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Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes

18 Holes
72 Par
Architect Arthur Hills
General Manager Samm Wolfe
Director of Golf Clark Sinclair
Spring Aeration May 29 - June 1, 2024
August Aeration Aug 14 - 17, 2024
October Overseed Late October- To be announced
Awarded 2023 Travelers' Choice TripAdvisor

Equally Impressive for Sharpshooters and Nature Lovers.

The Arthur Hills course at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head, South Carolina has long been regarded as one of South Carolina’s most unique golf layouts. A testament to its enduring quality and popularity, this Hilton Head Island gem was recently named among the “Top 30 Best Courses You Can Play in South Carolina.” Blending the topographic beauty of the Lowcountry with the inherent challenges of the game, The Hills course has earned a much-deserved reputation as one of the island’s best golf experiences.

The Arthur Hills course emphasizes accuracy and precision over distance, providing formidable challenges at every turn. For precision play and natural beauty, this layout simply can’t be beaten. It offers off-balance lies and ocean breezes as well as an extensive network of lagoons winding through 10 different holes.

Course Features

  • Clubhouse and Arthur Hills Grill (currently under renovation with limited services)
  • 10 holes on the water
  • Carts with USB chargers
  • Golf carts with Visage™ GPS Mobile Golf System
  • On-site golf shop with a wide variety of upscale apparel & accessories
  • Traditional driving range available to the public with or without a tee time
  • Historic Hilton Head Island Lighthouse, featured on National Register of Historic Places
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Course and Slope Ratings

Tee (Men) USGA Slope
Blue 73.5 139
Blue/White 72.4 135
White 71.5 127
Gold 67.6 116
Green 66.5 114
Tee (Women) USGA Slope
White 76.1 137
Gold 71.4 124
Green 70.1 123

Put the Dunes in Your Hand

Download the free Palmetto Dunes Golf App for iPhone, iPad, and Android. It features GPS, yardages, tips and hole by hole information for all three courses. Book tee times, keep score and more.

From the Blog

Arthur Hills Golf Course Hole with lagoon, bird and trees in background.

Remembering legendary golf course architect Arthur Hills (1930-2021)

All of us at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Arthur Hills. Of course, Hills is one of three legendary architects — along with Robert Trent Jones Sr., and George Fazio — to put an indelible stamp on the resort with their golf course design work here.

Course Maps

Your round begins on the medium-length par 4. Favor the right center of the fairway off the tee and be careful with club selection on the second shot. The wind and a shallow green can make this approach difficult.


Blue Blue/White White Gold Green
384 358 358 290 284

This short par 4 is a preview of things to come. Favor placement over length off the tee here; right center of the fairway is the ideal position. A deep green, with out of bounds left and water right, requires that you plan an exacting approach shot.


Blue Blue/White White Gold Green
373 373 334 320 289

On this short par 3 over water, check the wind before making your club selection. Aim for the center of the green.


Blue Blue/White White Gold Green
146 146 115 115 88

Time for your driver. The tee shot should favor the right center of the fairway to avoid out of bounds on the left. Club selection on the approach to this deep green will vary depending on the hole location.


Blue Blue/White White Gold Green
430 403 403 300 294

Put the driver away. Aim for the 150-yard post from the tee; this fairway narrows considerably as you approach the green. The second shot plays slightly longer to an elevated green.


Blue Blue/White White Gold Green
376 376 343 311 301

Favor the right-center of the fairway off the tee; the tall grass to the left will show you anything but "love". Position the second shot to the right for a better approach angle to this sloping green.


Blue Blue/White White Gold Green
505 480 480 410 410

Grab the driver and let it rip; the fairway is open and inviting. Though downhill, the second shot is usually into the wind and plays longer than the yardage. The center of the green is a good target.


Blue Blue/White White Gold Green
434 417 417 332 322

This tricky par 3 plays longer than it appears and is usually into the wind. Take note of the pin placement; the further right it is, the more club you'll need.


Blue Blue/White White Gold Green
156 156 135 135 113

On this tight driving hole, going with driver is not always the wise play as it is difficult to get home in two. Lay up near the 150-yard marker to avoid the water that fronts the left side of the green. The slightly downhill approach plays somewhat shorter.


Blue Blue/White White Gold Green
518 494 494 434 434

Favor the right side off the tee on this dogleg left. There's considerable trouble around the green, so aim for the center.


Blue Blue/White White Gold Green
415 392 392 322 312

This is a pretty, downhill par 3. It plays from an elevated tee to a deep, well-bunkered green.


Blue Blue/White White Gold Green
182 182 132 132 114

To paraphrase Arthur Hills, "The fun starts here". Water guards the entire right side of this hole. Line up left of the 150-yard post off the tee. The fairway narrows as you near the green. Take plenty of club on the approach shot.


Blue Blue/White White Gold Green
399 377 377 301 296

On this long par 5, you face a forced carry over water off the tee and more water fronts the green. Favor the left side off the tee and be careful on the second shot as the landing area narrows beyond the 150-yard post. The approach shot is short, but treacherous.


Blue Blue/White White Gold Green
507 486 486 360 338

Favor the right side off the tee for a clear view of the green. But pay attention to the pin placement on this two-tiered green before you play your approach shot.


Blue Blue/White White Gold Green
412 412 361 315 301

On this short par 3, judging the pin placement can be surprisingly tricky. The very deep green is divided in two by a swale in the middle. Hilton Head Island's first and oldest lighthouse privides a scenic backdrop.


Blue Blue/White White Gold Green
153 153 142 142 120

This short par 4 is filled with trouble. Favor the left side off the tee and keep your guard up on the approach. Pin placements on this deep green can vary by as much as 20 yards.


Blue Blue/White White Gold Green
365 336 336 310 295

Take plenty of club off the tee; the landing area is deeper than it appears. The difficult approach is to a green guarded by water in front, out of bounds to the left and woods to the rear. The green is angled away from you, so take plenty of club to a right side pin placement.


Blue Blue/White White Gold Green
380 320 320 284 274

This nice finishing par 5 bends to the right, then back to the left. Favor the right side on the second shot for a better approach angle. The front left side of the green is guarded by large mounds.


Blue Blue/White White Gold Green
516 516 497 414 414
Three golfers eating lunch outside.

Dining at Palmetto Dunes

When you’re ready to take a break for a quick bite or a relaxing meal, choose from southern favorites at Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza, or enjoy Hilton Head’s best fish tacos at The Dunes House - one of the island’s favorite beachfront destinations. Alexander’s Restaurant and Wine Bar is also available for fine dining every evening.

aerial view of large community pool with plenty of seating overlooking the dunes and ocean

A Vacation Home to Call Your Own

Palmetto Dunes is destination golf. That’s why we make staying here easy. With private Hilton Head, South Carolina home and villa rentals available in a variety of sizes right on the course, accommodating any size golf group is a pleasure. And staying on the resort property gives you exclusive perks and privileges.