Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines Resort
The Harbor Town Golf Links is one of three 18-hole courses at the Sea Pines Resort. It is constantly ranked one of the best courses in the area and in the U.S. Pete Dye, with help from Jack Nicklaus, who designed the course and it is touted as one of his finest courses. The par-71 course covers 7,099 yards of flat terrain. Harbor Town's sloping greens are small and covered in Tif Eagle grass.
There are several challenging par 3s but the signature hole of the golf course is a tricky par 4. The infamous 18th hole is 458 yards that require a long tee shot towards the lighthouse. The breeze from the Calibogue Sound is definitely a factor in the difficulty of the hole.
|White (W)||71||6253 yards||76.2||144|
|Gold (W)||71||5867 yards||74.1||137|
|Green (W)||71||5084 yards||69.8||126|
|Heritage M: 75.6/148||410||502||469||200||549||419||195||473||332||3549||451||436||430||373||192||588||434||174||472||3550||7099|
|Dye M: 73.3/144||392||495||411||187||511||404||172||435||322||3329||421||413||404||354||165||571||395||185||444||3352||6681|
|Sea Pines M: 71.4/136 W: 76.2/144||380||471||381||165||497||373||160||405||298||3130||398||387||376||339||148||541||361||159||414||3123||6253|
|Carolina M: 69.6/131 W: 74.1/137||347||424||355||155||485||360||148||380||283||2937||358||365||360||324||138||511||333||141||400||2930||5867|
|Palmetto M: 66.7/118 W: 69.8/126||330||383||315||140||427||318||113||309||267||2602||324||285||272||307||107||421||304||130||332||2482||5084|
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Photo submitted by MikeBaileyGolf on 10/12/2018
Photo submitted by MikeBaileyGolf on 10/12/2018
Photo submitted by MikeBaileyGolf on 10/12/2018
Sunrise on the first hole. Photo submitted by BrandonTuckerGA on 11/21/2016
The par-3 4th hole. Photo submitted by BrandonTuckerGA on 11/21/2016
The view from the men's locker room balcony Photo submitted by BrandonTuckerGA on 11/21/2016
Teeing off on the par-3 17th Photo submitted by BrandonTuckerGA on 11/21/2016
Teeing off on 18 Photo submitted by BrandonTuckerGA on 11/21/2016
New palm trees already being transplanted at Harbour Town. Photo submitted by BrandonTuckerGA on 11/21/2016
Photo submitted by Filthy20 on 07/26/2016
Photo submitted by BrandonTuckerGA on 04/29/2015
The historic lighthouse Photo submitted by JayCoffinGC on 02/20/2014
Not in top condition
If you want to score you must put ball where you have shot to the green, I know that sounds simplistic but this is target golf. The greens are small making it more of a challenge. The day we played there was mist with occasional drizzle. The course was wet and cart path only. We still played in 4 hrs. Because the course was over seeding and wet, the greens were very slow. This is an expensive tract, I have not made up my mind if it is worth the money. When I checked in the young guys behind the counter were making fun of some lady golfer who had just teed off. I did not think that was appropriate- maybe it was just a slow day for them. This may sound strange, while the personnel was cordial it did not seem like they cared whether you played their course. Almost forgot, this course runs thru tall trees and forested real estate the only hole with water view is the famous 18th with the lighthouse.
A PGA Tour icon and no better finish in golf
My golf game is in no way compatible to the challenges of Pete Dye's target-style golf courses like TPC Sawgrass and Harbour Town. Having said that, it's such a neat round of golf to play. Each shot, while often intimidating, commands your full attention. From turning the corner on the dogleg par-4 16th to reveal the Cailbogue Sound until finishing up in the shadow of the famous candy striped lighthouse, this is one of golf's great walks.
We played the course a couple weeks after the RBC Heritage event, and the greens were still ultra-fast, and the lush overseeded conditions couldn't have been better. It blows me away they're going to entirely re-seed the course this summer. It hardly seems to need it. But expectations at Harbour Town are as high as ever. A new clubhouse opened this year and is a fitting base for one of the great stalwarts on the PGA Tour schedule.
You'll need tidy wedges, a savvy punch-out and a descriptive yardage guide to make it around here, and a great attitude. Embrace this most unique design style that is still able to challenge the game's best. And be sure to swing away on the par-4 18th. The fairway couldn't be wider, and you'll need to move it to have a chance at this ultra-intimidating approach.
one of the best courses around
played harbour town as part of a yearly golf trip. it is without question one of the best courses i've ever played. aside from pebble beach, i can't think of any courses that compare.
it was very helpful to have a forecaddie to help with shot selection and also to provide cool information about the course and its history.
the back nine is especially tough, but the whole course will challenge your entire range of skills.
