Arthur Hills at Palmetto Hall Plantation

4.0348823529 4.0 stars from 5 (123)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6918 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 73.7
  • Layout

  • 108 Fort Howell Dr, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29926, Beaufort County
  • (843) 342-2582
  • (843) 689-1315
  • www.hiltonheadisland.org/golf/golf-courses/arthur-hills-course-palmetto-hall-plantation/

Year built: 1991
Architect(s): Arthur Hills (1991)
Type: Semi-Private
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 6918 yards 73.7 136
Blue 72 6582 yards 72.3 131
White 72 6257 yards 71.0 127
Forward (W) 72 5006 yards 70.6 123

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 123 Reviews
5 stars:
33
4 stars:
65
3 stars:
14
2 stars:
10
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

102 out of 123 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is near the airport convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers playing multiple courses locals   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens water hazards   Great for drinks  

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3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"First time"


pro2be's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
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Overall I enjoyed the course but the greens were slow and in average condition. I thought the layout was challenging but playable. Decent value on GolfNow but I would have been dissatisfied if I would have paid full price.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"The Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Hall Plantation – As Good as Expected"


TheGolfinGuy's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

The Palmetto Hall Plantation Club in Bluffton, SC features 36 holes of pristine championship golf from two of the game’s top designers: Robert Cupp and Arthur Hills and is a must-play for every golfer. Palmetto Hall Plantation Club is now a part of the Brown Golf portfolio which has expanded to a total of 6 facilities in the Bluffton/Hilton Head area.

The Arthur Hills Course opened in 1991 to rave reviews and was almost instantly named to Golf Digest’s list as one of America’s Top 10 New Courses. In 2008-09, the magazine awarded the course 4-stars as one of “Best Places to Play.” The Arthur Hills course plays 6,918 yards from the back tees with a course rating of 73.8 and a slope of 139. At 6,257 yards (70.6/128), the White Tees will prove to be a formidable foe for most golfers, while ladies will find the course enjoyable from the Red Tees (5,006/70.3/119).

Hills’ signature style is fully on display here –undulated fairways with lots of mounding wind through heavily wooded forests of moss-draped oaks and towering pines, that frame the fairways of many holes. Lush fairways and crystalline lakes give way to large greens, with bunkers butted up against the sides, providing golfers with several challenges. Fortunately, most of the hazards are lateral and sit off to the sides of the fairways and only a handful of holes require an aerial approach on to the green.

Memorable Holes

There are plenty of demanding holes on this Arthur Hill masterpiece, and Number 4 (par 4, 375 yards from the White Tees) definitely fits that bill. It’s a narrow driving hole, up a tree-lined chute to a small landing area, preferably short of the water on the right. From there, it’s a mid-iron approach shot to a small, narrow green protected on the left with sand.

On many of his course, Hills like to challenge players, especially longball hitters, with risk/reward opportunities. Such is the case on the short dogleg right par 5, 5th hole which plays 461 yards from the White Tees. If you’re long off the tee, you should play your tee shot up the right side just left of the water. Now the choice is yours, go for broke or play it safe. It’s all carry over water, although if you’re getting queasy, you can always bail out to the left. Otherwise, play both your tee shot and layup down the left and take the water out of play. It’s a great chance to gain a stroke; or not!

Number 9, the other par 5 on the front side, plays 501 yards from the White Tees and can prove to be quite the challenge, unless you hit it straight, three times in a row! Trees and sand need to be avoided off the tee as do more bunkers on your layup and approach shots. The green is small, narrow and not easy to hold on long shots unless you come in really high. Par is a good score here.

The most interesting par 3 is Number 13, which plays 133 yards from the White Tees. It’s pretty wide open but what makes it interesting is the pot bunker in front of the green. It’s going to take a carry of about 150. A short but trying par 3.

The finishing hole is rated the toughest on the inward nine; it’s a long, dogleg left par 4 that plays 389 yards from the White Tees. There’s trouble from tee to green: push it right and you’re either in the trees or out of bounds; hook it left and you’re in the water. Hit it straight and you get to hit it again! Your tee shot is simple: pick a line, aim down that line, hope your ball stays on that line. Water guards the entire left side of the green and there’s sand short and right, so you’re going to have to fly it on the green if you want to finish strong. Speaking of the green, it’s two-tiered and well-sloped; par is a great way to end the round.

