Bob Gillespie



Rites of spring: Hilton Head Golf Island offers seasonal golf packages

Posted 5/20/2013 12:30:00 PM

Anyone who has ever attended the RBC Heritage, South Carolina’s only annual PGA Tour event since 1969, knows that springtime golf in the state is sublime. But it doesn’t have to be limited to the PGA Tour professionals during the week of April 15-21, or the fans gathered at Harbour Town Golf Links to watch them.

With the Heritage in town and flowers blooming all across Hilton Head, spring can be a perfect time for a golf vacation, and Hilton Head Golf Island has packages available at more than 20 of the S.C. Lowcountry’s top layouts – including the Pete Dye-designed Harbour Town – through the end of May and costing from $145-$162 per person, per night.

A sample of available deals:

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort Stay-and-Play Package: Three nights and up to three rounds at each of PD’s three courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and George Fazio. All courses featured air-conditioned golf carts (true), complimentary daily tennis-court time, and preferred rates on other resort activities plus discounts on dining and merchandise. For information, call (866) 809-1919 or go to

Heritage Collection Stay-and-Play Special: Three nights at Hilton Head’s Hampton Inn (including daily breakfast) and three rounds on any of the seven Heritage Collection courses, including Oyster Reef and Palmetto Hall. Call (843) 681-1706 or email

Sea Pines Resort Golf Villa Package: Unlimited play at any of Sea Pines’ three courses – Heron Point by Pete Dye, Ocean Course and, yes, Harbour Town – plus villa accommodations, complimentary range balls, discounts on pro-shop merchandise and at resort restaurants, plus free Wi-Fi and use of the fitness center. Call (866) 561-8802 or go to

Hilton Head has been ranked in the top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest, including its “Best Buddies Trip Destinations” and “Best Value.” For more information, call (800) 523-3373 or go to