Harbour Town - South Carolina - USA

Harbour Town Golf Links,
The Sea Pines Resort,
32 Greenwood Dr,
Hilton Head Island,
South Carolina (SC) 29928,
USA


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Harbour Town Golf Links is the best of the three courses at the Sea Pines Resort and it was created by Pete and Alice Dye and Jack Nicklaus. The resort's two other courses, Heron Point and Atlantic Dunes, both feature prominently in our South Carolina Best in State rankings.

Home to the annual Heritage Classic (now called the RBC Heritage), Harbour Town opened for play in 1969 and it has remained in the top echelons of resort golf ever since. The course is laid out on relatively flat ground with the fairways flanked by pines. The smallish greens are very fair and not tricked up in any way.

With a wonderful closing hole, it’s likely that Harbour Town will remain lodged in the memory for years. The 18th is a brutish par four which measures 478 yards from the tips. A solid drive on the line of the lighthouse will find the landing area which juts out into the Calibogue Sound. The lighthouse here at Harbour Town reminds us of a jollier version of the other famous lighthouse at the fabulous Turnberry Resort in Scotland.

Writing in The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses , Tom Doak said: “Harbour Town hold a special place in my heart, because it gave an impressionable 10-year-old an interest in design. It is rightly famous as a turning point in the history of American golf architecture, and it remains one of the favorite courses on Tour, because few others place such a premium on straight hitting off the tee and precise iron shots to small greens. There are also a lot of excellent strategic holes, and plenty of endearing features like its picture-postcard par-3’s, and the V-shaped 9th green, the boarded bunker that fronts the 13th green, the world’s first waste bunker alongside the 16th, and the two iconic finishing holes. The course continues to fall in the rankings because of the things it doesn’t have, but maybe we should focus more on the things it does.”

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Description: Harbour Town Golf Links is the best of the three courses at the Sea Pines Resort and it was created by Pete and Alice Dye and Jack Nicklaus. Rating: 7.8 out of 10 Reviews: 24
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Alex Deutsch
I played this course last June, and it is without a doubt a spectacularly beautiful and tremendously challenging golf course, able to hold its own with almost any in the country. The course is fantastic, with small landing areas and greens requiring accuracy and distance off the tee, forcing accurate approach shots in. Playing this course is a dream, considering the fact that it is regarded as a classic design of the “Marquis de Sod” himself (Pete Dye), and puts the best golfers in the world to the test each year. The 18th hole is truly a dream, with the spectacular views of the ocean and famous lighthouse dominating the hole. This course is a must-play and all golfers should try their hardest to play there at least once.
July 30, 2007
10 / 10
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John McPheson
One of the funnest golf courses you'll ever play but don't let the yardage fool you. If you spray the ball you will make big numbers.
May 02, 2007
10 / 10
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Hilton Head Island is a haven for golfers and the jewel in the crown is the Harbour Town Links. Links could be a bit misleading if you are expecting a classic British set-up in the style of a Royal St Georges or a Prestwick, this course is tree lined and the first sight of the ocean (the Calibogue Sound) is on the famous 18th with its iconic red and white candy striped lighthouse. The course is not long (6603 yds off the Blue), but precision will beat power here. The 1st is played down a narrow alley between trees and this rather sets the tone for the rest of your round. Ordinarily, one might opt to play short but straight, but one of the other characteristics of Harbour Town are the very small firm greens. So firstly, you do need to be straight and accurate, but secondly you want to be long enough to be hitting short and mid irons into the tiny targets. Once there, some comfort can be taken from the relatively gentle pace and beautifully true roll. I suspect this is why so many of the Pros love heading here for the PGA tour event (The Heritage), the week after Augusta’s notoriously quick putting examination! The Par 3s are classic mid to long iron shots invariably over water and railway sleepers (ties) to small targets surrounded by trees and overhanging branches and these along with the run of holes from 14th to the photogenic 18th are probably what is most memorable about a fantastic day at a fun and immaculately presented golf course. The stands (bleachers) were going up and the greenstaff busy and on a bright sunny day, the course looked great and played better. One look at the list of former winners of The Heritage event played annually at Harbour Town since 1969 tells you something about the quality of this Pete Dye designed classic. Palmer, Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Hale Irwin, Faldo, Langer, Norman, Payne Stewart and Davis Love. 29 times the event has been won by a major winner. Harbour Town is a classy course that produces classy champions. Try it out!
March 27, 2007
10 / 10
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Richard Smith
I enjoyed Harbour Town. I had heard several complaints about the layout (poor conditioning, overpriced, not as good as advertised, etc.) but I found the course to be in fine condition and a very challenging and strategic layout. This is a course that not only demands that you hit the fairway, but that you hit in the proper side of the fairway to even have a clear shot to the green. The greens are very small, and if you do hit them you usually have a reasonable birdie putt. The first few holes are fairly average, but the back nine, well known from television coverage of the MCI classic, is as much fun to play as you would imagine from seeing on the TV.This is a fun course to play and worth taking in if you are visiting Hilton Head. The course has stood the test of time quite well. I would suspect it is somewhat overrated, but I would still play it again if I had the opportunity.Richard SmithKnoxville, Tennessee
July 16, 2006
8 / 10
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