Dolphin Head Golf Club

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Dolphin Head Golf Club

Dolphin Head

56 High Bluff Rd
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926-1815

(843) 681-5550

Regulation

Private Equity Facility

Just Golf

18

1974

Burrell Williams

Gary Player

$90 weekend
$90 weekday
$75 twilight

72.1

6598

72

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Overall Rating 4 out of 5 based on 87 user reviews
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10/12/20
A must do if you are in Hilton Head. Fantastic course.
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10/11/20
Awful customer service, course was mediocre. Waited 2 hours to tee of after they screwed up our groups tee times. Awful experience
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10/09/20
Cart paths are bad.
Our email-confirmed tee time for (3) foursomes got bumped for late arriving members.
Unfriendly staff.
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09/21/20
Nice course for the greens fees
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09/14/20
Decent
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06/17/20
Greens were still rough from punching, everything else good
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06/15/20
Hb
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05/10/20
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01/29/20
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12/23/19
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10/14/19
This course is in great condition. From fairways to tee boxes and greens, it is in great shape. The greens are very fast and smooth
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09/27/19
Very nice, fast greens
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09/23/19
Very nice place
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09/23/19
Great Greens.
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08/25/19
Nice course, wish I could have played it more than once, so I could avoid some of the trouble.
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08/23/19
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08/02/19
Great course
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07/22/19
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07/08/19
Course was in great shape
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06/02/19
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06/02/19
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04/24/19
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04/16/19
Good value Course
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04/10/19
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04/06/19
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04/03/19
Solid golf course. Noting special but in good shape. I enjoyed the round.
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03/29/19
Good
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03/23/19
Golf course in excellent condition but they need to review the policy of not using red ,white and blue flags or use pin placement chart to show pin position. Unless you have a range finder it is difficult to know pin placement.
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02/19/19
Fun course
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11/13/18
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10/17/18
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09/28/18
Excellent condition. Great layout.
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08/31/18
Former country club. Very nice and well maintained
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08/26/18
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08/01/18
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04/11/18
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03/28/18
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03/04/18
Mmmm
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02/05/18
Nice former private club.
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11/26/17
Nice course. Watch out for the alligators.
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11/21/17
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09/22/17
Marshals need to stop pushing people unnecessarily. Everything about the course is great except for the marshals constantly pushing you.

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09/22/17
Unfriendly staff. I'd play Robert Trent Jones or Arthur Hills if I were you.
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09/03/17
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07/28/17
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07/23/17
At long last, the public can play Dolphin Head Golf Club in Hilton Head Plantation, the only course in the area designed by Gary Player. In building the course, Player’s main goal was to leave intact as much of the terrain and to move as little dirt as possible, keeping a natural look to the golf course.

The success he achieved is amazing, as is the golf course. It’s one of the most visually stunning and best maintained courses in the area. The surrounding natural preserves and local wildlife were not interrupted and harmony between man and nature has been achieved.

Dolphin Head Golf Club opened in 1974 as the first course built in the Hilton Head Plantation. Local course architect Clyde Johnson renovated the tees, fairways and greens in 2010, installing denser Celebration Bermuda in the fairways and tee boxes and Mini-Verde Bermuda on the greens. The result is lusher fairways and quicker greens, something admired by the majority of golfers.

From the back tees, Dolphin Head measures 6,606 yards and chimes in with a course rating of 72.7 and a slope of 140. The White Tees at 6,169 yards (70.8/130) will provide as much golf course as the average golfer can handle, and still let you leave with a little bit of respect and dignity!

In building Dolphin Head, Player has created two 9-hole tracks that are completely different. The front nine meanders through tall, centuries-old trees and forests while the back nine has more open space yet brings more marsh and wetlands into play. Both circuits feature Players signature bunkering, resulting in one golf course with no two holes alike. The result is a golf course that is both scenic and playable and captures the natural surroundings.

Dolphin Head gets your round started with a hole that can put you on the right track in a hurry. It’s a modest length par 5, dogleg right at 465 yards from the White Tees, however you’ll need to avoid the pond on the right and trees on the left off the tee. Make it to the dogleg with your tee shot and you’ll have a clear shot into a green protected on the front right and back left by bunkers. The elevated green slopes gently from back to front so be sure to put your approach shot below the hole and start off the round in a positive manner.

Number 4 is the first par 3 you encounter at Dolphin Head. From the White Tees, it plays a moderate 154 yards. With the pond on the left and a large oak tree and mounding in the middle, there is essentially no bailout area. Because of the way the green lies, most golfers can expect a long side hill putt.

At 401 yards from the White Tees, Number 6 is the course’s toughest hole. If a draw is in your shot repertoire, now would be a great time to use it; anything short of the dogleg and you’ll likely be blocked out by tall pine trees. A good drive will still leave a lengthy approach shot into an elevated green protected by sand front left and right as well as grass swales long. Par is a great score here.

