Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

4.1667000000 4.2 stars from 5 (24)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7005 yards
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 74.7
  • Layout

  • 7 Trent Jones Ln, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928, Beaufort County
  • (866) 686-9137, (866) 686-9697
  • (843) 842-8509
  • palmettodunes.com
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Year built: 1970
Type: Resort
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes

Policies

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

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7005 yards 74.7 137
Blue 72 6570 yards 72.4 132
White 72 6141 yards 70.2 129
White (W) 72 6141 yards 74.4 125
Green 72 5621 yards 67.9 124
Green (W) 72 5621 yards 72.0 123
Red 72 4986 yards 65.7 115
Red (W) 72 4986 yards 68.9 112
Black 72 2625 yards 0.0 0

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Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 24 Reviews
5 stars:
10
4 stars:
11
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

21 out of 24 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers playing multiple courses   Challenges include bunkers water hazards forced carries   Great for drinks  

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"Little Jewel on Hilton Head Island"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Fantastic layout and not that difficult. Well designed for average golfers. A little pricey though. The course was in great shape except for the greens which were rather slow and sandy. If I had payed full price of $120, I would have been mad. A lot of holes play into the Ocean's wind (against you) especially on the back 9 but generous fairways make up for it. It makes clubs' selection tricky and fun. Only one hole has kind of a view of the Ocean but the course gets its name from the wind. I like this course but it is not my favorite in Palmetto Dunes. I rather play the other 2 because they are more challenging. Fun but don't expect to find great greens this summer. Would play it again though. It is however the best maintained course at the Palmetto Dunes Plantation.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course, but miserable to play due to SLOW PLAY"


u1929516's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The layout is beautiful, and the course is very scenic. Also, like many Trent Jones layouts, make sure to bring your "A" bunker game, because there are bunkers in play on every approach and most tee shots.

Conditions were just "ok". The greens had been aerated 3-weeks before, and were recovering fine from that process (I'll never downgrade a course based on aeration!) However, many tee-boxes, and most greens had bare spots. Fairways were fine.

Now to the crux of the matter, SLOW PLAY.

The first warning sign was literally a sign -- at the first tee a sign said that a round is expected to take 4.5 hours. Hmmm.

We were the third group off the first tee on a Thursday, 7:31AM tee-time, and proceeded to wait on every single shot, finishing our round in 4:45. Yes, we were a threesome following a foursome, however the foursome behind us had to wait on their shots too. The round was an utterly miserable experience as a result. The group in front of us was at least 2 holes behind. We weren't able to play-through on our own. Rangers were a constant presence, but never DID anything. On the 4th hole, one ranger told us he would speak with the group in front of us, but nothing improved. On the back 9, it was infuriating to watch the ranger drive by the slow group, and just wave hello to them.

At one point on the back 9, I flagged down another ranger to see what he could do. Turns out he was a ranger for the Fazio course, mentioning that he had been reassigned from the Trent Jones course because they didn't like how he talked with the golfers to speed them up.

After the round, I sought out the General Manager to "provide feedback". He couldn't have been nicer to me, and it's clear to me that he cared that I didn't have a good experience. But it is equally clear to me that they don't see an issue with the pace of play -- mentioning a couple times that they expect "four-and-a-half hour" rounds, once I cited my group's 4:45 round. As I said to him, I know slow play when I see it.

In summary, playing the Robert Trent Jones course at Palmetto Dunes was an utterly miserable experience due to the pace-of-play. Based on that experience, and course management's disinterest, I cannot recommend this golf course.


Player Tip: Play somewhere else, unless you prefer to play very slowly.

Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Will be back"


Michael1168012's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This was the 2nd consecutive year playing this course with co-workers. Loved the experience. Well kept in all respects. The fairways were not spotty and all noticeable divots were under repair. The rough is exactly as it sounds....rough. Greens were excellent and I can say they were one shade if the green color rather than the green with spotty brown patches. The sand traps were suitable for beach chair and the signature hole is worth a picture. I found the staff to be very friendly (despite the heat) and I can't wait for my next round on this memorable course. The only thing to be careful of is every water hazard probably has some alligators in it - leave the ball and take the drop.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nearly 6 hours wasted"


uIYPR3936IY's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Apart from lady in golf shop and starter the rest of the staff need a course in customer service. Never came across people who couldn't care less about the customers. It took nearly 6 hours to play. The photos of the course in the advert don't exist. You can see the ocean on one hole. No rangers on the course. First time I ever saw 6 groups on a tee box.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Great couse"


done4par's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

Traditional Robert Trent Jones layout was challenging but fair. Greens were fast and true. This was 3rd round on Hilton Head Island in the past 3 days and was far the best condition. I will return


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"pace of play was terrible!!!!"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Great course with very interesting holes --- however took 5-51/2 hours to play on day with great weather.

