Dolphin Head Golf Course

4.3116000000 4.3 stars from 5 (199)
  • 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

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 199 Reviews
5 stars:
98
4 stars:
74
3 stars:
20
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

183 out of 199 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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Reviews


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"Private club conditions at public course price..."


jerrynthewriter's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Honestly, I wrote a scathing review of this place last year, not because of the conditions, layout, or value, but because of the overly-strict adherence to pace of play guidelines...we were rushed around the course, frankly.

Thankfully, those rules have been relaxed, making this my most enjoyable round of the week (I played a different course every day during my week-long vacation on HHI). Course is in perfect shape. I am a single-handicapper, and even playing from the white tees, challenges abounded! Nice mix of doglegs on the par 4s. Risk/reward opportunities on the par 5s. Challenging (not ridiculously long or short) par 3s. Overall, a top shelf course. I love all of the HH Plantation courses (Oyster Reef, Bear Creek, and Dolphin Head). When I retire, I'll be lobbying with the missus to retire there!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good golf in HHI"


golfco's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played over the week of the 4th. Course was in good shape but the greens were a bit behind in healing from recent aeration. Tees, surrounds and fairways were very very good. Golf staff 5 stars. My only rub is with the F&B. No menu items except for a hot dog. They offered a sandwich buffet that was picked thru pretty good by the time I got there at Noon. Waitress was a tad unfriendly about it all.

I'd go back for golf. Eat elsewhere.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course



u000001889556's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Very nice round at Dolphin Head!"


wholt13's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice round at Dolphin Head! Course in excellent condition, challenging and interesting. Good layout and facilities, very nice staff. Great value and strongly recommend.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"JFK"


u310914559's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very good conditions (tee boxes,fairways; greens) nice layout. Reception cordial and helpful. Starter works with you to pair up singles if you like and allows couples to play alone if not overly crowded. My only complaint was with GolfNow who sent me a confirmation of tee time for 11:54 and sent the course my name for a tee time of 10:38. I was listed as a "no show by starter, but then worked me in with 2 other singles for an excellent round.


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




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fine golf course"


pdf146's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Dolphin Head is a well maintained golf course which makes for a quality experoence.

The trees, fairways and greens are all in great shape.

If in the HHI area, I strongly suggest playing this course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course,, difficult greens"


kunzel's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had a terrific round, but the difficulty came on the green. That's what the starter promised and he was so wright.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000005431793's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Dolphin head golf"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice course. Mostly wide fairways. Staff helpful and friendly. Six tee boxes so lots of choices and challenges.


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


"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
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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

Reviewed on


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
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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



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