4 Queens Folly Road, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928, US
(843) 776-2995
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About Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

Sprawling across 2,000 acres, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is bounded by three miles of Atlantic Ocean beach on one side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other in the heart of Hilton Head Island. The resort is a haven of vacation home and villa rentals and oceanfront hotel rooms (including a Marriott), three golf courses, a tennis and pickelball center and an 11-mile inland salt-water lagoon system for kayaking. The Hilton Head Outfitters provide bike, canoe, kayaks, fishing and beach rentals. The Mediterranean-style Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina is the island's largest deepwater marina. It offers waterfront shopping and dining and a variety of charters, cruises, dolphin tours and more.

Facts

Price Range$$$$
Property Class★★★★
Acres2000
Year Opened1964
Number of Units500+

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Bar, Casual, Buffet
Room TypesRoom, Suite
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
MarinaYes
Beach AccessYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?Yes
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

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Reviews

3.8
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Reviews 287
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

'That 70s Golf Course' - a fun throwback

I appreciate when golf courses embrace their history and heritage. That is quite rare among courses built from 1960 onward, but in the case of Palmetto Dunes' Fazio course, opened in 1974, I got the sense that any recent enhancements to the course did a nice job of respecting its vintage, which is admirable. The runway tees, wavy-gravy amoeba-shaped greens and broad bunkering all work together nicely, and there's some good variety to the holes.

I particularly liked 7 and 17, both of which cross one of the canals that wind throughout Palmetto Dunes and are a haven for boaters and kayakers. The long par-3 17th is one of the toughest holes on the island. Finally, I wasn't sure what to expect from the course's Zoysia greens, but they were flawless and fun to putt.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather

won't be back

This is the third time I have played this course in the past ten years. I was playing this past week as part of a timeshare package, guests of a friend. I was alarmed to find out that they would actually ask $200 during the morning weekday rate for this course. It is far from worth it. While it is a fantastic and fun design, it is always just in average shape. Greens no where need the speed they should be. Certainly nothing that you would expect at that price point, I would not go back again. The course staff were very friendly, we had a bit of a run in with the front desk and over fees as part of our package, they seemed confused and double billed us, we did get it corrected on the back end. When you compare the conditions of this course to the Pete Dye course in sea Pines (Heron) or the ocean course redesigned by Davis Love, again, there is simply no comparison in pristine shape and maintenance. Sadly, I won't be back again unless I get to play for a $40 card fee, like I did this past week. Golfers on golf trips, beware, way way overpriced.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Solid Course - Great Experience - Worth It!

Truly a beautiful course & in great shape for the hot South Carolina summer. Overall great layout & challenging course. Definitely an enjoyable experience and will most certainly be a course on the list for the next trip out east. Our group had a wonderful time as a result of the course conditions, pace of play & superior staff on duty. You can't go wrong picking this course. Would recommend this track to anyone traveling to South Carolina. To sum up our experience in three words @ Palmetto Dunes - Fazio, Beautiful, Difficult, Masterpiece.

Cannot wait to play this course again on our next trip to South Carolina.

The Armbrust Family

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Course, Not so Much for the Staff!

The course was BEAUTIFUL! However, this is NOT A $200 COURSE! I would say it should be in with the $125 range having played other courses of the same caliber. Hole 10 going to the ocean is a great experience. I played with a group of 3 and a random was placed with us.

My party have 2 complaints: 1) The pace of play was excellent! However, we were badgered by the one of the staff between hole 6 and 7. He was trying to sell stuff for charity for $10. After pausing our game to listen to whatever he was trying to give to charity and what we get in return, he rushed us through play of the 7th! He said we were behind pace of play. At that point we were 8 minutes behind pace, but only because he stopped us to listen to the sales pitch! NOT COOL! Then we felt rushed through the rest of the game as we were made to feel we had to rush through the rest of the round. From that point forward my group had a bad round and we couldn't even make a decent shot. Our group finished in 4 hrs, and the group behind us finished 30 minutes after us! We stopped off at the bar for some lunch and beer. The staff in the bar was amazing! They really took care of us! And they were the ONLY ONES TO DO SO! Which now takes us to my groups 2nd complaint.

