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Hilton Head Golf Course Review

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Shipyard, once home to the Seniors International (a Seniors PGA Tournament), features 27 holes of challenging championship golf laid out over a fairly level terrain, shrouded by moss draped oaks, towering pines and flowering magnolias. Designed by George Cobb and Willard Byrd, the course meanders among a series of lagoons that are teaming with native wildlife. Shipyard is part of the Heritage Golf Group, which also features the two courses at Palmetto Hall, three more at Port Royal 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 .

Shipyard Golf Club - Hilton Head Golf Course
Shipyard Golf Club - Hilton Head Golf Course

From 1982 to 1984 the property hosted the Hilton Head Seniors International, and was rated one of the finest courses on the Champions Tour! The layout winds through a residential community – but still provides a feeling of seclusion and serenity. The slightly raised greens are large and receptive, but their undulating surfaces require a deft touch. The turf was recently renovated to feature Diamond Zoysia – a remarkable strain of turf that provides a smooth quick playing surface.

Shipyard Golf Club - Hilton Head Golf Course
Shipyard Golf Club - Hilton Head Golf Course

Golf Digest named Shipyard as one of the top 75 US Golf resorts, with a variety of stay and play packages available through the properties' website. On property is a clubhouse with pro shop and Reflections on the Green Restaurant/lounge, plus banquet/outing facilities that serve up to 288 guests. Practice facilities include a targeted grass range, short game area with sand bunker plus putting green.

Shipyard Golf Club - Hilton Head Golf Course
Shipyard Golf Club - Hilton Head Golf Course

On course the yardage marking system consists of sprinkler heads that are measured tot eh center of the green, 100, 150 and 200 yard markers (250 on par fives) on the cart paths, and 150 yard stakes in the center of the fairways on all par fours and fives. Color coded flags provide information on the day's front, middle or back hole locations.

Shipyard Golf Club - Hilton Head Golf Course
Shipyard Golf Club - Hilton Head Golf Course

The course plays to slope ratings that measure between 118 and 124 for women and 114 and 136 for men, with the Clipper/Galleon combination providing the toughest test. There are 110 soft white sand bunkers scattered about the 27 holes, and all but four have water hazards in play in some shape or form. Nearly all the holes are tree-lined, with some very interesting doglegs along the way. The green complexes are slightly raised and well protected by bunkers and gentle mounding.

Shipyard Golf Club - Hilton Head Golf Course

The photos in this review are of the Galleon and Brigatine nines. All three layouts have 4 sets of tee boxes, with the Galleon measuring 3379, 3146, 2974 and 2658 yards. The Brigantine is the shortest of the trio and plays to 3356, 3054, 2885 and 2469 yards. The Clipper is the longest at 3499, 3302, 3099 and 2733 yards. For more info, visit our page for the course with a direct link to the properties' website by clicking here.

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