Palmetto Hall

Course Details

Palmetto Hall

Arthur Hill

Robert Cupp(18 holes)

108 Fort Howell Dr
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926-2771

(843) 342-2582 x2

Regulation

Daily Fee Facility

Real Estate Development

36

1991

Claude Thorn

Arthur Hills, ASGCA

$130 weekend
$130 weekday
- twilight

73.7

6651

72

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Overall Rating 4 out of 5 based on 87 user reviews
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10/18/20
Good day on the course
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10/14/20
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09/05/20
Challenging layout and lots of water. Undulating rough so keep it in the fairway
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09/03/20
Great course great price
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08/27/20
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06/09/20
Great value for a public course on HHI
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05/13/20
More difficult course for average golfer. Greens are well protected and very fast.
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10/09/19
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07/10/19
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06/02/19
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04/15/19
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04/15/19
Great Track
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04/11/19
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04/09/19
Lovely
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03/29/19
Good
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03/22/19
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03/03/19
Good course
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02/13/19
Nice course
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01/17/19
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11/14/18
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10/24/18
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08/28/18
Nice course. Well maintained.
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08/22/18
Good course
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07/29/18
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07/28/18
Great layout, excellent condition. No refreshment cart!
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07/14/18
Thanks, course is in great condition.
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06/15/18
Good course
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04/12/18
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04/01/18
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03/09/18
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02/08/18
The course was in rough shape with sand traps in need of more sand and attention and greens not cut. But it is a beautiful layout and was fun to play. It may be that they are still repairing from last year’s hurricane.
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02/05/18
Could have been in better shape
Traps hadn't been turned for awhile.No starter,no rangers.
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11/29/17
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07/23/17
The Palmetto Hall Plantation Club features two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by two very recognizable names: Robert Cupp and Arthur Hills.

When it opened in 1993, the Robert Cupp Course at Palmetto Hall on Hilton Head Island had the highest slope rating from the back tees (152) of any course in the state. Although that honor has since bestowed upon Pete Dye and the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort – which comes in at the USGA max of 155 – the Cupp Course will still challenge all comers. It is a must play for all golfers who visit the Hilton Head area.

From the tips, the Cupp Course plays 7,079 yards with a course rating of 75.0 and a slope of 143. If you were skiing, the tips would be rated Double-Black Diamonds; in other words, they are for the pros. So, if your golf game has never been written about in Golf Digest, you probably shouldn’t play from back here. Several holes require carries of 225+ just to find mother earth. If you’re still debating this feat, stroll on over to the 9th tee and take a look at what you need to do with your tee shot on the 472-yard par 4. That’s right, 472-yard, par 4!

Before your round, warm up on Palmetto Plantation’s driving range where you can hit every club in the bag. Be sure to hit some putts to get an idea of what you’ll be dealing with once you get out there.

Mere mortal golfers will have all they can handle from the White Tees, which play 6,025 and carry a course rating of 70 and a slope of 128. Ladies may choose to play from either 5,605 or 5,182 yards.

Cupp created the course on a computer, something that is commonplace nowadays but not so much in the early 1990s. That’s why you will find a lot of straight lines and recognizable geometric figures, especially when it comes to the bunkers. There’s a lot of mounding too, in and around fairways and greens alike. The greens come in all sizes and shapes, several with false fronts, unfriendly slopes and a lot of subtle undulations.

Memorable Holes
One of the holes that brings back memories – not necessarily good – is the 2nd, a par 5 that plays a mere 468 yards from the White Tees. From the distance alone, it sounds like a no-brainer to go for the green in two, however the creek that makes its way across the fairway may have you thinking twice. It sits about 240 yards from the green and if you’re not on the left side of the fairway, you’ll have to lay up anyway. Up near the green, trees really crowd the right side and with all the mounding, the left is no bargain either. Even at 468 yards, par is still a good score.

Number 10 is a three-shot par 5, that plays 474 yards from the White Tees. I say three-shot because of the large pond that sits directly in front of the green. Play left of the large fairway bunker on the left and then hit a layup shot short of the water and then a short approach shot to an elevated two-tiered green.

