Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

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3.7
55 Reviews (55)
5 Stars
25
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
6
Conditions
4.2
Value
3.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
3.8
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.0
70.5%
Recommend this course
41 out of 55 reviews
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4.0
3 Reviews (3)
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
0
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1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.7
Value
3.3
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.7
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
3.3
66.7%
Recommend this course
2 out of 3 reviews
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4.3
6 Reviews (6)
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Conditions
4.8
Value
3.8
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
3.8
83.3%
Recommend this course
5 out of 6 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7005 yards
Slope 137
Rating 74.7

The oldest course at Palmetto Dunes and is a long-time favorite on the island. This facility features an extensive lagoon system which winds through the course impacting play on eleven holes. Add some of Jones' seemingly patented bunkers and large, well-bunkered greens and you've got plenty of good golf ahead of you here.

This Palmetto Dunes Resort course is well-known for its many views of the ocean. The finest is found at the 10th hole, a par-5 on the card of 540 yards. Its green is set out by the ocean, and it takes three good shots to reach it when the wind is blowing in your face

Course Details

Year Built 1970
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

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Reviews

3.7
55 Reviews (55)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 6
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 13
Water Hazards 12
Forced Carries 9
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 9
Advanced Golfers 8
Playing Multiple Courses 7
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 13

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Poor Customer Service

Coming from Cincinnati for our annual guys golf trip (4 years running), we played 6 courses in 6 days.  Cupp course on Plantation Hall, RTJ, Arthur Hills, Hilton Head National, CC of Hilton Head and Oyster Reef. 
Our experience at RTJ was the worst of the week.  I don't mind paying a lot of money to play a good golf course and the course was in good shape, but with an expensive round, I expect great customer service like we received at the other courses.  Our round started with the cart guy sitting in a cart on his cell phone not willing to get up and help us when we pulled around until an older gentleman working told him to get up.   We then asked for a second cart if possible because myself and the guy with me weren't playing together.  He said ok but then just put the clubs on the same cart.  Not that big of a deal.  We go in the pro shop to pay to find out we have to pay extra for range balls.  I think its ridiculous that you guys charge for range balls.  We didn't have to pay for them at any of the other courses.  Near $150 round and you're charging range balls off turf, not even grass?  We go get breakfast in the bar and we are greeted by a women who loudly asks us "what do you want?"  It was rude and poor service.  We go out to play our round and with near 100 degree temps, we find the entire round (minus the snack house-which is cash only) to not have any drinking water on the course.  How are there no Igloo coolers full of water in a place where its so hot.  Every other course in the country has them...It was almost pass out hot.  We saw the cart girl 1 time in 18 holes.  We saw 1 drinking fountain that didn't work.  We got back at the end of our round frustrated only to have one of our guys complain and he received more poor customer service in the attitude he received in the pro shop.  The cart boys at the end told us there should've been water in our coolers for us.  There wasn't.  We should've had towels in our cart, there wasn't.  

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

My favorite course on HHI

It was a crazy hot day and RTJ @ PD didn’t leave you to swelter. They provided free bottled water and a cooler full of ice, and recommended placing on of their towels in the ice then putting around your neck, definitely helped! Course was in excellent shape. My only complaint was the hardness of the greens. They were fast and it was difficult to get your ball to stick. The layout is excellent and each hole was unique.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great Expirience

First class from start to finish. Staff was great from the moment we arrived. Friendly staff taking our bags an loading them on carts. Starter explaining everything about course and carts. The course was meticulously taken care of. Everything was well trimmed from sand traps to greens. Beautiful views and best golf experience ever. Worth every penny. Highly recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Very Warm Day at Robert Trent Jones

This golf course provides a variety of challenges. There are multiple bunkers on every hole and water on most of the back nine. I enjoyed the back nine a lot more than the front. The course was in great shape. The range was very nice as well. I would most likely play it again if I had the chance. Is it worth $79? Probably not. But it’s still a great course to play if you’re at Hilton Head. My only advice would be to play in the morning or late afternoon if you go in the summer. It was very hot on us and we played in the afternoon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great course

