Robert Cupp at Palmetto Hall Plantation

3.8644666667 3.9 stars from 5 (113)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7079 yards
  • Slope: 149
  • Rating: 75.2
  • 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/robert-cupp-course

Year built: 1993
Architect(s): Bob Cupp (1993)
Type: Semi-Private
Greens: Celebration Bermudagrass
Fairways: Celebration Bermudagrass
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
Dress code: Proper golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7079 yards 75.2 149
Blue 72 6524 yards 69.9 135
White 72 6042 yards 69.9 124
Forward (W) 72 5220 yards 70.8 123

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 113 Reviews
5 stars:
37
4 stars:
52
3 stars:
15
2 stars:
7
1 stars:
2

recommend this course

97 out of 113 reviews


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"Average course"


Mark3657864's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in excellent condition. Just found it not very interesting. Seem like play the same holes over and over again. Good value just not very exciting. Would play it again without hesitation If didn't have other options in the area


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000008204640's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is not as well maintained as HH National which we played a few days earlier and would highly recommend. These greens we fuzzy and burnt in spots. Tee boxes could use so work as well. . We played in a threesome and finished in under 4 hours. Never thought I'd ever say this but I felt rushed. Groups behind us we're apparently in a race. Not sure if that's the course jamming in to many tee times or just our luck.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



u00000582033's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was good condition considering all the rain we have. Will definitely play again.


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Really good course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape. Breezed around in2 ½ hours. Outstanding layout with some hidden trouble. The greens were aerated a week ago but were very smooth and puttable. Plenty of room off the tees...a second shot golf course.


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


"Vacation / Hilton Head Island, SC"


James9661247's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We picked our Tee-Time in the heat of the day therefore there was absolutely no wait time, we even got on a little early, we chose this course because of the "Hot Deal" and if all the courses around here are this good and well maintained then it speaks for itself, the reason the course got just a good was that morning they aerated all the greens so the true feel on the greens wasn't there


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


"Course is Great"


u7905856's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Hadn't played this course since the "Winter" as in February time frame. The course is looking great. They had just aerated which we knew going in so we expected the sandy greens and not a lot of roll. For me it tends towards a better round because I can attack the holes without punishment. The bunkers were fantastic besides maybe one or two that leaned a little more towards a trash bunker with that cement feel to them but those were easily avoidable anyways. Played for a fair price especially with the free range balls this course always offers. Definitely one of my favorite courses out of the Brown managed ones.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"The Robert Cupp Course at The Palmetto Hall Plantation Club – A Lesson in Golf … and Geometry"


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 07/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

The Palmetto Hall Plantation Club features two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by two very recognizable names: Robert Cupp and Arthur Hills.

When it opened in 1993, the Robert Cupp Course at Palmetto Hall on Hilton Head Island had the highest slope rating from the back tees (152) of any course in the state. Although that honor has since bestowed upon Pete Dye and the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort – which comes in at the USGA max of 155 – the Cupp Course will still challenge all comers. It is a must play for all golfers who visit the Hilton Head area.

From the tips, the Cupp Course plays 7,079 yards with a course rating of 75.0 and a slope of 143. If you were skiing, the tips would be rated Double-Black Diamonds; in other words, they are for the pros. So, if your golf game has never been written about in Golf Digest, you probably shouldn’t play from back here. Several holes require carries of 225+ just to find mother earth. If you’re still debating this feat, stroll on over to the 9th tee and take a look at what you need to do with your tee shot on the 472-yard par 4. That’s right, 472-yard, par 4!

Before your round, warm up on Palmetto Plantation’s driving range where you can hit every club in the bag. Be sure to hit some putts to get an idea of what you’ll be dealing with once you get out there.

Mere mortal golfers will have all they can handle from the White Tees, which play 6,025 and carry a course rating of 70 and a slope of 128. Ladies may choose to play from either 5,605 or 5,182 yards.

Cupp created the course on a computer, something that is commonplace nowadays but not so much in the early 1990s. That’s why you will find a lot of straight lines and recognizable geometric figures, especially when it comes to the bunkers. There’s a lot of mounding too, in and around fairways and greens alike. The greens come in all sizes and shapes, several with false fronts, unfriendly slopes and a lot of subtle undulations.

Memorable Holes

One of the holes that brings back memories – not necessarily good – is the 2nd, a par 5 that plays a mere 468 yards from the White Tees. From the distance alone, it sounds like a no-brainer to go for the green in two, however the creek that makes its way across the fairway may have you thinking twice. It sits about 240 yards from the green and if you’re not on the left side of the fairway, you’ll have to lay up anyway. Up near the green, trees really crowd the right side and with all the mounding, the left is no bargain either. Even at 468 yards, par is still a good score.

Number 10 is a three-shot par 5, that plays 474 yards from the White Tees. I say three-shot because of the large pond that sits directly in front of the green. Play left of the large fairway bunker on the left and then hit a layup shot short of the water and then a short approach shot to an elevated two-tiered green.

Another favorite hole – and one that gives you about the best chance at birdie on the course – is the short par 4, Number 11, which plays 290 yards from the white tees. Hit something less than driver off the tee, short of the triangular bunker, and you’ll be left with a short pitch shot to a green where the pin is probably blocked out by a large mound. The green’s not real deep so distance control is at a premium.

A good course needs a great finishing hole and Number 18 is ready to take on anyone who dares. It’s a par 4, dogleg right around two lakes that plays 357 yards from the White Tees. Playing your tee shot down the left side of the fairway will give you the best approach angle and take the water out of play as much as possible. Any pin placements on the right side and the water is in play, no matter where you come at it from. Make your par and head to the 19th hole.

