May River Golf Club at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff
United States of America, South Carolina, Lowcountry, Hilton Head Island

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The Resort
The Resort

The Resort

At the heart of South Carolina Lowcountry, northeast of historic Savannah, Palmetto Bluff is a pristine 20,000 acre community extending along the headwaters of the May River on its way to Calibogue Sound, Hilton Head Island and the Atlantic Ocean. The community is marked by extensive nature preserves, river access and walking trails revolving around a waterfront residential village fashioned after traditional Carolinas' fishing hamlets.

The one of the components of the village is the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at May River Golf Club and The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a Montage Resort. In addition to Nicklaus' layout and a scant fifteen miles as the crow flies, Hilton Head offers more than twenty premier golf courses, including the neighbouring Daufuskie and Fripp Island.

Remarkably, golf wasn't introduced to this thickly wooded island till 1956, when the first course, the Ocean Course Sea Pines Resort, opened. Since then, the number of resorts and golf courses has grown in a spectacular manner, but the spirit of founder Fraser has survived and its vision of planning a very progressive legal template by which the island could be developed without destroying its rich natural heritage has previled.

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff
The Inn at Palmetto Bluff

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff

A Montage Resort

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff includes 50 graceful Cottages celebrating the architectural heritage of Southern Carolina. Genuine pine floors, high vaulted ceilings, cozy fireplaces and screened verandas overlooking the May river greet guests in generously appointed units. Dining venues range from the elegant River House Restaurant to the informal Buffalo's, the clubhouse's May River Grill, and the Canoe Club Restaurant.

Located along the lagoon waterway The Cottage Spa at Palmetto Bluff was modelled after a traditional Southern-style manor house, offering a range of massage therapies and body treatments. The Canoe & Kayak Club caters for paddlers keen on discovering the scenic rivers and creeks surrounding Palmetto Bluff. Further facilities include a comprehensive Fitness Center, the Wilson Lawn & Racquet Club and private charters aboard their vintage yacht, The Grace.


River front boutique resort 

50 Cottages + Village Homes Rental Accommodations + One bedroom Cottage Suites (1,340 sqm) 

All with screened verandas, fireplaces, pine flooring, vaulted ceilings, ceiling fans and luxury bed linens. Plasma TV, DVD/CD player, 2-line phones, voicemail and WiFi. Dressing/ Vanity area and bathrooms with separate steam shower and bathtub



24 hour in-room dining. Airport transfers

• Meetings & Events

River House Ballroom (200 pax) + The Veranda (150 pax)

Large pre function space + 2 Executive boardrooms (12 pax each) • Dining

River House Restaurant (Fine dining - Lowcountry inspired cuisine) Buffalo's (Bistro & Bakery)

May River Grill (Clubhouse restaurant)

Canoe Club Restaurant



• Fitness Center: Aerobic & strength training machines, and changing rooms with showers

• 13 miles of trails for hiking, biking and walking

• Salt and freshwater boating, fishing, kayaking and canoeing

• Private Yacht Charters (Grace Yacht, 1913 and Palmetto Bluff Hinckley)

• Kids Explorer Camp

• The Cottage Spa at Palmetto Bluff: Wide range of revitalizing spa treatments and massages • History Tours and Beach excursions

May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff
May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff

May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff

• Championship Course

Jack Nicklaus Signature Course (2004)

18 holes - 7,171 yds - Par 72 - USGA 75.4 - Slope 140

For the avid golfer, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff is a journey to nirvana. The May River Golf Club is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, weaving its way through the woods along the May River and featuring several holes right on the river banks. This amazing course is a spectacular blend of championship-level design and natural beauty. Wide, inviting fairways are strategically bunkered, while the gentle undulating greens are well guarded by  sand bunkers.

Caddies & Golf carts

• Practice Facilities

In addition, there is a large practice area recreating the feel of the actual course, complete with fairway, bunkers and regulation greens. The timeless clubhouse and its twenty foot vaulted ceiling with exposed beams host an upscale retail shop with Persian rugs, generous changing facilities and a restaurant with a terrace overlooking the 18th green.

Driving Range (Tee boxes at both ends, greens with bunkers, fairway and 2,000 sq.ft. uneven-lie tee box) 

5-acre Short Game practice with 4 regulation size greens with bunkers

• May River Golf House & Grill

Bar-Restaurant, Proshop and locker rooms with showers, shoe care and club repair


Hilton Head Island Golf

Hilton Head Island Golf

Over 20 premier golf courses on Hilton Head Island and surrounding Lowcountry, including Bluffton, Dafuskie & Fripp Island (all within a 15 mi. radius).

Discovered by the Spanish in the 1500’s, the island was claimed in 1663 for the British Crown Capt. William Hilton, hence its name. During the Civil War 50,000 Union troops garrisoned on the island to protect trade routes and plan attacks against the Confederacy. More recently, in the 1940's Hilton Head was rediscovered as a hunting ground for wealthy sportsmen who later saw its timber potential and as the timber industry grew, electricity came to the island for the first time in 1950. Six years later, the bridge connecting the mainland to the island was completed and Hilton Head took its final step into the modern age. Remarkably, golf wasn't introduced to this thickly wooded island till 1956, when the first course, the Ocean Course Sea Pines Resort, opened.

