BOSTON (CBS) – Hardy met up with two old friends of the show and gets a course review from a town in the Merrimack Valley, but first was an in-depth rundown of a southern golf destination with a rich history.
Golf-fanatic and Hilton Head Island resident Bob Stevens was first up.
Stevens, whom Hardy introduced as, “The man who knows everything about Hilton Head,” did in fact know quite a bit about the tiny golf island.
The first notion they tackled is that as a destination, Hilton Head is just another Myrtle Beach, a claim which Stevens refuted. Their golf courses are similar and they’re both in South Carolina, but that’s about all the two places have in common.
Stevens said that Hilton Head is a completely different area of the state where there are no neon signs or street lights, there is a much different ambiance. It’s a place where people can see the stars. Hilton Head has 27 public courses, and 15 private, but you can actually play on the best one — Harbour Town.
Harbour Town Golf Links is the home of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage event, which according to Stevens, is the players’ second favorite stop on tour behind only Augusta. The public course is the first that Jack Nicklaus “cut his teeth on” while designing courses, and is the reason he was hired to create his famous TPC Sawgrass course.
Stevens pointed out that the perception of Harbour Town being too expensive couldn’t be more false. The greens fees are $250 during high season, a price that Hardy found very reasonable for a course of that caliber, and $150 for late afternoon or winter rounds.
“We consider it the Pebble Beach of the east, and $150 is half the price of Pebble Beach,” said Stevens.
Winter is a term that should be used loosely for Hilton Head, as the island is about as far south as you can get in the Carolinas.
Listen below for the full interview: