Dolphin Head Golf Club
Gary Player’s main goal with the construction of the course was to leave as many natural features as possible and to use very little landfill to help create a natural look to the golf course. The surrounding natural preserves and the local wildlife were not interrupted as Player tried to create harmony between man and nature, and the result is a very playable and scenic golf course that has become a local favorite.
The golf course at Dolphin Head, designed by Gary Player in 1974, was the first course constructed in Hilton Head Plantation. Because of this fact, Player was able to utilize some of the best golfing property the Plantation had to offer. It boasts two very distinctive nine holes; the front nine, meandering through tall trees with Player’s signature bunkers and marshland coming into play on most of the holes, is a great opening nine. It plays short, but puts a premium on hitting fairways and greens, and is quite typical of many of the top courses on Hilton Head.
The back nine, however, offers a much different look with open spaces and tall, old growth trees, giving Dolphin Head two very distinctive looks. Not many other facilities in the area are able to offer such an experience, making Dolphin Head one of the most unique golf courses in the Lowcountry.
Under the direction of local course architect Clyde Johnston, Dolphin Head Golf Club renovated the course’s greens, tees and fairways in 2010. The tees and fairways consist of Celebration Bermuda due to its denser growth pattern and better shade tolerance. The greens consist of Mini-Verde Bermuda for its tight, upright growth pattern and quicker green speeds. The course renovation project was fully funded by the Club’s capital reserve.
"Hilton Head's Hidden Gem"
The tee shot must make it through a ‘chute’ of pines. A slice visits the lagoon while a hook finds the trees.
The elevated green provides adequate slope to challenge all golfers.
Another ‘tree chute’ tee shot. A bunker and rolling fairways await the tee shot.
The approach is to an elevated, sloping green.
Tight tee shot landing area, guarded by bunkers on each side. The approach shot is a two-tiered green.
A jewel. A large lagoon will accept tee shots short or left. The green is protected by a large oak and a mound in front.
Expect a long, side-hill putt…
The tee shot must be straight, avoiding the lagoon in front, water hazards on the left and right, as well as the two bunker on the right side of the fairway. The approach shot is to a well-bunkered, elevated green.
Tough hole. Must hit a long tee shot, down the right-center of the fairway. Tee shots to the left will be blocked out by tall pines.
The elevated, sloping green is protected by grass and sand bunkers.
Straight shot to a partially hidden green.
The bunker and water hazard on the left of the green are almost invisible from the tee.
A tee shot to the right side of the fairway will find many problems. First a large overhanging tree, followed by a large bunker with more trees in front of it.
A large lagoon to the left of the fairway attracts many approach shots.
Nice hole with adequate challenge. Two large bunkers protect each side of the fairway for long tee shots.
The approach shot will be over a large lagoon to a large, sloping green.
Slight dogleg to the left. Errant tee shots may find grass or sand bunker, as well as tall pines.
Approach is to a large, sloping green.
Dogleg to right. Large bunker on right comes into play on tee shot.
Approach shot must clear small mound in front of green.
Long hole to a large green, well-protected by a water hazard and a big, live oak on the left side
Double dogleg to left, then right. Must keep tee shot to right.
Approach shot must carry to green through tall pines
Easy hole if you do everything right. Tee shot must avoid two fairway bunkers.
Approach shot must avoid two greenside bunkers.
Long hole. Large bunker on right attracts many tee shots.
Approach shot is to a bunkered sloping two-tiered green.
Tight driving hole. Long bunker and lagoon on the left force you to the right where many tall pine trees await.
Approach shot is to an elevated, sloping green protected by two large bunkers.
Par 3Longest green on the course. ‘C’ shape green can be a three club difference between a front hole and a back hole placement.
Well protected on the left by two bunkers.
Good finishing hole. A long, well-placed tee shot can put you in position to go for the two-tiered, sloping green in two shots.
A large lagoon backed by a rambling sand bunker, await approach shots short of the green.
To meet all your golf equipment and apparel needs while at Dolphin Head Golf Club, we continuously stock our Golf Pro Shop. In our shop you can comfortably browse through all sorts of clubs, equipment, and golf accessories.
You will also find a wide assortment of garments ranging from shirts, golf gloves, hats, shorts, and socks for both men and women.
Golfers that live in Beaufort, Jasper, & Chatham Counties are able to receive the local rates.
Golfers that are ages 17 and under can receive the Junior rates.
TaylorMade Rental Clubs | $60 for 18-Holes & $40 for 9-holes. Club rentals may require an additional refundable deposit.
Golf Cart rentals are included with posted rates. A valid drivers license is required for golf cart usage.
$24 per person
$8 for a bag of 40 balls.