Dolphin Head Golf Course

4.3373000000 4.3 stars from 5 (166)
  • 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: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 166 Reviews
5 stars:
87
4 stars:
56
3 stars:
17
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

153 out of 166 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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"Great course, but disrespectful maintenance crew."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Really nice layout, in great shape, for a fair price. One of the better tracks we played this time in the area. We played 12 holes in about 2 hours, then we hit a wall... it was going to take close to 3 hours to finish the back, and we had to leave after hole 15 to meet family for dinner. Plenty of water to drink, and all of the staff was nice except for a guy running this massive pull behind leaf blower, who followed us all around most of the back 9. He was blowing every hole from tee to green, and was not even stopping while you were teeing off or around the greens , putting or chipping. The blower guy followed us for 4 or 5 holes and had us really flustered by the time his work was done. I didn't bother to say anything to the shop, but I felt the need to comment on it here.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"find a partner"


Leroi4u's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is beautiful, staff are easy going and attentive. Very friendly! I was a single and my playing partner was difficult needed the play by himself. This was the only negative to what should have been a wonderful round of golf at a great course. Would diffenetly recommend giving it a spin.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Dolphin Head Golf Course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I always enjoy playing different courses I haven't played, and did this course too. It was a good layout, greens were good speed, fairways needed some fertilizer, and the only problem I had was the price is tooo high for the overall conditions!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



Walster1966's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

After 30+ year visiting Hilton Head, first time playing this track. I wasn't disappointed. Of the courses played over the past 3 weeks, this was in the best condition of them all. I look forward to going back next year!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Best value on the island"


Rick5601345's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is now a favorite of mine when visiting HHI. If you get a hot deal, it's really a great value. The layout is good, the conditions have been consistently good. The green speed is great for early april. The pace of play for a lunchtime tee time was great. The weather was very windy the day I played. You need to be on your best to score well as there are plenty of exposed holes.


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


"Friendly staff, pretty track, sloooooooooow play"


gburkett's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Pretty course tucked away a bit off the beaten path. Lots of typical HH holes with some fairly tight fairways, water on many holes and keep your eyes open for the occasional gator. Slow, slow play. Waited on every shot and finally at the 4:45 minute mark we skipped the 18th and headed to the clubhouse and on to Skull Creek for happy hour/dinner. I don't expect to play on HH in 4 hours but 5 plus is just too much. Maybe it was a GolfNow tee time squeezed in that slowed things down but I'd be prepared for a lot of time admiring the scenery and bungalows lining the course.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Awesome experience. Best course we played on our stay this March."


ballhawk46's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great conditions. Lots of grass in the fairways. Always had a nice lie. Greens are very quick and hard to not 3 putt a few times. Need good control around the greens. Love the layout. Very playable.


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



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Once you find it...it's very nice"


u504387436's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Situated back in a gated community, be sure to use the address for your GPS search and NOT the name of the course.

Good putting green, sand practice green and 225 yard driving range. Lots of sand and lots of water (and alligators!). Greens were pretty good and pretty fast on this March day. Right and left dog legs. Good finishing holes.

I thought I'd have to think about putting my driver away after the 2nd hole due to narrow fairways, but the fairways were pretty forgiving after that.

Although there is still damage showing on the houses around the course, the course itself is recovered nicely.

I'd go back in a second.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice Course for Husbands & Wives to Play Together"


u000003645576's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played in Mid-March, so the grass is still growing out but we noted more grass here than other courses. Greens were fast, but ran fairly true. Don't, repeat, don't leave the ball above the hole unless you want to 3 putt. Greens were hard and didn't hold the ball well on approaches. Nice facilities and cordial staff.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great value"


daegank9's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff was very friendly and assisted me find anything I needed. The course was in great shape with easy to follow signs. I rented clubs ($25)which were generic but in great shape. Love the course and people!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice course for early Spring"


Joel4800202's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course is still recovering from storm last fall along with a late winter freeze but overall course was in good condition. Tee boxes and fairways were fair to good since it's March. Greens were excellent. Overall a good experience and value with a GN deal so no complaints here. I would play again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Decent value for so-so golfers"


Kathleen9684693's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Some tough greens with tricky muffin-tops. Greens were fast with a couple crazy pin placements. Otherwise enjoyable, low-pressure day.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"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
Top 500 Contributor
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



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