Tourists have been coming to the Palmetto Bluff community on Hilton Head Island for more than a century, and over the years many expensive vacation homes have appeared along the shore. For some reason it took until the 1990s for a golf course to be built on this fine site here by the May River. Jack Nicklaus' design firm got the contract to construct a new layout amid environmentally sensitive marshlands, and their creation blends right into the surroundings. The topography doesn't vary much, so the strategy of the course comes from the placement of the holes and their relationship to one another. You can see how the lay of the land influenced the routing particularly well on the back nine, where there are three each of par 3s and 5s, something of an anomaly for a Nicklaus layout. The range of teeing options accommodates players of all skill levels.