Bob Gillespie



Architects’ Top 100: Harbour Town lands spot among best designs in the world

Posted 8/12/2013 9:12:00 PM

There are nearly as many rankings of golf courses – by magazines, website and satisfied customers, among others – as there are courses in the world. But when the men and women who actually design and build those courses consider one among the finest in the world, that regard comes from those who know what makes a course great.

Golf Course Architecture recently announced its “Architects’ Choice 2013” listing of the top 100 courses in the world as named by contributing architects. Included some familiar names – St. Andrews’ Old Course (No. 1), Cypress Point, Pine Valley and Augusta National – is Hilton Head’s own Harbour Town Golf Links, host since 1969 of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage and the crown jewel of Sea Pines Resort’s golf properties.

The course, constructed by renowned architect Pete Dye and a PGA Tour design “rookie” – Jack Nicklaus – to host the first Heritage almost as it was being completed, comes in at No. 76. The accompanying description reads thusly:

“Pete Dye had given Jack Nicklaus his first taste of design with a consulting role at The Golf Club in Ohio. But at Harbour Town, Nicklaus had a hand in every hole, working alongside Pete (and Alice) Dye to create a design that remains one of the most distinctive on the PGA Tour.”

In 2012, a survey of PGA Tour pros ranked Harbour Town as their second-favorite annual Tour top, trailing only Augusta National (Masters). Obviously, the architects who build the world’s top courses agree.

To view the complete Top 100 list, click here.