Dolphin Head Golf Course

4.3081235294 4.3 stars from 5 (279)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6606 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 72.7
  • Layout

  • 56 High Bluff Rd, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29926, Beaufort County
  • (843) 681-5550
  • (843) 681-2868
  • www.dolphinheadgc.com

Year built: 1974
Architect(s): Gary Player (1974), Ron Kirby (1974), Clyde Johnston (1993)
Type: Private
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6606 yards 72.7 140
Blue 72 6421 yards 72.0 137
White 72 6174 yards 70.8 130
Gold 72 5513 yards 68.0 123
Gold (W) 72 5513 yards 73.5 126
Red 72 5360 yards 66.8 117
Red (W) 72 5360 yards 71.8 122
Green 72 4760 yards 64.3 112
Green (W) 72 4760 yards 64.8 113

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 279 Reviews
5 stars:
135
4 stars:
109
3 stars:
27
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

259 out of 279 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city at a resort worth the drive   Great for locals seniors advanced golfers   Challenges include water hazards bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks  

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"Fun Course - Staff NOT happy or friendly at all"


RettJ's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

One of my favorite courses on Hilton Head Island. The course layout is great and lots of fun. The greens were very nice (quick, smooth and fair. They ran true and had very few un-repaired ball marks). The greens have lots of humps, ridges and undulations. The staff on the other hand were rude and acted as if they were doing you a favor to let you play. The old guy in the pro shop acted as if he didn't want us there.

The practice facilities are very average. You can not hit your driver on the range because you can not hit any clubs over 225 yards.

If you can tolerate the unfriendly, rude staff, the course is great and lots of fun.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Another great course in the Hilton Head Island area"


u245816047's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

First time playing Dolphin Head. Very nice layout and very nice condtions. After playing Old South, I was equally impressed. The greens again were true and a little faster. They weren’t out of control, but extemely puttable (is that a word?). Never had a reason to stop in the restaurant/bar area, but the staff I came upon were very friendly and efficient. I would recommend this course if you are coming to the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great layout"


Don4634481's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed everything about this course.... Staff...condition....value....layout.... Can't wait to play there again!!


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


"Nice"


Don4634481's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the condition as well as the layout of the course. Can't wait to play again! Many of the courses have not been in very good shape..


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


"Hilton Head National"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course with good facilities. Pace was a bit slow today. But has been better in other visits


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Arrive early, made to feel I was late!"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I arrived 30 min before my tee time. I wanted to loosen up before playing. I was looking forward to playing with someone else since I was a single. After checking in I head to the driving range with my $8.00 bag of range balls. As soon as I pull up the Starter calls my name and suggests I play with the threesome on the tee. I dropped my Head because I just paid for and wanted to loosen up. He said go ahead I will send them off. After hitting balls I go to the tee 5 min early and he says I have no one to put you with. I said I was to play with a twosome and he said he sent them off two groups ago without me because I wasn’t there yet. But I got there 30 min early! So I ended up playing alone waiting every shot.

The course was in great shape. The greens were firm and the putts rolled true. I love the layout and I will return the next time I have others with me but will not return as a single.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


wbsimms's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was great the clubhouse not so great

Limited in food and drinks and not like the pictures

All in all a great day of golf


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Strong value for the money"


u930456611's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

We played just after 3 p.m. and had booked our fees through an on-line site. The man behind the counter waived that off and gave us the twilight rate, cutting our green fees by $20 apiece. A layout that emphasizes accuracy off the tee with some good green complexes. Good course to get your first round in at Hilton Head if you haven't played in a while. 15-18 is a strong, fun finish.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course"


anne0118's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Friendly staff, clear instructions from the starter helped to make our round enjoyable. The course is in excellent condition, very challenging, but fun. Greens were fast, fast. Lots of wildlife! We will be back.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Tight tree-lined challenge"


thegull8585's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Monday morning round, so not many people to contend with. Paired with another single and we got around in about 3.5 hours. The staff I encountered were very friendly and helpful. Range was just Ok, as you may only hit clubs up to 225yds. Greens and fairways in great shape but still “filling in” for the season. Most tee boxes needed some help and TLC. Overall, a good experience, but a little steep on the rate.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great course/awful people"


zchris90's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Favorite course of our trip! All 8 guys said this was their favorite course. Layout was awesome course and greens were very nice. The staff on the other hand were rude and acted as if they were doing you a favor. It started at the guard shack at the entrance to the community. The guy there was rude and very proud of the power he wields. There are no signs to help guide you were to go. Then you get to course and the kid in the pro shop was not friendly at all. This club used to be private and act like they don't want you there. The practice facilities are very average.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best greens in HHI"


dporter1952's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course and layout. Plenty of challenge. Best greens we played in HHI.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Paul7459383's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good course... Rudest ranger ever!"


wpoulson's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

The course was in very good shape. The ranger was extremely rude... Anytime he drove up to our carts, he did nothing but complain about pace of play and scolded us... There was a group in front of us that were about one full hole out but they had golfers frequently picking up... The group behind us never waited on us... When we finally asked him how many minutes we were behind.. He "analyzed"all his papers and finally said 2 minutes... So the three times we encountered him he never gave us a how do you do or anything, just whined and complained... He needs to realize when he acts like this most people respond the opposite way...a very unhappy dude!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Fun course but Management doesn't get it"


Bill6305115's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

A fun golf course, the greens were in great shape, fast and true. Management doesn't understand you can't have 5 minute tee times and expect people to enjoy their round. Got to a par three and there were 4 groups backed up to play. It took over 5 hours to play a round of golf! Ridiculous. I only recommend this course because it is in good condition and a nice layout. The cart staff and starter were friendly and apologetic, but Brown Golf Management needs to get its act together.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



mlancaster03's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

a challenging course with beautiful scenery.Friendlt staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course. Friendly staff. Plan to return tomorrow.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great layout, excellent condition"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great condition, excellent layout . Pace of play was reasonable and not slow enough to bother our group. Greens slower than I remember them but that was good in a way as they were lightening quick last time.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Just ok"


Jbyr21's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Older course, very slow play, waited every shot. Ranger did nothing. Staff was great...golf experience not so much


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course



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