There are now two must-play courses by Pete Dye at The Sea Pines Resort

18th Hole, Heron Point by Pete DyeSince its creation in 1957 by visionary developer Charles Fraser, the Sea Pines Company has been the single most influential entity on Hilton Head Island and its golf courses, most notably Harbour Town Golf Links, have greatly influenced golf course architecture from coast to coast.

This year, Hilton Head’s most notable event, the PGA TOUR’s Verizon Heritage, Pete Dye, the most renowned contributor to course design on the island and The Sea Pines Resort’s newest golf course, Heron Point by Pete Dye, will have all celebrated milestones.

What began as the Heritage Classic in 1969 on Thanksgiving Day has evolved into one of the most venerable stops on the PGA TOUR with champions such as inaugural winner Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman. This year the Verizon Heritage, annually hosted by the acclaimed Harbour Town Golf Links celebrated its 40th anniversary.

While golf courses have been built by the thousands across the country in the years since Harbour Town opened its doors to the PGA TOUR, the collection of courses at Sea Pines has withstood the test of time by relying on shot-making and accuracy instead of distance or gimmicks. 

Dye’s revolutionary designs have enabled courses like Harbour Town and Heron Point by Pete Dye to remain as significant challenges without sacrificing their unique characteristics. Dye, who will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in the Lifetime Achievement Category this November, made Harbour Town the flagship venue for his now famous architectural style that includes narrow fairways, pot bunkers, pintsized greens, railroad ties and an affinity for allowing golf courses to retain the integrity of their natural surroundings.

Harbour Town continues to be ranked among the top golf courses in the world. Always popular among professionals and elite amateurs who frequent the course throughout the year, the layout, which Nicklaus collaborated on, is equally admired by the world’s leading golf publications. This year the course moved up from No. 15 to No. 14 in the national rankings of Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play,” published in the magazine’s September 2008 issue.

Harbour Town Golf Links

Both Golf Magazine and the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel rank Harbour Town as South Carolina’s best golf course. Harbour Town has now been chosen as the best course in the Palmetto State by the SC Ratings Panel for four consecutive years.

Harbour Town is home to one of the Southeast’s most recognizable golf holes, the par-4 18th bordered by Calibogue Sound with Sea Pine’s famous candy-striped lighthouse serving as the backdrop to the green. This is one of the most feared holes in all of golf, especially when the wind is whipping off the Sound.

While Harbour Town is perennially ranked among the world’s best layouts, Heron Point is new to awards and accolades. The revamped track made its debut a year ago following Dye’s remarkable, multimillion dollar redesign project to transform the old Sea Marsh course into The Sea Pines Resort’s latest attraction.

Unveiled in September 2007, Heron Point was the only course in South Carolina to be listed among Golf Magazine’s Top 15 “Finest Public-Access Facilities.” Heron Point was also awarded a coveted “Four-Star Rating” by Golf Digest magazine and was included in the magazine’s 2008 “Best Places to Play” list.

Heron Point is nothing short of a modern masterpiece. Fairways have been reshaped into dramatic angles and shifting elevations, while surfaces are a mixture of sand, mulch, limestone and different grasses that create a collage of appealing color changes. Heron Point measures 7,000 yards from the back tees and the course offers a variety of short and long holes. It can be played considerably shorter if needed, as there are six sets of tees on each hole including a Family/Junior tee. Whichever tee you choose to play, you’re sure to find Heron Point by Pete Dye both challenging and enjoyable.

Heron Point by Pete Dye in the Sea Pines Resort

Certainly no new course in South Carolina has been met with such excitement as Heron Point. Dye’s newest creation has also been lauded by Golfweek, Travel + Leisure Golf, Links Magazine and USA Today as a breakthrough design.

“It really says something about the quality of Heron Point that in one short year, enough industry insiders and course ranking panelists recognize the merits of Heron Point to place it in such a lofty position,” said Golf Magazine’s architectural editor Joe Passov.

Take on an additional challenge at The Sea Pines Resort by playing the Sea Pines Ocean Course, the first course built on Hilton Head Island. Completely reconstructed in 1995 by Mark McCumber, winner of the 1988 PLAYERS Championship, the Ocean Course emphasizes the traditional and classic principles of design and is one of the only golf courses on Hilton Head Island to offer a view of the Atlantic Ocean. The Ocean Course has been awarded the “Beginner Friendly Course Certification” from the National Golf Course Owners Association.

One of the most overlooked factors that make the offerings at Sea Pines so attractive is their availability to any and everyone who’d like to play.

“More than anything, we’re proud to have great golf courses that the public can play,” said Cary Corbitt, director of sports for The Sea Pines Resort. “Too many great courses are private and inaccessible. Our goal at Sea Pines Resort has always been to provide the quality and service you find at the best private clubs in a resort setting.”

Play Hilton Head Island’s Ultimate 54 with a round at the legendary Harbour Town Golf Links

Book a tee time for a Pete Dye designed course at www.seapines.com/gg or call 1-800-SEAPINES today.

 

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