I regard Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina as one of the top 10 golf courses I have ever played. It is one of those rare courses where every hole is memorable!
The course was originally meant to be Jack Nicklaus' very first course, but early on Jack realized he was in over his head and called up Pete Dye to help out. Pete and Alice Dye are now credited with the design of the course. Alice, because she designed my favorite hole on the course the 13th. Can you imagine hitting one down the left side of the fairway and being faced with the shot below for a second?
It is an unusual golf course that allows every golfer to be challenged, from PGA Tour golfer to a high handicapper, yet provide them with an opportunity to shoot that great score - Harbour Town has that trait! It is playable and enjoyable for every golfer on the planet! The course is not long by modern day standards playing just over 6,900 yards from the back tees. While the course may be narrow, it is not overly punitive, as the trees often will knock down an off-line shot and provide the golfer with a chance for recovery.
The golf course starts slowly and builds to the back nine. I actually believe that the back nine at Harbour Town is the best nine holes of golf on any course anywhere! The course has four of the best holes I have ever played anywhere: the long dog leg left par 4 8th; the short and always interesting 13th; the "challenging on all three shots" par 5 15th; and the stunning par three 17th that plays back out to the Calibogue Sound.
For a lifetime of memories and a rare opportunity to play a course that the "pros" play make it a priority to visit Hilton Head and play the magnificent Harbour Town Golf Links
Enjoy the Deutsche Bank at TPC Boston this weekend! I look for a young "bomber" to win.....