May River and Old Tabby - Two hidden gems of Hilton Head golf

Released on = April 18, 2007, 9:34 am

Press Release Author = GolfPublisher Syndications

Industry = Media

Press Release Summary = Hilton Head golf has its secret side too. Top golf
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Press Release Body = By Joel Zuckerman,
Staff Writer,
Golf Publisher Syndications

Some years ago, a major golf publication called Hilton Head Island in South Carolina
the tenth finest golf destination on the planet. If only they could\'ve peeked a bit
further behind the moss curtain.

Sure, Harbour Town, Palmetto Dunes, and Daufuskie Island give the region its
tourist-golfer imprimatur. But there are some secret stashes when it comes to
Lowcountry golf, the type of green-grass wonderlands that the average golf
vacationer has never even heard of, let alone visited.

Here are two Hilton Head golf courses that amount to hidden gems.

May River Golf Club
The May River Golf Club is a sublime Jack Nicklaus creation that has sprung to life
deep within the forested confines of Palmetto Bluff. It\'s technically a resort
course, but is the rarest of resort golf experiences in that it has the look, feel,
playing pressure and most importantly, conditioning, of a fine private golf club.

Resort guests must stay at the nearby Inn at Palmetto Bluff if they want access to
this serene and lovely golf paradise. On course, they\'ll enjoy subtle touches like
crisp apples and chilled towels, or the daily tee sheet that offers exact yardages
to the pin, so a golfer can use the fairway mileage markers and know the first hole
is \"+12 yards,\" the second is \"-7,\" etc.

The single defining feature of May River is its complex greens. They are practically
\"negative edge\" greens, meaning they morph so seamlessly from putting surface proper
to the surrounding swales and collection areas, it\'s ridiculously easy to chip or
even putt the golf ball too boldly and have it run entirely off the green. The
bunkering is plentiful, and the waste areas and sand hazards abounding are of
different sizes, shapes, depths, colors and consistency. For these reasons and many
others, the May River Golf Club, with its art gallery-caliber par-3s, confounding
greens and serene setting, has immediately taken a position as one of the premiere
golf courses in the Carolina Lowcountry.

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April 17, 2007
Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily
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