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AS GOOD AS IT GETS The gloriously unspoilt island of Hilton Head, South Carolina, is renowned as one of the Lowcountry’s great golfing playgrounds – with Harbour Town Links its star attraction. Peter Swain took a swing at Pete Dye’s iconic creation PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY SEA PINES RESORT/ROB TIPTON



merican PGA Tour players recently voted Harbour Town, venue of the annual RBC Heritage, their second-favourite course after Augusta. That’s ahead of Pebble Beach, Congressional, Muirfield Village and Riviera. Comments included: “You don’t need length for a great course” and “My favourite Pete Dye design”. “But,” I hear you say, “can anyone play it, and as a mid-handicapper, will I enjoy it?” Answer: yes, and yes. On a recent visit with friends I discovered that not only is this track eminently playable, but with 18 public and resort courses, lashings of southern charm and some fine ocean-side hostelries, the island of Hilton Head – on which it sits – is quite simply golfing nirvana. By modern standards, Harbour Town is an unusual course. It’s only 7,099 yards from the tips, and 6,681

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