Harbour Town Golf Links
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.
April 29, 2015
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.
April 17, 2015
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.
January 18, 2015
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.
August 1, 2014
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.
July 7, 2014
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.
February 20, 2014
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.
February 3, 2014