Arthur Hills Golf Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

4.2857000000 4.3 stars from 5 (14)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6651 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 72.9
  • Layout

  • 2 Leamington Ln, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928, Beaufort County
  • (866) 686-9138, (866) 686-9697
  • (843) 842-8509
  • palmettodunes.com
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Year built: 1988
Architect(s): Arthur Hills (1988)
Type: Resort
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: On request
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6651 yards 72.9 136
White 72 6122 yards 70.4 125
White (W) 72 6122 yards 76.1 137
Gold 72 5227 yards 67.4 113
Gold (W) 72 5227 yards 71.4 124
Green 72 4999 yards 70.1 123

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 14 Reviews
5 stars:
8
4 stars:
3
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

12 out of 14 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort   Great for wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks  

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"Better then the Fazio course but not as good as the Robert Trent jones one"


Keith0709's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/20/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Played here today and the course was in great conditions. The Authur Hills course is not as no as good as the Robert Trent Jones course but is better then the George Fazio course. The Trent Jones golf course is the one that has the 'oceanfront' views. The whole Palmetto Dunes course is a great setting in Hilton Head but not the best on the island. Personally I feel the course is a little overrated for what you get but the course is always in great shape, with lots of water. The good part about the course it is near the ocean just not on it. I felt the layout was absoulutley perfect and the setting is great. The palm trees are always out and the staff has been accommodating the two times I've played it. Overall I felt the course was great.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course in Great Condition"


Samuel9541549's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/24/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played Arthur Hills Course at PD for the first time and was very impressed. I played like hot garbage but would go back in a heartbeat. Greens were fast and true. Fairways and tees boxes were in excellent condition. Staff from the door through the cart barn were very courteous and helpful. Only thing I could say that is unsightly is the damage clean up from hurricane Matthew a few months back. Hard as HHI got hit, I'd actually consider it a plus how much the course and island have recovered.


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


"Get ready for a fun challenge. Course conditions not great"


Sylvain9645338's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Another great layout at the Palmetto Dunes plantation. Fun course to play with friends. Back nine is a little target golf though but the holes are kind of fun. Fairways, bunkers and tee boxes were great. Greens were again very slow and sandy due to aeration or month of the year. They should not charge full price to customers when playing in these conditions. Played for $59 which is great but again I live in Pittsburgh and at this price, you can except the best conditions. I would play again there but you just have to know that the greens are not in great shape at this time of the year , so lower your expectations concerning the course conditions and you will have a great time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 01/08/2017

Actually $59 is a really good price for HHI and especially for the PD courses so that's already very discounted. Makes me, however, want to schedule a golf trip to Pittsburgh!


"Golf Lesson from Doug Weaver Helped Greatly"


peterb442's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Took a 45 minute lesson from Doug Weaver before playing my round and was amazed at the results. Doug helped with some subtle changes that helped me to get off the tee with great consistency. Thank you Doug and will be back soon for some help on my short game. I have had a handful of lessons during my 30 plus years of playing the sport but never before was I able to convert the instruction to immediate results as I did with Doug's instruction.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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


"Course in awful shape"


Mark5623703's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

We were warned that the greens had not recovered from aeration 1 month earlier. We were expecting to deal with the typical aeration holes. Instead the greens seem to have some kind of fungus and are covered in sand. You can see sand fly up after an approach hits the green. By the end we just stopped playing the greens, took 2 putts and moved on the the next hole. The fairways and tee boxes also were not in great shape. Played this course years ago, it needs a lot of TLC to get back to where it should be.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Palmetto Dunes - Arthur Hills"


TheOBchef's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Dallas Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

Of the 3 Palmetto Dunes courses this one is the toughest. The course makes you think about next shot with many of the holes having risk/reward options. The tee boxes seemed to need some repair work, but the course is in good shape.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Track, Bad Conditions and Service"


Emoweeh's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Looking at the PD Arthur Hills course online it looked spectacular. It was less so when we arrived. *Disclaimer* They had just aerated so take what I say with a grain of salt.

First off, the staff was not happy when we arrived, I understand you don't expect a lot of people to play a course after being aerated, but hey, we're on vacation and in a vacation destination so you should treat everyone like its a five star resort.

Second, the course was in between average and poor shape; some holes were better than others but overall it was disappointing. Again I know they had aerated, but it wasn't just the greens (which were 90% sand 10% grass). The tees boxes hardly had any grass on them, and the fairways had dead spot after dead spot. Luckily, we paid a discounted green fee ($60) because of the aeration, but the course would have to be a thousand times better for me to want to pay the standard $90 fee.

Overall, I loved the track, lots of pretty water holes, and interesting, quirky holes. But for me to want to play the PD Arthur Hills course again I would need proof the conditions had greatly improved.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"No surprise: Hills is hardest at Palmetto Dunes"


MikeBaileyGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I have sort of a love-hate relationship with Arthur Hills' risk-reward design philosophy, so right away I was looking for things that were unfair on this course. I thought the first hole was a little too difficult for an opening hole with a green that you couldn't see, calling for a right-to-left approach into a well-protected green. But as I made my way around this course I could see how well thought-out these holes were, making the Hills Course a true championship test. It's also very scenic with its tree-lined fairways, numerous water features, excellent conditioning and outstanding practice facilities.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Well worth it!"


Tom1720790's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The Arthur Hills course at PD is an interesting layout and very well maintained. Clubhouse and on course staffers are very friendly. All 3 PD courses are high quality and should be experienced by visitors to the island, as well as locals.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Hills course is a fun layout"


Tom1720790's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/04/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

We always enjoy playing Arthur Hills. Been playing this course for years. Always in top-notch condition and the staff is friendly as could be.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Best of the Palmetto Dunes Trio"


NYrailfan's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This is a great course, very challenging yet manageable if you keep your shots in the fairway. Course will punish you if you go into the rough. Greens are quick but generally true, no gimmicky greens.
Pace of play can slow if there are hackers or poor golfers on the course. Humidity and heat can be a problem as the course is surrounded by trees


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Palmetto Dunes Gem"


NYrailfan's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Play this course every year when I go to Hilton Head. Challenging yet fair course. Has holes that look easy but can be damaging to your score if you don't keep the ball in the fairway. Greens are well kept and roll true. If you go to HHI make sure you play this course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Arthur"


amessler's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2014
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Excellent test of skills. No two hole alike. Good condition.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"a really good challenge"


Mickydrake88's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Played the Hills today for the first time. Course was in great shape and as a 10 handicapper I found it quite challenging. There were three 430ish par 4s, plenty of water to clear off the tee and before the greens. 4 or 5 tee shots you have to really hit straight to avoid not having a shot into the green. I shot mid 80s and would go lower now having played the course as I know a little more about where to put the ball (and where not too).

Overall an excellent test and a course that is in great shape. I should add that I played on Saturday afternoon which is the less busy day on the island for golf :-)


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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