The Harbour Town clubhouse at Sea Pines Resort.
Sea Pines Resort
  • Location: Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Rooms: 500+
  • Courses: Three
  • Amenities: Six restaurants / spa / tennis / biking / beach
  • Also good for: All-Around Excellence (#5)

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6 things you need to know

  • Best time to go: April or May, before the weather gets too hot.
  • Daily stay-and-plays start at: $218
  • Golf experience: Three championship courses, one of which hosts a PGA Tour event.
  • Best non-golf amenity: Five miles of idyllic beaches to soothe your case of the shanks.
  • While you're there: Visit the Harbour Town Yacht Basin, where there’s killer views, drool-worthy vessels, shopping and restaurants.
  • 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.
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Travelogue

Hilton 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.