The Sea Pines Resort,
32 Greenwood Dr,
Hilton Head Island,
South Carolina (SC) 29928,
- +1 800 925 4653
15 miles SE of Charleston
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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.”