Another favorite hole – and one that gives you about the best chance at birdie on the course – is the short par 4, Number 11, which plays 290 yards from the white tees. Hit something less than driver off the tee, short of the triangular bunker, and you’ll be left with a short pitch shot to a green where the pin is probably blocked out by a large mound. The green’s not real deep so distance control is at a premium.

A good course needs a great finishing hole and Number 18 is ready to take on anyone who dares. It’s a par 4, dogleg right around two lakes that plays 357 yards from the White Tees. Playing your tee shot down the left side of the fairway will give you the best approach angle and take the water out of play as much as possible. Any pin placements on the right side and the water is in play, no matter where you come at it from. Make your par and head to the 19th hole.

After your round, head into the clubhouse to Baird’s Pub for your favorite après-golf libation. Baird’s also has an outstanding menu with a Lowcountry theme that showcases many of Hilton Head Island’s fresh local ingredients. In fact, all of their seafood and meet dishes are prepared fresh daily.

The pro shop at Palmetto Hall is one of the best stocked in the area for men’s and women’s golf apparel and they carry several unique designers. They are more than willing to accommodate whatever you’re looking for, so if you don’t see what you want, just ask and they’ll help you find it.

Last Word: The Cupp Course is one of the most exciting layouts on the Island as it winds its way through dense oak and pine forests and large Lowcountry marshes. From an aerial view, the layout is spectacular with its geometry all over the course. From a playing perspective, it can be as tough or as gentle as you want it, just pick the right set of tees. With narrow fairways and natural impediments at both ends of the fairway, each hole offers a new start, regardless of how you did on the previous hole.

The previous course management companies didn’t do the property justice and let it slip into conditions far worse than what you see today. Brown Golf Management stepped up to the plate and took over Palmetto Hall, unfortunately a little over a week before Hurricane Matthew struck the area. You can still see remnants of the devastation as you make your way around the course. Brown Golf has been making great strides in returning the courses to their former glory including bringing over Superintendent Grant Backus from their Dolphin Head property. Backus was instrumental in turning Dolphin Head around and looks forward to doing the same thing with Palmetto Hall.

Palmetto Hall Plantation is managed by Brown Golf Management, and offers some tremendous opportunities for membership. With 7 courses in the Bluffton/Hilton Head area, members can have access to unlimited golf on all courses as well as unlimited range balls, use of the tennis facility and unlimited free golf lessons from a PGA Professional. For more information on becoming a member or playing at Palmetto Hall Plantation, visit their website at www.palmettohallcc.com.
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07/23/17
The Palmetto Hall Plantation Club in Bluffton, SC features 36 holes of pristine championship golf from two of the game’s top designers: Robert Cupp and Arthur Hills and is a must-play for every golfer. Palmetto Hall Plantation Club is now a part of the Brown Golf portfolio which has expanded to a total of 6 facilities in the Bluffton/Hilton Head area.

The Arthur Hills Course opened in 1991 to rave reviews and was almost instantly named to Golf Digest’s list as one of America’s Top 10 New Courses. In 2008-09, the magazine awarded the course 4-stars as one of “Best Places to Play.” The Arthur Hills course plays 6,918 yards from the back tees with a course rating of 73.8 and a slope of 139. At 6,257 yards (70.6/128), the White Tees will prove to be a formidable foe for most golfers, while ladies will find the course enjoyable from the Red Tees (5,006/70.3/119).

Hills’ signature style is fully on display here –undulated fairways with lots of mounding wind through heavily wooded forests of moss-draped oaks and towering pines, that frame the fairways of many holes. Lush fairways and crystalline lakes give way to large greens, with bunkers butted up against the sides, providing golfers with several challenges. Fortunately, most of the hazards are lateral and sit off to the sides of the fairways and only a handful of holes require an aerial approach on to the green.

Memorable Holes
There are plenty of demanding holes on this Arthur Hill masterpiece, and Number 4 (par 4, 375 yards from the White Tees) definitely fits that bill. It’s a narrow driving hole, up a tree-lined chute to a small landing area, preferably short of the water on the right. From there, it’s a mid-iron approach shot to a small, narrow green protected on the left with sand.

