Harbour Town Golf Course

Verizon Heritage Golf Course

HILTON HEAD, SC - APRIL 15: Rough winds knocking down tree limbs suspend play during the final round of the Verizon Heritage on April 15, 2007 at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Verizon Heritage golf course is the Harbour Town Golf Links. Pete Dye, in consultation with Jack Nicklaus, designed the Harbour Town Golf Links, which carries with it the charm and challenges of the more traditional Scottish links courses.

The Verizon Heritage golf course is a par 71. From the back tees, the course measures approximately 6 973 yards (6376 metres). The course rating is 74, and it has a slope rating of 75.2/146. Although relatively short by modern standards, the course requires planning, accuracy and consistency from tee to green.

Pine trees line the Bermuda grass fairways, and the relatively small Tifeagle grass greens are slightly sloped and have medium speed. In 1998, Golf magazine listed the course in its “Top 10 PGA Courses You Can Play” selection.

There are two par 5s on the front nine (2nd and 5th holes). Longer hitters will be able to reach the green in two shots, although accuracy is of the utmost importance. The par four 8th hole is rated the toughest on the course. A well-placed drive is essential to avoid the water and strategically placed trees. Carrying the dogleg past the first two pines gives you a chance of reaching the elusive green with the second shot.

The par 3 holes (4th and 7th holes on the front nine and 14th & 17th holes on the back nine) are all considered to be extremely tough. High risks must be taken in order to gain the maximum reward.

The 18th hole is the signature hole on the Harbour Town Golf Links. This par 4 is one of golf’s most spectacular but toughest finishing holes. Many near champions have fallen victim to this demanding hole and failed to make par when it was needed most.

Most holes on the Verizon Heritage golf course require precision driving accuracy. Failure to place the drive in the right position makes it almost impossible to “attack” the green with the second shot.

There are various water hazards around the golf course, and between 41 and 50 strategically placed sand or grass bunkers. These hazards attract the ball like a magnet if the approach shot is anything less than perfect.