Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines Resort inched closer to the top of the most recent golf course rankings by Rolex published in the February issue of Golf Digest.
Harbour Town, home to the RBC Heritage, South Carolina's only PGA Tour event, moved from a tie for 100th to 96th in the 2013-14 edition of America's 100 Greatest Courses and jumped from 21st to 18th among America's 100 Greatest Public Courses.
Also listed among America's 100 Greatest Public Courses was Bluffton's May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff. May River was 27th, down from 22nd.
For the first time, the magazine listed the second 100 Greatest Courses in America. Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island (138th), Beaufort's Secession Golf Club (150th), Colleton River Plantation Club's Nicklaus Course in Bluffton (160th) and the Chechessee Creek Club in Okatie (178th) made that list.
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Harbour Town is third among the top 30 courses in South Carolina, behind just Kiawah Island's Ocean Course and Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan. Also on that list are May River (sixth), Long Cove (eighth), Secession (ninth), Colleton River (12th), Chechessee Creek (15th), Colleton River Plantation Club's Dye Course (17th), Haig Point Club's Calibogue Course on Daufuskie Island (19th) and Belfair Golf Club's West Course in Bluffton (24th).
The rankings are determined by panelists who play and rank the courses using seven criteria: shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, conditioning and ambience.
IJGT PLAYS AT DOLPHIN HEAD
Aaron Terrazas of Mexico, a full-time student at Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy, fired rounds of 71 and 75 to defeat classmate Charlie Spencer-White of Bluffton by two strokes in the Boys Division of the International Junior Golf Tour's two-day, 36-hole event last weekend at Dolphin Head Golf Club on Hilton Head Island.
Bluffton's Bryson Nimmer was fifth, six shots off the lead.
In the Boys Under 14 Division, Jan Schneider of Germany, also an IJGA student, posted rounds of 75 and 79 to edge classmate Andre Becerra of Mexico by three strokes.
Ayaka Nakayama of Japan, an IJGA student, shot 79 and 70 to defeat classmate Rei Nakatani of Japan by one stroke in the Girls Division. Bluffton's Kasidy Beckel was third, seven strokes back.