Dolphin Head Golf Course

56 High Bluff Rd, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 13081
Type: Semi-private, open for public play
No. Holes: 18
(843) 681-5550
Architect: Gary Player (52)
                      
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About Dolphin Head Golf Course

Dolphin Head Golf Course is a Semi-Private, 18 hole golf course located in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Dolphin Head Golf Course first opened for play in 1974. The course was designed by Gary Player.

The front and back nine have different personalities. The front nine winds through tall trees with Player’s signature bunkers and marshland coming into play on most of the holes. The front nine plays short but puts a premium on hitting fairways and greens. The back nine offers a different look with open spaces and tall, old growth trees, giving Dolphin Head two very distinctive looks.

There's a great view of Port Royal Sound from the 14th hole and gusty winds that will even affect the back nine holes. But that’s not the only challenge! Water hazards on 13 holes and undulating greens redesigned by Clyde Johnston in the 1990s will test players’ putts.

Par for the course is 72. From the back tees, the course plays to 6,598 yards. From the forward tees, the course measures 5,372 yards. The longest hole on the course is # 9, a par-5 that plays to 516 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 4, a par-3 that plays to 174 yards from the back tees.

Watch out for # 6, a 433 yard par-4 challenge and the #1 handicap hole on the course. The easiest hole is # 14, a 341 yard par-4.

This course has been ranked 3 times
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Lakeland, FL
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Guest (cart included), played on Monday, July 2017 at

At long last, the public can play Dolphin Head Golf Club in Hilton Head Plantation, the only course in the area designed by Gary Player. In building the course, Player's main goal was to leave intact as much of the terrain and to move as little dirt as possible, keeping a natural look to the golf course.

The success he achieved is amazing, as is the golf course. It's one of the most visually stunning and best-maintained courses in the area. The surrounding natural preserves and local wildlife were not interrupted, and harmony between man and nature has been achieved.

Dolphin Head Golf Club opened in 1974 as the first course built in the Hilton Head Plantation. Local course architect Clyde Johnson renovated the tees, fairways, and greens in 2010, installing denser Celebration Bermuda in the fairways and tee boxes and Mini-Verde Bermuda on the greens. The result is lusher fairways and quicker greens, something admired by the majority of golfers.

From the back tees, Dolphin Head measures 6,606 yards and chimes in with a course rating of 72.7 and a slope of 140. The White Tees at 6,169 yards (70.8/130) will provide as much golf course as the average golfer can handle, and still let you leave with a little bit of respect and dignity!

In building Dolphin Head, Player has created two 9-hole tracks that are completely different. The front nine meanders through tall, centuries-old trees and forests while the back nine has more open space yet brings more marsh and wetlands into play. Both circuits feature Players signature bunkering, resulting in one golf course with no two holes alike. The result is a golf course that is both scenic and playable and captures the natural surroundings.

Dolphin Head gets your round started with a hole that can put you on the right track in a hurry. It's a modest length par 5, dogleg right at 465 yards from the White Tees. However, you'll need to avoid the pond on the right and trees on the left off the tee. Make it to the dogleg with your tee shot and you%u2019ll have a clear shot into a green protected on the front right and back left by bunkers. The elevated green slopes gently from back to front so be sure to put your approach shot below the hole and start off the round in a positive manner.

Number 4 is the first par 3 you encounter at Dolphin Head. From the White Tees, it plays a moderate 154 yards. With the pond on the left and a large oak tree and mounding in the middle, there is essentially no bailout area. Because of the way the green lies, most golfers can expect a long side hill putt.

At 401 yards from the White Tees, Number 6 is the course's toughest hole. If a draw is in your shot repertoire, now would be a great time to use it; anything short of the dogleg and you'll likely be blocked out by tall pine trees. A good drive will still leave a lengthy approach shot into an elevated green protected by sand front left and right as well as grass swales long. Par is a great score here.

Carry the fairway bunker on the right side off the tee, and you're well on your way to a low score on Number 11, a par 4 that plays 365 yards from the White Tees. That will leave a short pitch shot to an odd-shaped green with a large bunker on the right and a small mound in front.

Straight is the key to success on Number 15, a long par 4 that plays 399 yards from the White Tees. The fairway bunker on the right seems like a ball magnet to many, and the two-tiered green is well bunkered on either side.

Your round concludes on a signature hole. Number 18 is a dogleg right par 5, playing 470 yards from the White Tees. A good drive up the left side may just inspire you to go for the green in two; however, danger awaits any errant attempts. A large pond makes up the right side of the fairway from about 300 yards out, and the left side of the green is home to a rogue sand bunker. To further complicate matters, the green has two tiers and a bit of slope to it. Take your par and head to the 19th hole.

Although the golf course is the main attraction, Dolphin Head Golf Club is a place that, as a member, you can make friendships that last a lifetime. As a member, you'll also enjoy full-service dining, social events, card groups, book clubs, and more. With a Brown Golf membership, you'll get so much more than just being a member of Dolphin Head Golf Club. You'll enjoy unlimited golf at seven championship, 18-hole golf courses, unlimited range balls and use of the practice facility, discounts on guest fees, lodging and pro shop merchandise and unlimited golf lessons with a PGA professional.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 028886
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Hilton Head, SC

$71 (cart included), played on Sunday, August 2008 at 8am

Most local courses offer local golfers prices below $50.00 per round. I enjoy playing this course but the extra cost bitres into my entertainment budget a little faster.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 004669
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Member (cart included), played on Wednesday, March 2008 at noon

Excellent track, not flashy, just rock solid & relentless. Great variety of well-designed holes. Known for long & difficult par 3s and strategically placed trees. Plays longer than it is & slopes high for length due to elevated greens and soft aprons- Must land approach shots on the green to score. Very tricky medium-fast greens. Front nine typically tight Low-Country track. Back nine more open Parklands-style course with beautiful flowering trees. Superb proshop staff and food service. Very reasonable guest fees when playing with a member.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 001837
4.7/5
Based on 3 reviews
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