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Hilton Head and Bluffton Golf

Golf Locales on Hilton Head & Bluffton

It was a desire to sell homes that led The Sea Pines Resort developer Charles Fraser to build what has become the world famous Harbour Town Golf Links which hosts the annual Verizon Heritage each year. The kick off of the tournament launches the Hilton Head area's tourist season, bringing millions of visitors to the south's most spectacular golf location.

Though Fraser was primarily interested in selling real estate, he didn't just build any course. He employed Jack Nicklaus and course architect Pete Dye to collaborate on the design. With an interest in honoring South Carolina as the birthplace of American golf, the first course was built in Charleston in 1786, and Scotland, the birthplace of golf, Frasers Harbour Town Golf Links would mirror the short fairways and small greens of the classic courses in Scotland. Read the complete article.

For Golfing Enthusiasts Only

Golfing great Gardner Dickinson who was a founder of the Senior PGA Tour once said, "They say golf is like life, but don't believe them. Golf is more complicated than that."

Few serious golfers would argue with Dickinson. Golf is an obsession acquired the minute one steps foot on a green. It is exhilarating, heartbreaking, strategic and profoundly exciting. As a property owner on Hilton Head, residents are given special golfing privileges to play world-renowned private and semi-private courses.

On Hilton Head, no two courses are the same and each offers something uniquely different for each player. Although every course on the island is worth playing, there are a few that have remained favorites with islanders and visitors throughout the years.

It's impossible to cover the great golf locations of Hilton Head without first beginning with Harbour Town Golf Links and the ubiquitous lighthouse that is part of the PGA Tour's Verizon Heritage. Winners of the event have included every golf champion from Arnold Palmer to Jack Nicklaus. Designed by famed golf architect Pete Dye, Golfweb.com, the PGA's official site, calls it "a classic short course with many unique holes."

The Wexford Golf Club is a private course on Hilton Head Island located within the distinctive community of Wexford. It was designed by Willard Byrd, a landscape architect and course designer who partnered with developers during his 50 year career and became well-known for his exclusive work creating residential courses within exclusive communities. The 18-hole course is set among magnificent homes, a marina and a multimillion dollar clubhouse.

Few courses can maintain a 5 out of a possible 5 rating given by golfers who have played their greens, but Long Cove Club, a private course designed by Pet Dye has done just that. The club touts that "each hole is a signature hole" and remains a favorite among golf enthusiasts worldwide. As a former visitor lamented on GolfCourse.com, "BEST AND HARDEST COURSE I'VE EVER PLAYED!" Read more about great Hilton Head Golf

Bluffton, South Carolina is a cozy community just outside of Hilton Head Island and neighbor to Savannah, Georgia. In the early part of the 19th Century, it was a summer retreat for the wealthy. Today, Bluffton which occupies just 53 square miles within Beaufort County is home to some of the state and nation's most sought after golf courses, all tucked behind the gates of exclusive private communities.

If you are interested in real estate on this scenic bluff, you will no doubt consider the amenities that Colleton River Plantation has to offer. Named for Sir John Colleton, the Lord Proprietor who was deeded the land by King Charles II in the 1700s, Colleton River Plantation sits among the unspoiled landscape that overlooks the Colleton and Chechessee Rivers.

Within its gates is the exclusive Colleton River Plantation Club, recently honored by the Club Leaders Forum with the coveted Platinum Club of America Recognition. This honor is bestowed on less than 5% of the private clubs nationwide and cements Colleton River's membership into golf's award-winning society.

The Colleton River Plantation Club is no stranger to awards and accolades. It hosts two award-winning 18-hole courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye, plus a 33 acre Par-Three course. The Nicklaus Course was named best new private golf course in America in 1993 and later, best new remodel in 2005 by Golf Digest magazine. Colleton River Plantation was honored in the top 20 for Travel & Leisure Golf's America's Top 100 Golf Communities and won the prestigious Diamond Award as one of the Top 25 Golf Communities in the U.S. by Luxury Golf & Travel Magazine.

Read more about the private golf communities in Bluffton.