On many of his course, Hills like to challenge players, especially longball hitters, with risk/reward opportunities. Such is the case on the short dogleg right par 5, 5th hole which plays 461 yards from the White Tees. If you’re long off the tee, you should play your tee shot up the right side just left of the water. Now the choice is yours, go for broke or play it safe. It’s all carry over water, although if you’re getting queasy, you can always bail out to the left. Otherwise, play both your tee shot and layup down the left and take the water out of play. It’s a great chance to gain a stroke; or not!

Number 9, the other par 5 on the front side, plays 501 yards from the White Tees and can prove to be quite the challenge, unless you hit it straight, three times in a row! Trees and sand need to be avoided off the tee as do more bunkers on your layup and approach shots. The green is small, narrow and not easy to hold on long shots unless you come in really high. Par is a good score here.

The most interesting par 3 is Number 13, which plays 133 yards from the White Tees. It’s pretty wide open but what makes it interesting is the pot bunker in front of the green. It’s going to take a carry of about 150. A short but trying par 3.

The finishing hole is rated the toughest on the inward nine; it’s a long, dogleg left par 4 that plays 389 yards from the White Tees. There’s trouble from tee to green: push it right and you’re either in the trees or out of bounds; hook it left and you’re in the water. Hit it straight and you get to hit it again! Your tee shot is simple: pick a line, aim down that line, hope your ball stays on that line. Water guards the entire left side of the green and there’s sand short and right, so you’re going to have to fly it on the green if you want to finish strong. Speaking of the green, it’s two-tiered and well-sloped; par is a great way to end the round.

Add up your scores and see how much you’ve won while enjoying your favorite beverage in Baird’s Pub. They have great food too; I tried the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich. It was as if they had taken a piece of steak, sliced it up and cooked it with peppers, onions, mushrooms and cheese. It tasted as good as it looked. Other entrees are featured with a Lowcountry theme, showcasing many of the fresh local ingredients found on Hilton Head Island.

Last Word: Over the years, Arthur Hills has created several courses that are difficult and Palmetto Halls is no different. His two designs on Hilton Head – this and the Arthur Hills at Palmetto Dunes course - are among the most highly regarded courses in the Southeast.

You have to think your way around this Arthur Hills masterpiece if you want to do well and have fun; it will take both accuracy off the tees and well thought out approach shots. You’ll find lots of mounding in fairways as well as grass bunkers and swales around the greens; both can wreak havoc and create that dreaded uneven lie. Fairways are tight, hazards are everywhere, many times unseen, and putts roll straight and true. This is by all means a challenging course, yet of you play it from the right set of tees, you can score well and have fun.

Brown Golf Management has done a great job of restoring Palmetto Plantation since acquiring it a week before Hurricane Matthew hit the area. Digging out from under Matthew was one thing, but Brown has made great strides in bringing these two courses back to what they once were. Superintendent Grant Backus was plucked from their Dolphin Head property and given that task after the wonderful transformation he performed over there. Given a little bit of time, Backus and his crew will have the two Palmetto Hall Plantation tracks back in championship condition.

A lot of local golfers shy away from joining a local club because they don’t want to be locked in to playing at just one facility. Brown Golf’s answer to that is simple: give members 6 local courses to play. In fact, your Brown Golf membership includes unlimited golf at not only 7 local facilities, but also ALL Brown-managed courses in PA, NC, SC and FL, unlimited use of the practice facilities including free range balls and unlimited golf lessons with a PGA professional, all for one low, monthly price. That last part alone makes it worth your while, in fact you could get so much better that the money you make off your friends, pays for your membership!

