- Location: Hilton Head Island, SC
- Rooms: 500+
- Courses: Three
- Amenities: Six restaurants / spa / tennis / biking / beach
- Also good for: All-Around Excellence (#5)
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.
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.