By Mona Moore
Photography by John O’Hagan
With rolling green fairways and gentle sea breezes, Hilton Head, South Carolina, offers an ideal way to spend a few summer days—if not a lifetime. The blissful jaunt begins as you cross the Hilton Head Island Bridge, the solitary roadway into the barrier island off the Atlantic. Breathtaking views of the Intracoastal Waterway are interrupted only by the evergreen landscape of Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, where a glimpse of a milky-white egret is as likely as that of a white-tailed deer.
Hilton Head is a resort town tailored to the lifestyle of the golfers who frequent its 23 world-class courses. You can whip into the Harbour Town Bakery & Café for a blueberry biscuit and a freshly made boxed lunch to go, or sit a spell on the patio and relish Doris’s Corned Beef Hash and sweet delicacies under a canopy of palms and moss-draped oaks.
Just across the road, the Harbour Town Golf Links Course has been on the PGA Tour almost since the day Jack Nicklaus codesigned it. The unforgettable view from the 18th hole includes the Calibogue Sound and the Harbour Town Lighthouse, a museum and landmark for the island. After your round, take a leisurely climb up the 90-foot lighthouse and learn about Hilton Head’s rich history from the exhibits and artifacts lining the stairs.