Since then, the number of resorts and golf courses has grown in a spectacular manner, but the spirit of founder Fraser has survived and its vision of planning a very progressive legal template by which the island could be developed without destroying its rich natural heritage has previled.

Hilton Head is primarily formed by plantation-style communities, some with resorts and all with private condos. In addition to Sea Pines Resort, these resorts include Palmetto Dunes -  with three fine golf courses and two hotels, Port Royal Plantation - with three courses, Hilton Head Plantation, with one private and three semi-private courses, including the Country Club of Hilton Head and Oyster Reef, both Rees Jones creations.

• Sea Pines Resort

• Harbour Town Golf Links |  Jack Nicklaus & Pete Dye (1970)

Home of the Heritage Classic PGA golf tournament (RBC Heritage) since 1969. A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary course.

This championship links course offers a solid test of finesse and shot-making, with smallish greens, water that comes into play on many holes, a collection of par threes ranked among the world’s finest and a par-four finishing hole considered as one of the most feared in golf.

• Ocean Course | Geroge Cobb (1062) + Mark McCumber (1995)

Hilton Head's first golf course, the Ocean Course at The Sea Pines Resort, was exquisitely redesigned by former PGA Tour pro and past Players champion, Mark McCumber, who has built interest, challenge and strategy into the course while preserving the natural beauty of Sea Pines - Unlike many resort courses, real estate is set back deep into the moss-draped oaks and pines, leaving golfers to bask in the natural surroundings

• Heron Point | George Cobb (1967) + Pete Dye (2007)

Originally the old Sea Marsh course at Sea Pines Resort, Pete Dye transformed the course into one of the most talked-about modern masterpieces on the island, and after the multi-million dollar reconstruction project, Heron Point is nothing short of a modern masterpiece. Old fairways have been reshaped, producing dramatic angles and shifting elevations. Players can now expect to come across rolling fairways, undulating greens, bunkers and relocated lagoons. With seven sets of tees, amazing forest and marsh views, Heron Point is a perfect complement to Sea Pines’ two other courses.

• Palmetto Dunes

• Arthur Hills Course | Arthur Hills (1986) 

One of Hilton head Island’s most distinctive course, Arthur Hills’ layout takes full advantage of the area’s natural beauty, creating a round of golf that is both beautiful and challenging. The architect offers golfers a course with continuous lines of dunes and thick stands of palmettos. Though fairway bunkers are absent, off-balance lies, ocean breezes and lagoons add an element of challenge. With reason, the course has earned its reputation as delivering one of the island’s best golf experiences.

• Gerorge Fazio Course | George Fazio (1974)

The George Fazio Course at Palmetto Dunes was one of the youngest courses to ever appear on Golf Digest’s list of “America’s 100 Best.” With just two par-fives on the course, Fazio has designed a layout where the front nine features open, tree-lined fairways and the back nine becomes tighter and more demanding. Regarded as the island’s truest championship challenge, it still can be enjoyed by both beginner and advanced players thanks to its several tees.

• Robert Trent Jones Course | R.T. Jones Sr. (1967)

As fine wine grows better with age, so does the R.T. Jones’ course at Palmetto Dunes Following extensive renovations by Jones’ protégé, Roger Rulewich, the oldest course at the resort was named South Carolina’s “Golf Course of the Year” in 2003 !  Players are now faced with wide fairways, expansive greens and subtle elevation changes as well as a new lake and bunkers that have been reshaped and restored to Jones’ original design.

For more info on the island golf courses, please check one of the several websites on Hilton Head.

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Low Country

Low Country


The “Lowcountry” is a stunning labyrinth of rivers, islands, marshes and lush forests extending along the South Carolina coast between Charleston and Savannah. This region of unique charm and great natural beauty, history and culture has since long lured writers, artists, boatsmen, adventures and the high society, seeking rest and inspiration in these wild and pristine surroundings.


Brought to fame by Berendt's novel, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” - later brought to the screen by Clint Eastwood, Savannah is a fascinating tapestry of history. The Colonial urban fabric and its grid of garden park squares form the heart of one of the largest Historic Districts in the country. Gateway to the Lowcountry beaches, rivers and marshes, Savannah offers walking tours, fine dining and a fine heritage.


Long considered the crown jewel of the South, Charleston is a cultural centre, from its roots as a Colonial city, to its strategic role during the Civil War and present day toursitic destination. The city prides itself on refined manners, fervent support of the arts and historic preservation - The Historic District is a virtual living museum. Eighteenth century homes, historic plantations and public buildings still in use after hundreds of years, ancient plants and trees flourish in the quintessential Southern atmosphere of a bygone era. There are countless art galleries, boutiques, antique, fine restaurants, historic tours, museums and an even a large aquarium.

Address & Contact

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff

1 Village Park Square

Bluffton, SC 29910




Bluffton, South Carolina Lowcountry, between Savannah and Hilton Head Island 


Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SVA), 45 mi.


All year (Hotel & Golf)


Subtropical climate with balmy summers and mild winters