Hilton Head Golf Courses#8 in Best Things To Do in Hilton Head
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Hilton Head is considered one of the premier golf destinations in the country. And chances are, you probably already knew that. The island's courses are not only famous for their beauty (think: coastal lookouts and holes flanked by live oaks), but for their designers, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Pete Dye.
The island is home to a mix of 24 private and public championship golf courses. 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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#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 for beachgoers of all ages. Not only are there restrooms and showers but also separate changing rooms, plenty of benches and gazebos with swings to shade yourself from the sun. There's also loads of eateries just a stone's throw from the sand (think: coffee shops, ice cream shops and seafood restaurants) and should you forget an umbrella, you can rent that here in addition to beach chairs. What's more, parking is free.
Recent visitors, especially those traveling with families, love Coligny Beach. Along with the beautiful Carolinian coastal scenery, visitors praise the beach's clean facilities and nearby amenities. And although the beach is known to get pretty crowded during summer, some travelers note that if you walk long enough down the shore, away from the beach park, you can find fewer people taking up spots in the sand. If you are visiting during the summer though, be very wary of jellyfish. Sea Nettle jellyfish permeate the beach's waters from June to August or September. While lifeguards are equipped to deal with jellyfish injuries on the spot, it's stingray stings that are much more severe and often lead to a trip to the emergency room. Before getting in the water, ask lifeguards about conditions to avoid injury.
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