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Fairway to heaven: Hilton Head Island nature and world-class golf

Sunday, 16 Jun, 2023 0

By Graham McKenzie

If I am asked, what do I want from a holiday then almost machine gun like I blurt out ‘wildlife, activity and local food’.

If that activity involves golf, then so much the better but hey I’m not that fussy.

I think I have found the almost perfect destination. Nestled on the picturesque coast of South Carolina, Hilton Head Island is a haven for avid golfers and nature enthusiasts alike. With pristine beaches, stunning landscapes, and a collection of top-notch golf courses, this charming island offers an unforgettable experience.

Hilton Head Island (or HHI according to the golf balls) boasts a tranquil ambiance that makes it the perfect getaway for relaxation. With over 12 miles of pristine beaches, visitors can indulge in sun-kissed shores, the refreshing coastal breeze, and enjoy water activities.

The island’s lush maritime forests, nature preserves, and bike-friendly trails provide ample opportunities for exploration. Hilton Head Island’s rich ecosystem, home to diverse wildlife and bird species, makes it a paradise for nature enthusiasts. What’s not to like ?

Hilton Head Island

The area has also gained a well-deserved reputation as one of the premier golf destinations in the United States. It boasts a remarkable array of world-class golf courses. From challenging championship courses to scenic links-style layouts, Hilton Head offers options for all skill levels.

Courses like Harbour Town Golf Links, designed by Pete Dye, to the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course at Palmetto Dunes are true golf gems. Relative newcomers like Atlantic Dunes designed by Davis Love III do not let the HHI side down in the slightest with narrow approaches, swift putting surfaces and a judicious use of water. Enthusiasts may also appreciate the island’s golf academies, practice facilities, and professional instruction available.

Modern golf courses can also be a birder’s dream. The design and maintenance of the course has to fall within the general guidelines of biodiversity  by ‘helping people enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats. Whenever I play golf in the US I take with me my ‘big’ camera so that I do not miss out on any photo opportunities with the local flora and fauna.

While golf may be the main attraction, Hilton Head Island offers a plethora of other activities. There is fine dining at award-winning restaurants, charming boutiques and art galleries, or a fishing excursion to catch your dinner. I adore oysters and on HHI you can have them for almost every meal and not break the bank. I drew the line at dipping them in eggs over easy, but I certainly had my fill.

If seafood is your thing, then this is the place to come. For those that like some red meat you won’t be disappointed. On my last night I indulged my cholesterol readings by having a medium rare filet (bone in) at the Harbour Town Links Club House.  My colleague had the ‘Butchers Cut’ which is local lingo for half a cow. You could not fault it.

Hilton Head Island is a destination that seamlessly blends natural beauty and recreational opportunities. The island ticks all the boxes. Pack your clubs, get your big camera out, don some sunscreen, and prepare for an unforgettable island getaway.

Graham stayed at the Inn and Club at Harbour Town part of the Sea Pines Resort portfolio and was jointly hosted by Hilton Head Island and Savannah/HHI International Airport


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