Dolphin Head Golf Course

4.4243823529 4.4 stars from 5 (317)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6606 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 72.7
  • Layout

  • 56 High Bluff Rd, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29926, Beaufort County
  • (843) 681-5550
  • (843) 681-2868
  • www.dolphinheadgc.com

Year built: 1974
Architect(s): Gary Player (1974), Ron Kirby (1974), Clyde Johnston (2010), Brad Bartell
Type: Private
Greens: Mini-Verde Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Celebration Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6606 yards 72.7 140
Blue 72 6421 yards 72.0 137
White 72 6174 yards 70.8 130
Gold 72 5513 yards 68.0 123
Gold (W) 72 5513 yards 73.5 126
Red 72 5360 yards 66.8 117
Red (W) 72 5360 yards 71.8 122
Green 72 4760 yards 64.3 112
Green (W) 72 4760 yards 64.8 113

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 317 Reviews
5 stars:
157
4 stars:
121
3 stars:
30
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

294 out of 317 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city at a resort worth the drive   Great for locals seniors advanced golfers   Challenges include water hazards bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks  

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"We'll be back again!!!!"


sinclairh31's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall well maintained course. Fun to play and not over the top difficult for first time play. You can find yourself in trouble though with plenty of bunkers and water. Staff was very informative and friendly! We'll definitely be back to play this course again!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"A fair course for all levels of golfer"


BostonGolfTraveler's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Boston Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

We played this course about 5 days after they aerated it so we didn’t get a true feel for it. The layout was fine and IMO it would be good for the average golfer. Some water can make approach shots interesting but for the most part the course is very straightforward.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



ralphandkay's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2019
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was great it’s the golfnow web site that is the problem. I attempted to contact customer service yesterday and the wait was an hour. There are other tee time services and I guess I will begin using them. My cell is8163053581 if anyone should want to assist.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Very nice course"


dchlkh's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2019
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful golf course. There were some holes that were a bit dried out.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable Course"


u4431067's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A nice course. It has a good layout and the course was in good shape. There was a little wait on shots on the back nine. Overall, an enjoyable experience


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Losing it’s fame"


Orangutanmike's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

I used to enjoy this course, but feel it has gone down hill over the past 5 years. At one time it was in great shape, but it has continued to decline. The greens are firm, but minimal grass. The fairways are not much better. A once thriving private course has gone semi private in an effort to probably gain finances to care for the course. It will be a few years before I plan to return as it is not cheap to play here. So for the value based on quality, there are many better places to play on the island. Also the pace of play here was extremely slow at 5 hours, even though they stress their goal is to maintain 4 hours.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Good course"


robd800's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed playing. Pace of play was a little slow but considering it was spring break on one of few nice days this week it wasn’t bad. Layout and condition was great. Greens were in great shape and very true. I will definitely come back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



reedyt's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2019
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Layout: Like many Hilton Head courses, Dolphin Head is in a plantation with lots of houses. Most holes have houses on them, but it doesn't feel like the course is cut through them. There are a few narrow holes, but overall it feels like the houses were built around the course not the other way around. Each hole was unique and there was a mix of doglegs, bunkers, and water.

Conditioning: The course was in good shape from tee to green. A lot of the rough was dormant, like most courses in Hilton Head right now, but the fairways were in better shape than most the courses we have played this trip. The greens were not as grown in as the other three courses we played already. The other courses have had perfect greens, but the greens here were still somewhat brown and a bit thin on some holes. They rolled very true, but the ball never seemed to stop rolling; even uphill.

Overall, we really enjoyed the course. We felt the layout was really good given the plot of land they have, the course was in solid shape on the whole, and it was a good value at $60/player.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Delightful"


NickVoss's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2019
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A joy to play. Great layout, played the blues, a joy to play. Greens very fast and true. Thank you for a wonderful round!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Nice Track for Seniors"


pkowal1234's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course layout was simple and relatively easy. Would not recommend for the serious golfer, much better suited for seniors.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Enjoyable course"


beansue2's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Enjoyable course in good condition. Fast greens (had too many 3 putts!!). You get close to the ocean on one of the holes. Would like to play here again. Need to book directly with the course next time to check into their specials.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



deVallette's avatar
Skill:  Advanced

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/13/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Dolphin Head is a great track"


jetsnlabs's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a great layout. Challenging and fun at the same time. Staff was very friendly and the course is in great shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Ineteresting"


phhiltonhead's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Formerly private course now open to public great design and very interesting holes. Long par threes from blue tees


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



markusming's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/31/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Excellent Round"


Tomhiltonhead's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/27/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Totally enjoyed this track and will definitely play there again! The greens could not have been better and overall layout was challenging and fair.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Lovely Course"


Forbzz's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/25/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape and the greens were fast but true. Sand was a bit packed due to rain earlier in the day. We played the front nine and wished we had booked the 18. The layout is great for shot making and pushing risk/ reward. The latter is especially true on the 9th hole where a good tee shot can set you up to go for the green. The staff very friendly and welcoming. We will be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u000007521752's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/16/2018

We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars. We hope you'll give us another try in the near future.


"Play it again!!!"


Ruswer7203's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/05/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have no issues with the course itself. Fun, challenging and in perfect condition. My issue would be with Management. One slow 4 some caused a 2 hr 40 minute round on the front. At #7 one of the rangers ( off duty ) but was our starter when I teed off, caught up to the log jam and asked what was wrong. Explained slow 4some. His solution was to go around the groups waiting to play, and jump in front of log jam. Also, 90 degree day; beverage cart was out of beverages at 2:00 Pm and she said she wasn't coming back out. Police your course.....Pace of play is 4 hours. If you want us to fix divots and ball marks and maintain pace of play, do your part to maintain pace of play. Keep up with the group in front???? That was the problem. We were a 2 some and we typically play 9 holes in HHI in about 1 hr 40 min. 5 groups were delayed as a result of this one 4 some. And they wouldn't let anyone play through. All this was frustrating, but not enough to prevent me from coming back, so I guess this means mgmt won't do anything to prevent this in the future. Shame on Dave the starter. He should have "put them on the clock" rather than driving around them and continue his round. Not a good look.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good Greens"


In2golfing's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Basic layout, decent greens, very basic in amenities.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/17/2018

We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.



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