For serious golfers, Harbour Town Golf Links Course at Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head is THE “must play” course. It was designed in 1969 as a collaboration between the famed designer Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus. Dye returned again to give the course an update in 2000. Harbour Town Golf Links course is renowned as the home of the Heritage Classic PGA golf tournament. Now named the Verizon Heritage, this tournament attracts many golf legends such as Palmer, Nicklaus and Norman.
It is said that this PGA golf course in Hilton Head is a true test of the game of golf. With beautiful Bermuda grass fairways, the narrow Tifeagle greens of this course can be a bit deceptive. They are among the smallest greens of any tournament course in the country. They require tactful shots and skillful aim to maintain good scores.
Water placement offers challenges on many of the holes. The par-3’s are considered to be right up there with the best in the world. The course from the Heritage tees measures a total of 6,973 yards, has a slope of 146 and a par of 71. It is often thought to be rather short compared to most courses, but it requires a level of preciseness and accuracy that is rarely demanded. Golfers should come ready with their top game, as their shots will need to be seamlessly positioned and and their aim meticulous.
This Harbour Town course has received many impressive distinctions. It was rated the #1 course in South Carolina by Golf Magazine, named one of the top 15 best public courses in the country by Golf Digest and is renowned as one of the top courses in the world.
Approaching the famous 18th and final hole of the Harbour Town Golf Links Course, golfers adrenaline begins to race as they look out on a background featuring the red and white striped lighthouse of Harbour Town. This 478 yard, par-4 hole is among the most intimidating and challenging holes in the golf world. When the wind is blowing off the Calibogue Sound, it becomes even more of a demanding confrontation. Players will first aim their shots into the wide fairway landing area. The next shot must soar over the Calibogue Sound. Most golfers set their sites on the lighthouse as a point of reference as they take this inspiring shot. Balls that veer too far right will go out of bounds, and too much curve to the left lands in the sound.
The course is open year round starting as early as 7:00 am. There is a dress code that steers golfers away from denim. Collared shirts are required and bermuda shorts are just fine. They also ask that guests do not wear spiked shoes.
Harbour Town Golf Links is a truly inspired course that will fulfill the avid golfer’s dreams. It is not, however the ideal course for the novice golfer, due in part to both the skill level required and the extravagant cost. Depending on the time of day and the season, rates range from $125-$255 for 18-holes. Resort guests receive a small discount. The noon time and twilight specials offer the lowest fees. Various golf packages are available for golf combinations with or without lodging at one of the resort locations. Most golfers that visit the area have to try this course at least once, just to know they have experienced the ultimate golf outing.
Harbour Town Golf Links Course at Sea Pines Resort
32 Greenwood Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 2992
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