Hilton Head National opened its doors officially on November 1, 1989. The course is a Gary Player design and incorporates many of Gary's philosophies on golf course layout. Gary stresses that while golf courses should be challenging, they should not punish unduly.
Four separate sets of tee boxes are positioned to test amateurs and professionals alike. The course's greens are ample, but not severely undulating. The course plays 6779 yards from the black (Gary Player) tees. Its signature feature is the huge double green shared by holes 9 and 18. Another unique feature of Hilton Head National is the absence of homes on the golf course. The course was hewn from virgin low-country forests. Most of the property adjacent to and adjoining the fairways is still in a natural and pristine state.
Hilton Head National's clubhouse is approximately 5,000 square feet. It features a golf shop, restaurant and lounge, and small locker-room facilities. Directly adjacent to the clubhouse are nice practice facilities; complete with a large driving range and two putting/chipping greens.
Hilton Head National was named a USA Today Golf Atlas "Top Fifty Course" and a Coastal Carolina Golf Map "Top Twenty Layout." It was also the site of the first nationally televised Amoco-Centel PGA Championship Golf Tournament.