Heron Point by Pete Dye

Heron Point at Sea Pines Resort is one of three courses on the resort. It is the sister course of Atlantic Dunes at the Plantation Club. No other word can describe this Pete Dye design other than spectacular. Yet what is mind blowing is Heron Point is prob the worst of the three Sea Pines public’s. This is no knock on Heron Point and more praise to Atlantic Dunes and Harbour Town. Heron Point is Harbour Town lite, offering your favorite Dye aesthetics but with a little more room for error. Don’t let that fool you, Heron Point is a beast in its own right. While the fairways are a little more open than Harbour Town, they are still relatively tight, tree lined and have plenty of dog legs. Attack the dog legs at your own peril, hit it perfect and you are gunning for birdie, miss hit or hit it too long you will find yourself in the trees, waste bunker or dropping next to a water hazard fighting to save bogey. What makes the dog legs more difficult is that Heron Point is not a short course, playing over 7,000 yards from the tips. Heron Point has the Pete Dye features golfer’s are looking for, especially the traditional Dye contoured greens and rail road ties. The propped up greens are unique on the island as the majority of courses are flat. Heron Point has a Dye design staple not offered at Harbour Town, with the 18th hole featuring a classic Dye cape around the water. With the seashell sand waste bunkers and lagoons placed around the greens, Heron Point is a very difficult test even for low handicap players. What is unique to Heron Point are these thin little bunkers that can be hidden or easily forgotten in a players approach shot. My favorite aspect of Heron Point is the uniqueness of all the par 3’s. All 4 par 3’s have drastically different layouts that require a different strategy on each tee shot. The conditions at Heron Point are phenomenal, which is to be expected from a Sea Pines course. The greens roll true and quick, the bunkers are prestige and the tee boxes we’ll manicured. Even the repairs on the greens were properly and will grow in well, and the tee box back that was clearly recently repaired on 8 will grow in very nicely. The Plantation Club has incredible practice facilities with a large driving range, short game and putting areas. Heron Point is expensive but priced reasonably for the quality of golf you are getting and definitely a must play during your trip to Hilton Head.

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