Hilton Head Island Ranked Among ‘Top 10 Golf Islands in the World’ by LINKS Magazine

Hilton Head Island, the renowned South Carolina Low country destination, is ranked among the “Top 10 Golf Islands in the World” by LINKS Magazine.

Hilton Head is in elite company alongside entire countries and continents on the list including Great Britain and Australia. With its warm coastal breezes, golden beachfronts and lush fairways, Hilton Head Island is the preferred vacation destination of golfers seeking a high-concentration of world-class quality courses, an unspoiled natural environment, beautiful resorts and inns, and old-fashioned Southern hospitality.

In addition to the No. 7 ranking, the island was also recognized for “Biggest Selection of Accessible Courses.”

Enthusiasts can find a collection of 30 championship courses in the Lowcountry including The Sea Pines Resort’s Harbour Town Golf Links, host of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage, and LINKS Magazine’s selection for “Best Course.” Legendary designers like Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, Gary Player and Davis Love III are represented throughout the island.

“Our island attracts the world’s best golfers via the RBC Heritage – one of players’ favorite events on TOUR – as well as the millions of amateur and recreational golfers who stay and play on the island.”

Two other acclaimed courses complete Sea Pines’ trifecta of golf including Heron Point by Pete Dye and the Ocean Course. Another trio of can’t-miss courses includes Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s renowned Robert Trent Jones and Arthur Hills layouts as well as the 2014 South Carolina “Course of the Year” George Fazio design.

For a complete Lowcountry golf vacation, the Heritage Collection features four prestigious clubs with 135 holes including two unique courses at Palmetto Hall Plantation, three layouts at Port Royal Golf Club, and the renowned Rees Jones design at Oyster Reef Golf Club and Haig Point.

The region is also home to a plethora of leisure activities and culinary experiences. Guests will enjoy 12 miles of pristine beachfront; more than 350 tennis courts in all three Grand Slam surfaces; 60 miles of multi-use trails; kayaking in the tidal waters of the coast; in-shore and off-shore fishing in the Atlantic; sailing and boating through the intracoastal waterways; horseback riding or hiking the 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve filled with wildflowers, wetlands and more than 130 species of birds; and water sports including jet skis, parasailing, surfing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, water skiing and more.

Hilton Head is emerging as a foodie’s paradise, with a fistful of famous chefs opening island eateries. The menu is always fresh on the island dining scene with mouth-watering local seafood, farm-to-table produce, and Lowcountry staples like Anson Mills stone ground grits, oysters and soft-shell crab. The myriad of restaurants offer a variety of dining options from casual kid-friendly dining to elegant four-star establishments.

For more information: www.HiltonHeadGolfIsland.com, 800.523.3373.

About Hilton Head Golf Island

Hilton Head Golf Island features 30 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts enjoy Hilton Head’s Southern hospitality and world-class designs sculpted by such vaunted architects as Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Arthur Hills and Robert Trent Jones.

Its territory encompasses many of the great golf courses and resorts of North America and is ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including “Best Buddies Trip Destination,” “Best Accommodations,” “Best Couples Trip,” “Best Courses,” “Best Food and Drink,” “Best Weather” and “Best Value.” Home to the world-renowned Sea Pines Resort, the PGA TOUR makes its only South Carolina stop each April at Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage.

The Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association, in conjunction with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Visitor and Conventions Bureau and Chamber of Commerce, launched Hilton Head Golf Island to support the island’s thriving golf market through promotion of golf rounds and packages.

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