Dolphin Head Golf Course

4.3501764706 4.4 stars from 5 (258)
  • 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

GA Rating Index 4.4 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: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 258 Reviews
5 stars:
129
4 stars:
98
3 stars:
24
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

239 out of 258 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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"Excellent!"


u000005180930's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played on a chilly day so course wide open. Very nice course, plenty of challenges but not too hard. Attractive layout. Nice staff. I will go back sometime.


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


"Very enjoyable day"


Marmitage1'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 01/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Temperature was max 50 degrees, welcome was much warmer and the course was in great winter shape. Not too many people playing on a cold day so we get round in good time


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


"Great shape"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/19/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Acturacy is required to score blue tees good test leaving long irons to green s great shape and good layout


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"First time, great time"


u242319232's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/04/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We were really impressed with this course and we are glad it's now open to the public .


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course. Great deal."


Willus's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Generally wide fairways and challenging but fair approach opportunities. Greens are in beautiful shape and fast, fast, fast -- nothing like what's back home -- so practice your putting if playing here. Weather was overcast but the course was in great condition. Played here last year and had plans to come back so was also happy to receive e-mail on special rates which made playing this fun and enjoyable course a great deal!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Terrific Greens"


rmharz's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/01/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I booked as a single and was paired with another single who had never played there and couple from Canada who have probably played every course in the HH area over the last few years.

The starter was friendly and gave us our instructions, there was a ranger who circled the course numerous times, and until we reached the final 5 holes I don't think we waited much at all.

My group was a pleasure to play with, as we all played ready golf. and the course was in good shape considering the time of year, with the greens being the outstanding feature of this course.

I will play this course again when in the area, as being familiar with the course will be an advantage as there are numerous blind shots and some knowledge of the greens can help save a few shots.

I did score 84 which is about average for me , but I did hit a few bad shots and felt I could have been better. EX: the last par 3, I think # 17 needs to be played to the left side of the green as the front right is narrow and with the pin front right if you carry a little to long you are in trouble.

SO if you are playing for the first time just play to the middle of the green. That same day I think #16 was back left on a top shelf and a few yards from three sides of the green.

I had played Shipyard a few days earlier, and the tee boxes, and fairways were not as good as Dolphin Head and the greens were no where near the speed and condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect 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: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u069101765's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/22/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/22/2017
First time playing 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: Good


I recommend this course



u000008056048's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/19/2017
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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


"Good Layout & Facilities"


u397376278's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/19/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed our round at Dolphin Head. Course was in good shape and the greens rolled very true. Fair test of golf with a number of challenging holes. Staff was helpful all around. Always a nice game at Dolphin Head.


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


"jfill48"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/18/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The best course we played in Hilton Head. Greens were very fast. Fairways and tee boxes were great. Will play it again when we return. Great value for the money.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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


"Quick greens - but fair"


Eladner's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Our foursome had some difficulty with gauging the speed of the greens. Hard to read putts.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Best course played in last 7 days"


Chapgolf's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was the best condition of all courses we played of the 6 other courses this past 10 days. The conditions were in good shape and the layout is fair but the greens are not level so you have to try to play below the hole! We would recommend this course for sure.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Just OK"


RonaldHHI's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Meh. It was on OK round. It was busy, and it was slow tourist golf. My fault for expecting anything different at this time of year. I used my golfnow bonus points to make it an inexpensive outing for me. The course was in good condition.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great condition"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great condition. Fairways plush and the greens were very fast.


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



janhow's avatar
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good course"


dhillski1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played early in the morning as the 3rd group off. Pace of play was fantastic. I made it around in 3 hrs. The course was in good shape. The course has short par 4s and long par 3s. A lot of the par 4s have dog legs.


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



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great track, in great shape"


msdave79's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/27/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Absolutely beautiful setting, and in really good shape. Would definitely play again. Not super difficult or super long, but still some challenging holes. Worth every penny.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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