 4. His attitude immediately changed and he became friendly & helped with beer accommodations. IMO, the gentleman shouldn't have displayed his frustration to guest because guest have no control over the course or golfnow. The course was in just as beautiful condition as it was in 2016. Tee were boxes flat, fairways cut to perfection and the greens were perfect; not to hard, not too soft and they were smooth. Unlike 2016, the pace of play was a bit daunting. Tee times seemed to be assigned about every 7 minutes and multiple 2sums were not paired up to make a 4somes. We had a 3sum and 4sum in front of us and multiple 2sums behind us. This pace of play became cumbersome due to the bottleneck. For my group, It was hurry up and wait all afternoon. It was a mental challenge trying overcome being pushed all afternoon with nowhere to go. Maybe this was a result of a third party and why the gentleman became aggravated when my 4some checked in. My 4sum was relieved when the round was over. Dolphin Head is my favorite island course. From experience we learned that Dolphin Head conditions are the same as one of the $120 courses. To anyone reading this review trying to decide where to play, save yourself at least $60 and play DH instead of one of the pricier courses if you don't mind not having GPS yardage assistance Even after our 2017 experience, we'll be back next year!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"User friendly"


u000003523627's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2017
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Reviewed on

Nice course previously private and very well maintained, hope it stays that way. Just challenging enough for myself and husband. Sloping greens and nice pace. Thought it was fairly friendly until the 9th hole and 18 hole, both surrounded by water.

The staff were very nice and accommodating. It was a quiet day and it seemed we were the only ones on the course , so I can't really speak to pace of play. Definitely would like to play again while in HHH.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

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



davidtkelly's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2017
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Reviewed on

Typical brown brothers course, course conditions need to be better but unlike other brown brothers courses this one doesn't compensate by being inexpensive, 64 usd plus tax is way too much for this course


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Windy day"


m1234567891011's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing Dolphin Head and was very impressed with course. Tough but fair. Fairways and greens were excellent. Some of tee boxes were a little rough, but no problem for me. After all, it is a "tee box", and that means you put ball on tee and hit it. Staff was cordial and I was able to pair up with a couple of guys from Texas and we had fun. The wind was brutal, but that is what you get on Hilton Head sometimes. Would definitely recommend this course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Ivan1945458's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Sub-Division course"


u293491616's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The course was OK, but had no views of any interest, just a lot of homes/condo's.

The day I played was the day before a junior competition, so there were several groups doing a practice round and playing multiple golf balls on each hole, so the pace was quite slow!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Staff not friendly."


u361799984's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2017
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Reviewed on

Staff was not helpful. Didn't see beverage cart on back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Challenging Course"


u2823128's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tight fairways and very fast greens. Not for the faint of heart. Awesome day.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"First taste of Hilton Head golf"


frenchy57's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Dolphin Head was my first golf and only golf on this trip to Hilton Head. It was a very challenging start with a narrow par 5. (But not a long hole.) I look at this course as a position course. It has fair but challenging layout. Important to play the tees appropriate to your game.

It is a beautiful course! The greens are very good condition. They are moderately fast, but not extremely fast, very manageable. Fairways are in great condition. I never had a bad lye in the fairway.

I would play this again when I visit Hilton Head!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


u7516928's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2017
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Reviewed on

Great day, but bar was closed when we came in off 18 at 5:05pm--crazy?


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Hilton Head Golf"


u000001846138's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2017
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Reviewed on

Great track. We used 4 of the 6 tees and we all had an enjoyable round. Course was in good shape as the Bermuda is starting to transition in. Greens were very good and consistent. Pace of play was at 4:15. I would hope that Brown Golf keeps this course in its current status and not let it deteriorate like its off island courses have.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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