After your round, head into the clubhouse to Baird’s Pub for your favorite après-golf libation. Baird’s also has an outstanding menu with a Lowcountry theme that showcases many of Hilton Head Island’s fresh local ingredients. In fact, all of their seafood and meet dishes are prepared fresh daily.

The pro shop at Palmetto Hall is one of the best stocked in the area for men’s and women’s golf apparel and they carry several unique designers. They are more than willing to accommodate whatever you’re looking for, so if you don’t see what you want, just ask and they’ll help you find it.

Last Word: The Cupp Course is one of the most exciting layouts on the Island as it winds its way through dense oak and pine forests and large Lowcountry marshes. From an aerial view, the layout is spectacular with its geometry all over the course. From a playing perspective, it can be as tough or as gentle as you want it, just pick the right set of tees. With narrow fairways and natural impediments at both ends of the fairway, each hole offers a new start, regardless of how you did on the previous hole.

The previous course management companies didn’t do the property justice and let it slip into conditions far worse than what you see today. Brown Golf Management stepped up to the plate and took over Palmetto Hall, unfortunately a little over a week before Hurricane Matthew struck the area. You can still see remnants of the devastation as you make your way around the course. Brown Golf has been making great strides in returning the courses to their former glory including bringing over Superintendent Grant Backus from their Dolphin Head property. Backus was instrumental in turning Dolphin Head around and looks forward to doing the same thing with Palmetto Hall.

Palmetto Hall Plantation is managed by Brown Golf Management, and offers some tremendous opportunities for membership. With 7 courses in the Bluffton/Hilton Head area, members can have access to unlimited golf on all courses as well as unlimited range balls, use of the tennis facility and unlimited free golf lessons from a PGA Professional. For more information on becoming a member or playing at Palmetto Hall Plantation, visit their website at www.palmettohallcc.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:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



"Nice course, staff not so much"


efields3419's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course layout is excellent and fun. The greens were still sandy from being recently punched. The guy running the clubhouse argued with us about our tee time until we showed him he was wrong, no apology just ok go on and play. Cart guys were very nice though. Overall an average experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/31/2017

We am very sorry to hear about your experience with our staff. While we do encourage our staff to be diligent in confirming all guest reservations, there is no excuse for any form of confrontation. We are happy to hear the course and round were enjoyable, however.

We would love to discuss this incident further with you to gain a better understanding and help to ensure we do not see this happen again. Please feel free to reach out to us at ProshopPH@gmail.com.

Thank you again for joining us, we look forward to speaking with you.


"Great layout"


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

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

Reviewed on

Really nice layout, course condition was very good. Lunch and staff was very good. Some of the cart paths and tee's have been let go a little bit. Overall good value!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Cupp Course needs better service"


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

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

Reviewed on

Followed the reviews for the Robert Cupp course and decided to give it a try. I'm an advanced player. Course is a good test and the conditions are very good. I gave 3 stars b/c there was zero water on the course.

It's mid summer in HHI and temps are uber hot/steamy. No cart girl and the 4 water coolers were empty at Noon. On the Cupp, #9 does not return directly at the clubhouse. You can get there but it's a drive and you will likely loose your spot on 10.

Brown Golf, staff up so there's a cart girl or at least fill the water coolers if you want me back. Also stock Gatorade as a beverage choice in the golf shop. It's downright dangerous.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"Goid value but..."


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 07/05/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Course was in good shape and offers a challenging layout. Greens were very good. However, there was no drinking water on the course and no cart girl. It's mid summer in HHI and it gets blazing hot and humid. All the water coolers were empty by Noon. C'mon Brown Golf. BTW, no Gatorade in the golf shop. That needs fixing. Plan ahead if you have a mid morning tee time.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"Really Enjoyed It"


tpacitto's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course. Well maintained. Rangers around. Would def play again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Golf Now should better monitor course conditions"


hall2017's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very dissatisfied in course conditions. Course had been recently aerated and we were not told when booking. Greens still had bumps and sand in aerification holes. I don't recommend course only due to the course''s management not being honest about this. Otherwise course was good. Disappointed that Golf Now didn't tell us about aerification. I don't know if that is Golf Nows fault for not notifying or the courses fault, bUT either way it was disappointing for us.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Golfing USA"


u8743993's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Patrons were very friendly, course play was good. I would definitely recommend to anyone to give it a try.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Undecided"


u000007564516'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

Aeration alert, while we were aware of the aeration, would like to play again after greens are back in shape. The fairways were well kept, though course was bone dry. Staff was great, booked online advance tee time, rain in forecast, called the course and they moved tee time to another day without even questioning, big props. Starter was helpful and informative; not your typical course, some greens are huge, others are minuscule. Pace of play was good, other than a fivesome out in front of us, but course wasn't busy so we still had three finish in 3:50. Variable tee options for various skill levels, not any yardage marked on course other than tees and 150 markers. Some holes had pin locations that felt a little gimmicky. Some hidden water as well. Overall it was a good experience, will return if second or third round for the week, wouldn't make this my only HHI golf experience in a given time frame. Water coolers were located about every other hole which is a big plus in the humidity of the Island.

Overall recommend checking out course!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



u000001684241's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000001279616's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2017
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: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Dale Cooper"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

When I scheduled my round there was no notification of the condition of the greens. There was know mention of it when I checked in either. The greens had just been sanded an were, for the most part, unputtable. The course should have given me an option to play or to get a rain check to play when the greens were in better condition. I realize the need for this type of maintenance, but the customer should be given the option to play or not.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Hilton Head ttio"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens had just been punched so putting was difficult. Condition of course was just average.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



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