At this point we only had 1 complaint. Here's the second. On the way out, the guy at the bag drop asked us how our round was. We told him what I stated above. He asked us to go inside an tell the guys a the pro shop as the one of them was a manager there. We were reluctant but he was insistent because he said they needed to know from us. We acquiesced. When we did, they explained they do that with everyone and not just us to keep up the pace of play. We told them we understand if people are actually being slow, but we didn't pay $200 to be harassed for no reason at all. It changes your mental focus and ruined our round and now it was apparent to us THEY DIDN"T CARE! All they said was they apologized. No customer recovery! We told them we wouldn't ever come back. And, surprise, again THEY DIDN"T CARE!

We wanted to play a nice course while we were there. While the course was a nice course and well maintained, the staff, management included, were not. This made this course for me and my group not so nice. We really won't go back. We go every year to the island. Next time we will try ones like Sea Pines, or Hilton Head National which are more in line with reasonable prices for the course and the ratings for the staff friendliness is much better.

Conditions Excellent
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

not worth the money

nice but not magnificent course but not value for the price. conditioning was average at best. Greens were ok but slow. The scenery is nice but not what one would expect for ocean course. bunkers were quite tough but well maintained.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 30
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Connecticut Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Way, way too expensive!!

Green fees $185
Range balls $15

There was NOTHING about this facility that justifies this level of gouging. Nothing.

Greens were sandy and bumpy. No rakes in the bunkers. No ball washers. Range is covered (big whoop). Staff was okay…certainly nothing noteworthy.

Bottom line is that this was way, way too much to pay for vacation golf.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 11/07/2021

I 100% agree. just played there Nov 4 and course was TERRIBLE . was told due to overseeding and they are still at $185.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Value

I'm from Alabama and play and familiar with RTJ courses here in Alabama. They are absolutely great to play at a great value. I used a short vacation to go to HILTON HEAD SC , to play at the place everyone in golf has heard of or would like to play. I looked on your site and it was rated very high, in the top 10 to play, so I booked it. I took a good friend with me. I have never been so disappointed in a course except the one we played the next day for the VALUE in my life. The cost was very high for a course that was ok at it's best. You might want to reevaluate this course. It is not a top 10 course and the value was not there. Thanks Wesley Rich

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course

This is an amazing course, I went out and played with some buddies and it was great.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course!

I have heard a lot about this course and everything was pretty much true. Great course layout, conditions were really good, and you can score here. People were friendly and they even gave us a replay for $20 each. Great day! Started had good advice - take an extra club on approach shots. Almost every green was elevated with some protected by water or bunkers so the extra club was good advice.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Such a disappointment!

We were super excited to play the Jones course at Palmetto Dunes while visiting Hilton Head. When we booked, we were absolutely comfortable with the greens fees given it is considered a "must play" in South Carolina. Checking in, the golf shop staff was mildly friendly, and the starter was exceptionally warm and personable. The course, however, was in wretched condition, and we are talking well beyond seasonal weather considerations. The grass on the tee boxes was so high and weedy that it was higher than my ball on my tee. The fairways were a sea of un-attended divots and the greens were topdressed in a thick layer of sand, which we were not informed about until the first tee. One of the bathrooms on the course was out of service, which we were not warned about, and the clubhouse "dining" option is a glorified snack bar. We were stunned about how poorly this golf course was maintained, which is such a shame given the amazing bones of this layout. It could be the crown jewel of the Hilton Head golf options, and it just feels neglected and left to die. For the same price that we paid here, we played Atlantic Dunes at Sea Pines and there is zero point zero comparison (their conditions, clubhouse and staff far surpassed Palmetto Dunes). I hope that something changes with management and this potential gem of a course comes back to life.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice course, a bit overpriced

Overall had a nice day on the RTJ course. Staff was friendly, conditions were great, and the majority of the course is beautiful.

The pace was a bit on the slow side, I was a single that was paired with another, so I know we move quicker, but at times we were at a standstill.