Carry the fairway bunker on the right side off the tee and you’re well on your way to a low score on Number 11, a par 4 that plays 365 yards from the White Tees. That will leave a short pitch shot to an odd-shaped green with a large bunker on the right and a small mound in front.

Straight is the key to success on Number 15, a long par 4 that plays 399 yards from the White Tees. The fairway bunker on the right seems like a ball magnet to many and the two-tiered green is well bunkered on either side.

Your round concludes on a signature hole. Number 18 is a dogleg right par 5, playing 470 yards from the White Tees. A good drive up the left side may just inspire you to go for the green in two, however danger awaits any errant attempts. A large pond makes up the right side of the fairway from about 300 yards out and the left side of the green is home to a rogue sand bunker. To further complicate matters, the green has two tiers and a bit of slope to it. Take your par and head to the 19th hole.

Although the golf course is the main attraction, Dolphin Head Golf Club is a place that, as a member, you can make friendships that last a lifetime. As a member, you’ll also enjoy full-service dining, social events, card groups, book clubs, and more. With a Brown Golf membership, you’ll get so much more than just being a member of Dolphin Head Golf Club. You’ll enjoy unlimited golf at 6 championship, 18-hole golf courses, unlimited range balls and use of the practice facility, discounts on guest fees, lodging and pro shop merchandise and unlimited golf lessons with a PGA professional.

For more information on becoming a member or to book your next tee time, Click Here.
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07/07/17
Nice greens
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07/03/17
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05/30/17
Nice. Purse and in great shape. Greens a little slow.
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05/29/17
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02/19/17
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02/04/17
Great!!
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01/04/17
fast greens
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12/13/16
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12/06/16
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11/25/16
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10/31/16
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10/04/16
Nice greens and fairways
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09/28/16
Great shape very challenging
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09/20/16
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08/14/16
Great fairways. Fast greens.
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08/02/16
Thank you
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07/08/16
Good
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06/07/16
Great course.









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05/09/16
Enjoyable day
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05/08/16
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04/16/16
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04/09/16
good
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04/06/16
Great day. Friendly staff.
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03/28/16
course was in great condition! Friendly
staff as well
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03/23/16
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02/17/16
Newly semi-private course front nine is tight, back 9 opens up. Next time i'll play the blues
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12/31/15
awesome course...fair but challenge
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12/22/15
Good greens
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10/15/15
For being in a transition between owners, the course is in very solid condition. The food at the clubhouse was great - chicken fingers were homemade (not frozen) and delicious. They need to re-stock the pro shop, but for understandable reasons. The greens were smooth, make sure you're under the hole. And be prepared to leave your driver in the bag - lots of doglegs.
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05/14/15
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04/30/15
Ok.
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07/02/13
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07/15/12
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07/15/12
Love it
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04/26/12
Great course with great groundskeeper
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02/24/12
Really enjoyed layout.
Recent Scores
MEMBER SCORE RT/SL PLAYED
Jessmaggard 82 70.8/130 10/12/20
mcs1120 100 70.8/130 10/11/20
Sliv3955 85 70.8/130 10/09/20
transy1973 92 71/130 10/09/20
tjsmd07 96 70.8/130 10/09/20
SamDarnold 93 71/130 10/05/20
OllieNKD 109 71/130 10/05/20
sleibo 89 72/137 09/25/20
suffer 99 68/123 09/14/20
Lesterbbg 85 68/123 09/14/20
molnamm 88 70.8/130 09/13/20
thebrianfrench 97 70.8/130 09/13/20
Mwolverine12 109 70.8/130 09/06/20
rsgoblue 92 70.8/130 09/04/20
mschafer 102 72.7/140 09/04/20
tjsmd07 93 69.3/126 08/10/20
sonnydays22 74 70.8/130 08/10/20
Jack16 92 70.8/130 08/10/20
KentU 77 72.7/140 07/24/20
gebertmatt 87 70.8/130 07/22/20
bcarkenord 105 64.8/113 07/15/20
bcarkenord 101 64.3/112 06/17/20
jaxtharlg 75 72/137 06/15/20
hgatplay 90 72/137 05/27/20
suffer 86 70.8/130 05/20/20
Scorecard
Tee Gender Rating Slope
Black M 72.7 140
Black Tees M 72.7 140
Blue M 72.0 137
Blue Tees M 72.0 137
Gold M 68.0 123
Gold Tees M 68.5 124
Green M 64.3 112
Green Tees M 62.9 102
Member M 69.3 126
Red M 66.8 117
Red Tees M 66.8 117
White M 70.8 130
White Tees M 70.8 130
Back - White W 76.4 134
Forward- Red W 71.8 122
Middle - Gold W 73.5 126
Short - Green W 64.8 113
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