SEA PINES RESORT Ocean Course (843-842-8484)
Hilton Head Golf Course Review
As a vast, 5,000-acre oceanfront retreat, The Sea Pines Resort has enthralled generations of travelers and guests for more than 50 years. Home of the annual Horizon Heritage PGA Golf Tournament, Sea Pines combines unparalleled golf with award winning tennis, world-class luxury accommodations, gourmet restaurants, and upscale amenities and service on a landscape that is bordered by the Atlantic and Calibogue Sound – offering breathtaking views. For more info on the resort, click here to visit the properties' website.
Two of the three championship courses are serviced by the same clubhouse and practice facilities, with the Harbour Town Course situated on its own. Heron Point by Pete Dye, and the Ocean Course (George Cobb renovated by mark McCumber) feature a clubhouse with spacious pro shop, restaurant/lounge, plus locker rooms with showers. The practice facilities include 2 putting greens and a targeted grass range. The Golf Academy at Sea Pines features a wide variety of instructional programs for all skill levels. Harbour Town
All three courses utilize the same marking systems, with sprinkler heads measured to the front, center and back of the greens. There are 150 yard stakes on all par fours and fives, yardage plates on the tee boxes of all par threes, and permanent 100, 150 and 200 yard markers (250 on par fives) on the cart paths as well. Pin placement sheets are mounted on all carts, which also feature coolers and rear weather covers to protect clubs during inclement weather.
The Ocean Course at Sea Pines opened in 1962 and was originally designed by George Cobb, then renovated in 1995 by Mark McCumber. The layout is the first course to be built on Hilton Head Island, is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, and presents some sweeping views of the Atlantic on the signature 15th hole. The strategic placement of lagoons (water comes into play on 11 holes), and sand bunkers (77 in total) makes for an interesting and challenging experience.
The terrain is fairly level with perimeter mounding and slightly raised green complexes that are usually well protected by sand traps. Most fairways are tree-lined, with holes featuring ample room mixed in with those that have tight landing areas. There are quite a few holes that favor hitters with a left to right ball flight off the tee. 4 sets of tee boxes play to distances and slopes measuring 6906 yards/142 slope, 6493 yards/135 slope, 6172 yards/123 slope for men and 134 for women, and 5325 yards with a slope of 115 for men and 124 for ladies hitting from the forward sets.
This is a beautiful layout that incorporates strategic elements with aesthetic value while utilizing the lay of the land and respecting the natural environment. For more info, visit our page for the course, with a direct link to their website by clicking here.