Port Royal

Spectacular Southern charm awaits you at Port Royal. Nestled along the Atlantic coastline on the northwestern point of Hilton Head Island, this lovely golf and tennis community offers a luxurious oceanfront.  In addition to being praised for its exceptional golf experience, Port Royal Golf and Racquet Club is well known as an award-winning tennis destination. 

Its high elevation gives homeowners incredible views of the vast deep blue waters of Port Royal Sound and the great Atlantic beyond. One is surrounded here by nature and the beauty of canopied ancient live oaks, tropical palms, fresh-water lagoons, saltwater estuaries, and perfectly manicured golf courses.


The list of amenities includes fishing, boating, swimming, and kayaking.  Here is a place where neighbors know each other and develop long-lasting friendships away from the crowds. Residents may enjoy the luxury of quiet walks along white sandy beaches with cooling breezes.


Three golf courses and a Golf Club with a driving range, putting green, and restaurant are available for golf enthusiasts.

  •  Barony Course – one of the first courses on the island, the Barony Course may not appear challenging at first glance, but as you approach the resurfaced Bermuda greens, the real challenge becomes clear.
  • Robber’s Row Course – redesigned in 1994 by world-famous architect Pete Dye, the Robber’s Row Course sets atop former Civil War grounds.  It’s both rich in history and a true challenge to any golfer.

A Southern-style clubhouse and reservable Beach House are available.


Two oceanfront pools


8-Court Racquet Club – In addition to this there are two pickleball courts, a sport fast becoming a favorite amongst members and resort guests.

Dining Options

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Robber’s Row Grille – a taste of true Southern hospitality and charm await you at this Lowcountry venue that features good food made with the freshest local ingredients. In addition, the club offers some of the finest dining in the area.


Miles of gorgeous trails and pathways

Private access to both Atlantic and Port Royal Sound beaches and waterways

Fishing, boating, paddling, swimming, walking, sunning, and bird watching

Events and Activities

Port Royal Plantation has an active group of residents who plan events throughout the year such as dances, cookouts, seasonal celebrations, heritage festivals, and more.  

Women’s Friday Morning Coffee

Men’s Friday Lunch Groups at the golf club restaurant

Exercise classes and water aerobics

Guest speakers who share informative and entertaining lectures at the Beach House 


District: Beaufort County

Elementary: Hilton Head

Middle: Hilton Head

High: Hilton Head

Private schools are located on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton for those who prefer private education.

What’s Nearby?

Port Royal is located near plenty of good shopping; grocery stores, boutiques, and gift shops – all just a short distance from the gate.  

Travel time to Savannah is about 1 hour and travel time to Charleston is about 2 hours.  The Hilton Head Airport is just minutes away.

Unique History of Port Royal Plantation

For hundreds of years, the land was used by Native Americans for hunting and seafood gathering.  In 1663 the land was claimed by English Captain William Hilton from whom the island takes its name.  He was followed by a succession of Spanish, French, and English explorers and traders.

The current Port Royal community was occupied by Confederate forces at the start of the Civil War. In the 1861 Battle of Port Royal, the Confederate troops were defeated and Union troops landed to take control of the island.  Restaurants, a theatre, stores, newspapers, and saloons all prospered and were centered around the main street known as Robbers Row. Historical markers at Fort Walker Park, the Beach House, and the Steam Gun describe events that took place here and in the surrounding waters.

There is a book available on the history by author Kenneth Swanson, titled

Building Community, A History of Port Royal Plantation.

Non-residents may sign up to tour the historical sites by contacting the Coastal Discovery Museum.