Ask the average golf enthusiast about Hilton Head Island and chances are the first words you'll hear are "Harbour Town Golf Links." That's no surprise, given the fame of Pete Dye's celebrated layout within The Sea Pines Resort - but there are many more options for visiting players to consider.
In fact, counting courses on the island, in nearby Bluffton and others within 30 minutes, the choices add up to more than 25. That's enough great golf - by a list of acclaimed architects - to satisfy players visiting for a month without ever repeating a course.
The crown jewel is Harbour Town Golf Links, site since 1969 of the PGA Tour's RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, South Carolina's annual tour event. Thanks to renovations and upgrades in 2015, the course - rated second among PGA Tour courses by the players, trailing only Augusta National - is better than ever. PGA tour professionals agree: one of their favorite courses every year, is, if anything, better than ever. The reconstructed Harbour Town Clubhouse, which earned raves for its Links, an American Grill restaurant and improved pro shop, continues to add special features, most recently The Pete Dye Room, showcasing the designer's career work with three videos and interactive displays.
But Harbour Town isn't the only game in town, or even in Sea Pines. The 2016 addition to the resort's lineup is Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III, a reconstruction of the former Ocean Course by the five-time RBC Heritage champion. Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III earned a spot on Golf Digest's "Best New Courses of 2016" and was named 2018 National Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association.
Heron Point by Pete Dye, Harbour Town's sister course, also underwent major modifications, with larger greens, softer surrounding areas and contours to increase playability for visiting golfers.