17 and 18 are two of the most beautiful holes i've ever played.
we played the week after the RBC was in town so the bleachers were still up, which was cool. the course was closing down for renovations shortly after we played, but i can't even imagine how the course could be better!
The Staff were very helpful. The New club house is spectacular!
I have had the good fortune of playing Harbour Town multiple times over the years but have never taken that for granted. This course welcomes you into being a part of history from the moment you view all the past champions and trophy case in the newly updated clubhouse, until you walk off 18 and say goodbye to the famous lighthouse. Every staff position makes it well known that your experience is of their utmost concern. Despite it's popularity, Harbour Town feels like a private club with consistently pristine course conditions. It is truly a unique golfing experience that makes it a bucket list in my opinion. Harbour Town has all the pieces from history, public accessibility, staff service, architectural beauty, course condition, facilities, great food, and anything else you may need. If that isn't enough for you, watch or attend the RBC Heritage and listen to the appreciation that PGA Tour Pro's have for Harbour Town. Happy Heritage Y'all.
Great inland holes to go with the famous 18th
The 4 par threes are perhaps the best I have played. The 4th is a classic Pete Dye par 3 with water all along the left. This hole does a great job of challenging the good player but giving less confident golfers a chance to bail out on the right with little to no trouble. The 9th is a great short par 4. The fairway is relatively wide but the overhanging trees can get in the way of your approach. The green is really something special as it is V shaped with a bunker in front and small pot bunkers splitting the legs of the V. The 13th is another interesting short par 4. The drive is deceptive and the green is really interesting. The fronting bunker is extremely deep and the green itself is sort of Mickey Mouse shaped. The 14th hole is almost a mirror image of the 4th but IMO you get a much better view on the 14th with the elevated tee. The 17th is the last of the great par 3s and introduces you to the Calibogue Sound. The green is a small target, especially in the harsh winds that you confront once you approach the water. The finale is one of the most famous holes in golf and lives up to the hype IMO. The views are unbelievable and the second shot has some great strategy to it. The green is isolated out in the water but you are able to bail out to the right to avoid the H2O. Overall and amazing course and an amazing experience to play a PGA Tour stop.
Got bored after first few holes... But then it slowly began to improve, each hole better than the next. 17 and 18 are two very impressive holes. Every part of the course in great condition, greens very fast and very narrow course with small greens, but no ridiculous putts needed. Forecaddie was very friendly, just had a few issues spotting golf balls. Slightly slowed down our pace of play having a fore caddie, but was helpful giving yardages. Definitely suggest to anyone traveling to Hilton Head.
Treat yourself to a great PGA Tour stop.
Excellent layout and very good conditioned fairways and rough. Super friendly staff. Greens are firm and fast. Bring your "A" game, because this course will play a bit tougher than your average resort course. Tight fairways make this a true test, but its very playable.
I think its worth the money.
Lived up to its reputation
Played here for the first time just a couple of weeks before the RBC. I felt like it lived up to its lofty reputation as a top-100 course. Being in the Low Country it is, of course, very flat. There are frequent sandy waste areas throughout in typical Pete Dye fashion. The greens were in perfect condition, medium-fast, and a little flatter than I expected. You don't see the Sound until the end of the round. I loved the famous 18th. Hit a great drive and 2nd shot but still ended up in the front bunker. Couldn't get up and down.
The best on the island...
It's the crown jewel on Hilton Head Island.
The Pete Dye design is so much fun to play. Sure, you can get into some tree trouble off the tee, but if you find your ball you usually have a chance to advance it back into the fairway.
Requires precise iron shots into the smallish greens but if you miss, you can get up and down with a decent short game.
The last two holes (the last one in particular) is what everyone wants to see, but don't overlook the first 16 holes just because you're excited to get to the closing stretch. Take your time and soak it all in.
Not quite a bucket list course, but close
With a great history, setting and tradition, Harbour Town Golf Links is one of those courses that every avid golfer probably needs to play at least once. This was my second time around, so I knew what to expect. Most surprising, however, was how much I enjoyed the inland holes, because you don't get to the famous ones until the very end. Precision is most definitely the name of the game. There are plenty of out-of-bounds stakes near the homes, too. Normally not a fan of OB, but it didn't seem constraining in this case. 16, 17 and 18, are, however, as good as it gets, playing along the ocean and into the famous lighthouse.
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