May 2007

A Hidden Gem: Dolphin Head Golf Club

Author: Lawrence Bergin

If you’re looking for the best-kept golf secret on Hilton Head Island, your search has finally come to an end. Nestled along the waterways of the Port Royal Sound in Hilton Head Plantation lies the Dolphin Head Golf Course. Designed by Gary Player in 1974, Dolphin Head was one of the earlier courses built on Hilton Head, and over the years it has developed the reputation as the hidden gem of the island.

First impression of the Dolphin Head Golf Course is one of simplicity and beauty. The course is built on some of the best real estate in Hilton Head Plantation, meandering through the tall pines and live oaks, eventually finding its way along the Port Royal Sound on the fourteenth hole. The front nine is routed through the trees and marshland while the back nine becomes more open, allowing the player to experience two different styles of course design—a feature found on most traditional links-style courses in Scotland and Ireland. Although the course was built in 1974, Player’s design has held up to modern golf equipment and is still as much a challenge as it was thirty-three years ago.

Dolphin Head is a true private equity club, offering membership categories for residents, nonresidents, families and individuals and boasting one of the friendliest memberships anywhere. The consistency of the club is maintained by nearly a century of experience between the head pro, superintendent, and the club manager—something often missing at private courses. Although Dolphin Head is mainly about golf, there are social activities for non-golfers, including fine-dining events, weekday lunches, Sunday brunches, bridge groups, and various other special annual events. The dining room and social area are spacious with a great view of the golf course, making it a perfect venue for a wedding or any special event, complete with great food and a professional staff to complement the ambience.

Dolphin Head remains an affordable solution to the high price of most private country clubs. One of the key features is an all-inclusive membership which includes unlimited use of the driving range, golf carts, and all club facilities. As a debt-free organization Dolphin Head has an advantage in that its facility is easier to manage, allowing a perfect balance of amenities and activities at an affordable price. If you are looking for the perfect golf course to join, make sure to give the Dolphin Head Golf Club a visit and see for yourself why Dolphin Head is Hilton Head Island’s best-kept secret.

Dolphin Head Golf Club
Hilton Head Plantation

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