Sea Pines Resort
Hilton Head Island, SC
- Six restaurants / spa / tennis / biking / beach
- 32 Greenwood Drive , SC 29928
TravelogueHilton Head Island has long been one of the most in-demand golf destinations around, and no tee time is more sought after than Harbour Town, the Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus collaboration and the crown jewel of Sea Pines Resort. It’s hosted the PGA Tour since 1969, when Arnold Palmer won the inaugural event, and it’s GOLF’s ninth-ranked public course in the U.S. With tight fairways, pesky overhanging branches and small greens, the charming course’s emphasis has always been on ball-striking. The dramatic 18th plays alongside the water and back toward the iconic red-and-white striped Harbour Town Light-house, a memorable way to end any round. The two other courses — Heron Point (Pete Dye) and Atlantic Dunes (Davis Love III) — are also a blast. Nicklaus Design and GOLF.com are affiliates of 8AM Golf.
6 things you need to know
1. Best time to go:April or May, before the weather gets too hot.
2. Daily stay-and-plays start at:$218
3. Golf experience:Three championship courses, one of which hosts a PGA Tour event.
4. Best non-golf amenity:Five miles of idyllic beaches to soothe your case of the shanks.
5. While you're there:Visit the Harbour Town Yacht Basin, where there’s killer views, drool-worthy vessels, shopping and restaurants.
6. Insider tip:The PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage is held at one of the resort’s courses, Harbour Town, every April, so check your calendars and plan accordingly.