PORT ROYAL GOLF CLUB Robbers 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. All par threes also have yardages posted on the tee boxes. The green complexes feature Champion Bermuda and the fairways and tee areas are over-seeded with rye for the winter months.
Robbers Row is an original George Cobb design that was renovated in 1994 by Pete Dye, and is a beautiful championship layout cut through strands of magnolias and live oaks. Often described as the most scenic of the three designs, Robbers Row is probably also the most player friendly. The medium sized, undulating putting surfaces with test the short games of all levels of golfers however.
The tree lined fairways are mounded on the sides and are at times tight, but there usually is plentiful room off the tee. The course features an outstanding group of par three holes, with water hazards often protecting the greens. There also are some interesting doglegs that will challenge the strategy and shot making abilities of both avid and novice golfers, with a three hole finishing stretch on the back side that includes a sharp dogleg left on 16 and two that bend to the right on numbers 17 and 18.
There are 11 holes that have water in play in some shape of from, and 57 sand bunkers are situated along the landing zones or greenside. The course provides 5 sets of tee boxes that measure in slope and distance – 6657 yards/134 slope, 6311 yards/129 slope, 6001 yards/116 slope, 5525 yards/118 slope fro women and 4884 yards with a slope of 116 for ladies using the forward tees. For more info, visit our page for the course with direct link to the properties' website by clicking here.