Visited Hilton Head on a guys weekend and played Robert Trent Jones. Out of the 3 courses at Palmetto Dunes, Robert Trent seemed to be a little easier with some wide fairways and bigger greens. #10 has a great view of the ocean! The greens rolled true all weekend on all the courses. Definitely plan on coming back in the future!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course

Beautiful golf course that was in great shape. Greens rolled smoothly and tough to find a bad lie in the fairway. Very scenic course with #10 being the signature hole finishing right by the ocean. Had some open fairways if you sprayed the driver a little, while still having great character throughout every hole. Great staff as well as a delicious restaurant attached to the clubhouse. Would definitely come back to play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
1.0

No sweatpants allowed

You can’t wear sweats at the golf range even though this is not mentioned in the course dress code. If you do show up in sweat pants you will be told this is not “proper golf attire” and kicked off the premises.

Friendliness Poor
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Disgusted by the Lack of Respect Shown to Golfers

The grounds crew followed us from hole #9 through #18 continuously working on the bunkers while we played. They ran their equipment and bounced from bunker to bunker while we were hitting. I've never seen that lack of respect for golfers from a grounds crew ever.

Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
acd9ec6e-4574-5cc7-b6ae-0c3c58bf8fe4
Commented on 07/27/2018

Hello u000006234332,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and concerns about your recent golfing experience at Robert Trent Jones. We strive to provide a memorable experience for all guests and apologize that your expectations were not met. While our golf course maintenance teams are working diligently to improve and maintain our course, they should also be doing so within the etiquette and courtesy of our guests.

I'd like to connect with you directly to discuss your experience further to ensure your concerns are addressed. I may be reached at (843) 785-1131 or you can email your contact information to csinclair@palmettodunes.com and I will reach out as soon as possible. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future to provide you a rejuvenating round at one of our three courses.

Warm regards,

Clark Sinclair, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort - Director of Golf

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Disgusted by the Lack of Respect Shown to Golfers

This course is beautiful and in decent shape even with the 4 inches of rain that fell in the 1-2 days prior to us playing. I was disgusted by the fact that the grounds crew showed no etiquette towards our group. I understand they had to work on the bunkers because of standing water. However, they followed us from hole #9 thru #18 by continuously working and running their equipment while we played. I've never been so disgusted while playing golf. Go to Harbour Town, they treat you and the game with respect.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
acd9ec6e-4574-5cc7-b6ae-0c3c58bf8fe4
Commented on 07/27/2018

Hello u000006234332,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and concerns about your recent golfing experience at Robert Trent Jones. We strive to provide a memorable experience for all guests and apologize that your expectations were not met. While our golf course maintenance teams are working diligently to improve and maintain our course, they should also be doing so within the etiquette and courtesy of our guests.

I'd like to connect with you directly to discuss your experience further to ensure your concerns are addressed. I may be reached at (843) 785-1131 or you can email your contact information to csinclair@palmettodunes.com and I will reach out as soon as possible. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future to provide you a rejuvenating round at one of our three courses.

Warm regards,

Clark Sinclair, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort - Director of Golf

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Bad Shape

Careful, course is in really poor shape. Not particularly the greens, but everything else is terrible and appears to be being ignored. Weeds everywhere, tees that are all weeds, fairways are mostly bad, crabgrass everywhere.

Worst conditioned course I’ve played in years.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
acd9ec6e-4574-5cc7-b6ae-0c3c58bf8fe4
Commented on 07/13/2018

Hello u370203921,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and concerns about your recent golfing experience at Robert Trent Jones. We strive to provide a memorable experience for all guests and apologize that your expectations were not met. Our golf course maintenance teams are working diligently to improve and maintain our courses after a poor spring/summer transition.

I'd like to connect with you directly to discuss your experience further to ensure your concerns are addressed. I may be reached at (843) 785-1131 or you can email your contact information to csinclair@palmettodunes.com and I will reach out as soon as possible. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future to provide you a rejuvenating round at one of our three courses.