For more information on Palmetto Hall Plantation or to check out a membership, visit them online at www.palmettoplantationcc.com.
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07/03/17
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06/12/17
Neat course, would definitely play again. Greens not quite recovered from aeration, but very playable.
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05/20/17
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04/25/17
Fabulous place to play
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04/01/17
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02/06/17
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12/13/16
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09/30/16
very pointy.
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09/28/16
A little disappointed.
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08/17/16
Great greens
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08/17/16
Nice course
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08/13/16
Good shape
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08/11/16
Oyuvtuivihtvou
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08/07/16
decent shape
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07/07/16
Mediocre course
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04/03/16
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03/13/16
Golf
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03/04/16
Played 3-2-16 Some of the greens that got full sun were great, the others are a few weeks away.

Great course if you play the right tees
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11/25/15
Challenging. In great shape. Greens pristine, true.
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09/06/15
Aesthetically pleasing but very difficult
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08/26/15
Nice course layout. Well conditioned
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08/08/15
Fairways need work.
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07/28/15
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07/11/15
Very good
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07/06/15
A real test of golf. Very demanding course
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07/06/15
Great course
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07/02/15
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05/24/15
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04/19/15
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04/13/15
Great course
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04/07/15
Decent course while on spring break. Greens hard. Fairways ok.
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02/18/15
Great final hole
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06/14/14
Nice
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05/27/14
Good set up
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05/12/14
Fun
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05/02/14
Lots of sparse areas this early in the season
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02/09/14
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05/30/13
Solid round. Not crowded at all
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05/17/13
Narrow course with a lot if water. Mice course. The design was pretty cool.
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04/03/13
Great shape!
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03/16/13
Great
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02/08/13
Enjoyable experience
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02/04/13
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10/08/12
Nice
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09/20/12
Great Course
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08/18/12
Nice course
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08/18/12
Good course
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03/29/12
Great course
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01/05/12
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Recent Scores
MEMBER SCORE RT/SL PLAYED
JCourt 92 72.2/136 10/24/20
Lesterbbg 86 73.9/137 10/17/20
Huey79 90 71.1/136 10/17/20
Jessmaggard 92 71.1/136 10/14/20
jimik 86 75.7/139 10/05/20
SamDarnold 104 70.6/128 10/04/20
OllieNKD 107 71.1/136 10/04/20
suffer 84 68.6/123 10/03/20
tav 93 68.6/123 09/26/20
tav 93 68.6/123 09/24/20
Stammler 94 70.6/128 09/24/20
birdfinder 85 72.7/134 09/13/20
birdfinder 86 72.7/139 09/10/20
birdfinder 89 72.7/136 09/07/20
birdfinder 87 72.7/136 09/06/20
Lesterbbg 84 66.3/115 09/06/20
suffer 85 69.1/126 09/05/20
birdfinder 86 72.7/136 09/05/20
MHoncho 88 71.1/136 09/03/20
birdfinder 89 72.2/136 09/03/20
birdfinder 84 72.7/134 09/02/20
birdfinder 82 72.2/136 08/31/20
birdfinder 90 72.7/134 08/31/20
birdfinder 84 72.7/139 08/30/20
Mitchin 88 72.2/136 08/30/20
Scorecard
Course Tee Gender Rating Slope
Cupp Course Black M 69.1 126
Cupp Course Black Tees M 69.1 126
Cupp Course Blue M 72.2 136
Cupp Course Blue Tees M 72.2 136
Cupp Course Gold M 75.2 147
Cupp Course Gold Tees M 75.2 147
Cupp Course Green M 66.3 115
Cupp Course Green Tees M 66.3 115
Cupp Course White M 70.0 130
Cupp Course White Tees M 70.0 130
Cupp Course Back-White W 75.7 139
Cupp Course Forward- Green W 70.7 128
Cupp Course Middle-Black W 73.9 137
Hills Course Black M 68.7 123
Hills Course Black Tees M 68.6 123
Hills Course Blue M 72.7 139
Hills Course Blue Tees M 72.7 139
Hills Course Gold M 74.2 145
Hills Course Gold Tees M 74.2 145
Hills Course Green M 65.8 114
Hills Course Green Tees M 65.8 114
Hills Course White M 71.1 136
Hills Course White Tees M 71.1 136
Hills Course Back - White W 77.5 145
Hills Course Forward-Green W 70.3 119
Hills Course Middle-Black W 74.2 133
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