Palmetto Dunes Resort, George Fazio Course

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2 Leamington Ln
Hilton Head Isla SC 29928-5150
(843) 785-1140
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Clark Sinclair

Just here on Hilton Head Island, you could probably come up with three or four "Dream 18" type courses with the awesome quality of golf layouts we have here. So to be selected to take part in the "Dream 18: Hidden Gems of South Carolina" - needless to say, we are honored and flattered.

We take great pride in all three of our courses here at Palmetto Dunes (Robert Trent Jones course, Arthur Hills course and the George Fazio course) and it's tough to pick one as any more outstanding than the others. But from our guests, our staff, our members and visiting media - everyone seems to have a special spot in their heart for the 16th hole on the Fazio course.

This hole has everything a great golf hole should have. It's scenic, it's tough, it's fair, it makes you think and most of all, regardless of how you play it, you want to play it again. In fact, more than anything else, to me that is what defines a great golf hole - do people enjoy it enough to want to play it again and again? Here at the Fazio course, we have a definitive "yes!"

Hole No. 16 is a fairly long par 4, measuring 425 from the tips, 416 from the blue tees and still over 400 yards (403 actually) from the white tees. No matter what tees you choose to play, you'll have to hit one of your best drives to clear the bunker on the right, avoid the second fairway bunker on the right and of course, not go into the lagoon that runs all the way down the left side of the hole. The ever-present breeze is typically a cross-wind or even into you, so this will be your most challenging drive of the day.

If you manage to find the fairway (great shot!), you still have to find the green. The long second shot means you'll have to avoid that same lagoon, more water on the right (a pond comes into play about 120 yards from the green and all the way down the right from there) and bunkers left, right and behind the two-tiered green. Sound easy enough?

What I tell golfers to do on the 16th hole is to take a moment as they play it to notice what a great piece of land it is. From the lagoon on the left to the pond on the right, with the large white bunkers and fescue grass helping frame the hole perfectly - it's absolutely pretty as a picture, no matter what your score. As you approach the green, take a look at the island in the center of the pond on the right. It is a wildlife habitat, with several species or birds nesting and feeding there at all times of the year. No matter what your score, you'll find plenty of birdies on this hole.

I've always maintained that a great golf hole means a great memory, not necessarily a great score. It offers options to the player and a unique challenge regardless of what route the player takes to finish the hole. This describes hole 16 perfectly. If you make a par here, it will be the highlight of your round. If you happen to birdie it, it will be one of the highlights of your golf career. But no matter what, you'll walk (or ride) away saying it was fair, fun and you'd play it better next time. I think all golf holes should be so awesome. But unfortunately they're not. Good to know this one is.

Course Details/History

  • Architect Name – George Fazio, ASGCA
  • Greens Grass Type – Bermuda Grass
  • Regulation Length Holes – 54

Services Offered

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ParRatingSlopeYardage
Gold tee7073.51386,873
Blue tee7071.91356,534
White tee7070.51306,239
Red tee7066.41145,273
Red (L) tee7070.81275,273
Front Nine
Hole123456789Out*
Gold tee4325624122053891804144314213446
Blue tee3935224121953721673744224093266
White tee3854873961903641563594213853143
Red tee3554123571372951363203423212675
Red (L) tee3554123571372951363203423212675
Par45434344435
Back Nine
Hole101112131415161718In*
Gold tee5133943873861854454252304623427
Blue tee5133763643661644144162104453268
White tee4853643193541504104031874243096
Red tee4383202752791233423491223502598
Red (L) tee4383202752791233423491223502598
Par54443443435
*Par value varies depending on tee boxes used.