Warm regards,
Clark Sinclair, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort - Director of Golf

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Extremely Disappointed

Worst conditioned course I’ve play in years.
Rather shocking, appear they are not spending any money on course upkeep.
This is my first review ever, triggered by over paying for really poor course conditions.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
acd9ec6e-4574-5cc7-b6ae-0c3c58bf8fe4
Commented on 07/13/2018

Hello u370203921,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and concerns about your recent golfing experience at Robert Trent Jones. We strive to provide a memorable experience for all guests and apologize that your expectations were not met. Our golf course maintenance teams are working diligently to improve and maintain our courses after a poor spring/summer transition.

I'd like to connect with you directly to discuss your experience and address your concerns. I may be reached at (843) 785-1131 or csinclair@palmettodunes.com. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future to provide you a rejuvenating round at one of our three courses.
Warm regards,
Clark Sinclair, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort - Director of Golf

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Needs a lot of maintenance

Could not believe a Hilton Head course could be in such poor condition. Fairways were full of crabgrass and in many places no grass. Greens had been aerated weeks before but were still not playable. Tee boxes were worse than you would find on a muni course. (Sorry about that, I should be more respectful to the many fine muni courses out there.) What a shame for such a good RT Jones course to have fallen to this level. Play the Arthur Hill course instead. Much better condition.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
acd9ec6e-4574-5cc7-b6ae-0c3c58bf8fe4
Commented on 07/13/2018

Hello Kilmerlake106,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and concerns about your recent golfing experience at Robert Trent Jones. We apologize that your expectations were not met during your recent round, as we strive to provide a memorable experience for all of our guests. Our golf course maintenance teams are working diligently to improve and maintain our courses after a poor spring/summer transition.

Please allow me the opportunity to connect with you directly to discuss your experience further. I may be reached at (843) 785-1131 or csinclair@palmettodunes.com. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future to provide you a rejuvenating round at one of our three courses.
Warm regards,
Clark Sinclair, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort - Director of Golf

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing

Dissapponted

This was my first trip to Hilton Head. This course was located directly behind our condo and I had heard good things. I walked on to the course late this morning and was greeted by a very friendly and helpful staff. I was paired up with 3 others, all different generations in the same family and they were happy to have me. They had played the course many times before and were more dissapponted than I was as they had had seen the course in much better shape. In all fairness I was told in the pro shop that the course had been aerated a couple of weeks prior but the course was looking good. With that being said they also were offering a modest discount to anyone playing the course.
Now the bad, To start, the T boxes were horrible. There was more dirt than grass. The same could almost be said of the fairways. The grass around the greens was the only thing that I could tell was left of this courses’ previous stature. The greens were rough, but again they were recently aerated. There were a lot of odd hops and bobbles that I found invisible when surveying the green between my ball and the holes.
The pace of play was abysmal. According to the ranger we spoke with they had let a couple of fivesomes out a few groups ahead of us who were on the island for a wedding. They were playing a scramble and were taking a long time looking for balls and what not. The ranger did break it up but the twosome between our group and the scramblers were so frustrated they decided to stop play at about the 6th hole and call it a day. By the time we reached the 14th hole two of the guys in my group decided to leave the game as well leaving me to finish with their father/ grandfather to finish the round.
To top it all off the cart I was riding in had recently come from the Fazio course in Palmetto Dunes. Not only was the GPS unit in the cart still set for the other course but the scorecard in the cart was also for the Fazio course. If it wasn’t for the group I was with and my GPS watch I would have been more clueless than I already was.
There are a lot of courses to play here on Hilton Head. The guys in my group were telling me about the other courses that they know are in much better shape and offer cheaper rates. The next time I return to this island I will not plan on a replay of the Robert Trent Jones course.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Georgia Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Fun Course - Terrible, unfriendly staff

When we got to the first tee, the starter was not happy or friendly at all. The cooler on the cart had not ice at all, just warm water. I took the cooler off the cart and went to get it filled with ice. The started said in an annoyed voice "you have to go off right now. You can't go get ice." I just turned around and gave him a stare and walked away to get ice. I just paid $125.00 to play the course and I was not going to play without any ice to have a cold drink on a hot and humid afternoon. I went and got ice and when I came back the started gave me a dirty look and said that we had to go right now.