Not sure what problem was but waited on most every shot. 3 groups on most every hole. Ranger said it would get better on back 9 but it was only marginally better. Never saw ranger on last nine holes. Multiple ball washers with no water in them. This is a wonderful course but they need to improve the playing experience!!!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Amazing course for the price"


jserradds1's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/23/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Pleasantly surprised at the condition of the course. The weather was good and we were able to get the first tee time. The staff was very helpful and accommodating. Because of the wetness of the grounds, it was cart path only, but that didn't deter from the playing experience. I was impressed with the fairways and how awesome the greens were. The scenery was amazing. I booked this course online and got a great price. I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Among Hilton Head Island's very best"


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 11/13/2015
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Easily in my top three on Hilton Head Island, any talk of the RTJ Course at Palmetto Dunes usually centers around the par-5 10th because of its ocean view. Honestly, though, focusing on the 10th sells this classic short. There are so many good holes out there, especially on that stretch from 9-13, where you can see four or five holes at a time and the water surrounding them. The course isn’t overly hard from the right tees, but there are tough shots out there, especially if you play it all the way back. This is also one of the best conditioned courses on the island, so it’s a premium experience all the way around. Excellent practice facilities add to the experience, and if I could, I'd give this course 4 1/2 stars overall because it's a cut above most of the other good courses here.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course was Awesome"


Garymac5's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The staff and the club professional exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend this course and staff.


Player Tip: Rental clubs were excellent!

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course."


u000001008938's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great course, absolutely wonderful staff! Only issue we had was the slow aerated greens. Now, we did know of the aeration prior to playing. I would still play this course again, even if the greens were aerated. All sets of tees for every level of player.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course, Excellent Condition"


Ousieks1's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

RTJ was a great track. I played today in the 2nd group and the course was in as good of condition as any non-private club south of the Mason Dixon. Plays to a true 7000 from the gold tees which made me hit every club in my bag. Only one hole touches the ocean which is 10 green and 11 tee so don't think this is an ocean lined course. Plays along many inlets and coves. I only had 2 real complaints: 1) the greens we're very green and healthy but didn't touch 10 on the stimp meter. The course would be even better with greens that rolled at a better speed. First thing in the morning they should have been rolling better 2) we had 6 plugged bunker shots in our 3-some, only 1 of which was greenside. The sand is extremely heavy and over done in most places. A 3w should not plug in the bottom of a fairway bunker as mine did on 18.

Outside of Harbor Town this is probably the best conditioned and hardest course in HH. I think $130 is a bit steep, probably closer to $90 for fair value.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Course and Staff"


foreright72's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

This was my first time playing the RTJ course at Palmetto Dunes. I was blown away by the condition of the course and the friendliness of the golf staff. They were very accomdating and were willing to help in anyway. Make sure to hit up Big Jim's at the clubhouse and try the BBQ. I recommend this course to anyone that is in the area and I will be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Fairways and Greens"


jeffandsherri137's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

This course is always in great shape and one of the best courses on the island !


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"A classic design"


JKozmo's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

A classic design by RTG. Fair but challenging. Back nine one of the best on HHI. Play this course every time I visit HHI. Condition of this course and the other courses at Palmetto Dunes is way better than other courses on the island during summer months. Highly recommend.


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


"Dated but well worth it"


BostonGolfTraveler's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Boston Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

We had a lot of issues working out our tee time with the stater, we had a booked tee time, got there 90 minutes early to have breakfast and hit balls. The starter asked our nae about 30 minutes before out time and said he was running 20-25 minutes late only to about 10 minutes later tell us we were on the tee. So not 20-25 late on our time but actually 10 earlier than our scheduled tee time. Other than that cluster, we enjoyed the course. The layout, a typical HHi resort course with it's share of residential OB, was enjoyable with a lot of forced carries and water to work around. The condition of the course was above average for the time of year and the clubhouse/pro shop, though dated, had everything you need from a hearty breakfast to a nice selection of items in the pro shop.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"More, much more than I expected"


u000003657461's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

Considering I had played many of the islands better courses, I find it funny that somehow I overlooked RTJ. I've played The Trail in AL and this beat those courses hands down. This course is playable yet as challenging as you want it to be. It's great golf. I will play this track every time I come to the island. I'm working hard to have my family's annual (sons and grandsons) golf tourney centered on this course. Don't screw up, play this course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"tough course with an ocean view... for one hole!"


toothysaw2's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2015
First time playing Average weather

Reviewed on

this is one of the few courses in Hilton Head where you actually see the ocean (off the back of 10 green).

of the five courses we played on the island, this was the most forgiving, but was no less difficult. there are quite a few forced carries and there is plenty of water to avoid.

the most unique thing about this course to me is its routing. it plays almost straight out and then back. it was incredibly windy during our round, and the entire front nine was almost directly into the wind. that made for a lot of tough shots (especially the long par 3s). then most of the back nine the wind was at our back, which was kind of hard to adjust to.

very nice course!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"beautiful course, good challenge"


toothysaw2's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

this was the first course of five we played in hilton head. it did not disappoint. lots of water to navigate, but a very fair setup.

like most of the courses we played, precision is at a premium. getting too far off the fairway is costly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

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


"frankt's rtj"


u000007925420's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/27/2014
Previously played

Reviewed on

This is one of the best courses in SC and a bargin for the money. I have played 20+ rounds there, try to get 2 each time i am down at HHI


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Just ok"


JaredFunderburk's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The course was not worth the money. At 129$ it was not worth it. Bunkers had footprints all over them literally all over them.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course



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