Inside the course: Harbour Town Golf Links

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The famous finishing hole at Harbour Town runs alongside the Calibogue Sound, and the lighthouse is the exclamation point.
April 08, 2012
PGA TOUR staff
Fast facts
Course Superintendent Jonathan H. Wright
Original architect Pete Dye (1969)
Redesign Pete Dye (2000) | Listen to Dye talk about the course
Par value 71
Number of TOUR events as host venue 44 (including 2012)
Course ranking Ranked 21 (out of 51) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2011
Yardage history 6,973 (2003-present)
  6,916 (1998-2002)
  6,915 (1997)
  6,912 (1996)
  6,657 (1969-1995)
Grass Celebration/TifSport bermudagrass overseeded w/Paragon ryegrass (tees); Bermudagrass overseeded w/Paragon ryegrass (fairways); TifEagle bermudagrass overseeded w/Poa trivialis(greens); Bermudagrass overseeded w/perennial ryegrass (rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 10.5-11 ft
Sand bunkers 49
Water hazards 12
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Course record
Player
David Frost
Year
1994
Round
2nd
Finish
T4
Holes-in-one
Player Hole Year
Tommy Armour III 7 2009
Lee Janzen 17 2009
Robert Allenby 4 2008
Ben Curtis 4 2008
Jerry Kelly 4 2007
Blaine McCallister 14 1996
Jeff Sluman 7 1996
Gil Morgan 7 1995
David Edwards 7 1994
Bob Gilder 7 1992
Greg Norman 7 1990
Tom Purtzer 17 1986
2011 Rankings
Most Difficult Hole
The par-3 192-yard 14th This is a beautiful aquatic layout with water from tee to green on the right. Thanks to overhanging trees, the green is a small, isolated target with an adjacent, small pot bunker bound to act as a magnet for the unsuspecting.
2011: 0 eagles, 40 birdies, 266 pars, 76 bogeys, 24 double bogeys, 2 others.
Easiest hole
The par-5 502-yard 2nd Long hitters can reach the green in two if they keep the drive on the left side of the fairway. Otherwise, the second shot should be positioned down the left side to open up the green, which lies on a diagonal, for the third shot.
2011: 10 eagles, 206 birdies, 173 pars, 17 bogeys, 1 double bogey and 1 other.
Harbour Town Golf Links2011 rankings Last 28 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 4 410 4.074 9 4.085 9
2 5 502 4.5 17 4.576 18
3 4 437 4.13 6 4.085 8
4 3 200 3.125 7 3.189 2
5 5 530 4.5 17 4.670 17
6 4 419 3.995 13 4.038 13
7 3 195 3.049 10 3.084 10
8 4 470 4.159 3 4.248 1
9 4 332 3.912 15 3.951 15
10 4 444 4.108 8 4.132 5
11 4 436 4.137 4 4.181 3
12 4 430 4.137 4 4.107 6
13 4 373 4.047 11 4.061 12
14 3 192 3.225 1 3.101 7
15 5 571 4.841 16 4.943 16
16 4 395 3.941 14 3.981 14
17 3 185 3.025 12 3.082 11
18 4 452 4.186 2 4.143 4
Course origins
Although Harbour Town Lighthouse is one of the more recently built lighthouses, at the time of construction it was the only lighthouse that had been built on the Atlantic coast in over 150 years. It was erected as a navigational tool for the inland waterway of Calibogue Sound. However, it was also built as a symbol of Harbour Town and to commemorate the Verizon Heritage.
The Harbour Town lighthouse was designed by Sasaki, Dawson, DeMay Association Inc., and was built by Whaley Construction Company in 1969-1970. From the concrete base to the roof peak, it stands 93 feet. The lighthouse design has a hexagonal motif, which is apparent by looking from atop the structure. The foundation of the structure is an 8-foot deep hexagon, which is supported by soil below. The mainframe of the structure is also hexagonal.
In February 1993, the lighthouse received a facelift in a very unique way. NewTech Inc. of Hilton Head worked with HEK platforms & Hoist Inc. of Acworth, Ga., using a new platform lift. The lift is made in Holland and used regularly in Europe, but the Harbour Town lighthouse was one of the first structures in the United States to use this innovation. The platform is a free-standing, 70-foot structure that can support 4,180 pounds. It can reach heights of 300 feet. The HEK platform provided a safer and easier environment to repaint the famous lighthouse.
The golf course is a shot-maker's course, which requires precision off the tee to avoid live oaks, pine trees and strategically placed bunkers. Getting your ball to the hole is also quite a challenge with subtle breaks in the small, well guarded greens, posing problems for golfers of all levels. No. 18 is one of the most demanding finishing holes on the PGA TOUR. --Source: Golf Course Superintendents Assocation of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Harbour Town Golf Links Hilton Head Island, S.C. 1969-present*
* In 1972, the first two rounds of the tournament were played at the Ocean Course

The TOUR leaves Georgia after its first major of the year for beautiful Hilton Head Island, S.C., for the RBC Heritage. Learn more about this week's host, Harbour Town Golf Links.

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