At the range, you were only permitted to hit off mats. Not what I expected from an up-scale resort course.

The course is in great condition and the greens are fantastic. There are lots of elevated greens which adds to the challenge of the Robert Trent design. The greens had very few un-repaired ball marks so the greens were quick and rolled true and smooth. The layout of the course is fun and challenging. The best hole is the par 4 #11 where the green is right by the ocean and has a spectacular view of the Atlantic ocean.

Tees and fairways were in excellent excellent condition. There is lots of water and bunkers.

At the end of the round, the cart attendants were VERY rude and only cared about getting the cart back so they could clean. They were trying to rush us to get everything out of the cart so they could clean. They make you get everything out of the cart and pack ALL your personal belonings out to your car and do not help or assist at all. At the end of the round I was tired and not in the mood to be told what to do and to get all of my stuff out of the cart and carry EVERYTHING out to mar car (over 200 yards away). The beginning anbd the end of the round made the entire day not to enjoyable The course was great but the staff was awful.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

An absolute gem!

From my perspective, this course is an absolute pleasure to play. Aesthetically, it is very pleasing on the eye and if your accuracy is a little off, the layout makes for a much easier day than say the Arthur Hills course next door. I very much appreciated the wider fairways when stood with jangly knees on the, the Hills course having beaten the snot out of me the previous day.

I can definitely see how some of the other courses close by might be more to some golfers' preference. The RTJ course uses other means by which to challenge you - plentiful bunkers for example, several of which I frequented and all of which were in almost perfect condition. The giant greens can also be a challenge if you are a little wayward with your approach shots.

The staff at this course were impeccable from the moment we arrived. A very efficient greeter takes your clubs from the car, the starter is very efficient and the ranger makes a special point of thanking you for your business towards the end of the round.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

very disappointed

My wife and I were very disappointed with the golf course conditions and the terrible conditions of both the men and ladies washrooms in the clubhouse. The whole facility looked tired and worn out. The couple we played with had the same opinion of the poor golf course conditions. Not sure how they got rated #2 on this island. Do not waste you hard earned money.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Used cart

The Choice on the Island

Wonderful course on the Island. Well laid out with some outstanding views to enjoy. Greens were in excellent shape.

Course was very busy but the pace was very good.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

good golf, but nothing special

Booked an afternoon tee time. Big pro shop as expected being that its a resort course. Ranger was somewhat rude and blunt. Before the round we went to the range only to discover that we were only permitted to hit off the mats. pretty disappointing considering almost any other course in S.C this time of year has grass driving range open. Front 9 was pretty straight forward. Layout of course is pretty average except for 10 which goes straight at the ocean. Other than that most holes seem the same in terms of 170 yard par 3s from the middle tees and a few dog leg lefts and rights. Tees and fairways were excellent. greens were pretty slow and seemed inconsistent.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Wonderful day on the RTJ Course

What a great course for winter golf. Great greens, thick fairways with Bermuda overseeded with rye, and a layout designed to make you think. The course has everything....sand, wind, water and a great view of the ocean. Playing as two couples, we found the course to be very fair and equally as challenging. Pick the right tee box and enjoy a great day of golf....choose poorly and and dig deeply in the golf bag for another ball. Lots of play on the day we were there, but pace of play was four hours. The golf carts with GPS are a real benefit. Great staff ( actually the starter was a little cranky) and a pro shop stocked with a wide variety of men's and woman's attire. If you are in HH this is a great place to play. We'll be back next year.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great course

I played this course 2 of 3 rounds in the AGT golf championship. This was my first time to Hilton Head and to play this course and I was blown away by the overall feel from the staff and the course. The pro shop staff went above and beyond to help make sure our time at their course was perfect. I had forgot to stop by the ATM and one of the staff members gave me a ride to the general store that had an atm. He was busy but took the time to help me. Another great experience was after the pro made announcements he would walk down as we were about to go out and play and as each cart went by he would say thank you to all of us. You don’t see this kind of hospitality at the Utah courses. The course was in great shape. I hope to qualify for next years event so I can bring my family.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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