Add up your scores and see how much you’ve won while enjoying your favorite beverage in Baird’s Pub. They have great food too; I tried the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich. It was as if they had taken a piece of steak, sliced it up and cooked it with peppers, onions, mushrooms and cheese. It tasted as good as it looked. Other entrees are featured with a Lowcountry theme, showcasing many of the fresh local ingredients found on Hilton Head Island.

Last Word: Over the years, Arthur Hills has created several courses that are difficult and Palmetto Halls is no different. His two designs on Hilton Head – this and the Arthur Hills at Palmetto Dunes course - are among the most highly regarded courses in the Southeast.

You have to think your way around this Arthur Hills masterpiece if you want to do well and have fun; it will take both accuracy off the tees and well thought out approach shots. You’ll find lots of mounding in fairways as well as grass bunkers and swales around the greens; both can wreak havoc and create that dreaded uneven lie. Fairways are tight, hazards are everywhere, many times unseen, and putts roll straight and true. This is by all means a challenging course, yet of you play it from the right set of tees, you can score well and have fun.

Brown Golf Management has done a great job of restoring Palmetto Plantation since acquiring it a week before Hurricane Matthew hit the area. Digging out from under Matthew was one thing, but Brown has made great strides in bringing these two courses back to what they once were. Superintendent Grant Backus was plucked from their Dolphin Head property and given that task after the wonderful transformation he performed over there. Given a little bit of time, Backus and his crew will have the two Palmetto Hall Plantation tracks back in championship condition.

A lot of local golfers shy away from joining a local club because they don’t want to be locked in to playing at just one facility. Brown Golf’s answer to that is simple: give members 6 local courses to play. In fact, your Brown Golf membership includes unlimited golf at not only 7 local facilities, but also ALL Brown-managed courses in PA, NC, SC and FL, unlimited use of the practice facilities including free range balls and unlimited golf lessons with a PGA professional, all for one low, monthly price. That last part alone makes it worth your while, in fact you could get so much better that the money you make off your friends, pays for your membership!

For more information on Palmetto Hall Plantation or to check out a membership, visit them online at www.palmettoplantationcc.com.


Pace of Play: Good

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



"The Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Hall Plantation – As Good as Expected"


TheGolfinGuy's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

The Palmetto Hall Plantation Club in Bluffton, SC features 36 holes of pristine championship golf from two of the game’s top designers: Robert Cupp and Arthur Hills and is a must-play for every golfer. Palmetto Hall Plantation Club is now a part of the Brown Golf portfolio which has expanded to a total of 6 facilities in the Bluffton/Hilton Head area.

The Arthur Hills Course opened in 1991 to rave reviews and was almost instantly named to Golf Digest’s list as one of America’s Top 10 New Courses. In 2008-09, the magazine awarded the course 4-stars as one of “Best Places to Play.” The Arthur Hills course plays 6,918 yards from the back tees with a course rating of 73.8 and a slope of 139. At 6,257 yards (70.6/128), the White Tees will prove to be a formidable foe for most golfers, while ladies will find the course enjoyable from the Red Tees (5,006/70.3/119).

Hills’ signature style is fully on display here –undulated fairways with lots of mounding wind through heavily wooded forests of moss-draped oaks and towering pines, that frame the fairways of many holes. Lush fairways and crystalline lakes give way to large greens, with bunkers butted up against the sides, providing golfers with several challenges. Fortunately, most of the hazards are lateral and sit off to the sides of the fairways and only a handful of holes require an aerial approach on to the green.

Memorable Holes

There are plenty of demanding holes on this Arthur Hill masterpiece, and Number 4 (par 4, 375 yards from the White Tees) definitely fits that bill. It’s a narrow driving hole, up a tree-lined chute to a small landing area, preferably short of the water on the right. From there, it’s a mid-iron approach shot to a small, narrow green protected on the left with sand.

On many of his course, Hills like to challenge players, especially longball hitters, with risk/reward opportunities. Such is the case on the short dogleg right par 5, 5th hole which plays 461 yards from the White Tees. If you’re long off the tee, you should play your tee shot up the right side just left of the water. Now the choice is yours, go for broke or play it safe. It’s all carry over water, although if you’re getting queasy, you can always bail out to the left. Otherwise, play both your tee shot and layup down the left and take the water out of play. It’s a great chance to gain a stroke; or not!

Number 9, the other par 5 on the front side, plays 501 yards from the White Tees and can prove to be quite the challenge, unless you hit it straight, three times in a row! Trees and sand need to be avoided off the tee as do more bunkers on your layup and approach shots. The green is small, narrow and not easy to hold on long shots unless you come in really high. Par is a good score here.