Four or five holes run parallel to the major road/highway on the island. The road noise is not avoidable, but not something you expect at that price point. I feel for the money, there are better options.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Not worth the money

Let me preface this review that it’s my opinion that most of the golf courses around HH are mostly monotonous (narrow w old tall trees shaping the holes, etc) - with that said, there’s nothing special about this place. For the price we paid (400$ for a family of 4, two pre-teens/2 adults twilight time) it was a total rip off.

Thin sand traps (hit a lob wedge, not a high bounce sand wedge), cart paths that haven’t been repaved since the 70s, saw the cart lady once in 18 holes, and clearly the locals (who probably is paid 1/2 of what we paid) were annoyed w our presence (despite finishing in 4hrs).

Those visiting the island, avoid this track.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Fantastic Track

Fantastic track! Would love to play it again! Much more difficult than anticipated as the course plays tight, especially when contending with the breeze off the ocean. Gee to green I’m great shape, including bunkers. Friendly staff, great selection in the clubhouse.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice layout/conditions underwhelming

We decided to checkout the Fazio Course in Palmetto Dunes, as our rental backed up to the 2nd tee box. Benefit was my young son was able to come say hi before we tees of on #2. Overall, we really enjoyed the layout and was certainly a challenging course. However, the course conditions were underwhelming for a $113 rate. Clumps of grass clippings all over the course in the rough. Greens were SLOW since they leave the type of grass longer in the summer heat. I would imagine that the course plays much tougher when the greens are mowed to a proper height.

Additionally, didn’t see a ranger once to keep pace of play. Had 2 groups of 4 in front of us, playing a scramble, that were so beyond drunk, it Took FOREVER. Front 9 was about 2:15 to get around. Back took well over 3 hours. First group had an entire hole open in front of them, then the second group was nearly 2 holes behind them! Understand we are mostly all on vacation, but it should never take this long.

Surprised to see this course had higher course/slope ratings than the RTJ track, which I though played much tougher.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great round

What a place to play. Great people all around so friendly and helpful. Course in great shape. Played 18 holes in 2.5 hours as a twosome. So fun. Saw cart girl 3-4 times each side. So Fun!!!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Scenic course-play off hours because it is $$$$

This is my rotation of courses to play on HHI. It has some great shot making holes including a 180 par three all carry over water with a skinny green . A signature hole that takes you out to the ocean and a finishing hole that is a lot of fun.

Fairways for the most part are very generous and so are the greens

Try to play after 11 or in the afternoon as the morning rate is expensive but you must give this track a chance

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great Couse

All around, a great course with excellent conditions and layout... beautiful views.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 254
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
Georgia Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Fun Course in Excellent Condition

I have played this course several times. Each time I play the course, I always leave having a great experience and love the course and the great conditions. Staff was great from the moment we arrived. Friendly staff taking our bags an loading them on carts. Starter was very helpful, and friendly explaining everything about course and the GPS on the carts.

Practice range is not great at all. You have to hit of mats at the range and cannot hit from the grass. No short game practice area other than a putting green. I would expect a higher end course like this would have a grass area to hit range balls.

Due to COVID-19, the course has plenty of coolers and ice to put on the carts, but to get a cooler with ice you have to request one. They no longer automatically put a cooler, ice as well as towels on each cart. Whey you pay over $100 per round you would expect to at least have a cooler with ice, especially when the temperature was 95 degrees with high humidity. Thank goodness the beverage cart person was great and we saw the beverage cart five times during the round.

The course, as always, was in very good condition. Typically of Robert Trent Jones courses, there are lots of large, deep bunkers. The greens are very large and it is easy to three putt if you are not near the hole. The greens have lots of humps, slopes and undulations.

The course is always very well taken care of. The best and also the signature hole is hole #10 where you have a excellent view of the ocean while on the green. The course provides a variety of fun and challenges. All in all, it is a great course and lots of fun.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
4.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Good golf

Played here after playing the Hills course, enjoyed the Hills course more than the Fazio a couple of good holes on the back nine stand out numbers 16 and 17. The greens were very good as was the condition of the course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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