Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

4.5833000000 4.6 stars from 5 (24)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7005 yards
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 74.7

  • 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
Architect(s): Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1970), Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1995), Roger Rulewich (1970), Roger Rulewich (2002)
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

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

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.6 stars from 5
Overall Condition: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 24 Reviews
5 stars:
15
4 stars:
8
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

23 out of 24 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

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

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"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

Overall Condition: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Well worth it!"


uOGYJ5675OG'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

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Hills course is a fun layout"


uOGYJ5675OG'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

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fun day"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Beautiful course.....starter was not the friendliest


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


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

Overall Condition: 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

Overall Condition: 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

Overall Condition: Excellent


I recommend this course


"This course has"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Friendly staff, affordable greens fees , lots of texture to this course with elevation changes and forced carries. condition was excellent. Highly recommend


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


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

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Dated but well worth it"


Joe2845687's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
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

Overall Condition: 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

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


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


toothysaw2's avatar
Top 250 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

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"beautiful course, good challenge"


toothysaw2's avatar
Top 250 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

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


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


Player Tip: carry a couple of extra sleeves of balls. You could lose as many as 6 or 7 balls on this course

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: 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


Player Tip: Water holes are tough especially #17 they all play longer than listed

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"George"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Fun course to play for high handicappers. Wide fairways and large greens. Excellent condition.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


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

Overall Condition: 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

Overall Condition: Fair

Course Difficulty: Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Very good resort course!!"


trots007's avatar
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/21/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

We have played this course every year on our golf trip. This year we played this course later in the afternoon and there had been a lot of play so the greens were a little rougher but certainly very playable. It's a great layout with the view of the ocean behind the 10th green. This course has a lot of very good holes and would be my favorite of the 3 at Palmetto Dunes Resort.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good

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

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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