Hilton Head Plantation

Dolphin Head

Hilton Head Island Public

Designed by Gary Player, Dolphin Head features 18 holes of championship golf that wind through the island's pristine landscape. The course layout incorporates strategic bunkering, water hazards, and undulating fairways with doglegs and elevation changes. 

56 High Bluff Rd. 

Hilton Head Island, S.C. 29926

Dolphin Head at Hilton Head Plantation

The Community

  • The Dolphin Head course and community are located within Hilton Head Plantation, spanning almost 4,000 acres and hosting four golf courses: Dolphin Head, Bear Creek, and Oyster Reef, which are semi-private and open to the public, and The Country Club of Hilton Head, a private, full-service club.
  • The population of Hilton Head Plantation is approximately 10,000, with 4,199 homes and 79 lots, making it a vibrant and well-established community.
  • Recreational amenities within Hilton Head Plantation include the Dolphin Head Recreation Area, Spring Lake Pavilion, and the Surrey Lane ball fields, along with the Spring Lake Pool and the Bluff Walk, a scenic 0.9-mile, one-way walking path.
  • The Dolphin Head area features two miles of walking beach, providing residents with opportunities for leisurely strolls along the coastline.
  • The Property Owners Association (POA) maintains numerous lakes and lagoons throughout Hilton Head Plantation, which serve the primary purpose of stormwater management while also functioning as wildlife habitats, enhancing the community's natural beauty and providing recreational opportunities such as fishing.
  • Hilton Head Plantation boasts two conservancies, the Whooping Crane Pond Conservancy and the Cypress Conservancy, preserving important natural habitats within the community.
  • For sports enthusiasts, Hilton Head Plantation offers 12 Har-Tru tennis courts, two bocce ball courts, and three shuffleboard courts, providing ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and socializing.
  • Several clubhouses, including the Spring Lake Pavilion, Dolphin Head Recreation Area, and the Plantation House, serve as gathering places for residents to socialize and enjoy community events.
  • The community is surrounded by acres of unspoiled open space, offering residents opportunities to connect with nature and engage in outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and wildlife observation.

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The Course

Architect: Gary Player
Built: 1974

This Gary Player masterpiece opened in 1974 becoming the first golf course built within Hilton Head Plantation. The course plays short on the front nine but opens up on the backside, putting an emphasis on hitting fairways and greens. Dolphin Head was renovated in 2010 under the guidance of Clyde Johnston, with the tees and fairways utilizing Celebration Bermuda, while the greens are Mini-Verde Bermuda. Gary Player’s primary aim in designing the golf course was to preserve as many natural features as possible, using minimal landfill to maintain a harmonious balance between man and nature. The result is a picturesque and playable course cherished by the local community. Dolphin Head features two distinctive nines: The front nine winds through tall trees with Player’s signature bunkers and marshland challenges, emphasizing accuracy over length while the back nine offers a contrasting experience with open spaces and towering old-growth trees. The signature par-3 12th hole offers stunning Port Royal Sound views and a challenging water-guarded green. In addition to the golf experience, Dolphin Head Golf Club offers excellent facilities, including a clubhouse, pro shop, and practice areas. This unique course, Gary Player’s first in the Hilton Head area, opened in 1974 and remains a beloved Hilton Head Plantation gem. With water hazards on 13 holes and undulating greens, the course offers an enjoyable challenge. Dolphin Head Golf Club’s commitment to preserving nature and continuous improvements make it a standout in the Lowcountry golf scene. Dolphin Head is semi-private and open to the public with memberships available.

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Real Estate

  • Hilton Head Plantation offers a diverse range of housing options, from luxurious waterfront properties to charming golf course homes, catering to various lifestyle preferences and preferences.
  • The plantation boasts an impressive array of amenities, including multiple golf courses, tennis courts, miles of scenic walking and biking trails, and access to beautiful beaches, ensuring residents have ample opportunities for recreation and leisure.
  • As the second-largest community on the island, Hilton Head Plantation primarily serves as a full-time residential area, without short-term rentals, providing a peaceful and stable living environment.
  • Nestled between the Intracoastal Waterway and Port Royal Sound in the northern region of the island, Hilton Head Plantation spans approximately 4,000 wooded acres, offering residents a serene and picturesque setting.
  • The community consists predominantly of free-standing homes on full-size or patio-type lots, showcasing a variety of architectural styles, contributing to the neighborhood's charm and character.
  • Hilton Head Plantation encompasses around 4,000 homesites and 500 villas, safeguarded by two 24-hour security gated entrances, ensuring residents' safety and peace of mind.
  • The Property Owners Association meticulously maintains approximately 72 miles of roadways and oversees community amenities, including pools, recreation areas, conservancies, leisure paths, and common buildings, enhancing the overall quality of life for residents.
  • The plantation is further divided into distinct areas, each with its own amenities and unique character, providing residents with a diverse range of lifestyle options to suit their preferences.
  • Properties subject to the Class “A” Covenants may not be rented for less than six months, ensuring a stable and cohesive residential community environment.
  • Tenants with a lease of nine months or more will have access to all the amenities owned by HHPPOA, ensuring that long-term residents can fully enjoy the community's amenities and facilities.

 Hilton Head Plantation POA Fees: $1,261 annually

Hilton Head Plantation Transfer Fees: 

1/4 of 1% of sale price capped at 6288.40

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Recent Sales

One-year Sales Average

(updated 9/17/2023):

Hilton Head Plantation: $350K-$5.225M

Dolphin Head: $579K-$2.4M 

Dolphin Head at Hilton Head Plantation

**All Rates Subject to Change**

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