The most interesting par 3 is Number 13, which plays 133 yards from the White Tees. It’s pretty wide open but what makes it interesting is the pot bunker in front of the green. It’s going to take a carry of about 150. A short but trying par 3.

The finishing hole is rated the toughest on the inward nine; it’s a long, dogleg left par 4 that plays 389 yards from the White Tees. There’s trouble from tee to green: push it right and you’re either in the trees or out of bounds; hook it left and you’re in the water. Hit it straight and you get to hit it again! Your tee shot is simple: pick a line, aim down that line, hope your ball stays on that line. Water guards the entire left side of the green and there’s sand short and right, so you’re going to have to fly it on the green if you want to finish strong. Speaking of the green, it’s two-tiered and well-sloped; par is a great way to end the round.

Add up your scores and see how much you’ve won while enjoying your favorite beverage in Baird’s Pub. They have great food too; I tried the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich. It was as if they had taken a piece of steak, sliced it up and cooked it with peppers, onions, mushrooms and cheese. It tasted as good as it looked. Other entrees are featured with a Lowcountry theme, showcasing many of the fresh local ingredients found on Hilton Head Island.

Last Word: Over the years, Arthur Hills has created several courses that are difficult and Palmetto Halls is no different. His two designs on Hilton Head – this and the Arthur Hills at Palmetto Dunes course - are among the most highly regarded courses in the Southeast.

You have to think your way around this Arthur Hills masterpiece if you want to do well and have fun; it will take both accuracy off the tees and well thought out approach shots. You’ll find lots of mounding in fairways as well as grass bunkers and swales around the greens; both can wreak havoc and create that dreaded uneven lie. Fairways are tight, hazards are everywhere, many times unseen, and putts roll straight and true. This is by all means a challenging course, yet of you play it from the right set of tees, you can score well and have fun.

The new management company has done a great job of restoring Palmetto Plantation since acquiring it a week before Hurricane Matthew hit the area. Digging out from under Matthew was one thing, but Brown has made great strides in bringing these two courses back to what they once were.

Superintendent Grant Backus was plucked from their Dolphin Head property and given that task after the wonderful transformation he performed over there. Given a little bit of time, Backus and his crew will have the two Palmetto Hall Plantation tracks back in championship condition.

Brown Golf has some incredible membership opportunities available which are particularly attractive to those in the Bluffton area. A single membership includes unlimited golf at 7 local courses as well as reciprocals at all other Brown Golf Facilities around the country. You’ll also receive access to the practice facilities and unlimited range balls as well as complimentary golf lessons from PGA professionals. That alone is worth the monthly dues.


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


"Bad Greens"


Christophe2453357's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Tee's and fairways were OK to go along with OK design. The greens were horrible. Will not go back and plenty of other golf courses to pick from on HHI.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 07/08/2017

Thank you for your feedback, I would love to discuss the areas you felt were lacking to improve where possible.

Please contact th Palmetto Hall Golf Shop if you would like to discuss.

Again thank you for your feed back and apologize for areas that were not to your liking.



u6787843's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"shot makers delight"


millerd66's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

One of my favorite courses on HHI. It is a shot makers course. On many holes you need to have your tee shot be in a certain position or you will be in jail. It also means you are not always hitting driver. Hole #2 don't hit driver. Hole #17 don't hit driver just get it to the right spot..

Such great character to the course and a lot of fun.

The greens look like the need some help some brown patches. One green in particular I want to say #4 or #5 seems like every time I have played it has in the front of the green areas that are chewed up.

Don't let that stop you, if you are not scared by the price then make a trip.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



u1038561's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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



u000006266298's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

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

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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


"Good track for the money"


plugged88's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

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

Reviewed on

Greens had just been punched so very slow, still enjoyable, worth playing


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



dagleis's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2017
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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


"Tough when out of position but fun."


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tree lined fairways require hitting drives that give a player small areas to hit to.Makes for some interesting 2nd shots.Greens recently aerated but we're recovering well.Looking forward to playing it many more times.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u549135223's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Nice course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

In spite of the sanded greens we had a beautiful round. Hardly any people. Very friendly staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Hilton head trip"


3012673's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2017
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Reviewed on

First time to play this course after coming to Hilton Head for years. The course layout was great. Not a much water and sand traps as other courses in the area. Made the experience more enjoyable.


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



u840018540's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course



u4184582's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good Course"


DennisFranko's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course was in very good shape. There is nothing extremely exceptional about this course but it is very nice. The pace of play was very good and the staff treat you well. Would recommend esp. if you can get a good deal.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



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