Next Up on the Tour… Harbour Town & the Verizon Heritage Classic

Harbour Town, a part of the Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, is where the PGA Tour pros are headed next.  The Verizon Heritage Classic offers a different kind of challenge.  To start, this Pete Dye designed course has the smallest greens on the tour  (55% of norm).  It is also the shortest course on the PGA Tour (a 6973-yard, Par 71).  Plus, it is very narrow with most holes requiring precision driving accuracy.

John Farrell, Harbour Town’s Head Golf Pro, has been quoted saying that it is the course’s “target nature” that makes it play so difficult:

“You have to be real precise with your iron play to score well here, and you’d better be able to drive it to a certain part of the fairway to set up your next shot.  It’s a real position golf course that favors accuracy over brawn, and that’s why so many tour players like it.”

Harbour Town is probably best known for the signature candy-cane striped lighthouse which can be seen on the approach to the 18th green.  Interestingly enough, this  lighthouse that was never actually used for seafaring vessels.

About this year’s field:

Some of the golfers playing this weekend include returning champion, Brian Gay, Paul Casey, K.J. Choi, John Daly, Luke Donald, Jim Furyk,  Lucas Glover, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Camilo Villegas.

You can find the tee times here:

To learn more about the course, go here.

The total purse this week is $5.7 million with the winner getting $1,026,000 plus a very stylish plaid jacket.

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