PORT ROYAL GOLF CLUB Planters Row Course (843-689-4653)
Hilton Head Golf Course Review
The Port Royal Golf Club includes three championship courses serviced by the same clubhouse and practice facilities, providing a convenient and varied experience unmatched on Hilton Head Island. The three course configuration is part of the Heritage Golf Group, which also features the two courses at Palmetto Hall, 27 holes at shipyard and the 18-hole Oyster Reef design. For more info and to book tee times at any of the 7 courses, visit the Heritage Group website by clicking on www.hiltonheadgolf.net .
The clubhouse at Port Royal includes a full service pro shop, restaurant/lounge serving lunch items from about 10:30 am - 6 pm, plus a nice wrap around 6,800 square foot outdoor patio and superb banquet/outing facilities. This is an ideal setting for weddings and catered parties and special events. Practice facilities include a targeted grass range, short game area with sand bunker, plus large putting green. All golf carts are equipped with rear weather covers and ice chests. The John Jacobs School of Golf is also on property.
The marking system on all three courses is consistent, with pin placement sheets posted on each cart. 150 yard stakes are situated in the middle of the fairways, sprinkler heads are measured to the center of the green, and permanent 100, 150 and 200 yard markers (250 on par fives) are posted on the cart paths. The green complexes feature Champion Bermuda and the fairways and tee areas are over-seeded with rye for the winter months.
Planters Row is a Willard C Byrd championship design with tree lined fairways in a park-like setting highlighted by rolling hills and outstanding water features. Golfers will have to land on the correct portion of the large, mildly raised putting surfaces, while negotiating some tight fairways that are often bound by trees and water. This is the most challenging course of the three on property.
The newest of the three designs on property has served as host to the Champion's Tour Hilton Head Seniors International in 1985. The variation in look from its two sister courses includes narrower fairways and longer greens, plus landing zones that present more of a rolling feel. There are 45 strategically placed sand bunkers situated near the landing zones or greenside, and water hazards come into play on 15 of the holes.
There are 4 sets of tee boxes which play to distances and slopes measuring 6625 yards/139 slope for men and 146 for women, 6284 yards/133 slope for men and 142 for women, 5920 yards/129 slope for men and 137 for women, and 5119 yards with a slope of 118 for men and 123 for ladies hitting from the forward tees. As the slopes indicate - Bring you're a game! For more info, visit our page for the course, with direct link to the properties' website by clicking here.