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Harbour Town Links Golf Course

Harbour Town links golf course

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harbour town golf links

Harbour Town Links is the host of the RBC Heritage located on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. This course is incredibly demanding and requires stellar short game, impeccable ability to shape the ball and even better accuracy. The course was designed by Pete Dye who was also aided by Jack Nicklaus. In fact, Nicklaus was the one to recommend Dye when he got a call about this course. As he has demonstrated before, Dye does an excellent job of harnessing the elements and the landscape to create alluring and unforgiving courses.

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This course is crawling with hazards of all shapes, sizes and variety. Above ground you have large, over hanging oaks, hanging Spanish moss as well as palmettos and pine trees while on the ground your faced with narrow fairways, elevated green and unexpected pin placement. You have your work cut out for you, but you’ll enjoy every second of it. 

To speak of some of the most memorable holes is difficult because the entire course is a masterpiece so let us just look at a few personal favorites so you may get an idea of what awaits you on this course. The 7th is a very demanding par 3. On paper it may seem like your biggest issue would be that the green is almost entirely surrounded by sand leaving you with a forced carry over, but you would be wrong. There are trees lining both sides of the hole and positioned nicely in play making any slightly offline shot your worst nightmare. 

The 8th hole has consistently resulted to be very difficult to make par for Tour players. It doglegs left onto a very narrow opening onto an elevated green protected by both bunker and water hazard. The 9th is a par 4 that may just end up landing you with a birdie; you just have to keep your shots short and very, very precise. The tee shot needs to be made up the right side, dodging the many trees and onto the putting surface. The heart shaped green is protected by sand in the front and back. Many would say that the 13th hole, while being one of the most difficult, is also the first of the six best holes on the course. The tee shot itself will make the most skilled of players nervous with a giant oak tree blocking most of the green. To make matters worse the island green is completely surrounded by sand and supported by Dye’s signature railroad ties. If you were to miss the green, to say that getting your ball out of that sand is tricky is an understatement. 

The last par 5 of the course is also its best. A three shot for the majority of players can be reached in two if you send your tee shot up the right side, avoiding the trees. The fairway then doglegs left which is protected by a water hazard inhabited by an alligator, to a green protected by a large bunker accompanied by a cypress tree and another bunker almost hidden from sight behind the green. Hole number 17 may just be the most beautiful of this course. Standing at the tee, you can enjoy the company of some beautiful palms as you take your first glimpse of Calibouge sound and the picturesque bunker and railroad tie combination protecting the front of the green silhouetted in the distance by a mass of ocean. 

The final hole is also this course’s signature hole, featuring the iconic red and white striped lighthouse marking the beginning of the sea. It starts out with a pretty ample fairway off the tee which begins to funnel as Calibogue Sound cuts in on the left. There is a rather tempting bailout to the right should you choose not to make the forced carry along the left, but be warned that the undulation is not as kind as it may seem.
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golf tips for harbour town links course

This extravagantly penal course may seem like too much to handle but there’s no harm in trying this PGA Tour favorite and living to say that you did."

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