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Hilton Head Golf Island Enjoys Banner Year for Rankings

Golfweek, Golf Channel and S.C. Golf Course Rating Panel Heap Praise on

Lowcountry Destination

(HILTON HEAD, S.C.) – Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI) – featuring more than 30 courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort and Jasper counties – is enjoying a banner year for rankings with accolades pouring in from Golfweek, Golf Advisor, the South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel and the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).

Golf Advisor, the online golf course rating service of The Golf Channel, lists seven of the state’s top 15 courses in the Hilton Head / Bluffton area including: Harbour Town Golf Links (The Sea Pines Resort); The Robert Trent Jones Course (Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort); Heron Point by Pete Dye (Sea Pines); Old South Golf Links; Hilton Head National; Cupp Course (Palmetto Hall); and Dolphin Head.

Harbour Town is No. 2 in Golfweek’s “Best: State-by-State You Can Play,” while the Robert Trent Jones Course ranks No. 9. The South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel – inclusive of public, private and resort facilities – ranks Harbour Town No. 2 and Heron Point No. 47.

In late 2015, Hilton Head was also named the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ Golf Destination of the Year for North America for 2016. In bestowing the award, IAGTO cited that “Hilton Head Island’s golf courses attract both amateur and professional golfers with certified lessons and renowned tournaments. The island’s subtropical climate and lush fairways attract golfers from around the world resulting in 700,000 rounds played annually.”

Featuring world-class courses, exceptional value, pleasant weather and direct flights from major cities, Hilton Head Island is one of the most accessible golf destinations on the East Coast. GOLF Magazine named it one of the “Top 10 Most Dreamed about U.S. Golf Destinations” in its inaugural “Golfers’ Choice Awards, and Golf Digest ranked it in seven of eight top categories for golf destinations.

“We appreciate the recognition from these respected media outlets and industry insiders, as their readers and constituents know their golf inside and out,” says Cary Corbitt, President of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association and Vice President of Sports and Operations at Sea Pines Resort. “Our eclectic mix of courses, golf course architects, stunning Lowcountry setting and world-class dining makes this a golf destination unlike any other in North America.”

Getting to Hilton Head Island is easier than ever from East Coast and Midwest population centers. JetBlue Airways operates non-stop flights from Boston and New York City to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Allegiant Air also flies non-stop into Savannah / Hilton Head from Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and other cities. Fourteen other locales offer non-stop service to SAV including Chicago, Detroit, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

For additional information about rates, restrictions and other package inclusions, or to receive a quote:, 800.523.3373.

About Hilton Head Golf Island

Hilton Head Golf Island features more than 30 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy Hilton Head’s Southern hospitality and world-class public and private designs sculpted by vaunted architects Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones.

Its territory encompasses many of the great golf courses and resorts of North America and is ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including “Best Buddies Trip Destination,” “Best Accommodations,” “Best Couples Trip,” “Best Courses,” “Best Food and Drink,” “Best Weather” and “Best Value.” Hilton Head Island also was named the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ Golf Destination of the Year for North America for 2016. Home to the world-renowned Sea Pines Resort, the PGA TOUR makes its only South Carolina stop each April at Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.

The Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association, in conjunction with the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Visitor and Conventions Bureau and Chamber of Commerce, launched Hilton Head Golf Island to support the island’s thriving golf market through promotion of golf rounds and packages.

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