Harbour Town Golf Links
“Full Cry” is a hunting term describing the call of hounds that have found the scent and are in hot pursuit of their mark. The superb and fun-to-play 18 negotiates the gently sloping terrain below the inn’s perch on the property’s high ground. The fanfare has come quickly. The course is ranked No. 46 in Golfweek’s “Best 100 Resort Courses” and was named in Golf Digest’s 2015 “Best New Courses” list. When stepping on the first tee, the layout’s beauty and clarity of the challenge are displayed wonderfully. Dye has done a masterful job of using “old world” architectural traits found at the classic courses of Scotland and Ireland. Except for one hole, the greens have open fronts and are approachable by low “links-style” run-up shots or through the air allowing for great shot variety. The last three holes on the back nine are as fine a finish as you’ll find. The par-3 16th is modeled after the famous “Redan” hole at Scotland’s North Berwick. With train tracks running parallel the entire length of the right side, the superlative par-5 17th is called the “Railroad Hole” and plays much longer than the yardage due to fighting the prevailing wind. The tee box of the demanding par-4 No. 18 provides the crescendo of the layout with a panoramic view of the sprawling Hunt Country, serene mountains off on the horizon and inn above. Full Cry truly a delightful place to tee it up and showcases Dye’s imagination and genius. www.keswick.com/page/golf; 888-778-2565 Harbour Town Golf Links – The most revered and iconic golf course on Hilton Head Island is Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the RBC Heritage. Situated on the south part of the island, Harbour Town is a Dye design that hugs the beautiful Calibogue Sound and boasts the famous candy-cane striped marina lighthouse behind the 18th hole. The course is the signature amenity of The Sea Pines Resort, a 5,200-acre recreational haven that kick-started the island’s development in 1957.
Harbour Town recently underwent a series of agronomic enhancements including a comprehensive re-grassing of the golf course and the installation of a new irrigation system. That followed a substantial renovation of its clubhouse, which was part of the Sea Pines Resort capital investment project. The effort introduced one of the largest beach clubs on the Atlantic Coast as well as a new Plantation clubhouse servicing the resort’s other stellar layouts, Heron Point and the Ocean Course. While most of the country is shivering and shoveling snow, Hilton Head Island enjoys sunshine and mild temperatures that set up perfectly for 18 to 36-hole days. “Golf Island” is the warmest of South Carolina’s great golf destinations. Average high temperatures hover around 60 in January, while the mercury can jump into the 70s in February and March, on par with northern Florida. What’s more, golfers are treated to pristine conditions as courses island-wide often sport lush rye grass over-seeding. www.seapines.com; 866-561-8802 Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – Only a few U.S. resorts can boast two Pete Dye courses, and Nemacolin, situated on nearly 2,000 acres about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh, will join those ranks in July when it unveils Shepherd’s Rock. Sitting high atop the Allegheny Mountains, Shepherd’s Rock is expected to rival the highest-rated courses in the country. The tree-lined front side will be a shotmaker’s delight, as precision and accuracy will be key to successfully navigating its rippling fairways flanked by the ever-present Dye-created mounds, natural wetlands and cleverly situated greens. The stout back nine is brawny and wide open, with jaw-dropping vistas of the Laurel Highlands. The dramatic par5 18th, under the gaze of Nemacolin’s posh Falling Rock boutique hotel, features a green sitting atop the property’s high ground and a single, magnificent oak tree standing sentinel on the right.
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Golf Vacations Magazine March 2017