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The approach plays over water on the par-4 second hole of the Robert Trent Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Palmetto Dunes resort - RTJ golf course - 10th
You can see the ocean from the green on the par-5 10th, but it's hardly the only highlight on the Robert Trent Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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The par-4 third on the Robert Trent Jones golf course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is well protected. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Palmetto Dunes resort - RTJ golf course - no. 5
The 204-yard fifth is the first of four strong par 3s on the Robert Trent Jones golf course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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The par-4 seventh is the no. 1 handicap hole on the Robert Trent Jones golf course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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The difficult par-3 eighth on Robert Trent Jones golf course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort plays 227 yards from the back tee. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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The par-5 ninth on Palmetto Dunes' Robert Trent Jones Course provides a scoring opportunity before making the turn. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Once again, you'll have to clear the water, this time on the par-3 12th on the Robert Trent Jones golf course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Water comes into play off the tee and the approach on the par-4 13th on the Robert Trent Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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The tee shot on the par-4 14th on the Robert Trent Jones golf course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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The par-3 17th is the no. 16 handicap hole on the Robert Trent Jones golf course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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The finishing hole on the Robert Trent Jones golf course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is a sharp dogleg left. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

More than its ocean view: Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Named for its legendary designer, the Robert Trent Jones Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is also one of the top courses in Hilton Head Island.

Known for its ocean view on the par-5 10th hole, the course is sort of like nearby Harbour Town Golf Links in that it's about so much more than one or two holes. Also one of the best conditioned courses on the island, Palmetto Dunes' RTJ Course has a wide variety of holes, which open up at the turn for a series of tests that not only come close to the Atlantic, but cross over several water hazards.

Well bunkered, but with generous fairways, the course is playable by all levels, especially with six sets of tees that range from 2,625 yards to just over 7,000.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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