Exploring South Carolina's Golf Courses: Atlantic Dunes by David Love III

Hilton Head, South Carolina, offers golf enthusiasts a paradise, with numerous exquisite courses set against breathtaking landscapes. On my recent golfing getaway to this beautiful island, I had the privilege of experiencing three remarkable golf courses that left me in awe.

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Atlantic Dunes Golf Course

Hilton Head, South Carolina, offers golf enthusiasts a paradise, with numerous exquisite courses set against breathtaking landscapes. On my recent golfing getaway to this beautiful island, I had the privilege of experiencing three remarkable golf courses that left me in awe. Each course has its own unique charm and challenge, making for an unforgettable golfing adventure. In this three-part blog series, I will dive into one golf course per post. We kick off this series with a focus on Atlantic Dunes by David Love III.

Dunes by David Love III at the Sea Pines Resort

The first course on our golf trip in Hilton Head was Atlantic Dunes, designed by none other than the legendary PGA Tour professional David Love III. With an impressive career that includes 21 PGA Tour victories and a major championship win, David Love's expertise shines through in the layout and design of this golf course. 

Atlantic Dunes is a par 72, stretching over 7,065 yards, providing a challenging yet enjoyable experience for golfers of all skill levels. The course boasts a golf rating of 74.3 and a slope of 143, indicative of the test it presents. For those seeking a true golfing challenge, Atlantic Dunes is sure to deliver.

Hilton Head's inaugural golf course offers a picturesque landscape with water hazards on nearly every hole and captivating Spanish moss-draped oak trees. As you navigate the course, you'll be met with meticulously manicured fairways and greens, which provide a true test of your golfing skills. Be prepared to use every club in your bag as you tackle this dynamic layout. The strategically placed bunkers and water hazards add an extra layer of complexity to the game, ensuring you're kept on your toes throughout your round.

What truly distinguishes Atlantic Dunes is the mesmerizing panoramic view of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean, notably on Hole 15, a par 3. As you step up to the tee, with this stunning scenery before you, it's impossible not to be awestruck by the sheer natural beauty Hilton Head has to offer. The mix of challenging holes and breathtaking views make this course an absolute must-visit for any golf enthusiast visiting Hilton Head.

Pricing

There is a $180 green fee per person to play Atlantic Dunes. Additionally, there's a $9 fee to enter the Sea Pines Resort that may only be paid in cash. This resort fee might raise an eyebrow or two, but it's essential to understand the reason behind it. The roads within Sea Pines are privately owned and operated, and this fee contributes to road maintenance and security. While it may add a small cost to your golfing adventure, it's a small price to pay for the privilege of playing on these well-maintained and beautiful courses.

Valuable information to note is that registered vacation guests of the resort and visitors staying with property owners have the opportunity to obtain a complimentary pass for access during their stay. This added convenience enhances the experience for those opting to stay within the Sea Pines Resort, an exceptional destination offering a diverse selection of accommodations, including houses and condos.

Dining

The Sea Pines Resort's dining selections are plenty, ensuring that every palate will be pleased. But if you are seeking a quick meal at the clubhouse right after your game of golf, the cozy Fraser's Tavern which offers Southern Barbecue, is a great place to unwind. With so many eating options at a walkaway, the Sea Pines Resort makes sure that your culinary journey matches the beauty of the island, offering something for everyone, no matter your taste or mood.

Tips and Tricks

  • Ensure you arrive early for some pre-game practice at the range, where you'll have the benefit of unlimited complimentary range balls
  • They also provide two complimentary water bottles, and you can even request a few extras before teeing off, especially given the humid conditions you might encounter.
  • Be sure to pay a visit to the pro shop to discover exclusive merchandise available solely at that location.
  • Here's a tip specific to Hole 15, the distinctive beachside par 3: On the right, you'll find the course's most profound bunker. Due to the uphill terrain and the influence of the ocean breeze, I recommend using an additional club to adjust for the altered ball yardage
  • Here's what you should know about the final hole: Hole 18 is the course's longest par four, and the shot is particularly challenged by the left fairway bunker. Achieving a par on this hole can be quite challenging for most average golfers.

Atlantic Dunes by David Love III is a golf course that embodies the spirit of Hilton Head, offering golfers not only a challenging round but also a connection to the natural beauty of the island. With a mix of strategic design, beautiful ocean views, and exceptional course conditions, it's an absolute must-play for any golf enthusiast. Atlantic Dunes, I must say, stands out as the finest golf course I've ever had the pleasure of playing.

Stay tuned for the next exciting chapter of our Hilton Head golfing adventure, as we explore the iconic Harbour Town Golf Links. This prestigious course is not only a golfing gem but also boasts experienced caddies who provide invaluable insights, making your round an unforgettable experience. Following that, we'll venture into the exhilarating world of the George Fazio Course, where I embarked on a solo 18-hole adventure that left me delighted.

'Til next time, when we tee off on more exciting golfing adventures in Hilton Head!

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