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Golf Travel Guide To Hilton Head Island

A Golf Destination Guide

By Brian Weis

Looking to plan the perfect golf trip to Hilton Head Island ? Planning a buddies trip or a romantic golf getaway can be a full time job not to mention pressure filled to deliver a memorable experience. Below is an interview with Vanessa Castaneda, Leisure Sales Manager who shares some insider information about golfing and traveling to Hilton Head Island , must play courses, a sample itinerary and where you can go for more planning tools.

Give our readers an overview of your destination and why they should consider it for their next golf trip?
Hilton Head Island offers over 25 courses in the Lowcountry. The Heritage Golf Collection offers 7 unique golf experiences all on one island. We have partnered with several hotels and home rental agencies to offer stay and play packages. One call, does it all!

What are the must play courses in Hilton Head Island ?
Palmetto Hall Plantation Club features two championship courses, The Robert Cupp Course and The Arthur Hills. Both have won numerous awards and accolades for its unique and challenging layouts. They are "must play" courses when you are on Hilton Head Island.

What is the hidden gem and/or best value course?
Oyster Reef Golf Club, a Rees Jones championship designed course, features challenges throughout the course with over 80 bunkers that protect the well-manicured greens. Precision and accuracy is key to scoring on this course. The most memorable hole is # 6, a short par three with the green in front of the beautiful Port Royal Sound.

Can you provide our readers with an ideal itinerary for a long weekend?
For a long weekend retreat, you can book a villa or stay at one of the newly remodeled resort hotels on the island. Play a round of golf or 2 at one of The Heritage Golf Collection courses. With plenty of time before dinner, take a nice relaxing walk on the beach or get a spa treatment. Then dine outdoors by the water or try any of the 250+ restaurants on the island!

After golf, what are the "must do" things or attractions to see?
After golf, there are plenty "must do" or attractions to see! You can unwind and relax on the beaches, take a bike ride, paddle board, go canoeing or kayaking...plenty of water sports to keep you busy! For a great rush, you can also try Hilton Head's newest addition, ZipLine Hilton Head over by Broad Creek Marina. Or just relax, visit the area spas for a great sports massage or to just rejuvenate for the evening!

Whether it's seafood dining by the water with live music or just casual dining, with over 250 restaurants to tempt your taste buds, there is an atmosphere perfect for you!

If you are a big Food Network fan, try our local "Next Food Network Star" finalist, Orchid Paulmeier's restaurant, One Hot Mama's for some great barbecue or Chef Robert Irvine's restaurant Eat! If you still need more, you can always make a stop at our neighboring city of Savannah for Paula Deen's Lady and Sons restaurant!

What is the best time to travel?
For golf, spring and the fall are perfect conditions! Join us in April when the island hosts the PGA tournament The RBC Heritage Tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Where can golfers go for more information to research and plan their trip?

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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