Remember that famous Sally Field line at the Oscars? We all love it when somebody says something great about us. We love it even more when respected industry leaders pass those compliments on to the rest of our golf-loving peers.
If that’s the case, the back-and-better-than-ever Harbour Town Golf Links is positively blushing this holiday season.
Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella rates Harbour Town put Harbour Town among his 15 best public golf courses in the U-S, then went a step further and called it “one of the most important golf courses in America.”
Ginella said Harbour Town was where “we start emerging into what is the modern era of architecture.” Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus were both early in their now-prolific design careers when they collaborated on the course that was finished just in time for the very first Heritage Golf tournament, won by Arnold Palmer the week after Thanksgiving in 1969.
Then there’s the ranking of Harbour Town’s signature 18th hole as not just one of the most memorable holes on the PGA TOUR, but on GolfDigest.com writer Joel Beall’s list of “The 18 Undisputed, Unchallenged, Scientifically Factual Best Golf Holes in the World.”
That’s a mouthful, and when you put Harbour Town’s 18th in the same company as the 17th and 18th holes at St. Andrews, the 12th and 13th at Augusta National, the 16th at Cypress Point, the 17th at TPC Sawgrass and holes at Pine Valley, Pebble Beach, Old Head and Royal County Down, you’ve made an “it” list!
“The candy-cane lighthouse has become iconic, but the 18th hole is more than just a seaside tower, says Beall. “With dunes and marsh hugging the hole on the left, players that bail right have to contend with pines. And the approach is no breeze either, as bunkers come into play.”
Harbour Town re-opened at the end of September after a five-month project to completely re-grass the course wall-to-wall to improve irrigation and drainage, yet return the course to the same condition the pros find it every April. The rye overseed has taken over from the warm-season Celebration Bermuda and the greens are getting a little bit firmer and faster nearly every day.
Golf season over where you are? Come visit “one of the most important golf courses in America” and the home of one of the “Undisputed, Unchallenged, Scientifically Factual Best Golf Holes in the World.”
Oh, and Harbour Town’s Sea Pines Resort sister, Heron Point by Pete Dye, is the reigning “South Carolina Golf Course of the Year”, voted by the other golf course owners in this golf-crazed state, succeeding Palmetto Dunes’ Fazio Course on an Island voted North America’s #1 Golf Destination by the International Association of Golf Tourism Operators for 2016. Golf.com.
To paraphrase another famous actor turned politician, “There they go again!”