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Often referred to as "The Golf Island," Hilton Head isn't lacking in pristine fairways. Some offer an enviable coastal lookout while others are shrouded by mossy live oaks. All the biggest names in the game designed courses here, including (but not limited to) George and Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman and Willard Byrd, among many others. There are 30 championship courses to play on and 24 are open to the public. Your preferred course may be wherever you decide to hang your hat, but if you want to venture off your resort, you'll be presented with a host of gorgeous greens.

Many recent travelers (and golf aficionados) rave about the courses at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and the Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines Resort, labeling them as "must-play" fairways. Aside from these standouts, travelers and golf enthusiasts alike also recommend Oyster Reef and Hilton Head National.  

Tee times and fee vary by course. To avoid racking up a fortune in green fees, consider opting into a "stay and play" package. The Hilton Head visitor bureau rounds up deals on its website. The visitor bureau also offers a complete list of the length, par and rating for each of the area's courses on its website.

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Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort ...

  • 0.3 Miles Away
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
Days Inn Hilton Head

Days Inn Hilton Head ...

  • 0.9 Miles Away
  • 2.5-star Hotel Class
Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa

Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa ...

  • 0.2 Miles Away
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
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#1 Coligny Beach Coligny Beach is by far the most popular beach in Hilton Head. The shoreline is scenic as can be and the adjacent beach park features a wealth of amenities perfect ... Read more » Ann Rivall / USNWR

#2 Daufuskie Island Daufuskie Island offers Hilton Head vacationers a getaway within a getaway. The island, located west of Harbour Town across the Calibogue Sound, feels like a world away thanks to its ... Read more » akaplummer / Getty Images

#3 Mitchelville Beach If you're looking for a quiet shore in Hilton Head, you'll no doubt fall in love with Mitchelville Beach (also known as Fish Haul Beach Park). Located on ... Read more » PETERLAKOMY / Getty Images

#4 Harbour Town Hilton Head's Harbour Town district a pocket inside the island's gated Sea Pines resort community, is home to the iconic candy-cane-striped lighthouse that you've likely seen splashed ... Read more » Louise Heusinkveld / Getty Images

#5 Coastal Discovery Museum If you're wanting a break from the beach, or need a family-friendly activity to keep your kiddos on their toes, make time for a visit to the Coastal Discovery ... Read more » U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters / Wikimedia Commons

#6 Driessen Beach When locals want to escape the crowds of Coligny Beach, they often retreat to Driessen Beach. Located on the northeastern end of the island, Driessen offers a wide shore that ... Read more » Shannon Fagan / Getty Images

#7 Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge Hilton Head doesn't have a zoo, but that doesn't mean it's lacking in wildlife. To catch a glimpse of some of the island's longtime residents in ... Read more » Jeff Gunn / Flickr

#8 Golf Often referred to as "The Golf Island," Hilton Head isn't lacking in pristine fairways. Some offer an enviable coastal lookout while others are shrouded by mossy live oaks. All ... Read more » Courtesy of the Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau

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Visit Coligny Beach in the morning if you don't want to contend with huge crowds.  Ann Rivall / USNWR

Daufuskie Island is lauded for its many beautiful, crowdless beaches. akaplummer / Getty Images

Mitchelville Beach is one of the quieter shorelines in Hilton Head.  PETERLAKOMY / Getty Images

Hilton Head's Harbour Town district, a pocket inside the island's gated Sea Pines resort community, is home to the iconic candy cane-striped lighthouse you've likely seen splashed across the island's postcards. Louise Heusinkveld / Getty Images

Situated on the 68-acre Honey Horn property, the museum features trails, gardens, live oaks, a butterfly enclosure and Marsh Tacky horses, a rare breed native to South Carolina. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters / Wikimedia Commons

When the crowds of Coligny get to be too much, locals are known to head to Driessen Beach for some R&R.  Shannon Fagan / Getty Images

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This popular golf course was designed by renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones. Courtesy of the Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau

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